Somebody Get a Dictionary

| March 29, 2008

One of my pet peeves is hearing people, especially those in the broadcast media, use a particular word to emphasize their point, but use the incorrect definition of the word. Two such words are prototype and literal. How many times have you heard a sports broadcaster describe a player as “the prototype of an NFL [...]

Elite Eight or Eight Elite?

| March 25, 2008

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is one of the most exciting sporting events in the US. Unlike the NBA playoffs, what makes the college tourney so fascinating is that every game is an elimination match. On the first 4-day weekend games are played throughout the day as the field gets whittled down from [...]

The Cyber-Toothed Tiger

| January 1, 2008

The cyber-toothed tiger, Smilodon cyberis, was the last surviving species of the genus Smilodon: Class Mammalia » Order Carnivora » Suborder Feliformia » Family Felidae – prehistoric saber-toothed cats easily identified by the extreme size of their maxillary canine teeth, that roamed North and South America for millions of years. Most of the smilodons became [...]

Soccer in the USA

| September 18, 2007

In case you hadn’t noticed, the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament is in full swing in China. We all know that football is the most popular sport in the world. That’s soccer to those of us in the USA, and since this article is about the USA, I will call it soccer. Last month I [...]

Baseball is Digital, Football is Analog

| September 9, 2007

In general terms, digital means that information is contained in discrete elements, with nothing in between. For example, a digital clock with an Hour:Minute display shows you the time as discrete elements of minutes. By glancing at the clock once, you cannot tell how close you are to the next minute. There is no in-between. [...]

Bette Midler’s Trees

| August 24, 2007

It was all over the Internet and television news the past few days. Bette Midler was in big trouble for cutting down over 200 trees on her property in Hawaii without the proper permit. The story was more newsworthy because Ms. Midler has been an advocate and spokesperson for environmental causes for many years now. [...]

Social Websites, Unite!

| August 19, 2007

Social websites are popping up everywhere… Friendster, MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Flickr… the list goes on and on. The idea is that you create virtual groups of friends so you can share everything online and keep each other informed. You can share news, photos, music, links, or you can just tell everyone where [...]

My Royal Flush

| October 10, 2005

Anyone who has ever played poker knows that the Straight Flush is the highest possible hand because it is the most rare: five cards in rank order (a straight) of all the same suit (a flush). And the highest possible straight flush is called a Royal Flush: a Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of [...]

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