Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Corruption of Power: Lord of the Rings and the Civil Rights Movement

Few groups of people have shaken the American status quo like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC- pronounced “Snick”).    These college-age activists, mostly black and mostly southern, launched the sit-in movement and the Freedom Rides.   The sit-in movement involved thousands … Continue reading

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Who Dat?

“Who Dat?” (1937) Who dat up there / who’s dat down there Who dat up there / who dat well down there Who’s dat up there / sayin’ who’s dat down there When I see you up there / well … Continue reading

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LBJ and Hurricane Betsy: 46 Years Later

I have always been an avid LBJ fan.  Aside from the Vietnam War, which I recognize is a huge ‘aside,’ he was probably the second greatest president of the 20th century after President FDR, the hero he fashioned his nickname … Continue reading

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Random Fact: “Tom’s Diner” was the first MP3

Thought this might be of interest to tournament listeners.  An article about the development of the MP3 explains that Peoples’ Choice Tournament participant, “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega, was chosen by Karlheinz Brandenburg.  The human voice was difficult to compress, … Continue reading

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Why Triathlons Without Training Are Not Recommended (Part 2 of 4)

It wasn’t that training hadn’t crossed my mind, but the decision to do the damn thing was rather spontaneous. I was supposed to be doing a 2 mile swim in Lake Tahoe, like I mentioned before, and my ride from … Continue reading

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Why Triathlalons Without Training Are Not Recommended (Part 1 of 4)

Dreamers, I can’t help but feel the need to post an account, minor as it may be, of my adventurous Sunday morning finishing my first sprint triathlon. Sprint not because I sprinted the whole time, but because a regular triathlon … Continue reading

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How Civically Literate Are You?

In the trivia section, a fun little quiz my sister forwarded to me- the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civic Literacy Exam. It’s sorta like a 33 question multiple choice AP US History test, except in the end you get to see … Continue reading

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