Thursday, June 23, 2005
USAToday has this article about Indian nicknames and the NCAA. Marquette has been going through this tortured process with its nickname, Warriors to Golden Eagles to Gold to whatever now. I can see how nicknames like Redskins (Miami (OH), Washington) and Redmen (St. John's) are problematic, and logos definitely enhance the problem.
What I wonder is why schols like Texas Tech haven't gotten flack. I mean, what the hell else could "Red Raiders" mean? At least FSU has the blessing of the Florida Seminole Nation, and couldn't Marquette just change its iconography and keep Warriors? Why is this so hard?
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Sunday I orchestrated my own indoor mini-triathlon. 1500 m swim; 10 mi bike; 2 mi run. Just to get the feel of doing all the things at once. I think I'll survive an Olympic distance based on the test run. If Sunday had been T-day, I would've made it, but this was a good test to see how much more work I need on the bike.
On the other hand, my swimming is coming back together. Sunday I did a 400 IM straight. I lingered on the 3rd turn on the butterfly, and I took two 1-arm strokes into the 3rd turn, but otherwise I made it all straight. That in itself felt more impressive than the triathlon or even the half-marathon. I never thought I'd ever be able to make 4-lengths butterfly again.
I'm also noticing my times coming down on sets. Where I was doing my 200 FR on 4:00 and finishing in the 3:25-3:35 range, I'm now finishing at about 3:00-3:05 and repeating between 3:20 and 3:40. I also added some stroke work, and my 100 BK sets are about where my 100 FR sets were a couple weeks ago (in on 1:40-ish, repeating on 2:00). I won't be making Nationals anytime soon, but it is progress.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Let Me Get This Straight...
They hired Jessica Alba, who hovers near the top of the perv-list rankings (though I guess she's finally in her 20's) as the actress to play the invisible woman in The Fantastic Four? Wouldn't it have made more sense to hire Rosie O'Donnell as the invisible woman?
Thursday, June 16, 2005
What the Hell?
Is there such a thing as adult-onset dyslexia? I've been wondering this for a couple years now, but I'm really starting to get concerned: flipping through a listing of Nick Hornby books on Amazon, I ran across a title that I read as Snogbook but was actually Songbook." Perhaps because he's British I "wanted" to see it say "snog" rather than "song," but I don't think so.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Friday, June 03, 2005
Here is the latest news about Robert:
Oh yeah, and my mom leaves for the Carribbean tomorrow. Note to self: Remember to call, remember to call.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Let's Get Ironic
So I'm at the rec center Saturday lying out on the deck while the Tennessee Summer Special Olympics was going on at the surrounding ball fields when I hear the cleaned up version of "Let's Get Retarded." It's odd that changing from "retarded" to "it started" is sufficient to make people happy with, or at least forget, the origins of the song.