"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
|4 years 41 weeks ago||I can't speak for the poster,||
I can't speak for the poster, but making a joke is not the same as condoning or dismissing a situation.
"Comedy is tragedy plus time." -- Carol Burnett
The amount of time simply differs.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||It helps to be in a city with||
It helps to be in a city with a lot of bored exhibitionists, by which I mean unemployed actors.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Those GI Joe toys were||
Those GI Joe toys were tough. Mine survived everything (stairs, flying off the roof, BB guns) until they ran into the flamethrowers.
My mom still wonders where all her hairspray went.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||The nutsos at the We Must||
The nutsos at the We Must Ignite This Couch blog have always said that it was family that made him stay, i.e. a wife that refused to move. People have turned down many excellent opportunities in the past for that very reason.
They are all crazy over there, but they do follow the program closely. Who knows?
|4 years 42 weeks ago||I wonder how many other||
I wonder how many other "offensive backs" had 2300 yards passing . . .
|4 years 42 weeks ago||I can't be racist. I hate||
I can't be racist. I hate NASCAR.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||It's a much more polite and||
It's a much more polite and efficient type of torture, and it costs 60% less! Unfortunately, you do have to mail your victim to Mumbai.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Ski masks? Quick, someone||
Ski masks? Quick, someone check to see if the Rock was painted green and white!
|4 years 43 weeks ago||+1 to you, more if I||
+1 to you, more if I could.
Hyperbole and a Half is a hilarious blog.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||So . . . Fox's usual||
So . . . Fox's usual coverage.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Start a free account at||
(edit) What he said
|4 years 44 weeks ago||I think Denard would be||
I think Denard would be awesome in the John Woo Bowl.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||I am in competition against||
I am in competition against whiskey every year.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Right on the Wisconsin border||
Right on the Wisconsin border at I-80, Iowa also has the Amish-run truck stop. It's not the biggest or flashiest, but damn, the food is good. You can also buy muffins the size of a baby's head, and, if you really are into that kind of thing, drop $500 and up on a handmade quilt.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Everyone dies.||
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Laps.||
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Your username makes that link||
Your username makes that link even funnier.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Cyclopes love UM, too. No!||
Cyclopes love UM, too.
No! Man (coverage) is an island.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Once they hit 18, they aren't||
Once they hit 18, they aren't kids any more in the eyes of the law. It doesn't matter who is paying the bills, or how much supervision they may still need.
Blaming the universities for that is a little off-target, in my opinion. They are just caught in the middle between kids and parents who aren't talking to each other.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Yes, hypnocat, I will use the||
Yes, hypnocat, I will use the Beveled Guilt button to give money to MGoBlog. I will do it now. It will make me happy.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I call it "Kevin."||
I call it "Kevin."
|4 years 47 weeks ago||You know why you can't make||
You know why you can't make jokes about Jonestown?
The punch lines are too long.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||I have to assume that RR has||
I have to assume that RR has already tried to get him, from day 1, and both Shafer and GERG were back-up choices.
I understand if the guy doesn't want to leave a good situation. Which is why we should all hope for a Hindenburg-type end to WVU's season.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Assuming Bill Stewart||
Assuming Bill Stewart continues to drive WVU into the ground (and they could easily lose their next 4 games), I think RR will try one more time to get Casteel to come up and run the 3-3-5 for us.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Jinx||
You owe me a Coke.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||They are, indeed. Their||
They are, indeed. Their pain, tonight, is delicious.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Can that cat play corner?||
Can that cat play corner?
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Oh good lord. It's October.||
Oh good lord. It's October. Babcock is in full tinkering mode. No Abdelkader, "Hey, let's see if this Modano pick-up sticks!," etc. I don't think 11 points out of 16 possible is bad when you are playing guys who will be back on the bus (ahem . . . Kindl) within three weeks.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||"However, it should be noted||
"However, it should be noted that the award of athletic scholarships on a one-year, renewable basis is the more typical approach taken within higher education for talent-based and academic scholarships in general."
Bull-puckey. I was offered a few academic scholarships from several universities, and not one of them was characterized as one-year. They were all four-year scholarships. I could lose them by not holding up my end of the bargain (my GPA), but the school couldn't terminate them if they decided I was no longer useful.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Oh, sure . . . drag facts||
Oh, sure . . . drag facts into it.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||1. Hilarious. 2. I am the||
2. I am the luckiest guy in the world. My wife hates shopping, and thinks diamonds are a stupid waste of money.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||It's because the word "Iowa"||
It's because the word "Iowa" appears on here so many times this week.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||~1 more post needed to wrap||
~1 more post needed to wrap this sh** up.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||It happens to everyone. We||
It happens to everyone. We like to keep our melt-downs semi-sane around here. This is the place where the cooler heads prevail.
I tell you what: if you look at your posts again tomorrow morning and they still seem logical, by all means engage the mods. Most likely, however, (and I say this from painful personal experience) you will be thankful not to expose what are essentially rants to the interwebs at large.
the hokiewolf, who right now wants to start a knife fight in a seedy bar, but tomorrow will not want the stitches
|4 years 51 weeks ago||"Hey Sparty, does your parole||
"Hey Sparty, does your parole officer know you're here?"
|5 years 22 hours ago||PHISHING from Sparty Ignore||
PHISHING from Sparty
|5 years 3 days ago||That's what she said.||
That's what she said.
|5 years 5 days ago||It may be better if he was a||
It may be better if he was a daggit. They don't talk, either.
|5 years 1 week ago||If we beat them more do we||
If we beat them more do we get a bigger W? That would be aWesome.
|5 years 1 week ago||Supporting Michigan (or any||
Supporting Michigan (or any huge school) is a form of geo-piety. It is much the same as being proud of being from the state of Michigan, or of being an American, or a rabid fan of frozen chocolate-covered bananas. That last one is a given, of course.
A decent definition from geodz: "a specific sense of human territoriality in which a people (or nation) develops an almost mystical, organic bond of attachment to its homeland (best expressed by the German term Heimat), giving rise to powerful and sometimes violent nationalist sentiments (Blut und Boden). More generally, geopiety can refer to sentiments of human attachment to elemental spaces . . . [Ed: Ann Arbor, The Big House]. . . The various expressions of geopiety are summarized and discussed by Bishop (1994), who seeks to divorce them from metaphysical considerations and root them in a psychoanalytic theory which dissolves a priori boundaries between self and world in the construction of human Identity."
In other words, people like to believe that they belong to something larger than themselves. It's normal, and there is no shame in it.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||All the threads are starting||
All the threads are starting to look the same to me.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Perhaps a little less vodka||
Perhaps a little less vodka before the shareholder meeting? Or more. It seems your ratios are off a tad.
Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, but I do play one at home.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Is he bringing his||
Is he bringing his wheelbarrow?
|5 years 3 weeks ago||He's a huge Fresh Prince fan.||
He's a huge Fresh Prince fan.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||What a strange effect. It||
What a strange effect. It makes me want to renounce Catholicism.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||41-24 Michigan||
|5 years 3 weeks ago||This explains my confusion||
This explains my confusion during a recent episode of House Hunters.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Those musical splices were a||
Those musical splices were a terrible shock each time, even though I knew they were coming. That must be what epilepsy is like.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||If I leave the bathroom door||
If I leave the bathroom door cracked in my man cave, I can see my big screen from the throne. Obviously not much use at parties, but if I'm watching alone . . .
You've got to take these things into consideration. I call it feng shui-it.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Nothing to see here . . .||
. . . just a series of Mirages.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||The UFR goes up faster when||
The UFR goes up faster when the Beveled Guilt button gets hot from overuse.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||He can probably do better||
He can probably do better than that.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I'm fairly sure that THE||
I'm fairly sure that THE KNOWLEDGE is Brian's Tyler Durden. But I can't talk about that.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||The Germans? Shhh. He's on||
Shhh. He's on a roll.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Scary, scary shit.||
Scary, scary shit. Motorcycles (and scooters) are fun to ride, but cars just don't seem to see them.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I'm a glutton for ennui.||
I'm a glutton for ennui.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||The linked map shows what is||
The linked map shows what is on ABC in each area. The "reverse mirrors" refers to the fact that in areas where the UCLA game is on ABC, Michigan will be on ESPN2, and vice versa. I'm not sure how Kentucky fits in.
Edit: SD is faster than me. This is why I cannot play corner.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Thanks for chiming in,||
Thanks for chiming in, everybody. I obviously have my work cut out. Posbangs for all Hopheads!
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I think she stole my soul.||
I think she stole my soul.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I haven't timed it, but my||
I haven't timed it, but my new laptop with an SSD running Ubuntu boots like lightning. It was only $700, but I got it fairly stripped down to just what I needed.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Of course I remember||
Of course I remember Ysebaert. He was on a line with Yzerman and Sheppard, and they were unstoppable in the original Sega NHL game.
Congrats to Ward.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I always got the suicidal||
I always got the suicidal ones who couldn't pack a 'chute worth a damn.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||It's double-coupon senior||
It's double-coupon senior day.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||My in-depth analysis shows||
My in-depth analysis shows that the key to winning this game is scoring more points than UConn.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||No Mazda? The 3 series is an||
No Mazda? The 3 series is an absolute blast, and mine has been perfect for the first 70K. Fun to drive, too. Zoom, zoom.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||You knock yourself out,||
You knock yourself out, there, Ms. Post. We can, each of us, keep kidding ourselves that any emailed response (your "Dear Sir or Madam," or my "hey jackwagon") does a bit of good, while at BTN they count the hits and add up the advertising revenue and make their decisions based upon that.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||It's a media outlet.||
It's a media outlet. Traditional business etiquette (with which I am perfectly familiar) is useless. You've read the news recently, yes? You have to communicate in their idiom: the lowest common denominator which will still get attention.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||and is still completely||
and is still completely unintelligible.
Says Joyce, "I think Finnegan's Wake was too popular, too aproachable. I'd like to write something that makes people work for enjoyment. To that end, I will be authoring the University of Wolverines 2011 Playbook, as handed down by the Greek, Roman and Norse gods."
|5 years 6 weeks ago||We only get to play with 10||
We only get to play with 10 on defense when someone goes down now? What is this, soccer?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||It was just a drill (THIS IS||
It was just a drill (THIS IS ONLY A DRILL). It would take a lot of work to accidentally kill yourself with a drill. Now, if he had a circular saw . . .
"Is this like that time you tried to drill a hole in your head?"
"That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me."
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Ice dilutes it, though. I've||
Ice dilutes it, though. I've been thinking of buying the whiskey stones from ThinkGeek.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Bourbon is sweeter than||
Bourbon is sweeter than scotch, with occasional flavors of vanilla. It is also sharper and spicier. The corn gives it a bite. Bourbon is made with at least 51% corn, and the rest is usually rye and other grains.
Scotch is usually described as smoky, which is how it tastes to me. If you've been to the UK, scotch tastes like a peat moss fire smells (which is better than it sounds). It is smoother, and perhaps a little richer than bourbon, although the higher-end bourbons like Blanton's will give it a run on smoothness and richness.
The subtleties are imparted by the barrels used for aging, so there is a lot of variation.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||If you can find Beam Rye,||
If you can find Beam Rye, give it a try. It's tasty and inexpensive. Rye is not bourbon, but if you like one you might like the other.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Wow. Dude, that's . . . I||
Wow. Dude, that's . . . I don't know what that is.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Bulleit||
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Look, I'm sorry. That||
Look, I'm sorry. That Pandora girl said the box was empty. What could it hurt to take a look?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Try Bulleit. Good, good||
Try Bulleit. Good, good stuff, and not expensive.
(Edit: Not expensive compared to Maker's.)
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I can't think of anyone who||
I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Let him be broken for a bit. Tomorrow we'll all wake up to this slogging, pointless existence, robbed once again of the small pleasure provided by a sport, and we will feel so much better.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I definitely picked the wrong||
I definitely picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I'm out of hard stuff. It's||
I'm out of hard stuff. It's mediocre Pennsylvania cabernet imbibed from a jelly jar tonight.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I dig the new price to vote.||
I dig the new price to vote. Gas, grass, or ass . . . nobody rides for free.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Obviously, he's a vampire.||
Obviously, he's a vampire.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Bummer. NFL Network is||
Bummer. NFL Network is supposed to replay all of them eventually, but there is no set schedule.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Is this going to be||
Is this going to be televised? NFL.com and Fox Sports Detroit still don't list it.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||They see me rollin' . . .they||
They see me rollin' . . .they hatin'.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Cool avatar image, but why is||
Cool avatar image, but why is the Big House in Grand Rapids?
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I was at the '00 Illinois||
I was at the '00 Illinois game, dressed in Michigan colors and screaming my head off in the back of their student section. There was a lot of general bitching after the game, but no one said a word to me. There was even a lot of respectful oohing and aahing when Henson came in and threw his first frozen-rope pass, and a few "oh shit" comments. There's no comparison to MSU or OSU fans.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||You have learned well, young||
You have learned well, young Jedi.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||$ grep joke *||
$ grep joke *
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Thank you for the geometry||
Thank you for the geometry lesson. Despite formerly living in Boise, I am still terribly confused about where it is in relation to Virginia and various girly parts.
Yes, there will be more VT fans at the game, in a big, sterile NFL stadium. My point is that it is not the same as a game in the confines of Lane Stadium, one of the toughest places to play in the country. There is a good reason that VT is 57-10 at home over the last 10 years.
It's not a de facto home game, hence, "semi-neutral."
|5 years 8 weeks ago||If we're including malt||
If we're including malt liquors, Country Club has to be in the running. It's like drinking shame.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Growling Gator Lager . . .||
Growling Gator Lager . . . about $5 a case when I was in school. Gave you terrible swamp gas.
Anything at a microbrewery in Utah. Some of it tastes all right, but none of it is stronger than 3.2.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||The VT is game is at a||
The VT game is at a semi-neutral site. There are some VT fans in Northern Virginia, and the Hokies travel pretty well, but it would be a different game in Lane Stadium.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Don't let facts get in your||
Don't let facts get in your way.
2009 VT pre-season ranking: 7 final: 10, their fifth top-10 ranking in the last 15 years
In 2005-2008 they finished +/-2 spots of their preseason ranking each year. Since 1999, Virginia Tech has started nine seasons ranked between 7 and 17 and finished within that range seven times.
EDIT: I should point out that I cribbed (with minor changes) the last two lines above from bigrednetwork.com's excellent preview of VT last year. Even when posting to MGoBlog from the middle of a meeting at work, proper attribution is important. I nominate BRN for the blogroll, too.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Construction Project Managers||
Construction Project Managers pull down decent money ($100-200K).
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Really? Am I the only one||
Really? Am I the only one who thinks that there is nothing sexier than a woman wearing (preferably only) one of my shirts?
Button-down, tee . . . does not matter. This is a goodness.
Wait, are we talking about outside the home?
|5 years 8 weeks ago||That was a lucky guess. He||
That was a lucky guess. He just took a stab at it.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Thank you, sir.||
Thank you, sir.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I'm blanking on the||
I'm blanking on the psychological term for it, but this is a good example of people believing things that support their preconceptions while rejecting all other data, no matter how solid.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Well, I was being productive||
Well, I was being productive at work this afternoon. So much for that.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Deputy Space Emporer? Would||
Deputy Space Emperor? Would that be the punt holder?
"Hello ladies. Why yes, I am on the team. I hold the ball so that Zoltan can kick it into LEO. No, no . . . one at a time, please."
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Carry out is just like the||
Carry out is just like the bar: about 10%, but never less than a buck at a time. It's an extra dollar or three to me, but it means a lot more to them.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Snipers.||
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Ah, Probie. Dammit. On a||
Ah, Probie. Dammit.
On a side note, I don't think Domi's spinal cord touched his brain. It's the only way to explain how he could soak up so much damage.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||I hated working in NYC. It||
I hated working in NYC. It made me mean(er). Too many rats in a very small cage.
I traded it for Seattle. If I had to live in a city, I'd still be there. I would say it's 180 degrees from NYC, but it's actually more like another planet. The natives don't like outsiders, but they are so naturally polite it's hard to tell. The opportunities to get outdoors are endless: thousands of miles of trails for hiking and biking, sea kayaking from island to island in the Sound, the wilderness beaches on the Olympic peninsula . . . Ranier. Oh man, Ranier.
It has good culture and food. The sports aren't great, but that is what the Big Ten Network is for. (Speaking of which, you need to learn to watch football at 9am unless you are DVR-delaying.)
The traffic can be heavy, so you have to live close to work no matter how much it costs, but that's about the only drawback other than the weather. Despite what you've heard, it rarely really rains there (in the city, it rains like a mother up in the mountains or on the west side of the Olympic). It mists most mornings about nine months of the year. You don't see the sun rise very often, which depresses some people (like my lovely spouse, which is why we aren't still there). The temps are great: average of 2 days a year above 80 and 2 days a year below 32.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||In my neighborhood we||
In my neighborhood we preferred a dozen bottle rockets at a time, fired from a shipping tube. Inevitably, only ten or eleven of a given volley would light, and the slow kid would look into the tube to see what went wrong.
Good times, and thankfully no permanent physical damage. I've heard that the slow kid still has trouble looking in the mailbox, though.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||This is what happens when I||
This is what happens when I try to be reasonable . . .
|5 years 13 weeks ago||You simply stumbled into the||
You simply stumbled into the middle of an MGoBlog (and other U of M fan site) meme: "RR recruits only 3-stars." If anything, you are guilty only of not doing your homework here.
Don't let the rude welcome throw you off. MGoBlog is hands-down the best place on the web for Michigan football information. It is populated by informed and intelligent fans who brooketh no bullshit. You are welcome to your opinion here, but will be called out if you cannot defend it. (I say that as one who has felt the anti-BS prongs, many times.) It's a great place to hang out, especially if you are capable of self-reflection, as you've already proven.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Where's the BIG BLUE BUTTON||
Where's the BIG BLUE BUTTON that launches Denard?
|5 years 14 weeks ago||The "no one is a loser"||
The "no one is a loser" attitude is dangerous. It gives the impression that effort is more important than outcome, which is a slippery slope for things outside of sports.
One of my many jobs has been working in the Provost's office of a small, private liberal arts college. It was the final landing place for grade disputes, and I constantly heard, from aggrieved students and parents, the mantra that "effort should count."
"I shouldn't have failed my mid-term. I studied very hard."
"You put down the wrong answers."
"But I tried really hard!"
It was an epidemic. Students wanted partial credit for effort, no matter the outcome. The ones that really floored me were two sets of parents (and if mommy and daddy are still trying to intervene when you're 20, that's the first sign of a problem) who wanted their son and daughter, respectively, to be given Ds for effort in classes they had failed twice. The boy had failed Calc II twice. He wanted to be an engineer. She had failed Biol. I, and she was going pre-med! We (the mean professors and administration) were keeping them from their dreams, and they were ready to sue.
It made me sick to my stomach. It's not just a few students, and it's not just there. I have a lot of friends in academia, and they see it across the board at all types of institutions.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||This sounds great! I'm sure||
This sounds great! I'm sure nothing would go wrong. I am excited about this plan.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Honestly, this is everything||
Honestly, this is everything I expect from the internet, all in one thread.
No, wait . . . no one has yet offered me ViaGRa at discount prices.
I'm waiting . . .
|5 years 14 weeks ago||I will bet 719 of your||
I will bet 719 of your Mgopointies on the one behind the keyboard.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||I have to agree with her.||
I have to agree with her. Football season comes every year, but weddings only happen 4 or 5 times in life. :-]
Seriously, good luck.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||William||
|5 years 14 weeks ago||My favorite quote on the||
My favorite quote on the topic:
"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Leonard is also a great||
Leonard is also a great writer. He's just not grappling with the big psychological problems like Harrison, which means, to me at least, that they don't stick with me as well. Entertaining as hell, but not as thought-provoking.
Harrison manages to work at an earthy (sex, wine, food) and cerebral level at the same time. Some of his passages give me chills, which doesn't happen with Leonard.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||I grew up on a farm in SW||
I grew up on a farm in SW Michigan, which had some never-spoken job advice.
"Work harder than the man next to you." On the farm I was the boss's kid, and the man next to me was usually hired help. If I worked harder than him, he had no room to complain. I've held a lot of jobs since then, and at every one I've made it a point to work harder than anyone else, which is easy since most people are looking to scrape by with the minimum.
"You have to know how to do everything." Farmers can't call a specialist every time something breaks. I've worked at GM, Boeing, UM Hospital, Young & Rubicam, Seagrams, State Farm, U.S. Bank and now Virginia Tech doing everything from counting paper clips in a mental institution to writing grants that bring in millions for cancer research. In every case I came in as a low level office worker, identified a need, created a better job and inserted myself into it. As Heinlein says, specialization is for insects.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Great book. His best, IMO.||
Great book. His best, IMO.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Jim Harrison (although he||
Jim Harrison (although he went to MSU and didn't finish) is Michigan's finest native writer. He is best known for the novella Legends of the Fall, but The Road Home is one of the greatest pieces of writing in the last 30 years.
Other books that can change you:
- The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (the definitive book about Vietnam)
- Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver
- anything by Cormac McCarthy, but particularly Blood Meridian because good lit should hurt
- anything by Philip Roth after he turned 40
- Annie Proulx: Close Range or Bad Dirt
- Knockemstiff, by Donald Ray Pollock will f**k you up, no matter how solid you think you are.
- anything by Ron Rash
- Pinckney Benedict's latest collection: Miracle Boy and Other Stories
|5 years 16 weeks ago||head asplode||
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Massage therapist.||
|5 years 16 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Bag? I thought that was his||
Bag? I thought that was his "pot o' gold (dicks)."
|5 years 16 weeks ago||3. It's likely that there||
3. It's likely that there will be more opportunities rather than any real sharing plan. See the answer to number 5. Most large research grants involve collaborations across universities (as opposed to 1 investigator/lab/institution), so if the CIC members are looking to each other first for partners they are keeping the money "in-conference."
4. Michigan and Wisconsin both receive over $1B per year in research funding. OSU is not far behind. The lowest-ranked B10 schools are around half that.
5. No. Federal research agreements (which are the big $$) are negotiated with institutions but are actually based on individuals. These PIs (principal investigators) are sort of like rock stars. When they get a better offer they can and will jump ship and take their grants with them. It's a bit of a bidding war to get them on staff and keep them happy. A lot of the top PIs make $300-500K, and have a hotline to the ear of the university president.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||12-1, hmmm? With Lidstrom||
12-1, hmmm? With Lidstrom and Hudler and Holmstrom back, there is some money to be made at 12-1.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||They woke Beano from his||
They woke Beano from his coma? Did Powlus win his third Heisman?
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I tried touching other||
I tried touching other people, but the court made me stop.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||If you get to the universe||
If you get to the universe where UM's coach is Lee Corso, keep going.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Those "rankings" also use||
Those "rankings" also use surveys sent to peer institutions, and the general agreement is, "You say nice/bad things about us, and we'll do the same for you."
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I have no feelings either way||
I have no feelings either way about Philly, but I am glad Pronger lost.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||He that outlives this day,||
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Dorsey.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say to-morrow is Saint Dorsey.
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say these wounds I had on Dorsey's
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Yeah, but this guy will cut||
Yeah, but this guy will cut him off at the knees if he leave Mizzou out. (Hamm's an alum.)
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I had that dream: Ashley's||
I had that dream: Ashley's was giving out free sombreros and season tickets, and the whole bourbon list was $1 a shot.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||How are you posting on this||
How are you posting on this message board from 1957?
|5 years 17 weeks ago||He seems like a gneiss kid.||
He seems like a gneiss kid.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Don't forget that these are||
Don't forget that these are per year numbers. Awards are usually 2-5 years, so even if a researcher talks about their $30M grant it may only count $6M toward this ranking.
I work in research, and this is THE list. It's a shame that it is delayed, but you can extrapolate fairly easily. VT has jacked up their $$ 20% over the last two years, but is still stuck at almost the same rank according to preliminary reports. It really is an arms race.
The Recovery Act pumped more money into NSF/NIH than they've had in a decade, so things are actually much better in research than in areas supported by state budgets.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||They would have an enormous||
They would have an enormous amount of catching up to do. The research arms race is detailed here http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf10311/content.cfm?pub_id=3944&id=2
Table 31 is the summary of all schools, ranked by research. The numbers are 2 years old, but rankings don't change that quickly.
The lowest-ranked B10 school, Iowa, is at #63. It has over three times the funding of ND, #133. It's not all about size, either. Northwestern has 450% more funding than ND.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||The lack of ALL CAPS was a||
The lack of ALL CAPS was a dead giveaway.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Do NFL commentators count?||
Do NFL commentators count? If so, I present for your examination one Mr. Dan Dierdorf.
"If he would have caught that ball, it would have been a reception."
|5 years 17 weeks ago||It seems that Cabelas got||
It seems that Cabelas got whacked. There's going to be taxidermy all over the place.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||OCD -||
OCD - Organization/Control/Detail
"We put the hyphen in anal-retentive."
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I actually didn't neg you. I||
I actually didn't neg you. I thought it was a good point, and I'm just joking around.
Except about my lack of ice cream. That shit is not funny.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I negged you because I'm out||
I negged you because I'm out of ice cream. Hey, you're right! It is better when I explain it! :-]
|5 years 18 weeks ago||If you're in Boise, McCall is||
If you're in Boise, McCall is up north.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||On the Ann Arbor-to-cabin run||
On the Ann Arbor-to-cabin run (Garden Peninsula) I usually started feeling it just past West Branch. On Memorial Day weekend, though, if you aren't there by now you are fucked.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||www.thedailymash.co.uk (UK||
www.thedailymash.co.uk (UK version of The Onion, but even more brutal)
www.snopes.com (Urban legends researched and verified or skewered)
|5 years 19 weeks ago||I think I still have||
I think I still have splinters in my ass from the seats at old barn.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||I agree that we will not||
I agree that we will not convince each other.
The reality of academia, however, is what is published. It's not fair or good, but it is equitable. Credibility is gained through prior publication and academic (LSA only) credentials. That's it.
In the final analysis, Lost will be about what the scholars say Lost is about. Popular culture will quickly forget it, and the only precedents will be preserved in the humanities databases. There will be some "fan-lit" papers that clamor for attention, but in the main I think we'll see a comparison to the body of work which will find this effort to be lacking. It will be compared to morality plays (as I've mentioned), right-wing lit and fantasy.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Ha! Honestly, I mean no||
Ha! Honestly, I mean no offense, but she was dead on. Score one for the scholar.
The most famous morality play is called Everyman. In the end, it all boils down to how one man makes the passage through life. Everything he faces is allegory.
I recorded the finale for her, as a basis for a paper that is already in work (and has already been invited to several conferences). I watched it in fast-forward, and even at high speed with no sound it was still obvious that Lost came down to the story of Everyman. He (dude with chinstrap) suddenly realized at the end that he had had a choice in seemingly random events the entire time, (gasp) and had decided his fate.
There is nothing new under the sun.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||You're totally right. It was||
You're totally right. It was a dick move. I'm pissy about other things and spouted off here. For that, I apologize.
Enjoy your show, and thanks for calling me on it.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||More of a waffles guy,||
More of a waffles guy, thanks.
Hey, there's nothing wrong with liking a soap opera. No need to get defensive. There's a reason that they've been around since the beginning of television. Morality plays were the shit back in the day. Personally, I occasionally like mindless movies where robots blow up aliens.
I don't pretend that they're anything but a way to kill a couple of hours, though.
See also: "Twilight is literature" and "McDonalds is food."
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Eh. I watched two episodes||
Eh. I watched two episodes early on and dismissed it as a soap opera on an island.
My wife, a professor of theatre and a dramaturg (look it up) got hooked, but she's thrown it away in disgust as it "spirals toward the simplistic ending of a morality play."
Morality plays were the vehicle of the early Christian church for teaching the illiterate right from wrong. That seems to sum it up nicely.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||I spent yesterday swinging a||
I spent yesterday swinging a pulaski, building a relocation on the Appalachian Trail. I'm a state employee, so I get two paid community service days a year, and this seemed like a good use of one. I'm sore as shit today. Side-hilling is a lot like working on a chain gang.
Today friends from Charlotte were in town for their daughter's soccer tournament, so I stood through a downpour to watch a game, then took them out for lunch and a tour of the town.
Tomorrow: who knows. May take the dogs for a hike.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Not if you avoid the tricycle||
Not if you avoid the tricycle engines. A marriage really can be just two people.
13 years and counting . . .
|5 years 19 weeks ago||They have newspapers in||
They have newspapers in Alabama?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||My condolences for your||
My condolences for your loss. I just lost my first grandparent--my grandfather at age 89. The other three are still ticking along, all over 90. My great-grandmother lived to be 97.
I'm apparently going to live forever if this beer doesn't kill me.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||BOOM! Habitant'ed!||
|5 years 20 weeks ago||It's from the King Rod||
It's from the King Rod version.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||"And lo, the children of the||
"And lo, the children of the golden dome did invade the lands of the wolverine, and night was made bright as day. When the lines of battle were joined, the wolverine did drive back the tainted ones, and they did not hold. And in this tumult came a messenger clad in dilithium, and he did reach the corner, and the secondary of the tainted did shriek with fear. And he did smoke them, and it was good."
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I thought they had a package||
I thought they had a package deal.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Yeah, but the defense wasn't||
Yeah, but the defense wasn't that good last year. If the offense can give them a bigger cushion (which they will) they have an excellent chance to win the ACC. The NC hinges on that first game, though.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||VT lost a little off the||
VT lost a little off the lines and a great LB in Grimm, but the offense should kick some ass this year: Tyrod in his senior year, more experience at WR and two flat-out stud RBs.
If they can beat Boise State early, the schedule sets up well. GT at home on a Thursday night (= visitor death), with only Miami away as a challenge to finish out the season.
Fear the Gobbler.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Good lord, is this lithium||
Good lord, is this lithium bottle empty already?
|5 years 23 weeks ago||He's just a color||
He's just a color commentator.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Kiper's testimony is all||
Kiper's testimony is all hair-say.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Go see some of the theatre||
Go see some of the theatre productions. It's where the hot women hang out.
CMU's program is one of the best in the country. I saw "The Wild Party" there a few years ago, and it was enjoyable on a lot of levels (including eye-candy). Great production overall, and both leads are currently on Broadway.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Rum and bitters? Blarg.||
Rum and bitters? Blarg.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||He was suspended not for his||
He was suspended not for his actions, but for getting bad press for the NFL. They protect the product.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Ask him where he parks on||
Ask him where he parks on campus. If it's in a normal spot, tell him that if he puts his OSU degree on his dashboard he's allowed to park in any handicapped spot.
Ask what grade he got in reverse basket-weaving, and how many football players he had to tutor.
Ask if his family holds reunions and weddings at the same time to save on travel expenses.
Ask if he stills visits campus, and whether he uses a map or simply follows the smell.
Tell him we traded Ohio to the EU in exchange for Greece. All they asked is that we wash Ohio first.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||That assumes that there are||
That assumes that there are sane people at WVU. This assumption is not supported by fact.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||My family had been engineers||
My family had been engineers at GM and Ford for three generations (until mine). They all took the free cars while they worked there, but as soon as they retired or left they bought foreign.
I did a short stint as a consultant at Willow Run back in the 90s, and was appalled and simply amazed that the company remained in operation. It was like a dinosaur that had died, but the message had not yet reached the limbs and the legs continued to stagger the body forward.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||You're right. I guess one||
You're right. I guess one match-up was after the move.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||It was a better rivalry when||
It was a better rivalry when they were the Jets. Those Winnipegians (did I just make up a word?) were a lot of fun back when the Wings beat them in the first round of the playoffs 2 or 3 years in a row.
The best thing about the Coyotes was that wild stylized art deco third sweater they had for the first few years. I still regret not picking up one of the originals.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Nice car, but the gold part||
Nice car, but the gold part sounds (and looks)suspiciously like a reworking of this urban legend.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Interesting stat in the||
Interesting stat in the Sports Illustrated Power Rankings (where the Wings are currently #1): the Wings are 14-4-4 this year against the 5 teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.
Yeah, yeah, regular season . . . but I still like it. No shootouts in the playoffs.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Thank you for that. The guy||
Thank you for that. The guy in the next office now thinks I am having a seizure.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||"Is there kissing in this?"||
"Is there kissing in this?"
|5 years 27 weeks ago||I don't think that a horde of||
I don't think that a horde of fanatics kvetching in the comments counts as peer-reviewed.
More's the pity.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Yes, and they are both very||
Yes, and they are both very cool. Search the board for Kory AND wolverine.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||That hurt. On a side note,||
On a side note, though, I was amazed to see a balding Brent Brekke standing at the side of Enrico Fermi on the Miasma of Ohi-ya bench.
He was one of the few real prospects at Western when I was there, and his girlfriend--a tasty little brunette named Jenny, I think [freshman and sophomore years are fuzzy for me]--lived in my dorm. She liked to wear his jerseys as nightgowns.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Who you calling a bastion?||
Who you calling a bastion?
|5 years 27 weeks ago||This situation is full of||
This situation is full of win.
Are they staying in the same apartment? Cue the loud sex every night. Get a shorty bathrobe and just hang out. Talk about how you plan to have a lot of kids and name them after the American Gladiators.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Yes, only because it was also||
Yes, only because it was also my (Michigan) high school fight song, and I can still play that melody on the trumpet, while drunk, blindfolded, and banging your slutty sister who is in the color guard.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I'm a big fan of his phone.||
I'm a big fan of his phone.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I'd have a hard time deciding||
I'd have a hard time deciding between attending Celtic Women or a dentist's appointment.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||At OSU? I wonder how many||
At OSU? I wonder how many years ago that was. The director of their new biomed research institute came to our campus, and I was giving him a hard time about taking the job. He's not from the Midwest, and not a big football fan at all, but he still asked about season tickets as part of his package just for the hell of it. This is a fairly prestigious guy who is making something around a quarter-mil a year already.
OSU told him that they couldn't do tickets, but they offered an additional $10,000 a year instead.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Are these announcers from||
Are these announcers from Marquette?
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Now if they can only win a||
Now if they can only win a shootout . . .
Howard has been great all year, but damn, they've lost a lot of shootouts (4-8). Thankfully, he won't see any in the playoffs.
EDIT: Damn. Oh well. I'll take a point and a game in hand on Calgary.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Rafalski scored with .1||
Rafalski scored with .1 seconds remaining.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I have no idea how to||
I have no idea how to represent in text the sound Ken Kal makes when the Wings score.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL||
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I've found the Abs Diet to be||
I've found the Abs Diet to be effective. It's about eating the right things rather than depriving yourself, and eating six small meals rather than three large ones.
Cardio mixed with weights is very effective, especially if you work on core strength and long and lean muscle rather than just big bench numbers. A workout of dumbbells, crunches and push-ups that all incorporate working off a stability ball and/or bosu ball is great for balance and core.
If you are still a student, see if personal training is offered at the school gym. They are usually much cheaper than at a standard gym. I work out twice a week with a trainer for ridiculously low payments (something like $12 an hour if I buy bundles).
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Jesus jokes make people||
Jesus jokes make people cross.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I have obviously not been||
I have obviously not been doing enough to lower the standards of the user-generated content around here.
I promise to increase my future efforts.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Coyotes do seem to curb the||
Coyotes do seem to curb the feral cat problem . . . and the domestic one, for that matter.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Yes, heaven forfend that the||
Yes, heaven forfend that the natural world be unsafe. All the animals should be in cages for secure viewing. We've got to get that weather under control, too!
|5 years 29 weeks ago||. . . and Tom Hulce is from||
. . . and Tom Hulce is from Plymouth. I like "Out There" from Hunchback. It's fun to belt.
I'm attached to a lot of ensemble songs simply because I've done the shows. The big numbers are great--when you're part of a wall of sound in an act-ending number:
Also a fan of Adam Guettel's work:
There are a lot more . . . most music other than show tunes bores the crap out of me. I couldn't name a single currently popular singer or group. Right now I have Next to Normal in the CD player, which has some excellent stuff.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||I don't think you can.||
I don't think you can. Sorry. I didn't mean to dangle this story as a teaser, but I only know her as the sister of a good friend from grad school. While she was cool with me putting up these two photos, I don't think she wants any more publicity.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Oh, he's alive. Kory lives||
Oh, he's alive. Kory lives in backcountry Alaska, and this guy took up residence in her "yard." She's made friends with him, and actually takes him for strolls on a leash. She's a little nutso for animals. Here's another shot: