Monday, March 14, 2011

David Stern and his minions

1. The Japan Quake
Not a fan of natural disasters and the subsequent media blather/orgasm, but I thought this guy's post was worthy... scientific and yet interesting:

Some of the links referenced in there are money as well. It's hard to believe that it's the 5th largest earthquake they've ever recorded... an 8.9 on the Richter scale.

For you little leaguers out there, the Richter scale is logarithmic. that means that a quake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale is 10x more powerful that one measuring 8.0. In other words, each point on the scale multiples the amplitude by 10x. And, as Wikipedia notes, each additional point multiplies the energy released by 30x!

I was in Silicon Valley for the 1989 earthquake. That bad boy registered 6.9 on the Richter scale. So, at 8.9, the Japan quake was 100x stronger and unleashed 900x the energy. Yikes!

Why didn't this Richter guy multiply his scale by 10? This quake was a 69. That one was a 89. You know. Just makes sense. And why didn't the QB rating guys normalize their nonsense so that...

2. Creepy, little dictator
Stan Van Gundy, coach of the NBA Orlando Magic, pretty much calls NBA Commish David Stern a creepy, little dictator.

"This is the system; David Stern and his minions like it. So that's the system you have...I certainly can't have an opinion because David Stern, like a lot of leaders we've seen in this world lately, don't really tolerate other people's opinion or free speech or anything. So I'm not really allowed to have an opinion. So it's up to him."
Stan Van Gundy, yahoo link
As if scripted, in his reply, David Stern confirms his status as creepy, little dictator.

QOTD response
"I would venture a guess that we're not going to be hearing from him [Van Gundy] for the rest of the season. I think when he stops and reads what he said, realizes what he did, he will say no more. ... I have a feeling some modicum of self-restraint will cause Stan, and the team for which he works, to rein in his aberrant behavior."
- David Stern, yahoo link
Here's a fine photo of David Stern and his minions.
He doesn't look so bad. Cough.

I would, however, support a no-fly zone around David Stern.
he he... yow, bill

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