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|2 days 8 hours ago||Old News||
I'm outing myself here, but I wrote this exact story for TIME eight months ago.
At the time I actually tweeted it at Harbaugh. It was right around the time of his "candy ass" skim comment. My family now only eats/drinks full-fat dairy.
Also, kidding about this being old news. Most people don't realize dietary fat isn't a health concern, and this can't be reported on enough. As a nation, we're all counting calories and avoiding fat when we should be worried about processed carbs.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||And if you read the analysis||
And if you read the analysis of that poll, you would know Seth had labeled 'the official maize' , which he acknowledged skewed results. Once he removed that label, the majority of the voting went for a lighter shade of yellow/gold.
I thought we looked great Thursday. I would still prefer a slightly lighter maize, like the color Mich wore in Woodson's day (and basically for my whole lifetime). I'm not that pumped our colors are now indistinguishable from Cal, WVU, and several other schools.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||You can read it on your||
You can read it on your laptop using the free Kindle app. If you click on this link to my book, you'll see a button/icon right below my book's cover that says "Read On Any Device." Click on that, and Amazon will email you what you need to get the free app on your computer.
Thank you very much for checking it out. I can't say enough how much I appreciate everyone's support here.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you. And yeah, please||
Thank you. And yeah, please get in touch when you get up here. I don't know any other Philly UM fans. We should get together for a game.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I lived in DC back in||
I lived in DC back in 2009-10, but I've been in Philly since. Otherwise I'd love to join up.
And to answer your second Q, yes I did try the traditional route. It's a very long, very arduous process, but certainly worth it if it pays off. After 18 months of querying agents, I was able to secure representation at a big NYC firm. While my agent said he was optimistic about my book's chances, the big publishers to whom we submitted the manuscript (Random House, Little Brown, etc.) said complimentary things but ultimately passed.
It's frustrating to think I could have had this book up on Kindle two years ago, but that's life. You hear about bestselling authors who struggled for years to break through, so I'm just going to keep at it and hope my day will come.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Anytime. The email I use for||
Anytime. The email I use for anything book related is email@example.com. Please get in touch.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||If you're talking about||
If you're talking about formatting services and that sort of thing, I handled everything myself, which was a huge time committment and probably not worth it. (I've since learned that I could have hired someone to format my manuscript for about $75, which would have saved me many days of work.)
If you want to learn all about self-publishing, the "writer's cafe" section of Kindle Boards is a phenomenal resource. Also, my email address is on my author site. Please get in touch and put MGoBlog in your subject line. I'd be happy to answer any questions I can about this or publishing traditionally.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I've always been interested||
I've always been interested in U.S. history, and I thought it'd be fun to weave some of that history into this genre. I like books that teach me something, even if it's just a beach read. So I started with the idea of a Constitution/Founder-obsessed killer, and went from there. Several years and many, many re-writes later, here we are.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you very, very much. I||
Thank you very, very much. I hope you enjoy it.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you very much||
And thanks for all the kind words here from everyone.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||That submarine is school-bus||
That submarine is school-bus yellow.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Still my favorite, minus the||
Still my favorite, minus the super-subtle piping
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Maybe I'm missing something,||
Maybe I'm missing something, but saying the jumpman logo will be on our apparell is not the same as saying it'll be on our uniforms. I'd guess it'll just be on warmup gear and sideline stuff, not the actual jerseys or pants.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Except a lot of people here||
Except a lot of people here supposedly wouldn't be cool with that shade of maize, at least according to that very flawed poll Seth put up.
I know I shouldn't blame Brian, but part of me feels his ardent (but lately unmentioned) quest for a return to some mythical maize-ier maize has turned us into MSU with their ever-shifting green. I wish he'd speak up and own it, now that it seems we're returning to an orange-hued maize we haven't worn in 30 years.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Neg Away||
And it's all subjective, but I think these look worse than the 'highlighter' maize Brian hates so much.
Watched the '97 season in review on B1G Network last night, and what Wodson et al. wore was a lot closer to what we had last season than to these orangey gold unis. I'm an '05 grad, so not such a youngun' anymore, but these don't look like Michigan colors to me. I feel like we're now indistinguishable from Cal and West Virginia, and that wasn't the case before.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Ren and Stimpy||
It's log, it's log,
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
It's easy to create a bunch of freaky symbols and allusions. It's a lot harder to tie them all together coherently in a way that's satisfying. In the end, they didn't even try. They just stole some creepy imagery from Se7en (dangling air fresheners) and turned McConnaughey and Harrellson's storyline into your classic love-hate buddy cliché.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Both agree and disagree||
I really enjoyed the metaphysical aspects in the first four episodes, but was disappointed (hugely) when the principal bad guy turned out to be your classic weirdo living in a shack in the woods. To me, the show didn't live up to the tremendous potential of its first four episods.
Season two seems bleaker, and doesn't have the esoteric setting and regional flair of season one (rural Louisiana versus a burb of Los Angeles). Also, Harrelson's friction with McConaughey provided some levity that this season doesn't have so far.
If this was a new series, and not True Detective, I probably wouldn't be that interested in keeping up with it after episode one. But maybe this one will finish stronger than it starts. (Does anyone else think the direction so far sucks? All those face close-ups at the end . . .)
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
Editors write headlines, not reporters. And the editors wrote the headline, "Michigan football program broke rules, players say," which is factually false. So the editors are as complicit and involved as the reporters. A story that big with those implications does not go to press without many, many people signing off on it. I would bet no fewer than 15 people, including every sports reporter, plus the sports desk editors, managing editor, and executive editor, had a look and OK'd everything. If you know the newspaper business, you know a report like that implicates many more people than Rosenberg and Snyder.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||No||
As a journalist and a guy who wrote for a newspaper (in DC) when Stretchgate went down, the entire incident was so ethically and professionally disgusting that it's sickening to think people will just shrug their shoulders and forget about it. I wish I could come up with an appropriate analogy . . . maybe something along the lines of bankers who knowingly mislead clients and sell them junk investments to make a profit for themselves.
If these guys were gone from the Freep, I could understand giving the new reporters/editors a chance. But until that happens, no one should let these assholes off the hook for what they did. They never apologized or issued a retraction, even when it came to light that they'd eggregiously overstated things. And as another commenter brought up, they showed they were still willing to jump on UM with both feet when we announced a few minor violations a month or two ago. Seriously, fuck them.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Great Point||
No one argues UCLA, Cal, Santa Cruz, Davis, or any of the other UC schools are all the same. I think this only comes up with UM because of sports fandom.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||I think many people would||
I think many people would disagree with you. Unlike Berkeley and UM, UVA seems to have a much more extreme bias in favor of in-state applicants. I've heard it's nearly impossible to get in from outside of Virginia, but not too tough if you're in-state. I think you could make an argument for any one of those three for top public university.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Or maybe Harbaugh just wants||
Or maybe Harbaugh just wants more competition and more options at the most important position on his football team. We could go with that instead of bashing one of our own players.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||All that's "clear" is that a||
All that's "clear" is that a high school senior had a hard time choosing between two good football schools. Weber cited the Higdon signing as a reason for his OSU committment because he felt mislead by our coaches, not because he was afraid of competition. As others have speculated, he may have just felt the need to say something to justify his decision to people who wanted him to go to Michigan.
In any case, bashing a kid who chooses another school, for whatever reason, is pretty classless and reflects poorly on Michigan fans.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more||
I felt like there was a major shift (and dropoff) from the tone and grandness of the early episodes to the last two, and the finale really felt boring and conventional to me. The dangling air fresheners and the man strapped to the bed seemed like blatant knockoffs of the film Seven, and the buddy-buddy neatness of Marty and Rust coming together in the end as better men just felt like a betrayal of their earlier characters. I loved the series, but really felt let down by the finale.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||* The offense is terrible||
We have a top 20 D, and those guys are getting absolutely no help from the other side of the ball. Most of the bad drives against us have come after full quarters or halves of total ineptitude from the offense. My greatest fear is that we somehow look halfway competent against Ohio State, and Borges will get to keep his job one more year.
Success this season is now defined by whether we can get Al Borges off our coaching staff. If he stays, another whole season is lost.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Not sure about the wording.||
Not sure about your wording. But yeah, something along the lines of, "You tend to shit your pants and turtle during road games. For examples, recall every significant road game since you've been our OC. Should we prepare for more of the same in two weeks?"
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Not sure if this is a common||
Not sure if this is a common sentiment, but two breast cancers sufferers I know (one no longer with us) both told me repeatedly that October was their least favorite month because they were constantly being reminded of their disease.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||This kind of rebuttal is overdue.||
I'm curious, has anyone seen research supporting the idea that players who quit football after college suffer from the same long-term health consequences as the pros? I'm under the impression the types of health concerns leading to all these rule changes take years to develop, and so mostly affect pros, who are extremely well paid to take such health risks. I don't understand why the media are suddenly up in arms about football players' safety and not talking about all of the other dangerous professions. No one's calling for an end to Alaskan crab fishing, even though the people on Deadliest Catch risk their lives for our entertainment and so we can all enjoy crab, and make a hell of a lot less than the worst-paid pro football player. I understand the desire to protect college players, who are unpaid, but is there any research showing that they're in danger of long-term neurological issues?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||"We can both live!"||
Probably my favorite movie as a kid. Still have the VHS tape.