Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dec 31

The fuzzy math of bowl season

Memphis, Tennessee — In four years, Paul Rhoads has taken Iowa State to three bowl games. With this 31-17 loss to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl, he also has three seasons with losing records. Despite the 6-7 record, this is … Continue reading

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Dec 27

Tama County upgraded to “severe drought”

The U.S. Drought Monitor map for Iowa shows a batch of central counties along US 30, plus Polk, Dallas, and Guthrie, in Stage D2 (“severe”) instead of D3 (“extreme”). The Register explains why the snow helped.

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Dec 26

Half a Pizza Hut

More than a decade after losing a full-service Pizza Hut, Toledo has one again, sort of. A small standalone building west of US 63 that was originally for a Subway (that moved beside Hardee’s) and then became a Sub City … Continue reading

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Dec 23

Break

Unless something particularly interesting comes up, this blog will be on hiatus for the next week and a half or so. I should’ve just done it with all the schools that got two more extra days of break. A possible … Continue reading

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Dec 21

It’s the end of the world as we know it

and I feel fine. What are we going to use for a doomsday date now? (This is a timed post. If the world ends you won’t see it.)

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Dec 19

Fifteen years ago today

“Titanic” was released in theaters Dec. 19, 1997, and I saw it about 10 days later. It’s been that long. Wow. Still my favorite movie, although I’m biased toward the subject material; I was very interested in the Titanic before … Continue reading

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Dec 19

Very early IA 100 work begins

The first step is relocating turtle habitat. (Cedar Rapids Gazette) It’s still going to be nearly a decade before the road opens.

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Dec 18

Pull out the rabbit ears, again

KCRG and Dish Network have been unable to agree on a retransmission charge. The signal was cut off at noon. The station’s 9.2 subchannel is also an issue. (Yes, I am aware that pulling out rabbit ears doesn’t work anymore. It’s … Continue reading

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Dec 18

License Plate Tracker — ANU

We’re using U’s again!

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Dec 15

The Big Two and Little Six

Imagine the 48 years of the Big Seven and Big Eight conferences (1948-95) as 48 football championship units, divided in split-title years. Of those, only 6 and 1/6 units were not won by Nebraska or Oklahoma, broken down as follows from … Continue reading

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