Norwich 2, Q.P.R. 1

Rangers lost by 2-1 at Norwich on Saturday, continuing a maddening stretch of never seeming to take more than a step forward at a time. Norwich, which ended a four-game winless streak, got goals from Russell Martin and Grant Holt. Luke Young scored for Q.P.R., which was without its top goaltender, Paddy Murphy.

With the win, Norwich slips ahead of Rangers into ninth place. The two clubs finished 1-2 in the Championship last season, but this was their first meeting in the top flight since 1995.

WHAT OTHERS SAID

  • Holt’s winner sees off QPR: Third-choice keeper Cerny played because Paddy Kenny, whose deputy Brian Murphy is sidelined, was himself ruled out with a muscle problem. Rangers were denied permission by the Premier League to sign a keeper on an emergency loan deal ahead of the game after learning that Kenny could be out for several weeks. Without Kenny and captain Joey Barton, who was suspended, the R’s battled spiritedly and equalised just after the hour mark, when Luke Young netted from the rebound after Jamie Mackie’s shot hit the post. But seconds after having a header blocked on the line by Shaun Derry, Holt was set up by Hoolahan for the winner. “I feel like we should have won that game,” said R’s boss Neil Warnock.
  • Norwich 2 QPR 1: Holt bundles home winner to keep Canaries singing | Mail Online: “A late throw of the dice from Norwich manager Paul Lambert saw Norwich claim victory – but Neil Warnock was left fuming at a ‘scandalous’ Premier League decision after injuries ravaged his goalkeeping choices. With reserve keeper Brian Murphy already suffering from a calf injury, first-choice keeper Paddy Kenny picked up a side strain this week which could rule him out for two months.
  • BBC Sport – Norwich 2-1 QPR: QPR responded well after the break and levelled when Luke Young slotted home a rebound after Jamie Mackie’s low drive had come back off a post. But Holt was on hand to bundle home from inside the six-yard box after a cross from another sub, Wes Hoolahan. The two promoted sides, enjoying comfortable mid-table positions in the top flight, served up an attractive encounter which may have been short of quality in front of goal but was finely balanced throughout and had its only yellow card in the final five minutes.
  • Norwich City 2 Queens Park Rangers 1: match report – Telegraph: Warnock might have known it would not be his day when the Premier League refused him permission to sign a keeper on loan after Paddy Kenny, whose deputy Brian Murphy is injured, was ruled out for two months with a strained muscle on his side.
  • Norwich City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers | Premier League match report | Football | The Observer: Warnock revealed he approached the Premier League for permission to sign an emergency keeper, but had his appeal rejected, forcing QPR to recall 20-year-old Elvijs Putnins from a loan spell with non-league Boreham Wood. They told us we had to bring back a lad from Boreham Wood who has never played in the reserves. If not, we had to play a 17-year-old who has not played a reserve game yet, which I think is scandalous not to get any help.

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To Do: Read This

Leonardo’s To-Do List : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR: Well, Toby Lester describes what is essentially a “To Do” list buried in one of those notebooks, a bunch of things Leonardo planned to do one week, or month, in the early 1490’s. I know what my To Do list would look like, and it would look nothing, not even remotely like this one. Here’s what was on his mind, stuff he wanted to do.

Woogle Reader No. 6

Do you remember the thing I said Thanksgiving dinner would make? Well, it did. 

We begin with a short blog post from The Smithsonian that is interesting and that gets right to the heart of how to best interrogate someone. (Hint: It does not involve condiments, though the meme of comparing torture techniques to everday items, i.e. waterboarding is just like a neti pot, is good sport.) Anyway, the most successful anti-spy of World War II had a strong opinion on the subject.  

Next, a C.J.R. article from 1964, interviewing journalists who were in Dallas when Kennedy was killed about how they broke the story. The memories make for a good yarn, and it jolts awake the tiny newspaperman inside all of us. 

From The New Yorker, a piece on the crush of the crowd and how to make large gatherings safer. Eerie, if you ask me, how a mob of people can act like one very irresponsible unit. 

And, holy crap, don’t chop them, invest in them! Pecans are selling at about a nickel apiece

In closing, here is a cheap math gimmick that might make you feel better about yourself (although it shouldn’t), and a video that is headlined “The craziest thing you’ll ever see on the web” that probably is only the craziest thing you will see today. 

I Did Not Think These Guys Were Serious

High Line Inspires Plans for Park Under Delancey Street – NYTimes.com: They want to convert the space into a subterranean park, using fiber-optic technology to channel in natural light — enough light, in fact, to allow photosynthesis to occur and, as a result, for plants to thrive.

The partners have met several times with officials with the transportation authority, who have expressed interest. And so, a piece of the world under Manhattan may soon have a moment in the sun.

“It’s a little perverse, a little like science fiction, but we realized that we have the technology to grow grass and trees underground,” said Mr. Ramsey, 34, an architect who developed what he calls the “remote skylight” technology.

Woogle Reader No. 5

O.K., so, this is interesting: 

One, the cops in D.C. have a network of computers and street cameras that can capture license plate numbers and track a specific car all over the city. Two, they have used this to catch ne’er-do-wells. Three, even when they are not catching ne’er-do-wells, they are capturing license plate numbers — compiling an always-growing database of the comings and goings of everyone else. Cops in the suburbs have similar systems, and new cameras are being added every day. 

I hate to link to anything in Slate, but scientists are only now coming to terms with the seemingly obvious drawback of conducting so much research with millions of the same kinds of mice, a mob of “insulin-resistant, hypertensive, and short-lived” squeakers who are too fat and unnaturally given to catching “cancer, type-2 diabetes, and renal failure.”  

Traditionally, most stigmatics — people who claim to have the five wounds of Christ — are women, by a ratio of 7 to 1. Scholars believe this is another example of women battling against male-dominated hierarchies. 

And as there is still no tumblr for crying babies, I submit this: http://hungoverowls.tumblr.com/

Have We Hit Peak Coffee?

The End of Cheap Coffee: Why the Diner Staple Is About to Become a Luxury – Lifestyle – GOOD: Between 2006 and 2009, the Colombian yield shrank by a quarter—from 12 million bags to 7.8 million, the lowest yield in 33 years. The forecast doesn’t look good for the rest of the coffee-growing world, either: more pests in East Africa, more hurricanes in Central America, more droughts in Indonesia. Global coffee stockpiles are close to record lows. “There is simply not enough coffee in the world,” Jose Sette, now the former executive director of the International Coffee Organization, told Bloomberg in February. Combine this with other economic realities—the rising cost of fertilizer and the fact that young people, bound for the cities, aren’t following in their parents’ coffee-growing footsteps—and you can understand the term that Peter Baker has coined as a warning: “peak coffee.” Just like with oil, the world is maxing out the volume of coffee it can sustain.

Woogle Reader No. 4

Three quick hits, fueled by a post-Croatia high that is itself fueled
by a modified Starbucks egg-nog latte crafted with less coffee
(“because coffee ruins the taste,” I was told by a cheerful barista):

A fire swept through a convention of eunuchs in India, leaving 14 dead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/11/201111210289177786.html

Here is an intriguing quote from an interview with an historian who is
an expert in the death throes of Nazi Germany: “And on April 23, 1945,
Bayern München defeated TSV 1860 München in the Munich football
derby.” (The score was 3-2.)
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,798377,00.html

And from an article on how Andy Warhol’s paintings dominate the
auction market, comes this fact: 17 percent of all paintings sold at
auction were by Warhol. For comparison’s sake, there is this: The
highest auction price paid for a painting by Andy Warhol is is $71.7m
(“Green Car Crash,” 1963); the highest ever paid for anything by the
master Titan is $16.9 million (“A Sacra Conversazione,” from about
1560).
http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/arts/a-one-man-market?page=full

It Keeps Quagmires on Schedule

Defense.gov News Release: Department of Defense Announces Successful Test of Army Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Concept: Today the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first test flight of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept. At 6:30 a.m. EST (1:30 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Time), a first-of-its-kind glide vehicle, designed to fly within the earth’s atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range, was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii to the Reagan Test Site, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll.