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Frosted Flakes: Floods, Aunt Becky and Forgetting

Remembering is easier than forgetting according to science.

If you live in Nebraska (or South Dakota), you’ve probably been hearing four words the past two days, flood, blizzard, wind, and historic. The first three are never fun words, but are especially unwelcome when accompanied by the fourth.

The photo at top is the view from my living room window into a pasture and the neighbor’s crop field. The soil is still frozen, the rain and warmer temperatures are melting the snow rapidly and the forecast for the next 24 hours is more rain. I expect the water will get much deeper.

Don’t worry about us though. Our house is up on a hill and we will stay dry. Not sure if the roads will remain passable but I guess we can always get the canoe out...

Frosted Flakes

Hixson, Jurgens among the names to know as Huskers' interior OL competition heats up | Huskers |
Among the most interesting position battles to watch as Nebraska progresses through spring ball are for a pair of openings on the interior offensive line.

Conner Named B1G Freshman of the Year - - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Nebraska high jumper Mayson Conner was named the Big Ten Men's Indoor Freshman of the Year on Tuesday after a vote by the league's head coaches.

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Two time All-American...

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Sportsin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

Denis Shapovalov raps after Marin Cilic win at Indian Wells (video) |
Athletes shouldn’t try to rap.

Letter to My Younger Self | By Jack Nicklaus
So, Jack, when you get out there today with Dad, try and remember some of this. Don’t forget to let that elbow go loose. Don’t forget to give Barbara a call. And don’t forget to go to dinner with Arnie.

More Noise and Other Disturbances

Forgetting Uses More Brain Power Than Remembering - UT News - UT News
News, stories, and opinions on science, technology, health, education, business, policy, campus life, and more from The University of Texas at Austin.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Asteroids are Stronger, Harder to Destroy Than Previously Thought « News from The Johns Hopkins University
A popular theme in the movies is that of an incoming asteroid that could extinguish life on the planet, and our heroes are launched into space to blow it up.

The first look at how hacked self-driving cars would affect New York City traffic -- ScienceDaily
Researchers have analyzed the real-time effect of a large-scale hack on automobiles in a major urban environment.

Then There’s This

I think my generation has failed miserably as parents. We do so much stuff for our kids that they don’t know how to do anything for themselves. We are so afraid of failure that avoiding it has almost become some sort of toxic competition. One part of this “Aunt Becky” scandal that amazes me the most is that some of these kids didn’t even realize what the parents were doing on their behalf. They thought they were smart enough to get those test scores. They live in a reality that isn’t real.

OK, getting off my soapbox and heading outside to bail water out of one window well. If you are in the path of this storm, I hope you are able to stay warm and dry!

FBI college admissions scandal toxic indictment of American meritocracy |
Side doors have long been available to the rich and famous, though they have never before been spelled out so clearly in a charging document.

Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman indicted in maybe the most ‘Mad Libs’ college sports scandal ever -
Parents paid a go-between to bribe college coaches to gain admission for their children as student athletes.