|14 hours 4 min ago||I actually always really||
I actually always really loved how those looked. Pretty ballsy design, actually. The ugly stepsister to those vans was the Ford Aerostar, which looked similar but with boxier corners, a stubbier snout, and itty bitty wheels. They looked like an offensive lineman with size 4 shoes.
|1 day 6 hours ago||All fair points, and||
All fair points, and honestly, in being purely objective, I'd find it hard to say Florence is the "better" city, from a history standpoint or a things-to-do standpoint. I've been to both, and neither for nearly enough time, and if I get to go back, I'd spend longer in Rome than Florence. Overall I think it's a little like Boston vs. New York - the latter is certainly the much larger and more significant city in almost all respects, but Boston stands very tall on its own merits and there's a lot of room for picking either as a favorite.
Personally, I loved trying to see Florence through the lens of the intense political intrigue surrounding the city - especially around the time of the Bonfires of the Vanities. Just thinking about the atmosphere that must have existed in the 15th and 16th centuries. That frozenness in time that Florence has really helps with that, too. Rome's history is overwhelming and close to unfathomable. In Florence, it's easier to see with the mind's eye, I think, because the city is so well preserved and the history is so incredible rich and fascinating. You have to imagine practically the whole Forum and Circus Maximus, but you can stand in the Piazza della Signoria at night and all you have to add is the bonfire. This is not to express a preference - just that they're both so different as to be difficult to compare, in the end.
P.S. - I'll take "arguments not seen on the RCMB" for $1000, Alex.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Whoa whoa whoa there. I||
Whoa whoa whoa there. I agree with a few things - the center city of Florence definitely gave me the impression more of a History Disneyland than a real, functioning city. Not entirely fair, but not entirely untrue, either.
That said, the art and history not being even close to Rome is a pretty big exaggeration. Florence certainly doesn't go back as far as Rome, but like Rome, it was at one time (just, more recently) the real center of power and culture in Europe. The whole Renaissance began there. If you made me compare, yeah, I'd say Rome. But Florence is absolutely loaded down with history too. When tour guides walk you through the city saying things like "this is the building where Dante was born" and "this is the building where the Mona Lisa was painted" then it's probably unfair to say it's not close to any other city.
And the art - goodness, if I had to pick which city wasn't close to the other, it's Rome falling way behind. Like Florence's history, Rome can hold its own, mainly with the stuff inside the Vatican Museum. But Florence produced the world's most famous painting and the world's most famous sculpture. It has Italy's two most visited art museums.** Florence is home to Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and numerous others. This is to say nothing, of course, of other great thinkers like Galileo, Macchiavelli, and Dante. All Florence.
**I admit to a technicality here, since the Vatican Museum - in Rome but not Italy - is more visited than both combined. Of course, so much of the art there, including its most famous piece by far, was produced by Florentines.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Calling bullshit on Pope||
Calling bullshit on Pope Lando claiming not to have been to Rome.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Spent about a day and a half||
Spent about a day and a half in Rome, which is nowhere near enough, but we had a phenomenal tour guide who got us through the city with amazing efficiency and thoroughness, so we saw all the highlights as well as some things not quite as well known.
- Standing in the Forum and thinking about all the history that happened there - political intrigue, parades, speeches, murders, ceremonial rites, and so on - is overwhelming.
- St. Peter's is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world, especially inside.
- We sometimes think of ancient history as a point in time, and all history as being, in some ways, equally distant. Most of Florence's (absolutely incredible) history is from the Renaissance, and we think of that as being damn near ancient. And yet, the Roman Republic was just as ancient to the height of the Roman Empire as the Renaissance is to us. The Pantheon and the Campus Martius are both considered part of ancient Rome, to people of today. But the Romans who built the Pantheon on the former site of the Campus Martius would've considered the Campus Martius as deep into history as we see the Dark Ages.
- Gesu Church is interesting but unremarkable (for Rome) on the outside. Inside it's like a geode. You realize that flashy filthy rich people of today flaunt their wealth with disgusting mega-yachts and exotic cars. Flashy filthy rich people of the Renaissance built churches. They were smarter back then. Yachts don't last like churches do.
|1 day 18 hours ago||The scale and size of St.||
The scale and size of St. Peter's absolutely blew my mind. Pictures rarely do anything justice, but St. Peter's least of all.
Also, to me, the stories of the paintings on the Sistine Chapel were better than the paintings themselves. For example: Michelangelo was in the middle of painting a bunch of naked people in the Chapel, and one of the cardinals was dumb enough to criticize him for it, saying the painting was better put in a public bathhouse. Michelangelo painted him into the picture as a resident of hell with a snake biting off his junk. This cardinal complained to the Pope, and the Pope, not having been born yesterday, told him, "sorry, my jurisdiction doesn't extend to hell" and left it at that.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Goodell announces all the||
Goodell announces all the first rounders, typically.
|3 days 11 hours ago||So, excuse you while you kiss||
So, excuse you while you kiss this guy?
|4 days 19 hours ago||Borrow an eight-year-old, go||
Borrow an eight-year-old, go to different events, and pay him $10 for every one he collects. Lot cheaper than the open market.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I can absolutely understand||
I can absolutely understand that the bottom line truth is this: a daycare kid is more likely to be molested by a male worker than a female one.
But having acknowledged that, doesn't that take away your right to be offended by other stereotypes? I don't think it can go both ways. Either we acknowledge that some supposedly racist and sexist stereotypes are backed up by solid data, and we stop being offended by them, or we decide to ignore the data in favor of not being unfairly discriminatory toward certain groups. But how can anyone just say, I am against sexism and racism in all forms, but only when it's not me doing it?
|5 days 13 hours ago||Our company rotates us a lot.||
Our company rotates us a lot. A couple years ago I took over for a pretty strange guy. The spoiler here is that as soon as I was officially in the job and he was officially rotated, they let him go for a complete lack of job performance.
This guy would usually roll in around 9:30 or 10:00 and leave for the day around 3. He had a makeshift stand up desk made of cardboard boxes, wore gloves at all times, and never sat down. Ever. In meetings he would be standing. He would also disappear for 15 or 20 minutes at a time every hour and a half or so - my new coworkers told me they called it "patrolling the hallways." He drank bottled water, never tap, and poured it into a filtered water bottle. After he'd gone, I had to clean out and organize the desk (he was an atrocious record keeper) and I found piles and piles of his to-do lists. Every day he'd find a piece of scrap paper and write down his list of to-dos, but these almost exclusively consisted of the same exact mundane stuff every day. It wasn't things like "pull requested report for so-and-so," more like "check email" or "do daily approvals." He also had daily water checklists, where he would write down the time of day by which he intended to finish a water bottle and get a new one. This had to be done four or five times a day. These were far more meticulously kept up with than the work to-do lists, by the way.
Our job turnover, in his eyes, lasted a couple days (it's supposed to be a month) and consisted of how to do the daily approvals and a few other things. After that, he told me "well, I think you basically have everything" and I had to ask him "what about the financial forecasts you guys do?" "Oh, those. I guess we can look at those on Monday." I'd already watched him make a sign error (reversing positive and negative, that is) on a journal entry to record company expenses, reverse that, and then make the same sign error on the entry that was supposed to correct the mistake. The day I officially took over, our manager informed us in a meeting "Joe (not his name) doesn't work here anymore" and nobody batted an eye.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Lots of classes have group||
Lots of classes have group work and group requirements, even if the lecture is just sitting and listening. So you're OK with your groupmates watching porn instead of learning the material, then?
|6 days 18 hours ago||Honestly, my opinion is that||
Honestly, my opinion is that this is even a blessing for her. She was always going to grow up without a dad. He was lost to her long ago. Visitations and letters from prison saying "be a good girl" don't count as being a father figure. This way, I think it would be much easier to put behind her the fact that her father was a cold-blooded murderer. If anyone asks, instead of saying he's in prison for murder, she can say he's dead and leave it there. He won't be an influence on her life, which, given his influence on the lives of others, is a plus. Her mother can hopefully find for her some more positive influences and leave the memory of the cold-blooded killer behind.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Demons? This from the guy||
Demons? This from the guy who won't shut the fuck up about "Penn State and all the delusional joepa loving fans"? Jerry Sandusky had demons too. I mean, if uncontrollable perverted sexual urges don't count as "demons," what does? Or just maybe, Sandusky and Hernandez made conscious decisions to hurt other people. Or kill them, in Hernandez's case. "Demons" my ass. Fuck Hernandez - nobody should mourn his death or make excuses for his behavior.
|1 week 3 days ago||MICHIGAN WON THE SPRING GAME||
MICHIGAN WON THE SPRING GAME HAHAHA SUCKERS WITH DVRS
|1 week 4 days ago||Might as well give up then,||
Might as well give up then, since by that logic, they always will be.
|1 week 4 days ago||They're awful, but that's a||
They're awful, but that's a byproduct of the whole color rush concept being awful.
|1 week 5 days ago||We've seen this stuff 23-32||
We've seen this stuff 23-32 (thousand) times already, but I think next year we may have to put up with it anywhere from 7-56 times more often.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Yes, it was partly Blashill.||
Yes, it was partly Blashill. You go down the list of players like Kulfan did in the News today and you see so many instances of the word "disappointed" and you have to blame the coaching. Abdelkader, Nyquist, Tatar, DeKeyser, Nielsen, Sheahan, Larkin, Glendening - up and down the roster, everyone underachieved. The power play is shit. Once-promising goaltenders and scorers underperform like crazy. Blashill is a huge part of the problem.
And by the way for some reason whenever I say this, people take it as synonymous with absolving Holland of any blame, which is totally fallacious.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||On a Navy stop in Saipan,||
On a Navy stop in Saipan, some buddies and I rented a Mitsubishi Outlander. Lucky me, it was in my name, so I got to drive. We didn't really have any plans, we just wanted a car. So we decided: This car is called an Outlander, so let's take it Outlanding. And we bashed around the dirt and mud jungle roads for a couple hours. Of course, we eventually got stuck in some godforsaken part of the island. Everyone was complaining they'd probably have to get out in the mud and push, but I said, nah, watch this, and proceeded to violently rock the car back and forth, D-R-D-R-D-R-D-R, until we launched out of the mud hole. Forward, of course, meaning that when we hit the end of the dirt road, we had to go back through it. Which I decided was best accomplished by gunning it and hoping for the best.
This is not quite "turned-down-a-Bondmobile" level of regret, but I wish we hadn't taken it through the car wash before we turned it back in, just to see the look on the rental-car ladies' faces. Of course, they didn't care about the huge new dent in the rear bumper, so maybe they wouldn't have batted an eye.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Blashill would be no great||
Blashill would be no great loss to the Wings.
It could be that he's a better college coach than pro coach, but he's taken an unfavorable situation and made it worse.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Correct. Obviously, it||
Correct. Obviously, it didn't fix the problem entirely.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I was a huge fan of Evans's||
I was a huge fan of Evans's running last year. I really can't wait to see him this year. And the year after that. Honestly, he has major first-round potential IMO.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Fields made entirely of||
Fields made entirely of Fieldturf have also helped.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The NCAA likes to look for||
The NCAA likes to look for excuses for northern schools to host regionals because it's so rare, so if Michigan is, say, the #18 team in their eyes, they might make them the #2 seed in an Ann Arbor regional and put a #1 seed on the road. It's happened before.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It doesn't completely stop||
It doesn't completely stop the fouls, no, but they would really just be fouling for the same reason they foul Andre Drummond in the second quarter - which means you wouldn't see it nearly as much.
And in fact, you might see just as much clock-milking, thereby actually speeding up the game. Let's say you were trailing the Warriors by three with a minute to go. You're not gonna put the ball in Steph Curry's hands any more than you have to. Milk the clock and try to keep that gap as small as possible so that when you hit the gate, you don't have nearly as many points to make up.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'm for this. Frankly, I||
I'm for this. Frankly, I don't know why the clock has to stop at three minutes or four minutes or whatever. Just play the full 48 and then carry on with the adding of seven points.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||With the timeouts, I'd just||
With the timeouts, I'd just say that any timeout in the last two minutes is a 30-second timeout, and that means the ref is handing the ball to someone to inbound it 30 seconds after the timeout is granted. Shot clock can count it down.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||I wish I had a Cousin Arnie||
I wish I had a Cousin Arnie in my family.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||If he allegedly had a Town||
If he allegedly had a Town Car, one wonders why he allegedly stopped at five.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||I did actually drive a Tundra||
I did actually drive a Tundra once. I mean, it moved just fine, but I've never driven any of its competitors so I dunno. But I've driven Corolla competitors - and a 2008 Focus, for example, was nowhere near as poky as that 2012 Corolla.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||I've mentioned several times||
I've mentioned several times the three cars I've owned, and clearly the Mustang outpaces the two stuff-haulers I've had (or have.)
So here's my why-I-hate-Toyotas story. One of the reasons, anyway. Some cars are so nice and quiet and smooth that you can be on a nice drive down the freeway and hit 85 without realizing it. Big old Mercurys and Lincolns used to do that. I tend to like about 77, 78 myself, so these cars aren't far off anyway. I rented a Corolla one time (a silver one, which means it was essentially the single most generic car you could ever find) and got out on the mainly empty freeways of Vermont, accelerated to a good freeway speed that I liked, and hit the cruise. Then I looked down to see how fast I was going: 61.
I blew a fart-noise raspberry at Toyota engineers and spent the next few minutes patiently coaxing the car up to 75 or so. It was like getting a lazy teenager to do something he kind of wants to do, but wants to do it less just because you want him to do it.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||This is sort of like those||
This is sort of like those threads that say "Who's going to the game?" when really the OP means "I'm going to the game!" They're never started by someone not going to said game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Make it three years, then.||
Make it three years, then. If a guy leaves after two, it would be just a one-year hit (and this is also why I suggested adding two schollies to the limit - that way, the net effect is not too major a departure from the status quo.) But part of the point is to disincentivize turning your program into a rolling rest stop on the way to the NBA.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Here you go: Increase the||
Here you go: Increase the number of scholarships available from 13 to 15. Then require that every freshman scholarship player you bring in counts against your scholarship limit for four years or he exhausts his eligibility, whichever comes second. Continue to require the year long sit-out for transfers, but ban teams from having to provide a "release."
That'll kill the incentive to gently (or not gently) force a player to transfer, real quick. It'll also stop the Caliparis of the world from hording one-and-dones.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||I once drank two pitchers of||
I once drank two pitchers of beer and got in a car. The good news is, I wasn't driving; my friend drove me home. The bad news is, he had three pitchers of beer. Easily the dumbest thing I've ever done involving a car.
The next morning he called me up and told me he'd gotten in a fender bender that morning while getting breakfast. Lucky that didn't happen last night, I said. Yup, he said. Later on he admitted that was a fib - he actually had gotten in a fender bender that night, after dropping me off, and how he got out of a DUI, I still don't remember.
It wasn't me doing the drinking and driving, but you might as well smack me in the face anyway for being complicit. Lesson definitely learned.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Nothing fancy. I was raised||
Nothing fancy. I was raised right, by a two-time U-M grad.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Actually, I think he meant||
Actually, I think he meant one quarter of the year. They'll be eligible to return to team activities in July.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Hell, part of me expects him||
Hell, part of me expects him to say: we're here to talk about spring practice, any questions about spring practice? No? Alrighty then, great talk, see you in August.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Had to know the NFL was not||
Had to know the NFL was not going to let Las Vegas sit entirely in the hands of the NHL.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||What if it was colon cancer||
What if it was colon cancer brought about by unprotected cooler-sharing?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This game is a weird||
This game is a weird combination of crushing disappointment and sanguine acceptance. I really thought we'd win it and then lose the Elite 8 game. Coming so close to winning it and not getting there really sucks. But despite 2013 I couldn't see getting past Kansas, nor could I see beating Purdue after doing it twice - they'd be out for blood big-time.
However, D.J. Wilson does need to spend the summer practicing layups, putbacks, and dunks, while getting whacked with pugil sticks.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Free. Sure. They roll it||
Free. Sure. They roll it into the base fare, call it free, and then every sucker customer goes "oh yay, free wifi!"
No such thing as free.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||4-0 USA in the 5th. I would||
4-0 USA in the 5th. I would LOVE to see Leyland, Tram, and Brookens bring home WBC gold.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I am not absolving Holland of||
I am not absolving Holland of blame by pointing a finger at Blashill. But Blashill has not shown he can coach in the NHL.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Regarding Vanek, I think it's||
Regarding Vanek, I think it's really more the case he got back to his usual self after finding a bad fit in Minnesota. Minny was the only place where his scoring was down.
Tatar has taken a pretty clear step backwards after his 14-15 season. He was 24 then. Most players don't step backwards or generally even plateau at 24.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think Chicago State||
I don't think Chicago State is an HBCU. But yeah, it's a struggling school for sure. Geography as much as anything is also a problem for it. Probably in no way a candidate for any kind of conference realignment until the WAC finally finishes collapsing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not convinced of that.||
I'm not convinced of that. If one or two Wings were regressing from expectations, I'd blame the players. Pretty much the whole team is underperforming. Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan (especially Sheahan), and former players like Jurco too - the power play sucks and the guys who were supposed to be building blocks of the offense are thin shadows of what we thought they'd be when Babcock was coaching.
This points to Blashill. Maybe he's a better college coach than NHL coach, but I've been completely and totally unimpressed by him and if it didn't hurt Michigan I'd love the opportunity for the Wings to go find someone else.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The thing about the Horizon||
The thing about the Horizon is that, for the most part, it's an urban-campus conference. NKU isn't actually a big footprint expansion - it's just suburban Cincinnati. Morehead State is also kind of close, but utterly rural. That's where the Indiana schools come in.
RMU would be in the tough position of trying to stay in the NEC for football and lacrosse. The MAAC schools make a bit more sense.
The hell with Chicago State. That school is seriously considering dropping sports altogether, from what I read. It's more likely that the Horizon would help sponsor a D-II school's jump to D-I (Indianapolis? Wayne State?) than add Chicago State.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||More likely answer: The||
More likely answer: The league stands to lose more viewers to excessive touchdown celebrations than they do to a lack of touchdown celebrations.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The Horizon had better get||
The Horizon had better get cracking. It's actually at ten now, but if Wichita State goes to the AAC, I'd bet a lot of money on the MVC replacing them with Valparaiso. Already raided the Horizon once by replacing Creighton with Loyola. With the Summit League focusing itself west of the Mississippi, Ip-Foo and You-Pwee seem like logical targets.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||I would like to live in a||
I would like to live in a world where Anastos coaches MSU in perpetuity, but to each their own.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||Before I bought my Mustang I||
Before I bought my Mustang I test-drove a Crossfire. I even got to the point of sitting down with the salesman to go over facts and figures, until they went full slimeball mode. (In hindsight, these guys weren't very bright. I was young, stupid, and had some disposable money. They only saw the first two. The Ford guy saw all three and therefore the difference in the way I was treated was night and day. Don't regret the purchase for one minute, though.) Anyway, the Crossfire was wicked fun to drive. It was definitely overpriced and had a $20,000 interior in a $40,000 car, but it sure was fast, and turned on half a dime.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||I've always thought we should||
I've always thought we should repeat a month sometime so that they line up according to how weather should be. Our April weather should be March's. March should be February. January should be December, December should be November, and so on back down the line.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||A really good friend of mine||
A really good friend of mine from high school had a 1985 or 96 Nissan 300ZX, T-top. Just like this:
We pulled the top and went for a celebratory drive when he got into UVA, and did it again a week later when I did. This is one of the few Japanese cars I'll confess to really liking.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||I think they'll do well.||
I think they'll do well. Injuries up the wazoo last year and they still managed to just get pipped out for the postseason. Might see some regression from JV and Fulmer, but I expect a very good year from Castellanos and I think Matt Boyd will be a big breakout player. CF is a disaster and I think Jones doesn't go north, but grabs that spot by June 15. McCann should be better too now that he's healthy.
A weak division (CWS in full rebuild mode, Minny in full Twinkies-as-usual mode, and KC going down the tubes fast) means the Tribe and Tigers should be able to pile up wins and the loser of the division race is a likely wild card.
I think they're in good shape against the cap, too, despite some obvious anchors. If for some reason they tailspin, JD and Frankie are great trade pieces. Almost $30 million comes off the books with Sanchez, Pelfrey, and Lowe after this year, so they should be able to do a little rebuilding on the fly. They could be in better shape in places, but they're still contenders.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sure I've told this story||
I'm sure I've told this story before, but it supports your argument so perfectly I had to bring it up again. Several years ago now, UVA was playing UNC and the Heels were flopping all over the place in the first half. They called a foul on UVA's Mike Scott when his elbow got a little up in the air, and UNC's John Henson (I think) flung his head back to make a Dookie proud. That was Scott's fourth and they'd already called a bunch of ticky-tack and phantom shit on UVA already so the crowd was going ballistic. They went to the monitor to see if it was a flagrant elbow, and discovered that the crowd had seen what the zebras missed: no contact whatsoever and an Oscar-worthy flop. That was with 15 minutes to go in the game, and they never called another foul on UVA until stop-the-clock time.
So yup - I'm convinced that there are definitely times where the refs not only do a make-up call, but have a really bad mistake in the back of their heads the rest of the game and let stuff slide that they wouldn't have before they screwed up.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||#1 basketball pet peeve is||
#1 basketball pet peeve is when ballcarriers (which is what they become) drive to the rim with the ball carried like a football. It's never called but it's easy to spot the instant you see it. James Naismith wrote the single most basic of basketball rules specifically to prevent people from doing that.
If I were king of basketball, I'd make it a point of emphasis to instantly call traveling when the ball is tucked away like that.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, but the point remains.||
Yeah, but the point remains. The whole world knows that end-of-game fouls are obviously intended to stop the clock and many times players are just flat-out grabbed with no attempt at the ball. By the letter of the rule, those should all be flagrants under #2. It's just that the refs operate under a sort of unwritten covenant that says, hey, at least make half of a half-assed effort to look like you're going for the ball and we won't call a flagrant on you even though we should.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Kansas looks scary. They've||
Kansas looks scary. They've got to be the favorite to win the whole thing right now. MSU hung with them because MSU has that golden horseshoe up their ass, but unless Swanigan goes apeshit I can't see them having any trouble with Purdue.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||They get away with those||
They get away with those dorms by having N basketball players stay there and N+1 regular students. That way they can claim, by the letter of the law, that it's not a benefit specifically for athletes only. Even though it really is.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, they would. Because||
Yeah, they would. Because people spread dopey rumors mainly for attention, and they're not the type of people to weigh evidence.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I mean, they're pretty||
I mean, they're pretty white-collar. You just gotta be about toughness and together and pride yourself on defense and work to get better at it.
That should work once, but their future opponents might be pissed at you.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Root for Sparty if it||
Root for Sparty if it directly helps Michigan. This would not directly help Michigan; it's at best a vague possibility of being slightly better for us. Maybe.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||"In retrospect, having the||
"In retrospect, having the best ballhandling point guard in the country is probably useful against a pressing defense" is one of my favorite collective post-game realizations of all time.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The team has safely arrived||
Not even, like, a little bus trouble along the way? Sideswipe a speed limit sign or something? Run a yellow light?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||That was one of the||
That was one of the killshots, but Scotty actually spent the entire tirade launching them. The linesman would be trying to calm Crawford down and Scotty would go, oh, that's OK, don't worry about him, he's just trying to fire up his team. It had the very intentional effect of spinning Crawford up even harder.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||If there's an incentive for a||
If there's an incentive for a power-conference team to play Illinois State home-and-home, I can't think of one. I suspect that's why hot-take columnists always have to resort to calling them chicken for not doing so - because they can't base their argument on logical self-interest for one side of the agreement.
It's especially funny when the argument is they need those wins in order to be seen as a tournament team, and power conference teams should be willing to give them those wins. Uh, in exchange for what, exactly?
The best bet for the ISUs of the world is to cheat the RPI by road-tripping it and winning. A win over Somalia State on the road counts just as much in the RPI as a win over Duke. Hurts the opponents' WP portion of RPI, but still. Yes, an NCAA quality team can be expected to lose "some" games on the road, but ISU went 1-3 on the road OOC. 2-4, counting neutral sites. Or maybe a power-conference team will go for a 2-for-1 arrangement. I wanted to see ISU in, but the most likely fact is the committee looked at them and said, hey, you lost almost every time you played someone not in your conference on the road. That's not much persuasion to bring you on the road and play someone good.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I have the book on this||
I have the book on this rivalry, Blood Feud, written by Adrian Dater. I thoroughly recommend it to any hockey fan. It's authoritative. It even has the entire transcript of Marc Crawford's infamous tantrum directed at Scotty in Game 6(?) of that '97 series.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't have the part where Crawford somehow came up with the line "you started this, Draper." That's the dictionary definition of gall right there. The complete dickheadery of that man goes up yet another notch.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Being the poster boy for the||
Being the poster boy for the NBA's age limit.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||That was nice of you to give||
That was nice of you to give Jeeves the day off from driving you around on hols from Eton. Did he accompany your parents on the family yacht or fox hunt, or was he needed to step in while the gardener and laundress were ill?
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||My dad would've driven his||
My dad would've driven his for a very long time if someone hadn't rear-ended it. It was at least eight years old at the time and showed no signs at all of slowing down.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Sad to say, I think that old||
Sad to say, I think that old Chevy Corsica from last week's driving range story is the oldest car I ever drove. I can't think of any occasion I've had to drive something older. On the road, I suppose it'd be my dad's '93 Chrysler Concorde, similar to the below:
For the last 30-40 years, Chrysler has churned out three kinds of cars: minivans, forgettable blah-mobiles, and the occasional wildly successful brand-rescuing design. These Concordes were the latter, I think. Chrysler is good at big sedans.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Indiana to Mizzou a lateral||
Indiana to Mizzou a lateral move.....says a lot about Crean.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is my top favorite thing||
This is my top favorite thing about college hoops. Each team forges a new identity every year. It's a brand-new chemistry experiment each and every season. Lots of fiddling until the pieces mesh together the way they should - or never do. Sometimes it takes a while, which is just as much fun. Bill Simmons used to nail the topic perfectly regarding the NBA, which works similarly. I'd love to be able to just consume college basketball all year long and watch the various teams figure themselves out along the way.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't be so hard on||
I wouldn't be so hard on yourself, ya festering twit. It was hard for Irvin to erase all that losing heroball from his legacy. Yes, he did it, but look at the accomplishments that happened along the way. That's what makes it so great that he did it.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I've always felt in this||
I've always felt in this whole sordid affair that when you list off the people to blame, Curley is far and away #1, besides Sandusky himself. Paterno, for all the things he didn't do, did do one thing: Informed Curley. This is one more thing than Curley did.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Many others have said it but||
Many others have said it but I'll pile on: Win a conference championship, season is a success. The end.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Speight: If we just take off||
Speight: If we just take off running now, we can make it to DC for the kickoff.
Harbaugh: [smiles, a single tear runs down his cheek]
|6 weeks 4 days ago||when in fact this has nothing||
Actually, no, leadership and getting your team to believe in you and follow you are inextricably linked with coaching. In fact it is utterly impossible to coach without them. That's not a personal opinion, it's well known.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||#leadership||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'll cop to an overreaction||
I'll cop to an overreaction on the conference staff, if they really did act a great deal more competently as it first seemed.
Fuck Jim Delany anyway, though, for a large number of other reasons.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No football night game is||
No football night game is your biggest gripe?
I guess fuck Don Canham then.
#2 I'm not dinging him for because a hasty coaching search is absolutely stupid and asking Red to stick around for one more year - before it was known that there would be this mass exodus of underclassmen - is entirely reasonable.
The rest is just PR and him not getting up and yelling WE GOT SCREWED at every opportunity. At least not in the media.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's hilarious how he||
I think it's hilarious how he had to use the LA Rams for that, in order to get the colors (kinda) right, which probably meant using slow-ass Cleveland Gary and doing the dodge side-to-side trick instead of being able to use Bo Jackson and just running away like Denard and Desmond did. I don't mean this as a rock-throwing criticism, because it's a pretty damn slick video.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Today, Marc is 23+32+(3-9)||
Today, Marc is 23+32-(3-9) years old. True story.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Happy 23+32+(3-9)th birthday,||
Happy 23+32-(3-9)th birthday, Marek!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Then we are screwing over||
What, instead of 20 hours? I don't consider that "screwing over", I consider it a mild inconvenience. Failure to make even that simple accommodation for a team that was literally in a plane crash is a lot bigger screwjob than the two hours you might take from Penn State.
This is not hard. You ring up Tom Izzo and Pat Chambers on Wednesday night and say "we're sure you've heard about the incident the Michigan team was involved in and out of an abundance of caution we want to get your thoughts on switching tomorrow's early-session games." If Chambers thinks it's some kind of epic screwjob then he has the chance to say so.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||See, like, ten of the posts||
See, like, ten of the posts above. Nobody forgot the jerseys.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||1. Who cares? This is a||
1. Who cares? This is a situation where grown-ups should make grown-up decisions and not defer to 19-year-olds. But I bet if you asked them their honest, off-the-record opinion, they'd prefer a delay to not having one.
2. If you think coaches enjoy the stress of wondering if the bus will make it through traffic, on top of all the other stresses they have this time of year, you're crazy.
3. How many Michigan and Illinois fans are saying, boy, I'm glad this game is at noon, I have a prior engagement at 3? Lots? Nah.
4. I would rather play at 2 PM today, which is entirely reasonable for a noon game tomorrow.
5. 90-ish minutes. The point here is that a two hour delay (that is, swapping the noon and 2 PM games) would give our team time to get to the arena with no disadvantage vs. what Illinois had to get to the arena.
The hate is entirely justified because they had an obvious solution staring them in the face and sat around diddling themselves instead.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Apparently stuck on the||
Apparently stuck on the original plane, which is not accessible due to FAA investigation. I think this would've been the case even if the B1G was staffed by competent people.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||HOW. Having Tecmo Bowl||
HOW. Having Tecmo Bowl instead of Tecmo Super Bowl is one of the mainest reasons I haven't bought one.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||There's a B10 policy that||
There's a B10 policy that says the team can't leave until 24 hours before tip, which prevented them from saying, hey, weather looks iffy Wednesday, let's leave a day early. So that's strike one - it's the conference's own policy.
The team was in a plane crash. It's not hard for conference officials to watch the same reports we saw and then call the team confirm - and those reports said the team was being grounded preliminarily by the FAA in case they were needed for the investigation. Seems logical since the team was in a plane crash. So that's strike two.
They had a simple solution in front of them, which was to swap the noon and 2:00 games and very mildly inconvenience a few others in order to help mitigate the effects of a plane crash on the competition at large. In fact, it could've been done last night. Instead they fucked around waiting to see what would happen, which is strike three.
This is to say nothing of the "let's pretend we're an East Coast conference" idiocy in the first place. This probably doesn't happen if the tourney is in Indy.
And then just to be dicks, they locked out the media. So yeah, they deserve the flamejob.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||8-10 houses is about how many||
8-10 houses is about how many it took. Maybe 12. Plus a traffic light.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||So I said that a transformer||
So I said that a transformer blew up down the block from me and cut out my half of the block, but that's just a semi-educated guess. What would you make of the following?
- Power goes out
- Couple minutes later, cops and firetrucks come whooshing up, move semi-urgently, gear up, unroll and fill hoses.
- Thin smoke - not a lot - seen in neighbor's yard by the power lines.
- Occasional incredibly bright white flashes from the area, three or four, enough to brighten everything.
- Emergency crews leave about 20-30 minutes after arriving. Power gone from one half of the block, but not the other.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'm in this camp. I don't||
I'm in this camp. I don't care if the choice is "obvious" to fans, I've seen obvious choices crash and burn before. Warde needs a chance to do the right due diligence. Better to have one more crappy year than eight crappy years because you made too quick of a decision.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Same story as the OP, for me.||
Same story as the OP, for me. Everything fine until 7:30ish, then a transformer blew up in a neighbor's yard. Now half the block has power and half the block doesn't, and I'm in the downstream half. I don't expect it back for a loooong time, not with so few people around me out. It's not a whole-neighborhood thing.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Inconvenient for||
Inconvenient for Maryland/Rutgers fans is a feature, not a bug.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||Y'know, I had been on the||
Y'know, I had been on the record as saying speculation as to the names was irresponsible. I think it is, in cases like this. But the longer the school lets it drag on, the harder it is to take a stand on that hill. Eventually, we reach the point where the school is complicit in letting the speculation get out of hand. It's not possible to keep a lid on anything forever, and rumors become more and more substantiated with circumstantial evidence.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||Funny small world, this. My||
Funny small world, this. My cousins grew up in Chagrin Falls and that intersection of South Woodland and Chagrin River is directly on our route to their old house and about five minutes from it.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Literally the first car I||
Literally the first car I ever drove was an older-model Chevy Corsica, like this one, because they had a fleet of them for piddling around on the range at the driving school:
Mine shat its antifreeze all over the parking lot at one point.
The first car I ever drove on the road was the school's Oldsmobile Cutlass Cieras, a newer model than the range cars:
This was a problem, because those Olds's had gas pedals that you really had to stomp to make them go anywhere. Leadfooting was required or the car just creaked forward. Great car for student drivers when you don't want them flying around the roads. Big problem when you put that student driver in a car with a more normal gas pedal and that student driver stomps it just as hard as he did in the learner car. Now Mom's minivan (first car I drove that wasn't owned by a driving school) has some kick to it that she never knew about!
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||As a Virginia fan, and a||
As a Virginia fan, and a masochistic one at that (note: redundant) I'm compelled to point out that neither of those games are really the biggest upset college basketball has ever seen.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'll be pulling for them in||
I'll be pulling for them in both games for sure. A Nebraska win would spell NIT for MSU.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Kudos to Nebraska fans for||
Kudos to Nebraska fans for setting a record for stupidest whining about a foul call ever. When MAAR got tackled in the air by a trailing defender, very few situations call for an immediate and obvious flagrant more than that one, which came as a huge surprise to the booing Husker faithful. Taking that crown away from Tobacco Road is a major undertaking.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I upvoted all above comments||
I upvoted all above comments for the chukkulz, but yeah - actually the selection show is kind of fun, and this is coming from someone who hates almost all sports jabbering. An hour show, with ads, gives them about 30 seconds per team plus a couple minutes for a quick storyline. 15 minutes dedicated to each region. I like it. The two hours horseshit, I just taped it, went into the submarine, and then fast forwarded past all the gasbagging. 90 minutes is on the edge....I'll probably do the same again, but we'll see.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||If that weren't bad enough,||
If that weren't bad enough, every game they broadcast is also a fucking talk show. Can't watch anything without getting the announcers' opinions on who should be the #1 seed or how the matchups stack up in Clemson-Alabama.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I wouldn't be the least bit||
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this is Kenny's last season due to the inheritance of ownership. Just like when Martha got hold of the Lions and was like, alright, fuck this, give me a stack of pink slips.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Either that, or show that||
Either that, or show that Vanek really doesn't have the value you think he does. Vanek doesn't defend, hit, or win faceoffs. He's a scorer and nothing else, and he has a rep for being streaky, inconsistent, and for disappearing in the playoffs. Hasn't scored a playoff goal since 2014. Oh, and he's old, was hurt this season, and probably not sticking with the Panthers after this year.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Which runs the obvious risk||
Which runs the obvious risk of the market drying up entirely. Kenny would really have been raked over the coals if he'd failed to trade Vanek at all, and I'd have joined in. What guarantee is there that Vanek would've brought in more of a return three hours later? There's only a finite number of contenders, after all.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Rebuilding on the fly can||
Rebuilding on the fly can certainly work, just, not when you sign your third-line grit forwards to crippling long-term contracts and think that this undrafted pleasant surprise you stumbled across should be paid like a Norris finalist.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think you can look at||
I don't think you can look at another deal that is an obvious and blatant overpayment, acknowledge it as an obvious and blatant overpayment, and then complain that we couldn't find another idiot to obviously and blatantly overpay us. Sometimes deals don't set the market, they just make other GMs shake their heads and resolve not to be like that fool.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The 2nd is in 2018, though,||
The 2nd is in 2018, though, and future picks are always discounted in value. If we'd insisted on this year's 2nd, we wouldn't have got it. Plus, the Rangers are pretty decent, so the pick is kind of down there. Florida is not, and if the Panthers do make the playoffs, we get Arizona's 3rd-round pick instead - which is like thisclose to being a second-rounder.
I mean, it's not a super-special haul, but it's far from a disaster.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Um. We got a third-rounder||
Um. We got a third-rounder for Jurco, and a third-rounder from a much worse team plus a defenseman for Vanek. How is that a worse return?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Who cares about the cap hit?||
Who cares about the cap hit? It's not like we're signing any marquee free agents between now and the summer?
We're sending Florida an obvious rental, it's not like we were going to get The Future in return.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I never heard the name Dylan||
I never heard the name Dylan McIlrath before but on a quick internetz look around he appears to be basically a younger version of Brendan Smith, but with Ericsson's size. BIG guy, nonexistent offense, still only 24. Let's hope he doesn't have Ericsson's penchant for turnovers.
Edit: Michigan connection - Florida got him from NYR in November for Steve Kampfer and a shitty draft pick. NYR, of course, just acquired Smith. Appears we're playing a game of "let's put no-scoring defensemen on a merry-go-round." At least we ended up with the youngest and biggest one.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Chad Henne? I think you||
Chad Henne? I think you expect more out of a 2nd-round pick than to have thrown more INTs than TDs.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No, I work at the PDC. As||
No, I work at the PDC.
As regards the doors on the Bronco, all I really know is that they're still looking at what makes sense. Too early to say whether two doors are in or out. When that decision is made, of course, I'll still act like it isn't :) But it isn't definitively 4-doors only. Yet.
Anyway, I think it's probably not all that crazy considering how many different door options you can have on the F-150.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Toronto is a prime example of||
Toronto is a prime example of my point. How many years did they blow chunks before a couple picks finally panned out?
Honestly, I don't think the Wings would've needed to go through this if Holland knew how to manage a salary cap and didn't tie up all his money in thoroughly mediocre players. Long-term, big-money signings of third-line centers and #4 defensemen were nonsensical moves and destroyed all their flexibility.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||A couple bits of further||
A couple bits of further detail:
- It's actually got little to do with the Everest. That would cut into Explorer sales (even though the Explorer really isn't an off-roader.)
- It's smaller than an Xterra or 4Runner.
- The doors assertation.....may not be 100% strictly true.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||You’re talking as if it’s||
You’re talking as if it’s harder to rebuild a basketball team, but I think it’s much easier. Your picks can play right away, and so you get the benefit of having them contribute immediately as well as being more easily able to scout them and project them to the NBA – that is, without trying to guess how an 18-year-old will develop and fit into the team five years later. One player can make a major impact by playing most of the game. You have half the roster size in the NBA and about a third of the contributors – everyone on an NHL active game day roster has to play. Very rare is the prospect who jumps straight to the NHL, so your rebuilds have to take years instead of immediately getting the pieces you need.
About the only advantage the NHL has is that if your draft pick doesn’t develop, you just never sign him. Good thing, too, because that happens a LOT. The bust rate is way higher in the NHL.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||How about shedding Pavel||
How about shedding Pavel Datsyuk's contract when basically nobody expected him to be able to?
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Ask the Philadelphia 76ers if||
Ask the Philadelphia 76ers if burning down the house guarantees a successful rebuild. Or the Houston Astros.
Frankly, it's far more likely to fail than not. And the NHL playoffs are such that narrowly getting in is almost as likely to win you the whole thing than being the 1 seed.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||We should sign him to a new||
We should sign him to a new one-year deal, promise to trade him to a contender if we suck, and repeat the process every year.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||One thing about Holland is||
One thing about Holland is that he's never really been accused of making shit trades. They don't all work out, but he's one of the league's best dealers.
Unfortunately, he blows at cap management and self-scouting.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Out-freaking-standing. I've||
Out-freaking-standing. I've just printed that and emailed myself the link, too.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||I think most people will||
I think most people will forgive production delays. What I wonder about is this: Tesla thus far has been able to get away with all sorts of bizarre quality issues because they're basically whizbang toys that rich people can show off. By "bizarre quality issues" I mean things like windows falling open, heaters that don't sufficiently heat, mold in the roof, and doors that stick or don't fit. Basic stuff that would make the owner of a Chevy say "I'M NEVER BUYING GM AGAIN" and mean it. The cheaper the car, the more people rely on it, so the more they demand out of it. Model 3 is moving Tesla into that daily driver, take the kids to soccer practice, pick up milk and bread, category. They're not going to tolerate doors that don't shut. Tesla may or may not fully realize the challenges they face in scaling up - building a car is easy, but building hundreds of thousands of them is insanely complex. If the Model 3 isn't reliable, people will wander off in search of a Chevy Bolt or something.
(In fact, let me edit that: If the Model 3 is as reliable as Models S and X, people will wander off. Tesla has been exquisitely good at customer service and fixing those issues, but there aren't that many Teslas out there and they can focus on each one of them as they come in. And meantime the owner just drives his Mercedes.)
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||2006. It's in beautiful||
2006. It's in beautiful shape except for the aforementioned tiny chips, and it needs a wax job, and the wheels have some scaling on them. I'm clueless about what to do about that last thing, but I'll figure it out after I deal with the paint.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||I have my suspicions that||
I have my suspicions that they were being butthurt about not being able to sell the way they want to in Michigan, so they took their ball and went home.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||So I've asked this question||
So I've asked this question before, but no response, so I'll try again. The paint job on my Mustang has developed tiny pinholes in a lot of the forward-facing sheet metal (fenders, fascia, etc.) I need to fix these because the exposed metal, tiny as it is, has rusted. I intend to eventually use Dr. Color Chip to cover up the little holes, but don't want to paint over rust. The website recommends using a sanding pen, but only on chips that are 1/4" or more, because you don't want to sand away adjacent paint. Any advice on removing little bitty pinholes of rust?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Al Groh left the Jets to||
Al Groh left the Jets to coach UVA. Succeed? Well....temporarily.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I might be a little salty||
I might be a little salty that Miracle Whip cost me a decade or so of eating mayo.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||No, there's no mayo in||
No, there's no mayo in Miracle Whip. If there were, it might taste good. Instead it is an eldritch abomination that happens to superficially resemble mayo and tastes like something scooped off the bottom of a dumpster.
I used to think I hated mayo. That was when I was little and thought that Miracle Whip was mayo. Sometime in high school I realized my error.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I went to a chicken and||
I went to a chicken and waffles food truck once and tried a combo of syrup and Texas Pete hot sauce. It was amazing. It was kinda like sweet'n'sour with a slight kick.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I love how people act like||
I love how people act like that would do anything. As if it would not be replaced by an organization run by and for the same exact people.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||It's just that when one's||
It's just that when one's hobby is sailboat racing, one picks up on a basic idea of how wind behaves. Or else one loses more often than not. I'm not a meteorologist or anything.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, I'd bet that Yoder||
Actually, I'd bet that Yoder knows exactly what escrow is, and claimed not to in order to make his lie sound credible.
His "anyone can fake emails" demonstration consisted of forwarding a forged email from his own account, but his accusation was that O'Grady sent one from a fake account. Any asshole can type up a fake email that looks like a real one, but his ability to do so had nothing to do with what he was actually claiming.
In short, Yoder is a liar, and not a very good one.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The wind would be bonkers.||
The wind would be bonkers. Simplistically, wind is just air moving from high to low pressure areas. Cold air is denser and therefore higher pressure. Sea breezes form in the afternoon and evening when the land, which has heated up faster during the day, is warmer than the water next to it, and shore breezes will form in the morning because the land has cooled off faster, absent any other weather patterns. On a macro scale, with a tidally locked planet, chances are the wind would blow furiously from the night side to the day side, then rise upwards and blow equally furiously the other way at high altitudes. This depends on the characteristics of the atmosphere, of course. But the "habitable twilight zone" would be forever subject to screaming winds.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Gaslighting is when you lie||
Gaslighting is when you lie to someone that they're imagining things that are actually true, to convince them that they're paranoid, insane, memory is going, etc. Gaslighting in this case would be if the league denied a technical foul was ever called and said we all just imagined it or mistook it for something else.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Seen in this light, their||
Seen in this light, their desire for an early signing period is even more ridiculous and self-serving.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Upvote this comment if||
Upvote this comment if BIGBLUEWORLD is a poopyface. Downvote if BIGBLUEWORLD is a booger brain.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||DISRESPEKT||
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||There's a pretty big||
There's a pretty big difference between "the cars suck" and "I hate the cars." You're not much different from most people in that they think their experience is the defining one. So you had a shitty Mazda - I once drove a great Mazda around for a while. So do Mazdas suck, or did you just have a bad one?
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||About 1.5 seconds is enough||
About 1.5 seconds is enough time to inbound and shoot, especially from where they would've had the ball. I think there's reward there. You're right, though, the risk is probably not worth it since free throws for the other team are a lot more of a sure bet.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Recently I was watching a||
Recently I was watching a Valentine-reffed game and thinking I hadn't seen a lot of antics and theatrics out of him in a while. TV Teddy was back with a vengeance. Then he managed to swallow his whistle when our guy got knocked over with 1 second to go in regulation. Can't call that, it would've made the crowd all upset.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, I think what it||
Actually, I think what it means is that only autistic people buy organic food.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||The worst part about science||
The worst part about science is that it makes people actually believe statements like that. "Science is true!" ignores how often real, actual scientists have been wrong in the past and how wrong they might actually be right now. And most actual scientists will tell you that. Science is supposed to question things, not leave the whole world at a definitive THIS IS TRUE FOREVER conclusion.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||No, no it's not. What good||
No, no it's not. What good is a community if it can't offer support and assistance every once in a while? The only way it would be distasteful is if boliver is lying. I very much doubt he is.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||He was handed the Harbaugh||
He was handed the Harbaugh opportunity, but that would've been an easy one to botch. Harbaugh would've sniffed out phoniness quickly.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Sam Bradford? Ryan||
Sam Bradford? Ryan Tannehill? Is this some kind of bizarre joke?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||You do realize that he has||
You do realize that he has practically nothing to do with how many points his team gives up. "Maintaining leads" is the job of the defense.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Couple of points: If people||
Couple of points:
If people wanted to car-pool, they'd do that now. All the advantages of it - less need for parking, less money spent on gas - already exist. For individuals, they would actually exist less with driverless Uber carpools. Convenience is why they don't. Being required to leave work at a specific time is very difficult for a lot of people. Flexibility to leave when they want is important. For people like shift workers, they're likely to prefer going straight home instead of picking up the rest of that day's carpool and then dropping them off all in different places.
So carpooling is not likely to greatly increase in a driverless Uber world - which means that the number of vehicles sitting idle doesn't decrease and miles driven actually goes way up, since those vehicles sit idle somewhere other than the office or factory parking lot. At best, those cars can go pick up people who aren't at work and run their errands, but there had better be enough to take everyone home when they want to go home, otherwise people will just keep having their own cars.
For things like football games and concerts, people do all show up at different times, but they all leave at once. It's bad enough when all the traffic flows one way. With a driverless Uber service, they have to come in and out. You would either be waiting an hour or more for your car, as all 100,000 people at the game try to find the one they ordered, or the cars would show up during the game ready to take people home - in which case the benefit of not having parking lots is totally lost.
The final question: Who actually owns all these vehicles? The biggest fleets in the country are rental companies like Hertz, and they have roughly a couple thousand cars in any given metro area. The driverless Uber fleet you're talking about has to comprise millions of cars in any given metro area. The only companies with the size, cash flow, revenue, infrastructure, etc. to own all these cars are the manufacturers themselves. For anyone else to pick up the slack, there would have to be hundreds of these companies. And in order for that business model to work, they recognize revenue for a car when it rolls out of the plant. Changing to a model where they get that revenue $5 at a time does not suffice to pay for building those cars.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||I'm not convinced of that.||
I'm not convinced of that. For one thing, there's no "will happen" with autonomous cars, only "might happen" or "could happen."
Second, the idea that cars sit unused 95% of the time, I'm not even convinced that's a problem. This is true for many things we own. Pots and pans, for example. We don't think of renting on demand pots and pans, and we wouldn't even if it cost a penny each time. Why? Convenience, obviously. No on-demand vehicle service can beat the convenience of having your car right there whenever you want it.
How does this work at shift change at unionized plants and shops? Do 500 people all order an Uber at once and wait in line for them all to show up? How does the network handle that? There are obviously more cars on the road at rush hour than at noon, because they're all parked. All these cars still have to exist because they have to take everyone home, so where do they go? A central depot, so that it takes longer for them to show up? As you say, parking is eliminated, so do they just drive around in circles? And at the end of the shift, it's WAY more efficient for everyone to head out to the parking lot to their own car than for everyone to sit around waiting for everyone else to get in their own Uber.
Even worse: Movies. Concerts. Football games. 100,000 people all ordering Ubers at once????? Sure, the getting-out-of-the-parking-lot situation is always a huge pain in the ass. That's only one way. You're telling me we're going to complicate that by having 50,000 cars all show up AND leave at once?? How do you propose to solve that one?
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||You even made the point that||
I assume you mean here that I said that it takes hundreds of thousands of hours to train a human driver, in which case, no I didn't. I made the point that it takes thousands of hours to teach a computer to do things that humans can figure out almost instinctively.
Neither was the point that "it takes too long, so we shouldn't do it." The whole time I was pointing out advantages human drivers have over computers. As in, a teenaged driver can be taught how to drive in a few weeks of instruction. OK, so in a fully autonomous world, there'll be no need for traffic cops - but in the meantime, autonomous cars will have to operate in a human-driving world, so they'll need to figure that out. And certain things will never go away no matter how autonomous the car. Like snow. Human drivers often have either terrible discipline or way too much discipline in the snow, but human brains are still amazingly good at adapting to snowy conditions.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||I hate to go here because||
I hate to go here because obviously, but there's no inherent right to an abortion, either, but they found one in the Constitution anyway so there you go. The point is not to start that debate, but that freedoms not explicitly found in the Constitution can still be implied from it. And mobility, I would think, is a tremendously important one, the limits of which have never been litigated but probably would be if mandatory autonomous cars became a thing.
If you say "there will be driverless Uber so you don't need a car" then you're making the very large mistake of thinking in terms of average usage. Can I go camping in a driverless Uber car? (Do you think people will just want to be left in the wilderness without the ability to leave?) Can I haul a boat across state lines? Can driverless Uber double as a daily work vehicle? If the wife is having a baby, do you think she'll wait patiently while you order up a driverless Uber to take you on a nice slow and sedate ride to the hospital? People will own vehicles. I'm sorry, but the idea that everything will be replaced with some company's driverless car is pie-in-the-sky hyper-futurism - and only one of a whole bunch of possible outcomes.
Yes, traffic deaths did increase in 2015. So did miles traveled. Fatalities per one hundred million miles traveled zoomed upwards from 1.08 to 1.12. That would be the third such year-over-year increase in the last 29 years. Every other year that number has gone down. Down 27% since 2000. Population has risen, miles traveled has risen, fatalities have decreased. Humans are much better drivers than you give them credit for, and safety improvements in cars have helped too.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||It might. It's a lot to talk||
It might. It's a lot to talk through. Another issue is that you'll pile up miles on the car far faster than you would if it sat in the parking lot during your workday. So, would you really save money if you need to buy a new car twice as often? And, while this is often proposed as a solution to the "problem" of a car sitting unused all day, is it actually better if a car is driving all those empty miles with no passengers? That's exactly what trucks try like hell to avoid. And, autonomous electric cars sound great - but they would demand a wireless charging infrastructure, because if they're tooling around all day on their own, they need to be charged and can't do it on their own at a traditional plug station.
Lots of issues, even with the solutions.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Au contraire - humans are||
Au contraire - humans are actually very good at driving. We can process complex rules and situations and don't need millions of miles of testing over and over and over to get it just right. We can understand that even though the light is red, we can go because the man in blue says we can. We instinctively know that it's our turn to go at a four-way stop even though the other three cars haven't come to a complete stop. Computers need hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of programming and testing to realize that.
Humans drive 3.1 trillion miles a year. Roughly one death per one hundred million miles traveled is not bad. It could be improved, yes. Computers don't get complacent, or distracted, and they never forget their programming, and that programming can be instantly transferred to any new vehicle (as opposed to having to teach new human drivers.)
A moral case against being allowed to drive is a bridge too far. You could make the same moral case for a police state in the inner city. You would absolutely save lives. But we don't do that because freedom matters. "Oh, you can just go drive on a track" misses the point.
And lastly, the benefits you propose are overblown. For example, if 90% of deaths could be avoided, there still would be accidents and deaths, and therefore still the need for insurance beyond a tree falling on the car.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||If Juwan Bushell-Beatty makes||
If Juwan Bushell-Beatty makes a nice block so that Dorian Thompson-Robinson can complete a pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones, announcers are going to hate us.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Except, as pointed out below,||
Except, as pointed out below, it will take decades for full autonomy to appear in a critical mass of cars and even longer for them to work through the market. Something like 70% of American adults have smartphones. This is a technology that turns over every couple years or so and costs half a percent the price of a new car.
Until the very distant future, autonomous cars have to drive in a human-driving world, which means the speed limits will stay put for a long time.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Great for the "average" use.||
Great for the "average" use. That's the problem with nearly every starry vision of the future. Oh, the average commute is X miles, so an electric car with a certain range is fine for everyone. Elon Musk is a big one for doing this. Oh, our Teslas will take you so many miles from San Francisco, then you can stop, charge up, have a coffee, a nice little rest, and then you're in Los Angeles. He likes to act as if everyone's trip is from SF to LA and back.
Unless you need to do X, Y, Z, A, B, C, etc. 300 million people in the country, 300 million possible uses for a car. Uber shuttles would be fine for commutes - not so much for camping in the backwoods or hauling a boat.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||It's probably more talked||
It's probably more talked about than you might think. A popular scenario is one where your car takes you to work, then goes back home to take the kids to school or soccer practice or be available for errands, then comes to pick you up from work at the end of the day.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||OOOOO I like it. And I want||
OOOOO I like it. And I want to be on the grading panel.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Personally I plan on driving||
Personally I plan on driving my own self far more often than not, even on the daily commute. I worry about eroding our driving skills by letting the machine do the work (and we will need those skills for a long time to come). I was almost run off the road by some idiot outsourcing his lane change decision to the blind spot monitor - which didn't see me because I wasn't there yet, but was in the process of passing. I've hated all my experiences with adaptive cruise control - I want to pass the stupid slowpoke hogging the left lane, not cruise serenely along at a safe and reasonable distance behind.
For me, the most likely scenario I can think of where I would turn on the autonomy is in areas like construction zones where the freeway is narrowed to a single lane for miles. That's unenjoyable, stressful driving where a computer is well-suited.
|10 weeks 15 hours ago||Damn, you're right. Consider||
Damn, you're right.
Consider it done. Five minutes.
|10 weeks 15 hours ago||Poor Pawwwlll isn't himself||
Poor Pawwwlll isn't himself these days. He tripped over his ears and bashed his head and now he just says silly things for attention. That happened when he was 8.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||It's a safe assumption,||
It's a safe assumption, though. Consider what happens if a school were to throw its ratio out of balance by offering a new men's sport. Even if womens' investments and opportunities were not reduced by one cent, it would be a Title IX violation.
In that environment, it's highly likely that Title IX would require a school to equalize its "salaries." And what school is willing to spend tens of millions defending litigation in order to find out?
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||c. I have no doubt there||
The illicit money spigot has not turned off in basketball - why would it eventually slow down in football? It's entirely worth it for shoe guys, agents, and so on, to throw money at ten or twenty flameouts in order to score the next Stephen Curry.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Well.....I'm not really||
Well.....I'm not really convinced that anyone was arrested. The Detroit News article last Friday made it sound like nobody had been arrested yet. Also, having sifted through that, er, discussion myself, I did find one salient point buried deep in the RMCB muck: if the said coach / staffer was suspended, how was he at a team activity?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Even bowl executives||
Even bowl executives contribute. Those bowls generate billions. The P5 conferences all get $90M and up from the bowls. The networks also pay out billions. The NCAA is kind of necessary in order to have a structure to pay all this money to. The fact that people make a living this way is hardly "lining their pockets." It's almost certainly true that in the whole system, the people who contribute least are in fact the non-revenue athletes. And while I'm 100% in favor of continuing to compensate them as they are now, and further expanding the opportunities there as much as possible, the cold hard fact is that if we're talking about people who contribute nothing yet are disproportionately compensated, that's who it is.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||There're too many people who||
Who, exactly, are those people?
The only ones I can think of are people like, say, wrestlers, or swimmers, or tennis players. They do not bring anything into the revenue equation, yet they are "lining their pockets" with unfairly earned scholarships. Unfair, at any rate, if one thinks football players should be paid a "fair share."
However, I'm 100% OK with their leeching off the system. In fact, if the price of a fully-supported program of athletic teams is that a tiny handful temporarily receive less compensation than they could make on a theoretical open market, I'm all in favor.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think he's aware, just not||
I think he's aware, just not fully aware.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||We'll see....they haven't||
We'll see....they haven't really been tested yet. Lafayette almost might as well be a D-III team for all the scholarship support they give their program.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Don't you mean The point?||
Don't you mean The point?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Damn. I'm disappointed he||
Damn. I'm disappointed he didn't get to see the Tigers win a Series. You could tell he wanted it badly.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Neo-Jacobite democratic||
Neo-Jacobite democratic fascism, so you can take your Parliamentarian Marxism right outta here.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I'm gonna go with "charged"||
I'm gonna go with "charged" myself, since there are very excellent reasons why we don't have anonymous trials. Public and anonymous are just about mutually exclusive, I would think. Going back to the Duke case, it was really awful that the prosecutor and "victim" dragged innocent names through the mud, but even worse is the idea that a secret trial in all likelihood would've produced a conviction. Which is why we have the right to public ones.
I'm still against speculating on names until the investigations are advanced enough to warrant releasing them.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I gotta be honest: I feel||
I gotta be honest: I feel like there's a certain level of....something.....disingenuousness is the wrong word, hypocrisy is a very wrong word.....but some level of wrongness, to say that sexual assault-slash-rape is a horrifying, evil crime such that we should keep the victims in our thoughts and prayers....and at the same time casually throw out rumors about who might have done it. The worse the crime, the less casual we should be about "bouncing around" names.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||At this rate it'll be 3-9||
At this rate it'll be 3-9 years before they can get back there.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||Dignity is apparently||
Dignity is apparently overrated.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||Tasing a cat and then||
Tasing a cat and then launching it from a three-man slingshot to celebrate beating Illinois is not an "electromagnetic catapult system."
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||Submariners are rightfully||
Submariners are rightfully boastful about their ability to hide, and a really good submarine is for all intents and purposes invisible to a surface ship. One thing those guys always conveniently forget, though: subs are slowpokes. Chinese ones especially. Can't touch a surface ship at flank speed. If a CAG got wind of a sub nearby or any such intel, they'd start racing around the ocean like gangbusters. And subs, of course, have a top speed below their actual top speed, above which they stop being so invisible.
In a real shooting war (assuming it doesn't go nuclear), what would probably actually happen is our brass would send our subs into what China thinks are Chinese waters and let them have a field day. Virginia boats are expensive as fuck but there's a reason for that, and they'll have no problem with the Chinese. Then our CAGs can roll in after a couple months and do as they like.
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||If they launched such an||
If they launched such an attack, you can bet it wouldn't be just a prank with no follow-up planned.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||I kind of doubt it.||
If another country were to purposely wreak some kind of electronic attack on our ships, it would be considered probably the biggest act of war in decades. The simple act of locking a fire control radar on another ship is an act of war under international law, let alone a purposeful electronic strike. It wouldn't be much different from mining international waters, for which the Iranians paid at the business end of Standard missiles.
The reason economic sanctions are a weak response is that they're an appropriate response for a breach of international law, not a direct act of war.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||Having driven those targets||
Having driven those targets around the ocean myself, I can say that Navy showers are absolutely real things and not at all the domain of the uninformed. Especially on steam-powered ships with boilers. Especially especially when said steam-powered ship suffers cascading engineering casualties that leaves it limping back to port at 8% fresh water in the tanks praying that that water lasts another 36 hours. Actually, the showers are secured at that point and you're eating hotdogs off paper plates for three days straight, but regardless.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Negatory. Archie Griffin is||
Negatory. Archie Griffin is actually a tremendously classy dude. So is Spielman. Galloway, you can have.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Don't give him exposure by||
He's the President, man. It's a little late to not give him exposure.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I was willing to believe they||
I was willing to believe they had some insight, as in, the things they knew were true, but they just didn't know everything or at least everything they needed to.
Then I read all that crap about him supposedly headed to Indianapolis because of Andrew Luck. Like, yeah, he loves Ann Arbor and so does his wife and he's coaching at his alma mater that he reveres and is thrilled beyond words to be following in the footsteps of his absolute idol whom he reveres even more, and he's paid incredibly well to work with and for people he genuinely likes and respects, and he left his last NFL job on bad terms and with a bad taste in his mouth, and has publicly declared he feels he's at the place where he belongs and is incredibly proud and happy that that place wants him too......
.....but he's going to give all that up in order to coach a player he already coached once.
OK, yeah, cool.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I thought Weather Balloon was||
I thought Weather Balloon was going to be some new social media thing I'd never heard of.
I'll go back to yelling at my cloud now.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Coach is in a talkative mood,||
Coach is in a talkative mood, I see. Must be cause he hates recruiting and personal development and all that stuff.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||It's going to be hard for||
It's going to be hard for Mark D. and Tony O. to recruit the galaxy when Harbaugh is holding spring practice on Kepler-452b.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Third main reason for uptick||
Third main reason for uptick of transfers, which falls between reasons 1 and 2 on the nebulousness scale: Earlier and earlier recruiting cycles. Coaches pressure player into committing early, then recruit over him and/or coaches leave, player starts off his tenure at that school already feeling a bit nervous about his status. If anything happens to confirm that nervous feeling, he bolts.
Like it's a real big surprise basketball has the early signing period, so players can't wait until they know for sure about their coaches, and basketball also has a hundred transfers every year.
Can't wait for the coaches to start hand-wringing about all the transfers they inadvertantly caused by pushing for an earlier signing date.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||I've been wanting one of||
I've been wanting one of these for a long time. And now that Detroit City FC is taken for a name, I suggest Detroit Renaissance FC.
Also, kill the jail. I was really hoping some of these nasty winters we had would render it unusable and force a complete teardown if they wanted to build on that spot. That seems to not be the case, unfortunately.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||Said the guy who doesn't use||
Said the guy who doesn't use capital letters.
|12 weeks 17 hours ago||Suck it up, Nancy.||
Suck it up, Nancy.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That would be two examples of||
That would be two examples of a phenomenon that exists nationwide at employers everywhere, which seems to have flown over your head. So did the part about political expressions at the workplace. Do you think a bank teller can wear a Bernie pin next to her nametag at her desk? Do you think a Lowe's floor guy can say, "Paintbrushes are in aisle 5. Vote Trump!" Do you think a CPA can wander from desk to desk at her job handing out Hillary stickers? Do you think a nurse or a doctor should preach to their patients? Does any of that stuff routinely happen?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||See, that's exactly the||
See, that's exactly the point. The assumption that you can't be on the other side without being a shitty person. There are two sides in this country: Good People who vote one way, and Shitty People who vote another. The only reason to not want affirmative action in college is Fuck Black People. The only reason to be pro-life is Fuck Women. The only reason to be against illegal immigration and sneaking across the border is Fuck Mexicans. The only reason to promote religious freedom is Fuck The Gays.
Words you're using like "only way" and "always" and even "usually" are why people feel disrespected. Stereotypes for thee, but not for me.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I picture this guy as that||
I picture this guy as that white wide receiver every other teams' fans want to punch in the face for no other reason than he's a complete guarantee to catch a nine-yard pass on every single 3rd-and-8.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That comes with the territory||
That comes with the territory in a lot of jobs. FoMoCo just issued a statement to iterate the company's position on Trump's immigration executive order. Do you think Mark Fields is free to come out and say, "man, that Trump, I voted for him and I just love that position he's taken on immigration!" Even if he says in the strongest possible terms that it's his own personal opinion? Do you think another Ford exec could, as well?
Military, same thing. For obvious reasons, the military strives very hard to be as apolitical as possible. It limits the free speech of its members accordingly. They specifically can't, for example, display a Navy bumper sticker and a political one together on their car.
They understand the power of a uniform and how what you say while representing it reflects not just on you, but also on the uniform - sometimes even more so. So do, for example, the Philadelphia Eagles, who took action against Riley Cooper when he exercised his own, rather offensive views. Do you think they had the luxury, as the 49ers did, of saying, welp, that's his own views and he has the right to exercise his freedom of speech? No, because they understood that nonaction on their part reflected on them as an organization.
I don't think it's being selfish to ask athletes to put a lid on the political protests, especially at games. It's their workplace. Almost no workplace allows overt political displays. I'll turn it around on you: why should you and I, at our workplaces, have to shut down on the politics, but athletes (who already have paychecks and privileges you and I only dream of) should feel free to spout anything they like - especially in front of people who pay thousands of dollars to watch?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It's probably because||
It's probably because right-wingers are so often accused of being racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and general all-around bigots and shitty people, just for having opinions which may or may not even have anything to do with race or sex.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Here's why I think people||
Here's why I think people react so strongly to political opinions by public figures like sports stars: It's the one goddam place where we can finally all have one thing in common. We go to to a game and we all want to see the same thing. We come here and we all want the same thing. We might differ as to the methods but we just want the team to win. I don't want politics in my sports because if I'm wearing the same team colors as the guy next to me, I don't want to know if he goes to BLM rallies or Trump rallies, I just want to cheer about the same stuff for three measly hours. If I go to a concert, I just want to listen to music I like performed by an artist I like. The whole point of sports and entertainment is to not have the real world involved. It'll still be there waiting for us when we leave the building. And the whole point of a uniform is to unify. It's right there in the name. Throw politics in there and by definition you divide instead.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I predict that all traces of||
I predict that all traces of this post will eventually disappear coinciding with either the eventual heat death of the universe, or the Big Crunch.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||j||