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5.31.2005

Deep Throat 

I thought Deep Throat had been revealed years ago.

5.29.2005

"Thanks for the rain. I know you're just trying to make us feel at home" 

Setlist from U2 at the FleetCenter, 5/28/05:

Love and Peace or Else
Vertigo
Elevation
Electric Co.
An Cat Dubh
Into The Heart
City Of Blinding Lights
Beautiful Day
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
New Year's Day
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Pride
Where The Streets Have No Name
One
(encore)
The Fly
Until The End Of The World
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (!)
All Because Of You
Yahweh
Party Girl (!)
Vertigo

That is all.

5.26.2005

CNN proclaims that spelling bees are cool 

CNN has a front-page article on this year's National Spelling Bee.

I think that the spelling bee, while entertaining on a number of levels (learning about words that may have no particular reason for existing; watching parents live vicariously through their kids; watching contestants go down in flames on national TV), is a rather trivial contest. The National Geography Bee is a contest that's much more worthwhile in terms of cultivating one's general knowledge. (I participated in the National Geography Bee once in middle school; I made the first round of cuts but not the second.)

5.25.2005

Stormin' Mormon loses to guy from Amish Paradise 

Ken Jennings finishes second in Jeopardy's Ultimate Tournament of Champions, behind Brad Rutter of Lancaster, PA, a 5-time winner and winner of the 2001 Tournament of Champions and the Million Dollar Masters. It wasn't even close -- the final score at the end of the three-day match was something like $64,000 to $38,000. Jennings was out of the running by the time the third day's Final Jeopardy came around, so he wrote "Go Brad!" at the bottom of his Final Jeopardy response.

Rutter was demonstrably superior throughout the three-day match, although having played his way through two more rounds than Jennings did surely helped. (Jennings received a bye into the finals; Rutter received a bye into the quarters.) Then again, Rutter wouldn't have made it into the finals if Michael Rooney hadn't made a Final Jeopardy betting error in their quarterfinal match. In that math, Rutter had $5,600 after Double Jeopardy, Rooney $9,200 and Steve Chernicoff $12,400. Chernicoff went for the KO ($6,001, in case Rooney doubled up). Rutter wisely bet $800 and ended up $1 ahead after Chernicoff and Rooney lost. The only sensible bets for Rooney to make were $0 or $9,200, but for some reason he bet $3,599, ended up answering incorrectly and lost.

5.22.2005

At least sports media is getting more intelligent 

Real headline from ESPN.com:

Not-OK Computer: Cubs tell Zambrano to cut back on use

5.19.2005

Pickle in the punch 

Anybody else think that Rick Carlisle pulled Reggie Miller out of the game one possession too early?

5.12.2005

The Klein Four Group performs "Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)" 

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(HT: Amit Khetan)

5.10.2005

How much did the ETS pay to get this article written? 

According to Newsweek, high school excellence = AP exams taken / number of graduating seniors.

(Hat tip: Volokh Conspiracy)

5.08.2005

Man finds severed finger in frozen custard, refuses to return it 

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If this miser files a lawsuit against the dessert shop, I hope that the jury considers that a guy who pockets someone else's severed finger probably hasn't suffered any emotional distress from finding it -- at least nothing worthy of financial compensation.

Actually, come to think of it, the guy might be better off producing a monkey's hand and a chimp's foot in court. He could claim that seeing the severed digit screwed him up to the point where he has a psychologically abnormal and morbid fascination with body parts, thereby causing him to become a social pariah and causing him great emotional distress. Yeah, that's the ticket.

5.01.2005

Nationals, baby 

Harvard Red Line is back at the UPA College Championships for the first time since 2001.

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