Entries Tagged as '2013 Predictions'

Football Upsets Week 10

#15 Texas Tech 34, #18 Oklahoma St 52
#21 Michigan 6, Michigan St. 29

Oregon State (four point favorite, at home) lost to USC 14 to 31!
Boston College (4-4) 34, Virginia Tech (6-3) 27

My Future Career Tip!

Yesterday, I picked up a Prestige Limousine client in Lake Oswego and took him to PDX for a flight home. As we crossed the Willamette on the Marquam Bridge, we took in the progress of the new light rail bridge being built. He told me that everything, like a bridge, is now built on a computer in the cloud and all sorts of engineering decisions are made there. An engineer can subject the bridge to various loads, make design changes, subject the design to earthquake stresses all on the computer. Because the design is in the cloud, what used to take two to three days for each iteration, even with a powerful computer, now can be viewed instantly or can take as much as a 30-minutes. The cloud substantially decreases the design time, cuts production or manufacturing time, cuts costs and increases safety.

I shared with him the bus charter of children that took us to the new Sellwood Bridge. The children saw from water level the result of shifting a working bridge 30 to 60 feet downstream, so a new bridge could be built in its place. They saw how new piles coffer dams were built and met the engineers working on the project. I doubt if it impressed the children, but I was astounded that most of the civil engineers were women fresh out of college in the last two years. When I grew up, engineers were men.

Big pipe to be used for the new bridge concrete.

Looking up at the old, shifted Sellwood.

My charter bus under the new bridge supports.

Here’s my future career tip: My passenger says his company is looking for female engineers to hire. I failed to ask him why. Maybe women bring a unique perspective to a project; maybe they demand less in salary; maybe it’s good for morale; maybe the answer is none of the above. Whatever, his company wants to hire female mechanical and electrical engineers. All they can get. This is still an area dominated by men, he told me. So if you like to design or build things and you’re a woman consider becoming in demand mechanical and electrical engineers.

Football Upsets Week 3

The only game that looks like an upset to me is:

Perennial Powerhouse Boise St. 40, Fresno St. 41

Locally, Oregon St. 34, SDSU 30 in a come from behind win and third win in a row. However, they only had 10 yards rushing in 20 tries. That must change before Washington St.

Portland St. 41, UC Davis 10

It’s (gasp) Global Warming

First, Call it a meteorological mystery: Forecasters warned that there would be at least six Atlantic hurricanes this season, but so far we’ve seen only one.

It’s the first year in recent memory that every major hurricane forecast has busted after pointing to “above normal activity.”

Second, Earth Gains A Record Amount Of Sea Ice In 2013 — ‘Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record’ and Al Gore predicted in 2007 “… the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013.”

Imagine, a prediction out six years out was wrong. How the hell do you think we can predict 50 years


America’s Best College Football Stadiums includes Autzen Stadium: Eugene, OR

In little more than a decade, the Ducks have gone from laughingstock to national contender—and the NCAA’s number one fashion show. Nobody does uniforms like the chic Nike-clad Ducks, who normally sport a dozen different looks in any given season. Many a visiting coach, player, and broadcaster have claimed that Autzen is the loudest stadium in college football. The highest noise level recorded inside the stadium was an eardrum-shattering 127 decibels during a 2007 victory over USC—a level that falls right between a jackhammer and a jet plane.

Team Tradition: The Oregon Duck mascot doing push-ups for every point the team scores.

Typical Chant: “Go! Ducks!”

Biggest Rival: Oregon State (their annual game is called the “Civil War”).

Postgame Hangout: Rennie’s Landing.

Stadium Capacity: Approximately 54,000; goducks.com.

We Will Never Forget!

President Obama said last night, When dictators commit atrocities, they depend on the world to look the other way until pictures fade from memory.” Well, Mr. President one year ago today, four young American men died from atrocities committed by enemies of America. The four Americans who died during that attack were: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; information management officer Sean Smith; and two security officers who were former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

I sense friends of Syria or Iran retaliated for arms smuggled to Syrian rebels by this regime. Obama is depending on the American people and the world to look the other way until the blood stained walls in Benghazi fade away from memory.

Mr. President, we will never, never, never forget and we demand the full story of what happened that night; we demand that the survivors of that attack be interviewed and their stories made public; and we demand those in this country responsible for not coming to the aid of the four men be held accountable. Choices made must have consequences.

A Wonderful Way With Words

Time Study
by Marvin Bell

The coffee was cold so I said so. I said,
my coffee is cold, and then I repeated it
but with a variation, something like, my
coffee is cold and I said so, and then, I
said I am glad my coffee is cold because
I get to say so, and I said my coffee is cold
like the Sahara at night, and I said the Sahara
is a lot like my coffee, which has cream,
and it is cold which means I have to say so
or someone will say to drink my coffee,
which is cold and the camels are asleep.

Let’s try it again, I said, taking a sip of coffee,
and then not taking a sip but still holding
the cup and I said look at the cup and see
if you can see the Sahara and then I said,
it was in there a moment ago but I took a sip
and it is inside me I suppose, and I said then
the same thing, my coffee is cold, and also,
this coffee is cold to make sure they knew
which coffee, not coffee as coffee but coffee
as a part of the whole and also immediate
in some sense, like waking in the desert.

I write a lot about coffee, I said, and I said,
I just need to see who my friends are, the ones
who will stay till the end, and I added, I do not
take death as a personal insult, and I said it was
good to repeat things but not ideas, and I said
it was not good to repeat ideas, and I said also
it was good to repeat things, and I said my coffee
is cold and I can say so and I said when I say
my coffee is cold it is part of something bigger
that can last as long as I say it is, still is, and then
I said my coffee is still cold at this time, still is.

Copyright © 2013 by Marvin Bell. Used with permission of the author.
About This Poem
“I’m partial to coffee shops, brain work, and poems on the page. I write after midnight. Sometimes, twisty syntax happens, and I surrender.”

–Marvin Bell

College Football Upsets Week 2

#6 S. Carolina 30, #11 Georgia 41
#12 Florida 16, Miami (FL) 21
#14 Notre Dame 30, #17 Michigan 41
#15 Texas 21, BYU 40
#25 USC 7, Washington St 10 Final

Locally, early in 3rd Qtr Portland St Univ. 29, California 27!!! Final – Cal 37, PSU 30
#2 Oregon blows away Virginia 59 to 10. They could have added at least another 28 points if they’d played better.
Oregon State 33, Hawaii 14

We Are At War Again!

UPDATE: Our politicians aren’t Republican or Democrats, but STATISTS! Define statist: In political science, statism (French: étatisme) is the belief that a government should control either economic or social policy, or both, to some degree. Statism is effectively the opposite of anarchism. Statism can take many forms and ends in Totalitarianism.

Drudge Reports:

Boehner supports Obama military action in Syria… Developing…

Cantor jumps aboard…

Yet, 91% of Americans are against this action!

2013 Football Upsets Week 1

Here we go. The upsets couldn’t wait until Saturday!

North Dakota State Univ. 24, Kansas State 21 – NDSU scored with 30 seconds left on the clock

#5 Georgia 35, #8 Clemson 38 Final
#19 Boise State 6, Washington 38 Final
#25 Oregon St 46, E. Washington 49 Final Another lousy way to begin the football season!

Locally Oregon 66, Nichols St 3
Portland St Univ 57, E. Washington 17

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