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Thursday, November 18th, 2004

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We're the team you can't stop

The first meeting of the first outside-the-department committee I've ever been on. You knew what would happen: I got a call about 2:07 asking if I was going to join them. I'd thought the meeting was at 3 p.m. I take no blame for the confusion: they sent about 86 e-mails confirming the meeting time, so if I ignored the one moving the meeting up an hour, it's their fault.

The meeting was to plan the Faculty Games. It's a small faculty, and tiny departments are matched with huge ones; the plan is to have four competing teams. As with all my committee experiences I'm only a little sure what I'm responsible for, but if I ever knew what I was getting into I wouldn't get into it.

Drumming up participants from my department should let me shine; last time one person (a visitor) signed up for any event, and was so shy he didn't go into the court to play the game. I'm also to organize a basketball tournament. This consists of making a schedule and posting rules. Examples from last year baffle me, e.g., ``the tournament winner shall be the team which wins the most matches. If multiple teams win the same number of games, the award will be based on the team which lost fewer matches.'' How do you tie in table tennis?

Trivia: Briefly considered alternate sites for what became the Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, California, were Buffalo, New York; Dismal Swamp, Virginia; Menunketesuck Point, Connecticut; and Spokane, Washington. Source: Adventures in Research: A History of Ames Research Center 1940-1965, Edwin P Hartman. NASA SP-4302.

Currently Reading: The Struggle For Mastery In Europe, 1848-1918, A.J.P. Taylor.

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