Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
From the always smart and lucid http://larvatusprodeo.net/
This year’s AFL grand final sees the benchmark team of the past three seasons – the Geelong Cats – up against the long-time glamorous losers of the competition, the Saint Kilda Saints. Though it’s doubtful such things matter anymore. It seems that internal club culture is the creation of a fairly homogeneous bunch of coaching professionals who circulate around the clubs in a far more mercenary manner than the players do. With equal salary caps and AFL-allocted revenue, success in this competition seems to be on a bit of a draft-inspired merry-go-round. Be that as it may, tomorrow’s game should see what both the statistician in me (Robert Merkel, a guy who writes for Larvatus Prodeo), the home-and-away ladder, and the final series to date have shown to be the two best sides. This doesn’t necessarily guarantee a close match, but possibility of miserable weather in combination with two relatively evenly-matched teams just might.
Both teams seem to be heading into the match at nearly full strength, at least nominally. A number of Geelong players have just recently returned from injury, and their endurance will be tested. St. Kilda star Nick Riewoldt is nursing a dodgy knee.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Labour minister Julia Gough-Gillard on expecting Saints to win: 'It's time.' Ha! Do people from Altona not like Geelong? Seems odd. It's time?
Something I picked up while watching Alien for the nineteenth time: Ash starts to explain to the rest of the crew that they are obliged to investigate the source of the signal. When Parker protests about not going home, Dallas cuts him off with 'Parker, will you just listen to the man?' Because no-one knows that Ash isn't a man, he's robot.
St Kilda is on the bay, Geelong is on the bay. If I were a journalist I'd frame the grand final as some kind of 'sea battle'. Water Polo, perhaps. Put in some cheese like 'sank', 'crashing waves of (offence, pressure).
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Borlaug remained an unapologetic advocate for industrial agriculture, as shown in this 2000 interview, making a point that is often neglected in discussions of the environmental impact of organic compared to high-tech agriculture:
Reason: Environmentalists say agricultural biotech will harm biodiversity.
Borlaug: I don’t believe that. If we grow our food and fiber on the land best suited to farming with the technology that we have and what’s coming, including proper use of genetic engineering and biotechnology, we will leave untouched vast tracts of land, with all of their plant and animal diversity. It is because we use farmland so effectively now that President Clinton was recently able to set aside another 50 or 60 million acres of land as wilderness areas. That would not have been possible had it not been for the efficiency of modern agriculture.