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10/20/2016 - 6:02pm Commence

1. Michigan

2. Washington

3. Alabama

4. Louisville

Michigan 38, Michigan State 0

Michigan 35, Indiana 13

05/10/2016 - 8:22pm Server

This is interesting, but I think that you're crashing the server by hitting archived pages during your research.

04/13/2016 - 3:12pm Thanks!

Milner addressed some of those concerns (at least number 4) in his interview with the Atlantic. He mentions that we do not currently have even close to the technology needed to do this today. As he says, “[The $100 million is] to do extensive research into all of these challenges, and try to convince ourselves that this is possible in the lifetime of a single generation.”

Will the research pay off? Who knows. My bet is that we will figure out fusion before developing the necessary technology to use this laser method.

04/13/2016 - 1:54pm c

The data would travel back at the speed of light and Alpha Centauri is ~4.4 light-years away, so it would take ~4.4 years to get the data. It would probably take even longer due to compression, encryption, transfer rates, etc, but I do not know much about those.

04/13/2016 - 1:51pm Ground-based

Per Milner, the proposed laser would be on the ground to avoid this problem (as well as to lower costs).

04/13/2016 - 1:50pm A Wild Ramanujan Appears!

04/13/2016 - 1:48pm Bo Ryan

04/13/2016 - 1:44pm Begin

Could you begin somewhere instead of making a blanket statement?

02/11/2016 - 12:49pm Probably not

Gravitational waves do not lose much energy while traversing through spacetime since they interact very weakly with matter. Thus, to generate opposing gravitational waves, we would need to create objects equally as massive -- for the LIGO event, it would require impossible amounts of energy (65 solar masses as a base, plus we would need to get them accelerating, etc.), not to mention, we would necessarily create black holes, which might cause some other complications for us...

It would take much (much, much, etc.) less energy to create some sort of hovering system for a car than to counteract gravtitational waves.

02/11/2016 - 12:39pm Clarification

Gravitational waves travel at the speed of light, so we could not use this for superluminal communication.

Changes in mass/gravity are not instantly detectable. They were in Newton's theory, but this was not consistent with special relativity and this contradiction was the impetus behind Einstein seeking out a general theory of relativity.

01/27/2016 - 2:53pm Good stuff

Quality work here. Keep on keepin' on.

01/22/2016 - 5:58pm Occam

I enjoyed this line as well. The sentiment is on point, but the Occam of Occam's razor is actually a place, not a person.

Edit: Although it looks like Occam is now synonymous with William of Ockham. Apparently no one else important came from Ockham.

01/10/2016 - 1:55am Frisson


01/04/2016 - 1:52pm Priapism

Death by priapism?

12/16/2015 - 10:15pm Jim Tecumseh Harbaugh

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12/08/2015 - 12:13pm Embed
12/07/2015 - 12:47pm "We were essentially 10-2 this year."

I think 9-3 is an accurate reflection of our season since the Michigan State near-win and Minnesota near-loss cancel out.

12/02/2015 - 2:11pm Mattison

247sports lists Mattison and Jay Harbaugh as his primary recruiters, so hopefully this will not affect his decision too much.

12/01/2015 - 5:33pm Florida

Florida is our projected opponent according to ESPN, so it might be a good idea to add them to this analysis.

If I am calculating this correctly, S&P+ favors us by 3.3 over Florida, but FPI favors Florida by 2.2.

11/26/2015 - 5:11pm Rick and Morty

This perfectly describes Rick and Morty as well.

11/18/2015 - 7:04pm Bluff

That's not possible. One can only be m/2^n part something for some natural numbers m and n.

11/10/2015 - 3:51pm Crean

Tom Crean is airline food.

11/10/2015 - 1:11pm Adieu

I have noticed that you consistently use "adieu" instead of the correct "ado." I am just pointing this out to be informative, not incendiary.

I enjoy these posts each week. Keep up the nice work.

11/08/2015 - 11:08am Screenshot

Linking to a dynamic page will render this post meaningless for those who arrive late. Here is a screenshot:

11/07/2015 - 2:04pm Ad Revenue

Wouldn't they still get advertising revenue though?

11/05/2015 - 2:23pm Backward

Washington State is favored by 2.5 over Arizona State. I would include Florida State in the sucker bet category as well.

10/29/2015 - 2:00pm Wedding

Well, I scheduled my wedding for September 24th. I'm guessing some other Michigan fans did the same. I am really hoping they do not change this.

10/27/2015 - 10:08am Suspicious

And too aesthetically pleasing to be accurate

10/16/2015 - 12:01pm The Law for the Wolves by
The Law for the Wolves by Rudyard Kipling
NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back;
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.
Wash daily from nose tip to tail tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
And remember the night is for hunting and forget not the day is for sleep.
The jackal may follow the tiger, but, cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
Remember the wolf is a hunter—go forth and get food of thy own.
Keep peace with the lords of the jungle, the tiger, the panther, the bear;
And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the boar in his lair.
When pack meets with pack in the jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken; it may be fair words shall prevail.
When ye fight with a wolf of the pack ye must fight him alone and afar,
Lest others take part in the quarrel and the pack is diminished by war.
The lair of the wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
Not even the head wolf may enter, not even the council may come.
The lair of the wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
The council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
If ye kill before midnight be silent and wake not the woods with your bay,
Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop and thy brothers go empty away.
Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill man.
If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride,
Pack-right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
The kill of the pack is the meat of the pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
The kill of the wolf is the meat of the wolf. He may do what he will,
But, till he is given permission, the pack may not eat of that kill.
Lair right is the right of the mother. From all of her years she may claim
One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
Cub right is the right of the yearling. From all of his pack he may claim
Full gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Cave right is the right of the father, to hunt by himself for his own;
He is freed from all calls to the pack. He is judged by the council alone.
Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
In all that the law leaveth open the word of the head wolf is law.
Now these are the laws of the jungle, and many and mighty are they;
But the head and the hoof of the law and the haunch and the hump is—Obey!
10/15/2015 - 3:40pm 15 feet

He didn't know that Charles Woodson could jump 15 FEET IN THE AIR!

10/13/2015 - 3:04pm Gandalf is a dick

Gandalf is such a dick.

10/13/2015 - 2:30pm Longest Snapper

I don't know how ours compare against each other, but there is no way our long snappers have as much arm strength as Oregon State's.

10/08/2015 - 11:41am Scoring Defense

Shouldn't our scoring defense be #1 at 6.2? It looks like the NCAA plays on easy mode by not ignoring touchdowns scored by opposing defenses.

10/07/2015 - 6:26pm +1 Insightful

+1 Insightful

10/07/2015 - 2:52pm Big Blue

It bothers me that the media (and fans of other teams) insist on referring to Michigan as "Big Blue," even though that is the semi-official moniker used by Kentucky and its fans. Get off my lawn.

10/06/2015 - 3:27pm Traffic

He was trying to direct traffic, and one of the refs mistook his vigorous pointing as a fair-catch signal.

10/04/2015 - 1:41pm #thereallisaching

There all is aching?

09/30/2015 - 11:41pm +1 Insightful

+1 Insightful

09/29/2015 - 4:51pm But it might work for us...
09/28/2015 - 9:25pm CHAOS

09/27/2015 - 2:15am Arkansas

It was another rough week to be an Arkansas fan as well. They blew their 8-point lead in the fourth by giving up a touchdown, 2-point conversion, and then they lost in OT without putting up a fight.

09/20/2015 - 4:11pm Vegas

Vegas' goal is to encourage an equal amount of betting on each side of the line. They take a cut regardless, so 50% of the money on each side of the line minimizes their risk and maximizes their expected value.

Many times, you will see a line "move," which is essentially Vegas updating their line due to market corrections so that Vegas always wins.

09/20/2015 - 4:04pm WHOA

09/20/2015 - 3:57pm Lines

The team with the minus sign is favored. "Michigan -4 against BYU" roughly translates to "Michigan's points - 4 = BYU's points."

09/20/2015 - 3:46pm FPI

ESPN's FPI gives us a 62% chance of victory, which also seems high to me. My intuition tells me it is a coin flip, but I could be emotionally hedging due to the last few years of having my hopes crushed.

09/20/2015 - 3:35pm 2011

Unfortunately, the format was not different in 2011, but we got a rematch anyway. SEC bias helped keep Oklahoma State out of the championship game that year, just like it did to us in 2006 even though it wasn't officially a thing yet.

09/15/2015 - 12:34am GIF

I know! I've counted 42 ball punches so far, and he doesn't show any sign of stopping soon.

09/12/2015 - 8:26pm Exactly

I cannot think of many scenarios in which pumping in music is better than the band. Bands are one of the things that make college football special, and pumping in music necessarily diminishes the band.

09/12/2015 - 6:10pm Pipes

Overall, it was better, but some of that was due to shiwonhada. However, I am still concerned about the overuse of piped-in music.

09/09/2015 - 10:05pm CFP 2015

I have TCU over Georgia in a close one.

1. Ohio State (13-0)

2. TCU (12-0)

3. Notre Dame (11-1)

4. Georgia (11-2)

Georgia upsets Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl while TCU handles Notre Dame with ease in the Orange Bowl. TCU then edges Georgia in a championship game for the ages.