/ baseball, mascot, miami-hurricanes, miami-maniac
The year: 1985
The Venue: Mark Light Stadium
The Event: UM Baseball mascot, The Miami Maniac takes his vows with Mrs. Maniac during the 7th Inning Stretch in a Miami vs. Maine Blackbears early season game.
In a ceremony on the field of Mark Light Cathedral, The Miami Maniac was wed to Mrs. Maniac in an event billed as “a Hysterical, Historical Event” A national television audience on ESPN, and a near sellout crowd on a Sunday night, witnessed the first…and possibly only…mascot wedding ! Oh, yes, there was a baseball game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Maine Black Bears, too.
Officiated by “The Right-On Reverand Rabbi Rokeach”, the ceremony took place with batgirls holding up bats for an archway…as well as carrying in the groom in a style fit for a Pharaoh…including fanning palm frons…the evening saw the happy couple cut a wedding cake, take their first dance, and leave the affair in a vintage 1920′s automobile…to the delight of the Hurricanes faithful ! Several fans even attended wearing tuxedos for the occasion.
The wedding party included Sebastian the Ibis as the best man, Frieda the Flamingo from Hialeah Racetrack as the maid of honor…along with Bud Man, Grimace and other McDonald’s characters,Grandpa Maniac, The WIOD Sports Hound and Bananas, the Maine Black Bear. The couple spent their Honeymoon at MetroZoo.
- UM Sports Hall of Fame Newsletter. May 24, 2011
/ music, sax
Until I came across http://imacomputa.org/sax/, I had no idea how prevalent the ‘Sax Solo’ was in 1980′s Pop music. Ryan, the author, has painstakingly cataloged and rated some of the 1980′s most god-awful sax solos. A typical entry is seen below:
This solo wasn’t in the 80s, but it’s included here because it seems to have created the formula that became so popular for the next decade. Unmemorable song + Super dramatic sax solo = Success. Parts of it are so forgettable that many people suggesting this song claimed it had no words at all.
Ben Franklin knew how to get stuff done, incorporate some contemplative time, relax, and get plenty of sleep.
From: Autobiography by Ben Franklin p. 156
Found, The Internets
/ google, technology
Google Body provides users with a multi-layered human body exploration tool. It only works with certain leading edge web technologies enabled (Web GL in Chrome, Firefox 4 beta, and nightly WebKit builds), but once I got it to work, I had lots of fun playing around.
As a child, I had a subscription to World Book, an encyclopedia. One of my favorite entries into the series was a group of transparencies that allowed me to peel back various body systems (i.e, skeletal, muscular, vascular, etc.). That’s what this Google Body reminds me of…
Very cool application of GIS related technologies to human anatomy.
/ africa, anthropology, east-africa, maps
The BBC has published a wonderful audio slideshow which explores how the African continent has been depicted in maps through the years.
Great insight in how maps often may provide insight into important themes such as commerce, economics, and trade.
The BBC’s Audio Slideshow: Mapping Africa
/ android, iPhone, technology
Apparently more than they have on the feature at present. With the change to Daylight Savings Time, my office has run amok with iPhone users that seemingly are unable to tame their phones into sounding their alarms at pre-set intervals.
What happened is that the phones seem to have sprung forward an hour as they were supposed to, but alarms were mysteriously moved back an hour. The result? Random alarms going off at random times and designers and developers unable to get to work on time.
My Android (HTC Hero) on the other hand has no issues with time. Google seems to have got that one right.
/ haiku, reddit
I noticed a spike in traffic last week – it came from an old Bagel Haiku post i created way back in July of 2009 and was posted to the Food Porn reddit.