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|23 weeks 1 day ago||Backpacking in ignorant bliss||
Was backpacking in the UP in the Porcupines. No cell reception and no clue what was going on until the next day when we ran into two hikers coming the other way at the Presque Isle River. They tried to explain to us what had happened, but didn't really have a good grasp on it themselves (there was still a lot of confusion at that point, and rumors flying around), so it was like a bad game of telephone.
Went to the nearest gas station so the girls from NY could use the payphone and check in back home. The only newspaper they had was the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, so we bought a few copies and read as much about it as we could on the way home. Still didn't feel real though and the pictures just looked like ads for a summer blockbuster. It was't until we got back to campus and saw the tv coverage that it really started to sink in. Years later dated a girl from NYC who watched the towers fall while standing in the street. Our experiences that day could not have been much different.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Africa - Namibia||
Africa - Namibia (specifically the rural roads between the Fish River Canyon and Sossusvlei)
Asia - Sri Lanka (Sigiriya, Adam's Peak, beaches of the southern coast)
Middle East - Oman (wadis, deserted coastlines)
Oceania/Pacific - Fatu Hiva, Marquesas
North America - Glacier National Park (among many, many others)
South America - Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), Colombia (objectively not as beautiful as Machu Picchu, but subjectively the solitude and sense of discovery at la Ciudad Perdida make it more beautiful)
Caribbean - San Blas Islands (Kuna Yala), Panama
City - Cape Town, South Africa
Skiing - Gulmarg, Kashmir
Left out Europe since I haven't seen enough of it to opine.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||As far as Perú goes, both the||
As far as Perú goes, both the Sacred Valley and the Colca Canyon are great, but the Cordillera Huayhuash and Cordillera Blanca near Huaráz are even more stunning. A bit further north, in Ecuador, there's a spot on a trail in the Andes directly between El Altar (17,500ft.) and Chimborazo (20,500 ft.) that offers views of both and is absolutely unbeatable at sunset.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Bora Bora is lovely, but for||
Bora Bora is lovely, but for my money the Tuamotus and the Marquesas are the most beautiful parts of French Polynesia.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Seconded||
Seconded. Namibia is breathtaking.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||No thanks. We're doing just||
No thanks. We're doing just fine in Lima, Peru without him.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Foreword||
Harbaugh may write while sitting forward in his chair, but in this book he wrote the foreword.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Lima-based Mgoblogger here.||
Lima-based Mgoblogger here. I thought Peru looked sloppy against Venezuela, until Pizarro managed to come through in the clutch once again. A very solid performance against Colombia yesterday. Colombia very easily could have/should have been down to 10 men in the second half, but Peru held on admirably. I hope they don't take Bolivia lightly and go through to what would be an epic semifinal against Chile.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Thanks, that one's working||
Thanks, that one's working
|1 year 37 weeks ago||watching overseas||
Anybody know of a non-ESPN livestream for those of us watching overseas?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||You can avoid that as long as||
You can avoid that as long as you only sail downwind. Just need to find a lake where the wind comes out of the west only for as long as you want to sail east and then shifts 180 degrees for you when you're ready to come back to the dock.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Hybrid||
They have these hybrid boats now with an engine to maneuver in tight spaces and then these big canvases that use an alternative energy source called "wind". It's invisible AND free. Highly recommend.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Points!!!||
Bring 'em on
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Thanks for this. I||
Thanks for this. I definitely see the logic. About not being dominant at 9-3, I agree but would also point out they could have very easily been 11-1 if their Nebraska game and the Roundtree hail mary had gone a bit differently. And the luck thing - well, NU seems to come out as being "lucky" every year. Is there any such thing as being consistently lucky to the point we can expect a team to continue being so? Or is that just silly?
8 wins is my prediction, though I could see as few as 7 or as many as 10 if everything falls into place). Fortunately the season is upon us and the results will answer this for us!
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Northwestern||
Northwestern often seems to come out poorly in your analyses, but overrated by 2 games seems a bit of a stretch. The Vegas win totals are 8.5 or 7.5 depending on which book you look at, so that means you're projecting them for at most 7 wins or possibly as few as 5.
Given that this was a top 20 team last year that returns a lot of core people, I'm interested to hear why you think they'll fall so far. i know the schedule is quite a bit more difficult, but that doesn't account for such a large difference.
Looking forward to hearing your reasoning.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Love this series, thanks||
Love this series, thanks Brian. I know it's a bit of extra work, but is there any chance you could add the 247 Composite rankings to those you already have listed from the four sites individually?
|3 years 40 weeks ago||A question out of curiosity -||
A question out of curiosity - in your rankings chart, why is Penn State listed as having three 4* commits and Northwestern is listed with only two 4* commits? In the breakdowns, Northwestern looks to have at least three, while PSU only has maybe 1.5 solid four-stars (though there are enough other commits with split rankings that I can see just saying they have three).
Also, if Penn State and Northwestern both have nine total commits, both have three 4* commits, and Northwestern's "Avg. avg." is higher than Penn State's, then why are they ranked lower? Similar question for MSU vs. Rutgers.
Obviously this can only be answered by 247, but it seems a little odd.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||If you're talking about the||
nm - pictures didn't load first time around. Please ignore...
|3 years 41 weeks ago||BS well-called. I had a few||
BS well-called. I had a few classes with football players as an NU undergrad and while some of them were plenty smart, let's just say the average intelligence of the team was below the rest of the student body.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Funny, because all of my||
Funny, because all of my Minnesota friends throw around "U of M" like they own it.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Yeah, except Nebraska is||
Yeah, except Nebraska is actually UNL, not NU. Calling them NU is like calling Michigan "MU". Their website is even www.unl.edu.
Northwestern University, on the other hand, is actually NU. It's even a (very basic) cheer in the student section (Go U, N-U).
It's certainly true that people know what you mean when you say or write "NW", but it seems to me like people should respect what others want to be called. It's like someone named Andrew wanting to be called Andy and you just pat them on the head and say, "that's nice" and then keep calling them Andrew.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||His name is Vollmar - it was||
His name is Vollmar - it was only a matter of time. Mike Wolvmar, wherever you are, come on down!
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Ah yes, the famous explorer||
Ah yes, the famous explorer from "Up". Did he ever end up capturing one of those birds?
|3 years 45 weeks ago||The "NU" in Lincoln is||
The "NU" in Lincoln is actually the University of Nebraska Lincoln, a.k.a. "UNL". The real "NU" is Northwestern, though ESPN will never let them win that fight. I suppose it's the same as my wife calling Minnesota the "UofM" and me having to gently remind her that "UofM" is Michigan.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Nice. Worked landscaping at||
Nice. Worked landscaping at Lowry's summer after my senior year and did a lot of the houses back there when they were all being built. Beautiful spot.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Excellent article on Burke||
Apparently I can't start new board topics since all my board activity must have happened before the points system was revamped. Yes, this means I've only posted like twice in the past few years.
Anyway, there's an awesome long form article on Burke's rise over the past few years on SBNation of all places. Hope you all enjoy: LINK
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Man, little did I know they||
Man, little did I know they were letting Buckeyes into the 'hood. No wonder my parents sold
West Crest Forest Ct. doesn't ring a bell - must be in the new part of The Manors? (and by "new" I mean built ten years ago)
|3 years 45 weeks ago||NU, not NW. And why, pray||
NU, not NW. And why, pray tell, do they deserve it?
|3 years 45 weeks ago||So you live(d) in Deerwood?||
So you live(d) in Deerwood? Great neighborhood, but my parents just sold their house after almost 30 years there.