i refuse to even consider this a possibility
A little over 2 weeks ago I lost one of the best friends I've ever had. He was 33 years old and died due to liver failure from too many years of excessive drinking and drug use.
This guy was easily the most talented (artistically speaking) person I've ever met. Incredible tattoo artist and an amazing painter. I've had a painting he painted for me hanging on my wall in my bedroom for about 4 years now.
He was also way too goddamn smart to die like he did. Basically he killed himself.
I've s pent the last couple of weeks moping around not really sure how to cope with the grief. That's part of the reason I'm posting this now. Putting things in to words seems to make me feel better.
If you have a loved one who has a problem with addiction, talk to them, let them know that you love them. Let them know that you will have their back no matter what. Mostly let them know that they aren't alone.
Thanks for allowing me to get this off my chest. If its too much feel free to delete it.
This broke yesterday in the WSJ and was confirmed today. Surprised it hasn't made the Board, but now it has:
Basically, details are that it will encompass ESPN (etc.) and FS1 (etc.). Price is thought to be about $40, but I wouldn't put much stock in that, especially if NBC signs on, which is still possible, even likely.
Also note that BTN is a partnership with Fox, so it isn't hard to see how it could be bundled in as well, or as an add-on. Given the Big Ten's recent deal with Fox Sports and the likelihood that the rest of the non-BTN games will go to ABC/ESPN, the bottom line is the whole Michigan Football schedule could be available in one package, beyond local cable/fiber, sort of.
Ars Technica had a short summary yesterday (some of the reader comments are interesting), the last paragraph of which gets to the inner dynamic here:
What makes this Hulu service so interesting is that traditional cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable are customers of Disney, Fox, and other TV networks. By licensing live content out to a digital service, Disney and Fox would essentially be competing with its biggest customers. This move only underlines how the cable industry is struggling to offer options for everyone that combine the best content with the best prices and meet the needs of those consumers who are watching more video online than ever before.
I don't think it is surprising that bundling will survive. This is a direct consequence of virtually all programming being owned by just a few companies.
Same old, same old.
Was really surpised to see no one else had posted this yet.
Some of the comments on Ben Mason's Hello post kind of bothered me, because I always thought it was customary not to criticize recruits in their Hello posts. Of course, one problem with doing things by custom and other informal mechanisms is that new or infrequent posters may not always be aware of those things. So, I decided to collect some of the various "unwritten rules" I've observed for the Board over time, and post them here. I have probably missed some, so please point out others in the comments.
Unwritten (not counting now) Rules of the MGoBoard
1) Do not criticize recruits in their Hello posts. The comments in Hello posts should be celebratory, congratulatory, and welcoming, so that if the recruit himself or his family and friends read the post, they get nothing but good feels. There are plenty of other opportunities to debate the merits of particular prospects, so if you have a problem with a guy, save it for later.
2) Don’t refer to opposing teams using juvenile terms such as “O$U,” “Suckeyes,” “Spartina,” etc. We are not RCMB or MLive and intend to stay that way.
3) Speculation regarding players being denied a fifth year, encouraged to transfer, urged not to enroll despite having committed to M, or anything else of this nature—though not strictly taboo—is frowned upon. If you are going to engage in this kind of speculation, please do your best to avoid naming names, be cognizant of timing and context, and absolutely support your assertion with strong evidence and cogent arguments.
4) Do not make up a fake profile and pretend to be an Alabama fan with deep knowledge of the Michigan program and troll the board for weeks using that fake profile.
5) No links to Chat Sports or Bleacher Report. Do not link to the Freep unless (i) you have a good reason and (ii) the same content is not available elsewhere. That guy in Pittsburgh is okay, I think--but we're still suspicious.
6) Be reasonable with paywalled content. Giving a few bullet points or the gist of an article is generally okay; block-quoting multiple paragraphs is usually not.
7) If there happens to be a front-page photo of a high school prospect who looks uncommonly young for his age, don’t say a damn thing about it. (Actually, I think this is more of an official “written” rule).
8) Do not talk about your mgopoints, unless you don’t mind not having any.
I'm sure many of you, like myself, use an adblock extension like Adblock, Adblock Plus, ublock, Adfender, etc. because you don't want to see any ads and/or want pages to load faster. Due to that choice, the websites we visit don't recieve any ad revenue. I know there was a post awhile back about using the Philanthropist extension to make sure every Amazon purchase essentially uses the Mgoblog at the top of the page and the Beveled Guilt is always up at the top right of the page as well, but I'm sure most people just skip right by it and forget it's even there, and there's a limit to how much those two can help the site in practice.
This is where a new relationship between the maker of Adblock Plus and Flattr, a micro transaction company that helps individuals give money directly to creators they want to support. The two have collaborated to create Flattr Plus, which will eventually be directly built into Adblock Plus. It would allow someone to set an allowance, say $20 a month, and they would use an algorithm to allot that money directly towards the websites you frequent and are engaged with the most. Their two main goals are to support engaging and thoughtful content and to give those that create that type of substantive content another stream of revenue to continue producing said content. A creator like Brian would have to join or enroll in this program, but this could be a way for sites like this one that avoid clickbait headlines and slideshows and create more longform content to get additional money that could be used for sustaining the site or any upgrades that might happen. On top of making Brian and Co aware of this option, I also thought that those on this site might also potentially want to take part in. This could be a new way of eliminating the advertising middleman altogether the way some people on Youtube have done with the help of Patreon. I've attached a link to an atricle that goes decently in depth about this.