mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
I waited as long as I could, nobody else created it.
I am drinking a very large Ward 8 coctail (Bourbon, Grenadine, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Ice, shaken together, topped with red wine) made with cheap jug wine (Paisano) and Jim Beam, and looking at my ticket stubs from Wisky 2008 (football) and Wisky 2011 (Wednesday night basketball). Two awesome games, two last second finishes, one fantastic, the other terrible. I should've known I wouldn't be lucky enough to see two epic wins.
Also, this drink packs a punch, baby! WHOO! Why is my keyboard so loud?
This is a question for all you statistics minded posters out there.
A question occured to me as to whether MBB's number of close losses this year versus top 25 teams (4), close being 2 possessions or less, indicated a likely improvement next season (early looking results say yess, but the post is still forthcoming). The question is not about this. I'm working on it, and the post and evidence will go up. Hopefully you will all find it useful.
The question is this: WHERE DO YOU PEOPLE FIND TIME FOR THIS STUFF?
Here I am pulling records for gamse from 05-06 trhough this year for teams and trying to match those up with end of season rankings to find results for the top 50 of basketball, counting up close wins and losses, comparing that to next season results and looking for reasonable trends, etcetera. I've barely made a dent in my data gathering and it's been three hours. I work 7-4:30 most days and I am married. Where do you find the time to put all this together? Are there automated tools that will pull the data you need? Software? do you just learn a lot of tricks when you do it over and over? AHHHHG!
Also, don't steal the idea and research it for your own post please. I'm quite pleased with the data I'm getting, and I will enjoy releasing it... when I can get it finished!
Finally got some time to rework the code after everything got all kerbobbled during the malware fixes. If you go here you can update your Ultra-MGoBoard to the newest version or install it for the first time.
One thing I've added beyond what was there before: You can now hide all responses to posters that you have blocked. If I were Steve Jobs I'd tell you that this is going to revolutionize the way we use the MGoBoard, but I'm not, so I'll just tell you that I've found it very helpful even in the last few minutes.
You can choose a couple ways to hide people now:
- You can hide a user's posts completely, but leave all responses intact.
- You can hide a user's posts by collapsing the post and coloring it red, but leave all responses intact. Clicking on the post will expand that post.
- You can hide a user's posts completely and completely hide all replies, giving you no indication that the post was ever even made.
Also, I want to try out thread previewing at some point. I haven't begun on the code yet, but I think it would help people out a bit if they could just hover over a thread to see the first couple lines of the post to decide if it's worth their while to click through.
As always, if anyone has any suggestions for future upgrades, I'd love to hear them! (Someone already mentioned adding a "work mode" where the site is changed to black and white. It's pretty low on my list, but I'll see if I can get to that at some point.)
T-45 minutes and counting to the last flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. No technical issues, weather is favorable, and we are GO for launch at 4:50pm ET.
Good atatus and live coverage on Spaceflight Now:
Space bitches, space.
I thought I'd post this as a way to take our minds off last night's dong punch.
I took the family up to Ann Arbor yesterday for the Prospective Student Info Session and campus tour for my son who is a junior in high school. Both my wife and I are alumni and would love to see junior follow our path (although it's not his first choice....yet).
During the 1-hour info session, we were shown a 10-minute video about life at UofM, hosted by James Earl Jones which I thought was ultra-cool. During the video, various students gave their opinions on the superior quality of life and education at Michigan. I was surprised to see Idaho State's Matt Gutierrez included as one of the interviewed students. Am I the only one who thinks that's odd?
Some other points of interest:
NOwhere in the promotional handouts (which is 5 high quality, multi-colored, professionally produced print pieces) will you find this:
Again, maybe I'm the only one who thinks about stuff like this, but I always considered this logo a very iconic and lasting image of the University.
Walking through campus stirred up so many fond memories and pride that I can only hope my son AND daughter (who is a freshman in high school) made an emotional connection to the school like my wife and I did.
Part of the tour included a stop at South Quad, which happened to be the dorm I lived in. We congregated in the lobby and then were shown one of the rooms which, coincidentally, was directly beneath the room I lived in as a freshman. Taylor House/Room 4606. As a freshman, I did dumb "freshman" things, which included writing my name in white-out on the inside of a utility closet door across from my room. On a whim, while the rest of the people toured the 3rd floor room, I ran ustairs to see if my "tag" was still there.. Lo and behold, 27 years later....
My wife just shook her head and my son snapped a picture. HALOL.
After the official tour and some lunch downtown at BD Mongolian's, we drove to Schembechler Hall to tour the museum. There are some great pictures and memrobilia in there, especially the Nationl Championship ring and Woodson's Heisman. There was also a picture of the 1986 team, which all good Michigan fans remember, was the year Harbaugh delivered on his guarantee to beat tsio. Next to the team picture (which includes yours truly in the 3rd row) is a description of the 1986 Game which recalls the 76 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh to John Kolesar. Man, I remember that like it happened yesterday. I can see vividly the ball soaring through the air with the dark sky in the background and the temporary lights illuminating the helmets and jerseys......only....WTF....that didn't happen at the Shoe in 1986. It happened at the Big House in 1985. How the hell could they get that wrong?
Despite that, and the shitty end to the game last night, yesterday in Ann Arbor and on the Michigan campus was a fantastic day of reminiscing for me and my wife and hopefully the gateway to my two kid's college future.
One of our alumni wading into the political fracas in Wiscy:
[Ed-M: Comments disabled (apologies to the 99% who kept them in bounds). The last time this got published it was deleted because it came with an endorsement. I'm leaving it on the board this time because it involves an important former Wolverine and makes no judgement. Comments are just asking for trouble.]