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Apr 06 2014

Sri Lanka wins T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka played an excellent final game and managed to defeat the favored India quite comfortably. After winning the 50-over World Cup in 1996, Sri Lanka had reached the final in world championships four times before (twice in the 50-over format in 2007 and 2011 and twice in the 20-over format in 2009 and 2012) …

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Apr 04 2014

Update on World T20 tournament

In the tournament being played in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka beat West Indies in the first semi-final and India beat South Africa in the second to set up the final on Sunday between the two sub-continent nations. (Update: For those who don’t understand cricket, I wrote a post back in 2006 that explains the game as …

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Apr 02 2014

How dogs react to magic

A magician shows dogs a treat that he has in his hands and then makes it ‘disappear’. The reaction of the dogs is amusing but I hope they gave the dogs the treats after the camera stopped rolling. I don’t like to tease dogs. They are so trusting.

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Apr 02 2014

How language evolves

Like many older people, I tend to find some new ways of speaking grating. I still wince at the increasingly common use of the response “I am doing good” when someone is asked how they are. The same with “I could care less”. And the word ‘nucular’ drives me up the wall. I am not …

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Mar 31 2014

Dueling car commercials

Cadillac came out with a commercial for its new electric car that struck some as being crass in its braggadocio and praise of consumption and excess. It was ripe for parody and one might have expected some comedy website or show to do one. I did not expect a rival car company to do it. …

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Mar 31 2014

Surprising doings at the cricket T20 World Cup

This tournament is currently taking place in Bangladesh and there have been some surprising outcomes. The tournament is structured with eight teams (Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates) playing in a preliminary tournament in which the top two teams would join the eight top-ranked teams (South Africa, India, …

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Mar 27 2014

College football players can unionize

Marcus Ranum sent me this link to the news item that a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that college football players are like employees and should be treated as such and have union rights. As Marketplace reports:

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Mar 26 2014

Dramatic rescue from fire and Chicago derailment

Here is a video showing how a construction worker was rescued from a burning building. He seems to have shown considerable presence of mind, buying time by jumping from one ledge to another as the fire came closer. The whole thing has a voiceover, perhaps from the person doing the recording. She actually said at …

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Mar 23 2014

Why girls should avoid upspeak and baby voices

In a comment on my post about voiceover artists, reader Anthony Burber referred me to an interesting article by a middle-school teacher Jessica Lahey who was concerned about the number of girls in her class who had an ‘upspeak’ in their voices or, even worse, adopted childish voices.

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Mar 19 2014

What may have happened to Malaysian flight MH370

As the days go by without any news of what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, theories about what may happened have grown increasingly wilder, with even suggestions of aliens and supernatural agents thrown into the mix. (See here for more wild theories.)

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