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|1 week 3 days ago||I mean, just the constant||
I mean, just the constant hating Ohio thing. I thought perhaps it was unconditional, but I guess it has its limits.
|1 week 3 days ago||Today I realized I'm not a||
Today I realized I'm not a horrible person when I found myself saying out loud "please be ok, please be ok" as I clicked on this thread link. I'm happy to hear he's doing well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hard to top Levert's run-off||
Hard to top Levert's run-off against MSU!
|1 week 6 days ago||Feels good, man. Feels good.||
Feels good, man. Feels good.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's gotta be "AHHHHHHHH" for||
It's gotta be "AHHHHHHHH" for me (broadcast).
I love that moment when the ball meets GRIII's hands at the apex of his jump and just comes to a total standstill ... just for a fraction of a moment, it hangs there like a priceless work of art on display for all to see. GRIII's not in a hurry to immediately stuff it through the hoop. He wants the Spartans to behold their downfall ... he wants them to watch. There's a perfect rhythm to it, almost like the eerie calm before a tornado lands. And then wrath.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Feeling so good and energized||
Feeling so good and energized from the win that I'm gonna go for a run. YES.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||"Maybe forever." Damnit||
Damnit Brian. That's not what I wanted to hear.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||What? Your words, they hurt||
What? Your words, they hurt me. I am not siding with anybody here. If anything, there is a trace of derision in my comment aimed at the university because I implied that they'd rather not take any punitive action against football players if they aren't compelled to. As far as 'sympathies' and 'small print', I choose not to ascribe such emotionally-laden connotations to a complicated matter which I aim to treat as logically as possible. Naturally, I sympathize with any innocent people who were harmed unjustly. I don't know who they are, but I am sorry for what happened.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The author doesn't seem to||
The author doesn't seem to know whether the university actually reviewed the accusations the first time ... this could be their first actual effort at investigating it. With however the policies were previously, perhaps they didn't have to look into it. And if they don't have to, they probably rather wouldn't. So maybe that happened?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The article says that a||
The article says that a revision of sexual conduct policies after the incident may have necessitated that the university to re-review the events of 2009 years later, thus causing the delayed action.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Right on.||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think "jacking"||
I don't think "jacking" someone in the face (it was really more of a slap-push anyway) is an appropriate response to smack talk. That 'Skins OL was the bigger child in that encounter.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I shall celebrate on the||
I shall celebrate on the enemy's corpse tonight in Madison.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It's cool guys, this is why||
It's cool guys, this is why we recruited a bunch of talent. Some degree of attrition/chaos should be expected, and I think many of us factored that into our impression of these recent recruiting classes - that is, the classes are so robustly good that it provides some cushion and mitigates the effects of chaos a little bit. Obviously it's better to have George than not, but the class is still good.
|14 weeks 3 days 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.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Borges: "No ... No ...||
Borges: "No ... No ... NOOOO!!!"
/calls run up the middle in denial
|15 weeks 4 days 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.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||jk jk you're a good primate||
jk jk you're a good primate bro.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Ok fine, take the upvote. I||
Ok fine, take the upvote. I don't even care anymore.
|18 weeks 4 days 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.
|18 weeks 4 days 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.
|18 weeks 4 days 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.
|19 weeks 20 hours ago||It's that stage of||
It's that stage of intoxication just above belligerence but just below shitting one's own pants.
|19 weeks 21 hours 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.
|19 weeks 1 day 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.
|20 weeks 18 hours 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.
|20 weeks 19 hours 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.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I am also offended! Now||
I am also offended! Now what?
|20 weeks 1 day 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.