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- a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
- racial prejudice or discrimination
- Three guys run off.
- Three guys run on.
- Butt breaks huddle early.
- One guy runs off.
- One guy runs on.
- One guy breaks huddle early.
- Obtain tracker: http://physlets.org/tracker/ (free software for doing video analysis on moving objects).
- Get the time lapse gif from the BTN broadcast which shows the entire field
- Analyze that.
- Tuition waiver (scholarship). Basically the department paid everything except for about $30 of fees/semester. Note: when the department is footing the bill, they get charged out of state tuition.
- Health Insurance. It was crappy, and I had to go to the campus "health center". But it was better than no insurance or a crazy high deductable plan that I could purchase on the open market.
- A stipend (~$15k/year).
|1 week 3 days ago||definition||
This is not the definition of racism.
White privilege =/= racism. It would be equally racist to not hire a white candidate simply because he/she is white as it would be to not hire a black candidate simply because he/she is black.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Naw...||
It's potentially dangerous with track spikes on.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I guess we have different definitions of "worth it"||
Remember baseball cards? You could get a pack of 20 cards for like $2 or $3. This was ok since common cards were worth like 10 cents. And if you got a good card, it might be worth a couple bucks. End up with a rookie card for a future hall of famer, and it could be worth thousands someday.
Now, how is the math on that if a pack of cards is $10? Not nearly as good. The lottery is like that except (1) common cards are worth nothing and (2) good cards are both rarer and more expensive. People don't win with the lottery. That's why the state runs it. So they can make money. It is like a casino on steroids.
"Ok" you say, "but I'm not an addict, and this is part of my disposable income. What do I have to lose by playing? Plus, I MIGHT EVEN WIN!!!" Well, maybe. Problem is this: fast forward a couple of years ahead in the life of a typical jackpot winner, and you often find that they are WORSE off than they were before they won. It turns out that they were generally poor money managers in the first place. So when they get lots of money, they go into debt even faster. And because they are "rich" banks are happy to loan them even more money. So instead of wasting $2 on a lotto ticket, they spend $2000 on toys.
Maybe you are different. Maybe not. Like I said, this isn't worth it to me.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Jackpot is still too small||
Here's the math (lite version):
And more math (more technical):
For those who don't want to click through, the PB jackpot required to make the eROI >$2 is $1.7 Billion.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ok, I'll be that guy||
The lottery is a tax on the poor and people who can't do math. I pay enough taxes. Don't believe me? Ask this funny guy:
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Just read 3 and out myself||
...and my take:
that whole debacle was 90% on Martin + Carr + Mary Sue, and only 10% on RR. GUYS IT'S CALLED MENTORING. New Assistant Professors get 100x the amount of mentoring that RR got.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
The winning stills are in the 33-35 second range. My two favorites:
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Tiny nit||
Bryan Mone should probably be a "other returner" not a "returning contributor". At least based on his on-field performance so far: http://statsarchive.ath.umich.edu/VS-Football/cmaster.php?pkey=1995
But he should be a monster. As should the QB which emerges from the 5 person deathmatch that exists there right now. Should be fun :)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, definitely a stats||
Yes, definitely a stats joke. Here, the null hypothesis is: you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife.
Remember, statisticians never say "yes", they only fail to say no.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||PEPPERS IS 206 VOTES||
PEPPERS IS 206 VOTES BEHIND!!!!
YES, I KNOW I'M YELLING ON THE INTERNET!!!!
(Calming down now...)
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Totally agree||
Looking @ the Depth Chart by class, you can see that all of the NT, DT, and SDEs will be back. I think WDE will be figured out (especially if Ojemudia gets a medical approved, which is admittedly probably <50% probable). The LB core at least has bodies which should compete. (6 scholarship players on campus for 3 spots, with 3 commits on the way). It will easily be the most popular position group where the "working hard to get better every day" and "if you aren't improving, you are getting worse" cliches will be deployed next season. And if there is even a functionally competent replacement for Wilson...Yeah, I think that the Defense will be back. And their biggest area for improvement: forcing turnovers.
As far as the offense goes...yes they'll be replacing their QB and FBs and C. There are so many bodies at TE, that I don't think Williams' graduation is going to be a blip on the radar. OL should improve. (This will be the #2 group for the "getting better every day" cliches to be deployed). Worst case: The line returns 4 starters who were competent, not great. With both FBs graduating, I'll expect more H-Back/multiple TE sets with the bounty at that position (and maybe some "position switches" from TE to FB -- wasn't Poggi recruited as a TE? Or am I an idiot?) Butt, Chesson, and Darboh all return, so there should be ample targets for the QB to find. And QB? Let's just say that while I have no idea who the QB will be next season, I'm not concerned about it. I think there will be a solid qb option due to coaching excellence. ;)
Hell, I think that 10-2 would be a disappointment barring some unforseen disaster.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I agree||
Was talking to a colleague who is a OSU alum, and we agreed that the 1st half was solid and "felt like the game". Now the 2nd half...yeah...
Also, I would have liked to see how the D fared with Ryan Glasgow, Brian Mone, and Mario Ojemudia healthy and ready to play...
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Reminiscent of a diary from 2012||
This reminds me of a diary [edit: Picture pages article] from 2012, when Michigan played Air Force. (Right after the Alabama loss.) I think that would be this article. The gist of the article is that the deep safety (Kovacs in this case) has to be all-everything, including omniscient...and that does not go well.
(for those of you who do not remember, this was somehow NOT a touchdown).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Open Source||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||52-12 Michigan||
|12 weeks 3 days ago||How about||
Fielding and Bo, or maybe Yost and Schembechler as they are the second and winningest coaches in program history respectively.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Cool Story Bro...||
A storm similar to the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald blew 35 years earlier, and was also responsible for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge.
Video for those of you who have never seen it :) (Link if embed fails: https://youtu.be/j-zczJXSxnw)
Neat articles about the collapse just published:
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Not exactly||
The approved ruling still only involves 1 guy coming in. I mean, seriously, let's bring three guys in and only send one off and see if the refs let us play with 13? How is that, deceptive?
And how tight does a huddle have to be in order to be a huddle? They were all (Butt included) loosely bunched together.
Also, it's not like this was done with the intent to be illegal like some other plays -- See Buddy Ryan's polish goalline tactic, it was intended to put Jake Butt in a favorable matchup (preferably against air).
My point is this: The play does not fit the letter of the ruling which was seemingly applied and relies on definitions which don't exist in the rulebook. I think clarification needs to be made of some fashion. Otherwise, you should never defend the receiver nearest your opponents sideline when the team is going no-huddle and substitutes. Because the act of him lining up so near the sideline is clearly "intent to deceive." (Last sentence is only a little sarcastic. But srsly, by the definition that I saw applied, I'd like to know why every play that Baylor runs is not intent to deceive. I do not see a difference).
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think it is _exactly_ the same||
I would agree with the use of "exactly" if Michigan had only subbed one guy in/out. But they subbed three. Here is the process Michigan used, as I see it:
Because you can't sub three guys for one (though the argument is that Butt is just that good?) this is either not deceptive, or is a poor deception. The ruling is very clear about this process:
I don't see clear rulings about when the huddle must be broken. I think the question that I would be asking the refs is this:
How long does Butt have to wait on that play to make his early break of the huddle legal?
Here is my proposed answer: All three subs have to join the huddle for a time long enough so that 12 men in the huddle would be called if there were, indeed, 12 men in the huddle.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Approved rulings||
Need to look at the approved rulings too. Most of them apply to kicking related situations. This is most appropriate.
A1 leaves the field of play during a down� Team A huddles with 10 players� Substitute A12 enters, and A2 simulates leaving the field but sets near the sideline for a “hide-out’’ pass� RULING: Penalty—15 yards from the previous spot� This is a simulated replacement of a player to confuse opponents�
Still does not seem appropriate. The scenario, as I saw it. 3 players come on. 3 players run off. After they have moved 15-20 yards, Butt breaks the huddle and lines up near the sideline. Rest of team breaks huddle. Oh wide open.
Here's the thing, if only 2 had run off, and the third person had waited as long as Butt did to leave, Michigan gets flagged for 12 men in the huddle. I don't see a rule that says that all players must break the huddle simultaneously.
|14 weeks 32 min ago||Former D1 XC athlete||
As a former D1 XC athlete, let me say that there is no single distance that is run every (other) Saturday for our races.
Most of the time, men run an 8k, but they sometimes run a 10k. Most (all?) conferences run an 8k for their championships. But the NCAA regional and national meets are a 10k. So some invitationals run a 10k to prep this distance, but it is not compulsory.
Women, on the other hand, traditionally ran a 5k every week as this was the distance for the NCAA competitions until about 2002 or so. Since then, the standard distance became 6k, and most competitions reflect this distance now, though there may still be a few invites who run a 5k for historical reasons and/or laziness.
I will also point out that not all courses are standard (especially the weekly invite courses) so 8k at Chicago State may not equal 8k at EMU...spend some time to talking to current team members and coaches and you'll know who has notoriously short courses.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Meta:||
Not sure that this qualifies as "Very" OT on this blog. USWNT related material has appeared on the front page of this blog and is VERY frequent on the MGoBoard. Note that there is a tag for the USWNT and the USMNT here. I've seen more OT things on the board all of the time.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Average vs. Instantaneous||
All this means is that he's calculted an _average_ speed, rather than an instantaneous speed. Which is really the best that can be done without a more sophisticated analysis. At least initially it should be clear that Chesson will have a large, non-zero jerk. Possibly with some snap, crackle, and pop thrown in for good measure. (All of this means that your constant acceleration ideas are moot.)
What might be best would be to actually track his motion...which can totally be done:
Sure there will be difficulties (like severe parallax error), but you should have tools available to help you solve that since there are "stripes" on the field every 5 yards.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Grad school is a good parallel to draw||
I have a PhD in physics. While in grad school, I had an assistantship (either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship). This gave me a few things:
I only paid taxes on the stipend. You don't have to pay taxes on benefits.
Think, also, about this scenario. Suppose your office has an employee gym, which you are allowed to visit as a perk. You don't have to add the cost of a gym membership to your income even though access to a gym was provided to you as an employment benefit. Or suppose your boss takes everyone on a retreat to some cool vacation spot and foots the bill. You don't have to add in the cost of that trip as income.
One last example, health insurance. When your employer pays your health insurance as an employment benefit, you don't have to declare it as income. When you fall and cut your head (because you should have quit drinking and gone to bed...) and have to go to the hospital and get stitches and get stuck with a big hospital bill, your insurance pays it and you don't have to include their payments as taxable income.
tl, dr; A scholarship is not income. And the tax code makes my freaking head hurt. Give me Maxwell's equations any day of the week instead of that nightmare.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Currently living in eastern NC||
And we've been getting rain every day for ~2 weeks now. Been really wet, and there is a trough of moisture which will continue to soak the eastern seaboard for a good while. I think that the biggest reason for fear was Joaquin's potential interaction with this system.
Massive overreaction? Probably not. There are a great deal of logistics to consider here, and at some point, waiting is not an option. Think about this, should UM leave at noon on Friday or 5pm on Friday. 5pm is better so that students can go to classes, but noon might be necessary to ensure a timely arrival at the team hotel (which is MORE important for a noon game than an 8pm game.) There are other concerns too. Fans making plans (cuz we're important too). TV crews. etc. We are talking about a small city which will be directly affected by when the game time is.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
You could tweak the fractions. And my iterative idea would reduce the need to have the pre-season rankings fade out (because you're using last week's rankings).
|18 weeks 3 days ago||"Objective" analysis of social systems||
No, you can't be truly "objective" when analyzing social systems, but you want to be "predictably subjective". Basically, I want others to be able to repeat what you did, but there isn't enough information to do that here.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Ok...||
So how do you define good/solid/not good? My feeling is that it is purely subjective. Could you comment on this definition a bit?
An idea for how I might try it within the spirit of your model: Develop an iterative algorithm. For the first 4 weeks use an "all teams are solid" definition. At this point, you have (some) data which you can base future rankings on. Start by defining all 4-0 teams as "good", 3-1 teams as "solid", and all other teams as "not good". Then use these definitions for the 5th week rankings. From that point, you can use your rankings to set good/solid/not good definitions for the next week.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Good point||
I'll state my disagreement first: I have to believe in a prediction that I'm making...but yes, predicting football games is an exercise in futility. Gambling is a tax on people who can't do math...right?
But I agree, I am immensely enjoying watching this team play this season. I'm especially enjoying watching them get better every week. And that defense is REALLY fun to watch. I find myself looking forward to each Saturday more than the last. Being a football fan can be fun again?
...well, at least it can on Saturdays. On Sundays, I watch to see how the Lions will find a creative way to lose THIS week...
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Wow...||
...You're right. That has to be the worst piece of professional technical writing that I have ever seen. Somebody needs to fire their lawyer, because this:
Means exactly what I said that it means. While this:
would be much more clear. Seriously, you shouldn't have to read the whole procedure to understand each step properly.
So in that case, the division champ would be left up to the pollsters. That means OSU has the inside track since Urbz is the biggest politician of the bunch.