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Shakespeare is not Old English Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010

There is a common misconception about Shakespearean English. That is that it is "old English".  This is not true.  In fact, Shakespeare is considered "modern English".  This misconception is fairly widespread accross a broad range of education levels.  In fact, just last night I was talking with a college president and he referred to Shakespeare as "old english".  I would like to shed a little bit of light on this topic.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 September 2010 )
Decide and Do Phases Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009
Lately I've been spending a lot of effort trying to organize all of the things that I need or want to do. My efforts have been applied both at work and at home. Recently I realized that it is effective for me to have a "decide" phase and a "do" phase and to not mix the two. During the "decide" phase I decide what to do and during the "do" phase I actually do it. I know, seems simple. But I surprise myself when I see how often I am knocked out of a "do" phase by starting some more "deciding".
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 June 2009 )
The Mentalist Betting Game Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 18 December 2008

The Mentalist is CBS's new spin on the detective/crime scene genre of TV shows.  It is like a modern day Sherlock Holmes and it is amazingly popular.  The characters are fun, quirky, and interesting.  The "mystery" part of the plot captures the ellusive aspect of making sense while not being obvious. Watching the "mentalist" do his stuff is intriguing as well.  This is definitely one of the better shows on TV right now. One of our favorite things to do during the show is to try and figure out who the guilty party is.  In most cases it is a surprise but after the fact you can see how all of the pieces fit together.  It is tantalizing to think that there is enough information to figure it out during the show but it is still not obvious.  This is a part of the fun of the show.

While watching the show recently, and trying to figure it out, I realized that we could make a fun game out of it.  And so the "Mentalist Betting Game" was born.  Here is how it works.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2008 )
Can He Do It? Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Finally, the election is over.  It has been a frustrating and anxious journey for many people on both sides of the aisle.  Now it is over and Obama won.  Fortunately for the country, the election wasn't close.  This meant that we didn't have to deal with nasty recounts and legal juggling.  I voted for McCain and would have rather seen him win.  Of the two candidates I felt like McCain would be the best leader but the majority of the country disagrees with me.  I can live with that.  Obama promised change and hope.  He has a party majority in both houses of congress, he has a willing and powerful press, he has the unflinching support of the celebrities of America, and he has the votes of the majority of Americans.  So bring on the changes (for the better).
Not President Bush Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
This evening was the last of the debates for the 2008 presidential election. At the beginning McCain seemed a bit nervous and tentative while Obama maintained his never changing suave demeanor.  McCain's slow start only lasted until the pair started sparring over many of the policy and philosophy differences.  The quote to take away from the entire debate was made by McCain after yet another one of Obama's repeated refrains about McCain being and extension of the current administration.  McCain quite forcefully stated: "Senator Obama, I'm not President Bush.  If you wanted to run against President Bush you should have run four years ago."  I imagine that line is going to make its way across the internet very quickly.  If the McCain campaign is smart they will capitalize on it.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2008 )
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