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|1 day 23 hours ago||My girlfriend, now wife,||
My girlfriend, now wife, graduated NU in 2005. Not political, John McCain gave an absolutely awful speech. It was the start of his hard right-turn in advance of the 2008 elections, so it was uber-political and way over the top to the point where I'd be very surprised if he actually believed much of what he said.
To balance the politics, I think Granholm's speech before Obama in 2010 was worse, again uber-political, but since she wasn't the main speaker, it was at least much shorter.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Timing of the switch||
The MLB All-Star switch was also made after a debacle of an all-star game that went into extra innings that nobody (pitchers in particular) was interested in playing. With the amount of criticism of the All-Star game at the time, I thought Selig's switch was pretty brilliant--particularly given what Needs pointed out: while stupid, choosing home-field advantage based on the All-Star game is much less stupid than just alternating years.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I thought I would . . .||
I graduated in 2004 with David E. Davis, Jr. as the speaker. Who, you ask? Exactly.
Turns out, he was an awesome, awesome speaker. I can still quote a few lines from the speech. Plus, he looked like Santa Clause http://www.ur.umich.edu/0304/May10_04/26.shtml and made fun of the fact that we didn't think he should be the graduation speaker (quoting--and agreeing with--a Michigan Daily letter to the editor complaining about him).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Good question||
Yarmouth, I really appreciate the question--a lot of people (me once, probably) would have assumed the answer because we witness very little abuse personally. I fortunately haven't had any friends physically attacked or even feel particularly threatened, but several have been frequently verbally abused. In the state of Michigan, it's even legal to fire someone based on sexual orientation, though as far as I know it's quite rare, at least to do so explicitly.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Great to have the first||
So appreciative of Jasin Collins' willingness to come out. Supporting my best friend as he came out helped me to realize how scary the process can be, and I can't imagine doing it publicly like Jason.
Seems like a good person to be a first--a veteran player, connected to many in the NBA. Hopefully the response will be positive enough that the second and third won't be far behind.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||I made the Apple switch||
despite being a software developer who primarily uses Visual Studios. I've had the computer a little over a year, and I still think it's great despite the fact that I boot into Windows almost exclusively. The only thing I do on the Mac side is video editing once a month when I want to compile highlights of my infant. There are a couple of annoyances with being on a Mac, but the only one that still bugs me much is that I need to hit Fn+Delete to get the Delete key (otherwise it's a backspace). In retrospect, I probably wouldn't have spent the extra money to get a Mac when I'm just running Windows, except possibly for the video editing since I hate all the Windows video editing software I've tried, but I wanted to remind you that it's an option.
If you don't want to go with a Mac, I definitely recommend Lenovo based on friends' experiences.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||A good friend of mine||
was the recipient of a Marrow donation a decade ago. Although he passed away about half a year after the donation, I am so thankful to the anonymous donor who gave my friend a chance live a little longer, and more importantly the chance to keep fighting (a marrow transplant is typically the last resort for a patient).
As a result of my friend, a lot of my friends and I got registered, and one of those friends (actually a friend of mine who didn't know my friend with Leukemia at all, she just registered to support me and because she's generally awesome) ended up donating marrow a few years ago. She was thrilled to give a total stranger the chance to live (how often do most of us get that opportunity?!?)
I received an email recently from the registry letting me know that I have a rare marrow type. It turns out that I'm unlikely to ever be a match for someone in need of marrow, but if I am, I may be the only person on the registry to be a good match, or even a viable match at all.
As a previous poster noted, you can go to marrow.org and learn more about joining the registry. All it takes is swabbing the inside of your mouth and mailing the kit back. After that, you'll get about an email a year to make sure you're still interested/eligible and to keep your contact info up-to-date, and probably nothing else will happen. If you are a potential match, they'll get a hold of you and do further blood testing, and give you more information about marrow donation. If you are the best match, it can be a difficult procedure, but everything up to the point where you're definitely giving marrow and saving a life is easy and pretty much pain-free.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||And UPMichigan||
proves me wrong--I was reading from 7.08 which seems to allow it (well, really, explicitly not disallow it), but as UPMichigan points out 7.01 seems to forbid it. Well done!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly right||
Just looked up the rule and you're exactly right that purpose is key--the runner is out if "he runs the bases in reverse order for the purpose of confusing the defense or making a travesty of the game" and it explicitly clarifies that being confused is a valid reason for running bases backwards (though the example it gives is more common: if the runner thinks a ball was caught and is returning to the starting base).
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Pollack||
Let me add Martha Pollack, current Michigan provost, former EECS prof and then Dean of the School of Information as a likely candidate. When she was named provost, the AnnArbor.com article had a lot of speculation that she'd be a very likely replacement for Coleman (not at all a given, but a very strong candidate).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||He's referring to OP's point||
that Burke might consider that Walton will want playing time, and wouldn't get much if Burke returned; thus, hypothetically Burke could consider being nice to Walton as a reason to leave.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you, indeed||
I am so proud of this team, and thankful we have players and coaches that are so easy to like and fun to cheer for. I would have been happy with just making it to the Sweet Sixteen, and these guys gave us so much more.
I'll hope we are consistent enough to build up huge expectations consistently and some sense of entitlement, but it's been fun feeling like we were playing with house money--four years out from the first tournament bid in a decade--there was hope all year, but the tourney success was new, and that made it so much easier to treasure every step.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm enjoying||
I'm enjoying the first time in my memory (which for Michigan sports goes back about 14 years) that Michigan has done clearly better than Michigan State in all three of the biggest sports (football, basketball, and hockey).
It's possibly more amusing because we can't actually say the best in the state of Michigan at all three sports--our CCHA Tourney run, without the win, doesn't make up for Western's far better regular season.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Congrats Trey!||
Loved the lead-in, helped boost my confidence just a little bit higher :)
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Love that Burke steal||
Burke's steal at the end of the first half, and at the end of the MSU game is perfect recognition of something that had never occured to me before: the other team is not trying to score. As a result, it's low risk. If you miss the steal, you probably have time to get back into position because the opposing team is just killing the clock anyways so they get the last shot. And if you get the steal, you become my hero. Well, if you're Burke, you already were, but you know what I mean . . .
I absolutely love watching the backcourt violation over and over as well. Not only is Burke the only one of the two aware of the fact ten seconds is approaching, he masks his delaying as two steal attempts so that Johnson isn't tipped off about the clock and doesn't hurry up to get the ball across.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for posting||
I was wondering about that but I hadn't seen the press conference--the article seems to make a huge case out of small snippets and conjecture. Yes, Stauskas was open a lot--that's something that should have been corrected for more quickly, but he had been cold up until this game, I don't know if it's the worst strategy in the world to help on Burke and see if Stauskas will burn you.
He says they didn't know how to pronounce Stauskas, therefore they had no idea who he was--I've got to say, I've seen a few clips of Beilein putting keys up on the board where opposing players are referred to by number--you don't run down the court yelling "Which one of you is Stauskas? I'm not supposed to leave you open!"
He says they disrespect us because they say we don't have a great defense--who, exactly on the board thinks that's wrong? Or that Burke doesn't create the vast majority of everyone's points?
There were a couple of stupid comments that are hard to add context to and make better--McGary is not much of a threat is just stupid--but it's written in a style that's taking small snippets, filling in a lot of assumptions and hoping you don't notice.
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||From commentator||
I don't remember who it was, but a TV commentator just had an analysis that I think makes sense rewatching the video: that the drawn-up play was to drive on McLemore's side, and dish it to him when Michigan sags off him to assist. However, THJ stayed with McLemore and by the time he realizes that the plan won't work, Johnson is in the air looking to pass.
If the play is indeed drawn up to go for the win, I'm not surprised Johnson doesn't try to go for 2 if he doesn't realize that McLemore is covered (plus, I think comments are right that it was a harder shot than it originally appeared). That doesn't defend Johnson's play--he put himself in a situation where he has to pass, even though McLemore is covered, but at least it makes more sense.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||48 points||
I've got 48 points on your scale, the 99.5th percentile on ESPN. Wisconsin's my only Elite Eight that's out, and I have them losing there, so it's possible that my good luck will continue (and it's quite definitely luck).
If my bracket continues to be outstanding, we will all be happy--I've got Michigan beating Ohio State in the championship.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I assume||
to spread out the Big Ten, since the top four seeded Big Ten teams are in the four different regions, and to do us a favor by putting us in Auburn Hills.
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||Flagrant 1||
There's no such thing as an intentional foul anymore--it is now a flagrant 1.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||The commercials||
Aren't being streamed--they're not the same commercials you'd be seeing live, so they've been pre-downloaded which is why they're of higher quality.
I don't know if everyone else is getting the same commercials I am, but I'm watching the game at a computer in the front of a classroom while my students are taking a test, and I'm a little concerned that the Calvin Klein ad will be up when someone comes up front to turn the test in.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||You don't hold that against Yost?||
People aren't good or bad. The part of Yost that was racist was bad. When he acted to prevent Michigan from recruiting black players, or when he scheduled teams against whom we'd have to sit that player, he was being a bad person. And an asshole to use your language.
Does that mean everything about him was a bad person or an asshole? No, but in fairness, it means a lot.
Yost was a great coach, and I'm glad he won many national titles for Michigan, but I absolutely hold it against the man that he was racist. Of course I disrespect him for being anti-Catholic. I don't care who his dad was or how he was raised: he judged another person for the stupidest and most biggoted of reasons, and I hold that against him.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Compromise||
If there were exceptions, I'd make them the other way. Sure, there are millions of dollars on the line, but I won't feel sorry for Jerry Jones if he loses millions of dollars because the next superstar turned out to be a bust. If someone has enough money to afford an NFL team, they have enough money to lose millions of dollars.
If anyone was going to have an exception, it should be a little mom-and-pop business that could actually go out of business if they put an investment into training a new employee and have that person disappear.
Fortunately, there's an easy compromise: let's just not let anyone discriminate.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||My first Big House game||
That was my first trip to the Big House, and is not an insignificant part of why I went to Michigan. I grew up in Kalamazoo, but my dad was a Nebraska fan so I didn't have any allegiance to Michigan schools besides what I picked up from friends. My best friend's dad took us to the Virginia game (I was in middle school), and I can still picture the excitement throughout the stadium at the end of the game. From where I was standing, I could see Hayes racing for the corner, and the ball arcing to the corner, but then the both disappeared behind the crowd, and I couldn't see anything but I could tell was that the ball was clearly overthrown. And then the stadium went nuts, and I knew he had made the catch after all. It was glorious.
I figured I would likely go to Michigan since I was in-state and loved computer science, although I looked around at other top engineering schools around the country. I probably would have gone to Michigan even if there wasn't a football team, but that game, plus several more that I went to with my sister (who I followed to Michigan), turned Michigan from the logical choice to a choice I was very excited about.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Another Wolverine won silver||
Evan Bates, another Wolverine, won silver in the same competition with his partner Madison Chock.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly, why would you defer||
Exactly, why would you defer the scholarship if you were sure you were giving it to the player in the fall? The only thing this move is saying is that Kiffin isn't sure he wants the kid after all.
That happens from time to time in recruiting--Michigan has cooled on a few comitted players and encouraged them to explore other options, but to pull the scholarship three days before he's coming to campus is ridiculous, and very Kiffin-like.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||(1) I don't mean sanity in a||
(1) I don't mean sanity in a derogitory sense as in you can't be sane and come up with those results, the term sanity-checking is just refering to a process of stepping back and looking at results and saying "do these make sense" and I disagree that they do. I think you can make an argument that the difference between #1 and #3 is bigger than between #3 and #6 in football, but it seems like you chose the geometric mean for the opposite reason--in (3) you say you're trying to give less weight to extremes.
(2) I understand that you're not weighting them differently, but the geometric mean is taking 2 and (roughly) 23 and coming up with an average of 7--from a more classical view of average, that's giving the #2 ranking more weight. I guess you're arguing that a geometric mean is always better, and I should ditch my classical view, but I'm just not buying it.
(3) When there are four numbers, two of which are a totally different metric than the other two, I have a hard time talking about outliers. As I mentioned, I think your argument here is the opposite of your argument in (1)--in (1) you're saying that the difference between 1 and 3 could be bigger than the difference between 3 and 6; here I think you're saying the opposite, #1 maybe really isn't that good after all; there would be some regression to the mean if more games were played.
(4) I don't argue that geomtric means have their place, just that I'm not buying their use here.
(5) I'm in total agreement that Michigan has an outstanding combination of good football and excellent basketball this year, I'm just not willing to go so far as saying they have the best combination.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Sanity check||
It's a fun exercise, but using that data and getting a result that puts us above Florida and Notre Dame means the method doesn't pass a sanity-check in my opinion. Our football rankings are not outliers, they should have roughly equal weight as the basketball rankings, but clearly do not.
Looking at ND, the difference between 14/16 and 20/26, while not huge, is definitely bigger than the difference between 2/2 and 3/5, so they really ought to be above us.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Car driving itself||
I really don't know if it's that much longer before the car starts driving itself, so we might be able to solve the whole problem very effectively.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||As a sidenote, it's a horrible system||
I know you're just using it to set up the joke, but the baseline score really is one key way they test for concussions during the game. According to the best experts on U of M's faculty (wife went to med school at Michigan a couple years ago and got lectures on it), there's absolutely no medical basis for that test.
That doesn't change the fact that everyone uses it (including Michigan), but I thought I'd just add to the discussion the consensus from Michigan faculty that it's an entirely unproven, and likely very faulty system for detecting concussions. Someone failing that test should certainly mean they get pulled, but I think a good doc and good coach should also pull anyone in the situation that Gholston seemed to be in, even if he is able to pass the test.