Archive for November, 2009


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I just finished reading a book by Mario Livio, “Is God a Mathematician?“. The goal of the book is an attempt to explain why mathematics is so good at explaining how the physical universe works. The author looks not only at mathematical tools explicitly developed for modeling the real world, but also cases where purely […]

Thought It Was Just an Expression

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Today the New York Times has a story about Indian coconut pluckers. The basic idea is that climbing 100 feet up coconut trees to locate and harvest the ripe coconuts is challenging work, and with the advent of other opportunities, people are not so interested in becoming pluckers, resulting in quite a shortage. The article […]

More Bandy

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Last night I was down in Roseville to photograph the finals of the North American Cup. This may sound somewhat more dramatic than warranted. While bandy is very big in northern Europe, it is not widely played in North America. Canada has a national team, but they may not have a bandy-sized sheet of ice […]


Sunday, November 15th, 2009

We’ve reached that time of year where the John Rose Oval is open down in Roseville. This facility not only provides for speedskating, but also for bandy. When I looked at the schedule, I saw there was a game this morning. Usually the games are played at night, which makes the lighting less than ideal. […]

Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Today I was over in Crystal for the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships. I was there for the better part of the men’s CX3 race, the women’s Cat 1/2/3 race, and the men’s CX1/2, 35+ race. The latter race, the premier event of the day, had 70 riders, making it the biggest cyclocross race I had […]

Wedding in Playa del Carmen

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Pat and I just got back from the wedding of Ashley and Dave in Playa del Carmen. It was a truly fantastic time. The weather posed some challenges. There was a fair amount of rain, some of which was directly attributable to Hurricane Ida. But, adjustments were made and things turned out really well. Some […]