Off to the woods

Things will be quiet here for a few days, as I’m headed out tomorrow for some backpacking.

Technically, I won’t actually head into the woods tomorrow. I’m taking off for the Ouachitas in the afternoon, but I won’t actually hit the trail until Thursday morning. The weather looks like it’s going to be nice — 70s for highs, and around 50 for the low (although 43 is forecast for Thursday night), low chance of rain.

It’s going to

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Big 12 Wrap: Week 4

It’s time for another Big 12 Wrap, my weekly pithy review of the games in the conference.

Here we go:

Texas 37, Iowa State 14
Iowa State — or maybe the weather — kept this from being quite as big a blowout as it might have been, but it was all Texas after Iowa State narrowed the score to 16-14 at one point. I-AA Sam Houston provides a final tuneup before the Cotton Bowl.

Oklahoma 59, Middle

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Simms has emergency surgery following hit

Simms has spleen removed (Bucs Beat)

Quarterback Chris Simms had his spleen removed in emergency surgery after Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Simms’ mother Diana has told the St. Petersburg Times. She said her son’s spleen apparently was ruptured early in Sunday’s game.

Diana Simms said her son was listed in critical condition.

I firmly believe that we are going to see a quarterback die on the football field in the coming years.

Players are

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Bad Sports: Accidentally ahead of the curve!

Some Hot Recorders for Those Cool Podcasts (Larry Magid, NY Times)

There are basically three types of digital flash recorders on the market. There are digital voice recorders like the Olympus VN-3100PC ($69) that are mostly used for dictation and other voice-recording tasks. Also, some digital music players, like the iRiver T30 ($40 for the 512-megabyte model), have recording abilities, and there are accessories for the iPod like the TuneTalk Stereo for iPod ($69) from Belkin.

While those

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Don Walser, RIP

‘Pavarotti of the Plains’ Don Walser dead at 72 (Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman)

There’s never been a more special relationship between a musician and his fans in Austin than when rotund National Guardsman Don Walser started over in the music business in 1990 at the now-defunct Henry’s Bar on Burnet Road. His improbable rise and signing to Sire Records, the label of Madonna and the Ramones, at age 64 was the feelgood story of the Austin music scene.

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