March 28, 2008

Hillary at Village of Coventry

Go figure, Senator Clinton spoke at Sara's at the Village of Coventry, about a mile from my house, and here I am, 6 or 7 hundred miles away.... it's almost as if I planned it. :)

I-64 Shootings

We were southbound on I-64 on Thursday morning, wondering what all the Northbound fuss was, and didn't learn until later that someone had taken pot-shots at cars from an overpass. I'm glad they're caught.

Mt. Airy, NC

If you're not up on your Andy Griffith lore, he was born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina and somewhat modeled Mayberry after Mt. Airy... now Mt. Airy is modeling itself after Mayberry, as well. So here we have Wally's Service Station (where you can schedule a ride in the squad car to tour the city), Emmitt's fix-it shop, Otis Cambell's favorite cell in the court house and Floyd's Barber Shop (where Andy Griffith's childhood barber still gives haircuts).

March 25, 2008

Hillary's coming

It looks like Hillary will be the first 2008 presidential candidate to make her way to Ft. Wayne.  I guess Bill must have told her how nice we were to him.

March 24, 2008

Harding lost to the Twin Towers

Washington's big team was too much for Harding, with Ft. Wayne losing by 24 points.

The Luers Question

St. Joseph's Track Team stayed home during the Easter Tridium, forgoing the Hoosier State Relays -- but Bishop Luers' basketball team and Bishop Chatard's track team played and won on Saturday.
Last weekend, the Easter celebration, was the holiest of holy times on the Catholic calendar. During that time — from 5 p.m. Thursday through the rest of the weekend — the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese mandates that athletes at the Catholic high schools be restricted from practices or competitions.

I am inclined to agree with St. Joseph's. Sunday games and practices in many sports are becoming standard practice and would not have been allowed when we Sevens were in school. If Bishop Luers would have stood up and refused to play on Saturday due to the Tridium and Diocese rules, it would have been very hard for them to bear -- I wonder if they might have even lost some players to public schools off the team next year -- but it would have raised awareness of what the IHSAA is doing to the kids' family lives.

And we cannot know that the IHSAA would not have moved the game to avoid an outcry.

Olgivy Wins

Tiger Woods ended up losing by two strokes

Katharine McPhee

Katherine McPhee was great on American Idol, wasn't she. I thought she should have won that year she came in second to Taylor Hicks... it's obvious, isn't it -- he would look ridiculous in a short, silver spangled dress.

Western Kentucky

Are you enjoying the upsets? It's playing havock on my brackets... too bad about IU, although that wasn't much of an upset, really.

March 23, 2008

Will Tiger play today?

Play was suspended yesterday due to the rain and was set to begin again this morning at 8:30, but I do not yet see any changes on the leaderboard so I don't think the weather is cooperating this morning either... they may end up finishing tomorrow if they can't finish today.

They are golfing now... Tiger's down 5 strokes now, to Olgivy who continues smoking the course at -16.

Even though Woods is shooting par, other golfers are passing him like he's standing still. Vijay Singh and Graeme Storm, for example, shot -9 for this round to Tiger's even par. Just look at today's rounds on that leaderboard above.

Luers brings it home

Bishop Luers 69, Winchester 67
DeShaun Thomas is known as an outstanding scorer and strong rebounder, but it was a pass that the Fort Wayne Bishop Luers sophomore made that proved pivotal Saturday.

In the final 90 seconds of a tie game, Thomas passed out of a double-team to Jake Kuhn, who dropped in a short jumper for his only points and the Knights posted a thrilling 69-67 victory over Winchester for the Class 2A boys basketball state championship Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The title was the first in program history for Luers (24-3) but capped a football-basketball double for the parochial Catholic school this academic year.

Congratulations, Luers! What a great year.

March 22, 2008

Climate Facts

Check it out, as I mentioned the other day, the Earth stopped warming a decade ago.
"The head of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has actually acknowledged it. He talks about the apparent plateau in temperatures so far this century. So he recognises that in this century, over the past eight years, temperatures have plateaued ... This is not what you'd expect, as I said, because if carbon dioxide is driving temperature then you'd expect that, given carbon dioxide levels have been continuing to increase, temperatures should be going up ... So (it's) very unexpected, not something that's being discussed. It should be being discussed, though, because it's very significant."

Duffy: "It's not only that it's not discussed. We never hear it, do we? Whenever there's any sort of weather event that can be linked into the global warming orthodoxy, it's put on the front page. But a fact like that, which is that global warming stopped a decade ago, is virtually never reported, which is extraordinary."

The global warmers are having difficulty swallowing the fact that their models are failing -- so they ignore the data as best they can.

Duke Falls

Looky, looky... Duke fell to West Virginia and Purdue is leading Xavier early in the first half... If Purdue pulls off a victory, they'll have a much smoother road with Duke out of the tournemant. Go Boilers!

Tiger, near the top

Tiger Woods is near the top of the leaderboard at the World Golf Championship event this weekend... he's not getting it done, today, so he'll have to bring his "A" game tomorrow to keep his win streak alive... Right now, he's 2 down against two, strong Australian guys who don't appear willing to roll over and play dead.

March 21, 2008

Boomerang returns in Space

I personally do not believe it. In the vacuum of space, throwing a boomerang is no different than throwing a rock.

River of Life

March 20, 2008

Haley Chaney Update for 3-20-08

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated this evening. Today is the day, the day Haley went home from the hospitals. I've added the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident, and will continue to pray for her, her family and her classmates.

Check your Brackets

Xavier over George
Kansas over Portland State
Michigan State over Temple
Marquette over Kentucky
UNLV over Kent State
Pittsburgh over Oral Roberts
Purdue over Baylor
I erred the Kentucky/Marquette game, I thought Kentucky had a chance but they lost by 8.

Justin, not Jarrod, Parker

An interesting update on Justin Parker, Jarrod's brother, who is playing for Wright State.  Some of the facts in the blurb are wrong, Jarrod went with the Diamondbacks, not the Braves.

ESPN Scoreboard

Here's the ESPN Scoreboard for the office-bound, Purdue plays Baylor at 2:50pm.  Notre Dame doesn't play George Mason until 9:50pm tonight.

Paul Scofield has died

Paul Scofield has passed away at 86.  I just watched him play Sir Thomas More the other day in "A Man for All Seasons."

Climate Models Fail

Predictions of global warming, scary enough to cause countries to change their policies, have all failed to predict both the last year's cooling trend and the last three years' cooling of the ocean.  Those in the global warming camp are talking around the failures of the models with discussion of temporary downturns and El Ninos, but the fact remains that the only evidence for those dire predictions in 50 or 100 years, the only evidence causing whole countries to try to change their energy infrastructure, are the models that have failed to predict the current conditions.  Isn't the only value of a computer simulation that it be able to predict what will happen? 

Are they really trying to get us all to believe that, "Well, yes, the models might fail to predict yearly trends but they are correct for the long term."  When you look at the model's progression above, do you see a plateau for 1998 through 2007?  Do you see any points on the graph in 2007 falling down to 2001 levels?  Are we to expect the temperature to radically jump higher in the future just because the chart says it will?  And look at the range of the models' predictions:  anywhere from  1.5 degrees to nearly 6 degrees hotter in the next 100 years.  If a 6 degree increase can cause global catastrophe and the models have a 5 degree span of prediction -- what does that tell you about their worth?

Height is a Factor

Harding faces off against the Twin Towers of Washington while Luers faces smaller Winchester.

Combat deaths in Iraq vs. prior major battles

Iraq war vs. major battles since WWII, American forces have fought brilliantly in Iraq

March 19, 2008

Haley Chaney Upate for 3-19-2008

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated this evening. One more day until she heads home from Parkview and begins Lutheran outpatient therapy. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident, but here is a little:
Wow, it's our last night at Parkview Hospital. This may sound strange, but I think I will have to fight back tears when we leave tomorrow! These people have touched our lives in such a huge way....I will miss them. We definitely will be making trips back to visit our new friends, both at Parkview and Lutheran.

Haley was not able to get the pins out of her finger today as hoped. She has an appointment next Thursday for more x-rays. The doctor did try to bend it today, but it was stiff as a board. She may need further surgery to loosen things up on the inside.
Prayers for healing, patience and time for both.

Saying Thanks: The Gratitude Campaign

Obama's Speech

Senator Obama wrote and delivered a very good speech, although if I were his grandmother I wouldn't have appreciated it since he aired her private foibles to offset his pastor's public rants. As I said before, he was stuck, he spent too long doing nothing about his pastor's behavior to leave gracefully now and he took the only way out -- turning his chosen pastor into an unchosen, crazy uncle: too close to family to be discarded, too divisive to be justified.

A Special Leprechaun Pipe

March 18, 2008

Haley Chaney Update for 3-18-2008

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated this evening with some great news, she'll be headed home from Parkview Rehab on Thursday. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident.

Congratulations and God Bless the Chaneys.

Arthur C. Clarke has died

Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction writer, has passed away.

Really a brilliant, visionary man.

Clinton Rally Advice

One thousand people will be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tax Rebate Calculator

Click here for a tax rebate calculator... you have to scroll down just a bit on the page you go to.

Bashing the Big 10

"The Big Ten is going down faster than the dollar," longtime ESPN college football analyst Beano Cook said. "It's basically the fourth-best conference behind the SEC, Pac-10 and Big 12."

Them's fightin' words, Beano... but since your name is "Beano" I figure you've suffered enough.

March 17, 2008

Robot Quadruped

Skynet can't be too far off.

AP College Rankings for 3-17-08

The new AP Top 25 rankings are out

Butler is #11
Notre Dame is #15
Purdue is #20

IU has fallen to disappointment.

Printable Women's NCAA Bracket

Click on the bracket above to go to the printable bracket for the Women's NCAA tournament.

Bill Clinton in Ft. Wayne

President Clinton will be at the Grand Wayne Center tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. So, depending on your politics, either hide your daughters or go hear and cheer. He'll be in Lawrenceburg around noon and in Richmond at 3:30, if you live down there. It's probably better when these things are all decided before they get here -- we're not used to this kind of attention. We might start expecting things from the government, if we're not careful.

Senator Bayh was at the Airport this afternoon and will be nosing for votes with Senator, Mrs. Clinton on Thursday.

I wish Chuck Norris would come with Senator McCain, but I guess that's not gonna happen.

Luers vs. Winchester

Indiana 2A Winchester came in 2nd last year and have seven returning players finding themselves in the same position this year, facing off against Bishop Luers.  Winchester is small, but they were able to beat Mater Dei which had a very large team.  The final question will be whether Winchester's experience last year in the finals will give them the edge over Luers. 

Both Woodlan and Bluffton were able to stop Luers powerhouse Sophomore  DeShaun Thomas, but stopping Thomas means that the scoring flowed easily to other Luers players -- so both Woodlan and Bluffton came close, but lost in the end.  If Winchester goes the same route and focuses it's defense on stopping Thomas, they will likely come to the same end.  But if they don't, the end results will be based on whether Thomas is on his game or not.

If DeShaun Thomas comes to play on Saturday, Winchester can only choose to loose by a lot, or little, depending on how they play him.  If Thomas doesn't have his A-Game, Luers better hope that Winchester double teams him anyway.

Air Force goes European

There ought to be a law against this.  The US Air Force has announced they are going with the Airbus A330 for refueling tankers instead of the Boeing 767.  Over time, this means well over 100 billion of our tax dollars will be flooding into Europe (France, England, Germany and Spain help make the Airbus) instead of keeping Americans employed.

And is it really fair, since those European governments subsidize the Airbus and our government does not subsidize Boeing?  Is this what we'll get with McCain in charge, our defense and our jobs being let out to foreign countries?

Denver 168, Seattle 116

Now that's some scoring.

2008 NIT Brackets

March 16, 2008

Four Indiana Teams in NCAA Tourney

Notre Dame is seeded 5th in the East, Indiana is seeded 8th in the East, Purdue is seeded 6th in the West and Butler is seeded 7th in the East.

On Thursday Purdue will play Baylor and Notre Dame will George Mason. Butler will face South Alabama and IU will play Arkansas.

Click on the bracket to go to a printable version.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-16-2008

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated last evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. There's much more at the links, but for now, remember,
Please continue to pray for Haley’s double vision; pray that she will be able to express herself more clearly. I really notice this difficulty when she tries to tell a story. It’s hard for her to keep her facts straight and in order. Continue to pray for complete restoration and healing of her brain. Haley will most likely get the pins out of her finger next week. Shortly after that, rehab will begin on her finger. Praying for full function. Thank you so so so much!

This time, she won.

Woods makes his move

Tiger Woods' 66 today took him from 20th position to only two shots down in the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Woods is going for his seventh win in a row, four of them PGA tour events.

Update: I turned off the TV after Tiger was done, but the field came down to meet him, so he's tied for the lead, poised for victory tomorrow....

Update 2: Tiger proved he was human, missing a little seven-footer on the 11th and then missing the bunny three-footer coming back. Of course then he pulled out his inhuman card and rolled in a 23-footer beauty to break a deadlock and win outright on the final hole of the day. What a beautiful putt! That's Tiger at the top, spiking his hat into the turf in victory (who says Golf isn't a contact sport!).

This guy's not a believer
As great as Tiger is, as dominant as he's been, as well as he's playing, only a fool would bet him to beat the entire field of a top-level PGA Tour event.

Yes, Tiger has won every time he's teed it up this season. Yes, he'd won six tournaments (four on the PGA Tour) in a row heading into Thursday's first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Yes, he's the greatest professional athlete of our time.

But, no, he's not going to win every tournament he plays this season.

If you think Tiger is going to beat everybody every week, you are either a sucker -- or something far more foolhardy

Harding heads to the finals

Harding 68, Plymouth 57

Harding advances to the 3A State finals to face Washington next weekend.

March 15, 2008

Truck Spills

A truck hauling cattle overturned in a crash down in Evansville, killing 22 cattle. That's not all that interesting, but it leads me to point out that whatever you're interested in, somebody's out there putting it on a web site:, for example, is a web site dedicated to things that have spilled out of trucks.

Luers moves to State Finals

Bishop Luers 83, Westview 70

DeShaun Thomas had 35 points and 17 rebounds. Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers will meet Winchester on March 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse for the state title.

Climate Panel on the hot seat

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hasn't been predicting the weather very well
Over time, forecasting researchers have compiled 140 principles that can be applied to a broad range of disciplines, including science, sociology, economics and politics.

In a recent NCPA study, Kesten Green and J. Scott Armstrong used these principles to audit the climate forecasts in the Fourth Assessment Report. Messrs. Green and Armstrong found the IPCC clearly violated 60 of the 127 principles relevant in assessing the IPCC predictions. Indeed, it could only be clearly established that the IPCC followed 17 of the more than 127 forecasting principles critical to making sound predictions.
This is why most television weatherman are not on board with the Global Warming craze... they know how complex the Climate of the Earth is and can't predict ten days ahead, let alone 50 and 100 years.

IU loses, as well

Minnesota was ahead the whole game, but DJ White, like a bull in a china shop, with the refs treating him like a poor little guard among the giants under the rim, put IU ahead with 1.5 seconds to go. But Minnesota put the Hoosiers down for good with a majestic pass and a beautiful little hook-like jumper at the buzzer. I played it back in slow motion a few times and it was beautiful -- the ball flying free from his hand, the clock right in frame at .1, one tenth of a second, and then clicking over to zero, the horn sounding, the ball going through and every Minnesota hand rising in victory.

Ah.... that tempers the Purdue loss.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-14-08

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated last evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident.

This time, she won.

March 14, 2008

Purdue bows out early

Purdue loses to Illinois in overtime 67-74.

I had a bad view of the TV and was doing more talking than watching during the game, those who were paying attention were complaining about the referees a lot, saying that all the calls were going against Purdue. I don't know about that, but I do know that Purdue missed a lot of shots at the end.

Hoosier State Relays

Congratulations to Emily Gresley (daughter of Sevens member Jeff Gresley) for qualifying in the Pole Vault for the Hoosier State Relays indoor Track and Field Finals coming up next weekend.

This might be a good time to point out the Olympic Committee's extremely odd ruling to disallow Women's Ski Jumping. The IOC says there are not enough women competing at a high level of the sport and allowing it would just "water down" the value of medals won.

The Women's Marathon was introduced into the Olympics in 1984. Women's pole vaulting was introduced into the Olympics at Sydney in 2000 -- which is harder, the pole vault, or falling off a hill?

Free Language Classes at the BBC

Want to learn French? Spanish? Portuguese? Greek? Italian?  German? Chinese?  Online courses are free at the BBC.

Other places, including colleges, offer language courses for free, as well.  And there's lots of other free language courseware on the web.

Latin  Latin at St. Louis University

What a great picture

Obama and Pastor Wright

A little update on how Senator Obama feels about Pastor Wright

Many are wanting something more than Senator Obama saying, "Obviously, I disagree with [what Pastor Wright has said]." I think the pundits want Obama to switch churches and repudiate Pastor Wright's positions in the strongest possible terms.

I think he's stuck, though, kind of like Senator McCain is stuck with his vaccine problem. They have associated themselves with fringe groups which believe what few Americans believe. With McCain, it is that standard childhood vaccines can cause autism, with Obama it's that (among other things) the American government developed AIDS to rid itself of people of color. The data doesn't support either claim and both Senators lend credence to those beliefs by their association with the believers. Senator Obama's problem is the worse, though, because of the obvious derangement of the views his Pastor expresses and his fellow parishioners apparently believe wholeheartedly.

Update: Some say Pastor Wright speaks in metaphor, placing current events into the context of past crimes against Blacks, placing Blacks into the context of Biblical stories. If such were the case, Senator Obama would have clung to that explanation like the life-saver it is meant to be. Instead, he decried the language and gave it no quarter at all. If a well-read US Senator, a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School and member of the church where the sermons were preached cannot tell they are metaphors then I contend they are not.

If the sermons are not metaphoric, then Pastor Wright either believes that the United States Government planned and executed 9/11 and created the HIV virus to kill people of color, or else he is a demagogue, raising the passions of his flock for his own fame and gain. Since demagogues never admit to demagoguery, we have to submit his words to a test: does he, or those who listen to him, behave as if the words are true? No, of course they don't. If you lived in a country you truly believed was infecting people of color with a deadly virus and shooting missiles into buildings full of people you would be behaving like Oskar Schindler or Harriet Tubman, not like Jeremiah Wright. You would be getting people out, into Canada or England, not spouting conspiracy theories in front of Internet cameras.

AP Basketball Rankings for 3-10-08

I failed to post the AP Top 25 Men's Basketball Rankings that came out on Monday.

Indiana Schools:
Butler moved up 2 slots to #12 in the nation.
Notre Dame moved up 5 slots to #14 in the nation.
Purdue moved down 2 slots to #17 in the nation.
Indiana moved down 2 slots to #22 in the nation.

Big 10 Teams:  Wisconsin moves up 2 slots to #8, Michigan State moves down 2 slots to #19.

Speaking of Demons

Muncie man jailed, accused of forcing 7-year-old daughter to kill pet cat.

How to Melt a Tank in 3 Seconds

Boeing's new Airborne Laser Cannon can melt a hole in a tank from five miles away and 10,000 feet up.

Note: The picture is from the movie "Real Genius," of course, where students created a similar laser for the military and then hacked into it to redirect the beam to a house full of unpopped popcorn.

Billy Crystal's 60th Birthday Present

Was to bat leadoff for the New York Yankees

Close games set this evening up

Close games highlight opening day of Big Ten Tourney

Michigan will play Wisconsin at noon today, followed by Michigan State vs. Ohio State at 2:30, Purdue vs. Illinois at 6:30 and IU vs. Minnesota at 9pm tonight.  This bracket automatically updates ongoing scores as the games progress.

A Scary Case

New Oxford Review: A Case of Demonic Possession

March 13, 2008

Suspicious Turnip

The Ft. Wayne police exercised their remote controlled bomb removal robot and their water cannon this evening on a box that turned out to contain a turnip.

There are always plenty of people available to make fun of a situation like this, but a full dress rehearsal bomb drill not only prepares emergency personnel for the real thing, but (in cases like this) is no less stressful than the real thing.

Thanks and gratitude to all those involved... good work!

Haley Chaney Update for 3-13-2008

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated this evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident.

It is so very nice to read about a simple game of Horse at the links above.


Rushville vs. Danville

I missed this when it happened on Monday, Rushville 105, Danville 101 (4 overtimes)
[Kyle] Morgan scored 52 points -- including 18 in overtime -- and teammate Seth Stevens added 34 as the Lions beat Danville 105-101 in four overtimes in a Class 3A Shelbyville Regional semifinal game Monday night. The tournament record for overtime periods is nine, set in 1964 when Swayzee defeated Liberty Center 65-61 in the Marion Regional semifinals.

Nice... Indiana needs more schools to open up and score points -- adding 20 minutes to the game helps, of course.

This is just plain disturbing

Big 10 Tournament Central

The Big 10 has a Tournament Site

Update: Big Ten Tournament Preview

Wisconsin over Ohio State: The Badgers avenge last year's embarrassing tournament loss by getting their second win over the Buckeyes in 2008.

Purdue over Indiana: The Battle for the State of Indiana finally turns Purdue's way as an uninspired, under-coached Hoosier squad comes out flat.


Purdue over Wisconsin: Purdue has been the monkey on the Badgers' back, and UW's futility when the train-guys show up continues. Purdue's frustrating defense makes the difference and the Boilermakers hoist a trophy after all.

How bad can life get?

I don't really want to comment on the woman who was stuck to her boyfriend's toilet for two years, so...

Search for yourself

Barack Obama's Pastor for over 20 years

The ending message in this sermon, that Jesus taught us to love our enemies without stooping to their level of hatred, seems rather lost amid the, well, amid the hatred inherent in the sermon.

The video and audio were a bit off in this for me, but I sure could make out the message.

Update: Even ABC is startled by Pastor Wright's positions

What open container, officer?

Big 10 is no powerhouse

None of the 4 or 5 teams that will qualify for the NCAA Tournament [from the Big 10] look like they have a long run in them... but players from the Big 10 states are leading other teams to big things.

Gary Ulmer: Executive of the year

Louisville Bats President Gary Ulmer named Executive of the Year

"Gary's selection is not only a reflection of his leadership with the club, but should be viewed as a testament of the entire organization," said IL president Randy Mobley. "Under Gary's leadership, the organization has reached and sustained a level of success that many others strive to attain."

OK, yeah, I know he's not our Gary Ulmer any more than the sausage king is, but still... Gary, I could use a couple of bats..


On October 15th, 1997, NASA launched Cassini-Huygens from Cape Canaveral in Florida.  Cassina cracked the whip around Venus twice to pick speed,  and did the same around Earth on its way to Jupiter.  Cassini took pictures of Julpiter and cracked the whip again to get a boost toward Saturn where it met up with another NASA probe, Galileo, in 2004.   Both  missions have been  analyzing Saturn and her moons, but last night, interested in geysers that have been shooting into space from Saturn's moon Enceladus, Cassini flew through one of the geysers, within a hundred or so miles of the surface of that moon, to send back data to Earth.

I have not seen any analysis of the data, but scientists believe the geysers are liquid water, making Enceladus a prime candidate for Life ouside of Earth.  Results should show up on the Enceladus Blog when available.

Enceladus is the 6th largest moon of Saturn and is one of the few places in our outer solar system that has both water and geological activity (water, land and heat)... another being Triton, a moon of Neptune.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-12-08

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated last evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. You can read more at those links, but here is a little bit of the update:

She definitely is getting her personality back. At one of her therapy sessions today, she was bouncing the basketball while walking backwards and doing pivots on command. She began talking smack with Doug, her physical therapist, when he made her start over after a mess-up. The therapists really work well with Haley. One of them is the varsity volleyball coach at Carroll High School and remembers Haley from this past season. The other is the Northside baseball coach and knows many Norwell athletes. I think coaching high school varsity sports helps them relate well with her...they just dish the smack right back. Since they are anticipating the weather to be so nice tomorrow, Haley gets to go outside and shoot some real hoops. I will let you know how that goes.

As we walked off the elevator today, we saw one of the nurses from Lutheran that was with Haley in the Emergency Room the day of the accident. She said "I know you!" She couldn't believe her eyes and almost began crying. She said, "You don't understand. She is a miracle. We rarely, IF EVER, have seen someone with the extent of brain injury she had do what she is doing in just a month's time."

What an excellent thing, for high school coaches to be involved in physical therapy. Perhaps some students and parents at Carroll and Northside were aware of their coaches participation, but I hope this gives their efforts a wider audience.

If you read the entire update (available at the links at the top), and other links on Sevens, you'll know your prayers are needed to help Haley and the Cheneys, their family and friends, the Krinns and the Burkes, and all of the Northern Wells County area. It's been a hard, bitter winter; prayer and forgiveness may bring everyone a little spring.

March 12, 2008

Charges Filed

Wells County Prosecutor Mike Lautzenheiser has filed charges (criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm) in the Kane Krinn shooting.

I'm don't have Mr. Lautzenheiser's responsibilities, but I don't see any benefit to the community in this prosecution.

A Terminator and Johnny Cash

Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles might not be your cup of tea, it is awfully violent and relies somewhat on a knowledge of the movies... but scenes like the one above, where a S.W.A.T. team unknowingly tries to arrest a Terminator (a nearly indestructible robot from the future) are few and far between on television.

Trash = Electricity

The Army is sending two, 4-ton biomass refineries to Iraq.  I first heard about these biomass refineries in the aftermath of Katrina, where all of the garbage could be put into the biomass refinery and it consumes the trash and puts out electricity.

In 2006, the Army commissioned Defense Life Sciences, Purdue biomass experts and three other companies to build a prototype refinery. An updated version completed last year at a cost of about $1 million now sits in an unheated warehouse on Purdue's West Lafayette campus awaiting a final shakedown before deployment. The same team is currently building the second unit.

Nate Mosier, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering who is overseeing the work at Purdue, said the refineries are unique in their ability to burn multiple fuels at once. They're also portable, designed to fit snugly into a standard shipping container.

The trash-to-energy process begins when unfiltered garbage is fed into a chute, falling into a grinder that chews the trash into small pieces.

Organic food waste heads to a bioreactor where an industrial fermenting process produces ethanol. In another chamber, plastic, cardboard and other trash items are heated to create low-grade propane or methane.

Those gases and the ethanol are then combusted in the refinery's modified diesel engine, which powers a 60-kilowatt generator.

About 10 percent of the electricity the refineries produce are used for the machines' power needs, but the remaining 90 percent would be available for the troops.

Beyond the military applications, the refineries could provide temporary power after natural disasters. Mosier said they could be set up near hospitals or shelters to supply power and light, while feeding off the trash those locations produce.

In our throw-away society, these machines should be mass produced on a smaller scale, be plugged into the power grid and reside on every street corner of America.

Obamamania comes to Indy

Senator Barack Obama will be in Indianapolis on Saturday March 15th.

Perhaps he's a Big 10 Fan?

Coach Arnold leaves Norwell

Norwell Football's Defensive Coordinator and Social Studies teacher Jason Arnold has been hired as head coach of South Adams.

During Arnold's seven years serving as the defensive coordinator for Jeff Miller at Norwell, the Knights were 53-31 with a 14-1 campaign in 2006 when their only loss was a 7-0 thriller to Indianapolis Chatard in the Class 3A state championship game. The Knights also won two other sectional championships during Arnold's tenure (2003 and 2004). He also spent his final year in college, at Ball State, serving as a student assistant coach because of two torn ACL injuries. He played four years for the Cardinals, two as a tight end and two as a defensive lineman. At Ball State, Arnold played with the 1996 team that won the Mid-American Conference and went to the Las Vegas Bowl.

March 11, 2008

Mary Ann, Mary Ann, Mary Ann

If memory serves, I believe Gilligan had a similar run-in with the law

Creepy Gnome

This video is from the Sun in the UK about a town in Argentina being terrorized by a Garden Gnome... as silly as that sounds, the end of this video is pretty creepy.

Simple Push-Ups

Nothing surpasses the simple push-up as a measure of health and wellness.

The ability to do them more than once and with proper form is an important indicator of the capacity to withstand the rigors of aging. Push-ups can provide the strength and muscle memory to reach out and break a fall.  In studies of falling, researchers have shown that the wrist alone is subjected to an impact force equal to about one body weight.  "What so many people really need to do is develop enough strength so they can break a fall safely without hitting their heads or hips on the ground," Dr. Ashton-Miller said. "If you can't do a single push-up, it's going to be difficult to resist that kind of loading on your wrists in a fall."

Based on national averages, a 40-year-old woman should be able to do 16 push-ups and a man the same age should be able to do 27. By the age of 60, those numbers drop to 17 for men and 6 for women. Those numbers are just slightly less than what is required of Army soldiers who are subjected to regular push-up tests.

If you are older and think you cannot do a push-up, look to 93 year-old fitness guru Jack Lalanne who once set the world record by doing over 1,000 pushups in 23 minutes.  Jack still does push-ups as part of his daily routine, with his feet on one chair and each hand on another chair so he can dip down even lower.  If a 93 year-old is doing that... surely we can do 30.

And don't call me Shirley.

Jack Lalanne in his prime.

Who won the Big 10?

Indiana and Purdue load up the honors

IU's D.J. White was named player of the year.
Purdue's coach, Matt Painter, was named Coach of the year.
IU's Eric Gordon was named freshman of the year.
Purdue's Chris Kramer was named Defensive Player of the year.

Wisconsin won the Big 10 Title, but lost twice to Purdue (60-56 and 72-67).  Wisconsin beat IU 62-49.
Purdue lost to Michigan State (78-75) (and later beat them 60-54), IU (77-68) and Ohio State (80-77 in Overtime).

Pacers Attendance

Pacers Attendance sinks to worst in NBA

According to an unscientific online poll conducted by The Star after the most recent incident involving Shawne Williams [when a murderer was captured in his home], 71 percent of 16,000 respondents said they would not accept free tickets to a Pacers game.

March 10, 2008

A real X-Man and X-Woman

The story of a man who climbed Everest in shorts, and a woman who swam with the icebergs in Antarctica in a normal swimsuit.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-10-08

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated early this afternoon. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. You can read more at those links, but here is a little bit right off:
She [Haley] continues to show progress, but it feels as if we are now chipping away at the obstacles. The movie Shawshank Redemption keeps coming to mind. I see images of Andy Dufresne escaping the cruel, 1947 state penitentiary tunneling through walls with a small pick hammer. It took him 19 years. He slowly chipped away at the cement one pocketful at a time…one day at a time. He used a wall poster in his cell to cover up his work. That’s the image that keeps coming into my mind when I look into Haley’s eyes. I see determination and often exhaustion. She’s trying to break through the walls that stand in the way of her “freedom.”

Continued prayers for the Chaneys and all of Northern Wells, are welcome and needed.

Sports Prodigy

I almost never watch the network news, but I happened to turn it over to ABC a little early to watch "Everybody Loves Raymond" and saw a story about a 5th grade sports prodigy in Washington State. The kid's already getting mailings from UCLA -- at 11 years old! This kid almost never misses his 3-400 practice shots a day in basketball and they showed him dribbling two balls at once through his legs while he was duck walking down the floor -- he is truly amazing. When a crowd forms every day to watch an 11 year old play basketball... you know you've got something unusual.

Hold on, though... he went out for a run and his parents found him running 4:40 miles... nearly world record for his age group. ABC says:

We watched him run a mile in 4 minutes and 47 seconds without breaking a sweat. Doctors recently discovered Agosto's aerobic capacity is off the charts: better than many professional athletes. In essence, his body provides more oxygen to his red blood cells than the average person, so it takes him longer to feel muscle fatigue.

I read an article that was similar about Lance Armstrong in his prime -- that his body was able to provide more oxygen than normal people.

Thankfully, his teacher says he focuses just as hard on school work and his parents seem to be level headed.

Chuck Norris in Iraq

Chuck Norris: The only WMD in Iraq

Among the American troops stationed in Iraq, they say a day doesn't go by without hearing Chuck Norris facts, like "Chuck Norris puts the "laughter" in "manslaughter." His visits to Iraq, even when the violence there was at its worst and other actors were not going, have been a great joy to the troops. And apparently, not only our troops, but the Iraqi police see a lot to admire in Chuck.

"I've seen his videos, he's a hero. He saves the city, he protects women and children and he fights crime wherever it is. We should all be like Chuck Norris," Khaled Hussein said.

Chuck Norris' Weekly Column

Luers Remains

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, after defeating Bluffton in a great game for the Woodlan Sectional Championship, has gone on to win the Tipton Regional in a high-scoring overtime game against Northfield.

It took overtime and a school-record 48 points and 17 of 19 from the free-throw line from DeShaun Thomas for the Knights to outlast upset-minded Northfield 94-81 in overtime Saturday in the championship game of the Class 3A Tipton Regional.

Luers (22-3) advances to play No. 2 Westview (24-1) in the semistate Saturday.

Luers appears to be one of those teams which only plays as good as it has to to win... Woodlan and Bluffton (and now Northfield) stayed with the Knights all the way to the end. One difference being that both Woodlan and Bluffton put the clamps on DeShaun Thomas, while Northfield could not.

Congratulations to Luers who appear to be the only area team still standing.

Boiler Girls win Big 10

The Purdue Women's Team defeated Illinois to win their 2nd Big 10 Title in a row.
Purdue's Lakisha Freeman grabbed her own rebound and put in a ten footer at the buzzer to win 58-56. The victory was only assured after a replay review and set off a wild celebration at midcourt as Purdue (18-14) assured itself of keeping the nation's fifth-longest NCAA tournament streak intact. Purdue will make its 15th straight appearance this year after clinching the conference's automatic bid by defending its 2007 tourney title.

Dirty computer jobs

Are you looking for a job... find something that must be done but nobody wants to do.

The 7 dirtiest jobs in IT... master one and you're guaranteed a job.


There will be 450,000 welding jobs open by 2014.

Purdue and the Big 10

A nice article on Purdue and the current Big 10.

March 9, 2008

Holy Cow, IU Lost

Gee whiz, I leave the TV off for a weekend and come back to find IU lost to Penn State, in overtime, no less. It was probably strategy, losing so they could face an easier opponent in the first round of the Big 10 Tournament.

Or maybe they're just bad.

And Michigan State lost to Ohio State... OK, everybody's beaten everybody else now, right? And Purdue beat the winner twice.

A few Mammoth Cave Pics

Below are a few of the pictures I took during the Grand Avenue tour at Mammoth Cave... This fellow's pictures came out much better than mine, but suffice to say, the Grand Avenue is a strenuous 4.5 hour hike including long, steep inclines and declines, tall, tight narrows and nearly 700 stair steps up, down and around. I think I was at least 15 years older than the next oldest person in our group of 24 people (no children under 16 are allowed on this trip, and apparently few people over 35 are interested). The temperature inside the cave always remains about 54 degrees, and humidity runs upwards of 90 percent. Everybody started out in jackets, sweaters and hoodies, but ended up in shirtsleeves reaking of cold, clammy cave-sweat.

First Pic -- Irene Ryan (Granny Clampett) was here, in 1937 (she would have been 35 at the time -- speaking of ages -- and her name is scratched in several places inside Mammoth Cave). And that's what granny looked like when she carved her name into the cave walls. Well, she probably wasn't wearing a satin dress, but you get my drift... she was young and un-grannyish. I took these pics at high resolution, so you can click on them to get really big pictures.

Next up is the "bare hole." The only tour more difficult than the "Grand Avenue Tour" is the "Wild Cave Tour" -- and if you can't fit into that hole our guide is shining his flashlight on below, then you can't go on the Wild Cave Tour. Wild Cave is 6.5 hours of crawling through passages on your belly. This hole is called "The Bare Hole" because some guy who was a little overweight went on the wild cave tour and ended up losing his pants trying to squeeze out of this hole.

This is a picture of one of our stops where the guide discusses the history of the cave and lets us all take a breather while he talks. I took these pics with my Sony digital camera with no flash... I set the camera on rocks and let the aperture open for awhile to catch the dim light. We had two guides, one up front and one at the rear. The one in front would turn on the lights in the section we were headed to and the one in the rear would turn off the lights behind us. It was never very light.

Below is the snowball room... complete with picnic tables and a cash register and modern restrooms... people could buy a box lunch, a soda or water and rest awhile. It's called the snowball room because of gypsum formations on the ceiling, which you can see on the right hand side.

I'll pop a few more pics below and put some up on my flickr page as well... It was a really fun trip and Mammoth Cave is a very interesting place to visit. I've been there three times -- back in 8th grade in 1973 when all of the Ossian and Lancaster science fair winners got to go, then again with my young family around 1990, and this time with my son, Ryan. It's interesting, I hadn't thought of this until I put the dates up, but it's been about 17 years between each visit -- Cicadas stay underground for 17 years, don't they? I guess I'm the opposite. :)

March 7, 2008

Haley Chaney Update 03-07-08

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated early this afternoon. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. You can read more at those links, but here is a little bit from her mom:
This journey is forcing me to work through a whole melting pot of joys, hopes, questions, fears, emotions. I'm still trying to figure out how to sort through it all and “file it away.” There doesn't seem to be enough compartments. I ventured out for the first time to one of Laken’s basketball games Thursday night. It was just five minutes down the road from Parkview. I found myself struggling with fear that Laken would get hurt. I struggled as I observed how much energy and emotion, from both the players and fans, was put into a game that lasts for just an hour...and in the big scheme of life, doesn't mean that much. I struggled with watching how easy it was for these young kids to move and react when Haley could barely walk. I even struggled with seeing a young girl practice her cursive handwriting knowing Haley could barely hold a pencil.

I am in awe at how quickly life can change. We certainly have the ability to shape our future, but we in no way control it. Haley’s accident has made me realize in a very raw, intimate way how important it is to hold tight to Christ...and hold the things of this world very loosely.
Strength for Haley, Peace for Angie and Tony. Prayers are on the way... pass it on.

Mammoth Cave

I'm off this weekend to visit Mammoth Cave.  Wouldn't you know it, Louisville is expecting a lot of snow.  I'm booked to take the Grand Avenue Tour and the Snowball Tour... non-refundable, of course.

The Mammoth Cave National Park CAM (at least as I write this) doesn't show any bad weather yet.

The University of Kentucky (Lexington) webcams don't show any snow yet either.

Is Using Facebook Cheating?

It's OK to form a study group and work on homework, but Ryerson University (Toronto) is calling it "academic misconduct" to do the same thing on Facebook.  A freshman there was charged with 147 counts of cheating because he helped run a Facebook Chem study group.

"That's the worst part; it's creating this culture of fear, where if I post a question about physics homework on my friend's wall (a Facebook bulletin board) and ask if anyone has any ideas how to approach this – and my prof sees this, am I cheating?" said Neale, who has used Facebook study groups herself.

Ryerson officials have declined to comment while the case continues.

Ryerson's academic misconduct policy, which is being updated, defines it as "any deliberate activity to gain academic advantage, including actions that have a negative effect on the integrity of the learning environment."

Yet students argue Facebook groups are simply the new study hall for the wired generation.

If the college doesn't want students to use Facebook, they should block it and move the college one step closer to China.

Harrison loses it

The Pacers' loss to the Spurs last night was an ugly game.  The San Antonio coach (Gregg Poppovich) was thrown out of the game early for insulting the refs, the Indiana coach (Jim O'Brien) also received a technical foul late in the game for arguing a call.   Pacer Troy Murphy got a flagrant foul near the end and then Pacer David Harrison (who has failed three drug tests so far this season and yet somehow remains on the floor despite the Pacers' stated values of wanting their team to "stand for the right things") lost control of himself, turned to an official and said "I'm going to (expletive) kill him" -- referring to the Spurs Matt Bonner who had fouled Harrison earlier.  Bang, out of the game for Harrison.

But not the end for Harrison.  Instead of sitting down, Harrison stood by the bench and swore at Bonner until they sent him to the locker room where he received "medical attention."

You have to wonder, since David Harrison's three failed drug tests were marijuana related, and since there was a gigantic marijuana drug bust in Harlan yesterday ... just what was upsetting Harrison so much?

March 6, 2008

Harlan Drug Bust

Wow... just... wow. The video on the news of police hauling bales of marijuana out of McChesney's house like they were sandbagging for a flood was just amazing. It takes 200 pounds of pot to make this a federal case and this guy had 3 tons of it in his house.... in Harlan? Six million dollars worth... there must be a huge customer base in the area and now they're looking at a weekend without, trapped at home by the weather... with their parents wondering why they're so touchy.

Tropic Thunder

Yes, that's Ben Stiller suited up for his new movie, Tropic Thunder.... but who's that Black actor in the middle, trailing Stiller? I would never have guessed if I hadn't read it here... it's Robert Downey Jr. The movie makes fun of actors and Downey plays a white Oscar-winner cast in the role of a black man.

Comedies don't win awards, but maybe this one might -- for makeup.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-5-2008

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated last evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. You can read more at those links, but she continues to progress and is able to take small trips away from her room and even away from the hospital now, healing saps her strength each day, but she continues to heal and relies on God and all our prayers.

March 5, 2008

Wisconsin vs. Penn State

ESPN has Wisconsin ranked #8 in the country and the AP has them at #10. Penn State is going to have to step up to the plate tonight. Wisconsin hasn't played for a week, so hopefully they'll be rusty and will open the door a crack by losing to Penn State so Purdue can step in to the Big Ten lead. Unfortunately, the game is in Wisconsin, so Penn has their work cut out for them.

Wisconsin's up 10 early... "these aren't the droids you're looking for... move along."

IU vs. Minnesota

Minnesota (18-10, 8-8 in the Big Ten) is 4 points down to IU (24-5, 13-3 in the Big Ten) at the half... the score is IU 31, Minn 27.

IU-Minnesota tied at 47 with 8 minutes to go.

IU has turned on the gas and is now up ten, 50-40 with three minutes to go.

IU wins going away, 69-55.

IU (and Purdue)'s only Big Ten hope is for Penn State to beat Wisconsin tonight.

Google Books

You may have heard that the search engine, Google, has been working to get books digitally scanned. Many books are already available at Google Books. Of particular interest are the books that allow "Full View," meaning that they are entirely scanned in and available for reading. So if you visit "Google Books" make sure you go to Advanced Search and click on "full view" to limit your search to books whose whole content is online.

The Letters of Emily Dickinson, for example, are available, as is Moby Dick and Great Expectations and Tom Sawyer and Silas Marner and ...

Edna St. Vincent Millay's wonderful "Renascence and Other Poems" and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and . . .

Arthur Davison Ficke's "Sonnets of a Portrait-Painter" and "North of Boston" by Robert Frost and all of McGuffey's Readers

Or Indiana: A Guide to the Hoosier State (which happens to contain a decent explanation for the term "Hoosier" that I had never heard before.)

Other books just have limited previews available, a few pages, like "Henry and Ribsy"

If you're a teacher and want everyone to read the same book, or If you're in a book club, or just want to read the same book as someone else, what a cheap way to go... aside of the cost of the computer, of course.

Buy the Dome

Buy a piece of the RCA Hoosier Dome... auction beings March 10. I guess they're going to re-use a lot of gear in the new stadium, so little of real interest remains... some stadium seating, some rather worthless signage, and the turf. I could see buying some turf, I've got this spot the dogs use all the time for... well, you know... but I'm not paying $1,000 bucks just so the dogs can ... you know ... where Peyton Manning once stood.

Henry Hexapus

Count the legs... what's up with that?

March 4, 2008


You can't tell from this picture because the land rises behind it, but this bird feeder is more than ten feet off the ground... I didn't get to see how he got up there, but my birds are certainly upset.

Purdue vs. Ohio State

Purdue visits Ohio State tonight at 7pm on ESPN
The fact that Purdue is 23-6 overall is remarkable, and Matt Painter deserves major consideration for national coach of the year honors. The Boilermakers have won their last two games, including a 68-43 romp over Northwestern on Saturday. While they are 16-1 at home this season, four of their nine true road games have resulted in defeat.

Purdue has been one of the nation's most surprising teams, and the enormous success can not be attributed to one star player. Purdue has gotten the job done at the defensive end, limiting opponents to 60.2 ppg.

Purdue got off to a ragged start but came back on the power of E'Twaun Moore's three pointers... they're down 1 point about halfway through the first half.

Great defense, sure, but this is ridiculous: Purdue's up 29-26 at the half.

The lead is see-sawing, 13 minutes to go and Purdue is on top 41-40.

Purdue OSU tied at 62 with 2 minutes to go. Now 1 minute to go, same score.

OSU takes the lead with free throws, they're shooting 91 percent from the line. Up 64-62.

Now Purdue is at the line with 30 seconds left: tied again at 64.

It's overtime... Purdue stole the ball as OSU drove to the basket, but didn't have time to go the other way. Purdue has lost one player to fouls, but it is the beauty of this team that they are deep and have no names.

Three's are raining down now. Purdue up by 1, 69-68 with 3.5 minutes to go.

All tied, 72-72 with 2 minutes to go. Both teams crashing the boards and each other, the refs letting them play.

OSU up by 2, 74-72 with a minute and a half to go in overtime.

Purdue struggles on offense, trying to find an opening. OSU ties them up and Purdue gets the ball on possession. Six seconds left on the shot clock, 50-some seconds to go. Purdue down 2. Purdue can't get it inbounds and waste their last timeout.

It's hard to win on the road, Purdue loses the inbounds...

OSU scores, up 4. Hummel drops a three, OSU up 1. Purdue fouls on the inbounds, OSU at the line, up 76-75 with 16 seconds left.

OSU up 3, Purdue comes down, tries a three -- no good. Purdue fouls on the rebound... OSU at the line, 9 seconds to go. Now OSU up , it looks bad.

OSU makes a horrible mistake, if you ask me, calling a time out when Purdue has none left. Purdue as the ball and needs six points in 9 seconds.

OSU wins at home, 80-77. Purdue was beaten by free throw shooting and by Butler who protected the ball well and scored 25, many of them when it counted, in overtime.

Clinton Holds Whites

I just cannot understand why organizations that go out of their way to accuse and publicize every instance of racism they can dig out, then turn around and write headlines like this one from the AP:

Exit Poll: Clinton Holds Whites in Ohio

Not only does the Associated Press try keep track of who Blacks vote for and who Whites vote for, who men vote for and who women vote for, they continually focus on the the race and sex of the candidates.

Cricket: A Contact Sport

They say it's not cricket without a streaker... but what a take down by Australia's Andrew Symonds. Pow!

Just what we need

Dunkin' Donuts will be building 13 new restaurants in northeast Indiana

The restaurant chain has signed a development agreement for 13 restaurants with HH Restaurant Group LLC, of Fort Wayne. In addition to Fort Wayne, restaurants will be located in Auburn, Warsaw, Syracuse, Kendalville, Wabash and Huntington.

They know enough to stay out of Ossian. Heyerly's rules.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-3-2008

Haley Chaney's CarePage was updated last evening. I'll add the update to the comments at the bottom of the original post about the accident. It is so good to read about her efforts and continuous improvement. If anyone thought, in mid-February, that Haley would be texting her friends in early March, I don't know who they are. Continued prayer for Haley's continued improvement and healing are needed: "success follows success."

March 3, 2008

Summer Glau Dancing

These people have no idea how much danger they're in... and unless you watch "The Sarah Conner Chronicles" you have no idea what I'm talking about.

Weather Channel Lost its Way

The founder of the Weather Channel, John Coleman, doesn't like the Global Warming alarmism he sees playing out on the Weather Channel nowadays,
"The Weather Channel had great promise, and that's all gone now because they've made every mistake in the book on what they've done and how they've done it and it's very sad," Coleman said. "It's now for sale and there's a new owner of The Weather Channel will be announced – several billion dollars having changed hands in the near future. Let's hope the new owners can recapture the vision and stop reporting the traffic, telling us what to think and start giving us useful weather information."

Coleman thinks someone should sue Al Gore and the Weather Channel over the profits they are making by selling Carbon credits... through the suit, the science will be aired for all in a court of law.

IU Falls to #18

Butler remains at #14
Purdue rises 1 to #15
IU falls 6 to #18
Notre Dame falls 2 to #19
Wisconsin remains at #10
Michigan State rises 2 to #17
North Carolina takes over as #1

Closing out the Season

The Bluffton News-Banner has a couple of articles on the 23-1 Bluffton Tigers.

Tigers' Record Season, no fluke!

Tigers' best season ever ends in loss to Luers

Mellencamp Road

John Mellencamp's Seymour, IN high school class (class of 1970 -- holy cow, is he that old?) wants a street named after him in his hometown. They want the street named "John Mellencamp Way." But, you know, that's a lot of letters and signs cost money. I think "Cougar Lane" would be better... and I'm just so sure he would get a kick out of it.

How Chemists have Fun

Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos

I particularly liked the red gummy bear in potassium chlorate... ouch!

1990 vs. 2008

Why the West is Best

Why the West is Best, by Ibn Warraq

C.J.'s Law

U.S. Senator Evan Bayh will hold a press conference call today to discuss "C.J.'s Law" The bill would require all new mobile homes to come installed with Weather Radios to warn families of imminent severe weather events. This is a Federal version of a similar Indiana bill which was passed into law. The radios cost about $30 each.

Since this week is Weather Awareness week, I'll make Senator Bayh aware that Walmart has a nice Emerson Weather Band Radio available for eight bucks.

March 2, 2008

Canterbury: Girls State

Fort Wayne Canterbury won the Girls State Single-A Basketball title on Saturday, defeating University 36-32. Tabitha Gerardot, whose sister, I believe, was a Bishop Luers player during their Championship years, scored 16 points and had 17 rebounds (a record).
Tabitha Gerardot (a sophomore) scored 16 points and grabbed a state Class A record of 17 rebounds as Fort Wayne Canterbury edged University 36-32 in the lowest-scoring state championship game in Indiana girls basketball history.

Both teams had more turnovers than baskets in today's game as they failed to produce the performances that earned each their first trip to the state finals.

Canterbury (21-5) shot only 28 percent from the field and had 23 turnovers and 14 baskets. University (20-7) had 14 baskets and 23 turnovers while shooting 25 percent from the field.

The game was close all the way.
The game would almost have to be close, with so few points scored.

IU vs. Michigan State

IU is getting killed by Michigan State 50-23 with 3:29 left in the first half. Michigan State is shooting, like, 90 percent.

If this keeps up, it will be Wisconsin and Purdue alone at the top... And Purdue has beaten Wisconsin already.

59-31 at the half. What a hole IU has dug for themselves... With Michigan State's help, of course, and 80 pecent shooting.

The final was 103-74... It's good to see a team reach the century mark, and you could tell the fans liked it, too.

Haley Chaney Update for 3-2-2008

Haley Chaney's Care Page at Lutheran was updated early this afternoon. I will put the entire update at the bottom of the messages on the original post about the accident, but here's some current news (there's more at the links above):
The last visible reminder of ICU was removed today! Haley got her nose feeding (NG) tube out. Dieticians began counting her calorie intake after her meals a few days ago. Haley’s famous appetite is back! After breakfast and lunch, she consumed more than enough calories for an entire day—she still had dinner and some snack-times to come. Praise God, Haley is free of all tubes and IV’s!

Haley’s cognitive abilities are coming along. She still has trouble reading and comprehending because her vision is still correcting itself. The words on the page still move around a lot and she gets headaches easy. However, she is speaking with greater clarity, solving problems quicker, and cracking jokes more frequently =].

Haley continues to improve in her physical therapy, but her fine and gross motor skills are still struggling. The connections in her brain are still trying to find the quickest route to the muscles. She knows what she wants to do, but the message gets delayed or lost. Fourteen days in bed and sedation also took quite a toll on her core strength. Haley reminds me of the Scarecrow on Wizard of Oz after he came down off the post. He hung there so long that when he was finally released, he wobbled and flopped down the yellow brick road for a while. That’s pretty much Haley right now. We laugh a lot. But, look out world! Her strength is returning fast!
There is more at the links given up top, but please help contribute to Haley's continual improvement via prayers and other means as well.

Star Wars

Star Wars was, of course, the Big Movie of 1977. Here it is nicely summed up by a three-year-old.

Area Sectional Scores

Bishop Luers wins the Woodlan Sectional over Bluffton 66-64

Snider wins the Dekalb Sectional over East Noble, 73-54 (they'll face Marion next)

Peru wins the Peru Sectional over Elmhurst, 63-53

Harding wins the Harding Sectional over Heritage, 84-75 (they'll face Lakeland next)

The Canterbury-Blackhawk game is postponed until tomorrow.

Bluffton 64, Luers 66

What an exciting game. We were at a Euchre tournament at St. Therese, but I was able to catch bits and pieces on my transistor radio.... a nice cheer went up for Luers at the end. Brock Woodward scored 18 for Bluffton, playing injured, and even on the radio I heard the crowd crow when Woodward stuffed a DeShaun Thomas shot near the end.

Bluffton called two timeouts before Jared Johnson’s long three-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out.

“Bluffton is a great team, and we underestimated them,” [Luers Coach] Barnett said. “People were saying we were going to blow them out, but we weren’t thinking that. We got lucky and came out with the win.”

A tip of the hat to Bluffton for a great season... I suspect these two teams will find themselves back face-to-face next year since they both have many underclassmen on the starting five.

Bluffton, like Woodlan before them, double teamed Thomas most of the game and only allowed him 15 points; but Bluffton tired near the end, which allowed Luers to ourscore them 17-7 in the final quarter.

Luers will face either Oak Hill, or Tipton next week. Bluffton ends their stellar season 23-1.