February 18, 2002

Just finished reading The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester — the forgotten story of William Smith, the father of English Geology. I thought the book looked cool on the shelf, so I bought it. It turned out to be a really interesting read. I had forgotten that when I was little, I wanted to be a geologist for a brief time, collecting rocks and stuff. Anyway, the book is recommended, if not a little academic in some areas. In the end, it’s a good story.
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Watching so much of the Olympics, it dawned on me. Why is it so predictable that each run of a particular event (whether it’s bobsled(sleigh?), figure skating, ski jump, etc.) gets progressively higher marks — every time? First place is always held by the next guy. Seems that way, anyhow.