Archive for February, 2009

Bandy Championships

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

This afternoon I was down in Roseville for the D1 American Bandy Association Championship. Today was the first game in a three-game series, featuring Minneapolis Bandolier and Minnesota Blades. Bandolier finished first in the regular season, while the third-place Blades advanced to the finals with a strong game in the semi-finals. This looked to be […]

Canine Progress

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

We got a fairly decent snow fall a few days ago, and for the last two days Hana and I have hiked around the island. What makes this at all noteworthy is that she has been entirely off the leash during each of these hikes. For some time now, Hana has been off the leash […]


Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I recently finished reading The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker. This is a fascinating book. Published in 1994, it is a bit dated in terms of its portrayal of the state of speech recognition by computers. Nevertheless, I found it to be incredibly informative. Among the nuggets in the book: […]

Semi-Random Thoughts on a Recent Trip

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Pat and I just got back from a trip. We flew to Miami, then drove down to Key West to spend a few days with our friends Bob and Susan. Great friends, great conversation, great food. While we were in Key West, they were having the 18th Annual Kelly McGillis Classic, a women’s touch football […]

Seismic Events and the Retroactive Adjective

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I saw a news article today that scientists are beginning to think an earthquake that killed 80,000 people in China last year may have been man made. The thinking is that the weight of the water behind the Zipingpu dam exerted pressure on a fault line nearby, triggering the Sichuan earthquake. Some years ago William […]

Golf as a Form of Exercise

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Dave Barry recently had a daily calendar entry in which he offered his personal opinion on golf as exercise: “I don’t have anything against golf; it’s just that , if I’m going to play a sport, I want one that provides more aerobic benefits, such as ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’.”

City of Lakes Loppet

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

This morning I was over on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis to photograph a cross country ski race, the City of Lakes Loppet. There were actually 3 races/events this morning – REI Tour (10K), Hoigaard’s Classic (25K), and the City of Lakes Freestyle Loppet (33K). In recent years, all 3 traversed the same section of trail […]