Sunday, June 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

One must also accept that one has "uncreative"
moments.  The more honestly one can accept
that, the quicker these moments will pass.
(via timesunion)
Esther "Etty" Hillesum

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

I taught Constitutional law for ten years.
I take the Constitution very seriously.
(via Politico)
Barack Hussein Obama II

Friday, June 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

Man is not the enemy of man but through the
medium of a false system of government.
(via Wikimedia Commons)
Thomas Paine

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
(via thanksfa)
Gladys Bronwyn "G.B." Stern

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Title IX - Some Owls Give a Hoot!

(via Harris County Sports Authority)
Once upon a time, Rice fielded a men's swim team.  So did the University of HoustonTexas Southern had men's swimming, too.

Now, the closest men's program is up in College Station.

What a sad state of affairs for the nation's 4th largest city!

The region is still producing large numbers of outstanding club and high school talent, but males are being exported to other parts of the state and country by the dozens.

Both Rice and UH have outstanding long course facilities.  What in the world is keeping them from fielding men's teams again?


An ex-Rice swimmer started a thread on the underrepresented gender in Owl Olympic sports - males!  Read more here.

Moreover, Football is a killer on the Title IX front because there is nothing you can offer on the women's side to balance those numbers of athletes involved. Net result is the revenue sports survive and the men's sports that should be offered (like swimming) get cut to meet the purely arbitrary equality standard that doesn't take into account reality.

Maybe we can make the marching band all-female to offset the football numbers.

Also, notice how John Q. Public, a.k.a. RiceDoc, used the term "revenue sports".  Note to RiceDoc:

Most college foosball programs spend much, much more than they take in.  Hardly sounds like a "revenue" sport, does it?  How do they balance the books each year?  Simple!  The university keeps them afloat with huge subsidies...check some out here.

Quote of the Day

When I meet a man I ask myself,
"Is this the man I want my children
to spend their weekends with?"
Rita Rudner

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
(via BetterMost)
William Somerset Maugham

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

When science discovers the center of
the universe, a lot of people will be
disappointed to find they are not it.
(via Comic Vine)
Bernard Baily

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

The shoe that fits one person pinches another;
there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Karle Gustav II "Carl" Jung

Friday, June 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

Every time you leave the wall 2 seconds before
the send-off, your coach dies a little inside.

(via Wordpress)

Mike Gustafson

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

I was voted best-looking kid in high school
but, as you can see, things changed.
James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

Time flies.  It is up to you to be the navigator.
Robert Orben

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

No one wants advice - only corroboration.

(via fine art america)
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

The first recipe for happiness is:
avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog,
a.k.a. André Maurois

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Where's the gender equity...

...among gender equity watchdogs?

Seems that 83% of Title IX coordinators are female!  Not exactly proportional now, is it?  Read more here.

We examined 52 institutions.  All have Title IX Coordinators as mandated by law for all institutions receiving federal funding.

At 43 of them (82.7 percent), the Title IX Coordinator is a woman.  At 9 of the institutions (17.3 percent), the Title IX Coordinator is a man.

So, not only are males waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay underrepresented, I think we'll soon be hearing complaints about the lack of transgender individuals in those positions as well.

(via Mooving Designs)

Quote of the Day

Trust one who has gone through it.

(via crystalinks)
Publius Vergilius Maro, a.k.a. Virgil

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

Delay always breeds danger;
and to protract a great
design is often to ruin it.
(via Biography)
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Friday, June 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

Every saint has a past and
every sinner has a future.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

It's so simple to be wise.  Just think of some-
thing stupid to say and then don't say it.

(via WNYC)

Samuel "Sam" Levenson

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

My most important piece of advice to all
you would-be writers:  when you write,
try to leave out all the parts readers skip.
(via Time)
Elmore John Leonard, Jr.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Quote of the Day

We wanted a president that listens to
all we have one.
James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Quote of the Day

The trouble with some women is that they get all
excited about nothing - and then marry him.
Cherilyn Sarkisian, a.k.a. Cher

Friday, June 07, 2013

Quote of the Day

I always felt that if I made a movie, it
would be one movie;  I didn't see how
they could make 26 swimming movies.
Esther Jane Williams

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Quote of the Day

I shut my eyes in order to see.
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Quote of the Day

Much of the social history of the Western
world over the past three decades has
involved replacing what worked
with what sounded good.
(via Investors)

Thomas Sowell

Monday, June 03, 2013

About as random as it gets:

Erasers:  Before & After

(via Colossal)

Deer Slayer wonders why Jack Conger's 4:13.87 isn't among the national high school records that were recently updated.  No, it wasn't a miscounted 450.  No, it wasn't wind-aided.  Anyone?

Posted pic of trashed out tornado hunter SUV the other day.  All occupants walked away from that near-disaster, but several other tornado hunters were killed in the same outbreak.  Didn't want anyone to think I was making light of those losses, so took SUV pic down.  No complaints from anyone, but still saying sorry if anyone was offended.

Here's a pretty neat fundraising site DJA put us onto.  Visit YouCaring here.

In case you're interested in the original hush money deal between Rick Curl and the Davies family, view it here.

"Jeah" FAIL:

Since Leon doesn't read this site anymore, it's probably safe to share this:

Quote of the Day

Keep on going and the chances are you will
stumble on something, perhaps when you are
least expecting it.  I have never heard of
anyone stumbling on something sitting down.

Charles Franklin Kettering

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Quote of the Day

The squeaking wheel doesn't always get
the grease.  Sometimes it gets replaced.
(via John Gushue)
Victor "Vic" Gold

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Quote of the Day

Do you know, my son, with what little
understanding the world is ruled?
Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte,
a.k.a. Pope Julius III