Friday, May 18, 2012
1. Mrs. Van Horn and I sometimes enjoy brunch
at a nearby Marriott Hotel, whose restaurant, with its numerous large-screen
televisions, doubles as a sports bar. She suggested the restaurant as a place
for her Mother's Day brunch.
Why? Because she knows that I am an avid soccer fan. Not only was it Mother's Day, it was Survival Sunday, the last day of the English Premier League season, with all the games being played at once and broadcast live. The most interesting game was between Queen's Park Rangers, who faced possible relegation if they lost, and Manchester City, who would win the league championship if they won. That game finished with a dramatic, injury-time win by City.
Jerry Hinnen of CBS News translates the significance of this result for the benefit of Americans more accustomed to other sports. Here's his football metaphor for the "American Equivalent":
The Minnesota Vikings are facing the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, somehow[. A]fter going up 21-7 at halftime[, they] now trail the Packers 33-21 with only a minute remaining. The Vikings drive, score a touchdown, recover the onsides kick, and on the final play of the game connect on a Hail Mary from midfield to win their first Super Bowl.The icing on the cake for me came in the form of another result, Arsenal's 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion. That meant that Sunday was also St. Totteringham's Day, and that Arsenal overcame its slow (and very ugly) 2-1-4 start to place third and secure a Champion's League berth next season.
2. Some time back, I enjoyed reading this account of how an enterprising young man earned $65,000 repairing iPods while he was in high school.
3. Mathematical modeling vs. common sense? Not quite, but this title sure makes it seem so: "What the U.S. needs is an 18-cent coin." Following a link, I see that there is actually some interesting commentary on the advantages of the coin system used in the U.S.
4. Now that I have learned how expensive tattoos are, I am even more perplexed by their current popularity than I was to begin with: "A full sleeve can take 40 hours [at $150 per hour]." Removal will also cost about $6,000.
Today: Corrected a typo.