Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What were you doing at age 14?

I certainly didn't have the accomplishments of young Arianna Korting.

She's already played Carnegie Hall!

Read more about this amazing young Cleveland Woman

Where is this briefcase?

Where in downtown Cleveland would you find this briefcase?

Give up?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Ten Cannots

This has been making the rounds in e-mail lately.

William J. H. Boetcker (1873 – 1962) was an American religious leader and influential public speaker.

The Ten ‘Cannots’
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Oh say can you seeeeeeeee

Nobody sings the National Anthem like Rocco Scotti. It seems Rocco was always doing the anthem when I went to Tribe games back at Municipal Stadium. I haven't seen much of him since the Indians moved over to Jacobs Field, now Progressive Field.

So it was great to catch up with him in this profile on ClevelandSeniors.Com

Even better was the short audio message posted that includes Rocco belting out the first couple lines of the Anthem. He's 89 now but he still has the pipes!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March Math Madness

How many games in the NCAA tourney? Assuming we don’t count the play-in game for the 64th spot you can count up 32+ 16+ 8 + 4 + 2 + 1 and get 63.

It’s easy to determine the number of games played to determine a champion in a single elimination tournament. Say there are 64 teams in the tournament. When a team loses they are out so 63 teams must lose to determine the champ. That means 63 games are needed.

In general, if there are N teams in a single elimination tournament, you need to play N-1 games to get a champ.

If you want to make sure you have a perfect bracket you’d need to do every possible combination. With the play-in game, there are 64 games played. There are two possible outcomes for each game so the possible outcomes are 2 to the 64th power or about 18 quintillion.

Friday, March 20, 2009

You say Pirohi, I say Pierogi

So what do you call them?

The good people at St. Stephen's Byzantine Church call them pirohi and they've been making them each Lent for over 20 years. We always called them Pierogi but it's all good.

See some of the people making these treats and where you can get some.