Archive for ◊ October, 2007 ◊

Hierarchical Temporal Modeling
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 | Author:

Interesting concept here: Numenta Technology

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Ways to Describe Stupidity
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 | Author:

If you ever need a short description to describe stupidity in the workplace, I compiled a decent list from various sources:

A few screws short of a hardware store.
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
The gates are down and the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.
Fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
He is depriving some village of its idiot.
The antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels.
Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.
The elevator goes to the top but the doors don’t open.
A shining example of why you should avoid inbreeding.
Not the quickest bunny in the forest.
The hard drive is spinning but the OS hasn’t been installed.
Doesn’t know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.
A poster child for birth control.
Most people drink from the fountain of knowledge, he only gargled.
Too stupid to live
Wonder how his brain generates enough power for him to breathe
He came from the shallow end of the gene pool

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Bush is Big Spender
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 | Author:

An article recently sent to me from my buddy, Bill Nolan, highlights that President Bush is the biggest spender since the days of LBJ’s Great Society:

“George W. Bush, despite all his recent bravado about being an apostle of small government and budget-slashing, is the biggest spending president since Lyndon B. Johnson. In fact, he’s arguably an even bigger spender than LBJ…”

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Most Common Passwords
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 | Author:

An interesting list from Modern Life… Based on a study in the United Kingdom, they identified the 10 most commonly used passwords on the Internet… #10 is thomas, while #1 is … drum roll… 123.

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Source of California Fires
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 | Author:

It’s very revealing to watch the media commentary on the potential source of the wildfires in California.  The Republicans contend that it is Al Qaeda, while the Democrats insist that it’s global warming.

Go Figure…

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OSU Buckeyes Hockey Roster
Monday, October 29th, 2007 | Author:

I’ve seen more OSU hockey games in the last two years than I’ve seen in the last twenty years…  When Barry was young, I used to take him to Ohio Stadium for football games, and we would walk by the OSU Ice Arena.  I would always tell him with pride about the many hours that I spent sweating in that arena, and he would reply: “come on dad, we’ve got to get to the football stadium.”  It’s an ironic turn of events that Barry was asked to do color commentary on radio for one of the OSU hockey games a week ago. 

Barry recently gave me the roster and stats information that he had for the game against Miami of Ohio.  I decided to check out the roster and I was truly amazed how things have changed since I played at OSU more than 25 years ago… First, the Buckeyes are carrying 28 players on the roster, which is 5 players more than usual.  Second, nearly 80% of the players are American and 9 are from Ohio (in my day, less than 20% of the players on the team were from the US).  Third, many of the players come from developmental leagues (3 players from the NAHL. see previous posting), which was unheard of when I played collegiate hockey.

One characteristic I noticed about the OSU roster is that they have many small players and lack any real “bruisers” (this was also evident when I recently watched them play in Dayton).  Evidently, the star player for the Buckeyes is Tom Fritsche, who has an older brother playing in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association has also changed from my days.  They now have teams that I never associated with hockey such as Alaska (why?), Notre Dame, and Nebraska-Omaha.

College hockey has certainly evolved…

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Flyers Win In Scrimmage Game
Saturday, October 27th, 2007 | Author:

Do you like the title of this posting?  It sounds similar to what I tell my wife about my victories when I play tennis against the ball machine… 

Anyway, Len and I made it over to UD Arena for the Dayton Flyers scrimmage game Saturday morning (about 16 minutes of game time).  You’ve got to love those Flyer fans.  There were nearly 4,000 faithful in attendance…  Interestingly, two of the top UD players, Chris Wright and Devin Searcy, were at the game in warm-up pants but didn’t see any playing time.  This could be the result of injuries or perhaps some type of punishment… I was most impressed with the play of Juco transfer Thiago Cordeiro.  He showed a solid presence around the basket and actually blocked two close-in shots by Charles Little… It appears that coach Gregory is going with London Warren and Brian Roberts at the point guard spot.  Warren is a high-energy player that can spark a team, but he still makes me nervous running the offense.

Most of the pundits picked the Flyers 6th in the A-10 conference… Even though it’s difficult to evaluate a team from a scrimmage game, I really believe that they will finish higher.

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The Future of Software
Saturday, October 27th, 2007 | Author:

Adobe, a leading maker of graphic and Web design software, earns most of its money through the sales of packaged software that runs locally on a computer’s hard drive… but it has started offering some of its applications online as service.

An article by Reuters share comments from the Adobe CEO and their planned directions for software as a service…

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Shocking Senate Votes
Saturday, October 27th, 2007 | Author:

Never argue with an idiot; they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience… The following senators voted against making English the official language of America:
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Now, the following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. They are grouped by home state. If a state is not listed, there was no voting representative.

Alaska: Stevens (R )
Arizona: McCain (R)
Arkansas: Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)
California: Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)
Colorado: Salazar (D)
Connecticut: Dodd (D) Lieberman (D)
Delaware: Biden (D) Carper (D)
Florida: Martinez (R)
Hawaii: Akaka (D) Inouye (D)
Illinois: Durbin (D) Obama (D)
Indiana: Bayh (D) Lugar (R)
Iowa: Harkin (D)
Kansas: Brownback (R)
Louisiana: Landrieu (D)
Maryland: Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)
Montana: Baucus (D)
Nebraska: Hagel (R)
Nevada: Reid (D)
New Jersey: Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)
New Mexico: Bingaman (D)
New York: Clinton (D) Schumer (D)
North Dakota: Dorgan (D)
Ohio: DeWine (R) Voinovich (R)
Oregon: Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania: Specter (R)
Rhode Island: Chafee (I) Reed (D)
South Carolina: Graham (R)
South Dakota: Johnson (D)
Vermont: Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)
Washington: Cantwell (D) Murray (D)
West Virginia: Rockefeller (D)
Wisconsin: Feingold (D) Kohl (D)

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Blue Jackets are a New Team
Friday, October 26th, 2007 | Author:

I’ve been the constant naysayer… Scott Morris provides a cogent analysis of why things may be different this year:

I’ve been to two regular season shutout wins this season where I’ve seen the Blue Jackets outscore the opposition 7-0. I don’t mean to get your hopes up and I realize that it’s early in the season but here are a few key facts to keep in mind:

* Nash roofed a ridiculous goal between his legs tonight… If you haven’t seen this yet you need to find a video of it.
* The Jackets’ start of 5-3-1 is their best in franchise history.
* At this young stage of the season they sit 2nd in the Central division behind Detroit.
* Pazzy (Pascal Leclaire) sits atop the league in shutouts with 4… His GAA and save percentage is sweet also.
* Leclaire is 1 shutout away from tying a franchise record in a season (amazing and sad, isn’t it?).
* The Jackets’ boast the best Penalty Killing % in the league – somewhere in the mid 90s.
* Nash has 9 goals in 8 games and is in the top 10 in the league in points.
* The Hanson brothers made an appearance at the game and everyone received a set of Hanson brother glasses.

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