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|3 weeks 6 days ago||1978 Toyota Celica||
The cars in the late 1970s and early-mid 1980s were bad, and I mean really bad.
First car I owned I found out the guy who sold me it rolled back the miles. He ended up buying me my first car after my dad put the screws to him.
Then with that money, I bought a Dodge Omni 024. The car was so bad, the carburetor wasn't even bolted on to the car.
The worst mistake though was a 1978 Toyota Celica. 10 days after buying it, the engine lost compression so it needed 2 months of work replacing everything. Then the clutch went out. Horrible car, but I still liked it for some reason.
I drive a 2013 Chevy Volt. Not a GM guy but it's the best car I've ever owned, hands down.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Graduation was the biggest letdown of my time at Michigan||
For what was supposed to be one of the highlights of my 4 years, graduation sucked.
The speaker was University President James "The Dude" Duderstadt. The University came up with the lame excuse that it is customary for the President in his or her first year to be the guest speaker (still dont know if this is true). Duderstadt was one boring individual and I wouldn't want to hear him in any venue, more or less at the end of my 4 year college experience. The previous years' speakers included Mike Wallace, Marshall Shulman (foreign policy expert) and Javier Perez de Cuellar (UN Sec-General)...and we got The Dude. (not The Dude from the Big Lebowski either).
(On a side note, our local high school had Bill Clinton come and speak 4 years ago. His nephew was graduating, and he gave a great speech.)
Then, there was the equally lame, "Will the entire LSA Class of 1989" please stand up? Other big schools, including Wisconsin, would award the diplomas by calling your name. Yes, there are lots of names, but they could divide it up alphabetically. Lots of time and cash invested and they don't even read your name.
The final straw for me personally was many of my friends had either graduated the year or semester before, or were in the B School's separate graduation, so I went to graduation pretty much by myself and latched on to a few other people I knew. That sucked.
Graduation from my MBA program at Minnesota was much better.
The very best Commencement speech was Art Buchwald's. He stood up and said, "As you can see, we're leaving you a pretty perfect world. Don't screw it up." and then sat down.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Burton Tower was the University's first big erection||
I too recall Regent Power jumping off the tower in 1987 during my sophomore year. I had a class the hour before at MLB, and walked by again later in the day after I heard the news. There were a number or memorial tributes at the site, but not much more than that was said.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Ad revenue alone won't solve it||
I work in the CDN (content delivery network) space. Throw more servers at it and that's not the right solution. You need to geographically spread out the load so that everyone isnt trying to access the same way. When you go to espn.com, the background of the site is served off of servers in a central location or two, and the images and database are sitting at the far ends of the Internet, in hundreds or thousands of locations. Content is mirrored (replicated).
Think of it as a restaurant. Sure, you can build a bigger kitchen to serve everyone, but if people can't get into the parking lot to begin with, then who cares if you have a bigger kitchen?
The solution is dynamic web acceleration. Amazon Web Services does it cheaply, and so do other CDNs.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||This is what CDNs are for||
Offload the images and database to sit on a CDN and the site background on a cloud server(s). It's what every major (and many minor) sites do. And no, it's not expensive.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Our SOS should be better than Clemson||
Yes, they beat Louisville at home, but they haven't beaten another current Top 10 team. A win over Auburn, which just lost and is 7-3. FSU at 5-3? Nearly losing to NC State? Losing to Pitt at home? Our SOS includes wins over Top 10 Colorado, Wisconsin, and Penn State and a last second loss to a mediocre Iowa team, but on the road. So our loss is better than theirs today. But Clemson's win over Louisville is more impressive I think. Who knows for sure?
I see it as:
3) Clemson (interchangeable at 4)
4) Louisville (lost H2H to Clemson)
8) Penn State
9) Colorado (only losses to Michigan and USC, a very good team)
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Hawkins coming to Michigan||
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Spent a lot of time in Madtown||
I had a girlfriend as an undergrad who went to UW. (it was also my safety school) I must have visited that place 20+ times, and lived in Madison afterwards for a couple of months. I nearly transferred after sophomore year because I had more fun there than I did in A2, and actually like their campus more because of the lakes and bars nearby on State Street. I went to several parties at Camp Randall and football games broke out each time. In the end, I couldn't pull the trigger to transfer and glad I stayed for my UM degree.
My roommate and many friends in my MBA program at Minnesota were Badgers. Really great people, and as rabid and loyal fans as we are. I never noticed any inferiority complex or hatred from them, just respect, and they were all pretty bright people (minus my ex who looking back was not the sharpest tool in the shed).
I think they are my second favorite team in the B1G and I will root for them when we aren't playing. It's hard for me not to like them. Probably no other team I can say this about in our conference.
|34 weeks 23 hours ago||Then you wouldn't like the movie||
Because you know he dies within the first 2 minutes. It's also in the trailer. Sorry to spoil the beginning of the movie for you.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||The trailer can be found here||
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Nope||
All I said was we just had the worst mass shooting in US history and people were talking about all other kinds of OT stuff, not even acknowledging it. I found that a bit peculiar, even for a "sports site" that talks about Flint water, what are you drinking tonight, favorite movies, etc.
If you consider that stupid, then so be it.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||So I bring up the Orlando shooting on MGoBlog...||
And people say "no politics" and "it's too soon to discuss" and "this is a sports blog..."
Yet this blog entry is fine.
It's politics, not sports related, but doesn't involve guns...
I don't get it.
|41 weeks 2 hours ago||Yes and no||
In the past 5-10 years, there have been fewer spots in CA for in state kids. However, the UC system is adding another 10K kids into the enrollment, and there is a bill going through the State Senate prohibiting in state kids being rejected with the same credentials as out of state kids.
As for Michigan opening doors, I don't see it. Sure, it helped me in applying for grad school, but not any more than a UC degree from their first tier (the ones I mentioned), especially on the West Coast.
The bottom line is that if you went to an Ivy, or Stanford, or believe or not Notre Dame with one of the strongest alumni networks, than yes, where you went to undergrad may matter and help. It certainly though isn't "$120K more matters".
|41 weeks 8 hours ago||In state is a pretty limiting factor||
Many of us live out of state. We live in Cali, and as an alum, as much as I would love for my kids to attend Michigan, why would I pay nearly 2X for 4 years to attend Michigan when they can attend Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, Irvine, or Davis ($120K vs $240K)?
For a school with as large of an endowment as Michigan, why can't they offset the high OOS tuition to keep it in check with other state schools?
From 2014 (it's worse now)
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Remember him from Rick's||
I was standing next to him at Rick's which didn't have the highest ceiling to begin with. Wow, what a massive human being.
He is "down" to 425 lbs, and hopes to get to 330 lbs. Can you imagine the stress even 330 lbs puts on the body's knees, internal organs, etc.?
He probably needs to be down to at least 240-250 to be healthy.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Stanford Tuition = Michigan OOS||
On a recent visit, it was surprising to learn that Stanford's tuition is the same as Michigan OOS. In fact, if your parents make under $125K/yr, Stanford is tuition free, and if they make under $65K, so is room and board.
Sure, Stanford is uber selective and has a $22B endowment, but why is Michigan $16K more per year OOS than another Big 10 school like Wisconsin? Michigan's endowment ($10.3B) is nearly 5x Wisconsin's so why aren't they spending some of the endowment on offsetting tuition increases?
|44 weeks 2 days ago||How about the President's pay?||
MSC was making $800K and in my opinion, didn't do a good job as an admin or keeping tuition costs in check.
At least Pres Shlissel earns his money as an excellent admin.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan has always been the most expensive OOS university||
When I was a freshman in '85, OOS tuition was $5,000. The only other state school that was comparable in price was Univ of Vermont.
Fast forward 30 years, when all is said and done, it will be about $300K for my 13 yr old to attend with room and board. Since I have two daughters, the other 10, it would cost at least $600K to attend Michigan. And they would be in debt since I could only probably fund 40% of that.
Compare this to them staying in state at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UCSD, and UC Davis. Probably $150K. I could pay for everything for them, and for the same cost they could also get a nice down payment on a house and a car too. Which is the better deal to set them up for success?
I still root for Michigan, and got a great education there, but my connections from school really didn't do anything for me.
On another note, did anyone see Michael Moore's new movie, 'Where to Invade Next?" He goes to Slovenia to interview American students attending for free. They said the quality of the education was very good. You could also do the same in Germany, and there are a lot of classes taught in English.
Since my kids are dual citizens of Spain and the US, that's tempting for me.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I've owned a lot of cars...maybe 14?||
Including some with crazy stories (first car I bought had the miles on the odometer turned back and the seller ended up giving my money back and then bought my next car for me)
Best Car: 2013 Chevy Volt--Love, love, love this car. 95% of the time uses only electricity. Takes off like a rocket 0-30 mph. Used less than 100 gallons of gas in 3 years including several road trips. Has a ton of options and electronics. Pretty reliable, especially for a GM. One of the only cars I have bought coming off a lease and I got it for a steal.
Worst car: Tie
2003 VW Passat-- Horrible car. Brakes and rotors went bad at 13K miles. Seat heater burned a hole in my a$$. Dealer changed my oil, yet didn't add in any oil and engine nearly fried until my oil light came on.
1979 Dodge Omni 024. Car was so bad, the carburetor wasn't even bolted on to the car. 0-60 in two days. Junk extraordinaire.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Great minds think alike||
I was going to post this after seeing this thread for the first time this morning, but you beat me to it. Classic scene. I follow SV religiously.
On a side note, timely thread. I'm going to ask my boss for a larger contribution to expenses today. I pay for all of my health insurance for me and my family, to the tune of $1100/month. I work for a German tech semi-start up. (we are going on 8 years in business, but the company is just starting to kick in with revenues.)
I make a decent base and commission as the guy who runs sales for North and South America, but I work as a 1099 by choice because of retirement and tax benefits (I have my own company that pays me as an employee). What I don't really get is health or dental and stock options. Being German, the company doesn't really get the whole employer contributes most of the insurance for its employees.
I bring in a lot of business for the company so I'm hoping I have a leg to stand on, and my boss is a good guy who likes me.
Rule #1 as a business owner: Treat your sales guys/girls well.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Great video! Some things I noticed||
I think it was late night when that game started. Was it an evening game for Honolulu time?
1) Man, video quality was horrible back then. Yes, I know this was encoded for YouTube, and video degrades over time. but how we put up with such poor quality to watch a game, I don't understand. Internet video, nevermind 1080p and 4K, is 10 x better now.
2) Styles were really cheesy then. And it is Bo, but love the hat he had on at the airport. That's total old school.
3) Our players look a lot bigger, and I mean, a lot bigger than Hawaii's. I'm thinking the difference these days would not be so great as training methods have progressed.
4) The barefoot punter from Hawaii stands out. I remember barefoot kickers like Tony Franklin who kicked 64 and 65 yd field goals in his day. With the advent of better shoes, you don't really see barefoot kickers and punters anymore.
5) The airplane in the video is a DC8 I believe. That doesn't match the flight schedule posted earlier in the thread which said it was a 747 on that route. Likely stock footage.
6) The Hawaiian cheerleader is still very cute by today's standards. Even if it was from 30 years ago. Most girls from that era looking back are not like I remember.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||The thing is||
This wasn't people worked up. It was poor police planning from the start, topped by incompetence and then the police torturing the families and loved ones in their anguish. Not to mention the police altering their own testimony later.
Watch the 30 for 30 to understand it better. I watched it again last night.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Wow, I thought I'd seen it all before||
In other tragedies where the victims are blamed. You sir, take the cake.
I suppose the 10 yr old little boy that was crushed to death, or the 14 yr old who died next to his father, also are to blame for drunken disorder, decay, and deplorability?
I don't even have a dog in this fight. I'm a Barca fan.
Nothing like blind loyalty to your team, to the point of being callous to the loss of 96 innocent human lives. Are you even for real, or is this just a bot?
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Liverpool fans to blame?||
Police Superintendent Duckenfield--what are you doing posting on MGoBlog?
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Correct, 96||
Typo which has been corrected. Thanks for pointing this out.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Apparently, not as bad as back then||
39 people were killed in 1985 in a match between Juventus and Liverpool at Heysel Stadium. The British have really cracked down.
|1 year 1 week ago||And what about rephrasing the statement?||
When you lose control of your players like Dantonio,
|1 year 2 weeks ago||US History since 1933||
Taught by Sidney Fine. He was a legend that only missed teaching 3 classes in 40 years. The man knew his stuff and was one of the professors in a Michigan commercial during our football games.
Lots of reading and I mean a lot. (I was a history major). Got a D+ on the first exam,
Of course compared to Organic,
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Volcanoes and Earthquakes mini course||
Except I went once to class and that was it and I didn't study for the final and got a B-
Also John Kolars' Intro to Geography. All you had to do
|1 year 3 weeks ago||"Michigan University"?||
I can see now that the Banter Shirt Blue does a fine job covering the Rangers York New.