Not something I expected to see on Groupon but thought I would pass it along if anyone was interested.
Okay, inspired by Breaking B1G, here's the Big Ten as Game of Thrones characters. A note on spoilers: These comparisons may contain info from the TV series through the most recent episode, but not through future events contained in the books. Enjoy - and debate and correct me below! With so many GoT characters, I had to leave many great ones out, so I'd love to hear yours!
Jon Snow, one of the few true heroes we can root for in Game of Thrones. He comes from a historic family that has fallen on hard times. While Jon’s talents seem to be spoiled away for scoffers on The Wall, you know it is only a matter of time before he reclaims the Stark name as one to be reckoned with.
Tywin Lannister, basically a giant dick. But he’s a smart one and totally okay with skirting whatever rules, customs or traditions needed in order to secure the legacy of the Lannister name. Mastermind a massacre at a wedding? Sure. Pit your sons against each other so you can get what you want? Of course. You hated his bastard grandson because he was pure evil, but you hate Tywin not because of his inherent evil, but because he’s willing to use his superior intellect in evil ways.
Rickon, little brother of Jon Snow.
Danaerys Targaryean. From a line of past kings, Dany now hopes to reclaim what was once her family’s. Things were starting to look good for a while – a young, up and coming warrior jumped on board and they did some damage, taking hold of several cities. However, before Dany could set sail for her ultimate prize, that young up and comer left to go settle restlessness in previously conquered cities. So now Dany sits in Mereen. And rules. She’s the biggest fish in Slaver’s Bay, but she still is a long way off from once again challenging the other powers.
Mance Rayder, king of the land of waste and nothingness north of the wall. Mance lives in a land that has little as far as entertainment, culture or civilization in general, really. Yet, he is King in that vast waste and
corn farmers tribes north of the wall follow him, to hopeful glory. Mance has yet to take total power, but it would be foolish to ignore him.
Mace Tyrell is kinda just around. He’s a big deal because he holds the cards to Highgarden, but really everyone knows that other people are running the show. He does what can to bolster the Tyrell name, attaching his daughter to the soon-to-be-king de jour. But in the end, he’s not the prize his daughter is. He doesn’t have the wits his mother-in-law does, nor the youth and strength of his other prized child. He just exists out of necessity.
Hot Pie is a jovial young lad that basically stays out of the fray of all the major players. Historically, Hot Pie had some powerful allies, but decided to stay on the sidelines and avoid the troubles of warfare. Hot Pie does cook in a fancy new restaurant now and occasionally provides some intrigue.
Selyse Baratheon is Stannis’ wife and the queen of Dragonstone. Despite this, Stannis has a mistress who has given him a son… of sorts. Selyse doesn’t come out and say it, but she looks at Melisandre as quite the rival. The problem is nobody cares enough about Selyse to consider her a rival.
Poddrick isn’t crucial to anything, really. But he’s smart and he works hard, despite not having a famous name or pedigree. And he always seem to be good for some surprises here and there. Plus, rumor is that Pod has quite a big, err... drum.
Stannis Baratheon is unwilling to bend to any new ways. Stannis has the rightful claim to the throne but .the problem is nobody cares. Stannis is uncharismatic, cold, grey, bland and a punt-a-saur. Everyone recognizes that he always could be a threat, but also quickly dismiss him as a relic of the past.
Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion is the smartest player in the game. Unlike the other major powers who rely on brawn, speed, and recruiting, Tyrion plays the game by outwitting his opponents. While that allows him to play with the big boys, his disadvantage is cripples his potential in the Game.
Sansa Stark Pretty to look at, important because of her mere existance, but fairly inconsequential
Walder Frey. Walder Frey was originally aligned with the Starks and the North. However, sensing an opportunity for a payday, Walder turned coat and aligned with the Lannisters. Walder Frey’s house gains a bit of prestige in the process, but everyone still considers them a house of little influence and power.
Too much EMO today folks. Let me make a critical contribution to the board (and very on topic) as it has come to my twitter life attention that the June 2014 Playmate of the month is a UM grad: Miss Jessica Ashley. I don't subscribe and if I did, I'd only read the articles anyhow but for those who digest the media in other ways here is a cool tumbler account of hers. I am not exactly sure what tumblr is - it seems like a blog without words but I thought that was what instagram was lol. And going all creeper here is Instagram.
Being a fan of brunettes and being an actual Michigan grad... I say Kate Upton, consider your "bow" being shot over. (pun not intended but surely noticed). Carry on folks.
Want to get excited about something and forget that softball game? This should do the trick if you have any inclination toward eco-friendly science, engineering and/or technology. This "mom & pop" company has been researching solar cell-embedded roadways: but not just that: they are heated (no now removal), have leds (no painting lines), pressure sensors to detect objects on the road and can direct & filter storm water run off.
Pretty exciting IMO, but they don't have quotes for installation per hex-cell or per mile. I'm not positive about this, but highways cost approx. $1M/mile and I'd have to think these would be cost prohibitive. However, not needing snow removal, paint and of course the electricity generation could defray that cost, in addition to the economy of scale production effeciency should these explode. I'd love to hear the engineers on the board chime in here.
They are crowd souring this to avoid investor influence that may push production and manufacturing overseas b/c 'Merica! Link & Video:
Pretty good discussion of eSports, kicking off with a metaphor I think we can all relate to.
Last summer I posted a series of questions meant to tear the board apart and further divided a very polarized fanbase. From what I could discern, nobody lost any limbs - which made the whole experience a failure. So I'll do what I can to provoke some sort of blood letting on the board. What are your opinions on the following questions?
1. Could a full grown adult cheetah kill a full grown adult man?
2. Which demographic harms the Michigan image more; lightly toothed farm dwellers who purchase their faux #16 jersey t-shirt at Walmart, or the stuffy old alumni that own Walmart stock?
3. Dave Brandon just visited your bathroom. Does it smell like shit or does it smell like a marketing opportunity?
4. Brady Hoke just visited your bathroom. Does it smell like mediocrity, or are you willing to withhold judgement until he visits your bathroom one more time?
5. Do you pay football and basketball players if it means that programs like track and field, water polo, etc. wil suffer, and possibly cease to exist?
6. And because I moved away from Michigan, and apparently people outside of Michigan look at you like you have a third ear attached to your forehead when you say it... kitty corner or catty corner?