"Many great things have come out of Worcester, Massachusetts, but surely one of the greatest is Candlepin Bowling."
You read that right. There are quotation marks around that expression, which means that someone else had the audacity to say it. In public. So other people could cite it. Furthermore, it's on the homepage of the International Candlepin Bowling Assocation -- yes, you read that right, too. This organization also exists.
I dare someone to tell me
many a few one good thing that has come from Worcester, Massachusetts. And further, I would dare someone (the same someone, even) to tell me why we need an international association for a ""sport" played only in three states of the Union and two provinces of the Confederation (or Dominion, if you like it).
If this diatribe about bowling isn't scary enough, I present as a further offering, the following instructional video from Microsoft on efficient algorithms for generating clouds in flight simulators [streaming video, M$-format].
A report on the Holiday Break will follow later.