Monday, July 21, 2008

Speech is Silver!

Recently I discovered that "Speech is Silver"!

Speech == Argument
Silver == Argentum

Speech is a mumble-jumble of Silver ...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Statistics, where does it lie?

Consider that a team has lost 5 wickets, where is the final score likely to lie? The last 5 wickets are likely to add only ~113 runs (110-116) irrespective of the starting scores (e.g. 300/5, 400/5, 500/5, 600/5). Strange but true ...

Charles Davis, on Cricinfo's It Figures, does a fine statistical analysis of the likely final score for an unfinished innings!

Which would be a bigger final score, SL's 952/6d or WI's 790/3d? SL might've reached 1028 vs WI's 996!! WI's chances of exceeding 1028 is 24% ...

Can this technique be applied to 'not out' innings as well? We could possibly determine Sachin's final score for 248* but it would be tricky for 400*, I guess. Would the averages be affected drastically?

Who says that cricket is just aggression? In this case, it is regression ...

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Our country ...

During a recent chat with friends, a few statements were heard ...

"We, in the US ..."
"India is my country ..."

I chimed in: "Malaysia is .my country" ;-)

She taught me that ...

On a fine morning my daughter (< 3 years old) was trying to pick up a soft toy (a black and white panda).

(Conversation in Malayalam, our native tongue)
Doter: "Can you get me that chimpanzee?"
Me: "I don't see any chimpanzee!" (despite knowing she was looking for that panda!)
Doter: "That chimpanzee over there ..."
Me: "That is not a chimpanzee"
Doter: "I want that chimpanzee"

I decide to teach her about classes/generic/specifics ...
(after all, my age in years is more than hers in months :-))

Me: "If you ask for that 'animal', I shall get it"
Doter: "Ok, get me that animal"
Me: "Here it is. It is called a 'Panda'"

Doter: "In English it is called 'chimpanzee'"

... and I learnt a lot!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

New Zealand's Ire on Ireland!

An Ireland vs New Zealand ODI match entered the cricket record books.
  • The 290 run victory is the biggest ever!
  • Both openers scored 150+ runs, the first such instance. Dravid and Tendulkar had scored 154/186 in an ODI but this is the first by the openers.
  • 154 runs were scored in the last 10 overs, beating the earlier record of 146.
Why are these matches official ODIs? They aren't worthy of being one!