Packers win Super Bowl XLV

Congratulations Green Bay Packers on your victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. You overcame a lot of adversity and doubt to make it all the way, and you out-performed a very challenging team. I am glad to have been behind you all season (well, all seasons since I was old enough to know you). Thanks for a great season, and I’ll see you for many more. Again, congratulations Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers!

Brian is back on the bike

Based on a t-shirt that I own, I thought I’d make my announcement in a similar fashion. After not riding for over a month, I’m back on the bike.

My intention was to get out for an easy-pace ride for about 30 minutes. I definitely got 30 minutes in, but there wasn’t anything easy-paced about this ride after the first 5 minutes. Although I started off slow, it felt so good that instead of maintaining a slow speed, I decided to kick it up a notch. Perhaps I did that a bit too soon.

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Top ten Wisconsin news stories – 2007

The Wisconsin Historical Society again produced its list of Wisconsin’s top 10 stories of the year. Although not all of it is good news, I’m glad that the Historical Society noted the accomplishments of Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers (item 3). It also noted the breakthrough on stem cell research (item 2) and the accomplishments of the UW Badgers men’s basketball team (item 6).

About this site

This is the official Brian Shah Web site. I consider myself an average joe that likes to write, especially about things that move me. Whether any of it makes sense or not is a different story.

This site is a way for me to share information about mysefl, my thoughts and my experiences, and my pictures. I intend to share updates on my life (as unexciting as it is) and issues that I care about.

I also invite others to share their comments on my posts, but I require that you to keep it clean and non-defamatory. Personal attackes are not permitted. I want to maintain a safe haven for others to share their ideas, even if I disagree. That’s what democracy and free speech are all about.

Math is an attitude

I found the following site through my friend Jason’s web site. It’s great for those math lovers that just love messing with numbers (I’m an occasional math geek myself, sometimes). It has many interesting articles and an RSS feed.

curiousmath Web site

Wisconsin in the national spotlight… again

Last week, Wisconsin had its share of press. First, the Governor’s budget included a provision that mandated Internet-media vendors to collect taxes for purchases downloaded by the State’s residents (you know my position on this). Second, the killer of a federal judge’s husband and mother killed himself… it turns out that he was a resident of West Allis (a suburb of Milwaukee and one place I worked as an intern). Third, the State is considering allowing farmers to shoot feral cats (house cats that have adapted to live in the wilderness). It’s been a busy week.

So to add insult to injury, yesterday a 45-year-old man opened fire on churchgoers in Brookfield, Wisconsin (an affluent suburb west of Milwaukee). This tragedy resulted in four innocent bystanders that died on the scene and three that died after arriving at the hospital, four seriously injured people, and the man’s suicide. Investigators are still trying to determine what motive the man had to shoot others. I personally abhor such an act, and hope this does not become some kind of twisted trend.

I don’t know what’s next, but it looks like March in Wisconsin is off to a very bizarre start.

iPod tax articles:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Doyle proposes sales tax on Internet downloads

CNN: Wis. legislators to fight ‘iPod tax’

West Allis suicide/Chicago judge’s family slaying articles:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Check the back for answers

Reuters news article: Chicago Judge Case May Be Tied to Wisconsin Suicide

Hunting feral cats articles:

The Capital Times article: Humane Society rips feral cat hunt

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: Cat-hunt plan has promoter in cross hairs

MSNBC/Reuters article: Open season on cats in Wisconsin?

Brookfield murder/suicide articles:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article: IT’S HUMAN CARNAGE

MSNBC/The Associated Press article: No motive found in church service shootings