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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 NC game
  • NFL TEAM: Whichever team has the most Buckeye players
  • NHL TEAM: Colorado Avalanche
  • MLB TEAM: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 16 Apr 2014

Is there a limit on the number of walk-ons a team can have?

Comment 10 Apr 2014

I am awaiting his annual Jackie Robinson and ice skating story (http://deadspin.com/5908459/vin-scully-raced-jackie-robinson-on-ice-skates). The best announcer is not hyperbole when talking about Vin Scully.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

The fact that dinosaurs existed for an extended age indicates that there was some stability, but it is a balance of many factors that ultimately can be disrupted.

My final comment on the subject is the following (*straps on helmet, kevlar vests, prepares to log off 11W*), what is happening is causing change. The actual source is controversial. The key is that we as a society need to find a sustainable way of living. IN - OUT = ACCUMULATION. This is the basic equation that I teach my students. If IN (production of something) is greater than OUT (reduction of something), we are going to have ACCUMULATION, which by definition leads to change.

The opposite is true as well. If OUT > IN, we get -ACCUMULATION = DEPLETION. This is happening with oil reserves. As EARLE so elegantly pointed out, we have no more dinosaurs that could ultimately result in more oil. So, my goal is to live sustainably. I drive to work (short distance overall), but plant trees in the summer (if anyone wants to donate an electric car to me, I would happily drive that to work with whatever advertisement on it). A fundamental aspect of my research is to tackle the energy challenges of the future through coming up with innovative strategies to reduce energy and waste production. Scientists are getting closer to this goal with many technologies, but ultimately require lots of funding to achieve these lofty goals (don't worry, I wrote this post on my lunch 30 minutes).

If you still don't believe IN - OUT = ACCUMULATION, look at China's air quality (http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/). In the US, I think the EPA standard (http://www.epa.gov/air/criteria.html) is less than 15. People have an impact on the environment. Even without the high levels of pollution, the rate of asthma in the US is rising (http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics.aspx). What is happening right now is having an affect whether you believe it or not.

So, just remember IN - OUT = ACCUMULATION. Zero accumulation would be a terrific goal.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

You sir have ventured beyond my comfort level as far as commenting.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

The sun spot thing was "funny" science. Increased sun spots activity was "correlated" with increases in temperature.

The MAJOR PROBLEM was that if you took the total increase in energy produced from the sun from the high sun spot activity and assumed that every bit of it hit the earth, you would not get the required warming that was observed. This does not even account for the fact that only a very tiny fraction of this energy actually would hit the earth.

I personally have not done the calculations. 

Comment 03 Mar 2014

I will predict the weather if you can convince everyone on the face of the planet to not do anything until that day. Otherwise, the number of variables is too large. I think that is a fair exchange for a somewhat meaningless number. The best predictive weather models can only forecast 10 days out. It is truly amazing that they can do that. These forecast models are being run on some of the most powerful computers. Short term weather forecasting is also very different from climate change effects. It is like macro and micro economics.

If you don't enjoy science and its quirkiness of uncertainty, please stop using your GPS (which requires EInstein's special theory of relativity to be accurate), computer (which required invention of transistors and all associate technology to create higher densities of transistors so that it would fit in your lap), cell phone (which required basic understanding of waves and antennas), and car (which have been advanced through study of advanced materials such as plastics, metal alloys, pressure sensors for airbags).

I will let you keep fire (which is technically a low density plasma).

Comment 03 Mar 2014

Being one of those scientists, I take any opportunity to correct the "global warming" misnomer. It is NOT global warming. It is GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. The global climate is changing. Some parts are getting colder and some parts are getting warmer. On average, the temperature is going up.

The real effect is that the climates are changing (http://www.garden.bsewall.com/topics/hardiness/history.html), as reflected in plant hardiness zone changes that are known to exist.

This is an intriguing statement, since it presages the current debate over the proposed update to the 1990 USDA map and the implication that the hardiness zones need to reflect recent global warming.

Climates are changing. The absolutely challenging aspect of science is that no experiment is definitive. As scientists, we can only state that "the findings are inconsistent with the hypothesis." Even a concept as simple as mass has unknowns. It appears the Higgs boson "explained" most of this, but at the same time it opens up even more questions.

So, please do not refer to changes in the environment as global warming. Please do call it global climate change. This is real as best as scientists can tell.

Comment 02 Mar 2014

Could a price list and total quantity to be sold be created? You get 5 jerseys per year total. You can sell the jersey for $250 total. Your MVP trophy can be sold for $100. You cannot make copies of the MVP trophy.

Would this work?

I think that creating such a market just encourages more contact with individuals who have far less scruples.

Comment 07 Feb 2014

I would take Coach Zach Smith's B1G recruiter of the year and say he owes some of that to Coach Urban "The Closer" Meyer.

Comment 31 Jan 2014


Professional sports leagues that receive state and local funding to ultimately pay individuals millions of dollars and make millions of dollars in profit is one thing that gets me really fired up. Millions of tax dollars spent on an entertainment. It reminds me of the Romans building the Coliseum, except these edifices have no longevity. Build a school instead. It will benefit hundreds to thousands, and will produce individuals with the requisite skill sets needed to expand the national economy.

/end rant/

I apologize for my sensitivity on this issue.