Mike Beversluis

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Coffee is important

Actually, Coffee is very important. How important? Like, is it spending-kilobucks-on-a-espresso-machine important?

Maybe. I think this would get me slapped by my grandparents (either ones). I would say, ha ha, take that greatest generation, but I need to back off that phrase a little bit. After all, I don't want to wear it out in case I need to make fun of Germany, or something.


Friday, October 29, 2004

I think they got the headline wrong...

From Reuters: "European media take sides" No shit, Sherlock.

Wouldn't there have to be some diversity of opinion to claim that sides, plural, are being taken? A more accurate headline is: "European media takes side." or "European media annouces position which no one doubted they held to begin with, and come to think of it, what the hell do they think they can accomplish by emphasizing it now?"

At least they get the sub-headline right: "Europeans have no influence." Ha ha, take that france/germany.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Ha ha - take that soccer

I am surrounded by Europeans at work, so when sports come up what do we hear about - soccer. Oh excuse me, I meant "football" except, somehow, it keeps coming out soccer. Let me cut to the chase: Soccer is awful.

Speaking of real sports, how did the BoSox get to 3-0 when I wasn't looking. Guillaume points out that there is a lunar eclipse tonight, when they play the fourth (and likely final) game. Given the number of omens, I suggest putting your spiritual affairs in order.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

A non-thesis writing moment

A couple of observations:

1) Writing a thesis makes me tire... d.

2) All the energy I've channelled into my beloved blog, you know, that sparkling wit you have come to love and cherish, has been diverted into said thesis. Which is sort of like peeing in a nice flower vase. Tee hee. I put this totally hilarious picture of Britney Spears in there as a little Easter egg for my committee. $20 says they'd have to read it to find it.

3) The Seahawks, like always, suck.

4) This election needs to be over. God help us if its close and goes to court. Yes, I know I'm a genius for saying this, the most original thought on the entire internet. Actually, that last bit is true.

5) It won't go to court.

6) Instapundit has gone on hiatus, leaving four others to post in his absence. The posting rate has gone down. I'd link, but that's kinda like taking a pipette and watering the rocks under Niagra falls.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Global warming redux

Global warming may not be my fault after all. I think this matter is now settled, once and for all, and I will brook no comments to any other effect.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Still life at the Institute of Optics 8

"Again, the elegant method of solution here will turn out to be guessing." – Lee Casperson

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Friday, October 08, 2004

Research update




I hate deadlines. Tangentially related.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

28 Days Later

Re: the death sprint - This is what I'm talking about. Now, figuratively speaking, which one is me and which one is my thesis? Discuss amongst yourselves.

BTW, 28 Days Later is an okay zombie flick, if you go for that sort of thing and don't mind the slightly atypical sprinting zombies.

Monday, October 04, 2004

It's less a death march, and more of a death sprint

So, I've been working 10 to 11 the last week or so, and it's not the good kind of 10 to 11. I think I'm getting an ulcer, which is a rite of passage I hear. The good news? Once this is done, it's enough to graduate on.... The bad news? I have to finish writing my thesis, mostly unstarted, by November 15. What am I doing about it? Uh... updating my blog?

In other news, the M's fired their coach, Bob Melvin. So, sports fans, whose going to pull out of their organizational death spiral first? Me or them? See, it's all about me.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Global warming is my fault

What can I say - cause and effect in action.

If environmentalism really is a remaping of the Christian religion, well, I think they've found their anti-christ.

Still life at the Institute of Optics 7

"I think we should all buy boxes of Crisco and do reports on how quickly it yellows." – Russell Gehr

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Ichiro! Rules!


He did it! 259 and counting. Now, there might be talk that there should be an asterisk on this, because he did this in game #160 (Ichiro has played 159), where as George Sisler did his in 154 games in 1920. Obvs, I'm a partisan, but you can argue that Ichiro's acomplisment is just as impressive because (1) We are now in an era of relief pitchers and reduced pitch counts, both of which help the pitching (2) Safeco is dramatically a pitchers park. Ichiro is hitting .338 at Safeco and .405 away (~340 at bats for each). Also, he started off relatively slow this year (.255 in April). Since the All-Star break, he's been batting .425. Unbelievable.

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