Sorry about the OT post, MODs feel free to delete it if you have to...
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Proxima Centauri, closest star to our Sun, as seen by Hubble
A planet has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri located about 4.24 light years away. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf and is about 15% as bright as our local star the Sun. Interestingly, the planet found is located in the theorized habitable zone of the star.
Technologies are very close that would allow man to travel at nearly 20% light speed enabling us to visit this star within a 20 year timeframe. As a reference, the Voyager probes were launched in the 70s and we would be receiving pictures of the planet by now if they had interstellar technology at that time.
Here is a summary of current & theoretical space technologies:
The most fascinating (to me) is the last one referred to as the "Alcubierre Warp Drive". Basically a caterpillar drive that generates a warp bubble to travel.
Anyway, I found it extremely interesting that we found a potential solar system that we absolutely will be exploring sometime this century. I hope I live to see it!
In honor of Everyone Murders's call to action on bad OT forum posts, I present this:
Now, upon first seeing the headline, my immediate thougth was that the study was done with lifelike adult sexdolls, to see if their use by teenage boys would lower the teen pregnancy rates, but apparently this was about something totaly different.
Pregnancy prevention programs, which use baby-simulating dolls to put teenagers off parenthood, actually have been found to have the reverse effect, according to a study published Thursday in medical journal, The Lancet.
“The risk of pregnancy is actually increased compared to girls who didn’t take part in the intervention,” said Sally Brinkman of the University of Western Australia, who led the study. “Similar programs are increasingly being offered in schools around the world, and evidence now suggests they do not have the desired long-term effect of reducing teenage pregnancy.”
BUMPED SO WE REACH AS MANY AS POSSIBLE - LSA
NOTE: If you read the full diary version of this, please disregard, but for those of you that haven't yet seen the guidelines posted regarding the cessation of OT approaching, now is your opportunity.
OT Season officially comes to an end at midnight on midnight Saturday, so 11:59:59 PM Friday is the last minute of OT threads. To start the ramp-down, however, at midnight on Friday, you may no longer post threads about your favorite shows, movies, books, music and so forth. Friday can be a transitional day for OT, giving people an opportunity to get their final OT threads in.
One further point, when we say “end of OT season”, it is more a “significant narrowing of scope” – in other words, not every single OT thread will be removed outright. What you must do, if you plan on posting such a thread, is provide a pretty damn good explanation of why it should stay (or the reason may be self-evident) – and yes, frivolous ones will be removed as always. I realize some people would prefer a hard stop, but this is a community and we’ll consider things that might be of note to the community, even during the “non-OT” months. Such threads should be an EXCEPTION, and the onus is on the blogger to justify it.
A few things of note:
1) The Snowflake Rule will apply after games, but we will weigh threads individually and those which provide, for example, detailed analysis of a single series or play or video analysis will probably stay. Those threads which are mere hot takes that could easily fit into a snowflake thread will likely go. I understand why the Snowflake threads are not popular in many segments of the MGoPopulation, but there has to be a way to mitigate hot takes and make sure they don’t bury more worthwhile content.
2) Having seen #1, please take care in general to consider carefully what you want to say if you’re going to create a thread. Search the first three pages of threads or so for similar threads – that’s typically what I use as a measuring stick for “redundant”. Most weekends in the season, three pages covers about 2 days of threads, or after a loss, about 30 minutes of threads.
3) DO NOT attack players or fellow MGoBloggers personally. Ad hominems are essentially your ticket to Bolivia or worse depending on the severity of the statement. Criticizing play and strategy is fine, but basically bringing someone’s mom into it, if you will, is your way of telling the mods you no longer wish to be here. As you may have seen in the Mod Sticky as well, there will be a doubling down on efforts to promote a more welcoming environment around here too, so PLEASE check your choice of words and photos against those rules set forth in the sticky before posting.
4) Report potential infractions or questionable posts in the Mod Sticky with a link to the comment or thread. We will review them as soon as possible and dole out point deductions and so forth accordingly. If there is a delay in getting to an issue, remember that the mods have lives too, but if it is something that really should go, say, right now, tweet me at @LorneEC3 and I’ll address it right then or make a note to do it ASAP.
5) Sunday (also Thursday and Monday) NFL threads will be allowed as usual. Pro sports events which are significant are fine as well (World Series, NBA or NHL coverage, etc…) – just not every bit of news like we get during the draft and free agency periods sometimes.
6) Threads covering other college games should typically be OK, but do try to keep the tradition of “Saturday Noon Games Thread”, for example, on the weekends (and on Thursdays and Fridays when sometimes there is a significant slate too). The tradition of MACtion is absolutely fine. If something noteworthy is happening in a particular game, a separate thread should be fine but detail the reason for breaking out of the open thread coverage.
ADDENDUMS (see Diary for full explanation):
Drinking threads - we will try to limit this to Friday and Saturday
"Where Can I Watch The Game In ________?" - the first thread posted on this each week is going to be repurposed as a catch-all thread for such inquiries.
"How Do I Watch The Game When _______?" - same thing basically. Multiple threads on alternative viewing methodologies will be discouraged
[ED-S: Quick heads up soccer fans in town for the Colorado game. This is happening after:
That is all.]
Michigan Men’s Soccer is coming off an 8-6-4 season which saw them miss the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year.
Defensively, Michigan was very good last year and returns most of the squad. Senior’s Lars Eckenrode, Andre Morris and Rylee Woods provide leadership along the back line while Billy Stevens, Peter Brown and Marcello Borges will also make significant contributions. Borges just returned from the U-20 National Team Camp in New Jersey and is a defender at heart but may play both winger and outside back once again in his second season in Ann Arbor.
In midfield, sophomore Ivo Cerda will look to continue to impress and has been named a pre-season All B1G performer by the Coaches.
Also returning for his Junior season is goalkeeper Evan Louro, who was arguably the team’s MVP last season and was second in the Big Ten in save percentage. Louro is arguably one of the best 5-10 goalkeepers in the NCAA and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was his last season at Michigan.
Amanda Allen / Michigan Daily
2015 B1G Ten Freshman of the year and All B1G Ten selection Francis Atuahene features up top for Michigan after his freshman season saw him score ten goals, which was second in the conference and a First Team All B1G selection. Atuahene is the best pure attacking talent Michigan has had in years and he’ll score plenty of goals this season.
However, Michigan loses Colin McAtee, Will Mellors-Blair and James Murphy, who accounted for 13 goals last season. The only other two guys who scored at all last season are Cerda and RS Junior midfielder Michael Kapitula. Simply put, Michigan must find other attacking options besides Atuahene.
Chaka Daley brought in five freshmen in this year’s class, including forward Jack Hallahan, who has played for West Brom’s U18 and Ireland’s U19 team and figures to see significant playing time in Daley’s 4-3-3 formation. Additionally, Abdou Samake, a 6’3 defender joins Michigan after being with the Montreal Impact U18 team. Goalkeeper Andrew Verdi and midfielders Lucas Rosendall and Joe Hertgen round out the 2016 recruiting class.
Michigan faces another difficult schedule this season, as it has each of Daley’s years in charge. However, missing from 2016’s schedule are Akron and Creighton, two perennial top ten schools.
Michigan starts off the season on a road trip to #19 USF and Florida Gulf Coast. Visiting Central Florida in August should be an interesting fitness test and both matches against Florida Man can be found on ESPN3. A visit from Notre Dame highlights the rest of the non-conference schedule.
Michigan’s Big Ten schedule is favorable, with Indiana, Penn State Ohio State and Maryland at home and while Michigan State, Rutgers and Wisconsin figure to be the difficult road trips. Rutgers is actually good at soccer and Michigan has a bunch of New Jersey natives on the roster so The War on Rutgers lives on (or something).
The Big Ten was solid a year ago with Maryland being within penalties kicks of beating Clemson and going to the College Cup, Indiana made it the Quarterfinals, Ohio State lost to eventual Champions Jordan Morris and Stanford and even Rutgers made it into the second round before losing to powerhouse Akron.
Michigan is ranked fifth in the B1G Preseason Coaches’ Poll behind Maryland, Indiana, Ohio State and Rutgers. This shouldn’t be surprising but I believe there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic.
As the sun sets on another OT season and we gleefully welcome college football back, I must admit that one thing I will miss is the humor and snark that accompany many of the OP's during the OT season. What's more, some of the worst OP's (maybe even including this one) produce some of the best humor. So with a nod to the mods doing their jobs, how about an Improv/jokes/humor send off to the OT season.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is any or all of:
1. A worthwhile joke
2. A true improv, like finishing a starting thought or line: 'A guy walks into a bar in Columbus with a parrot, a pig, and two quarters. He calls the bartender over and says....'
3. Favorite worst OP of the OT season - counter-tops, humble-brags, whatever.
Looking forward to a great football season.