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|1 week 3 min ago||I think this is the proper||
I think this is the proper tone. If the GSI presented this as a personal affront, my internal reaction would be, "kiss my ass." If it was presented as "you guys, this is ridiculous. Maybe think about how you want to spend your time" I'd have no problem with it. I do subscribe to the theory that you paid for this opportunity and you have the right to pay attention or not. In a similar vein, I think required attendance in college is ridiculous (exempting classes that are primarily seminar/interaction based). Whether daddy paid for it or if one paid his own way is irrelevant to the argument.
As a former GSI (albeit in the pre-smart phone days) without any particular talent for teaching, I couldn't really blame students for checking out sometimes. Some people are better book learners, some people struggle with attention span, and sometimes the material that is required to be discussed is god-awful boring. I remember doing a lecture on amino acid structure which at some point comes down to "you just have to memorize this shit somehow" and there is no way that I know of to convey that in a stimulating lecture.
As for it being detrimental to other students, I think that argument is largely hollow. Specific examples may not be: the pornography in class crosses a line in my mind. Overall though, this feels like an argument made by people eager to be offended. If it is that distracting, go sit in the front row...no one else will be there.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Colonoscopy alternative||
Just FYI: there is such a thing called "virtual colonography" which is an alternative to colonoscopy. It can be an option for those with "failed" colonoscopy (couldn't make that hard right turn or get through a stricture) or refuse to get one. It's a CT scan tailored to your colon.
Cynics may suggest that GI docs don't often recommend them because they don't tend to make money off of them. Radiologist literature says they work pretty good though. Downsides: 1) if they find anything, they can't do anything (biopsy, polypectomy) like they can with a scope, 2) the prep is basically the same (and just about everybody says that's by far the worst part, 3) we still stick a tube in your butt (but it's skinnier and doesn't go as far in...its used to inflate the colon with air), 4) insurance coverage may be tricky.
Personally, I think old-fashioned colonoscopy is the way to go...but something is better than nothing.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Not his twitter.||
Not his twitter.
|29 weeks 14 hours ago||So Swenson came up while I||
So Swenson came up while I was typing. Would it really have been "really good" for him to be locked into a program that no longer wanted him? From the perspective of a Michigan Degree, sure. But I think the vast majority of kids getting offered by the Michigans of the football world have football goals beyond college and would take a chance to see the football field with Iowa over riding the pine in Ann Arbor, degrees notwithstanding.
|29 weeks 14 hours ago||Interesting argument||
I could be swayed either way here...I think there are arguments on both sides. My reservations (other than the no-out-clause issue) mostly center around the presumed benefit of locking these recruits and programs to each other.
I'm forgetting his name currently but let's imagine the OL recruit from Illinois who we apparently soured on (Swenson) signed an early LOI. A year later, correctly or not, our staff decides that he has not developed into a player that they think will contribute to the program. As much as many of us didn't really enjoy the "bad look" of us cutting the kid loose, it does seem like that would be preferable to the no-win situation of both the recruit and the school locked in to each other. He'd have to sit out a year or come into a program that doesn't value him and would have little chance to see the field.
At that point the school has lost a scholarship spot and the kid has lost his chance to see the field and it sucks for everybody. I think the rule would cut down on over-signing, but there'd be some not-insignificant "baby with the bathwater" effect with recruits/schools getting mutually screwed when life happens and things just don't work out with an otherwise "legitimate" offer.
I suppose the easy response is "well, don't offer the kid if you're not sure," which...OK.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I love that he said it twice,||
I love that he said it twice, without humor and in earnest: "play, coach, and die." I'm sorta flummoxed by all the attention to the uniform silliness and then a gem like that flies under the radar. It's not quite "the team" x3, but it's pretty fucking great.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I tend to agree with those||
I tend to agree with those that are cynical of the NBA's motives here, but it is interesting that whatever profit-maximizing calculation they've made landed on the side of the LGBTQ (or whatever the current abbreviation is) community and its allies.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know....but I think||
Don't know....but I think it's safe to say Detroit has the worst pedestrians in the country when adjusted for density. I spent four years weaving around people just randomly walking in the middle of Woodward on my daily commute from Ferndale.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||New Zealand Hiking||
I did a couple of weeks in NZ on the South Island a couple years ago. Went by myself but joined a group via the guide company "Active Adventures." Did a 3-4 day/night hike up in the mountains to Lake Angelus, sea kayaked in a few places (including Milford Sound), skydiving and bungee jumping in Queenstown, some very light mountain biking, and a few day hikes.
The tour company was expensive as hell but a good mix of actually getting out there and doing stuff without having to plan too much or be extremely proficient at outdoorsy-stuff. Mostly middle-aged couples in my group, but a few younger single people and one awesome early 70's hippy couple. Some of the middle-aged women were NOT outdoorsy/athletic and managed OK. Pretty cool company if that's the kind of thing you're looking for.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||My AT Hike||
Back in 2010, I had 5 months off between finishing school and starting my career and planned to thru-hike the AT. Made it about 300 miles in the dead of winter before my buddy got frostbite and I wimped out on going ahead alone. Saw literally 4 other people on trail in those 6 weeks. Had an absolute blast though and it's still one of the coolest things I've ever done. I kept a journal at the time which I thought/think was/is a pretty good read. Might be of interest to anyone who wants to kill an hour (especially relevant to those who might think of going in the winter (spoiler alert: mountains are cold in the winter...even in Georgia/North Carolina/Tennessee). I'd be happy to answer any specific questions about my experience if anybody's interested.
Journal link: http://the-at-bjournal.tumblr.com/
(you have to click through to the last page to start at the beginning...it posts in reverse chronological order)
(the second half of the journal is what I did after I got off trail...not really relevant to the OP)
(for anybody serious about trying/planning a thru-hike, whiteblaze.net is an invaluable resource)
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
Thanks. I might bug you for that info later. For now, I found a list on reddit of guys willing to help out with the necessary equipment. There's a local guy so I'll see where that goes...
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Don't think so but...||
I'm not really a car guy. I love driving my new zippy stickshift but couldn't really explain the first thing about how it works. I think the audio guys would be less likely to have the right equipment as its not just for the radio but pretty much diagnostics/settings for the whole car (and if they did, they'd probably charge just as much).
I have a sense that there's a pretty decent group of VW/GTI enthusiasts out there and I thought maybe I'd be lucky enough to find one on here with his/her own VCDS thing-a-ma-bob.
Here's a quick blurb from the wiki page which I think addresses the question of "share-ability:"
VCDS will perform most of the functions of the expensive electronic diagnostic tools available only to official dealers, like the current VAS 505x series diagnostic tools. In the past, these dealership-only tools have prevented owners, and many small independent repair shops from performing some fundamental tasks, such as diagnosing problems, diesel ignition timing, modification of convenience options such as automatic door unlocking, coding a replacement electronic control unit (ECU) or key to the vehicle, and monitoring of many vehicle sensors for diagnosing problems. Unlike generic on-board diagnostics (OBD-II or EOBD), VCDS uses the more in-depth Volkswagen Group-specific manufacturer protocol commands, which allows the user to access all diagnostic capable vehicle systems — even in vehicles which are not covered by generic OBD-II/EOBD (e.g. pre-1996). In general, there are two ways to use this software, either as a package (software and hardware) distributed by the manufacturer or their agents, or, by building your own interface hardware and using it with the publicly available but limited shareware version of the software.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Blowout||
2004 Buick Rendezvous circa 2006. On the way from A2 to Rochester for rehearsal dinner with fiance and two bridesmaids dressed to the nines. Total blowout of one of the tires. Ended up changing the damn thing in rush hour, in my best suit, on the side of 696, with histrionics from the bride-to-be the whole time.
Not a good omen for the relationship. In retrospect, I probably wouldv'e been better off if I had lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fiery Bolivia.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Thread jack (sorry!)Just||
Thread jack (sorry!)
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Hey...I was the manager of||
Hey...I was the manager of that concession stand from 1997-98. When were you there?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I think Simmons' new website,||
I think Simmons' new website, "theringer.com," is going to continue the "Ask the Maester" column. There was an edition of it included in the first newsletter released by the site.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I'm sorry, but I laugh every time I see PSU's kickoff guy.||
I'm sorry, but I laugh every time I see PSU's kickoff guy.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||God I love Harbaugh.||
God I love Harbaugh.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||What the fucking fuck?||
What the fucking fuck?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||What the fucking fuck?||
What the fucking fuck?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Guilty.||
Yup...that would be me. It's probably not even fair to call it a fight: it was more of a scuffle.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Seaholm Class of 2000 shout||
Seaholm Class of 2000 shout out to Demorest. We actually got in a fight in middle school which lasted about twenty seconds. I think I started it and Matt ended it (I weighed 70 pounds and Matt was a bit stockier.) He's probably a decent guy 'cause instead of beating the crap out of me he just held me down until I calmed down. Anyway, good luck to him.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Casey's is still the best.||
Still fantastic. I'm more of a lurker around here but had to sign in and represent for the good folks and burgers over at 5th and Depot. Long live Casey's.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||The guy's name is Jon Waters...||
...and no one foresaw a "sexualized environment?"
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Tennessee||
I don't know basketball that well.
Can someone tell my how/why Tennessee is above Duke in KENPOM? And how/why they're an 11 seed? Assuming they beat Mercer, can I watch UM's next game expecting a relatively easy win?
If we lose this game, I'll never visit this website again...so you can save your time with the angry jinx posts.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Zona loss relevant?||
I make no claim to be a basketball guru, so forgive me if this is a stupid question: does Arizona's loss today affect our chances at a 1 seed or are they far enough ahead of us that it is irrelevant?
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Twin Peaks||
There was recently an interview on avclub.com with Sherilyn Fenn (actress who played Audrey Horne). Billy Zane and Heather Graham's roles (which totally sucked the life out of season 2) were created because Lara Flynn Boyle was dating Kyle Machlachlan and was jealous of the relationship of "Cooper and Audrey." There's always been a lot of whispers of behind the scenes issues during season 2, not the least of which was getting cancelled.
Incidentally, I named my dog Special Agent Dale Cooper. And Audrey Horne was smoking.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Quarton Alumnus here.||
Quarton in 1989! 2nd grade, broken tibia, on crutches. Resorted to reading books during recess.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Broke||