Monday, December 30, 2013

Why women don't belong in college ...

... Their fragile compositions just can't handle the pressure.

From the Dec. 30, 1913 edition (100 years ago today) edition of the Logan Republican:

A screenshot of a 1913 story outlining a young woman's suicide.
From page 1 of the Dec. 30, 1913, edition of the Logan Republican.

One of the interesting things you notice in old newspapers is the way they reported things that are no longer covered in the current media -- in this case, a suicide. (For example, I once mentioned on this blog how the New York Times covered the suicide of someone named John Baker.)

But why would a newspaper in Logan, Utah, cover the self-inflicted death of a young woman more than 750 miles away in Long Beach, Calif.? Was there a local angle? Apparently not, as the victim was from Illinois, had gone to Northwestern University and now lived in California.

I think the comment that Ms. Pritchard "suffered a mental and physical breakdown as a result of her hard study" leads to the real answer. Utah, of course, is a stronghold of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and Mormon Doctrine, at least as late as 1966, indicated that a "woman's primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband." Certainly the tone of this article serves that doctrine -- and a woman going to college does not.

You've come a long way, baby.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

He will die

Newspapers of old were a bit more blunt. From the Dec. 3, 1913, edition of The Tacoma Times:

A 100-year-old news clip stating that a football player's neck has been broken and "he will die."

The game ended in a 6-6 tie, in case you were wondering.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

South City beats El Camino, 29-28, in first game on new EC Field

Football players running through a banner.
El Camino football players burst through a banner prior to the second half of their game against rival South San Francisco High on Saturday. Photos by John Baker.

New field, same result.

Behind two late touchdowns from Dupra Goodman, with the running back taking in his own two-point conversions on both, South San Francisco High won its 10th-straight "Bell Game" on Saturday, edging crosstown rival El Camino High, 29-28. The Colts' last win in the series remains a 35-19 upset in 2003.

It was the first game on El Camino's brand new turf field, the first time the Bell Game had ever been played at the El Camino campus, and all the more heartbreaking for the hosts because the Colts missed a potential game-winning 24-yard field goal just before time expired.

“We told ourselves as coaches, 'We can’t lose this game,'” said former El Camino head coach and current assistant Eric Jacobsen, a key advocate for installing the school bond-funded new field. “It would hurt if it were week one, but this is the Bell Game.”

South City (3-7) scored first on a one-yard Maligi Maluia keeper with 9:36 left in the second quarter. El Camino (6-4) equalized 5:54 before halftime when Brandon Gip (a game-high 249 yards rushing on 24 carries) took a fake punt in 67 yards for the score.

The Warriors went ahead on their next possession, an eight-yard Cesar Torres run capping a short touchdown drive. But El Camino roared right back, taking a 14-13 lead into halftime after a 19-yard touchdown pass from Michael Keegan to Andres Abarca with 11 seconds left.
El Camino football player Andres Abarca falls after catching a touchdown pass.
El Camino's Andres Abarca (right) scores on a 19-yard pass from Michael Keegan just before halftime. 

El Camino then scored on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, with Gip again doing the damage, this time with a 63-yard touchdown run up the left side. But the Colts kicker shanked the PAT try, setting an ominous tone for later.

The teams exchanged scores early in the fourth quarter, with Goodman tallying an 32-yard scoring run for South San Francisco and Keegan a one-yard keeper to put El Camino up 28-21 after the two-point conversion with 5:06 left to play. On the ensuing Warriors possession, Goodman scored again, this time on an eight-yard run, then added his own extra two points on the PAT, with 1:28 left in the game.

“I said if we’re going to keep getting five, six yards a crack, we’re going for two,” said South City coach Frank Moro. “I just had the confidence that we could do it.”

El Camino advanced all the way to the SSF 2, but two runs and a pass went nowhere. After a delay of game penalty, the Colts tried a 24-yard field goal on fourth down, but it went wide left.

While the Colts were gutted by the narrow loss, Jacobsen said the new field would still be a source of pride for El Camino.

“It was definitely the biggest thing to happen to El Camino athletics in the 22 years that I’ve been here,” he said. “And I’m really proud of the facility. The kids love it and everybody who sees it will be really, really happy.”

Below: a slideshow from Saturday's Bell Game.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Naughty Australian Islands

Google map showing "Intercourse Islands" in Australia

So I was looking up a small town in Western Australia for some reason, when certain risqué island names caught my eye (above, click to embiggen). Lonely sailors must have named the place.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

International Spam, in South City

Image of Spam cans from Grocery Outlet in South San Francisco showing Arabic and Japanese markings

A new Grocery Outlet store opened last year in South San Francisco, and I've had the opportunity to shop there a few times. They prices are generally pretty good, although selection can be limited (and be mindful of expiration dates -- things are often being sold just days before the sell by dates).

The store saves money by buying in bulk, overstock, etc. Another way it saves money is by having export-marked food items whose order has apparently fallen through. I recently bought some Welch's grape juice marked for overseas sale, for example.

But the most apparent example was when I last month bought two cans of Spam (yes, I enjoy Spam in non-emailed form).

One (above, right) had markings in an Asian language (possibly Japanese). The other (above left) had what appeared to be Arabic markings and the warning "Pork — Not for Muslims." I'm not sure where that latter can is intended to be sold — maybe India because of the English markings, or Saudi Arabia for the Filipino guest workers (Spam is apparently popular in the Philippines).

Some may worry about "export-quality" items, but I think buying items such as the above is an interesting look into how the outside world sees American product.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Has Marvel given up in the fight against piracy?

Comics website Bleeding Cool pointed out an unusual ad on online piracy site Pirate Bay this evening. Look at this banner ad in the comics section:

A screenshot of the Pirate Bay website with what appears to be an ad for a Marvel Comics game

Now, Marvel: Avengers Alliance is just a licensed product, but the fact that a company even loosely affiliated with Marvel is advertising on a website which practically advocates the theft of comics (or movies, music, books, etc.) is cause for a head smack.

I'll bet Marvel's lawyers contact Playdom (the game's publisher) pretty darn quick and ask it to change its advertising strategy.

So, has Marvel given up in the fight against online piracy? Nope. But its affiliates seem to know to advertise where people go to find cheap comics-related stuff.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Unconsciously aging myself

I've been doing temp work at the San Francisco State University Bookstore lately, and today had one of those exchanges that reminded me just how much older I am than most college-aged students.

One employee asked another how they pronounced their surname, Nguyen:

Employee 1 -- "You say it 'Win,' like winning a race."

Me -- "Or like Dustin Nguyen, from '21 Jump Street!'"

(Blank stares.)

Me -- "I just aged myself, huh?"

Employee 2 -- "Yep."

People have forgotten the suaveness of Harry Truman Ioki. In fact, he didn't even make a cameo in the recent film.