A Beautiful Buckeye Dunk

This year’s Buckeye basketball team has to be the deepest and most athletic team Thad Matta has put on the court during his time at Ohio State.  One of the more spectacular athletes is Sam Thompson, who seems like he could jump out of the gym if he really put his mind to it.

Thompson, who is just a freshman, has had some astonishing dunks this year.  Here’s a personal favorite that occurred at Indiana.  Of course, the Hoosiers came back to win the game — but Thompson’s capabilities should make all Ohio State fans feel pretty good about next year.

Considering Ohio’s Highway Speed Limit

Ohio legislators are once again considering whether the speed limit on Ohio’s interstate freeways should be increased.  The issue is whether to raise the speed limit from the current 65 m.p.h. to 70 m.p.h.

The Ohio Highway Patrol would prefer that the speed limit stay at 65; it contends that higher speeds result in more accidents and more serious injuries.  Some legislators note, however, that the Ohio Turnpike recently increased its speed limit to 70, without an increase in fatalities.  In addition, the speed limit on rural freeways in neighboring Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia also is 70 m.p.h.  Why should Ohio be different?

I spend a lot of time driving on I-71 and I-70, Ohio’s principal east-west and north-south freeways, and I’m supportive of a higher speed limit.  For the most part, the Ohio countryside is flat (and boring) and the freeways are straight.  We don’t have mountains or winding roads that might counsel in favor of lower speed limits.

There are always going to be drivers who ignore the speed limit, whatever it is, and drive as fast as they want.  For those drivers, the posted speed limit is meaningless.  Why not let the rest of us law-abiding drivers make better time when we are driving through the rolling farmland between Cincinnati and Cleveland?

Death Of The iMac

Yesterday, I got the bad news that I feared — the resolute iMac, faithful blogging friend and desktop companion, has permanently given up the ghost.

Earlier this week the iMac screen went opaque.  I turned it off, hoping it was just a rebooting issue, but I couldn’t turn it back on.  Yesterday I took it to the Apple store and the blue-shirted folks at the Genius Bar opened it up.  It was weird seeing the iMac with its innards exposed — like being present in the operating room when a family member is getting an appendix removed.

The Geniuses took one look, saw that the capacitors were blown out, and advised, with appropriate respect and regret, that nothing could be done.  Our iMac is so old — or, as one of the Apple Geniuses said, “vintage” — that they don’t even make replacement capacitors for it anymore.  We removed the hard drive so that I can try to retrieve stuff from our iPhoto and iTunes folders, closed it up, and I carefully carried it back to the car.

The demise of the iMac leaves a physical void on the desktop in our study, and I think wistfully of its 8+ years of steady reliability and service.  But life goes on.  I’d welcome any suggestions from readers about Apple desktops that can fill the void and try to fill the big shoes left by the iMac.