Bradley Women Basketball: 2 losses..but progress?

It was a rough homestand for Bradley Women’s basketball. They lost 76-64 to league leading Drake (but lead at first) and then lost today 55-47 to the 3’rd place team in the league (Northern Iowa). In today’s game, Bradley lead a times, and it was tied with 3:30 to go in the game.


Maybe this is a fan’s wishful thinking, but I think that if they play this well in other games, they might win a few of them.

Last night, we attended an event called “For the Love of the Game”; it honored women’s sports at Bradley. During the dinner session, Barbara and I sat with some cross country team members and a couple of basketball players.



In the more close up photo, you can barely make out Barbara’s plaid jacket (NOT the one on the younger woman in the foreground). Here is a take on it via the Peoria Journal Star.

January 31, 2016 Posted by | basketball | | Leave a comment

Longish walk (personal and trivial)


13.3 mile walk in 3:16 (14:45 pace); 1:37 to the end of Springdale and 1:39:30 back (extra loop around the mausoleum. Great day for it; 49…damp but then sunny at the finish. This was like an April day! This is one of the best winters in a long time.

Note: I have 173 miles (running/walking) for 2016, but this is due to having the last weekend in the same month (two “sort-of” long walks).

While I was walking:


Yes, this is so true for me, for a number of reasons. I’ll list a few:

1. Ideas that “just popped into my head” aren’t even “half baked”…they are still raw dough. 🙂 Yeah, I am idiot, but I’d rather not provide extra evidence for it!

2. If it is a personal situation, the vast majority of the time, I don’t have all of the relevant facts and context.

3. And, IF it is a case where I am angry, it is almost always essential that I “zip the lip”. This especially applies in situations where we are joking around and someone says something that just irritates the **it out of me..and this can happen when the person saying it is merely joining in. Often it isn’t *what* is said, but *who* is saying it and my history with that individual. Two people can say essentially the same thing; in one case I’ll give an honest laugh but in the other case, I want to say F**K YOU.

January 31, 2016 Posted by | walking | | Leave a comment

Long jog gratitude, regret, joy and sorrow


The run itself: nothing special, other than this is January 30 in Illinois, and the weather was sort of March-April like. It could not have been any better; no snow, very little ice, etc.
I started behind the Riverplex and took the Rivertrail path up to and through Peoria Heights, over the Knoxville bridge then to Northmoor (where Midstate College is) and then the sidewalk to the intersection of Sheridan and Northmoor. That was 7.15 miles (1:24). I then reversed course though I ran along Glenn to go through Tower Park where I could make a pit stop..then back along Prospect where I picked up the path again. It was 7.35 back (1:26).
Total time: 2:50:39. (11:46 mpm)

The emotions (the TL;DR part) Though I am aware of my surroundings (I don’t want to get run over by cars or hit by bicycles), I let my mind go when I run (shuffle, or whatever you call it).

Yes, I am grateful that I have the health and means to enjoy this activity. I was a grand day to be out there.

But yes, I regret that I am not better at it. On the way back I was passed by a pretty woman in black running tights; they had become quite clingy..but given how quickly she passed me and disappeared (8:30’ish pace?) I told myself “don’t even think about it”. Damn I hated myself for being so slow!

And when I finished ….I realized my time, 2:50, was for 14.5 miles. Back during my last sub 4 hour marathon (San Diego, 2002), I had covered 20 miles in the same amount of time. Sigh…

But I was out there. Then I remembered some of my friends from that era; we ran through much of the same course together..namely Steve and Jerry. Now they are gone; damn I miss them. Time for tears..

But as I exited the park, I saw T and some of her crew either getting ready to run or ..perhaps back from one? It doesn’t matter; T never knew Steve or Jerry; they were “before her time” as a local runner, so to speak. She is part of the “new” (to me) crop of running friends. Time for smiling.

Time and Providence is cruel as far as taking wonderful people out of my life, but they are also generous about adding new wonderful people to my life. I can’t help but “smile through the tears”.

Ok, enough of this; I am still stinky and I want to shower before the Bradley game (vs. Drake on ESPN 3).

January 30, 2016 Posted by | Friends, running | , , | Leave a comment

Another “workout and basketball post”

Yes, I watched the Republican debate last night and talked about it on Facebook. But it was mostly “Obama sucks, Hillary will be just as bad and we need to spend more money on the military to beat ISIS which is coming to get us”. Fear sells with Republicans. But there was no Trump. Perhaps this was like the wildcard round of the Republican play-offs?

Workout notes: weights then swimming.
rotator cuff
pull ups: 15, 15, 10, 10 (great!)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good!)
military presses (dumbbell) 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine (4 sets total)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, head stand.

swim: mundane. 500 free, 5 x 100 drill/swim with fins, 4 x (100 pull, 100 swim), 4 x 100 IM

Afterward I had “the glow” in my shoulders ..I wore a sweatshirt to help keep it for a while.
Now I am into the academic routine with grading, etc. I am still feeling out some research; one sort of “college math journal” type project and one “specialty” project.

Polls and election markets aren’t as reliable for state races as they are for national, and they sure aren’t that telling for something like a primary caucus. I honestly don’t know what to expect in Iowa on either side.


The bookies have Trump and Clinton as favorites in Iowa…but again, we shall see.

January 30, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

Trying to put some quality back in the blog

Ok, while I’ll still post about workouts, races, games (and to be fair, cute butts), I’ll attempt to at least add some intellectual content back to the blog. It has been missing lately.

Workout notes: about 6 miles of running, which included 35 minutes of hill repeats in Lower Bradley Park (the hill near the dog park); that stretch is barricaded off for the winter and yet is ice free. The first 6 weren’t that bad; the final 4 hurt. I tried to go hard enough to make myself stop and walk when I got to the top of the hill.

Nature is brutal Via Why Evolution is True

That is how it works, isn’t it? Either one animal dies so another can live, or one survives and the predator goes hungry. I’ve seen duels between squirrels and birds of prey before; the squirrels won the encounters that I saw. But they don’t always…obviously.

Politics I don’t often read Robert Reich saying “son of a bitch” but here he uses the phrase. Yes, he is talking about the “revolutionary” candidates: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

I’ve been both amused and saddened to see some of the Democratic infighting. I don’t mind debates over ideas. But I’ve been “unfriended” by Sanders supporters who accused me of being…well, some dupe of the oligarchy, blinded or something else. I find this to be an especially interesting accusation when it comes from someone whose own life doesn’t demonstrate exceptional intellect, insight or talent.

I don’t mind differences of opinion, but if you are going to accuse me of being a delusional, duped might ask yourself why I’d be willing to accept such a rebuke from you.

But hey, some of these accusations are being directed at PAUL KRUGMAN?

But if you’re a progressive who not only supports Sanders but is furious with anyone skeptical about his insurgency, someone who considers Mike Konczal a minion and me a corrupt crook, you might want to ask why Barack Obama is saying essentially the same things as the progressive Bernie skeptics. And you might want to think hard about why you’re not just sure that you’re right, but sure that anyone who disagrees must be evil.

And yes, there are issues with Sen. Sander’s health care platform and those who have actually worked on this issue can see it:

Oh well. Meanwhile, the Sanders skepticism of the wonks continues: Paul Starr lays out the case. As far as I can tell, every serious progressive policy expert on either health care or financial reform who has weighed in on the primary seems to lean Hillary. This could be because being in the trenches of the health care fight gives you an acute sense of the possible, and because having paid close attention to the financial crisis makes you a shadow-banking, not too big to fail guy. Or it could be because they are, one and all, corrupt corporate lackeys. I report, you decide.

Just to be clear, Sanders himself is not at fault here. And if Hillary is the nominee, I expect him to do what she herself did in 2008, and will surely do if he wins an upset: make it clear that whatever their differences, and whatever the primary loser’s personal frustration, there’s no comparison with the reactionary extremism of all the GOP candidates.

But it’s disappointing to see so much intolerance over what are basically differences in strategy, not goals.

Civil liberties, free speech, free press and the like

Remember the unrest at the University of Missouri? Well, a faculty member has been charged with assault:

On Monday, Melissa Click learned that lesson, as prosecutors charged her with assault.

Click is the communication professor who grabbed a videographer’s camera and said in a confrontation with a reporter covering a public protest at the University of Missouri: “Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here. I need some muscle over here.”

I recommend reading the rest of Mr. Randazza’s article (he is a First Amendment attorney); he admits that the charges, while legal, might be overkill. He suggests that her being fired might be the better action. A biology professor from the University of Chicago also weighs in.

I don’t know how I feel about the firing; I feel that a reprimand is in order. And yes, this is the problem with zealots (be they classified as left wing zealots or right wing zealots): they are SO sure that they are on the side of “right” that they’ll not only break the law, but they’ll also trample on other people’s rights in the process.

It seems that all of them view themselves as, say, those who protested unjust racial segregation. So there is part of me that thinks “good; teach this unrepentant attention-seeking self-righteous idiot a lesson” but overreacting is never good either.

(psst: that is one reason that Donald Trump appeals to me just a little: he isn’t afraid to call out the idiots).

Censorship and good intentions
Beware of proposed legislation which limits free speech under the guise of “good intentions“:

A Kentucky legislator recently proposed a narrow restriction on free expression — and it seems that it came from reasonable and logical intentions. Unfortunately, when you consider this idea while keeping the First Amendment in mind, the implications are no longer acceptable. They are intolerable.

Representative John Carney introduced a bill to prohibit anyone who witnesses “an event that could reasonably result in a series of physical injury” from publishing information about that event on the internet for at least an hour if their posting could identify potential victims.

I see where he is coming from. Do you want to hear about your loved one being killed in a car accident from Facebook? Do you want to wake up from an accident and find your traumatic and personal experience all over Twitter? I get it. In short, we have significant social media privacy issue – and the United States seems to be forgetting all about privacy issues as we steam forward into the Internet’s adolescence.


A law like this is what is known as a “prior restraint” – a rule that attempts to prevent speech from occurring. As Justice Blackstone eloquently wrote: The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state, but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications…” Or, as Walter Sobchak shouted, “THE SUPREME COURT HAS ROUNDLY REJECTED PRIOR RESTRAINT!” Kinney v. Barnes, 57 Tex. Sup. J. 1428 at n.7, (Tex. 2014) (citing SOBCHAK, W., THE BIG LEBOWSKI, 1998). See also, How to Cite to Walter Sobchak.

That rejection is rounder than you can spin me like a record. Rounder than Ken’s noggin.

It has been that way since Near vs. Minnesota. So, you’ve had 85 years to get with the program.

Prior Restraints are permissible under the U.S. Constitution. However, they are restricted to situations with which there is an immediate, clear and present danger that something awful will happen if the speech gets out there.

Read the rest of Randazza’s article: it is excellent. Good intentions often have terrible consequences. Example: do you want to have a law that allows you to criminalize the act of recording police misconduct?

January 28, 2016 Posted by | nature, politics, politics/social, running, science | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ooops: Bradley falls to Northern Iowa 68-50…but..


Yes, we took Lynn to the game. And it was only 35-32 at the half, as Bradley rallied from an 11 point deficit by getting their offense going. Then in the second half…Bradley actually LEAD 38-37 with 17:25 to go in the game. UNI hit a 3 to take a 40-38 lead and it remained that exact score…until 13:18 was left. Neither team scored for 4:07!!!

Then came a rash of turnovers and the three point shots just rained down. With 3:03 left in the game it was 66-47; it was a 26-9 spurt in that 10 minute segment. UNI was 22-46 in shooting, but a torrid 15-25 from 3 point land (60 percent!) Bradley only shot 37 percent.

Well, BU played a decent “first 30 minutes” …now to make it to 40 minutes.

January 28, 2016 Posted by | basketball, Friends | | 1 Comment

Trump to skip the Fox debate and…

Workout notes: weights then swimming; I was 185.0 prior to swimming.
rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
incline presses: 10 x 135, 10 x 150, 10 x 135
dumbbell military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported (tough), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm.
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, headstand

swim: 1000 free, 500 of drill/free (fins) 5 x 100 of pull-free-pull-free-pull
2 x 100 IM

I’ve got that glow…

Post: Trump doesn’t like the moderator so he’ll skip the debate. Good move or not? This is an interesting take.

January 27, 2016 Posted by | politics, swimming, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Harry Kellerman and troubles….

A few days ago my wife thanked me for listening to “her troubles”. I said “oh, I am fine..that is the price I pay for…”…well never mind that.

But that did remind me of a scene from a 1971 movie starring Dustin Hoffman: it is called Who is Harry Kellerman and Why is He Saying Terrible Things About Me? It is a comedy-drama that is about a musician who has emotional and mental issues.

Sure enough I found the movie on Youtube. The Hoffman character is visiting his analyst and he imagines his analyst breaking into the song Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles (17:06 into the movie video)

It is the Ray Charles cover:

And that got me to thinking about my protocol (yes, this meme is a JOKE). Remember the song is about a guy in anguish because his “sweet love” left him, and he just doesn’t want to hear about anyone else’s troubles AT THAT TIME.


January 26, 2016 Posted by | humor, movies | , , | Leave a comment

The walk of shame to the library

Workout notes: 8 mile “run” on the Rivertrail to Glenn Oak Park, up Prospect and into Springdale to the Mausoleum and around that small loop. It was windy and just under freezing; not bad running weather though. The footing was mostly good.


Not shown is the small spur I did on the trail which parallels Perry Ave.; that was iced over so I turned around but I did enough to get 8.
Then I did 10 minutes on the elliptical and a few weightless squats to loosen up.

Note: while out on the “run” I found a dollar bill.

Walk of Shame I took a whole stack of books to the library; they were mostly for a project that didn’t work out. But I did check out a new book to look at something else and what did I find in that book?


I put it on social media but that isn’t exactly “like-bait” 🙂 But seeing that did remind me that I need to get moving. It has been too long since I’ve had one of these.

I am thinking about things and I have a mystery that I don’t understand…yet. For the mathematically inclined: it has to with speeding up the convergence of an alternating series by using Cesàro summation. For the first two examples I’ve tried (one conditionally convergent, one absolutely convergent), the convergence sped up by a constant multiplicative factor. That isn’t very good for computational purposes, but why “that” factor and not some other one?

January 26, 2016 Posted by | mathematics, running | | Leave a comment

Trump and Sanders Supporters..

Why is Trump doing so well, at least in the polls? I still think that this is one of the best explanations (though it is a few months old). And here is one by David Axelrod that complements that:

Today, after seven eventful years, attitudes toward President Obama will shape the selection of his successor.

The Republican base is infuriated by Mr. Obama’s activist view of government and progressive initiatives, from health care reform to immigration, gay rights to climate change.

Beyond specific issues, however, many Republicans view dimly the very qualities that played so well for Mr. Obama in 2008. Deliberation is seen as hesitancy; patience as weakness. His call for tolerance and passionate embrace of America’s growing diversity inflame many in the Republican base, who view with suspicion and anger the rapidly changing demographics of America. The president’s emphasis on diplomacy is viewed as appeasement.
So who among the Republicans is more the antithesis of Mr. Obama than the trash-talking, authoritarian, give-no-quarter Mr. Trump?
His bombast allows no room for nuance or complexity. He proudly extols his intolerance as an assault against “political correctness,” and he vows to bring the world to heel, from Mexico to China to Syria and Iraq.

Mr. Trump has found an audience with Americans disgruntled by the rapid, disorderly change they associate with national decline and their own uncertain prospects. Policies be damned, who better to set things right than the defiant strong man who promises by sheer force of will to make America great again?

Yes, we can? Hell, no!

Just leave it to me, Mr. Trump says. Yes, I can!

Hey, though I am a liberal, even I get tired of nattering sanctimonious social justice warriors running around with their clipboards saying “it is ok to say THIS but not THAT”. So, having someone say: “oh, STFU; I am rich and I don’t care what you think” is a bit refreshing.

And no, I don’t want him anywhere near the nuclear codes, ok? 🙂

And now we turn to the Democrats. Some supporters of Senator Sanders are going nuts, attacking people who support Sec. Clinton. Paul Krugman has a few things to say:

Greg Sargent notes that President Obama, in his interview with Glenn Thrush of Politico, essentially supports the Hillary Clinton theory of change over the Bernie Sanders theory:

I think that what Hillary presents is a recognition that translating values into governance and delivering the goods is ultimately the job of politics, making a real-life difference to people in their day-to-day lives. I don’t want to exaggerate those differences, though, because Hillary is really idealistic and progressive. You’d have to be to be in, you know, the position she’s in now, having fought all the battles she’s fought and, you know, taken so many, you know, slings and arrows from the other side.

He could be wrong, of course. But if you’re a progressive who not only supports Sanders but is furious with anyone skeptical about his insurgency, someone who considers Mike Konczal a minion and me a corrupt crook, you might want to ask why Barack Obama is saying essentially the same things as the progressive Bernie skeptics. And you might want to think hard about why you’re not just sure that you’re right, but sure that anyone who disagrees must be evil.

Now to be fair, those who accuse Clinton supporters of being delusional right wingers or pawns of the oligarchy are often not the sharpest nor the most successful people out there, so one must consider the source.

There is nothing wrong with supporting Senator Sanders. But at times, things have gotten ridiculous.

January 26, 2016 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, republicans | , , , , | 1 Comment