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I was looking through Blogjammin‘s stats the other day, and I noticed during the last week that someone had found my site by searching “how to press random on wikipedia’.  You may think posting about a random Wikipedia article is a boring, lazy cop-out that I turn to when I can’t be bothered to think up something to write about, but really I’m providing a public service.  The subject of this week’s random Wikipedia article is:

Sergiyevo-Posadsky District.

On a side note, I was looking at the reference links at the bottom of the Sergiyevo-Posadsky page, and I think Russian letters look cool.

For anyone desperate to learn how to find their own random Wikipedia articles, the link is located near the top of the left-hand column between the “Current events” link and the “Donate to Wikipedia” link.  It’s labeled “Random article”.

You’re welcome.

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http://www.publicchristianity.com/homosexuality_new_conversation.html

A friend of mine sent this article out on email to a few of us today.  I thought it presented an interesting point of view.  When you read it, try not to let the fact that the author uses homosexuality as a jumping-off point bias you.  He’s not trying to answer the question of whether or not homosexuality is morally right or wrong, but simply asking the question of whether it is possible, or right, to disagree with a person’s lifestyle, and still show them compassion and love.  I think the following passage sums up the point of his article very well

In particular, we have to ask whether holding a moral view is in itself hateful. Obviously, strong moral codes, whether religious or secular, can promote hateful speech and behaviour, but are the codes inherently hateful? Specifically, I want to ask David Marr: Do you not believe it is possible to profoundly disagree with someone’s lifestyle and sincerely care for them all the same?

So, what do you think?

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My bracket sucks.

I had Ohio State, Kansas, San Diego State, and Wisconsin in the final four, with Ohio State topping Kansas in the championship game.  I don’t know if you pay attention to such things, but all of those teams have been eliminated.  Granted, I haven’t watched much college basketball this year aside from a few Arkansas games here or there, but even if I had been in the know I don’t think I would have gone with VCU or Butler.

The topic came up over the weekend fishing trip just how probable it would be to randomly choose a perfect NCAA tournament bracket.  After discussing the numbers for a few minutes, Tracy Googled it for us.  Here’s how it breaks down.  There are 63 total games played in the tournament.  32 in the first round, 16 in the second, 8 in the third, 4 in the fourth, 2 in the fifth, and one championship.  There are two potential winners for each game, so if we actually treat each game as a true toss-up we have a 1 in 2^63 chance of filling out a perfect bracket.

Or, for those of you who don’t like exponents, it’s 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.

Just for reference, the odds of winning the Powerball® lottery’s grand prize is 1 in 195,249,054.  Yes, you are several billion times more likely to pick the winning numbers this week than you are to randomly fill out a perfect tournament bracket.  Good news, the jackpot is up to about $150 million.

As for the NCAA tournament?

I may need to rethink my strategy next year.

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The fishing trip was great as usual.  I read about 400 pages in my book, played a lot of cards, watched The Fighter, and ate.  A lot.

Also as usual, I did not catch a single fish and didn’t really care.  Sure it would have been fun, but the fact that the lake we were in was teeming with alligators made up for the fish not biting.  I”d never seen an alligator in the wild.

On a sadder note.  Spring Break is over.  Tomorrow it’s back to school for the last sprint before the end.  This is always a pretty crazy time for me since AP tests are rapidly approaching, classroom days are running out, and every class, club, and sport team needs to take the students away for several days.  It’s a hectic time of year.  It would be hard if I didn’t like my job so much.

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Fishing

The Sandlin family men have an annual fishing trip that they’ve been kind enough to invite me on for the last few years.  It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to go with them, but this year I decided that three days of food, fishing, and cards sounded like a nice relaxing way to spend some of my Spring Break.  I haven’t actually been fishing for a few years now.  I always enjoy it when I go, but it’s not something I usually make time for even though I have easy access to a nice private pond.  It won’t be long before Gabe is big enough to go with me, and learn, so I’ll probably be fishing more in the future.

I’m anticipating a fruitful few days however.  By this time tomorrow I expect to be rolling in fish.  Because I think that’s what good fishermen do when they have a big haul.

They roll around in them.

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I don’t know if I have a green thumb or not, but I guess I’m going to test it a little this summer and see.  I’ve planted 25 strawberry plants in a plot in the backyard.  Currently they look like this:

If you look close you can see some tiny green plants.  Hopefully they will turn into larger green plants with fat, red strawberries and not, you know, die.  Especially since I went to the trouble of scraping all of the grass off  by hand.  It’s not fun.  The problems I foresee are the plot not draining well enough for strawberries, and the dog on the right hand side of the screen running through them and tearing things up.

I’ll keep you updated periodically.  Unless I kill them all.

Then I’ll just make it look like an accident, and we’ll never speak of this again.

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Ah, the first day of Spring Break, and I’ve got nothing on my mind.  That’s why I’m turning to Wikipedia.  The bad part is that now I’ll actually have to generate my own topics for the rest of the week.  Here’s hoping for some inspiration.  The subject of this week’s random Wikipedia article is:

Northern smoothtongue.

People are brilliant in the names we give things.  Just look at the depths of information that can be garnered from this fish’s name!  It lives in the north, and it has a smooth tongue.  I don’t know if that means it’s literally smooth to the touch, or if this fish is good at talking other fish into doing things.  I could always go try and catch one, and then see if it can convince me to throw it back.

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