Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything.
I am strongly in favor of common sense,
common honesty, and common decency. This
makes me forever ineligible for public office.

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quote of the Day

The secret of concentration is the secret of
self- discovery. You reach inside yourself
to discover your personal resources, and
what it takes to match them to the challenge.

Arnold Daniel Palmer

Monday, December 28, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Human Power!

Students at Texas State University are generating electricity with their exercise equipment. Kind of like hamsters on a wheel, but sweatier. Read more here.

On a related note, Competitor is developing a lane rope that will harness the energy in wave action. Look for it sometime around 2017.

Experts estimate that a week of summer league practices at your local pool could generate enough power to run the suit dryer for nearly three seconds.

Quote of the Day

Take calculated risks. That is
quite different from being rash.

George Smith Patton, Jr.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

It's innocence when it charms us,
ignorance when it doesn't.

Mignon McLaughlin

Friday, December 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

Christmas is the time when kids tell Santa
what they want and adults pay for it.
Deficits are when adults tell government
what they want and their kids pay for it.

Richard Douglas "Dick" Lamm

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon
verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Jane Austen

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quote of the Day

Every composer knows the anguish and
despair occasioned by forgetting ideas
which one had no time to write down.

Hector Berlioz

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

Don't spend time beating on a wall,
hoping to transform it into a door.

Dr. Laura Catherine Schlessinger

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

There are only two ways of telling the complete
truth - anonymously and posthumously.

Thomas Sowell

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Quote of the Day

If everybody's thinking alike,
somebody isn't thinking.

George Smith Patton, Jr.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Quote of the Day

The government consists of a gang of men
exactly like you and me. They have, taking
one with another, no special talent for the
business of government; they have only
a talent for getting and holding office.

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

Early in life I had noticed that no event
is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.

Eric Arthur Blair (a.k.a. George Orwell)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

I merely took the energy it takes
to pout and wrote some blues.

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Quote of the Day

When things go wrong, you'll find they usually
go on getting worse for some time; but when
things once start going right they often go
on getting better and better.

Clive Staples "C.S." Lewis

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Quote of the Day

Paralyze their resistance with your persistence.

Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes

Friday, December 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

The eight laws of learning are explanation,
demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition
repetition, repetition, and repetition.

John Robert Wooden

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quote of the Day

A common mistake people make when trying to
design something completely foolproof is to
underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Douglas Noel Adams

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

A guy who gives you less than what he has
to give is telling you what he thinks of you,
and telling you what he thinks of himself.

Peter J. "Pete" Carril

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Quote of the Day

Motivating through fear may work in the short
term to get people to do something, but over the
long run I believe personal pride is a much
greater motivator. It produces far better
results that last for a much longer time.

John Robert Wooden

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Pepperdine Women

University president Andrew Benton is working to save the Pepperdine women's swimming program. Didn't know about that one? Catch up here.


TO: Friends and Supporters of the Pepperdine Women’s Swimming and Diving Team

FROM : Andrew K. Benton

RE: Response to Offers of Support/Immediate Action Required

DATE: December 1, 2009

Cc John G. Watson, Keith Hinkle

Without going into great detail, the decision to conclude the Swimming and Diving team was a difficult decision. Students associated with that program have been some of the students my wife and I hold most dear. As I have shared many times: I admire so much the family environment that seems to come with those who love to swim and dive competitively. It is actually remarkable to behold.

Having made and communicated the decision (and hurt a lot of students and parents in the process), to offer to rethink our position is perilous and may result in another round of frustration. I hope not. The economy has not improved, the Athletic Department has not even completed its first round of reductions, and no “financial angel” has appeared. A number of individuals have made sincere offers to help and that impresses me a great deal. Whether it will be enough, I do not know; I would like to give it a fair opportunity to work, however. Working through Tom Dekar, a parent, and also one of our former swimmers, Andreea Trufasu, I write this brief memorandum to outline one way to fund the program going forward. It will require the following:

1. Evidence by January 15 of each year that there are gifts and pledges available to provide at least $400,000 per year for each of the next four fiscal years (August 1 – July 31). We cannot recruit top-quality athletes if we cannot assure them that they can compete at Pepperdine for the four years of their NCAA eligibility;

2. The Athletic Director and I do not see re-establishing the program with funds already reallocated to respond to the present – and future – economic challenge presented to the larger University community. The University will help to raise endowment funds that could well sustain the program; and,

3. If we are going to undertake this project, we must do so immediately and with great energy. We can use December to make solicitations and secure pledge commitments. The University will begin collecting contributions after January 1, 2010.1 Representations have been made that there are as many as 1,500 individuals willing to provide annual support. If that is true, our task is relatively easy, especially if there are some generous lead gifts. If not, we must know by the last day of January 2010. If the target of at least $400,000 per fiscal year is not achieved in gifts and firm pledges by January 31, 2010, all gifts will be returned and pledges cancelled and we will conclude our Swimming and Diving program as previously announced.

While I am hopeful, I am also a realist willing to be overwhelmingly pleased and surprised. There is no other area of the University being offered this opportunity, but there is no other area where 35 wonderful young people are so directly impacted.

This is the offer I have discussed with a couple of representatives of those who wish to retain the program. We simply must know if this is going to work by January 31, 2010; I do not wish to offer false hope or to create or prolong another round of disappointment.

I have written this memorandum so that others may distribute it. All gifts and pledges should to be sent to Dr. John Watson, Director of Athletics. John can be contacted at (310) 506-4242 or you may e-mail him at He will guide this process and provide periodic updates on the success of this effort. Meanwhile, you have my admiration for your desire to take on this unusual and admirable project. I sincerely hope it works; in fact, my wife and I will make our own gift to the effort.

Y'all know I have to say this, right?

How about saving the women's team and restoring the men's team at the same time?

Don't tell me it would cost so danged much more to do, I'm not as dumb as I look...

Quote of the Day

The only reason I'm coming out here
tomorrow is the schedule says I have to.

George Lee "Sparky" Anderson

Friday, December 04, 2009

Quote of the Day

That you may retain your self-respect, it is
better to displease the people by doing what
you know is right, than to temporarily please
them by doing what you know is wrong.

William John Henry Boetcker

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Quote of the Day

If what you did yesterday seems big,
you haven't done anything today.

Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Quote of the Day

The achievements of an organization are the
results of the combined effort of each individual.

Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi