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08/10/2018 - 1:04pm Done!  Both my parents grew…

Done!  Both my parents grew up in Hamtramck (my dad played ball with Rudy Tomjonovich) so it holds a special place in my heart.

08/09/2018 - 9:10pm I just bought a TV from…

I just bought a TV from Amazon on PrimeDay.  But in my experience, you get the best service and support at Crutchfield.  If you call them (or go to online chat) and tell them exactly what is above, they will give you really good info.

More generally, most of what you'll find now are LCDs, LED LCDs, and OLEDs.  Those would generally be in order of increasing quality.  For a 49" LED, you're probably in the $800 range for good quality, but you can spend a lot less than that -- perhaps as low as $300.  In my experience, you get what you pay for, but you should only pay for features that matter to you.

Also, make sure you're looking at the external dimensions, not just screen size.  Since you last bought a TV, the bezels (border around the edge) have gotten much smaller.  I just replaced an old 46" TV with a new 55" that fits in the same area on the wall.

Good luck.

07/24/2018 - 9:17pm My daughter attends NU and…

My daughter attends NU and my wife just got an email that single game tickets for the Michigan game are now sold out.  Looks like Stub Hub or on the street.  

07/14/2018 - 10:27pm No judgment about a…

No judgment about a treadmill, getting one would likely be a smart move but here's my experience:

Exercise because it is good for you, makes you feel better, makes you sleep better, and reduces stress.

If you want to lose weight, you have to EAT better not exercise more.

07/14/2018 - 10:24pm I like your list a lot.  I…

I like your list a lot.  I especially agree with the basketball hoop.  I have 3 kids, now 20, 17, and 13, so my list is partly kid-centric too:

  1. Finished basement: is cooler than the main floor, great to separate kids from adults, and our kids have used it for after prom type parties (which is great because I know where the kids are and what they're doing, plus I like being down there myself
  2. Home theater: I love sports and movies so having a projector, 100" screen, and 7.1 surround sound is great for both
  3. Main floor master bedroom: one less flight of stairs for me when I'm sleepy and it means that on a day-to-day basis, I don't have to walk past the kids' rooms when I don't want to!
07/14/2018 - 10:13pm It is hard if you (or…

It is hard if you (or through your parents) don't have a relationship with a jeweler you can trust.  I've used the same woman for 20 years and she has built a business on referrals and repeat business.  That being said, even though I trust her, after buying, I've also gotten independent appraisals of any major gem.  My jeweler stands by her appraisals and guarantees them.

All that said, although I haven't bought through Blue Nile, I've looked a number of times and they seem competitive.  

Figuring out what your partner wants can be challenging.  On the one hand, it is nice to know if she (assuming it is a she) prefers a traditional round cut or a princess or whatever.  Also, as others have said, she might like other stones.

In my situation, I wanted it to very much be a surprise when I popped the question (over 23!! years ago).  So I had the engagement ring put in the most very basic setting possible.  What matters is the stone.  Then my (now) wife and I went to a jeweler together to design the wedding band, re-set the engagement ring in a setting that interlocks with the wedding band, and pick out my wedding ring.  That way she could have a lot of involvement in the process but was still surprised when I proposed.

Specifically for the stone, look at sizes just under round numbers.  Market efficiency may have washed some of that advantage away, but getting a 0.98 carat ring used to be much less expensive than getting a 1.01 carat ring.

Regarding inclusions... different strokes for different folks.  I'm an engineer by training, so my mind gravitates toward a visually flawless diamond that's a little smaller.  But some girls want the "pop" of a big stone.  My wife used to practice as a physical therapist, but always wanted to wear her ring, so she was actually happier with a little bit smaller stone.

One advantage of doing some in-person shopping is learning how to use a loupe and what to look for.  Some stones have an AGS "map" that actually shows what inclusions are there and where they are.  If you have that, you can then use the loupe to look for them.  It takes a little practice, but is worth it in the long run.

Finally, insurance.  Once you buy the ring, you might want to consider scheduling it separately on either your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy.  Generally a jewelry rider provides for full coverage with no deductible for loss or theft of the individual item.  If you make a habit of buying jewelry for your SO over time, you will want to schedule out the individual valuable pieces.

06/20/2018 - 4:49pm Ha! Beat me to it.  Was…

Ha! Beat me to it.  Was going to say the same thing.  It is confusing.  Are the odds from somewhere else and he's providing them as an uncredited reference point, or is he contradicting himself, or ... is he just confused how odds work?

Unintentional comedy is the best comedy.

06/08/2018 - 8:49am Still not OP Bang...  :(


Still not OP Bang...  :(

I'm also getting about 5% of the thumbs already blue.  Regardless, they're blue, so it's OK.  Bang away.

06/06/2018 - 1:35pm Happy the site has launched…

Happy the site has launched.  Woo.  Looks good to me (except for the banner graphic as noted in MGrowOld's comment).  Four separate comments:

  1. Under "Useful Stuff" the Football schedule link is going to Page not found.
  2. I guess hyperlinks still need to be entered manually as I've seen many addresses that are not hyperlinked in both main article comments and board comments.
  3. I guess it is a design choice, but having the comment box at the top means after you scroll through comments to see if what you're about to say has already been posted, you have to scroll back to the top to comment.
  4. Love, love, LOVE the drop arrows to hide all the nested comments.  But if you use them, reply to a comment, and go back to the thread, you're "hide" status gets reset.
06/06/2018 - 1:27pm Agree.  I find the new top…

Agree.  I find the new top graphic almost as jarring as the old site from yesterday.

06/06/2018 - 1:24pm Same thing for me.  I'm on…

Same thing for me.  I'm on Chrome.  Not sure if browser specific.

06/06/2018 - 1:22pm Probably cached.  

Probably cached.  

06/06/2018 - 1:21pm Not sure if serious...

Not sure if serious...

05/30/2018 - 11:22am Strongly Agree

Your last point is exactly right.  There is a pretty simple mechanism to fix the dependency on oil, but it will most hurt those who can afford it the least.

I'm not a huge fan of EV/Hybrid subsidies, but at least the vast majority of income tax is paid by the wealthiest so the subsidy ends up actually being quite progressive.  The problem I have with subsidies is that they need to eventually be turned off (hello ethanol...) but there's never a time it is politically appetizing to do it.

05/29/2018 - 5:29pm Utility, Math, and Income

Well, this might end up being an unpopular opinion, but here it goes:

First, utility.  Gasoline is delivered to you super-efficiently and provides massive utility.  For a few bucks, one gallon takes you, and a bunch of stuff you want to carry, 15-25 miles.  It does so while powering a climate control system, an entertainment system, and an electronics recharging platform.

Second, math.  If you drive 25,000 miles a year and get 20 mpg, that's 1,250 gallons.  At $3.00 per gallon, that's $3,750 per year.  Bump that to $4.00 per gallon and you get to $5,000.  $1,250 isn't insignificant, but it also isn't the thing causing hardship for *most* people. 

Compare that to $3.75 for a Latte * 5 days a week * 48 working weeks a year = $900.  If you buy that latte every day, you're at $1,368, or above that same $1,250.  Choices have consequences.  How much utility do you get from driving vs. coffee?  No judgment here - just making the point.

Further compare that to a pack a day cigarette habit.  I'm not 100% sure what a pack of cigarettes cost these days ($7.00?), but the numbers are even worse.

Third, income.  What this really comes down to, like so many things, is an income problem.  If you're making $25,000 a year, the incremental $1,250 is a MUCH bigger problem than if you're making $100,000 a year.

For me, the utility of gas is such that I think it is a bargain at $10/gallon; it would be painful, but I would pay it.  I also think there are many advantages to electric cars but the economic and utility (limited range, time to charge, etc) tradeoffs aren't worth it yet.

05/16/2018 - 9:58am Yes

This is my understanding:  You can always not buy a seat.  You can renew, but only renew 2 of your 3 for example.  You would need to be very careful and deliberate about how you paid your seat donation in that particular year.

In my experience, the ticket office is very helpful.  I would give them a call and ask.  Then you'll be sure.

05/10/2018 - 9:14am Philosophy

So, I think this ends up being more of a philosophical question than an engineering question.

Regarding selectivity, it has been a long time since I graduated ('93) but my experience was that all options are available.  There is some self-selection that happens as, for example, Chemical Engineering tends to exclude those who can't succeed in both math and chemistry. 

You'll find the university is packed full of like-minded individuals with similar interests.  The real benefit is sharing the educational experience with others who have similar interests learning from those who are among the best in the world.

With respect to grades and GPA... you are absolutely right: a stronger GPA is a great indicator for those in the position to evaluate you for internships, jobs, advanced engineering degrees, and other professional schools (e.g. JD or MBA).

Your academic success is the Venn diagram intersection of your ability and your willingness to work at it.  You seem to be focused on the academic success, so that's a great start.  Now you need to follow through to achieve your goals.  Of course, your academic path is only a part of what you get from the college experience.  But you will do what you make time for.

In other words, if you choose to make grades your only priority, that gives you a leg up on that front.  But it is possible to explore extra-curricular activities, make deep and lasting friendships, AND succeed academically.  Learning to manage your time is a key element of university and will be a foundation for the rest of your life.

So set goals, both academically and socially, then attack achieving them with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.

05/09/2018 - 12:54pm What are you talking about?

You Jerk.

05/09/2018 - 12:53pm Guessing...

Then again, I'm guessing you weren't recruited as an elite D-1 athlete.  Nothing wrong with that, but a big part of getting to a P5 school in football is being freakishly large before matriculating.

05/02/2018 - 3:59pm Logged In To Say Pippen

I logged in just to say Scottie Pippen.  Obviously a great athlete and adept at being the second banana, but I never thought he deserved a spot on the Dream Team.  

His reputation is enhanced dramatically by his proximity to Jordan.

05/02/2018 - 10:39am South or West Quad

I lived in South Quad.  For me, South or West are ideal.  Close to central campus, closest of the dorms to Michigan Stadium, Crisler, Yost, and able to access all of what downtown Ann Arbor has to offer.

My problem with the Hill dorms is that it is a longer walk to the Athletic Campus.  Not a big deal for a few football Saturdays, but if you're into basketball or hockey, that's a lot of walking in the winter.

Maybe things are different now (I recently toured North Campus with my almost college age daughter) and there are some LSA classes offered up North, but I doubt it.  Like others have said, almost all your freshman classes will be on Central Campus and many of your sophomore classes.  

Also, for studying, the UGLI, the graduate library stacks, and the Law Quad are all right there if you're on Central Campus.  North Campus is *way* better now than when I was a student (89-93) but still not as extensive as Central.

Central campus will be: math, chemistry, physics, biology, language and all the other LSA disciplines.  To be fair, you won't have time for many LSA electives as an engineer, but your core requirements will be there.

By the time your sophormore year ends, you'll know more about what you like.  Where your friends are, what things you like to do, and what lifestyle is important to you.  The North Campus off-campus housing options are cheaper and provide better access to your engineering classes which will take up the majority of your time as a junior and senior.  Even so, I chose to live off-campus near Central Campus and drive to North Campus for class.  

04/27/2018 - 1:37pm Suh

Then again, Suh is a guy that the Lions ultimately bailed on because of character and demeanor issues.  With any luck, Hurst doesn't have that linked to his name either.

04/27/2018 - 1:35pm Blow to His Rookie Contract

Eh.  No issue with my ego.  

For me, it is the fact that a dude that has dominated his position, done things the right way, and was seemingly recognized by impartial sources as "elite" fell relative to what I'm sure his hope was.

Your larger point, though, is well taken.  He will get drafted and have the chance to prove everyone wrong on the field.

04/27/2018 - 8:57am Yes and No

I almost added a similar thought to my original post.

But on the other hand, the incremental dollars matter in a sport where there is always the possibility of injury ending your career.  Getting as much as you can as soon as you can has to be a priority.

But, ideally, he has a long and successful career making 31 fanbases and GMs shake their heads!

04/17/2018 - 10:33am Double Post


04/17/2018 - 10:29am Injured

Story says never fully recovered from ATV injury.

Tough consequences for the kid.

03/25/2018 - 12:15am Totally

That was my read as well. Protecting his players.

03/09/2018 - 2:00am Same

For me the $175 for the Blue Lot has been worth it.  I've had it the past two seasons.  Nice things for me:

  • If I get there as early as I'd like to, I get a great spot.
  • If I get there late (traffic, work, etc), I know I'll get a spot anyway and not be scrambling so I can get to the game.
  • Depending on who is with me, where I'm coming from, and which way I'm leaving, there are two parts to the Blue Lot and I can pick which I want for each game.
03/04/2018 - 12:45am Fair Comment

Red is indeed a legend.  And also has national championships after bringing a program back to national prominence.  Red is also a class act.  I guess my statement comes from the fact that basketball is a higher exposure sport with more national attention.

03/03/2018 - 7:50pm I’m 46

Hiring Bo predates me by a little bit. Beilein is, without question, the best hire by our athletic department in my lifetime.

03/03/2018 - 9:10am If by "hockey"...

If by "hockey" you mean "hockey and basketball" (as I spend time looking at the pairwise, as well as KenPom, BracketMatrix, and up until a week ago that site that predicts conference championship seedings) then... YES.  I agree. :)

02/02/2018 - 11:31am Near You

112 Row 11


01/30/2018 - 3:39pm Similar

Like I said below, I'm in a very similar situation.

For me, I try to determine about a week in advance if I'm going.  If I'm not, I have a group of friends that I check with to see if they want to use them.  If not, I try to return them 24 - 48 hours in advance.

But for the Iowa game for example, my wife and I were planning on going to AA that day, running some errands, having a meal, and going to the game.  But when we got on the road that day, we realized we'd never make it from Midland to AA safely that day.  For the UCLA game, my wife and daughter turned around before getting to Birch Run.  Again, not safe.

It wasn't like we didn't try to go those days.

After the Purdue game, I got home at 1:30 and went to work the next morning leaving the house before 7:30.  I'm committed to being involved, it just doesn't always work. 

01/30/2018 - 3:33pm Similar Situation

My situation is similar.  I sit in row 11 in one of the corners.  I love my seats.

The problems are a challenge.  I live 1:45 away with no traffic and work 1:30 away.  So, a 9PM game for me means getting home about 1:30.  A 7PM game means I have to leave the office at 3:30 if I want to eat before the game.

And for the most part, I'm willing to put up with it, so I have my seats for the games I can attend. I love going and make it to most games or make sure that my tickets get used or returned.  I'm also pretty loud and engaged.

But for that privilge, I am buying a season that includes North Florida, Southern Mississippi, UC Riverside, Alabama A&M, and Jacksonville.  I only get 9 B1G games, one of which is Rutgers.  We had to turn around for both UCLA and Iowa due to truly unsafe roads despite plans to attend.

Add to that the fact that despite having a pretty good number of Priority Points, there were virtually no options to upgrade my seats this year. 

The topic is timely and relevant: the lower bowl is sold out and often unused; the upper section is pretty much never full.  When I have returned tickets, even a week in advance, I never get credit for the school being able to re-sell them.  I have no answers, just a lot of frustration.  (And based on the article, I *may* actually be part of the problem.)

The supply and demand situation (and the free market) dictate that if the University wasn't getting that money, it would be going to resellers in a market that is frustrating to deal with in totally separate ways.  I'm not sure that lowering the cost would actually make things better. 

Maybe dramatically lowering the price for the upper section to encourage more people to go on a whim.  Truly dynamic pricing based on real demand that factors in everything (opponent, tip time, day of the week, how long it is until the game, etc.)

01/18/2018 - 12:59pm Preview Consistency and Cliche

I was chugging along just fine forgetting that Ace is out of town.  Another useful, high-quality preview as usual.

Is it ridiculous that as soon as I read "Three 6'8" jabronis" I realized it was Brian writing the preview?

01/17/2018 - 11:41am Rough

My daughter is a sophomore in journalism at Northwestern.  The Allstate Arena solution has been awful for them.  There are student busses available, but the process is a pain.  For students trying to cover the games, the logistics have been a particular challenge.  And so far, it seems to be a sterilized environment.  

I guess the renovations needed to be done and needed a certain amount of time, but the solution, especially after coming off the most successful season in school history, hasn't been great.

01/17/2018 - 10:56am Another feature

Another thing I like about LastPass (and I'm sure the other major apps do the same) is that you can store notes and attachments.  As an example of why this is important, in my Driver's license record, I have a picture of my Driver's License; in my Passport record a picture of my Passport.  Even if everything I have is stolen while I'm traveling, I can access LastPass from any computer and get a copy of those documents.

01/17/2018 - 10:50am I Don't Know, but...

Well, who knows for sure.  There are a couple of well documented examples out there.  Here's my take:

  1. Using a password manager is better than not using one.  What's your alternative?
  2. The hacks at LastPass I'm aware of never actually exposed account information and passwords.
  3. LastPass from its inception has been very open about how it works and what its doing to maximize security.  When there have been issues, they have been quick to respond and to recommend specific steps to protect your information.
  4. People need to be informed and decide accordingly.
01/17/2018 - 10:47am MFA

This is why multi-factor authentication matters.

Learn about it.  Use it.

01/17/2018 - 10:42am Seconded

I've used LastPass for a while.  It is hard for me to compare because I haven't used the other services, but Dashlane is the one I hear about the most.

A couple of add-ons:

  1. I use LastPass family and pay for it.  It means that for accounts my wife and I both need to access, we can share passwords.  This also avoids having to call each other or (worse) text each other when we need a shared password or when one gets changed.
  2. With the family plan, my kids are now in the habit of using different complex passwords.
  3. With the premium version, you can also access via your mobile phone, which you can secure with fingerprint ID and then use to copy/paste passwords on your mobile devices.
  4. I also recommend and use multi-factor authentication.  In particular, I use Google Authenticator which I have on my phone and iPad.  Every so often, typically 30 days for me, you need to re-enter an authentication code on each device you use.  You also need to enter an authentication code when you log in from a new computer or new device.  This solves the "single point of failure" problem.  As an aside, even with LastPass, I also use Multi-Factor authentication on key apps, like my Google account, social media, and any sites where I do financial transactions.  It is powerful and way less intrusive than it used to be.
01/17/2018 - 10:34am Problem

The problem here is that if someone figures out your system, they have a much easier path to getting into everything you have.

01/02/2018 - 11:03am My Snowflakes

Just a couple thoughts:

Brian's issues are his own.  This is his platform so he can say and do what he wants.

For all of the people out there with opinions like:

  • Why can't we be upset?
  • Why can't a staff paid this much do better?
  • Why can't we complain about X/Y/Z?

There's a simple answer to all of this (plus most of the other things you're complaining about): STOP PAYING FOR THE THING!  If you don't like the direction of Michigan Football, stop supporting it.  Stop buying tickets, stop watching on TV, stop clicking on stories, stop following twitter feeds.  One of two things will happen: it will have an impact and you won't care becasue you're not involved or it won't have an impact and you won't care because you're not involved.

If you want to stay involved, recognize that many people who are also involved will not choose to engage with you if all you do is fling insults and indulge your desire for a temper tantrum.  Try to have some civility and a reasonable conversation and people may respond.  Or not.  It's the internet.  Nobody really cares about you.  

12/01/2017 - 9:33am So Sorry

I'm so sorry to hear this news.

I didn't comment on the original EYB thread, but now want to say just a little bit...

First, I have a friend who went through this.  The one positive about it was through talking about it, they found out how many people had dealt with similar tragedies.  As you can see from the comments, this has impacted so many lives.

Second, take care of each other.  This won't go away.  You will each deal with it differently.  Try to share your feelings with, and support, your partner.  Though it will be different for you compared to her, you each have a lot to manage.  The statistics are *bad* regarding what happens when a couple loses a child in any circumstance.  Don't be afraid or embarassed to seek the help you need.

Finally, the duality of life continues to amaze me.  For every joy there is a tragedy.  For every tragedy there is a joy.  For every heartbreaking situation like the one Larry Prout Jr. is going through, there is a JT Rogan lifting him up to touch the banner.  Celebrate the joys in your life.  They are precious.  Make your wedding a fantastic day full of family and memories and the stepping off point to a happy life together.

Thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to you and EYB as you both come to grips with what has unfolded.

11/15/2017 - 4:42pm Yup

Was looking for this suggestion.  Freezer worked for me too.

Otherwise, other comments are correct -- everything I've read says your chances of recovery are related to how much you're willing to spend.

Also in the "not helpful" category -- once you're up and running, make sure you have an adequate backup plan for mission critical stuff.  I use a NAS for real-time backups.  Many other options exist.

11/13/2017 - 4:45pm They will however, make you...

...jump jump.

11/13/2017 - 4:17pm Plus, you know...

... BLUEs Brothers?  Because our colors are Maize and Blue and we say Go Blue all the time.

11/12/2017 - 11:49am KK

There are 8 of us going together. Sitting in KK. I think about 1/3 of the way up.

11/07/2017 - 2:28pm Undecided

We have 3 cars (2009 Murano 158K, 2010 Rav4 70K, 2012 Suburban 150K) and 4 drivers (me, wife, almost 20, and almost 17).

All 3 cars are running great.  I love my Murano, and the Suburban is obviously the family workhorse.  Daughters drive the Rav4.  My son is almost 13, so not driving yet.  Regardless, it makes sense to keep the Murano for one of the other drivers and to get myself something new.

My current likes are:

  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Cadillac CT6
  • Audi Q5

Thoughts/recommendations?  I live in Midland, MI, have a 30 minute one-way commute (highway miles mostly) and drive up North and to Ann Arbor as often as I can.  Obviously needs to be able to handle the weather.

10/31/2017 - 1:38pm Eh

I just view it as a different medium for a different time.

M Replay and Inside Michigan Football had their times when that was the best way to get the message out to the most people.  The Podcast format is more flexible and lets them do what they want to do.

I find myself marveling at who JT Rogan is and how good a dude he must be to have worked his way into the Harbaugh circle like he has.  It is obvious from the podcasts that the family loves him.

10/25/2017 - 1:37pm Yup

Right in the middle of mid-40s.  :)