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Monday, December 8, 2008

BCS declares Germany winner of World War II

2:56 pm central

After determining the Big-12 championship game participants the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.

“Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning with the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland and continuing on into conference play with defeats of Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. Their only losses came against the US and Russia; however considering their entire body of work–including an incredibly tough Strength of Schedule–our computers deemed them worthy of the ranking.”

Questioned about the #4 ranking of the United States the BCS commissioner stated “The US only had two major victories–Japan and Germany. The computer models, unlike humans, aren’t influenced by head-to-head contests–they consider each contest to be only a single, equally-weighted event.” German Chancellor Adolph Hiter said “Yes, we lost to the US; but we defeated #2 ranked France in only 6 weeks.”

Herr Hitler has been criticized for seeking dramatic victories to earn ‘style points’ to enhance Germany’s rankings. Hitler protested “Our contest with Poland was in doubt until the final day and the conditions in Norway were incredibly challenging and demanded the application of additional forces.”

The French ranking has also come under scrutiny. The BCS commented “France had a single loss against Germany and following a preseason #1 ranking they only fell to #2.”

Japan was ranked #3 with victories including Manchuria, Borneo and the Philippines.

Monday, September 15, 2008

David Foster Wallace

6:13 pm central

So long.

Transcription of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address – May 21, 2005

(If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I’d advise you to go ahead, because I’m sure going to. In fact I’m gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings [“parents”?] and congratulations to Kenyon’s graduating class of 2005. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

This is a standard requirement of US commencement speeches, the deployment of didactic little parable-ish stories. The story [“thing”] turns out to be one of the better, less bullshitty conventions of the genre, but if you’re worried that I plan to present myself here as the wise, older fish explaining what water is to you younger fish, please don’t be. I am not the wise old fish. The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude, but the fact is that in the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance, or so I wish to suggest to you on this dry and lovely morning. (more…)

Monday, September 17, 2007

ACL Festival ’07 Recap

10:55 pm central

Just a few notes about this year’s Austin City Limits Festival….

Bands that lived up to expectations: M.I.A., Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Björk, Ghostland Observatory, Arcade Fire

Bands to follow up on: Crowded House, Cold War Kids, Arctic Monkeys, The National, DeVotchKa, Bloc Party

Bands that were unintelligible: Bob Dylan (even less so than usual) – but with 65,000 people around, it was a good finish to a rejuvenating three days of musical buffet.

This and other photos from the Austin City Limits Festival site.

Outages, one year at a time.

10:09 pm central

The site is fully up! Downtime was around 14 hours…

Who knows, maybe there will even be updates to come…. 🙂

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Days later…

12:00 pm central

Backups are still being restored. Sorry for the outage!