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|3 days 1 hour ago||I feel ya on PHP||
I mostly work with Python now, for many (mostly obvious) reasons. BUT! I will come to the defense of PHP a little. Well written PHP is just as robust and maintainable as any other language, it's just that it doesn't enforce any best-practices, and in fact makes it very easy to write terrible code (see: the server side component of the project linked above).
Anyway, like I said, don't take this project as an indicator of the type of code I write now, and let me know if I can contribute to development. You've got my GitHub and website, so feel free to contact me from either.
|3 days 2 hours ago||I actually started one of these a while ago||
I was moving and trying to beef up my resume for the job hunt, and I actually talked with Brian a bit and started in on one of these. The UI is pretty good, it handles automatic YouTube and Image embeds, and sanitizes any other possibly harmful input. Unfortunately the server side is just a giant mess, I got it working as a proof of concept but never went back and put any architectural thought into it. Once I finished the move and got a job, I kind of forgot the whole thing. It's on GitHub, and it's functional as-is if you want to check it out: https://github.com/bendemeyer/moderated-chat, and I've got a longer post on my website explaining how its supposed to work: http://www.bendemeyer.com/2013/06/04/self-hosted-moderated-chat-room-and...
It's in PHP server-side, everything client-side is done through jQuery. I think the data architecture of the project is great, but the server side needs to be completely rewritten as a proper API. Also the frontend of a project like this should almost certainly be written in React (which didn't exist when I first built it, so I have that excuse). All in all, there might be enough wrong with it that you may be better off writing yours from scratch, but maybe this will provide you a useful starting point.
Also I'd be happy to contribute to development. I don't have tons of free time, but it's an interesting problem I'd like to revisit now that I'm considerably better at programming than I was a few years ago when I first attempted this.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I agree on that part wholeheartedly||
There was an organizational failure that put a student athlete into a disturbingly dangerous position that could have ended significantly worse than it did. Hoke was responsible for the organization, so Hoke was responsible for that failure. I'm not trying to absolve him of all guilt, I just think there's been way too much focus on "his decision" to send Morris back into the game. While he clearly deserves some of the blame for this fiasco (and there's plenty to go around), I don't think much, if any, of it stems from his in-game actions.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I really do not like this viewpoint||
I pretty strongly disagree with the idea that Hoke is at fault explicitly for sending Morris back into the game. As was pointed out in this excerpt several times, the coaching staff has no authority over the decisions of the medical staff, and if Hoke had ever tried to overrule said staff, they would have made no effort to protect him. In short, this verifies what we already pretty much knew: the medical staff on the sidelines green-lighted Morris to go back into the game.
I get that the knee-jerk follow up to this is, "Yeah, well Hoke still should have known that he wasn't right and kept him out anyway." To me, this is a terribly misguided and ultimately dangerous idea. When a medical staffer tells a football coach anything about a player's medical condition, the coach should treat that statement as unassailable gospel, and should never, in any way, consider his own judgement to be superior.
Hoke is certainly at fault for failing to make sure that a foolproof procedure was in place to prevent this entire ordeal. He was in change of the program, so he's ultimately on the hook for program's failure to have a fully operational concussion protocol in place when they needed it. But I absolutely do not fault him for his specific sideline actions during the game.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Something very similar to this appeared on the board years ago||
How do I sign up to collect my royalties?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, and music these days is terrible!||
Back in my day, we had real journalists like William Randolph Hearst who reported FACTS and didn't do things like goad the entire country into a meaningless war solely for the purpose of selling newspapers.
Look, I get it. There are a lot of things about right now that seem shitty, but the problem is those things have ALWAYS been shitty. There never was a golden age of journalism, Woodward and Bernstein were an aberration in a murky and generally distasteful history. We just like to look back on those times and remember them with a wholly undeserved fondness. It's the exact same phenomenon behind how "pop music today" always seems to be so terrible. We remember the 40 best songs from any given decade and compare them 1-to-1 with the current top-40. Of course "music today" is going to lose, we're subconsciously comparing 6 months to 10 years.
Stop fearing for the future of the country, stop worrying that human interaction is disappearing. Every generation ever, since the dawn of the modern age, has looked at the generation that came after it and had the exact same compaints you're making here. Everyone thinks the people who come after them suck, and maybe they do, but not any more than those that they're supplanting.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Dude.||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like you're doing everything right||
I've found ADHD to be super manageable, with medication or without. The biggest hurdle is recognizing the potential signs and taking the steps to do something about it, which you've already done. Kudos!
All the other behavioral things you've mentioned hit pretty close to home for me too, so I'm going to mention some things that I've found very helpful in my journey through this stuff. Of course, I am not a doctor and all of this is anecdotal, so if you get any real medical advice that contradicts this I would suggest that you ignore me. Anyway.
Structured schedules. This is the one thing that's helped me more than anything else, and it's the reason that the biggest problems I had were in college and at a very un-structured work-from-home job. Try setting and maintaining a daily homework/study time, and stick too it even if there isn't much homework or studying necessary that day.
Take breaks. Instead of trying to focus on the same thing for a long period of time, take somewhat frequent 5-15 minute breaks and come back to it. This is a big reason that tons of tech companies have ping-pong or foosball in the office. ADHD: super common in programmers.
Read books. I've found that if my leisure time is spent reading books (pretty much any books) instead of watching TV or playing video games, I'm better able to concentrate on important tasks during the times of day when I need to be productive.
Lastly, I want to touch on depression again. Depression is a pretty scary concept, but if you're prepared then it doesn't need to be. By addressing mental and behavioral health issues in an up-front and non-stigmatized manner, I think you significantly reduce that chances that your son will ever have to deal with more serious issues like depression. However, just in case, I'd strongly recommend reading the descriptions of depression by Allie Brosch of Hyperbole and a Half. You can find them here and here.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Coming late to this thread||
I don't know if you'll actually see this, and maybe someone above has already mentioned something similar (but I don't have time to check because I have to leave for work in a few minutes).
The issues you describe your son having sound very similar to how things went for me in high school and college. I'd always managed to be an A/B student without really trying that hard, never took notes, never studied, skipped doing my homework if I knew I was doing well enough in the class to get away with it. I had a few classes in high school that were a real struggle to make it through this way, and in college it got a lot worse.
I still managed to graduate, worked productively for a few years, and then I took a work-from-home job and noticed that all of the problems I had in high school and college came storming back into my life. Turns out, I have ADHD. For me, it's much more attention deficit than hyperactivity, but because I never had any over the top problems in school, no one ever noticed or figured it out.
The thing with ADHD is it can make focusing on specific tasks a huge, energy consuming undertaking. A smart, well driven person can overcome this to some degree, but it still makes things harder. If you think this might be the case with your son, I would strongly recommend taking him to see a psychologist. The reason I recommend that goes well beyond his potential performance in school, ADHD left unrecognized and untreated can (and did in my case) lead to depression.
I know the depression reaction is fairly common, though I don't know the details of how it tends to manifest. I can tell you that for me, it was seeing all these people I knew do things that I couldn't (like start writing a paper more than 24 hours before it was due). I built up a combination of inferiority complex and fear of failure, and the pressures of college coursework put me into fairly serious depression a couple of times. It was not fun, do not recommend.
Mental health is still very socially stigmatized, so I don't generally talk about this stuff, but I hope it's been of some value to you. It's of course possible that none of the things I described apply to your son, but if they do I hope that you'll be better able to handle them than I was.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Wholeheartedly concur with the Pratchett praise.||
And thanks for the explanation of Pratchett as an inspiration. I've found myself sort of subconsciously associating the writing on this site with Pratchett's for a few years now, and I'm glad to find out that those associations are actually rooted in something substantive.
The recognition of Pratchett's work suffered at the hands of critics who, in Neil Gaiman's words "think serious is the opposite of funny." They're works of breathtaking beauty and literary brilliance, and almost totally overlooked by the critical community because of their genre. I don't think the parallels to the astounding level of writing we find on this sports blog need to be spelled out too much more than that.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||I'm going to go off on a mostly-related rant here||
While I generally agree that destroying a person's future is a bad idea, Brian isn't threatening to start vicious rumours, undermine this kid with lies, or use personal contacts to freeze him out of job prospects. He's threatening to find pictures and posts that the kid himself WILLINGLY PUT ON THE INTERNET FOR ANYONE TO FIND.
We are not talking about hacking, we are not talking about hiring a private investigator or a PR firm to ruin someone. The Internet is not a private place. Anything that you post publicly online can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. Calling the screencapping of this guy's twitter account "bullying" is like saying SNL "bullied" Sarah Palin by using the exact transcript of her Couric interview for a sketch. It sure as hell isn't flattering but they did it to themselves.
The lesson here for how to avoid embarrassing pictures of you showing up on a Google search isn't "don't piss off Brian," it's "Don't post those pictures in the first place! Why the hell would you do that? Are you even vaguely aware of what's going on in the world around you?"
|34 weeks 3 days ago||What you've got to look for||
Is the generic version of Viva. Not all stores have one, but often they'll have several generic brands each made to look/act like particular name brand. If you find a generic that's copying Viva, it's usually about as good, maybe a little less good, but significantly cheaper.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Quoting Seth||
From the comments of one of the many, many earlier posts about what an amazing reporter Gregg Henson apparently is:
So yeah, he was technically correct about this, but he just got there by throwing a dart at a board, and then events happened to traspire in the manner that he had projected. Based on Brian's info, and the info of others who seem pretty trustworthy, at the time that Henson "called" Harbaugh to Michigan, Harbaugh himself was far from sure that this was where he was going to end up. That's not reporting, that's conjecture. So maybe he's got good instincts, a good feel for how things are going to play out, maybe he's just really good at conjecture. But not so much with reporting.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I know Brian would probably balk at the label "Journalist"||
But the transparency he's displayed in these posts is a fantastic example of what journalism should look like in the modern world.
This is a perfect and concise expression of what Brian's getting right and so many others are getting wrong. The role of the journalist used to be to filter out important data from the crap, and only pass on the important stuff to the public. In the age of the Internet, people are going to find a way to access all available information, crap and otherwise. Far too many "journalists" have used this as an excuse to report everything all the time always, when what they really should do is present the information in the context that it was received and indicate the level of faith they have in the accuracy of that information.
The WD email thing is a fantastic example of this, and Brian's handling of any seemingly-insider info he gets is also superb. As a former journalism student who switched majors partly because of how shitty the journalism landscape looked when I started working in it, kudos to the MGoBlog staff for doing such a great job.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Dude||
This has been covered, extensively, by this very site.
Skip to the "Recruiting" section. All evidence suggests that oversigning is way less of an issue with Mullen than it is with Miles.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)|
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Careful with this||
It's against the Google Ads terms of service to have people click on ads exclusively to generate revenue. They track this stuff pretty thoroughly, so if you just go around clicking a bunch of ads it can mean bad things for the site. Now, if you see an ad for a thing you find interesting, click on it and check it out, but you should avoid clicking ads haphazardly.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Sort of||
I agree that the other person in that conversation comes off way worse than DB, especially considering they looked at it afterward and decided to send it to Brian as evidence of DB being a douche. "Haha, I just acted like a total jackass and trolled DB into sending me less-than-respectful responses! I'd better exhibit a total lack of self-awareness and share this with as many people as possible."
Even so, one of these people represents the Michigan Athletic Department and one does not. If all was rosy in the world of Michigan Athletics and DB was a beloved figure, we probably look at these emails and think "Wow, how awesome is it the we have such a no-nonsense AD." But all is not rosy, and DB should be able to understand that and adjust his behaviour accordingly. You don't gloat when you're losing.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||The worst part is||
He overwrote the whole Brian object. He could have just adjusted one property, maybe Brian.politicalLeanings = Leftist, but no, he did the whole damn thing. Now Brian's entire entity is just Leftist. I knew they shouldn't have made life in a weakly-typed language.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||You fool! What have you done?||
Don't you know that '=' is the assignment operator and '==' is the equality operator? You've just set Brian equal to leftist! And you didn't even bother storing his initial value in a temp variable! Now we have no way of knowing what Brian was before you got involved! How can you toy with people's lives like this?
|45 weeks 5 days ago||If it were actually 3-5 points/game, sure.||
Last year Gostowski had the 3rd best fantasy year for all kickers since 1960. He was the #1 kicker in fantasy. He was worth 1.85 points/game more than the #10 kicker for the year. But hey, 1.85 points is still points, right? Well, only if you can actually accurately predict which kickers are going to be better than others, which is a nearly impossible task.
It's a little different in an auction draft, where depending on who you're targeting you may not end up spending your whole budget anyway, so dropping a couple extra bucks on a kicker may not be a terrible idea if you've got extra cash near the end. But in a regular draft league you're pretty much always better off taking an extra lottery ticket at RB or WR than taking your kicker even one round early.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Obligatory|
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Lot of people recommending AdBlock||
To reiterate what other above have said, using AdBlock on sites like this that you frequently visit and want to support is a BAD idea. MGoBlog needs money, and they get money from you being slightly inconvenienced by looking at ads.
As for your popups, it's unlikely that the site itself is the cause. All the ads on here are Google Ads, and if Google Ads are suddenly causing malware issues, the whole Internet is in serious trouble. I see Brian has already responded that he'll look into it, but I doubt there's anything wrong with the site.
If your virus/malware detectors aren't turning up anything, there's another possibility: bloatware bundled with installers for other programs that you unintentionally installed by not unchecking the "include blah blah" checkbox. These are getting really super common, and since technically they're just regularly installed programs, they don't show as viruses or malware. Go into Control Panel > Programs and Features, sort by install date, and start going through them for anything you don't recognize. Uninstall from there.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||No||
ESPN 3 is available to anyone with an internet connection. Other WatchESPN programming requires a TV subscription, but the ESPN 3 stuff does not.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I'm as pessimisstic as the next guy||
But I think it's silly to say 2-10 is "probable" or even the "most likely" outcome. Clearly this team is terrible, but the very nature of college football makes it rather unlikely that we actually finish the season 2-10. Yes, this team is bad enough that they could lose every game on left on the schedule, but it's very rare that a team actually loses every game they could, or in reverse actually wins every game they're capable of winning.
I'd be surprised if Michigan doesn't pick up a win or two out of PSU, Indiana, Northwestern, and Maryland. We're almost certainly not better than those teams, but the Random Number Generator tends to play a pretty large role in college football. If I had to bet on an overall record at the end of the season, I'd say 4-8. Still terrible, still fire everyone.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Fair||
I'm by no means a zealot for the points I made above. I know I personally was stunned when I saw the second video, I had not originally thought that it was going to be that bad. And since I was taken aback by the content of the second video, I don't think it's fair for me to criticize the Ravens or the NFL for taking harsher action after the video came out. The original 2 game suspension was ridiculous, sure, but I probably would have been OK with 6-8 games in the aftermath of the first video. After the second I think it's clear that he can't play in the NFL again this year, if ever.
An interesting question in my mind is why some people (such as yourself) seemed to be ready for the content of the second video, whereas others (such as myself) were taken by surprise. I readily admit that I have no personal experience in witnessing/experiencing domestic violence, so maybe I'm not very good at identifying it. This is a disturbing idea to me, because now I'm forced to wonder if I've ever encountered domestic violence in my personal life and simply didn't recognize it. It's a chilling thought, but if it is the case then I can only hope that this incident will make me a little more aware of the warning signs in the future.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Because its his job||
Goodell appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner when he first took over the job. He's essentially been an autocrat when it comes to parceling out league discipline. Now we find out that everyone involved in this assault knew that there was a video of the event but Goodell somehow didn't? That is raging incompetence! Not an "Oops, my bad" mistake, but "I have no earthly idea how to do my job" type stuff. And he sure as hell can't continue being the NFL's disciplinary despot because he has no more credibility in that regard. So what use is he really as a commissioner?
|51 weeks 2 days ago||I think it makes a difference||
Even though we knew he had "hit" her, that can still mean a lot of different things. Before the newest video, there was a sort of spectrum of things that could have happened inside that elevator. Maybe he doesn't use much force, but she falls and hits her head on something. Maybe he immediately rushes to her side to make sure she's OK. These wouldn't come close to justifying what happened, but they would have been one hell of a lot better than what we saw.
What we saw in the video is an absolute worst case scenario. After watching the original video, if you had tried to picture the single worst set of events that could have happened in that elevator it would have been pretty close to reality. The video proved that it wasn't an accident, that it wasn't an misjudged use of force, and that there was no remorse.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Goodell getting fired would not ruin his life||
And there is just no way in hell that he didn't know that video existed. Months ago Chris Mortensen accurately reported some very specific details from that video. At least 20 casino employees saw it. All major law enforcement agencies involved saw it. If Goodell honestly didn't realize the video existed, then he should be out of a job anyway for absurd incompetence.
There is just no possible way that these events could have unfolded in which Goodell doesn't end up looking like a guy who isn't fit to be commissioner of the NFL. If he saw the video, he should go. If he knew the video existed and opted to interview Ray Rice and his fiance instead of watching the video, he should go. And if he was seriously dumb enough to not even realize that the video existed when it's becoming increasingly clear that everyone around him did, he needs to go.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||That doesn't matter||
Either he saw the video, or he knew of the video's existence and went out of his way to avoid seeing it. Whichever way it happened, it's totally inexcusable. Not to mention how horrifically the league has handled this entire situation from day one, and as the man in charge Goodell is ultimately responsible for that.