Friday, September 30, 2011

Quote of the Day (thanks MS)

Study nature, love nature, stay close
to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

It is extremely important to know
what you don't want to find.

Leon Marcus Uris

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quote of the Day

In the real dark night of the soul it is always
three o'clock in the morning, day after day.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

We learn something every day, and
lots of times it's that what we
learned the day before was wrong.

William E. "Bill" Vaughan

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's a lucky day!

Dr. William Paulus (former world record-holder in the 100 m fly) and long-time men's swimming assistant Kris Kubik have been selected for induction into the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor. Read more here.

The City of Conroe needs an aquatics coordinator. Job info is here.

Dan Beebe's out at Big XII commissioner. Read more here.

“I put all my effort into doing what was best for the Big 12,” Beebe said in a statement. “With great fondness, I wish the Big 12 Conference a long and prosperous future.”

We shall see...

The NCAA may adjust rules on texting recruits. Read more here.

Supporters of the overhaul say the monitoring concerns will dissipate with electronic correspondence all under one rules roof since there is little to distinguish a text from an email at a time when smartphones send and receive both in the same way. Institutions in fact have been permitted to send an unlimited number of emails to prospective student-athletes for several years and there have not been any concerns regarding frequency or intrusion.

County Commissioner El Franco Lee and Coach Johnnie Means of Houston's Harris County Aquatic Program (HCAP) were recognized at the USA Swimming convention with the Diversity Inclusion Award.

Brian Bencomo weighed in on Title IX last month. Read his Cornell Daily Sun article here.

In spirit, Title IX has been a noble way to make sure equal athletic opportunities are afforded to women as well as men. Much like affirmative action programs instituted to provide opportunities for racial minorities, the motivation behind such a law was to make up for past discrimination.

Unfortunately, the 1979 interpretation of the statute has become a rigid system in need of reform in light of changing circumstances. Compliance has been interpreted as adherence to one of the following: 1) that the number of male and female athletes must be proportional to their school-wide enrollment; 2) that the school has demonstrated a commitment to expanding opportunities for women; and 3) that the school is meeting the athletic needs of its female students.

According to Allison Kasic, senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, the first method is considered by many colleges as a permanent solution while the other two are considered short-term fixes. Indeed the other two methods not only require continual monitoring, but are difficult to gauge as they can be interpreted quite subjectively. What’s left then is ostensibly a quota system which can be construed to discriminate against male athletes. Title IX was meant to create opportunities for women where few existed before due to discrimination. But today, with females making up more than 50 percent of enrollment in colleges nationwide and signs of waning interest in varsity athletics, there is a disconnect between the original spirit of the law and its current application.

Quote of the Day (thanks MS)

Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn't do than
by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade
winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

Saturday, September 24, 2011

How do you top this?

Talk about "A fun time was had by all!" GWG just put on a great clinic for us. What a great "kid"!!!

Garrett w/Leon (danged foggy lens!):

Quote of the Day

There is no one magic move or secret that
creates victory, but lots of little items that
when added together can make you victorious.

William Anthony "Bill" Toomey

Friday, September 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.

Maria Salomea Skłodowska "Marie" Curie

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that
one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

Alan Alexander "A.A." Milne

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Quote of the Day

All I can do is be me, whoever that is.

Robert Allen Zimmerman (a.k.a. Bob Dylan)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quote of the Day (thanks MS)

If your success is not on your own terms, if
it looks good to the world but does not feel
good in your heart, it is not success at all.

Anna Marie Quindlen

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Quote of the Day

As long as you keep a person down, some part of
you has to be down there to hold him down, so it
means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.

Marian Anderson

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

The rain to the wind said,
"You push and I'll pelt."

Robert Lee Frost

Friday, September 16, 2011

World's Funniest Analogies

Read them here.

The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law George. But unlike George, this plan just might work.

Via Kottke

...or were they from 1999, via The Washington Post?

The door had been forced, as forced as the dialogue during the interview portion of "Jeopardy!"

Time to add new column under "Gender"?

This will give the Title IX quota police fits: the NCAA has clarified their policy on when transgender athletes may compete.

Read more here.

Quote of the Day

It's never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.

Nancy Thayer

Thursday, September 15, 2011

...they should get the silver medal...

2008 Beijing Olympics Swimming Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final from Meazza on Vimeo.

Who: Garrett Weber-Gale
What: Swim Clinic
When: Saturday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Mansfield ISD Natatorium (1001 N. Holland, Mansfield 76063)

Info and registration link are here

Quote of the Day

It's useless to play lullabies
for those who cannot sleep.

John Milton Cage, Jr.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

I'm always making a comeback, but
nobody ever tells me where I've been.

Eleanora Fagan, a.k.a. Billie Holiday

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quote of the Day

The way to make coaches think you're
in shape in the spring is to get a tan.

Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quote of the Day

The more you lose yourself in something bigger
than yourself, the more energy you will have.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Quote of the Day

Everyone is a genius at least once a year.
The real geniuses simply have their
bright ideas closer together.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Quote of the Day

I have always adhered to two principles. The
first one is to train hard and get in the best
possible physical condition. The second is to
forget all about the other fellow until you face
him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.

Rocco Francis Marchegiano,

a.k.a. Rocky Marciano

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Quote of the Day

There is no such thing as an empty space or
an empty time. There is always something
to see, something to hear. In fact, try as
we may to make a silence, we cannot.

John Milton Cage, Jr.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Quote of the Day (thanks MS)

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

Mary Anne Evans, a.k.a. George Eliot

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Quote of the Day

I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it's
half because I was game enough to take a lot of
punishment along the way and half because there
were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.

Althea Gibson

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Quote of the Day

The good lord only gave men so many
hormones, and if others want to waste
theirs on growing hair, that's up to them.

John Herschel Glenn, Jr.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Quote of the Day

Olympic champions are NOT extraordinary
people. They are ordinary people who
have discovered the way to accomplish
extraordinary results in the area of
life that matters most to them!

John Phillips Naber

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Quote of the Day

Tact is the ability to describe
others as they see themselves.

Abraham Lincoln