And what about the cursing?Heading into their wild … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.NEW YORK — There’s a famously profane line near the end of “Moneyball,” the book about the A’s ingenuity, in which Billy Beane lets loose with his postseason frustration.“My (stuff) doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. Whatever happens after that is (flipping) luck,” the A’s top executive says.Can this group end the curse?
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members The design of brick buildings and the quality of brick construction have declined dramatically in the last 100 years. While this statement is debatable, I’ll try to defend it with evidence. If my evidence is compelling, it raises questions about why certain technologies advance in sophistication while other technologies decline.Before I return to the topic of brick buildings, I’d like to take a detour to look at an example of technological evolution.I’m going to look at lighting technology — but I’m going to dial the time machine back before LEDs, before compact fluorescents, and before the incandescent lamp. I’m going to look at the evolution of the common household lamp: specifically, Palestinian olive oil lamps that were used between 2,500 B.C. and the 11th century A.D.My father, William Holladay, is now retired. He spent most of his working years as a full-time professor of Old Testament studies, with a specialty in the book of Jeremiah. He also worked (occasionally) as a part-time archaeologist. During the 1960s, when my family lived in Beirut, Lebanon, my father acquired a collection of ancient oil lamps. Most of these lamps were purchased in Jordan in 1964, when my father worked at a dig in Shechem.When arranged chronologically, the lamps tell a story of technological evolution. The earliest lamp in the collection, the one that dates from 2,500 B.C., is a simple bowl. It worked, but it was far from a perfect tool. If you tried to carry this lamp, the wick could easily slip from the bowl, creating a fire hazard, and precious oil could be easily spilled.Potters eventually learned to pinch one side of the bowl to create a recess for the wick, making it less likely that the wick would fall to the… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey has said that he “fails to see any plausible reason” behind the agitation on the campus since May 30 to force him out.Sniffing a design by “those who stand to gain by my ouster”, he also said that leaders of students and teachers at the forefront of the stir have no qualms about putting the academic career of scores of students at stake.‘Open for discussions’“I am being accused of misusing funds, being whimsical, incompetent and being away most of the time. My doors have always been open for discussions, but no one wants to talk or point out where I have gone wrong,” Prof. Pandey told The Hindu from Manipur capital Imphal.“They [Manipur University Students’ Union] locked the administrative block and examination rooms while I was away on work related to the university. They did not state the reasons for the lockdown,” he said, claiming the student leaders forced some dean and teachers to sign resignation letters in order to intensify the stir against him.He refuted charges that he has been spending more time away than for running the university. “Yes, I have been to Delhi often, but for ironing out certain things left undone by my predecessors. These include efforts to get accreditation from the National Council for Teacher Education for Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) course,’ he said.However, some tribal students’ organisation in Manipur said that Prof. Pandey was being hanged without a trial. “It is now crystal clear and evident that their (agitators) only desire is to remove him unconditionally, which means he’s been judged based upon his origin,” Michael Lamjathang Haokip of the Thadou Students’ Association, said.On Saturday, the Joint Tribal Student Bodies, Manipur, announced a counter-shutdown in the State’s hill districts to protest the goings-on in the university affecting the academic activities of the students.
Da Ma Cai, Toto and Magnum outlets had stopped taking bets on the numbers 1717 and 777 since Friday. (Photo courtesy: blog.moneysmart.sg)Some Malaysian shops selling lottery tickets and illegal gambling syndicates have rejected “hot” bets on numbers linked to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner.Da Ma Cai, Toto and Magnum outlets had stopped taking bets on the numbers 1717 and 777 since Friday, the Sunday Star said.Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was downed on July 17 over Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed.”We are not the only ones rejecting the numbers,” a worker at a Magnum outlet was quoted as saying. “Other outlets are also turning punters away.”A Reuters visit to Toto and Magnum outlets revealed 1717 was “sold out”, meaning further bets were off.Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was downed on July 17 over Ukraine. All 298 people on board were killed.Gambling is hugely popular in Malaysia but strictly controlled with the four-digit lottery a favourite. Many Asian gamblers believe that numbers associated with bad luck, such as car numbers at an accident site, will later bring good luck.”The number 1717 has been sold out since yesterday. Too many people are buying,” a cashier working at a Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd outlet said.”It is not about bad taste or anything, it is just that too many people are buying the number,” a cashier working with Magnum Bhd said, adding that the company would have to pay out too much if the number came up.A member of an illegal syndicate also told the Star it had also stopped taking the bets because demand was so high.advertisement”Any digit placed in front or behind the number 777 was also not accepted,” the illegal syndicate member was quoted as saying. “This was the instruction from my boss.”