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06/01/2018 - 11:49pm Video Games

Most people have no clue the effort and $$$ it takes to produce a good console video game these days. They are basically like movies.

I highly doubt this will work out.

05/23/2018 - 1:58pm Apple

Apple was a TERRIBLE investment in 1980.  They were dead money for 17 years.  You might as well have put your money in a pillow case.  If you invested in Apple in 1980, by 1997 you would have LOST money.

The time to have invested in Apple is 2003, not 1980.  They were useless as an investement before then.  In fact, the main reason I didn't, despite all the success they were having at the time, was their 2 decades of ridiculously bad performance.  Seems silly now, but 20 years ago, they were not a good company in terms of actually making money, and in fact had been on the brink of bankruptcy several times.   

05/21/2018 - 3:22pm Gall Bladder

Several members of my family are missing their gall bladders.  None of them miss it.  In fact, they all felt much better once the damn thing was gone.  One of them was sick for months before the docs figured out the gall bladder was the cause. 

Hope this will help you out!

05/17/2018 - 1:27pm Astros

As jbrandimore said, the Astros pitching coaches, along with some of their technology and ananytics staff, has revitalized JV.  Supposedly they had some super-slow-motion recording equipment there that helped JV fix a problem in his delivery that he said made a HUGE difference. 

And the spin-rate thing is big too.  Something is going on with the Astros and spin rate.  Either their coaches are really good and they are teaching some way to increase spin rate (quite possible) or they have figured out something else that may be skirting on the edge of being legal.  Every pitcher they pick up increases their spin rate when they come to Houston.  Morton's rate went up HUGE. 

https://www.crawfishboxes.com/2018/5/3/17316840/digging-into-the-data-a…

05/16/2018 - 5:18pm Given his health question

the fact that he gets guarateed money even if he is cut is huge.  It sounds like even if they determine he can't go on playing, he will still bank a million+.  Not the huge 1st or 2nd round money he deserved, but he can play himself into that money if his health allows it. 

Really pulling for him. 

05/16/2018 - 3:11pm Lebron

I've never loved LeBron, but those photos show nothing.  Guys can fill out a TON between about 19-20 and 24.  He was still a kid when he started playing in the NBA. 

It's when they fill out a ton between 31 and 33 that I get suspicious.  Or when their head grows several sizes. 

05/16/2018 - 2:56pm C'mon man

Takes 10 seconds to google this.

In 1985 at the age of 44, Rose had an OBP of .395 (in over 500 plate appearances).  He was FOURTH in the entire NL in OBP.   For the advanced stats people, his offensive WAR was 1.3, though his defense was considered sub-par.

Bagging on a 44 year old who finished 4th in the league in OBP is pretty dumb IMO.  I'm not a Pete Rose fan, but anyone who can finish top 10 in anything useful at age 44 is a special player. 

 

05/16/2018 - 2:54pm No walks?

Not sure where this no walks things is coming from.

OBP over age 40:

 

40: .391

41: .345

42: .316

43: .359

44: .395

45: .316

It's true that he had zero power, but to say he too no walks is just 100% untrue.

05/16/2018 - 2:52pm negative WAR

His negative WAR is almost entirely due to his perceived poor defense, which at age 40+, well DUH.  He probably should have gone to the AL and become a DH.  He only had 3 seasons where his offensive WAR was negative--the last 2 years in Philly and his last season at age 45. 

05/16/2018 - 11:59am Security is impossible

If you hook cars to a network, someone WILL hack them.  It is 100% inevitable.  It is just a question of how much damage will occur with the hack. 

05/16/2018 - 11:56am Right

People's inability to just accept it and buy a minivan is pretty funny.  Minivan's rock when you have kids.  But no, they aren't "cool" enough.

05/15/2018 - 12:04pm Yeah

Don't try to resolve a dispute, or involve authorities of some sort.  Just shoot the other guy.

F*** me. 

05/15/2018 - 11:59am What exactly do you want?

Should the cops teleport in?  I mean, unless a cop happens to be right there to hear the shot, someone has to call in the event to 911, the dispatcher has to contact the cops, and they have to re-route to the location in question.  4 minutes is pretty quick for all that to happen. 

05/15/2018 - 11:29am Curious

why do you think the corner is the best?  I've had corner seats forever, but I've considered upgrading into the next section over.  Do you think it's just easier to recoup the PSD when reselling because it isn't so high?  If that is the case, why not endzone where it is even cheaper?

05/15/2018 - 11:24am Tough call

I had to make the same call.  I moved out of state a few years ago and have been StubHubbing my 4 seats since then.

I had seats in the corner, Row 38.  I had to decide how to upgrade this year--should I move into a higher PSD?   I decided to just move one section over one Section towards the 50 (still considered corner) & up a few rows and stay in the same PSD.  Last year I made somewhere between $600-800 even after StubHub fees because I was able to sell MSU and OSU for so much above face value, but this year I figure it will be a struggle to break even.  But as long as the team is good, the schedule next year should allow for another killing.

For years I just sold the tickets to someone for face value but once the schedule got unbalanced, people started buying them for the good season and then bailing on me the next, and I got tired of that really quick. 

05/14/2018 - 7:11pm LOL

“It comes up twice in those first 50 points that students should get rid of cleaning or laundry service subscriptions in order to save money,”

I've never had a laundry service subscription in my entire life, let alone in college.  Good grief, how spoiled do you have to be that you can't wash your own clothes?

05/14/2018 - 7:08pm I already had this talk with my wife

I love UM, but I have no intention of sending my kids there now that we no longer live in Michigan.

The value of sending them to Michigan as an out-of-state school just doesn't add up.  We have schools in-state that will be 1/4th the cost and the degree will be 80-90% as valuable.  Maybe not 100% as valuable, but the cost/value proposition is just so much better.

Obviously if I was in-state I would still look to Ann Arbor if my kids could get in.  But as an out-of-stater, I just can't justify it.  I'm not sure I can justify the cost of ANY out-of-state university any more. 

05/14/2018 - 2:17pm Sure

Everything is more complicated than what is discussed on a football blog.

But it isn't complicated to know that you probably shouldn't take out 80-100k in student loans for a degree where your expected income is 30-40K a year.

I'm not saying this is the way things SHOULD be.  I'm just saying that if you have to go massively into debt to get a job that isn't even going to pay you 50K, then you are probably going to be in a world of financial hurt for a long time. 

There are cheaper options for that degree that will end up working almost as well and won't saddle you with a lifetime of debt.  I love Michigan as much as anyone.  But I wouldn't mortgage my financial future for it.

05/14/2018 - 12:40pm Stupid parenting

Even if you have that kind of money, giving your kids that kind of cash is just dumb IMO.

The way to learn how to have fiscal sense is to live without unlimited money.  I'm not saying you should cut your kids off.  But living with that kind of "allowance" you will never develop any sense of how to actually live in the real world.

I guess they never actually plan to do that, do they?

05/14/2018 - 12:36pm Yeah

GPA is important, but is only one facet.  I was in a similar position (same grades/time frame) from a tiny rural high school with limited AP classes and I was accepted into UM so quickly that I didn't even manage to get my applications to other schools completed.   So I'm not sure exactly what situation you ran into.

I did take Calc & AP Physics and all that stuff in High School, but I imagine most people applying to Michigan did.  For me, the big win was probably my ACT score.  My SAT was nothing special (would have been a NO at almost any IVY for sure.  I sucked at the SAT Verbal) but my ACT was pretty good.  Since Michigan took either, they probably ignored my mediocre SAT. 

05/14/2018 - 12:22pm A lot of people

are really bad at math and finances.

05/11/2018 - 1:15pm I realize

no one is going to read this, but I requested North Campus (Bursley).  As you mentioned, it was the only dorm where I could get a parking pass (1990).  And my truck was my lifeline to everything I did in college. 

Unfortunately, it also meant I ended up the DD for EVERYTHING, since, duh, I had the only vehicle among my friends.  But that was ok--it meant my incredbily wasted friends always got home safely.  So yeah, I never got to drink heavily, but whatever.   Looking at the big picture of life, I'll take it.

I once got to drive my RA home so wasted he didn't even remember it.  That was pretty funny.

NCRB was great too--I spent so many hours in there playing basketball that it was my second home. 

So, yeah, living up north can suck.  I don't know if you can still get parking passes.  But I actually liked it quite a bit, and once I had tons of engineering classes, I could just ride my bike to class in the morning in about 4 minutes, which rocked.   Riding back home again--not so great.......

 

05/11/2018 - 1:02pm Recommendations

This is off the front page, so I don't know if you are still looking at this, but here goes.

I would recommend broadening your language exposure to help you out before you get into your more advanced CS classes.  I don't know how classes like 280 are taught now, but based on how they were taught back when I took them long ago, some OOP languages would probably help (C#/Java/C++).  A lot of my CS classes were focused on OOP design back then.  I don't know if that is still true, but my entire programming career has been in OOP programming so.......  Having self-exposure to the languages before you have to start using them in class is a great thing.   I think  I read online that 280 still uses C++. 

You really don't want to be using C++ for the first time in this class.  You want to be focusing on solving the problems, not learning the language.  C++ is NOT easy to learn.  I worked professionally in C++ for 11 years, and of all the languages I have learned, the learning curve for C++ was probably the steepest (not counting assembly, but almost no one except for the hardest core people use that directly anymore) 

If you aren't interested in digging into any of those, exposure to JavaScript would probably be a good thing just because it is used so heavily in web programming.  Just be aware that a ton of JavaScript is learning a particular framework which may be replaced in 2 years for a new one. 

05/10/2018 - 2:02pm CS

I was EE and I actually loaded up on CS classes for fun.  Hence I figued out too late that I wanted to be a CS major, but back in my day, CS wasn't part of the COE.  Luckily people still hired me for CS stuff with an EE major.

Unlike the majority of people, I actually LIKED living on North Campus, because it meant I was closer to my classes and the computer labs, but also back then the internet didn't quite yet exist so that made working on projects out of your dorm room more difficult.  You could still do it on the university network but it wasn't quite as convenient as it is now.

The best thing I did when I was in college was spend time going to TA office hours and working with the other kids there to solve some of the impossible homework problems that made up 20% of your grade.  Now, this was EE, and I'm talking about the 300 level classes, so CS won't have to deal with those classes, but it was absolutely worth it to maximize the homework % because that was sometimes the difference between getting a B+ and an A-.

Learn how hard you can push yourself and then be ready to do it.  I pulled several all-nighters getting projects done (both EE & CS), because there was no alternative.  I guess I could have started earlier, but what fun would that have been?   I had some spring semesters with 18 credits and usually found that to be too much--some class would get almost totally ignored.  But I did marching band in the fall and I wanted to keep my schedule light (12-13 credits), so that is how I did it. 

 

05/10/2018 - 1:50pm BS

Anyone who says college is "Incredibly Easy" didn't get an Electrical Engineering degree from UM. 

 

Yeah, it would have been kind of easy if I wanted to just skate by with a B- average I guess. 

05/10/2018 - 12:31pm The real issue here

is that the Lions didn't know about this before hiring him.  They should have either investigated it, determined it was not a problem and been ready to talk about it if it ever came up, or they shouldn't have hired him. 

 

But to not know is so Lions. 

05/09/2018 - 2:27pm Tax Law

I brought this up a few months ago and basically got told that it couldn't possibly affect anything.

I agree with you, and think it will affect other teams a lot more than Michigan.  IMO the price of tickets has been artificially inflated because you could write off the PSD.  With that gone, I suspect some people may find the pricier seats harder to stomach on a yearly basis.

I'm not saying that the tax write off was good tax policy.  I'm just saying that the price the schools charged had that benefit baked in, and we may see some change in demand now that it is gone.

 

05/06/2018 - 7:58pm This is a dumb take

Michigan often had to take Simpson out of tight games late because his FT shooting was a liability. He only didn't cost us games because we had MAAR & Poole to play guard late in games.

05/05/2018 - 1:34am C'mon man.

Late first round picks get 3-4 million GUARANTEED. Being a late first round pick is 1000000000000000000000000000 times better than trying to break in through the G-League.

05/04/2018 - 12:14pm I missed the start of my window

Logged in a few hours later.  Still moved my 4 seats one section towards the 50 at about the same row without leaving my donation level.  I figure same price, one section closer to the 50 can't be a bad thing. 

05/03/2018 - 3:49pm Hit

I feel like Wilson was hitting shoulder to shoulder, but being the taller man his shoulder slid up into the head region and that is what caused the damage.  Is this illegal?  Hard to say.  It certainly caused a lot of damage. 

05/03/2018 - 3:43pm NFL

I know nothing of Mo's condition. However, the NFL is super old-school. I suspect most of them hear "heart condition" and just shut down. They have no differentiation between a condition that can be mitigated and one that can't--they just assume the player is damaged goods and scratch him off the list.

NFL types don't tend to be overly nuanced.

 

 

If he was a pro-bowler they would be more willing to deal with it.  But as an unproven college player, they just don't even want to get involved. 

04/30/2018 - 9:14am Yeah

I have no ill will towards the guy, but the number of guys who have college careers like his and suddenly turn it around and have any kind of NFL career are about zero.

04/26/2018 - 2:55am Yeah

Dunno where they are going with this season, but that was pretty weak IMO.

04/23/2018 - 6:05pm Front Office Football

This is the guy who created the awesome Front Office Football.  You should listen to him--he knows what he is talking about. 

04/20/2018 - 4:49pm .

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04/20/2018 - 12:32am Broke protocal BUT

There was a mechanical failure of the plane, and the pilot realized it.  The high winds earlier in the day had caused one of the elevators to get wedged into a stuck position.  The plane quite literally couldn't achieve lift.  If they had continued to try and take off, they most likely would have crashed horribly.  

The pilot recognized something was terribly wrong because he was getting screwed-up feedback through the flight-stick.  He recognized that the plane has suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure and was not going to fly, so he decided that aborting, even above terminal V1 velocity, was better than any other choice.  Super-gutsy call, and he probably saved the lives of our entire basketball program. 

04/18/2018 - 5:30pm He's just showing respect to Harbaugh

As a head coach himself, by repeatedly talking about how much learning he is going to do, he is making it clear how much he is deferring to the Alpha Dog in the pack and that he is just going to perform his role the best that he can and not try to interject too much ex-head-coach stuff. 

I can't find fault with that.

 

04/17/2018 - 1:23pm Geez lay off the kid

Was he an idiot for riding an ATV when he's worth millions?  Yeah sure.  But it isn't like he was doing something illegal.  He was just having fun and he got seriously injured. 

He made a bad choice of weekend entertainment and it will probably ruin his life.  What is the point of piling on?  It's not like he was out gangbanging or something. 

04/11/2018 - 4:31pm Fans always look at it from a

Fans always look at it from a money or draft spot angle, because that is what it is.  It's a business decision. 

Kids who have "other priorities" actually think they are doing something that will help their draft stock, or at least won't hurt it, and are spinning it.   Almost no kid does something intentionally to hurt their draft stock.  They all think that somehow, whatever decision they are making, will work out for them when the draft rolls around. 

For these kids, the NBA draft is a once-in-a-lifetime lottery ticket, and they SHOULD be maximizing their potential in it.  What I don't get is people who look down on them for it. 

04/11/2018 - 12:24pm Spring Meeting

I don't even remember if we had the Spring Meeting back when I was around.  Probably did--I just don't remember it. 

04/11/2018 - 11:07am 36%

Yeah, his volume was low, mostly because he stopped shooting from mid February on.  He went 1-12 from 3 from Feb 18 to the end of the season.    Before that he was  20-46 (43.5%) from 3.   You don't generally shoot 43% over 50 3's by accident. 

So, he'll have to significantly increase his volume and still shoot in the high 30%'s to be a shooter next year, but I think it will happen. 
 

04/11/2018 - 1:47am Right

The football marching band really isn't even a thing in the spring.  Once the bowl game is done, the band doesn't get together again until late summer, and with new personnel.  Sure, hockey and basketball bands are still going, and those are mostly made up of people from the marching band.  

I would have found playing in the spring game to be somewhat of a PITA personally, though I could see them sending the Fanfare Band or something just as a PR thing. 

04/10/2018 - 5:47pm Well

When you look at who we have coming back, we do need more shooters.   Right now, if Mo goes,  the only returning players who are shooters are Poole and Livers, and Livers vanished for the last 1/3 of the season. 

04/10/2018 - 5:42pm Depends on where the meniscus is torn

I tore the meniscus in my knee playing hockey.  The way my tear worked out, it actually eventually healed without surgery.   Well healed is the wrong term--the way the doctor described it to me, I guess my tear was on the outer edge of the meniscus, and the frayed part got stuck in the joint and basically I performed a self-meniscectomy one day by accident.  I guess this happens more often than you would think. 

Mason's tear may be more severe because he is having surgery.  Or maybe they are just taking way better care of him than they did with me. :)   I never had another problem with the knee. 

Hopefully his injury is the less severe type like mine was.  Based on the comments (him saying he could play but that his knee just "didn't feel right") it sounds like it probably was. 

If that is the case, they will do a partial meniscectomy  and he'll be good to go in no time. 

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/meniscus-tears/

04/10/2018 - 5:29pm Go Pro decision matrix

The "Go Pro?" decision matrix for Wagner says he probably should go even if he isn't a first rounder.   At this point, the odds of him making some sort of major leap in his game before next season are minor.  His profile is about as high as it is ever going to be.  If he isn't first round now, he probably will never be first round.  So he's probably better off just getting drafted on a roster while his profile is high and fighting for a spot.  Another year at Michigan most likely isn't going to move him up, unless some lightbulb really went on and he suddenly started averaging 20 and 10. 

Matthews I think should stay, because he has the opportunity to really improve his shooting.  And if he could add a decent shot to his slashing abilities and defense, he becomes a much more valuable player who might even get into the first round. 

Anyway, my take is worthless, but that's how I see it.

 

 

 

04/07/2018 - 1:06pm Yeah

I didn't include the photo directly because it was too disturbing.

04/07/2018 - 8:13am Local newspaper report

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/humboldt-broncos-bus-involved…

04/07/2018 - 8:00am Please

Give me a that list of 20 game winners with a 5.00+ ERA.

Pitchers wins is am imperfect stat and certainly involves more than just the pitcher. However, you still rarely see a bad pitcher rack up a ton of wins.

ERA is far from a perfect stat either if you want to start nitpicking pitcher stats

04/06/2018 - 2:28am Actually

I feel like his mistake was almost giving the ND guy too much credit.  He pushed off to go post-to-post, assuming the ND guy had enough control to actually put a shot to the far post.  Instead, the ND guy barely had the ability to just get the puck on net, but it happened to find the 5-hole that was now opened up because he was trying to stop a great shot that wasn't coming.

If he had stayed home, given up the wide side of the net that he probably wasn't going to get to anyway, and kept his 5-hole covered, no goal.  But that is REALLY REALLY picking nits.  Most goalies would react to a guy cruising down the middle of the ice like that by assuming he is going to go top-shelf wide-side.  He tried to stop a great shot that never came, and in the process, gave up a goal on the weak shot that did come.