I expect to have at my disposal two tickets each to the Notre Dame-BYU game (Oct. 22) and the Notre Dame-Syracuse game (Nov. 19), so if anyone needs extra ticket(s) to either or both of those games, and is willing to trade for ticket(s) to other home game(s), please e-mail me. I’m especially interested in tickets to the USC game (which, remember, is during Fall Break).
I already have a taker who is willing to pay face value for all four of my tickets, but again, I prefer to trade, especially if it’s for USC ticket(s)… so if you are interested in trading, please let me know by Friday. The other home games are:
Sept. 17: Michigan State
Oct. 15: USC (the first weekend of Fall Break)
Nov. 5: Tennessee
Nov. 12: Navy
NOTE: This blog post does not constitute a contractual offer. (Hat tip: Professor Kaveny. :)
NOTE #2: I would like to make clear that I am NOT scalping these tickets (I am either trading them or selling them for face value), and also, the reason that I “expect to have at my disposal” two tickets for each game is NOT improper in any way. I would be happy to explain the situation to any university officials who might be concerned.
The National Hurricane Center officially upped its seasonal forecast today, predicting there will be a total of 18 to 21 named tropical cyclones (including the seven that have already formed) before the Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30.
A 21-storm season would exhaust the list of names, taking us all the way to Tropical Storm Wilma. (There are no storm names starting with Q, U, X, Y or Z.) That would be unprecedented. The furthest we’ve ever gotten in the Atlantic name list is Tanya, in 1995, when 19 tropical storms formed.
A 21-storm season would also tie the all-time Atlantic-basin record, set in 1933, before tropical storms and hurricanes were named. So Wilma, if it comes to that, would be the record-tying storm. The record-breaker would be Tropical Storm Alpha. (After the name list is exhausted, the NHC would use the Greek alphabet. And seriously, Floridians, if your state gets hit by Hurricanes Alpha and Omega, I think that might be a sign that it’s time to leave.)
The prediction also calls for a total of 9 to 11 hurricanes, including July’s dynamic duo of Dennis and Emily, and 5 to 7 major hurricanes, again including Dennis and Emily.
As if on cue, Tropical Depression Eight formed a few hours after the NHC’s announcement, ending the season’s longest period of tropical inactivity since June 28. T.D. Eight is expected to become T.S. Harvey by tomorrow, and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Bermuda.
P.S. According to the NHC discussion, “If the depression becomes a tropical storm as forecast…it would be the earliest eighth tropical storm on record. The current record is August 15th.” This season has already seen the earliest fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh storms on record (source), as well as the most storms in July (five), the strongest July hurricane (Emily, 155 mph) and the second-strongest July hurricane (Dennis, 150 mph).
P.P.S. One caveat to all this talk of all-time records:
If 22 or more storms emerge this year, it might not be a record — because it’s possible many seasons prior to 1965 were even busier.
That was the year when satellites first monitored the entire Earth, and all prior records are somewhat suspect, said Chris Landsea, a research meteorologist with NOAA’s hurricane research division.
For instance, this year’s Tropical Storm Bret, which existed for one day in late June in the southwest Gulf of Mexico, likely would have been missed more than 40 years ago, he said.
“We’ve only got 40 years of accurate data,” he said. “Before the satellite era, you may have had storms that were short-lived that didn’t impact land and didn’t get into the database.”
Here’s a list of the most active seasons on record. Seven of the top ten are in the last decade. [Global warming!!! Run for your lives!!! The Empire State Building is could be flash-frozen at any moment!!! -ed.]
This has been a bad week for baseball, with two players getting suspended for steroid use in as many days. That’s a shame, because the weekend was a great one, with Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Boggs and Sandberg were two of my favorite players when I was a kid, so it’s great to see them get their due. And it’s really great that Boggs chose to go in with a Red Sox cap instead of a Yankees cap. WOOHOO! :)
Sandberg, the soft-spoken former Cubs star known for eschewing controversy, surprised everyone with his acceptance speech, which was widely seen as a shot across the bow of a more recent ex-Cub, Sammy Sosa. Sandberg didn’t mention Sosa by name, and later denied he was talking about anyone in particular, but… well… see for yourself. Excerpt:
Harry [Caray], who was a huge supporter of mine, used to say how nice it is that a guy who can hit 40 homers or steal 50 bases or drive in a hundred runs is the best bunter on the team. Nice? That was my job. When did it become okay for someone to hit home runs and forget how to play the rest of the game?
When we went home every winter, they warned us not lift heavy weights because they didn’t want us to lose flexibility. They wanted us to be baseball players, not only home run hitters. I played high school football at 185 pounds and played big league baseball at 182. I’d get up to maybe 188 in the off season because every summer I’d lose eight to ten pounds. In my day, if a guy came to spring training 20 pounds heavier than what he left, he was considered out of shape and was probably in trouble. He’d be under a microscope and the first time he couldn’t beat out a base hit or missed a fly ball, he was probably shipped out. These guys sitting up here did not pave the way for the rest of us so that players could swing for the fences every time up and forget how to move a runner over to third. It’s disrespectful to them, to you, and to the game of baseball that we all played growing up. Respect.
A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn’t work hard for validation. I didn’t play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that’s what you’re supposed to do, play it right and with respect.
If this validates anything, it’s that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dugout camera.
CORRECTION: Apparently it wasn’t Boggs’s decision to wear the Red Sox cap; it was the Hall of Fame’s decision. Sayeth ESPN:
The Hall picks which cap will appear on a player’s bronze plaque. Boggs told the Hall he didn’t care which team was selected.
“The logo selection is based on where that player makes his most indelible mark,” Hall president Dale Petroskey said Friday.
“The choice of which team’s logo appears on a player’s plaque is our decision,” he said. “The wishes of each inductee were considered, but ultimately, it is important that the logo be emblematic of the historical accomplishments of that player’s career.”
After leaving the Red Sox, Boggs won his only World Series championship ring with the Yankees. He got his 3,000th career hit with Tampa Bay.
“If you take away any of my time spent with any of the three teams in my career, I’m likely not considered a Hall of Famer,” Boggs said. “It’s a decision they made, and I’m fine with it. If the Hall of Fame had picked my Little League cap, I would have been happy with that.”
Apparently another player who spent a substantial amount of time in both Boston and New York, future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, feels rather differently about it.
An Air France jet with 200 people aboard has skidded off the runway and caught fire at Toronto’s Pearson airport.
More here, including photos.
“Few details are known, and there is no word on whether there are any casualties,” according to CTV.
UPDATE: 252 on board; “most are safe,” according to WNDU.
UPDATE 2: Or maybe 297 passengers and 12 crew members. “No known fatalities.” 14 passengers with “minor injuries.” (This according to official at press conference.) All of this is unconfirmed.
Plane heavily damaged by fire. Overshot the runway by about 200 meters.
UPDATE 3: Now confirmed, apparently: all 309 aboard survived. Good.
Apple has finally introduced a multi-button mouse — officially called Mighty Mouse :) — after years of forcing Mac users to buy their mice elsewhere if they wanted to be able to scroll or right-click. (Hat tip: Dane and David.)
This development will no doubt confuse many Mac-ignorant folks who refuse to even consider switching from PC to Mac because, like, “You can’t use two-button mice on Macs!” (Also, “I need to be able to open my Microsoft Word documents” and “Macs are way slower than PCs” and “I used a Mac when I was in third grade and hated it,” etc.)
One of the joys of my summer clerkship is coming across funny excerpts from judicial opinions. Take the opening paragraph from Judge Evans’s opinion in United States v. Johnson, 137 F.3d 970 (7th Cir. 1998). It’s not hilarious, admittedly, but it made me chuckle, and ponder how fun it would be to be a judge:
This is a run-of-the-mill drug case. Our opinion breaks no new ground, to say the least. Even the case name reflects the mundane nature of this appeal: A search of Seventh Circuit cases revealed over 50 cases entitled either United States v. Johnson or Johnson v. United States.
Heh. See, when you’re an attorney arguing before the court, you don’t get to make fun of the defendant for having a common name. But when you’re a judge, you can say whatever the f**k you want. :)
Later in the opinion, Judge Evans casually refers to federal prosecutors as “the feds.” Heh again. I like this guy.
The Shuttle crew will try to fix Discovery’s fabric problem in a Wednesday spacewalk.
Run for your lives! It’s a terrorist whoopee cushion!
P.S. If this incident compels us to stop placing prank items that make farting noises in public places, then the terrorists have won.
Another example of why it’s silly to obsess over law-school rankings.
Saddam Hussein’s trial will be televised.
My laptop is back!!!
Hopefully it has a new, functioning hard drive inside. We shall see.
UPDATE: It’s working! I’m in the process of reinstalling everything now. Woohoo!
Ted Kennedy calls this “a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent.” He undoubtedly felt the same way about Bill Clinton’s 140 recess appointments, not to mention his brother’s recess appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the 2nd Circuit in 1961.
Casey Zak, my future brother-in-law and the University of Rochester’s newest Ph.D. finance student, has a blog! It’s at www.caseyzak.com.
It’s a young blog, so you can easily scroll through all of his posts on the homepage, but if you’re too lazy for that :), I would recommend two posts in particular: this one, giving an overview of how his life is going at the moment (chestnuts are involved), and this one, providing a refreshingly sane counterpoint to Loony Left ravings about a “maximum wage” for CEOs. Excerpt:
For starters, let’s assume (wrongly) that the CEO salary cap would have no secondary effects. Why would the extra cash flow generated from the CEO pay cut necessarily wind up in the hands of employees? Unless there were a change in the relative bargaining power of a company’s labor force, I would argue that the vast majority of the additional cash flow would go to the company’s investors. Thus, income would chiefly be transferred from the CEO to the stockholding community, which is an unintended effect. If the end goal is to increase worker wages, Cohen would be better served by trying to improve the bargaining power of labor in this country.
This is not the only area where a CEO salary cap would have unwanted results. By targeting CEO’s and not investors, Cohen would effectively destroy an important mechanism of class mobility. While it’s true that a CEO could live comfortably on $1,000,000 / year, he will never be able to amass enough wealth on such a salary to have the social impact of someone born into a large fortune (IE, Paris Hilton). The CEO position is part of the American dream that a smart, hardworking person with a grasp of the business world should be able to obtain real wealth. Placing a cap on CEO compensation would change the CEO from an ascendant member of the wealthy class to a glorified butler who manages affairs for the wealthy. It would make the class divisions in this country even more impregnable, which is not Cohen’s intention.
I might not be getting a Ph.D. in finance, but even so, that sounds right to me.
Well, okay, he’s rooting for one Trojan in particular. Call him the “Irish Bengal”… :)
Looks like Chris and Patrick are having a good time over in London:
LOL!! And they’re not the only ones. Click here and scroll down.