Mike Lantry, 1972
We'd like to do some more live events this year in various cities (or at road games) that are worth visiting and have a large contingent of MGoFollowers, and I've been in contact with several former players who want to be part of such things, be it at a bar for a Q&A during an off weekend, or an away game tailgate.
The keys are sponsorship and venue. "You guys should come to my city" doesn't help, but if you think you could help organize a dig worthy of your fellow readers' shins in your city and can put us in touch with a sponsor to make it worthwhile, let me know. New York and Washington, D.C. are probably already taken care of; those Alumi Associations already have Brian out there each year.
The one we definintely want to make happen is Notre Dame, if, say, you are in with some South Bend people who'd want to make an impression on a Michigan crowd.
Email me if you think you can help, even if it's just to put us in touch with your local alumni association leader or whatnot.
The last few weeks (at least), when the 2nd half open thread goes up, there are some folks on the (first) open thread that bitch about the need of an additional game thread. And then it takes some time for a majority of folks to switch on over, with some posters never making the jump. Essentially it just divides the board.
I remember the first 2nd half game thread going up - the logic was that the original game thread was already some # of posts long and becoming unmanageable. What? Is this something that effects mobile device users? Because for me (PC), the number of posts on the thread doesn't make it more or less manageable.
I made this post to bring discussion and hopefully more unanimous actions by the board. I I don't care too much either way, but I do care that more posters are posting together - it imporves the quality of the thread (and by that, I mean the number of people who lose their mind and whine about the same thing).
- Don't post a 2nd half open thread - only one thread for the game needed
- Post the 2nd half open thread and make the jump on over.
Any chance that we come to some sort of clear majority on this critical debate and save this football season?
EDIT: some folks are angry I posted this during the game. It was my "5 minute break from the game so that I don't lose my mind." (actually I just put the game on a smaller window on my computer). I didn't really expect y'all to discuss this during the game.
(and, fire Borges, etc)
PSU blog has a podcast, invited me to be the requisite opponent expert/jerk. And guess what they lead with? Ah heck don't guess here's what they lead with:
The podcast link: http://curtinrdchronicles.com/2013/10/08/a-quarter-and-two-seconds/
Well it has been almost two weeks since the moderation system floated to the top of the page and then disappeared completely. During this time of great hardship I have learned to appreciate what I had in the past, and how important a moderation system is to a board like this. I have come to realize in its absence, how much I relied upon it. These days I have no mechanism at my disposal to avoid reading posts that lack insight, posts that contain grammatical errors, and those that are simply not funny. I am at a complete loss in identifying the currenty popular opinions in order to align myself with them; I can barely identify bandwagons to jump on to, and my motivation to post is at an all time low. How am I, a simple blog reader, to singlehandedly separate the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, in each individual thread?
If I look back at when this feeling began, I can trace it back more than two years to April 27th, 2011 when Brian first implemented the slashcomments system, effectively limiting the rainbow spectrum of communal expression to a palette of 5 basic colors. Trips to Darkest Bolivia were replaced with the less ominous "-1", and posts that inspired rolling laughter were now simply "Funny". There was much protest, but we continued on, and made do.
At certain moments it seemed that our respected leader was on the verge of delivering us back to the promised land. For instance, in October of 2012 he wrote to us:
I am planning a move to Drupal 7 as soon as it is feasible and will be starting that process as soon as the OSU game ends. Unfortunately, that process is going to take a while because some critical modules are still not updated. So the site will remain static until then; when I move to 7 the full glory of pos/negbangs will return. Prepare thy anus.
Nearly a year later our anuses remained at the ready, when things instead took a turn for the worse, and our 5 remaining colors faded to total blackness. All I can say is that during these difficult times we must stick together and keep on posting. We will post not in an ordered hierarchy of merit, rather we will post in a chaotic soup of equality, but we will post nonetheless. I have hope that one day this board will rise again, that one day excellent posts will again receive their rightful level of exaltation, and that terrible posts by trolls will be driven down depths of derision that they deserve. I have hope.
After painstakingly going through and sending hundreds of emails I believe I have now communicated with or provided a book to everyone who backed us on the Kickstarter.
If you a.) Backed us on kickstarter, b.) don't have your stuff yet, and c.) haven't heard from me recently, you should:
Check which country you live in. Look at the ground beneath your feet. Does it exude the sweet air of freedom mixed with hotdogs and beer?
Most common error: A lot of international orders get backed up in customs and stay there for days. Apparently our information is so good other countries don't want you to have it!
Solution: We have all of these orders tracked so if you're international AND remember sending us your address already, email me and we'll figure out where yours is. Of those we've looked at so far most are due to arrive in 1-3 days from today.
Go back to the kickstarter and find your order:
Most common error: started to buy and then didn't, or credit card expired before we charged it.
Solution: Buy the book now.
Check ALL the email addresses you use. You're looking for a prolific deluge of "WHERE ARE YOU HOW CAN I GET YOUR STUFF TO YOU?" emails from Kickstarter and myself going back to June. Trying to log into kickstarter is a good way to figure out which email you used.
Most common error: "Oh, I used my spam email address." Or even "I created a new gmail account that is like menormally+kickstarter@gmail"
Solution: check it and respond.
Check if you moved recently. You know what's slower than 3rd class mail? 3rd class mail that needs to be forwarded to a new address. If you were a just-a-book or just-both-books order and didn't spring for rush shipment your book went 3rd class batch and we have no way of tracking your order, but if you were in any higher tier we can.
Most common error: "I only ordered a book but moved and gave you my old address."
Solution: Email me and we'll see if we can help you out. If you have a hoops book coming in October you can give me your new address now, or we'll email you eventually to confirm your address for that.
Check your t-shirt order. If you ordered something that isn't currently in the MGoStore, e.g. the photobomb shirt, that means we had to reprint it, and your order may have moved to the back of the line so we could process more orders faster.
Most common error: You requested last year's HTTV shirt with the Brian photobomb. You may even know Brian personally, in which case he probably requested an opportunity to talk you out of that shirt. You should call him and see what you can get out of this.
Solution: Wait another couple of days. The last of these went out Aug. 8.
Books are still on sale, and The Draftstreet Deal is still going. Also let me know if your book came damaged because we bought the insurance for that.