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04/26/2018 - 12:22am Just spent the whole of today

Triple post! Anyways going to Yosemite right after

04/26/2018 - 12:21am Just spent the whole of today

Double post!

04/26/2018 - 12:19am Just spent the whole of today

Just spent the whole of today there. Driving to Zion tomorrow. Came all the way from Singapore for our honeymoon.

11/04/2017 - 5:30pm OSU will win the tiebreak

This will be the order in the B1G East:

1. OSU

2. MSU

3. PSU

4. UM

Among the two loss teams, MSU and OSU will have a 2 - 1 record. OSU wins this tiebreaker with their win oer MSU.

PSU and UM are tied at 2 -1. PSU wins tiebreaker over UM.

11/30/2016 - 10:51pm Independant verification

They used different planes than I did, but the intersection spot is the same. Very good to know.

11/29/2016 - 9:25pm B1G Top Four Head to Head

If Wisconsin wins:

OSU: 2 - 1

Michigan: 2 - 1

Penn State: 1 - 2

Wisconsin: 1 - 2


If Penn State wins:

OSU: 2 - 1

Michigan: 2 - 1

Penn State: 2 - 1

Wisconsin 0 - 3


If the committee does indeed value head to head records over conference championships, I'd say root for Wisconsin to win. 

11/28/2016 - 10:15pm Almost

Edit: I mean to say that the ball, Barrett's hand, and Barron's camera are all on the same vertical plane. The first blue line parallel to the intersection between this vertical plane and the field. The second blue line *is* the intersection between this plane and the field.

Lewis' feet are only useful for timestamping Barron's photo.

11/28/2016 - 1:07pm What are the assumptions that

What are the assumptions that are problematic? 

The maginification of the pixelated view is to show the light spot that I think is the white stripe on the ball. If you only look at the pixelated shot, this won't make any sense at all! How on earth can one deermine that a couple of random pixels is that stripe?

But if you cycle through the frames from the GIF again and again, back and forth, you will notice that the light spot appears once Barret has twisted his body after contact with his tight end end, It appears, and it moves independent of his body and is at the spot where I would expect the ball to see.

Yes, there are a lot of obstructions, but there is just enough information to do some analysis

11/28/2016 - 12:50pm I actually saw the picture

I actually saw the picture before I typed my OP. I tried to look for clues to timestamp the instant it was taken but it is too zoomed in. I tried looking at the angles of the other players' legs and stuff. I can't conclusively say that that the picture was taken at the moment of forward progress and so it becomes meaningless in that regard. It doesn't prove that at another instant, he wasn't closer to the first down.

11/28/2016 - 12:43pm To clarify, I am not saying

To clarify, I am not saying that the ball is directly above the hand. I am not saying that when you look at it top down, the ball would be covering the hand. I mean that from the viewing angle of Barron's photo, the ball is 'above the hand, and so you can use the hand as a reference to place the ball. That is what the blue line is for. I totally get that the ball is behind the hand from a field position perspective.

11/28/2016 - 12:35pm Because such images in

Because such images in isolation provide no basis for the 'definitive' conclusions that many claim. It is because of the uncontextualized, unscientific, 'analysis' like this that I have done what I have done.

11/28/2016 - 11:25am Sensitivity to Error

The blue line was the most challenging to place. 

From the Barron photo, the boundary side of 18-yard hash and the field side of the 16-yard hash almost align with each other. The actual gap between the two was estimated to be 1/8 the length of the 17-yard hash. I did what I could to preserve these observations when I drew the blue line. However, the overall result is not very sensitive to inaccuracies in the blue line. It just needs to be in the ballpark in terms of angle. At the most, it would affect the overall result by 1 pixel (0.5 inches).

The overall result is more sensitive to the green line, You are correct, I made it vertical on the assumption that there were no roll variations in the camera which could throw off the result by a couple of pixels (1 inch).

The result is also sensitive to how I drew the pink line, and that introduces an error margin of a pixel (0.5 inches).


04/08/2016 - 1:07pm Aero 623

Aero 623: Computational Fluid Dynamics II

Every time I came to class I wondered what in the world Van Leer was doing with his equations. I breezed through Math 215 with an A+, (so my math is pretty good), but VL wasn't kidding when he said "This is probably the most difficult course in the Aero Department"

10/30/2014 - 11:15am Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)

Hi Seth,

I work in military acquisition for a country known for its prudency in selecting defence contracts. We use the AHP to evaluate contenders for such contracts and to justify spending millions (or sometimes billions) of dollars of taxpayers' money to parliament.


I highly recommend using it for evaluations with a complex set of criteria (such as selecting the next Michigan HC).

08/10/2014 - 11:19pm About 100lbs from the

About 100lbs from the battery.

The rest from more efficient design and construction

07/28/2014 - 12:16pm I embedded it onto the main

I embedded it onto the main post. Does it work?

07/28/2014 - 1:20am There is a channel on Mio

There is a channel on Mio (one of the local cable providers) called ASN (American Sports Network). You should be able to catch some Michigan football and basketball games on it. 


You can also use online workarounds like slingbox, your Michigan VPN (all Michigan alumni are entitled to one)


@blingblaine... I hate you...

04/02/2014 - 1:40am 2011

So... you were diappointed with an 11-win season and a BCS Bowl?

03/20/2014 - 10:52pm Sad Panda

02/04/2014 - 7:03pm It is really difficult to

It is really difficult to make a blanket generalization on soccer. Since there are soo many teams and soo many competitions

At the world cup the gulf between the best an worst teams are huge. The large variance between the teams makes it less likely for any inherent randomness to maniest itself in te results. You could even apply this principle to the champions league.

Compare this to the English premier league, where winning half your games in a 38 game season pretty much guarantees you a champions league berth (top 4 out of 20), and winning 60% of your games is outright championship form. The variance between teams here is small, so inherent randomness has a larger effect on the result of any single game.



02/02/2014 - 9:49pm So last year, we lost to Penn

So last year, we lost to Penn State on the road, then later on made the national championship game.

These things happen for reasons that we can debate over till kingdom come... but still, these things happen.

01/23/2014 - 10:19pm Rafa has had that bad blister

Rafa has had that bad blister on his left hand hamper him the past couple of games. Not sure if he can hold up against Federer carrying that.

11/14/2013 - 10:29am +1 for Blackadder reference

+1 for Blackadder reference

10/10/2013 - 10:40pm hahaha, that's exactly what I

hahaha, that's exactly what I said in the BTN documentary. yea sometimes stuff happens...

10/10/2013 - 10:38pm The rule changes for the

The rule changes for the Challenger class meant the entire field was much slower this year. The cruising speeds of the top cars are down about 10mph from 2 years ago.

It was all about how you mitigate the inevitable drop it performance. Other teams managed that better.

10/09/2013 - 11:01am As fans I think we have the

As fans I think we have the right to be disappointed and ask questions when things don't go down in a desirable fashion. which ironically is exactly what 99% of the Mgoblogosphere does when the football team does poorly. 

As for alumni support, there's been a good amount, believe me. For example, one of our electrical engineers came out of solar retirement,  took a couple weeks vacation from his day job just to fill a crucial spot on the team when one of the current students fell sick and couldn't go to Australia. But we can/should only do so much. If alumni do everything, nobody learns anything.

10/08/2013 - 8:24pm Here's an article I wrote on

Here's an article I wrote on a popular solar car racing website that talks about Nuon's Concentrators, if you're interested.

10/08/2013 - 8:19pm Just to be clear, the car did

Just to be clear, the car did not fall off the stand. It fell of a cheap sawhorse that was broken. THey were doing maintenance when this happened

10/08/2013 - 12:53pm yelling!

Hello, so you probably know that I spent 3 days in Darwin. I hung out with the team a lot but I also spent a good amount of time with Stanford and checking out their car. Okay, they do have better cells, but teams across the atlantic were able to get them just fine. Stanford custom made their their own drivetrain, which they claim is better than the CSIRO that Michigan runs, which IMHO is really cool. 

Overall I think their car is well put together, their team has a good blend of talent and experience. They put just as many test miles on their car as we did. I personally think it's a nicer looking car than generation having seen both cars up close. They have a different design philosphy from us, but I think they executed theirs better. 

I think give them the same cells, Generation might have a better shot, but I think Stanford will have the edge. Also They will always have the best cells in the race. That's just the way it always has been since the rule change to full silicon. I had no problems accepting that fact when Quantum was designed. I knew we had to make up the gap in aero and weight and by golly we did.

In my book, if Stanford beats us in WSC 2013 then they are the best team in America. Having history on your side is nice, but the bottom line is you're only as good as your last race, man. My heart goes out to the men and women in Yellow, but I'm gonna give credit where credit is due.


10/07/2013 - 8:26pm Insider information: We're

Insider information: We're pretty boned, I'd say 5% chance of making podium. But it'sa long race so you never know what's gonna happen

10/06/2013 - 10:41pm THey are currently 5th right

THey are currently 5th right behind Stanford.

Honestly, just making the podium is gonna be difficult with the loaded field this year

08/17/2013 - 1:34pm Swansea aren't out of it

Swansea aren't out of it though. Utd's central midfield looks soft, especially with 3 midfielders on a yellow card

08/17/2013 - 10:15am Arsenal starting very

Arsenal starting very brightly. Although they finished fourth last season they probably had the best finish to the season. Look for them to start well.

08/04/2013 - 11:04pm I can haz all the starz?

I can haz all the starz?

08/01/2013 - 10:32am If I were a sought after

If I were a sought after recruit I'd:

1. Fake commit to Michigan State

2. Get Access to the twitter account and change the password to gain complete control of the account

3. ???????

4. Profit

07/29/2013 - 11:17pm Catching folding chair one

Catching folding chair one handed while holding on to your purse with the other hand?

Now I'm not trying to imply anything, but I never saw Braylon do that

07/07/2013 - 11:25am he blew away all his

he blew away all his challenges so all he can do is bitch and moan

07/07/2013 - 9:47am Andy does not look

Andy does not look comfortable with his shoes. GG Adidas

06/27/2013 - 9:08pm webb


06/25/2013 - 11:53pm On the substrate itself,

On the substrate itself, (usually on top of, but for the Solar Cars Cells, on the back) is a series of thin metal strips that carry the charges through the cell giving you your current

06/24/2013 - 10:26pm In 2010 we hit 105 at Ford's

In 2010 we hit 105 at Ford's Michigan Proving Ground. The car was still accelerating but we decided to kill it for safety reasons. At that speed it consumes 13hp which is an awful lot of power. 

Cruise is about 60 from 9am to 5pm on a good day. You lose a bit of battery during the mornings and evenings but you get it back at noon. At that speed you  end the day with more or less the same amount of battery as you started off.


06/24/2013 - 1:55pm Tokai have said that they are

Tokai have said that they are going assymetrical

06/24/2013 - 9:38am Not very many teams are

Not very many teams are taking the radical assymetric approach. 

Stanford has gone with a very thick airfoil, and Twente from the Netherlands have a narrow rear axlethat almost makes it look like a traditional 3 wheeled design

06/19/2013 - 11:45am Probably, since I'm not

Probably, since I'm not around anymore to make the same mistake :D :D :D

06/19/2013 - 7:03am From what I remember, the sun

From what I remember, the sun is usually higher at the start of the race day (0900) than at the end (1700). This means that having the canopy on the left will result in a smaller shadow

06/19/2013 - 6:58am Probably, there's always next

Probably, there's always next year, though

06/18/2013 - 11:23pm Got 3rd in 2011. Dutch team

Got 3rd in 2011. Dutch team Nuon is made out of grad students who take the whole year off to do Solar Car, Japanese team Tokai is run by the profs with the students running doing their bidding. Still no one from mMichigan is gonna use this as an excuse for anything less than victory

06/18/2013 - 11:20pm really really really should

really really really should have beaten at least the Dutch in 2011. 

06/09/2013 - 3:26pm Got him. Great driving from

Got him. Great driving from the spaniard

06/09/2013 - 3:19pm Alonso kicking butt right

Alonso kicking butt right now. Might catch Hamilton