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|19 hours 9 min ago||Does G Matt||
Does G Matt coach Gary or do we let Gary coach G Matt?
|1 day 10 hours ago||How||
How anyone upvoted your post is a mystery to me. Molk made it exceedingly and bizarrely obvious.
|3 days 13 hours ago||God, I hope not*||
|3 days 14 hours ago||Fine||
I certainly have no problem with that opinion, but I'm going to stand up for the integrity of my statements with careful arguments, as opposed to most of the responses in this string here, including yours, that are just unqualified statements or opinions.
As an aside, DFW has also had quite a few discussions (recorded and written) on the role and dangers of cynicism in society. I find cynicism to be an interesting and important subject and not just some word.
|3 days 15 hours ago||And||
And of course you don't state how/why. I understand that it is a word very often misused, but whatever you might think of my handle, you cannot make a case for it being cynical by any commonly accepted definition of the word. Whereas, disimissing the value of a book on the basis of skepticism of the motives of others, is quite literally cynicism.
|3 days 15 hours ago||No||
Completely false comparisons. I said that denigrating a book on the basis that it's a book people only read because they are trying to prove their intelligence is cynical. It is rejecting the value in something based on skepticism and distrust of peoples movtives. That is the exact essence of cynicism.
My username came about because I couldn't think of a username. It is not meant to poke fun of anyone, denigrate anything, or demonstrate anything. Even if it were me trying to say "look how clever I am," that is still not cynicism. There is no contempt, there is no distrust, no skepticism, no rejection of value.
Anyway, I have said my piece. I don't expect you to accept it, but no rational argument has been made to counter it.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Rather||
Rather than just saying things baselessly, I'll actually show you how you are incorrect.
Definition: Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others.
Cynics chose to denigrate things because of their inherent skepticism in values they chose to reject and general mistrust of people and society. So when a book like Infinite Jest is lauded, a typical cynical reaction is to dismiss the book entirely based off some ridiculous notion that only people who want to appear smart would read and discuss it. A cynic finds it very difficult to believe that there may be genuine satisfcation gained by reading and discussing the book and that the book may have a value they do not appreciate.
My handle has literally nothing to do with cynicism. Cynicism is inherently negative. A lot of people use the word cynical interchangably with words like irreverent, satirical, skeptical, etc. None of those share the same meaning.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I'm not sure||
I'm not sure you really grasp what cynical means.
|3 days 16 hours ago||This is||
This is such a cynical viewpoint and unsurprisingly almost always made by people who haven't read the book.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I think||
I think it is the single most rewarding book I've ever read. I read it the month before starting grad school after having left a job when I could really dedicate time to it. I don't think it's the kind of book you can read casually.
As far as your concerns, I found the first ~200 pages close to unreadable, especially some of the dialogue in the halfway house setting. It reminded me of Naked Lunch, a book I could not finish. Once you get accostomed to the colloquial verbiage and acronyms, you can really start investing in the plot. Ultimately, it was the plot and even moreso the characters that absolutely hooked me. DFW's modern use of language may be unparalleled, but the characters I think really make this book. Things eventually do come together, but it takes a great deal of set up, which is probably where you are a bit stuck. Keep going and I think you'll be hooked.
Someday I hope to get through the first 100 pages of Gravity's Rainbow. Haven't succeeded yet.
|4 days 21 hours ago||And do you hold opinions on||
And do you hold opinions on those groups of people as well? Also, it's whittler.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Says||
Says the guy who didn't know who the world's most famous poker player was.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Major douche||
but definitely one of the biggest and most successful poker personalities.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Shaka's||
Shaka's style leads to upsets, that's what made him successful at VCU, and that's why the RPI likes them. They are dangerous due to style, but I don't agree that they are very talented and they are not nearly consistent enough to be 21. They could close out strong, but to date I'd take Michigan's resume over theirs and I think #30 is about right for us.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Texas||
Texas at 21 shows what a joke RIP is.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting||
Interesting that between 3.0 - 4.0, it looks pretty much like noise. It's above and below that range that there seems to be the main contributions to the 0.13 r^2 value.
|1 week 3 days ago||IU is first||
I'm hoping he's back for that one so that the team has at least one game to reestablish some chemistry before MSU.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good call||
great video too
|1 week 3 days ago||Come on||
Come on man. I'm not trolling. I'm not name calling. I'm not even bitching. I'm defending an opinion on a message board that exists for discussion. If you have anything constructive to add, please do.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yet another||
"If he doesn't go to Michigan, he will go to a school that does the same things, if not worse."
Yet another baseless assertion that gets thrown around here to make people feel better about themselves.
|1 week 3 days ago||To be clear||
To be clear, my concerns are not with scaring off other desired recruits. That's a distant second to conducting the program with dignity, which he is failing as of late.
It's also amazing how the narrative on this board shifts throughout the recruiting cycle. First it's, I don't get why we're offering these kids so early, but I guess you can't doubt Harbaugh's eye for talent. Then it's, well it's okay if we tell them early it might not work out--they can find other opportunities. Then it's, well we don't really know what actually happened. Then it's, well as long as it's by the rules I don't care how cynical and Machiavellian it is. What's next?
|1 week 3 days ago||Really?||
On this board Harbaugh is a deified to an uncomfortable extent. Now of course losing one major recruit wouldn't be big deal, but clearly he's not the only kid out there cocking an eyebrow at what's going on.
Hopefully, going forward, cases like Weaver will help low ranked kids keep a more skeptical eye toward what an offer from Harbaugh means for their own sake.
|1 week 3 days ago||What if||
What if it costs us a Donovan Peoples-Jones. Still cool?
|1 week 3 days ago||Right||
At what point is Harbaugh going to realize that cash and hookers are what kids want?
It's okay to feel conflicted about something. It's not the same thing as hypocrisy. You don't have to bend over backwards to find arguments that only serve your need to root for Michigan football without concern.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, we do||
Harbaugh likes to offer a bunch of low three star prospects as a way of creating a buzz and then cut them loose if they don't get the message after the coaches stop contacting them.
There's an extraordinarily simple solution, don't offer prospects that aren't up to your talent standards to begin with.
|1 week 3 days ago||Or just||
Or just don't offer a bunch of kids that you doubt you'll have room for all for the sake of generating some early recruiting buzz.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Prostitution||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Still don't know||
Still don't know what to think about everything but that's some classic grade A Harbaugh shit right there.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ok||
Ok, I'll trust you mgouser of ... oh, <1 day.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This shit||
This shit is killing my productivity this week.