Monday, February 11, 2013

For The Record, I Never Bought The Hype...

I'm an admittedly fair-weather fan when it comes to basketball.  I think it's great that KSU is in first place in the Big 12, but I'm not one of those who bought into the hype that it'll last too terribly long.  In fact, during all of the hoopla leading up to the game tonight, I remained skeptical that KSU really stood much of a chance in this game.  Sure, KU has lost three straight and is experiencing a 'crisis of confidence'...but let's look at the facts, shall we?  KU has beaten KSU something like 1,205 out of the last 1,206 meetings, and the last time KSU won in Lawrence was the year 42BC.  What better way to snap out of a losing streak and end the 'crisis of confidence' than at home against the in-state rival that both sides know is simply destined to lose?  Seeing the Wildcats up next on the schedule should have been the single biggest relief the Jayhawks could ever have hoped for because the only thing more well-established than KU's belief in their dominance over K-State in basketball is K-State's belief in KU's dominance over K-State in basketball.  In short, there's nothing about this matchup on this night that suggests K-State will do any better than achieve yet another pummeling.

And whaddaya know, the Jayhawks began the woodshed beating right away.  I stopped watching when the lead first reached 14 points because, quite frankly, I have better things to do than watch the sports equivalent of a beetle seeking freedom by climbing up the inside of a sealed Coke bottle.  I suspect it'll get worse.  I'll let Lindsey tell me the final score and continue the Wildcat mantra: "I can't wait until football season..."

I could be wrong, and I'd be happy to be proven so, but I keep saying it with all sincerity (though I think a lot of people don't believe that I'm serious): I'll believe a K-State victory over KU only when I see it.  Jayhawk fans, fret not, your streak is over as of tonight.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I noticed this pattern every time I've read Jurassic Park, and I thought it was simply a repeating pattern that Crichton came up with for the book.  Turns out it's a real thing, and much more fascinating:

For the record, yes, the book is better than the movie...if you enjoyed the movie at all, you really should read the real thing.  You won't regret it, for many more reasons than the fractals...

Friday, February 1, 2013


If you're one of those people (like me) who enjoys commercials precisely once -- and only once -- each year, this link is for you.