Archive for the ‘Links’ Category

Momentum

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Two years ago I did a statistical analysis to determine if the concept of momentum has any impact on pro hockey games.  Despite lots of blather to the contrary, I could find no evidence that teams that just scored a goal or won their previous game performed any better in the near future.

It turns out that 25 years ago, a study was published that found essentially the same thing with respect to basketball shooting.

(I was tipped off to this by the buzz generated by this week’s release of Scorecasting, the latest Freakonomics-style book that investigates popular sports conceptions in a what-if-we-actually-look-at-some-data kind of way.)

SOTU

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Drinking Game

Someone else is collecting quotes

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Fred Shapiro’s top ten list of political/celebrity quotes from 2010 and 2009.

Workplace procrastination

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Hate mail sent to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

My favorite website of the year

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

In the spirit of Stuff White People Like, we now have Awkward Family Photos.com.

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Also…

LSSU’s proposed list of words to banish in 2010

Dave Barry’s holiday gift guide

Dave Barry’s Year in Review

The strangest baseball play-by-play I have ever heard

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Link here

Book reviews!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

If Amazon had existed when the classics were written…

From the vault

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Some commercials highlighting high technology of the 1980s:

A 1984 ad for an ITT computer

Here’s one from 86 for an IBM typewriter

A Commodore commercial in which partcipants perform a bizarre salute and point

TV report about early online newspapers. One of the people is identified as a “Home Computer Owner”

CBC report about a growing worldwide phenomenon called “Internet”

It cometh

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Vegas beer pong competition gets (almost) serious

I’ve been wondering how long it would take for fraternity-style drinking games to become official competitions, with television coverage like the X games or poker.

And the quote, from the rules:

“No player may take offense to anything said or done during a game, even if it involves their mother.”

December links

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Dave Barry’s Holiday Gift Guide – Including gun shaped egg fryers and a talking fly swatter that yells derogatory comments at insects.

President Bush dodges shoes – An instant classic.

Stuff White People Like – Bottled water, pea coats, Apple products, performance clothes, and many more stereotypes

Minnesota Senate recount – The judges consider votes for crazy things such as the Three Stooges, Lizard People, Al Franken, and Norm Coleman