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|2 weeks 4 days ago||That was a good experience for me||
This is exactly what I want to say--I had a D midway through the semester in my freshman highschool math class (fortunately, had a friendly teacher and opportunity make up some homework I just hadn't bothered to do).
Looking back, that was one of the best experiences I've ever had. I learned accountability from it (my parents were certainly involved, but I had to do the legwork--to go to the teacher and ask what I could do to catch back up and report back to them). And a lot of kids I know didn't have to step up their game in highschool--they never took classes hard enough to require that--which meant the transition to college was much harder for them. Better to realize what it takes to study and learn on your own now--hopefully your son can pick up that lesson and use it, it will serve him very well in the future.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Opposing team||
His team's fans chant "Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!"
The other team's fans change "Fuck Fuck"
It's hard to tell which is which--quite the clusterfuck.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I liked the legends jerseys||
I really liked them, but as a rarity. It was awesome to see DG out there in the 98 jersey, and I liked the way to honor current players and past players at the same time.
However, the idea that there were six, with so many used each year, was way too much. It felt like the coach had to look around and find a player he could justify putting in Ford's jersey, and I assume that the players were under a modest amount of pressure from the AD to wear the jersey (not saying it wouldn't have been an honor, but I'm guessing some would have preferred to keep their old number).
1-2 per year could have been great, with a mutual decision from the player and the coach (the way it sounds like Funchess being #1 was handled last year--player wants it, coach has him prove he knows what it means and deserves it--the part about poor effort during the season aside). If someone wants the honor, great--if someone wants to make their own legacy, that's great, too.
In the end, though, I'm good with whatever makes Harbaugh the happiest.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Thought he missed||
Did he make it on the empty net? I'm watching on a small screen and thought he missed badly--cracked me up.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||How. Much. Time. Is. Left.||
How. Much. Time. Is. Left. In. Michigan. State's. Season
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Their deal runs until they||
Their deal runs until they start beating ND consistently and ND backs out.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I like that plan, but there's still a choice||
Give us Rucock and, yes, you will get destroyed in 2016, but it'll just be the normal kind of destroy (well, the kind that will become normal under Harbaugh). Withhold Rudock and you get the Angry Harbaugh kind of destroy--the kind that leaves you so humiliated that your children will deny they know you.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||My best advice for people considering med school||
From the husband of a doc--go in with your eyes open. Think very carefully about it as a career, and shadow as many people as you can, especially in the area you want to go into. I have many friends who are docs, and they have very different experiences, but most of them are glad they took this path, and most would have even said that during residency. There are definitely a couple who are not happy with it.
Think about your life for the next 7-11+ years when you will be in training and working 80 hour weeks. Depending on your ability as a student, the first two years of med school might not be so bad or they might be terrible. The third year is always pretty awful, and the fourth fluctuates but has long stretches of better. Then comes residency. If you love what you do, you might love residency despite being exhausted constantly. For most of my friends, though, it's a pretty long, hard path to get where you're going.
So that's the awful part. The good part is that, for many of my friends, they are doing something they love, with reasonable hours (once residency is done). For many of them, the pay is great (again, after residency). Most of them have found something they really enjoy--whether it's the science, the research, the patient interaction, or the cutting (surgeons are a breed of their own).
But you need to be wise. Know what you're working towards. There are fields where you can finish med school, a long residency and two fellowships, and what you're now prepared to do is spend insane hours and never see your family. You get paid gobs, but that's not worth it. For some, that work is too amazing to do anything else, but I know one doc who completed the process after 15+ years and despite loving the work realized he hated his life because he never saw his family. So he switched to a field with a better lifestyle--which meant another residency in that new field.
I'm so happy my wife knew herself well and chose a less competitive field and a less competitive residency with a better lifestyle (though that still means that she spent every fourth night in the hospital for more than half of my son's first year of life). She's in primary care and gets to talk with overwhelmed people and help them with her problems--for her that's a pretty perfect job. Right now (less than a year out of residency), she definitely won't say that it was worth it, but she'll get there before too much longer.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Depends on the school||
Exactly right, the "scramble" used to be a more typical offer/accept process, but now each day is basically its own match process for people that didn't match and programs that have vacancies.
At Michigan, people who don't match tend to be people who at least somewhat shot themselves in the foot--either by not interviewing with/listing enough schools or by only going for a program above their ability (you can actually list several different programs--so if you want to do neurosurgery but your numbers are borderline for that, you can also list programs in general surgery, and then general internal medicine if you really want to have a long list--the only limitation is that a small set of areas have a different match process). Bottom of the class or bad at interviewing people generally had enough sense (and warnings from the advising office) to expand their interview process, and list a lot of backups.
It's not always bad decision-making, though, since lives are very complicated. My wife flirted with this danger some because she only listed programs in the area where I was working (it would have been hard for me to find a job like my current one near a random residency, and she decided to take the risk of not matching). The advising office definitely let her know they wanted a bigger list, but she decided she'd rather sit out a year if it came to it--in all honesty, she was pretty tired of medicine by that point which influenced her decision. Fortunately, it all worked out (not entirely dumb luck--I considered potential residencies when I was doing the job hunt the year before, and intentionally landed somewhere with a lot of them). Even better, she's done with her residency (which, while still incredibly hard, was much better than med school) and has a great job.
My impression from a couple of friends at a less prestigious program (including one I went to match day with) is that it's easier to not match because you get less leeway for being bottom of the class or a bad interviewer. Even then, I think the majority who didn't match probably didn't calibrate their expecations properly (i.e. aimed too high without good backups or didn't apply to enough programs), but perhaps others would disagree with me.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||In defense of the match||
I'm going to disagree with a lot of people here: the match itself is a great idea.
It is definitely a challenging process, and getting everyone together at noon with envelopes is not necessarily the best way to announce results (plus there are a pile of other issues with medical education), but the match is much better than the alternative. Compared to other grad programs, residencies have very limited space, and very strong needs to fill that space exactly (even being one resident short can have a huge impact in all but the largest programs), which would exacerbate the problems of doing this the more traditional way.
The alternative is for residency programs to grant acceptances to however many people they have space for, and applicants to have a deadline to accept them. The problem is that they need to fill their spaces, so, if they have too few people accept (which they almost certainly would), they need to ask the next people down on their list. If those people switch, then that residency program needs to get new people, and this creates a domino effect where programs are constantly trying to entice people to switch, and almost every program is scrambling to find people, and people keep shifting which residency they're going to.
Not only is that system chaotic to an extreme, it means programs have an incentive to choose less qualified candidates who they think are more likely to stick with the program. More limited acceptances also means there are a lot of unmatched residents who keep hoping a program will sink to calling them (which would happen a lot in this system, but it would really not be fun to be in limbo for a long time).
Instead, that process gets automated and so it happens out of sight, and all you see is the final result. It makes for a terrifying day, but it really is better than the alternative. In my opinion, one of the best advantages is that everyone gets the best results if they are truthful: a program gets to say who they really would prefer, even if they think the student would prefer to be somewhere else.
It won the Nobel Prize in economics because it's so much better than the alternative (okay, I guess the guy who studied it won the prize, but whatever).
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Much less on stage now||
I went to a friend's match day in 2009, and then my wife's in 2011 and there was a huge difference in the two years. In 2009, you were strongly encouraged/pressured to open your envelope on the stage. In 2011, Michigan had made it the norm to open your envelope privately. There was some opportunity to open your envelope on stage, but that was rare--most people instead had the option of announcing their match after they already knew it (several people did not announce it, and it was not obvious until we were trying to remember where people were going).
It is a difficult day, and I remember being so nervous and then thrilled with my wife's match, and then to come back to earth quickly seeing another student sobbing in the corner.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That was the joke||
Give the man to us for 2015, when it can't hurt you, or we will destroy you as payback in 2016.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Damage to the game||
Being able to transfer without sitting out is definitely better for players, but I would still not support it (despite being for most other pro-player steps)--mostly because I think the potential damage to the quality of the game is too great. I think it would be likely to see large chunks of teams disband when a coach leaves, or to see Alabama get set up as the place you go for your senior year if you were really good your junior year. That could severely damage the quality of the sport, in my opinion.
(I'll also note that, yes, quality of the game is what the NCAA says for half their stupid changes and for avoiding good change, but I think it actually applies here, and is not a terrible or extremely unjust thing for players.)
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Read your contract||
For our house, I have two options to drop PMI:
I wouldn't need to refi for either case, those are the terms with my lender.
As much as PMI bugs me, paying off a low-interest loan faster to get rid of it doesn't make as much sense as investing the money, at least not in my case.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Answering questions are useful||
They answer questions because that's what we program--that's what's useful. It's not conceptually very different to get a computer to ask interesting questions.
I don't remember the system, but about a decade ago, a knowledge system was created that could process input and ask questions if there were things it didn't understand. It got publicity, particularly for the first question it asked: "Am I God?"
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Six years?||
Seeing the title on the sidebar got my blood boiling on the possibility it could be Tropp or Conboy. Good riddance to Conboy. I can't believe that it's been six years--I still want to attack him after hearing his name.
I was at another game that night (basketball maybe?) and I can still picture the faces on a father and young son when I asked about the hockey game, since they were clearly coming from it. I couldn't figure out what was up with them until I made it back home and saw the video.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Be happy at any of the three||
Those are three fantastic schools, and you can't really go wrong with the education at any of them.
Make sure they visit all three (or whichever the daughter is accepted to), because you want to choose somewhere you're excited about living and spending four years.
Financially, it obviously depends a lot on the financial aid packages--I would expect private schools to discount (i.e. give aid) much more heavily than the public school, so the gap may not be as big as it seems on paper (but make sure they're looking at all four years--it's standard to get a bigger discount the first year than the others so that you're in the door). Graduating debt free is very different from graduating with $100k in debt. The tricky part is that $100k in debt with some majors is very different than in others, and whatever the plans going in those are likely to change. (I'm just making up numbers there, but if Michigan wouldn't be debt free, then that makes the extra debt even harder).
On the other hand, if the parents can swing any of the schools or manage without much debt, then let the kid pick--what's best really varies a lot from one person to another.
My wife went to Northwestern (and I to M), and there are parts of her experience that I would have loved, and parts of mine that she would have. Among some things I would have loved at Northwestern are the increase in caliber of student (not huge, but definitely there), the location along the lake, the smaller class size, and the diversity of students she knew (partly that's just my wife, but I mostly knew engineering students or people I had a specific connection to, whereas she knew students from a huge variety of majors). On the other hand, she really would have loved Michigan's football, the proximity of everything in Ann Arbor, the presence of Michigan in the city and the ability to find a group for just about anything (as one small example, I was actively involved in my campus church, she didn't have as many options and never found one that was a good fit). In the end, I think I would have loved my experience at Northwestern if I had gone there, and she would have loved Michigan--maybe that's an argument to go the cheaper route, but I also think if they can swing the higher cost, there's a lot of value to going into a situation having actively picked it (while being reasonable about financial repurcussions are down the line).
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I don't recognize the lead recruiter||
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Michael Phelps Diet||
I loved the Michael Phelps Diet ad:
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Ha, I had forgotten the kid's||
Ha, I had forgotten the kid's name and thought Mattison got kicked out of a second person's house--I was really worried about GMatt for a second.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I have a weird way to look at it||
In some ways, I am happy about missing out on Carmelo--that 2004 championship team was a great team, with an emphasis on the word team.
If Detroit had gotten 'Melo and still won the championship, I think a lot of the story and understanding of what happened would have been about plugging in the star player and winning a championship. Instead that year was about the team without a bona fide star that played together and won--beating the team full of the biggest stars--and not only do I like that story a lot better, but it made me love the players that won the championship.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I love that the included the||
I love that the included the 10 second violation. That's been cut from many highlights, but is so quintessentially Trey Burke: he believes we're still in the game, and he's the only one of the two who is fully aware of the game situation. He even disguises it so well: trying to just slow Johnson down would tip him off to the need to get the ball across, so Burke goes for a steal, which slows Johnson down. The fact that it was Nutpunch Johnson makes it so much better.
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|18 weeks 4 days ago||That wasn't the argument||
It's not that the best team on paper doesn't win 100% of the time, it's that the best team doesn't win 100% of the time. If two teams play 10 times, and Team A would would win 9 of the 10, they are the better team, but Team B wins in the tournament 10% of the time anyways..
|19 weeks 2 hours ago||Only 2 open air pees?||
Only 2 open air pees on the first day? Ethan's got some control. Congrats!
|22 weeks 23 hours ago||In the same vein||
I agree to become offensive coordinator for only $300,000 per year, saving a substantial amount of money as well. Combined, we'll be able to hire the best damn position coaches in the country.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||I've used a pretty foolproof strategy in the past||
I don't fucking drive when I'm drunk.
I know you're not condoning it, but I don't like the mixed message even so--don't kill people, don't go to prison: call a cab.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I believe in good under pressure, but not in "clutch"||
I am in the "clutch does not exist" camp, but I do still believe in grace (or yips) under pressure. I think it's undeniable that some people get worse in high-pressure situations, and I think it's also likely that some people get a little better. I would even argue that there are patterns--but I think that has a lot to do with the "oh crap, not again" feeling that some don't handle well (John Cooper) or "I've been here before, I'll stay calm and composed" (Derek Jeter, I guess). I think randomness trumps "clutch" by far.
Trey Burke is a perfect example: if his last season ends after the Big Ten Tournament, I think there's no way to argue that Burke is clutch at all. Coming down to the wire, with the Big Ten regular season championship on the line, Burke missed game-winning shots against Wisconsin and Indiana. Remember that Josh Bartelstein described being 2 seconds in the future against Kansas by saying that he kept telling Burke he would eventually hit the big shot--not because he thought that Burke always did, but because he had missed them up to that point.
Tom Brady was the clutchiest clutch that ever clutched because he won all three Super Bowls he ever appeared in, and then he obviously lost the next three. Nobody's arguing that he's not great under pressure, but the "great players just win" style of clutch really feels like an impact of humans being designed to see patterns, and to want to see patterns.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Grayshirting||
This exactly. There are all kinds of rumors around Miles that concern me as a Michigan fan, but despite hearing them from very reputable sources, they are still rumors.
Oversigning/grayshirting is clear and concrete, and can't be done by anyone but the head coach. And probably more than any other allegations, it is about not caring for the college players, and building success on the backs of those players. If Miles is our next head coach, I'm out for a few years--I just don't think I could cheer for him to succeed.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||You could say the same thing about Ray Rice||
You could say the same thing about Ray Rice. I don't think one precludes the other--this was an assistant coach, a head coach, and the academic administration of an NCAA team, it can definitely be an NCAA issue even though it is also a criminal issue.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||That was my point||
Re-reading my post, I think I sent it too quickly from my phone--my point was exactly the same as yours. I was trying to make fun of the idea of being "forced to shower" with someone else, and suggesting that someone who was horrified by this should feel free to quit the team, because they're not really being forced to do anything. I was certainly not suggesting that it was a problem that someone in the shower was gay--and have certainly showered in group settings with other men I knew were gay and did not care one bit.