I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|6 days 16 hours ago||I think that's ok. The only||
I think that's ok. The only language Brandon and the athletic department speak is money. Refusal to spend your hard-earned money doesn't say "I don't love my football team" - it says "I'm not satisfied with my athletic department's ways". And if someone chastises you for being not a good enough fan because the team "isn't worth enough to you" to go to the games, that's bullshit because people don't have unlimited money. "Worth it" is not the same to a broke-ass PhD student as it is for a 45 year-old successful lawyer/plumber/what-have-you. You want Brandon to listen, but the only way to speak to him is by pulling your financial support - NOT your fandom.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Borges: "No ... No ...||
Borges: "No ... No ... NOOOO!!!"
/calls run up the middle in denial
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Offensive ... offensive what?||
Offensive ... offensive what? Line? I don't even ... what is that? I'm sure I've never even heard of such an idea. You can make a line of blockers on offense? Well I'll be.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||jk jk you're a good primate||
jk jk you're a good primate bro.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ok fine, take the upvote. I||
Ok fine, take the upvote. I don't even care anymore.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||The moderation system is like||
The moderation system is like mgoblog's prefrontal cortex - it allows us to surpress our base, animalistic motivations with logic and willpower to generate appropriate behavior in the pursuit of long-term goals. Without it, we lose our impulse control and our behavior is emotional, unfiltered, and short-sighted.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||I too think the site's staff||
I too think the site's staff has gotten even better at what they do. The front page rocks.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||I agree wholeheartedly. I||
I agree wholeheartedly. I know that the technical obstacles of getting the moderation system healthy again are undoubtedly more complex than I can imagine, but for me it's actually been a large enough detriment to my enjoyment of this community that I have allowed myself to become only tenuously attached to the discussions of the board.
I know people sometimes criticize the groupthink that the blog demonstrates and decry our moderation of contrary opinions as an infringement on thought diversity, but I believe this period of non-moderation is compelling evidence that such diversity is not as valuable as we would have liked to believe - instead, it's generally non-constructive negativity. And it does indeed set a precedent where trolling becomes accepted, and trolls coalesce like wildfire on a parched California chaparral.
I still eat up the front page content, but it's no longer worth the time and effort that it takes to sift through +200 comments for thoughtful dialogue. I'm not abandoning the blog, but I'm certainly distanced for the time being. I'll be back later.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's that stage of||
It's that stage of intoxication just above belligerence but just below shitting one's own pants.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I don't quite agree with||
I don't quite agree with tipping the chart on its corner and equating up-ness to goodness. Firstly, notice that the intervals on the defensive F/+ axis are larger than those on the offensive F/+ axis - this effectively weights defense disproportionately, because distance along that axis contributes more to vertical distance when tilted.
I would propose using a geometric mean of offensive and defensive F/+, which does a better job of average products - think of the position on the chart as a two dimensional product of offensive and defensive F/+. In order to do this, however, you'd have to convert the F/+ scales to be exclusively positive. You could do this by subtracting the minimum to normalize all values positively, but I'm not sure if this corrupts the original meaning of F/+ because I am dumb and don't know anything about it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not quite sure if you're||
I'm not quite sure if you're trying to be mean to the girl or not, but she sounds cool as hell from that interview.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I'm gonna be out of town this||
I'm gonna be out of town this weekend and miss it, but my friends are having a belated Halloween party the next weekend. I'm kinda undecided about whether I really like freakfest or not ... I went once and had a pretty good time just seeing all the people dressed up in the streets, but it was so crowded that getting into most bars and grabbing a drink ended up being a tough mission. What do you think? Either way, I like that Madison has made Halloween its "thing." The atmosphere is cool.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I spent six months in||
I spent six months in Australia, which was like 100x swearing - but almost all of it was casual. A stranger at the bus stop would remark on what a "bloody nice f***ing day" it was, you know? And the kind of neat side effect of it all was that people just don't get offended by swear words, even when they're used in anger. It sort of takes the edge off actual confrontations, because those words aren't to be taken personally. It was pretty different and interesting. Kind of like you day, it reminded me of the dialogue in movies set in Boston.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I am also offended! Now||
I am also offended! Now what?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I'll add another theory that||
I'll add another theory that is not mutually exclusive to the societal class origin concept - we have lots of words that mean the same thing, right? I think, for a given set of meaningfully redundant words, they vary in numerous attributes - some are more casual or more formal ("hey" vs. "salutations"), more dramatic or more subtle ("smashed" vs. "hit"), more esoteric or more mainstream ("brachiating" vs. "swinging with one's arms"). We need them to have different connotations because when we communicate, we're not just transmitting information; we're also imbuing the information with how we feel about it.
In the same way, I would propose that we need words commonly agreed to be harsh and severe so that we can use them to show that we are extremely angry and intending to offend. Consequently, I'd argue that swear words are offensive because that's what they were made to do - offend. We have strayed from this original function by overusing swear words when we're really not mad, when we're just calmly talking about regular things. I'm not saying this is a bad thing - I enjoy casual swearing, and I am somewhat proud of the combos I've strung together in my time.
But I don't think it's totally nonsensical for one word to be offensive while another word that means the same thing isn't. And that's why.
TL;DR - Totally unscientific conjecturing that swear words for literally invented with the purpose of being offensive.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Really though Paps, did you?||
Really though Paps, did you? Probably not, so here we go - One Frame at a Time captures memorable in-game moments in gif form. These gifs, on the other hand, feature literally no game footage, and are instead 'artistic interpretations' of events/themes as perceived by the mind of their creator, which probably reflect the sentiments of many mgobloggers who partake in enjoyment of them.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||That was definitely the||
That was definitely the point. This guy's reaction in the original gif is pretty spectacular, but he's kinda in the background, overshadowed by the nonplussed girl in the foreground. This gif was made to give him his own deserved spotlight. But don't worry - I'm sure the original isn't going anywhere for a while. You'll be seeing her again.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hey LSAClassOf2000 - it looks||
Hey LSAClassOf2000 - it looks like you normalized by standard deviations. Would you consider an additional normalization to account for the different sizes of each game thread? I don't know if our game threads pick up steam as the season progresses, but if that's the case, we could have had a larger sheer volume of comments in the PSU thread (compared to say, Notre Dame), which could inflate the counts of shits and fucks a little bit. Maybe a proportional measure that tells us what percent of the thread's comments were sucks and asses might give a truer reflection of "mood?"
I don't know why I'm thinking about this.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Screw you Wisconsin.||
Screw you Wisconsin
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I liked the article. I feel||
I liked the article. I feel like it essentially summarizes the sentiment and analytics forged in the pressurized chaos of mgoblog (and other places) in an organized, concise way that is easily palatable for the "outside" world. It takes a step back to put things in a bit of historical context, shows why we love our coach so much, then explains the present frustrations. I don't think it's meant to be original analysis by any means, but I do think it captures the current state of affairs nicely. Also, it has pictures!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Well, look - you might think||
Well, look - you might think calling it a "road win" is appropriate because Michigan won "on the road." However, Virginia Tech was also on the road (New Orleans isn't particularly close to either school). Therefore, this neutral site game didn't offer a home field advantage to either team , which is what I would consider the paramount challenge of playing on the road. So it's entirely an issue of semantics, but in my mind there's no question that beating the Hokies in this neutral site game was a different animal than beating someone on their own turf.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Spotted Michigan gear in||
Spotted Michigan gear in Australia on a couple separate occasions. Boy do they enjoy sports down there.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||What on earth is happening||
What on earth is happening here?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||D: 3.857x10153 Source:||
Source: SR57 Star Sapphire
Is anybody out there?
I'm injured, and I need help!
Is anyone there?
Can anyone hear this?
If you can hear this, please respond!
It's getting ever so hot in here.
Why is it getting so hot?
Where am I?
Can someone help me?
My sensors aren't working, I think.
They don't detect anything.
Someone has to hear this!
If you can hear this, please respond in the ULF band!
Why is it so hot?
If you can hear me, keep signalling!
I need to go check some systems.
Where is everything?
Where are the stars?
Oh. Oh no, oh no. No! No no no n-
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Football road trip here -||
Football road trip here - I'll be taking in my first ever game day experience in Notre Dame Stadium. It's nice being able to sit back and relax, knowing that we already flushed those turds this season.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This is amazing.||
This is amazing.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That's what I had to do||
That's what I had to do yesterday in the original thread - I thought about commenting, I really did. I typed some stuff in the box, then I thought to myself "no, just don't even throw your hat in the ring. This fire needs no more fuel." Sometimes, for me, the smartest thing I can do is to say nothing.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||Not a meme. Unless "anomaly"||
Not a meme.
Unless "anomaly" becomes a catchphrase 'round these part a la "THE HORROR," "Tacopants," or "Jeremy Gallon's cloaking device/jet boots." I know, I've contributed nothing to the ticket discussion. But a meme is an actual concept now, with an origin in evolutionary biology, of all things. It does mean something.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know what's been||
I don't know what's been going on with me lately, but it seems like if I have 2 or more micros during the day, I'm just tired for the rest of the day. If I'm out at night having fun, then I can drink and stay energized, but for some reason it just saps my strength if I'm sitting around. Maybe I'm just getting old. Anyway, point is I totally understand a 3 beer haze.