Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quote of the Day

There are people who think that everything
one does with a serious face is sensible.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Friday, October 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

You take a fraction of reality and expand on it.
It's very seldom totally at odds with the facts.
It's shaving a piece of reality off.

Frank Warren Snepp

Thursday, October 29, 2009

UIL Legislative Council

The UIL approved the addition of one state track meet competitor in each division. Must mean they're now running on a 9-lane track, right?

The University of Texas needs to break ground on that twenty-four lane pool immediately.

Rumor is, the Legislative Council also decided to change the entry deadline for district swimming from the current ten days out to five days out. No word on when that rule will go into effect.

What about water polo, you ask?

What are you, some kind of trouble-maker?

Okay, here's the scoop. They were on the agenda to present their annual proposal to add polo as a UIL sport, but the presentation wasn't made.

On a related note, bowling will not be added as a UIL sport. Read more here.

You want more polo news? Look up at the title of the blog, smart-alec.

Okay, one more. Read about the big high school polo split here.

There! Are y'all happy now?

Quote of the Day

How can you tell a communist? Well, it's someone
who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you
tell an anti-Communist? It's someone
who understands Marx and Lenin.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see
that we make mistakes...we make mistakes
because the easiest and most comfortable
course for us is to seek insight where it
accords with our emotions -
especially selfish ones.

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

It's discouraging to think how many people are
shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

Sir Noël Peirce Coward

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each
man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to
him and only him (through his reasoning mind)
to decide which he wants to be.

Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (a.k.a. Ayn Rand)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie"
until you can find a rock.

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

Friday, October 23, 2009

Quote of the Day

Integrity without knowledge is weak
and useless, and knowledge without
integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

Samuel Johnson

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

Marvelous Truth, confront us at
every turn, in every guise.

Denise Levertov

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quote of the Day

Although prepared for martyrdom,
I prefer that it be postponed.

Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

Most men pursue pleasure with such
breathless haste that they hurry past it.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quote of the Day

Talking much about oneself can also
be a means to conceal oneself.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying
out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.

Sir William Gerald Golding

Friday, October 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a
role model I have the responsibility to let
young people know that you can make
a mistake and come back from it.

Dorothy Ann Willis Richards

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quote of the Day

To avoid criticism do nothing,
say nothing, be nothing.

Elbert Green Hubbard

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

A discovery is said to be an accident
meeting a prepared mind.

Albert Szent-Györgyi de Nagyrápolt

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quote of the Day

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter

Friday, October 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

Trust yourself.
Think for yourself.
Act for yourself.
Speak for yourself.
Be yourself.
Imitation is suicide.

Marva Collins

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

People who work sitting down get paid
more than people who work standing up.

Frederic Ogden Nash

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

On Target

Read Memo to the NCAA: Title IX is obsolete by Lisa Lewis here.

Something stinks here, and it’s Title IX.

Quote of the Day

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt
the world to himself. Therefore, all progress
depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Quote of the Day

A fellow who is always declaring he's
no fool usually has his suspicions.

Wilson "Bill" Mizner

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Quantity (w/o quality)

I'm going for it! This post is going to be huge.

It'll probably take y'all days to wade through this random trash heap. Some of you should go ahead and call in right now. Tell 'em you won't be at school/practice/work Monday.

If you regular readers wanted quality, this site wouldn't be on your favorites list, would it? You want quantity, right?

Bikers' love this classic from Bob Seger:

Best bike trip I ever took was out of Austin back in '84. Grand Canyon and Yellowstone were just two of the many highlights. Young and irresponsible sure was fun. With retirement five years away, looking forward to old and irresponsible...

The other day, Swimming World posted a list of "legal" suits compiled by USA Swimming. Read that article here.

You know they won't come out perfectly, but it still looks like LEGO ice cubes would be pretty cool, right? Czech gout sum real Lee grate eye deers here.

This next video is about design. Paraphrasing here, but think about this gem: Design thinking begins with integrative thinking - the ability to exploit opposing ideas and opposing constraints to create new solutions.

Tim Brown's TED talk:

Special thanks to Kim and Jim for letting a couple of us sit in on a Saturday workout a while back. They've got a great group of young ladies there in Austin and I can't thank them enough for sharing their time with Patrick and I. The gals kick off their season with the Orange/White intrasquad next week. Check out the entire schedule here.

The UH women swam an intrasquad Wednesday. Recap is here. Their meet schedule is here.

Rice's new pool is ready! Seth Huston's gals will now be both fit and tan. They've got outdoor long course water. Visit their site and watch a short video on the construction here. Their meet schedule is here.

Apology accepted...

Did you watch the 2016 Olympic announcement live? Yes? You've got way too much time on your hands...

What? No snowmobile/tree design?

Trainers are stocking up on hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of hog flu. The CDC suggests that palms (high five) and knuckles (bump) be thoroughly cleansed after on-field celebrations. A simpler (and cheaper) solution would be to stay away from that part of the field they call the end zone. Texas school closings due to H1N1 are listed here.

Ready for more Seger?

Are you going to be in New Jersey October 17 & 18? Yes? It can't be that bad, can it? Quit yer danged cryin' and listen up!

The Eastern States clinic will feature Bob Bowman, Jack Bauerle, Sean Hutchison, Bob Steele, Charlene Boudreau, Brendan Hansen, Dara Torres, and Rebecca Soni. Makes the rest of you actually want to go to Jersey now, right? More info is here.

Leon's got more posted on our trip to Matagorda here.


...and release!

Simon Percy's doing a great job with the Sun Devil Swimming Association. They've got a new look on their site. Visit it here. David Marsh and Bill Rose* will speak at their annual dinner/fund raiser. Read all about it here.

Here are some meet results:

Irving Sprint Invite

Round Rock Unclassified

SASA Fall Fling

Palo Alto Pentathlon

NISD Pentathlon

Block Pentathlon

“We have to do what Obama’s trying to do in health care reform,” Donna Shalala, the University of Miami president, said during a recent interview.

I'll bet that got your attention, didn't it? She's talking about the NCAA. Scary, ain't it? Read a New York Times article about the future of the NCAA here.

What's Ian Crocker been up to? Find out here.

“The pressure isn’t quite the same, so it’s a really nice, healthy change,” Crocker said. “I feel like I’m back to the innocent side of swimming — without agents, money, contracts, coach-athlete relationships that can be difficult at times.”

The 6th annual Lake Travis Relay will be Saturday, October 10. More info is here.

The best dam open water swimming relay race around!

*Were you one of Rose's buds? Or, were you a thorn?

Quote of the Day

A man thinks that by mouthing hard
words he understands hard things.

Herman Melville

Friday, October 02, 2009

Quote of the Day

Nobody got anywhere in the
world by simply being content.

Louis Dearborn L'Amour

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Motivation is simple. You eliminate
those who are not motivated.

Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz