whoooweee. odin’s team played a game against black river falls. and the black river falls travelling team is their “A” team ( i.e. their best players ). so, we anticipated a “blow out”, especially since it was odin’s teams’ first time playing on “full ice”. they normally play games on half the ice. playing on the whole rink means they have to skate twice as much. against a better team.
all things considered, it was a great game. they hung in really well for the first period before the gas starting running out
odin played defenceman for the whole game ( he’s number 5 in the lower left of this picture ) and did a great job attempting to keep the puck out of his area of the ice.
in the end, viroqua lost to the better team, 7-1, but i think they were all in relatively good spirits and learned a lot about the importance of playing as a team when facing a formidable rival.
odin has moved on from making knitted wallets to crocheted coasters.
he thought i could use one to put under my coffee cup so i didn’t stain anything.
ever thoughtful, he is.
not sure why i don’t share more of my futzing with the git box. here’s a quick little ( rough ) ditty. ( also, testing soundcloud ).
literally improv’d on the spot, so don’t take it too seriously. but maybe interest on a continuing “sunday songs” series?
knowing that parallel-flickr exists makes me a lot less twitchy when thinking about the future of the 8 years of photos i have linked to on the website. not that i have any sense that flickr is going disappear, but i am so very happy to read this in a presentation by its creator, aaron straup: “parallel-flickr is not a perfect solution to this problem [ of broken URLs ] but if someone can say to their friends “Well, just replace ‘flickr.com’ with ‘mywebsite.com’ in all those URLs” then that’s a start.” ( psssst, openphoto. if parallel-flickr can do it why can’t you? )
perusing this exhaustive list of cognitive biases and it really is amazing that humans every have anything approaching a rational thought. for whatever reason, reading about research on confirmation bias has always been a favorite pastime. throw in cognitive dissonance, and motivated reasoning and you’ve got yourself a whole mess of irrationality.
confession time. for years i’ve harbored a secret desire to start a community radio show that consists solely of conet project recordings of numbers stations. any locals think wdrt would let me get away with that sort of thing? not familiar with the project? here’s an internet archive of the recordings and a long washington post article.
france calls for EU-wide ban of monsanto gmo maize, citing “latest scientific studies” which showed that the use of GM crops “pose significant risks for the environment””. meanwhile in the US, the USDA says companies developing gmo products “…will get speedier regulatory reviews of their genetically modified crops.” *headdesk*
“the central attribute of human conscious experience, so fundamental, in fact, that we take it for granted, don’t pause to think about it, is the sense of unity. You’ve got a diversity of sensory experiences. You see things, you listen to things. This harks back to what I was saying about synesthesia. You taste things. You have hundreds of memories throughout a lifetime. Yet you think of yourself as a unified person. Yet all of these happen to you… Despite this diversity of sensory experiences, this bewildering sensory cognitive blitz of memories and sensory impressions I experience unity. How does that come about?” – V. S. Ramachandran, author of the The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human ( quote via ). the balanced NYT review of The Tell-Tale Brain alludes to the controversy surrounding some his theories.
odd, isn’t it, that the words of jack welch are considered insightful and not patently obvious: ““On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world. Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy… your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products. Managers and investors should not set share price increases as their overarching goal. … Short-term profits should be allied with an increase in the long-term value of a company.””