Friday, February 06, 2015
This is the Bio-Bus which operates in England. It seats 40 people and runs on biomethane gas "generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that's unfit for human consumption." The waste is processed over 12 to 18 days through a process of anaerobic digestion. The result is a biogas rich in methane. This biogas is further processed before being upgraded to be the same composition as natural gas.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Syracuse imposed sanctions on itself, meaning the men's basketball team will not play in the postseason this year. The timing of this is pretty good as the team was not likely to make the NCAA Tournament and had a significant chance of missing the NIT as well. So far this season SU is 6-3 in the ACC but 4 of those wins came against teams with only one conference win and 5 games against top 10 teams remain (Louisville, Virginia, Notre Dame and Duke twice). So Syracuse elected to take the minor pain now and hope to avoid more serious sanctions when the team is better next year. The victim here is Rakim Christmas who obviously was not involved in any of the behavior being punished, all of which happened before 2012, and some of which dates back to 2007. Although it hasn't yet been made abundantly clear what violations SU is telling on itself for. How does this make me feel as an alumnus and ardent supporter of the team? Kind of bad. Unfortunately, every single major program breaks the rules. I guess there's a kind of moral relativism in me being willing to accept misdemeanors, so long as there aren't recruiting or payment "felonies" included in this.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
When CBS's Greg Anthony got arrested and subsequently suspended for trying to hire a hooker to his hotel room, I remarked that the story's details were unremarkable. But it has led to something quite extraordinary: Bill Raftery will take Anthony's place and call the Final Four this year. I'm hoping for a close game so we can hear something like this: Or maybe someone will throw down a nasty dunk:
Jimmy, the official groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin bit the mayor's ear during a Groundhog Day celebration. Why was he so close to the Mayor, was it to simulate him whispering in his ear? Story Suggested by Razor.
Monday, February 02, 2015
Before I get into any of the machinations of the game I just want to say how lucky I feel to be in an unprecedented run of great Super Bowls. Surely it will be as fleeting the run of blowouts that marred my childhood. I still rank Steelers-Cardinals as the great Super Bowl I ever saw, with Giants-Patriots I (Helmet Catch) but this one certainly makes an argument for that third spot. It had an amazing ending, a goal line interception in the final seconds. That was a terrible play call, absolutely the worst. How do you not try with Marshawn Lynch there, at least on second down, if it doesn't work call time out and then consider your options. Nothing else needs to be said about it, it was a terrible move, a risk he didn't need to take. There is no argument in favor of it. Even though the Patriots would know it was coming, their odds of stopping it were low.