Monday, September 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

The reward of a thing well
done is to have done it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

Too bad the only people who know
how to run the country are busy
driving cabs and cutting hair.

(via 24 Frames)
Naftaly Birnbaum, a.k.a. George Burns

Saturday, September 28, 2013

...tag...yer it...

The old eff won fitty took it on the chin Thursday night.  We learned what air bag deployment looks like.  We're okay but truck's headed for a little stay in the shop.

The gal that wrecked us got a couple of tickets - one for the idiotic left turn and another for no insurance.

She should have gotten a third for the poor acting performance afterward.

Quote of the Day

One person with a belief is equal to a
force of 99 who have only interests.
(via Wikipedia)
John Stuart Mill

Friday, September 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

Avoid having your ego so close to your
position that when your position
falls, your ego goes with it.
Colin Luther Powell

Thursday, September 26, 2013

UT Men's & Women's Teams Recognized

Yeah, that Button kid made an appearance at the 0:39 mark.

Quote of the Day

You are not superior just because you
see the world in an odious light.
(via Culture)
François-René de Chateaubriand

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nonfiction Books by Dogs

(via Medium Large)

Quote of the Day

Without the right of privacy, there is no real
freedom of speech or freedom of opinion,
and so there is no actual democracy.
Dilma Vana Rousseff

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Longhorns Lose to Aggies

Folks in Austin are shocked to learn that Texas A&M has a Ken doll and U.T. doesn't:

(via Walmart)

Quote of the Day

There are a terrible lot of lies going
around the world, and the worst
of it is half of them are true.
(via Daily Mail)
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Monday, September 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

Many books require no thought from
those who read them, and for a very
simple reason;  they made no such
demand upon those who wrote them.
(via Dover Beach)
Charles Caleb Colton

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quote of the Day (thanks Dad!)

The word bipartisan means some larger-than
-usual deception is being carried out.
(via Kastertine)
George Denis Patrick Carlin

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

Success ain't falling in your lap.  Be
aggressive in your approach and
relentless in your hard work.

(via Wrestling Match)

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock

Friday, September 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

I was going to buy a copy of The Power of
Positive Thinking, and then I thought:
What the hell good would that do?
Ronald Michael Sakele, a.k.a. Ronnie Shakes

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

The real problem is not whether machines
think but whether men do.
Burrhus Frederic "B.F." Skinner

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

Democracy substitutes election
by the incompetent many for
appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

Most conversations are simply monologues
delivered in the presence of witnesses.
Margaret Ellis Millar

Monday, September 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

The truth prevails, but it's a chore.
(via All Posters)
Jan Garrigue Masaryk

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Shallow Water Black Out Info

Thanks to Bob Bowman and Rich Wilkens for sharing their PowerPoint presentation on Shallow Water Black Out.  In case you missed earlier posts on the topic, catch up here and here.  Watch video here.

Scary stuff:

Unlike a regular drowning where there may be 6-8 minutes before brain damage and death, there are only 2.5 minutes before brain damage and death in shallow water black out due to the reduction in the oxygen to the brain BEFORE the black out

Email me for a copy of the PowerPoint.

Recent Baltimore television station story on Shallow Water Black Out:

Quote of the Day

It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to
preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered,
to be generous, frank, and independent.
William Somerset Maugham

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

What the people want is very simple - they
want an America as good as its promise.
Barbara Charline Jordan

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

Whether you're talking about bees, dogs,
or women, pain can come upon you
quickly from either one of 'em.

(via POP tower)

Phil Alexander Robertson

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

When you're in love, it's the most glorious
two and a half days of your life.
Richard Phillip Lewis

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

At the present time in the United States,...

...somewhere between eight and ten thousand children under the age of twenty die from drownings every year.

The competitive swimming community is making a great effort to teach young people to swim.  Let's continue making a difference.  We've got to get those numbers down.

Also, let's eliminate the loss of our competitive swimmers to shallow water blackout drownings.

Video of NBAC-hosted round table discussion on shallow water blackout is here.

Edited 12/29/15:

Round table video gone.  Here's another:

Quote of the Day

It is well to remember that the
entire universe, with one trifling
exception, is composed of others.
(via Wikipedia)
John Andrew Holmes

Monday, September 09, 2013

Bowman Speaks on Lowenthal Tragedy

Read this important article at Swim Vortex.

(via explore baltimore county)

These incidents take the lives of outstanding swimmers.

Coaches, keep a close eye on your athletes when doing breath control work.

Swimmers, avoid trying to one-up each other in underwater distance contests.

Quote of the Day

Looking back on things,
the view always improves.
Walter Crawford "Walt" Kelly, Jr.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Iowa State Violations

Iowa State University foosball and basketball took the biggest hits for NCAA recruiting violations.  Women's swimming will have some recruiting restrictions as well.  Read more here.

Restrictions from initiating telephone contact with prospects for the following teams: football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer, softball, tennis, men’s and women’s track and cross country, women’s volleyball and wresting. The public report further details the timing of the restrictions by team.

Men's swimming was not penalized.  Thanks to Title IX, there's no longer a men's program at Iowa State...

Quote of the Day

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
Francis Scott Key "F. Scott" Fitzgerald

Friday, September 06, 2013

Quote of the Day

If you don't make mistakes, you're not
working on hard enough problems.
(via BBC)
Frank Anthony Wilczek

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Quote of the Day

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Quote of the Day

Diplomacy is the art of letting
somebody else have your way.
(via fox59)
Sir David Paradine Frost

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Irving ISD Board President Would Drop Swimming?

Irving ISD discussed partnering with the YMCA to build a natatorium at a recent board meeting.

IISD's Scott Layne brought the idea forward and it wasn't long before he was ambushed.

Board president Steven Jones went out of his way to torpedo the project, which is still in early planning stages.  Jones wants folks to believe the pool would be built to serve just over a hundred kids in the high school competitive programs.

Bullcorn!  Jones is no idiot - he knows exactly what the new pool will mean for kids in the district.  For whatever reason, he's going out of his way to put the brakes on the project before it can gain momentum.

The proposed natatorium would provide learn-to-swim, lap swimming, club swimming/diving, and recreational swimming opportunities for the community as well as water safety and competitive swimming/diving programs for the school district.

To see school board poly-ticks in-action, watch the video here.

Jones starts in with "My only comment..." and then rambles on and on against the project - and the swimming program.

He does a nice job of widening the split between academics and athletics.

(via elizabethany)

We've all seen it work on small scales (within individual schools) as well as large ones (legislation out of Austin).

Guys like Jones provide the spark, then stand back and watch the burn.

If the swimming community in Irving needs motivation to get Jones off the school board, he provided it with this statement:

"I mean, maybe we cut the program.  It's very easy to bring to the board to cut German.  To cut Latin.  I mean, you understand where I'm coming from?  And, that's a teacher's salary.  That's not very much money, but yet we've got a hundred kids - a hundred fifteen - that swim and we can't think about cutting that."

(via YouTube)

Jones is anti-athletics.  He's anti-aquatics.  Irving-area swim folks need to either turn him away from the dark side or run him off.