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2016 US OPEN: Andy, Nole, Rafa, Delpo, Stan, Serena, Venus, Angie, Aga, Garbi, Simona All Win 1R Matches  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The first two night of the 2016 US Open are complete and there has been very little drama so far. All of the pre-tournamnet favorite (and top seeds) have made it through their first round: Novak Djokovic [1], Andy Murray [2], Stan Wawrinka [3], Rafael Nadal [4], Milos Raonic [5] and Serena Williams [1], Angie Kerber [2], Garbine Muguruza [3], Aggie Radwanska [4], Simona Halep [5] and Venus Williams [6] all are throuhg to Round 2.Only Venus, Muguruza and Djokovic had some difficulties in theiir first round, with each of them losing a set (of course in 3-sets matches this is ...
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Posted:  8/31 9:08pm
2016 MTV VMA: Serena Williams Introduces Beyoncé  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Serena Williams wore a pretty revealing outfit as she introduced a stunning performance by Beyoncé at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards held last night at Madison Square Garden. Beyoncé went on to win Video of the Year honors for "Formation" the lead single off her Lemondade visual album she released to wild acclaim this summer (and which featured Serena appearing in one scene.)Serena's in New York City for the 2016 U.S. Open, which starts today. ...
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Posted:  8/29 4:39pm
EYE CANDY: Valton Jackson  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Valton Jackson is an African-American dancer and actor. He has on Instagram (@valtonjackson), Facebook (@BuffSongBird1986) and his own Tumblr page. He is today's Eye Candy. ...
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Posted:  8/29 8:12am
MOVIE REVIEW: Jason Bourne  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The Bourne movies (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy, Jason Bourne) are a guilty pleasure of mine. The Other Half and I went to see the latest one (which is the fifth in the franchise but only the fourth one to feature Matt Damon as the titular character). We mostly did so because The Bourne Ultimatum is really quite a good movie (Th Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner is not.) Also, director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy) is back on board, so we said "why not?"The cast is surprisingly good, with ...
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Posted:  8/28 8:46pm
2016 US OPEN: Men's and Women's Draw Released and Analyzed  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The 2016 US OPEN draw has been released. 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta has retired so she will not be defending her title. However, defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded #1 this year as well. The draw has been released and the potential men's quarterfinal match ups are:
  • [1] Novak Djokovic versus [7] Marin Cilic
  • [4] Rafael Nadal versus [5] Milos Raonic
  • [3] Stan Wawrinka versus [8] Dominic Thiem 
  • [2] Andy Murray versus [6] Kei Nishikori
On the Women's side, the potential women's quarterfinal matches are:
  • [1] Serena Williams versus [5] Simona Halep
  • [4] Agnieska Radwanska versus [6] Venus Williams
  • [3] Garbine Muguruza versus [8] Madison Keys  
  • [2] Angelique Kerber versus [7] Roberta
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Posted:  8/28 12:16am
CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Katherine Johnson, Legendary NASA Mathematician, Turns 98 Today  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Katherine Johnson is an African-American mathematician who is famous for contributing calculations to several landmark NASA missions. Johnson turns 98 today, and was awarded the National Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November 2015. In May 2016, NASA named one of its buildings at the NASA Langley Research Center the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility.Johnson worked at Langley from 1953 until her retirement in 1986, beginning as a research mathematician -- part of a pool of women hired to perform mathematical equations and calculations by hand for engineers. She quickly distinguished herself ...
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Posted:  8/26 10:12pm
BOOK REVIEW: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Although Children of Time  starts off relatively slowly (do we really need to read pages of exposition from the perspective of an alien?) things gets VERY real very quickly as there are certain shocking event that cause the trajectory of the story to ricochet in a very surprising direction.I'm happy to say that I was completely unspoiled about many details of the story and thus was completely surprised and engrossed when the full ambitious scope of Tchaikovsky's novel slowly revealed itself. I have endeavored to keep those aspects of the story out of this review so that others can ...
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Posted:  8/25 8:31am