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10/01/2010 - 2:54pm The Wolverine preview

I'm guessing it was in The Wolverine preview magazine, or at least it always used to be.  Haven't bought it the past few years, though

09/26/2010 - 3:29pm Defenseless - at the game

I was at the game and I definitely heard him say defenseless. 

09/17/2010 - 10:30am attended and worked his academy

I both attended and later worked at his Drum Major Academy, and while it was several years ago, I'll remember him as a great man and developer of leaders....

09/13/2010 - 3:32pm Not if they're

Not if they're retractable.....

08/31/2010 - 7:28am True Fact

I have a co-worker who is going to be attending the game in a suite on Saturday as part of a campus-wide group he works with (Voices of the Staff).  He won a monthly(?) drawing for those that regularly attend their meetings.

08/26/2010 - 1:14pm I'm with you....

#2 also due in (late) September and I have season tickets.  I think we may get past Uonn, so I'm hoping (and think it's likely) it will be in the two weeks following.

08/25/2010 - 3:27pm Disagree on Roh and Martin

I think they are all-conference caliber, though not necessarily BG caliber

08/25/2010 - 1:57pm Song Selection vs. Arranging skill

I think his strength IS his skill at arranging, however I think his weakness is in song selection/programming.  Nix was a little stronger at the latter, yet nearly as skilled at the former.

08/25/2010 - 1:55pm It's of interest to them when

It's of interest to them when the reason they're not playing is BECAUSE there's other music playing over the sound system. I'm not saying that the two (MMB and RAWK) were always in conflict last year, but they certainly were at certain times.

08/25/2010 - 1:28pm Robert Goulet always gets a

Robert Goulet always gets a +1

08/25/2010 - 1:27pm Or Run-D.M.C sing Aerosmith?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_This_Way

Just because a song was written for one style/genre/instrumentation doesn't mean you can't effectively re-write/transcribe it into a new one.  It takes some musical skill, and sometimes a song isn't a good fit for translation, but we wouldn't have a lot of music we have today if we musicians only played what was written for their instrument/genre.

08/25/2010 - 1:09pm Still two different things....

quality/quantity is a non-issue in this situation, acoustically speaking.  HOWEVER, your point about playing opera has nothing to do with the acoustics, it has to do with program selection (which I'm not denying is a source of controversy).  Not being able to hear the band and not liking the songs they're playing are two different things.  Prof. Haithcock seems to be intentionally adressing only one of these.

08/25/2010 - 12:10pm Yes!

I'm happy we're not just saying we won't do it because it's hard.  We have tons of talent on this campus, so I'm happy we're putting it to use on this.  It actually poses some good practical challenges where students/faculty can apply their knowledge.....

08/24/2010 - 10:15am Shhhh.....

I didn't think anyone else noticed this.  I thought I was seeing things, albeit good things.

08/23/2010 - 3:27pm Closer...

I'm 10 miles away witha very pregnant wife.  I'll be at every home game that doesn't conflict with actual labor/birth activities

08/22/2010 - 10:17am Not if he wants a scholarship

Big Ten rules would apply....

08/19/2010 - 8:02pm Michigan for college sports, MN for pro (mostly)

I grew up in Minnesota and remain a fan of all pro sports from MN.  I went to school at Michigan, and therefore college sports will always be Blue for me.

The only exception for my pro sports allegiances is that I am a Red Wings fan (in addition to the Wild.  I boycotted the NHL for several years after the North Stars moved south.  This was after I had moved to MI, so I had to choose whether I wanted to never watch pro hockey or to pick a new team.  I adopted the Red Wings (happened to be right during their first cup run), as it was my adopted home town team.  When MN got the Wild, I did decide to cheer for them in addition to the Red Wings.  The only challenge I have, then, is who to cheer for when the two teams play.  I usually go for whomever the specific game means more to (usually ends up being RW).

08/18/2010 - 10:32pm It's never too late

It's never too late for a posbang

08/18/2010 - 10:21pm I Love....

Lamp

08/18/2010 - 10:10pm In the end, all will get a

In the end, all will get a posbang.  Benevolant Posbang Granting God permits it.....

08/18/2010 - 9:57pm Plus One

Because the thread demands it!!!!!

08/18/2010 - 9:49pm The power of positive ... posbang?

Upvotes go well with a nice bourbon.....

08/18/2010 - 2:54pm Buffalo Trace at A&L Wine Castle

I was talking to the guys at A&L about Buffalo Trace, and they actually go down to the distillary a few times a year to taste and select specific barrels of bourbon.  Those barrels then get bottled and sold specifically by A&L.

I like it both straight, and in manhattans with Vya vermouth.

08/16/2010 - 9:13am Customers

And to deliver what your customers want, you need to know who your customers are.  identify them first, then your question becomes much easier to answer.

08/02/2010 - 12:15pm 2009

Actually, it says 4-0 in non-conference play in 2009, so those are the B10 schools that went 4-0 last year...

07/28/2010 - 4:26pm Actually, neither were

Actually, neither were convicted.  One was charged and the other was not....

07/22/2010 - 12:32pm Yeah, that link is much more

Yeah, that link is much more informative.  I've been involved peripherally with the project for a while now, so I lost track of the official communications that when out when it was released.  they are much more informative, as they should be.

07/22/2010 - 10:33am UM App, Android, etc.

The application developed by the students was actually bought by the University (ITS) and is continuing to be developed.  I believe they're also working on an Android version, but the initial iPhone version got out the door first because of the development work that was already done.  FWIW, they're going to be adding more functionality to the UM app in the future.

 

http://mobileapps.its.umich.edu/

 

-an ITS employee, not on the Mobile Apps team

06/23/2010 - 1:06pm A Tie guarntees that Germany

A Tie guarntees that Germany doesn't win the group, as Ghana is ahead of them going into the match, so they would still be ahead.  They still could advance with a tie, but at best they'd be second which means we would have to play them.  Ugh.

06/17/2010 - 12:19pm good call

good call on the difference between ten and 10.....

06/17/2010 - 11:45am Big Ten - Duodecimal edition

I don't know how to correctly notate it, but something like:

Big Ten - Duodecimal edition

OR

Big Ten (base 12)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duodecimal

05/26/2010 - 4:16pm Not state employees

As a U of M employee, I can state that University employees are not considered state employees.  These also would not be union type jobs but rather professional/administrative, so they would likely fall into an Exempt category where there is much more flexibility in terms of the termination process.  It's still a public institution, and it's hard to get fired from the University, but not because this is position is covered by union contracts.

05/10/2010 - 9:28pm Threaten ND with RU - Threaten UT with NU/MU

I see it like this:

Rutgers is being used to let ND know the B10 could break up the Big East if they don't join.

If ND joins, there's one more spot, they could add Pitt, or better yet Syracuse and wrap up the NY market as much as is probably possible (ND, Rutgers, Syracuse).  In this scenario, they got their prize in ND and can add one more school as they see fit.

If ND declines, there are 14 teams with two potentially open spots.  The B10 makes an offer to UT/A&M, as losing MU and Nebraska likely spurs the breakup of the B12 .  If the Texas schools balk, the B10 goes after Syracuse/Pitt to wrap up the East and follow through on the threat to the Big East/ND.  Either way, they're at 14 so they could stop where they are without any further action.

05/07/2010 - 8:46am Winking Lizard?

I think it may be the Winking Lizard.  My sister-in-law lives there, and she and her husband are frequent patrons of that establishment (for the drinks, not the food FWIW).  I'll also second Great Lakes.  We watched part of Prior's meltdown against Purdue last year there as part of my in-laws wedding day extravaganza.

04/12/2010 - 8:32pm I'll vouch for his skills

My first hand experience says he's a skilled musician that's worth whatever he's charging for transcription

-Crunchy

02/05/2010 - 7:29pm turf, turf, glass, brick...

Turf from the '97 OSU game,
Red turf from the '98 Rose Bowl (from the rose in the center of the field)
Glass from the backboard that Tractor Trailor shattered
A brick from the old Ferry Field wall that used to surround the football practice field

01/19/2010 - 8:03pm Dexter

The Dexter area.

For Tigers fans sake, I hope he isn't leaving. I think he's a valuable asset to the team for more reasons than just what shows up in the stats. As I mentioned, I'm actually a Twins fan, so my true interest in this is almost solely as his neighbor.

01/19/2010 - 7:58pm Yep

That's the one...

01/19/2010 - 7:26pm Thanks! Makes sense based on what I know

While I have yet to meet him (I just moved in over the summer), I've never had the sense that they wanted to leave the area, regardless of his status with the team.

01/19/2010 - 7:21pm Ballpark estimate

probably average of 300k, give or take 50k. We just moved in this past summer, so it should be pretty reflective of the current real estate market. Like I said, I'm pretty sure he can afford more house than he has here. I think he's been in this house for 4-5 years or so. The development is only about that old, so it wouldn't have been any longer than that.

01/19/2010 - 5:51pm Could be moving up?

He actually could probably afford more house than what houses are going for in our neighborhood, so I suppose it's possible he signed a new contract and bought a new house in the area. He was around here as recently as a couple weeks after his surgery, but his family generally spends the winters in warmer weather.

10/09/2009 - 10:49am Receiver Chart

A great idea, though I think that would be a more appropriate visualization for the receiver chart Brian produces. I think the two could happily live side-by-side, and would love to see it.

09/29/2009 - 4:36pm Actually, yeah, that's pretty close to it

In your scenario (a bit simplified, but still generally true), you get $100 in your pocket, and your employer withheld the other $30 for taxes. Your total taxable income was $130 because your employer chipped in to cover the taxes on your $100. Your effective bonus is now $130 and not $100

Contrast that with your employer giving you a $100 bonus, then taking taxes out of it, so your take home is ~$75.

09/29/2009 - 3:59pm Gross-up, indeed

That's the term I recalled from my experience with it, from the perspective of the employee being reimbursed.

You also better explained in words what my table tried (poorly) to display.

09/29/2009 - 3:45pm Income Table - (hope it formats correctly) - (It didn't) If it's what I'm familiar with, the taxable income/reimbursement loop is recursive. I was reimbursed by an employer in a similar fashion for several years, so I have some familiarity with how it works. My assumption here is that it is a 35% income tax rate. The sum totals seem to be in the general ballpark....

 Taxable Income

 Taxes owed

Tax Rate

Original amount owed to WVU (Paid by UM)

 $  2,500,000.00

 $      875,000.00

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $      875,000.00

 $      306,250.00

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $      306,250.00

 $      107,187.50

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $      107,187.50

 $        37,515.63

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $        37,515.63

 $        13,130.47

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $        13,130.47

 $          4,595.66

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $          4,595.66

 $          1,608.48

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $          1,608.48

 $              562.97

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $              562.97

 $              197.04

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $              197.04

 $                68.96

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                68.96

 $                24.14

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                24.14

 $                   8.45

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   8.45

 $                   2.96

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   2.96

 $                   1.03

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   1.03

 $                   0.36

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   0.36

 $                   0.13

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   0.13

 $                   0.04

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   0.04

 $                   0.02

0.35

Reimbursement by UM for taxes from line above

 $                   0.02

 $                   0.01

0.35

0.35

Total reimbursement from UM

 $  3,846,153.84

 $  1,346,153.84

09/28/2009 - 9:25pm Edge to Minor

Both are dangerous in different ways when you give them the ball, but I've seen Minor make huge contributions without the ball, a little more so than Brown.

Exhibit A: (ND Wooooooo!!!!!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItN3GBg8B7Q&feature=player_embedded

09/25/2009 - 7:32pm Probably Beer

Probably the bottle of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere Farmhouse Ale sitting in the beverage fridge. If I don't crack that open, it'll be Bell's Oktoberfest.

Later on, I may shift to manhattans with Buffalo Trace bourbon and Vya vermouth.

09/25/2009 - 9:30am 2003 season shirt

My 2003 season shirt, which I wore for most games last year. It is now only worn for household chores, and only on non-game days

09/22/2009 - 11:45am still in press box

The email did say "and now PA guy", implying it wasn't always so. I think the point was that he's still been in the press box for the last 40 years, so he has perspective on the changes in volume over time.

09/19/2009 - 7:38am You-know-who

You-know-Rosen-who was a pretty decent writer for the Daily before he got paid....