San Antonio artist Chuck Ramirez has died from from a head injury in a bicycle accident; he was not wearing a helmet. Some folks don’t wear helmets because they think the helmet makes them look foolish. Does this guy look foolish? When I teach about odds ratios and contingency tables, I use the results of an observational study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Thompson, Rivara, and Thompson, 1989) that suggests helmets account for an approximate 88% reduction in the risk of brain injury in an accident. As I tell my students (from experience), better a ding on … Continue reading Wear your farookin’ helmet!
San Antonio is joining the ranks of hipster bike-friendly cities by unveiling our new Bike Sharing Posts, opening for business in January. For a mere $1 million in Federal funds, there will be 140 bikes available for tooling around downtown. Locals can get an annual subscription for $60. Arithmetic time! 140 bikes at $1 million, gives $7142.86 per bike. Divide that by $60, and each bike needs 120 subscribers to put it in the black. 140 bikes by 120 subscribers gives 16,800 subscriptions. Either someone has seriously overestimated the number of brain-dead hipsters who will be cycling downtown in the … Continue reading More tax dollars down a rathole
READ AND HEED: Drowning doesn’t look like drowning. I learned this several years ago while hosting a pool party. One of the kids got in over her head and was in serious trouble, not ten feet from her parents, who stood paralyzed like deer in headlights. I downed tools, stepped into 6 feet of water, and dragged the kid into the shallows in less time than it takes to type this. But if I’d been away in the crapper, I’d have come back to a dead kid in the pool. Dumb luck and memory of some near-drowning of my own … Continue reading Don’t let someone drown
My university wants to crank up our student graduation rate to over 50%. Hell, only 30% of Texas students can pass a physical fitness test! Test details here. Continue reading And I’m supposed to graduate over half of them?
Check THIS out. We have as many sightings of that non-existent creature as those fellers out West. Continue reading My Bigfoot’s bigger than yours
I was reminded of this great opening line by the Scaramouche blog recently. It perfectly describes this young lady’s inspired video. Tip from the Instapundit. Continue reading “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
…in this video. There’s a whole Olympics series! Tip from Joanne Jacobs. Continue reading Ski jumping’s V-style explained
Looks like a little conservation has gone a long way. Continue reading The whales are back!
"Waves are like toys from God." Autistic indeed; I wish I were that eloquent.Tip from The Knowledge Problem. Continue reading The Ultimate Surfer
This is just great. The UTSA Chief of Police revolving door has replaced a sexual harasser with a cranky old man: "Those damn skateboarders are ruining the sidewalk!" Or in Paisano duckspeak Interim Chief of Police Daniel Pena had similar sentiments. “Skateboarders riding on crowded sidewalks, walkways and in parking lots, create a hazard from the standpoint of other pedestrians who are walking and may be hit by a fast moving skateboarder,” Pena said. Pena went on to say that skateboarders frequently engage in stunt riding that can cause significant damage to university property. Apparently Chief Pena has never been … Continue reading Beat you punks!