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|1 day 40 min ago||I know nothing about EECS,||
I know nothing about EECS, but I have hired several statisticians in my career. If you are interested in applied statistics, look for courses that have you use SAS, R, or Stata to analyze social science data. Probably more interesting than EECS and you'll probably have a job offer before you graduate.
|2 days 3 hours ago||When I arrived in Ann Arbor||
When I arrived in Ann Arbor in the fall of 1987 as a PhD student, the mood on campus was that the football team sucked and Bo was getting old and didn't know how to coach any more. We finished 8-4, lost to State and Ohio. The next year, Bo got it together, won the conference, beat State, beat Ohio, and finished 9-2-1 after beating USC in the Rose Bowl. Bad years weren't nearly as bad, and were often followed by very good years.
Being a doctoral student, though, I was way too busy to pay much attention.
|1 week 11 hours ago||The Reserve? It is very nice||
The Reserve? It is very nice and modestly priced.
Edit: if you like that, try Faustino VII Rioja if you can find it, very drinkable at $10/bottle.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Having lived and worked and||
Having lived and worked and drank with 'mobsters' in Moscow in the 1990s, let me say that there is a difference between an "oligarch" and a "mobster". Prokhorov is an oligarch who made his money acquiring state assets during privatization; the typical model was to loan the cash-starved Russian state money, take assets as collateral and acquire them at a fraction of their value when the state couldn't or wouldn't pay back. Mobsters lead much simpler, and more dangerous lives. The two roles can intersect, but in his case, probably not. He simply became so rich so fast he didn't need to get his hands dirty.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Kelso Industrial IPA.||
Kelso Industrial IPA.
|1 week 2 days ago||There was a usenet discussion||
There was a usenet discussion group started about that time called duke.basketball.sucks.sucks.sucks. An early precursor to what we're doing here. I used to go to the lab in ... I can't remember which building it was ... to read my discussion groups and that one was a fun break from the more boring scientific ones.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Someone wake me up, this is||
Someone wake me up, this is cruel.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I see additional||
I see additional possibilities:
1) Hackett is on a brief power trip and wants to make sure he has a substantial impact on the future direction of the athletic department. I don't think this is the most likely scenario, but I wouldn't put it past him, at least to some extent: he is a long-time CEO who was elevated to that post at a relatively young age. Such a type often thinks they can rule the world.
2) Initial discussions with the 'obvious' AD candidates with strong ties to UM led nowhere- why in the world would a man like Bates want to leave a very comfortable position at BC, for example, where expectations are very different, probably much more reasonable, to take on a potential no-win situation at UM? Out of love? No way. I think this is a very likely scenario - none of the strong, obvious candidates wants the job, so it will take time to find the not so obvious, take-a-chance candidate.
3) Hackett has been led to conclude by initial contact with representative of the Harbaughs, or whoever, that it would be best to hire the big-name coach first, then fill the AD slot with someone who can adapt to that personality and situation. I hope to hell this isn't the case, but it can't be completely dismissed. This could lead to the tail wagging the dog, but maybe Schlissel doesn't care, he's got much, much bigger fish to fry (his appointment of a new medical center director this week was so much more important than either the football HC or AD positions, orders of magnitude more important).
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Tremendous back, powerful,||
Tremendous back, powerful, stutter-steps then great acceleration, but come on, you could drive a truck through some of those holes in the line. He usually had to beat one linebacker.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Was anyone actually surprised||
Was anyone actually surprised by today's outcome? If so, you haven't been paying attention. This was predictable, after week 2. Hackett will do the right thing, and fire Hokes rear after next week. If you don't understand why it's the right thing to do, then you may have attended Michigan, but you don't understand Michigan. We will get destroyed by Ohio, then Brady will ride off into the sunset.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Pinstripe Bowl against BC||
Pinstripe Bowl against BC would be great, would sell out quickly and perhaps be a pretty good game. By "good" I mean not a blowout.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Dr.?||
Does he have a doctorate?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Well said. Schlissel is a||
Well said. Schlissel is a critical thinker, we haven't had such a president in a few years.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||saw hobsbawm speak at hill auditorium in the late||
saw hobsbawm speak at hill auditorium in the late 80s. it was like listening to an overstuffed chair, with a public school accent.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||In New Orleans for a||
In New Orleans for a conference, drinking an infusion called Any Last Words at a place called the 21st Amendment. Enjoying myself immensely.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Two points I've tried to make||
Two points I've tried to make in recent threads about Schlissel and the AD, to which I haven't seen anything but knee jerk responses. One, many here, including Brian, seem to take it as given that at a place like Michigan there is some sort of direct correlation between the success of the football team and the financial status of the AD. There is no evidence at all of such a relationship, in fact there is evidence that there is no direct relationship at all. The only times the AD has been in the red or on the verge in recent years coincided with relative success on the football field. And the recent period of football pain has coincided with fabulous financial health of the AD. The burden of proof is on those who suggest that Schlissel deemphasizing success would impact the bottom line. And alumni? the dough keeps rolling in.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Nonsense. If Michigan gave up||
Nonsense. If Michigan gave up football, other sports would still exist, just with more limited facilities and possibly scholarships. It's happened before, at Vermont and Boston. Both still have fantastic hockey teams, by the way, and occasionally good basketball teams.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||"It's a time sink." Yeah,||
"It's a time sink."
Yeah, come spend some time on mgoblog, Mr. President.
Some people here are talking about whether or not Schlissel is going to fire Hoke. I think he's makkng it pretty clear he's not going to deal with coaches, nor should he. I think Schlissel has an excellent perspective on his and the U's priorities here, despite his lack of familiarity with D1 sports. Probably helps him keep perspective.
Regarding classes, when I taught at the U in the late 80s early 90s, a handful of football players signed up for my courses over the years; they all dropped, most didn't even attend one class. Too much reading material, and multiple papers in addition to exams. Can't blame them, really, there are only so many hours in a day.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Maryland has a decent||
Maryland has a decent quarterback who is able to put points on the board when his team is down. We have a weak secondary. That will probably be the difference, I don't see us making a bowl this year.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||No "500" in Jeopardy.||
No "500" in Jeopardy.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||When was the last time a||
When was the last time a college game went into overtime 0-0?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||You should make a deal with||
You should make a deal with one of those fine Michigan breweries, take their leftover wort off their hands, feed it to your steers. Malt finished steaks. Two Hearted Ribeye sounds delicious.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||No more nutter butters for||
No more nutter butters for the dog. It starts with doggy dental bills. Then it's doggy Prozac, doggy epilepsy meds, doggy tumor surgery, doggy hip surgery. Soon your kid's 529 account is drained and the dog is leaving presents behind the couch.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly, he's 19 or so and||
Exactly, he's 19 or so and posting for us on a Friday night? Go get drunk, do something crazy and boink your girlfriend.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Nice. I had a fantastic grass||
Nice. I had a fantastic grass fed ribeye at Cowboy Star in San Diego in June, a city dear to your heart. But I still think they were finished with corn. Ever feed your cattle beer? I've seen farmers do that in Japan.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I Want to buy some||
I Want to buy some quiverfull steaks. Are they finished with maize?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Exploring the Willamette||
Exploring the Willamette Valley tonight. 2011 was a fine year. As a Wings fan living in New York, it's nice to see them bouncing back after that OT loss in the Garden. They used to own that place.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It happened in my hometown up||
It happened in my hometown up in CT, 17 year old kid was flying his drone with a GoPro over the state park, which has a beach, and this woman freaked out on him. She was arrested and sentenced to probation. You're right, they could have done a better job of entertaining us, maybe with a pile driver or something like that.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Which is one of the reasons||
Which is one of the reasons why I don't think Harbaugh takes the job if offered.
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