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Review: Tap Dogs dance in every way imaginable

This review of the Tap Dogs show Wednesday night at the Lied Center comes from Dean Bevan, a retired English professor at Baker University. He can be reached at bevan@ku.edu. The Tap Dogs held the stage at a near-capacity Lied Center for 90 minutes Wednesday evening, rocking ... Continue reading

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2009 is the time

I've wanted to write a novel for years, but have never actually sat down and done so. I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2007, but it was already mid November. I marked it on my calendar for 2008, but we moved to Lawrence and ... Continue reading

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Day 11

A friend of mine asked me if I had entered an essay and I was proud enough to say no, that I had joined the other NaNoWriMo writers this year. Sure, I've joined in previous years, but I never got further than 5,000 words. So far, this ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 11/11/2009

Previous: IPS 11/4/2009 Next: IPS 11/20/2009 prosepector identified the this week's subject on the first try. See the end of this post for the answer I have to admit that the subject of this week's photo is only "In Plain Sight" if you're in the right place. ... Continue reading

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And the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner is … (crickets)

For the latest edition of ConferenceChatterTV, Clinton Lake style, check out the video below, which includes my picks for each Big 12 game in week 11: • I can't remember a time when the Heisman Trophy race was so wide open. It begs the question: If the ... Continue reading

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When will we get our first snow?

The record for the earliest snowfall in Topeka was set on October 9, 1970. Up to this point, we haven't received our first snow, so we won't break any records. (There have been reports of a few snowflakes mixing in with rain for areas around Junction City, ... Continue reading

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Well, I for one didn’t get an invite…

As America watched President Obama speaking from Ft. Hood yesterday, I was at work less than a mile from Van Fleet Hall, the Headquarters building of III Corps. I stepped outside around 1:00pm, and looked over towards the HQ building, where I could hear the 1st Cav ... Continue reading

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Strippin’ Ain’t E-Z

Made you look you dirty crook, you stole your mother's pocketbook! :P Okay, so I actually made myself chuckle there... If nothing else becomes of this blog, atleast it was worth a little laugh for myself. :D The title of this blog is a spin on the ... Continue reading

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A few notes about how fog is created

Fog is essentially a stratus cloud that forms in contact with the ground. Clouds will typically form when relative humidities near 100%. In other words, when the temperatures drop to the dew point. However, often only dew forms when that is the case. While there is not ... Continue reading

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calling all MULLETS: a trial and confession

WOW! I am sure the first intentional mullet was david bowie's at the time of the Ziggy stardust tour in the early 1970's. It seems that everyone in this country had the impression that his hairstyle was far out, 'way out'-in fact. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/10/ziggy_stardust.jpg The realization of coolness ... Continue reading

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We Aren’t Smart Enough

The show "Sick Around the World' is airing on PBS again tonight. I posted a link to the online video the last time it aired, but it's worth posting again. I have spent a lot of time dealing with the medical system in my life. Watching this ... Continue reading

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Julian Wright back in the dog house?

There’s a reason that scientists in those classic, white lab coats have worn protective eyewear all these years. Sometimes, experiments can blow up in your face. Here’s hoping that the New Orleans Hornets’ brass have had their goggles on through the first seven games of this NBA ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 11/10/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his press conference today. Full audio is posted here. • Players of the game, voted on by the coaching staff: Offense: Dezmon Briscoe; Defense: Chris Harris; Special teams: Darrell Stuckey; Offensive scout team: ... Continue reading

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Some precipitation numbers from last night — but you can make them more accurate

Showers and storms brought heavy rain to a few areas of Northeast Kansas last night. Here are some rain totals for the area: Lawrence Municipal Airport: 0.35" Topeka, Philip Billard Municipal Airport: 1.00" Topeka, Forbes Field: 0.61" Manhattan Regional Airport: 0.91" Emporia: 0.66" You may notice most ... Continue reading

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I am a Lonely Old Man

I am a lonely old man. After my day job of yelling at kids to get off of my lawn, while the civilians of Lawrence, Kansas kick off their work shoes and unwind in front of the television, I hobble down to my basement and log onto ... Continue reading

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I am BATMAN.

After my day job(running a multi million dollar corp) while the rest of Lawrence finishes dinner, I am headed to my basement for my "other" job. Not just a basement, but a cave under my mansion. I moniter all my cameras as I take in the local ... Continue reading

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Being a Stripper: 10 Things I’ve Learned So Far

A list of 10 things I've learned from stripping so far. 1) Men love everything about women; they really do. I've made money on days when my hair is half-done and I have no make-up on. I've had men come up to me after my stage set, ... Continue reading

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Even meteorologists get the toughest weather questions from their kids

While driving around Monday evening with my kids in the pouring rain, I thought it was a good time to explain to them that nearly all raindrops are melted snowflakes. Yes, I've blogged about that before, but that's not the main part of this blog entry. Well, ... Continue reading

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Writing: Not Just a Bunch of Words

I signed up for NaNoWriMo at the tail end of October after barely remembering it's existence. I had attempted to participate in previous years, but never got beyond 10,000. Why is this year so different from the others? A book idea stuck in my head for months ... Continue reading

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Who Is To Blame For Inaction On Climate Change?

I have come to a conclusion that climate change proponent think the rest of us are very very stupid. Yes, there is data that suggests that there is climate change. That is science. Then there are models that project all kinds of futures. Since these models deal ... Continue reading