Wednesday, March 22, 2006

From Ask Yahoo:
(Oops!; pretend it's someone else...)

Q: How many NCAA brackets would I have to fill out to cover every possible combination?

A: ... We hope you have plenty of patience, because there are 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 different ways to fill out a tournament bracket from a 65-team field. To find the answer, we took the number of games played in the tournament ...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Island Adventure

No.17 at TPC of Sawgrass

It's Players Championship week, which means another island adventure at 17. For the second year, will have a live feed from 17 throughout the tournament.

"Everybody's excited about March Madness, the big NCAA tournament? Here's how it works: It starts at 65, then 64, then 32, then 16. It's just like Bush's approval rating." -David Letterman

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The State Library of Victoria, Australia
Recent New Yorker Cartoons

Insurance salesman on phone:
"Act of God? Not a problem--we can sue God." (3/13/06)

Robber, pointing gun, to bank teller:
"Throw in one of those brochures about refinancing my home." (3/6/06)

Guru, in lotus position, to sojourner:
"I keep the good truth in the back." (1/23/06)

Woman to woman in coffee shop:
"Sometimes I wonder if it would've been better having one big marriage instead of a lot of little ones."

Noah to companion on ark:
"When the waters subside, the problem's going to be mold." (11/7/05)

Shrink to king:
"To be fair, I think you should be very clear about the ground rules with your next jester." (9/12/05)

Woman to man:
"I think we should stop fooling ourselves and begin fooling other people." (9/12/05)

Previous New Yorker cartoons
Smithsonian magazine

At the nearly century-old Gellert Hotel, site of a venerable spa on the west bank of the Danube, a dip into a steaming mineral bath makes a fitting start for soaking up the spirit of Budapest, Hungary's beguiling capital. Smithsonian

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Time for Madness

CBS TV Schedule:

12:20 p.m. NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND (Regional; HDTV) -- Greensboro, N.C. -- Wichita State vs. Seton Hall (Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner)
12:25 p.m. NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND (Regional) -- Jacksonville, Fla. -- Oklahoma vs. UW-Milwaukee (Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Stephen Bardo)
12:40 p.m. NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND (Regional) -- Salt Lake City, Utah -- Boston College vs. Pacific (Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel)
2:40 p.m. NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND (Regional; HDTV) -- San Diego, Calif. -- Marquette vs Alabama (Dick Enberg, Jay Bilas)

Friday, March 10, 2006

NY Times

With newly discovered signs of liquid water, a moon of Saturn joins the small, highly select group of places in the solar system that could plausibly support life. The moon, Enceladus, is only 300 miles wide, and usually something that small is nothing more than a frozen chunk of ice and rock. Instead, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted eruptions of icy crystals, which hint at pockets of liquid water near the surface. NY Times

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"My favorite kind of film is the kind where you argue when you walk outside after the film, and break up with your date."

- Director Paul Haggis, on his Oscar-winning movie 'Crash,' in the Wash.Post
Jon Stewart on the split opinion about his Oscars performance: "I 'sucked' and 'was great.'" [+]

Monday, March 06, 2006

Human Excellence: Sponsored by Big Macs and Gas Guzzlers

"[NBC] still made a nice profit on the [Olympic] Games, helped along by ads for health foods like Coke and McDonald’s fried-chicken sandwiches, and by dozens of ads for gas-guzzling S.U.V.s, the automotive shame of America, whose emissions do their part to melt the snow and ice that make the Winter Olympics possible."

-Nancy Franklin, in the New Yorker