Day: November 14, 2014

⦿ Friday Links

The college basketball season officially begins tonight. Tuesday I will be watching my alma mater take on the modern goliath of the NCAA, Kentucky, at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

As aggravating as Kentucky is, I’ve been on record for a couple years as saying, like him or not, you have to give credit to John Calipari. There is no better recruiter in the game, as he finds every angle and uses it shamelessly. He’s generally done a pretty good job reining in all the egos that come with bringing in the #1 or #2 recruiting class year-after-year. And, contrary to popular opinion, the dude can actually coach.

I don’t agree with everything in this piece, but I think the overall argument is pretty solid. There are a handful of coaches out there who may do one or two things better than Cal. But right now, he’s the most effective coach in the game.

The Last Honest NCAA Coach

I generally think the complaining about how awful it is to have to adjust our clocks by an hour twice a year is silly. Thus, I enjoyed this very geeky look at why Daylight Savings Time is a good thing.

Why I like DST

As promised, a review of the reissued Tears For Fears album Songs From The Big Chair.

By at least one (likely flawed) measure, Americans are some of the most ignorant people in the world. There’s a quiz that proves it! (I got 7/9, but should have got 8/9).

Way to Go, Americans: We’re Almost as Ignorant as Italians

Finally, in 1959 Lt Colonel William Rankin was flying an Air Force jet from Massachusetts to North Carolina. When he experienced mechanical issues, he had to eject. Which set off an unbelievable series of events.

Lt Colonel William Rankin Ejects Into A Thunderstorm

Friday Vid

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” – Tears For Fears
I’m not ready to give up on the music from 1985 yet, apparently.

Songs From the Big Chair just got its (slightly early) 30th anniversary rerelease this week, and Tears For Fears is making the rounds to promote it. I’ll share a review of the updated album in the links, but this performance seemed like justification to throw this song out as the vid of the week.

What a great song. It was great back then. It’s still great today. It never stopped being great in-between. And the album has held up pretty well, too.

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