Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from NYC. I’m here with my family and enjoying the rest. I have to say though that I don’t know if the Christmas spirit has settled over New York City yet. I’ve only been here one day and have already seen a number of altercations. These two guys were yelling at each other on the subway so much that I though it was going to come to dukes. The best though was when I saw this lady screaming at a subway employee who wasn’t even there over an intercom. Maybe the Christmas cheer will be here tomorrow.

I hope all of you have a merry Christmas and are able to enjoy celebrating the birth of the Savior with your families.


i ran across this little article today and thought “how ridiculous”:

The NCAA this week announced a formal program limiting how often bloggers with media credentials can update their blog while attending championship college events.

The sports governing body set blogging limits for each sport. For example, those at football games can update their blogs three times per quarter and once at halftime. For basketball, bloggers can post five times per half, once at halftime and twice per overtime period.

The policy even sets rules for water polo (three per quarter, once at halftime), bowling (10 blog posts per session) and fencing (10 per session).

The move is already garnering the predicted outrage. It reminds me of the music industry trying to hold on desperately to old business models in a fundamentally new era.

This isn’t the first time the NCAA has butted heads with the blogosphere. In June, a sportswriter from the Louisville, Ky. Courier-Journal was ejected from a college baseball game for, you guessed it, blogging. Indeed, I’m sure there are folks at the NCAA that see its latest efforts as a reasoned compromise, but I think it just shows how out of touch they are.

If I were the NCAA and there was someone passionate enough to deliver a blow-by-blow account of a college fencing match, I’d want to encourage that, maybe even buy them a non-alcoholic beer.

For those who want to check out the guidelines for themselves, the rules are posted in a PDF file on the NCAA’s Web site.


alan, did you notice anyone at your football game using their computer a little too much? better be on the lookout!

Hey Guys! Greeting from DC. It sounds like it has been a pretty good year for all of us. Christmas time in DC is pretty cool. We have our very own mini-Temple Square. This last month of work has been pretty fun too. A few weeks ago we had the annual analysts vs. old people football game. (I’m the lightning-quick green blur) The analysts lost pretty bad for the 7th year in a row. I think it’s because our speed advantage is lost on the small field that we play on. I also had a work holiday party that was on a boat. That was pretty fun because the food was good and a few people got drunk and it was funny to watch a whole bunch of partners at the firm get out and cut a rug. So anyway, I am flying to Wisconsin today for a 13 day vacation. Yippee!

Hey Steel, do you ever play this online game called WEBboggle? A bunch of us were playing at work today and I noticed that one of the guys who kept winning was named “Prof. Wagstaf“. I don’t know of any other people with that last name that are getting a PhD and that are super literate, so I thought it might have been you.

Well that’s it for me! Remember guys…

It’s in the singing of a street corner choir,
It’s going home and getting warm by the fire,
It’s true wherever you find love
It feels like Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

This Band that Sounds Kind of Like U2

So I’m writing my last paper of the semester about this rad Northumbrian poet, Basil Bunting, and an incredible poem called “Briggflatts” and I’m listening to KCRW while in the library. I found this band from Newcastle called Orange Lights that sounds a lot like U2, which means on one hand that they suck, but on the other hand that Mark and Alan and Dan will probably like them. Anyways, here it is And for the rest of you, there’s an ex-Mormon singer-songwriter who apparently worked in an Anasazi-type place for a couple of years with some pretty nice songs. And if you want free downloads of indie music, check out Hope everybody is doing well and shopping till they drop in anticipation of Jesus’ birthday. Big Heart to you all–Steel

Man vs. Lions and Hyenas

I was listening to NPR at work again and they did a short story on the lions in Africa that ate a whole bunch of people at the beginning of the 20th century. They also related a more recent story of a man that was attacked in the African bush by a lion. He fought with the lion for half an hour until he finally OVERPOWERED it. I’m not sure if that means he killed it or it simply ran away. Right after that a pack of hyenas attacked him and bit off his hands and toes but he still survived. Hyenas have a bite force of 1,000 pounds per square foot.

I remember a conversation Tyler and I once had about this kind of thing. I asserted that I could not only defend myself from an attack by a cheetah but that I could pretty much destroy it. Tyler was skeptical but I think the above story supports my argument.

SCORE: Dan 1, Tyler 0


let’s just say that if the gre were a floating object, it would definitely be a paddleboat. and i just did an alan on that thing.

i don’t have my percentile rank yet but i got a 770 (out of 800) on the math (i think that’s in the low to mid 90s generally) and i got a 610 on the verbal (not great but i believe that will be in the mid to upper 80s).