Seen, Heard, Said

Things I’ve seen, heard, or was told by someone. Item in this category usually originate from the Internet.

Oh, How Sweet It Was

Oh, How Sweet It Was

It was inevitable. After a perfect season, the ‘Diggers finally lost against top-ranked Pittsburg State University Gorillas 35-70. An NCAA press release reads:

Top-ranked Pittsburg State University jumped out to a 42-7 second-quarter lead then coasted to a 70-35 victory over fifth-ranked Colorado School of Mines in the second round of the NCAA Division II football playoffs Saturday (Nov. 20) before a sellout crowd of 9,409 raucous fans at "The Pitt," Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.
The unbeaten Gorillas (12-0) broke an NCAA-II single-game post-season scoring record, advancing to the national quarterfinals to face fourth-ranked Northwest Missouri State University, a 34-14 winner over third-ranked Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The Gorillas and Bearcats will meet Saturday (Nov. 27) at Noon (CST) at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.
Pitt State broke the old scoring mark of 65 points set by Grand Valley State University in a 65-36 victory over Bentley College last year.
The Orediggers (12-1) had their unblemished season to a close with the loss. It was just the ninth time in Division II history (since 1973) that two unbeaten teams met on the football field in post-season play.
Senior quarterback Neal Philpot rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown and passed for 105 yards and another score one day after being snubbed by voters from making the eight-man national ballot for the 2004 Harlon Hill Trophy.
Philpot directed the Gorillas to eight touchdown drives in nine possessions under center against the Orediggers as PSU built a 56-21 cushion before he was lifted from the Gorillas’ lineup midway through the third quarter. He became the first quarterback in NCAA history (all levels) to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a season three times in a career (2001, ’03-04).
Tailback Germaine Race rushed 19 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns, scoring on runs of 2, 7 and 5 yards. Fullback Joe Taylor also scored three touchdowns with runs of 3, 4 and 2 yards.
Pitt State rushed out to a 28-7 first quarter lead to set the tone in the game. The Gorillas scored on their opening drive of the game with nine consecutive rushing plays, punctuated by Race’s 2-yard run with 10:48 to play in the initial period.
CSM matched the Gorillas’ first score with a 10-play, 80-yard drive which was capped by Chad Friehauf’s 1-yard TD pass to Bryan Florendo on 4th-and-goal.
The Gorillas countered with Philpot’s 22-yard scoring run on their next possession, then broke serve when Chad Miller intercepted an errant Friehauf pass at the CSM 23 to set up a 3-yard run by Taylor.
The Pitt State defense then forced a quick three-and-out and Philpot tossed a 35-yard TD pass to Jermaine Carpenter with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. Linebacker Jimmie Taylor then intercepted Friehauf on CSM’s next possession, giving PSU the ball at the Oredigger 13. Joe Taylor scored three plays later on a 4-yard run to make it 35-7 with 11:36 left in the second quarter.
Pitt State took a 42-14 lead to the intermission, then turned a CSM fumble on the opening kickoff into a third scoring opportunity. Taylor again capped a short, 17-yard drive with a 2-yard run to make it 49-14 a half-minute into the second half.
Friehauf set an NCAA-II single-game post-season record with 45 completions in the game. He was 45 of 53 passing (.849) for 433 yards and three touchdowns with the two interceptions. He rushed 13 times for 52 yards and two scores. Friehauf fumbled once and was sacked three times in the game.

On a completely separate note, my previous blog is refering to a new screen play I’m working on. There was some confusion over that.


Feds: Obesity Raising Airline Fuel Costs

Feds: Obesity Raising Airline Fuel Costs

My new rule: If you sit by me on an airplane and are overweight, I will charge you for increasing the price of my ticket.

By Daniel Yee, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA – Heavy suitcases aren’t the only things weighing down airplanes and requiring them to burn more fuel, pushing up the cost of flights. A new government study reveals that airlines increasingly have to worry more about the weight of their passengers.

America’s growing waistlines are hurting the bottom lines of airline companies as the extra pounds on passengers are causing a drag on planes. Heavier fliers have created heftier fuel costs, according to the government study.
Through the 1990s, the average weight of Americans increased by 10 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra weight caused airlines to spend $275 million to burn 350 million more gallons of fuel in 2000 just to carry the additional weight of Americans, the federal agency estimated in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

"The obesity epidemic has unexpected consequences beyond direct health effects," said Dr. Deron Burton of the CDC. "Our goal was to highlight one area that had not been looked at before."

The extra fuel burned also had an environmental impact, as an estimated 3.8 million extra tons of carbon dioxide were released into the air, according to the study.

The agency said its calculations are rough estimates, issued to highlight previously undocumented consequences of the ongoing obesity epidemic.

The estimates were calculated by determining how much fuel the 10 extra pounds of weight per passenger represented in Department of Transportation airline statistics, Burton said.

Obesity is a life-or-death struggle in the United States, the underlying cause of 400,000 deaths in 2000, a 33 percent jump from 1990. If current trends persist, it will become the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death, the CDC said earlier this year.

More than half – 56 percent – of U.S. adults were overweight or obese in the early 1990s, according to a CDC survey. That rose to 65 percent in a similar survey done from 1999 to 2002.

Although the Air Transport Association of America has not yet validated the CDC data, spokesman Jack Evans said the health agency’s appraisal "does not sound out of the realm of reality."

With most airlines reporting losses blamed partly on record-high fuel costs, everything on an airplane is now a weighty issue. Airlines are doing everything they can to lighten the load on all aircraft, from wide-body jets to turboprops.
Bulky magazines have gone out the door. Metal forks and spoons have been replaced with plastic. Large carry-ons are being scrutinized and even heavy materials that used to make up airplane seats are being replaced with plastic and other lightweight materials.

"We’re dealing in a world of small numbers _ even though it has a very incremental impact" to reduce a 60- to 120-ton aircraft’s weight by bumping off a few magazines, Evans said. "When you consider airlines are flying millions of miles, it adds up over time."

Although passenger bulk has been an issue in the past _ Dallas-based Southwest Airlines requires large people to buy a second seat for passenger safety and comfort _ Evans says it’s not likely airlines will scrutinize how much passengers weigh in the future. Instead, they are trying to do a better job of estimating passenger weight in figuring out how much fuel they need for a flight.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines now calculates the weight of children on flights, instead of using adult-weight formulas for all passengers, Evans said.

"Just like we don’t control the costs of our fuel, we don’t control the weights of our passengers," he said. "Passengers gain weight, but airlines are the ones that go on a diet. It’s part of the conundrum we face right now."


Mines moon mission may be NASA’s next

From the Rocky Mountain News:

By Jim Erickson, Rocky Mountain News
July 19, 2004

A Colorado School of Mines proposal to collect rocks from the far side of the moon was selected Friday as one of two finalists for a $700 million NASA mission.

The proposed Moonrise mission would send twin robotic spacecraft to execute the first lunar landings since the Apollo program ended in 1972.

Both craft would land in the 1,500-mile-wide South Pole-Aitken Basin. Robotic arms would scrape about 5 pounds of rock and soil into return capsules, which then would head back to Earth.

In January, President Bush outlined a plan to return astronauts to the moon as early as 2015. Robotic missions would pave the way for the manned lunar landings.

“Our mission is consistent with the president’s new vision for exploration,” said Colorado School of Mines geologist Michael Duke, who heads the Moonrise team.

“I think it fits,” he said Friday. “I think we will benefit from the fact that the country’s space program will be focused on the moon for the next few years.”

The South Pole-Aitken Basin soil and rock would be “clearly different from anything we’ve sampled before,” Duke said.

In February, seven proposals were submitted for the next mission in NASA’s New Frontiers program of unmanned solar system exploration flights.

The other finalist announced Friday is Juno, a Jupiter orbiter that would study the giant planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field. The Juno team is headed by Scott Bolton of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“It was a very tough decision, but we’re excited at the prospect of the discoveries either of them could make,” said NASA Associate Administrator Ed Weiler.

Each of the New Frontiers finalists will receive up to $1.2 million to complete a detailed “implementation feasibility study” in the next seven months. In May 2005, a winner will be named. The selected mission must be ready for launch by June 30, 2010. Costs will be capped at $700 million.


DNA and Longhorn

This is a going to be a two part post:
First, I got my DNA results back.
No, I’m not suffering from any sort of ailment, in fact, the DNA that I had
profiled as part of my BioTech course was “Junk” DNA, more specifically, mtDNA.
Here goes:


Some of you know must be wondering why this are a bunch of N’s mixed in with
the standard G,T, A, and C’s. The N’s are just places where the machine could
not determine what the DNA was, a typical occurence in tests of this type.

Now on to Longhorn, if you know what Longhorn is, then you probably also
heard about the conference Microsoft had today to discus it. Thus far, it is all
the rumors said it would be. WinFS appears to be the biggest issue, and a great
idea to boot, especially since it’s based on XML, which might allow more
cross-platform portability. However, a comment Gates made does worry me a bit.
Gates is paraphrased as saying Longhorn will have “integrated telephone
services.” This could be a good thing, if encompases some sort of answering
machine type device. But if it relates to internet…well, I don’t know. It
would have also been good to see some mention of Voice-over-IP.



So 9|11 is upon once again. As I was driving home from school today, I was listen to the Dave Ross show on 710 Kiro. Mr. Ross was playing some sound bytes from the first David Letterman show after September 11th, 2001. I really liked them, and I’m still trying to find it found it. However, I have found the following…which should be a start:


cold opening and applause

Thank you very much.

Welcome to the Late Show. This is our first show on the air since New York and Washington were attacked, and I need to ask your patience and indulgence here because I want to say a few things, and believe me, sadly, I’m not going to be saying anything new, and in the past week others have said what I will be saying here tonight far more eloquently than I’m equipped to do.

But, if we are going to continue to do shows, I just need to hear myself talk for a couple of minutes, and so that’s what I’m going to do here.

It’s terribly sad here in New York City. We’ve lost five thousand fellow New Yorkers, and you can feel it. You can feel it. You can see it. It’s terribly sad. Terribly, terribly sad. And watching all of this, I wasn’t sure that I should be doing a television show, because for twenty years we’ve been in the city, making fun of everything, making fun of the city, making fun of my hair, making fun of Paul… well…

So, to come to this circumstance that is so desperately sad, I don’t trust my judgment in matters like this, but I’ll tell you the reason that I am doing a show and the reason I am back to work is because of Mayor Giuliani.

Very early on, after the attack, and how strange does it sound to invoke that phrase, “after the attack?”, Mayor Giuliani encouraged us — and here lately implored us — to go back to our lives, go on living, continue trying to make New York City the place that it should be. And because of him, I’m here tonight.

And I just want to say one other thing about Mayor Giuliani: As this began, and if you were like me, and in many respects, God, I hope you’re not. But in this one small measure, if you’re like me, and you’re watching and you’re confused and depressed and irritated and angry and full of grief, and you don’t know how to behave and you’re not sure what to do and you don’t really… because we’ve never been through this before… all you had to do at any moment was watch the Mayor. Watch how this guy behaved. Watch how this guy conducted himself. Watch what this guy did. Listen to what this guy said. Rudolph Giuliani is the personification of courage.


And it’s very simple… there is only one requirement for any of us, and that is to be courageous, because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior. And I believe, because I’ve done a little of this myself, pretending to be courageous is just as good as the real thing. He’s an amazing man, and far, far better than we could have hoped for. To run the city in the midst of this obscene chaos and attack, and also demonstrate human dignity… my God… who can do that? That’s a pretty short list.

The twenty years we’ve been here in New York City, we’ve worked closely with police officers and the fire fighters and…


…and fortunately, most of us don’t really have to think too much about what these men and women do on a daily basis, and the phrase New York’s finest and New York’s bravest, you know, did it mean anything to us personally, firsthand? Well, maybe, hopefully, but probably not. But boy, it means something now, doesn’t it? They put themselves in harm’s way to protect people like us, and the men and women, the fire fighters and the police department who are lost are going to be missed by this city for a very, very long time. And I, and my hope for myself and everybody else, not only in New York but everywhere, is that we never, ever take these people for granted… absolutely never take them for granted.


I just want to go through this, and again, forgive me if this is more for me than it is for people watching, I’m sorry, but uh, I just, I have to go through this, I’m…

The reason we were attacked, the reason these people are dead, these people are missing and dead, and they weren’t doing anything wrong, they were living their lives, they were going to work, they were traveling, they were doing what they normally do. As I understand it (and my understanding of this is vague at best), another smaller group of people stole some airplanes and crashed them into buildings. And we’re told that they were zealots, fueled by religious fervor… religious fervor. And if you live to be a thousand years old, will that make any sense to you? Will that make any Goddamned sense? Whew.

I’ll tell you about a thing that happened last night. There’s a town in Montana by the name of Choteau. It’s about a hundred miles south of the Canadian border. And I know a little something about this town. It’s 1,600 people. 1,600 people. And it’s an ag-business community, which means farming and ranching. And Montana’s been in the middle of a drought for… I don’t know… three years? And if you’ve got no rain, you can’t grow anything. And if you can’t grow anything, you can’t farm, and if you can’t grow anything, you can’t ranch, because the cattle don’t have anything to eat, and that’s the way life is in a small town. 1,600 people.

Last night at the high school auditorium in Choteau, Montana, they had a rally (home of the Bulldogs, by the way)… they had a rally for New York City. And not just a rally for New York City, but a rally to raise money… to raise money for New York City. And if that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the… the spirit of the United States, then I can’t help you. I’m sorry.


And I have one more thing to say, and then, thank God, Regis is here, so we have something to make fun of.

If you didn’t believe it before (and it’s easy to understand how you might have been skeptical on this point), if you didn’t believe it before, you can absolutely believe it now…

New York City is the greatest city in the world.

lengthy applause

We’re going to try and feel our way through this, and we’ll just see how it goes… take it a day at a time. We’re lucky enough tonight to have two fantastic representatives of this town, Dan Rather and Regis Philbin, and we’ll be right back.

to commercial



Update: Added audio


E-mail? The French beg to differ


The latest Anglicism to fall out of favor in France is the word “e-mail,” now banned from use by government employees.

The word “e-mail” can now no longer be used in French official communication, including documents, memos, the internet and even e-mails themselves.

The General Commission on Terminology and Neology, part of the French Culture Ministry and affiliated to the Academie Francaise–which outlawed the word “Walkman” in favor of “baladeur” some years ago–prefers the French alternative “courriel.”

And we wonder why the French don’t win any wars?