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07/12/2018 - 2:33pm Can't believe how much…

Can't believe how much better our class just got!!!

04/27/2018 - 2:53pm I recently really enjoyed

I recently really enjoyed Meru.  It's about a group of mountain climbers attempting to summit a difficult peak in the Himalayas, and was really well done.

03/27/2018 - 3:32pm What advanced stats are you

What advanced stats are you using?  Villanova has the 13th ranked D according to KenPom, while Michigan's offense is only #31.  FWIW, Kansas has the 42nd ranked defense.

https://kenpom.com/

08/21/2017 - 1:45pm "dicks"?

"dicks"?

06/26/2017 - 2:36pm I find that the videos

I find that the videos actually take up way more of my time than written content.  Usually I'll need to sit through an ad and some meaningless intro before they get to the topic, and even then they often will do some teases or background info and save the actual topic for the very end.

Contrast this to written content, which allows for me to quickly skim and find exactly what I'm looking for.  I'll take written over video all day.

04/19/2017 - 12:47pm Just right click the picture

Just right click the picture and select "Open image in new tab".  The picture will automatically show up full size.

02/27/2017 - 2:31pm Broadcasters may or may not

Broadcasters may or may not adopt 4k soon, but internet streaming services already are in the process.  As others have mentioned, Amazon Prime and Netflix have a lot of 4K content.  I watch new movies in 4k by renting them off Vudu and casting them to my TV - I just watched Arrival and it looked absolutely amazing.  If you just want to enjoy nice 4k visuals, The Grand Tour on Amazon prime is stunning.  I have standard Comcast internet (25 Mbps I believe?) and I am able to watch 4k content with no buffering delays or hiccups.

Frankly, I'm not sure why Gameboy has such a negative outlook on his.  It is almost like he is out here hating. :)  4k content started out as a trickle, but it has been steadily increasing since then.  If you have an internet connection, the desire to search out 4k content, and some technical savvy (it can be tough to get the content to stream, for example Amazon Prime shows won't stream through Google Cast because of a disagreement between the two companies), you can find plenty of 4k content.

FWIW, I agree with Gameboy about HDR, but medium quality and up 4k TVs will all have one or both HDR formats (HDR10 or Dolby Vision).

When TV shopping, I find the site www.rtings.com to be invaluable.  They have the best reviews and comparisons that I have seen on the net, and will also make recommendations based on desired size & budget.

 

12/20/2016 - 12:55pm This is correct, it is his

This is correct, it is his Instagram account.  I don't put too much stock in who the recruits follow, either, but FWIW his recent follows include Aaron Bills, Dylan McCaffrey, Devin Asiasi, Khalid Hill, Jay Harbaugh, Jay Harbaugh's girlfriend? ("brhitney"), Donovan Peoples-Jones, Eddie McDoom, Corey Malone-Hatcher, and Tyrone Wheatley.

I don't do Instagram, this is from a screenshot sent to me by a friend, so I don't know if he has also been following Alabama people or not.  But that is quite a few Michigan people.  Can't hurt.

10/23/2016 - 12:18am I concur. Not sure where OP

I concur. Not sure where OP got their info from? Maybe there is something more recent than the website you linked to? Or maybe OP is mistaken.

EDIT: the website was updated on October 5, 2016. Looks like OP is mistaken.

10/07/2016 - 5:05pm 27 - 3, Michigan.

27 - 3, Michigan.

09/02/2016 - 3:13pm 12-0!!!!!!!!!!!  I f***ing

12-0!!!!!!!!!!!  I f***ing love you, Ace!

09/02/2016 - 1:50pm As usual, excellent first

As usual, excellent first game preview, Brian.  Thanks for all the #content!

08/31/2016 - 4:25pm That is a cool fridge, but

That is a cool fridge, but there is a clashing logo problem - split M on the front and a block M on the side.  Why couldn't they put the block M on the front, as well?

06/10/2016 - 1:11pm I don't think that's right.

I don't think that's right.  Every year we hear about guys on the team going after recruits.  One quick example off the top of my head, Delano Hill & Jourdan Lewis seemed to be recruiting LaVert Hill pretty hard last year.  And I swear that every year we hear about "<current Michigan player> is recruiting <former HS teammate 4* recruit>" and telling him how awesome it is up in Ann Arbor.

I'm sure it is different if the recruit is related to you, and maybe it is different for former teammates/friends, too, but I swear we read about stuff like that all the time, every year.  

If someone knows better and I'm way off here, please correct me.

06/01/2016 - 3:51pm To that I say, Go Knights!

To that I say, Go Knights!  We had no cuts for football, either...of course, no one made the team.

04/13/2016 - 12:10pm I also enjoy how he lauds

I also enjoy how he lauds Freeze for going to Haiti to do volunteer work while Harbaugh was in Florida, as if to imply Harbaugh doesn't care about underprivileged people.  So not only did he forget about Gary picking M over 'Bama/Ole Miss, Finebaum also doesn't realize that Harbaugh has an annual trip to Peru where he does volunteer work of his own.  It is apparent that he was very lazy in his research for this piece.

04/12/2016 - 7:07pm There are literally

There are literally thousands, if not millions, of important subjects in the world today.  Far too many for one person to be able to keep track of them all, so we prioritize and focus on the subjects important to us.  Forgive me if hemp clothing is not high on my list, but that does not make me (or anyone else ripping your thread topic) ignorant.

02/25/2016 - 6:13pm I don't understand what you

I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish with this anecdote?  

So, back when Jack was in college, the dad was popular in the stands and people loved him because he was fun and his son was on the team, and he had yet to screw over his son in any way.

Then, years later, people find out the dad has allegedly ruined his son financially, and now people are mad at the dad....

So you are saying, because he danced in the aisles and people liked that, that we should still like him?

02/11/2016 - 11:56am Assistant TO the head coach.

Assistant TO the head coach.

01/28/2016 - 5:51pm Yeah, because it's so lucky

Yeah, because it's so lucky to lose a young blue chip recruit who was the most athletic kid in the state when he was in high school, and still has lots of potential to be a contributor (or better) in his upper classmen years.  Real lucky.

01/12/2016 - 1:10pm Well they shouldn't be able

Well they shouldn't be able to do that...before the subdivision was built the developer's lawyers would have gotten together with the municipality's lawyers to craft CCRs (rules) for the development to abide by, ie allowable driveway materials, architectural standards, minimum landscaping requirements, stormwater maintenance plans, etc.  So they (and you) have to abide by that document.

You pay extra for the shared maintenance of stuff like detention, snow removal, landscaping.

I'm coming off like some crazy HOA lover, but I'm not.  I work in the land development industry and deal with HOAs from time to time, so I've had the "opportunity" to learn about the banal intricacies of HOAs.

 

01/12/2016 - 1:01pm Haha, yes that is totally

Haha, yes that is totally true.  I've got two coworkers who both run theirs, and it is because they are huge control freaks who don't think other people can do anything right.  And the weird thing is, they always complain about how much work it is...yet they continue doing it.

01/12/2016 - 12:40pm You are probably mostly

You are probably mostly joking, but I'll bite anyway.  You know the people who run your HOA live in your development, right?  AKA, they are your neighbors.  

Then again, being on an HOA board is a volunteer position and is a ton of work.  The smart move is to stay the hell away from it, so maybe you are right and only your moron neighbors volunteer to be on the board. 

01/07/2016 - 12:07pm That's a fair point and one I

That's a fair point and one I would agree with - people with lower GPAs tend to undervalue the importance of a GPA, while people with higher GPAs tend to overvalue the importance of a GPA.

I think the GPA indicates that someone is a hard worker with intelligence, but says nothing about their adaptability, problem solving skills, ability to perform under pressure (deadlines), etc.  

As for myself, I don't remember specifically what my college GPA was as that was over 10 years ago (typing that makes me feel depressingly old) and isn't something I've thought about in a long time.  I believe it was somewhere in the low 3s, so definitely nothing to brag about.  

Side note: it would be strange to me if we interviewed someone in their 30s and they still included their college GPA on their resume.  It usually only comes up when applicants are fresh out of college.

01/07/2016 - 11:29am I think the fact that he

I think the fact that he stuck with the team for so long is much more telling and a much bigger positive than the GPA.  I work for a civil engineering firm and some of our biggest "lemon" hires over the years have been the "smartest" people with the highest GPAs.  

Maybe this is due to a small sample size and I'm over-rating my personal experience, but at this point I'm very doubtful that GPAs have much of a correlation on how good of an employee someone will be.

11/24/2015 - 11:45am I did, too, and I read his

I did, too, and I read one of his recent articles - written after the Minnesota game, talking about how the "honeymoon is over" and how 10-2 is a wild fantasy.  It reminded me of Drew Sharp.  I wonder if Harbaugh was taking a subtle shot at Biggers, making a vague reference to this negative & critical article.

Link: http://www.todaysu.com/big-ten-today/michigan-wolverines/michigan-wolve…

 

09/29/2015 - 10:38am Cool, thanks for the

Cool, thanks for the clarification and the correct link!

09/29/2015 - 9:26am Well, the game starts at 8 pm

Well, the game starts at 8 pm so it looks like it will be right on time...

EDIT: Nevermind, apparently I can't read good, and I should probably try to learn to do other stuff good, too.  My bad.

RE-EDIT: OK, I'm not crazy.  The Michigan Insider just tweeted this same pic, except it said the storm would be over the DC area at 8 PM on Saturday.  See here: https://twitter.com/michiganinsider/status/648844273710931968

08/18/2015 - 3:15pm Always good to see a fellow

Always good to see a fellow Knight on the board!  Although I'll be honest, having graduated and moved out of state, it is much harder to follow / care anymore without having easy access to watching the games.

05/29/2015 - 3:51pm So you just admitted to tax

So you just admitted to tax fraud in an online public forum?!  (Only kidding of course)

I'm an Illinois resident, and prior to this past year, Amazon didn't collect state tax on my purchases.  But when filling out my taxes via turbo tax, the program specifically asks me if I've made any online purchases in the past year.  I feel too guilty saying no, so I say yes.  Anyway, I had several hundred dollars in Amazon purchases and I tested out the impact on my return by putting in $0 first before the real value, so I could see exactly how much my return would go down; it only went down about $30, so while it may seem like a big deal, it's impact is relatively small.

05/18/2015 - 12:22pm Sorry to disturb you, Andre.

Sorry to disturb you, Andre.  Thank you for your hot take - let's disagree with a stranger on the Internet and make over-arching conclusions about them!

In Season 1, Dany marries Khal Drogo at the behest of her brother, who essentially was holding her captive.  As far as I remember, she never once consented to marry Khal, she was a prisoner, and she was given no other choice.  That wedding night sex was definitely rape, in my view.

You bring up some interesting points about Littlefinger.  I think Littlefinger is creepily in love with Sansa and sees himself marrying her down the road, and I believe he truly has her best interests at heart (I don't think he was aware of how evil Ramsay was when he came up with this plan).  I think she trusts him and did not view herself as his prisoner - he did rescue her from Cersei after all.  Maybe its Stockholme Syndrom, but I think she has positive feelings about him and did not feel trapped.

Maybe I'm wrong about the LF-Sansa dynamic and you have the right of it, and if so, it would be equivalent to the S1 Dany-Khal marriage, and I would change my opinion that it would be rape.

Ultimately, we are arguing semantics (which I realize is my fault, since I brought it up!) - we all have the same emotional response; we feel bad for Sansa that she had to endure that terrible wedding night, and we want bad things to happen to Ramsay.  The difference is, I think Sansa willingly made a stunningly brave sacrifice to subject herself to some truly awful things, in order to kill the Boltons down the road and regain the north.

Is this the part where I over-simplify a nuanced conversation and say my take is 100% right and if you can't see that then you must be dumb? ;)  Have a nice day, I hope I don't disturb you any further.

05/17/2015 - 11:57pm Fair points - maybe I am

Fair points - maybe I am delving too far into it. I still think that she is playing the long game and knew (or at least suspected) that Ramsay was evil and it wouldn't be an easy journey. I am hopeful she will come out of this victorious and her sacrifice will have been worth it.
Agree about your edit.

05/17/2015 - 11:44pm I agree with all you say

I agree with all you say there. My only objection was to the term "rape" which I believe belittles Sansa's deliberate course of action. I think we are largely on the same page.
I still feel bad for Sansa that she has to go through all this bullshit with that monster, and I too hope she gets to kick some serious Bolton ass. Sooner rather than later.

05/17/2015 - 11:39pm Do you think Sansa willingly

Do you think Sansa willingly married Ramsay?

05/17/2015 - 11:37pm Why are you so quick to

Why are you so quick to dismiss the possibility of Sansa rescuing theon? That would empower Sansa quite a bit.

05/17/2015 - 11:30pm Martin has discussed the

Martin has discussed the series' ultimate end game with the show runners. They are aware of it and working towards it, and it should be the same for both.

But how they get to the end game will not be the same. Martin does NOT have any say in the show changes. He is an advisor to the show and they run everything by him and give him a chance to give his input - but they do not need to heed his input if they don't want to.

05/17/2015 - 11:25pm Bender, thank you for your

Bender, thank you for your truly thoughtful response. No sarcasm there.

See my above response - I can't help but think they are trying to show Sansa's courageous-ness. I see your point and I agree that if she had said no, it wouldn't have mattered.

However I'm thinking of a hypothetical real life equivalent - a poor mother who resorts to prostitution in order to provide for her children. Does she want to have sex with strangers? No, she definitely doesn't. But she does anyway because she believes she has no other recourse to provide for her fam.

Does Sansa want to have sex with Ramsay? Definitely not. But she does anyway because she wants to regain her homeland and get revenge.

So is that rape? Bravery? Maybe both?

05/17/2015 - 11:18pm Thank you for your reasoned

Thank you for your reasoned and thoughtful response. I know this is a fictional show, but I will lay out the facts as they exist in this fictional universe:

1. LF comes up with plan for Sansa to marry Ramsay. They discuss it.

2. Sansa thinks and agrees with the plan. It is a means to an end (the end being regaining her homeland and vengeance).

3. Sansa is a big girl and knows she will need to consummate the marriage. She still agrees.

Which of the above do you disagree with?

I think you are looking at it from one perspective as Sansa is a powerless victim. I am looking at it from the opposite side - Sansa is making a brave decision to do a distasteful thing (marrying Ramsay and everything it entails) in order to get what she wants.

And yet you imply that I'm sexist and call me names and insult me. Thank you for your thoughtful contribution to the discussion.

05/17/2015 - 10:54pm I completely disagree that

I completely disagree that this was rape. Sansa knew what she was getting in to. Several episodes ago when Littlefinger laid it out for her when they were overlooking Moat Cailin. When she agreed to this plan, she knew what would be required of her. What she didn't know was how sadistic Ramsay is, but she did know she would have to marry (and sleep with) him. In my view, she is making a courageous choice in order to regain her homeland and also to seek vengeance for her family.

Saying this was rape implies this wasn't a conscious (not to mention courageous) decision by Sansa to marry Ramsay, which I believe it was.

02/11/2015 - 3:06pm You missed the best

You missed the best one!

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/xwnjlx/key-and-peele-liam-neesons

(Don't know how to embed, sorry)

EDIT: Embed?

02/11/2015 - 2:57pm Liam Neesons

Liam Neesons is...my....SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGuPKSBpyBY

01/14/2015 - 5:09pm I think this gif might be

I think this gif might be more appropriate...

12/24/2014 - 10:43am Ummm, isn't this actually the

Ummm, isn't this actually the first day without search bits? And no, I am not handling it well. :(

Edit: I'm handling it so bad I forgot how to read good, and now I'm just hoping I didn't forget how to do other stuff good, too.

12/18/2014 - 5:50pm Well if you are worried about

Well if you are worried about the Vikings, then I've got some bad news for you.  Raiders are pirates.  They marauded, murdered, raped, enslaved.  Same with Buccaneers.

12/18/2014 - 5:18pm Regardless of the mascot

Regardless of the mascot controversy, I just want to point out that your analogy is all wrong.  The name "Vikings" is an official historical name given to a people group, and it would be analogous to "Native Americans", which is the official historical name given to the indigenous peoples of North America.  

The term "Redskin" is a slang term used to refer to Native Americans, and would be analogous to a slang term used to refer to Vikings.  I am not aware of any slang terms for Vikings, though, so I can't give an example.

12/02/2014 - 6:45pm This would be perfect.  To

This would be perfect.  To fill out the staff, they could retain Hoke as DL coach, Mattison as LB coach, Woodson would retire from the NFL to be DBs coach, Tyrone Wheatley and Mike Hart would be co-RB coaches, and Borges and Heiko could even be brought on to be co-equipment managers.

11/17/2014 - 4:58pm Yeah, I re-read yours after I

Yeah, I re-read yours after I posted and was worried for a minute that I lost the ability to read.  I completely agree with your comment with the new wording.

11/17/2014 - 4:50pm "But you've lost the ability

"But you've lost the ability to denounce any player for anything they do off the field."

My reading of this is that Brian is denouncing Clark's actions as despicable, but is pausing to consider the circumstances / context and basically saying, "Walk a mile in Clark's shoes before you judge."  You can look at the situation as a whole - denounce a player's terrible actions and still hope they learn from it and improve their life.  

I'm not sure what exactly your point is here?  What is wrong with that?  Maybe we should never denounce a college football player for their actions off the field without context?

11/17/2014 - 4:40pm Great writeup, Brian. 

Great writeup, Brian. 

10/30/2014 - 10:44am I think you accidentally a

I think you accidentally a word.