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I never dreamed it would be this bad. Apple is down 52% at 11:30. Well, there goes retirement. :-\

Proof that the end is near:


Oh, crap. Apple Computer announced an earnings shortfall tonight. My portfollio is going to take a major hit tomorrow.


An office memo at Paradigm included a pointer to The History Channel web site. Today's entry on the first U.S. casualty in Vietnam is really fascinating. The guy was an OSS officer and a Viet Minh sympathizer who lost his temper and was gunned down by the Viet Minh -- in 1945.


Driving home from Weglein's lecture Friday night, I was listening to a compilation tape of Bob Mould & SUGAR. I don't understand why this guy didn't catch on in a big way.

To the grave from the cradle, we don't rock anymore!

While I'm on the subject of loud rock and roll, I should point everyone to the last release from The Smashing Pumpkins. If you want to hear it, you have to download the MP3's. According to the band, there will be no CD pressing. Personally, I thought all 25 tracks were well worth the download. But I'm a really big Pumpkin fan -- YMMV.

And speaking of downloading MP3's, Napster's next court date is October 2. I don't think they will still be in business on October 3, so if there is any music you would like to download for free, you had better hurry!


No. 24 Auburn passes its way past LSU. Oh, well, kinda saw it coming.


This book review is actually a very nice synopsis of the major developments in cosmology over the last 20 years. But be warned, it's assumed that you already know the meaning of terms like "baryonic matter". If you need some help, here's a glossary of physics terms from Fermilab.

"Cosmology: Branch of astrophysics dealing with explaining the origins of the universe."


Oh, gosh! I got so excited about Bobby Knight, I forgot to mention that LSU beat Houston 28-13 Saturday night. I watched the game. It was in Tiger Stadium, which is always a big plus. LSU looked really good in the first half, and was leading 21-0 at half-time. In the second half they played worse than the totally inept Cougars, and missed numerous opportunities to score.

Here's the Associated Press Top 25 College Football Poll. I should mention that Texas, my other alma mater, is ranked number 5. There are five SEC schools in the top 25, but just barely.

Only one commit about the Knight firing. I can't give Indiana any credit for finally doing the right thing twenty-one years too late. The current administration is trying to justify its decision to act now by implying that Knight's behavior has gotten worse in the last couple of years. This is a laughable attempt to whitewash the university's repeated failures to take appropriate action during three decades of abusive behavior.


ESPN: Knight fired as Indiana head coach.

"Besides his three NCAA championships, Knight led the Hoosiers to 11 Big Ten titles and coached the U.S. men's basketball team to the gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

"But his behavior, which has included verbal and physical abuse of players, has been a problem and often an embarrassment since he took over the Hoosiers in 1971."

ESPN: Trustee: Knight left Indiana no choice.

"[Knight will] be paid the base salary of $170,000 per year for the final two years of his contract."

Don't miss this opportunity to cast your votes ranking Bobby Knight's top ten controveries!


Houston Chroncle: Booty trades major leagues for LSU football.

I wonder if we might be able to load up the kids and make a road trip to Baton Rouge this year? Probably not.

Walter Kessinger

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