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06/11/2018 - 12:22am I read 3 Body Problem. I…

I read 3 Body Problem. I thought it was a good, but not necessarily outstanding. The premise was pretty interesting, but it didn't make me immediately want to run out and buy the following novels.  

The most page turning fiction I read last year was Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, which I devoured in a couple of days, and immediately bought and binged the sequel (The Wise Man's Fear). He's such an entertaining writer, I found them both extremely hard to put down. 

My favorite non-fiction book in the past year was Alex Von Tunzelman's Blood and Sand - a historical narrative non-fiction about the 1956 Suez War. I found it absolutely fascinating. Gives a ton of historical context to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Cold War, the decline of the European colonial powers, and the emergence of the U.S. of the dominant global superpower. Highly recommended. 

Currently reading Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, a bestseller that examines the structure of wealth and capital and the evolution of income inequality over the last two centuries. Probably have to be a bit of an econo-nerd to really get into it, but if you are its a fascinating, detailed look into the nature of income inequality.

05/28/2018 - 5:40pm Damn autocorrect always

Damn autocorrect always changing Jordan to Ryan.

05/18/2018 - 3:44pm Proving once again that

Proving once again that lawyers are terrible at math. 

(Disclaimer: I am also a lawyer).

05/14/2018 - 10:46am What about the 5th year

What about the 5th year senior that Harbaugh recruited to transfer to Michigan and had been coached by Harbaugh for 3 years? 

05/14/2018 - 10:30am Not much consolation to say

Not much consolation to say that everyone predicted we would be bad and we managed to live up to their expecations. 

04/28/2018 - 5:36pm Don't you mean, "it twasnt?"

Don't you mean, "it twasnt?"

04/27/2018 - 5:53pm Suprised that no one has

Suprised that no one has mentioned it before, but Zero Days on Showtime is a phenomenal documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in Room and Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief) that details the phenomenon of the Stuxnet virus, a self-replicating computer virus that was covertly deployed by the US and Israeli governments try to sabotage Iran's nuclear centrifuges, which ended up get loose and infecting hundreds of thousands of computers. 

If you are into computer hackers and government espionage stuff, it is an absolutely fascinating look behind the curtain of modern day cyber warfare.

 

04/11/2018 - 1:05pm http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/scientists-finally-prove-cold-weather-makes-sick/

04/05/2018 - 8:23pm Upvoted, but the offense

Upvoted, but the offense completely sputtering in the second half played a large role there as well. 

Other than the one touchdown drive, Michigan's offensive drives in the second half consisted of:

6 plays for 13 yards (punt)

6 plays for 8 yards (punt)

8 plays for 36 yards (turnover on downs)

1 play for 0 yards (INT)

8 plays for 47 yards (end of game)

Even with Don Brown's defense, its not like Michigan could hang on to a win by scoring 14 points early and then packing the offense away in mothballs for the rest of the game.

04/04/2018 - 5:42pm Fuck off clown.

Fuck off clown.

04/03/2018 - 12:40am My brother who lives in Ypsi

My brother who lives in Ypsi came to Philadelphia on Sunday to visit my grandmother for Easter and we watched the game about 20 minutes from Villanova's campus. Pretty sure that jinxed it. 

04/01/2018 - 10:22pm Does not compute

Does it still count when a win when a #6 seed plays an #11 seed?  

Wouldn't it count in the L column if they lost that game?

03/27/2018 - 4:40pm (No subject)

03/27/2018 - 4:18pm You are missing the

You are missing the point.

The point would be to allow players to get paid for all of the work that they put in, not to create a foolproof plan to eliminate all cheating forever.

03/23/2018 - 1:01pm Comparing performance

Comparing performance relative to seeding is also a crappy way to consider respective performance. 

If you have Conference A with four 1 seeds, and Conference B with four 9 seeds. Conference B can lose all four games in the first round and will still be considered to have performed up to its seeding.

Meanwhile, if Conference A gets 3 out of 4 teams the Final Four, while the other loses in the Elite 8, it will have "underformed" despite going 15-1.  

While its hard to compare based on wins alone due to the fact that some teams play tougher schedules than others, its still the most appropriate way to evaluate respective performance (absent schedule-adjusted fancystats).

03/23/2018 - 12:48pm In practice, the way that

In practice, the way that average life expectancy is calculated = average age of death. That's why life expectancy calculations are skewed downward by war or high infant mortality rates. 

What you really want to capture is "longevity", but there's no simple way to calculate average longevity without making somewhat arbirtrary choices to ignore deaths before a certain age.

03/19/2018 - 12:11pm I'm not really clear on what

I'm not really clear on what this article is trying to do, tbh. Is it supposed to be seeding teams based on performance over the first two rounds, or just an attempt at re-seeding who is left?

On the face, its summary on Michigan is pretty accurate: 

"Yet, the Wolverines squeezed by a dangerous 6-seed on a buzzer-beater, and its best player struggled against a Big Sky champion. It's not close to the dominant efforts from higher seeds on this list, but it's also short of Michigan's potential."

If we are re-seeding the Sweet 16 teams based solely on their performance over the first two games of the tournament, Michigan would have to be near the bottom. 

However if we are re-seeding the teams based on who they really are and how they have played over the course of the season, then putting Michigan after Loyola-Chicago, Nevada, and Texas Tech is pure comedy.

02/26/2018 - 6:11pm Not

Not Shaq: 

https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/3dm5d5/shaq-tipped-a-waitress-dollar4000-because-thats-what-she-requested

02/26/2018 - 4:50pm This article needs a

This article needs a transition between talking about Mo Hurst and immediately referencing "Mo's younger brother" Franz Wagner.

Needless to say, my brain spent a good 30 seconds trying to work out the idea of Mo Hurst having a 6-8" brother named Franz Wagner who plays basketball for Alba Berlin.

02/25/2018 - 1:18am I agree with Victorious. I've

I agree with Victorious. I've reviewed and drafted tons of these kinds of executive agreements, and they usually have some kind of language that says the employer MAY terminate for Cause if certain enumerated conditions are meant (e.g. certain types of wrongdoing or illegal acts). So its pretty unlikely that the University would be contractually required to dismiss him FOR  Cause. Of course, its possible that they bungled up this part somehow as well, but that there is nothing that we know that indicates that this is the case here.

The real problem here is that the termination for Cause typically allows the University to pay less in severance than a standard termination (without cuase). But because the lawyer screwed up the for Cause provision, Arizona will be stuck paying full severance, even though they have pretty clear cut case of wrongdoing.

02/19/2018 - 10:52pm (No subject)

02/17/2018 - 12:38am I thought that was a hobbit.

I thought that was a hobbit.

02/16/2018 - 1:48pm I read UMBig11s post (too

I read UMBig11s post (too lazy to track it down now) and that's not exactly what he said. He didnt say that Harbaugh was not *looking* at the Eagles offense, but just that he was skeptical that we'd see a huge change away from Harbaughffense in favor of a ton of RPOs next year.

I dont think that's insider knowledge as much as understanding that Harbaugh's offensive style is what it is at this point.

02/11/2018 - 7:20pm Hoping this turn out to be

Hoping this turn out to be like when we lost Durkin and replaced him with Don Brown. 

02/11/2018 - 1:05pm Adding a WR coach is too many

Adding a WR coach is too many cooks in the kitchen? 

02/10/2018 - 9:16pm Hope your XRB is not stuck on

Hope your XRB is not stuck on Bitgrail like mine :(

02/07/2018 - 11:20pm I'm old enough to have

I'm old enough to have witnessed it (John Cooper era), but wasn't old enough then to truly appreciate it. 

02/04/2018 - 11:00pm (No subject)

02/02/2018 - 7:09pm Minnesota Nick Foles shows up

Minnesota Nick Foles shows up for an encore and lights up the Pats D for 4 TDs, while Fletcher Cox and Brandan Graham spend the day harrassing Tom Brady. 

Eagles tack on 2 FGs to win 34 - 21 and I end up climbing all the way up a lightpole covered in Crisco.

E-A-G-L-E-S!!

01/24/2018 - 10:01pm Starz become an increasingly

Starz become an increasingly less valauble predictor of success as you get further and further from a player's junior year in high school.  

Less than 50% of the supposedly "can't miss" 5* star recruits end up eventually being drafted by an NFL team. Sure, that's a much better percentage than 4 or 3 stars, but there are only 15-20 5* ranked recruits per year and over 224 draft picks. With only 15-20 five stars, you would expect them all to be first or second round locks - instead half of them don't get drafted AT ALL. 

Then by the time you start talking about becoming a key player on a championship football team - players who are 10 years away from their high school rankings, there are too many variables to predict future success for any individual player with such a wide range of possible outcomes (injuries, work ethic, weight gain, height gain, depth chart, position switches, etc.)

It would be like trying to predict people's salaries based on their SAT scores - sure its probably true that higher SAT scores are slightly correlated with future salary in the aggregate, but if you walked into a specific company and looked at their highest paid employees, you'll probably find that little correlation to SAT scores. 

 

 

01/24/2018 - 7:49pm Its just a parking spot for a

Its just a parking spot for a year. He'll sit out and be in line for next year's coaching carousel. Plenty of good coaches have done it and I doubt it somehow means that Jed's coaching career is over.

01/24/2018 - 6:45pm 50-100 million?
Are a third

50-100 million?

Are a third of the U.S. population 17-18 year old males in their final year of high school?

01/23/2018 - 1:03pm Not much, apparently.

Not much, apparently.

01/20/2018 - 11:50pm Probably feels as good as I

Probably feels as good as I felt during the John Cooper years.

01/20/2018 - 11:16pm Or Philly/Brandon Graham?

Or Philly/Brandon Graham?

01/05/2018 - 1:08am Surpised I havent heard Kevin

Surpised I havent heard Kevin Sumlin's name tossed out there. Sure he'll be looking for a head coaching position sooner rather than later, but its looking like he's no longer being considered for the Arizona job, which probably puts him out of potential P5 head coaching positions for this cycle.

I could see him coming to be OC for Michigan and Shea Patterson for a year. If he came and turned Michigan's offense around that would set UM up for a run to the playoffs and certainly shoot him to the top of the list for next years coaching carousel.

01/04/2018 - 3:08pm You forgot:
Only calls plays

You forgot:

Only calls plays that win names, no more plays that lose games.

01/04/2018 - 3:05pm Either you are lacking a /s

Either you are lacking a /s or this is a terrible post.

01/04/2018 - 3:01pm I'll be excited to get Tarik

I'll be excited to get Tarik Black back into the fold. As it currently stands, he's the only WR on the roster (outside of sophmore Grant Perry) who has flashed all-conference potential.

DPJ is athletic, but he still looks like a long-term project IMO. He could still turn into an all-American down the road, but he just looked lost out there most of the time, even at the end of season. 

I like how they used Nico Collins in the bowl game - I'd love to see him develop as a tall physical possession/red zone/first down guy whose size and physically means he is essently always open even when covered. 

Not sure how or why Grant Perry dissapeared this year. Seemed like Grant was Wilton Speight's favored receiver, but stopped getting targeted after Speight went down.

Crawford is just a guy. 

The main thing to look forward to is that there is enough youth and raw talent on the roster that someone is likely to emerge.

01/04/2018 - 1:52pm I dont know about that. This

I dont know about that. This was the first year in the last 3-4 years where we were not constantly assailed with RBs constantly missing holes and cutback lanes.

All of these players have talent. Derrick Green had talent. Thomas Rawls had talent. Coaching is about translating talent into production, and this was the first year since _???_ that we've seen any consisent production from multiple RBs 

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12/29/2017 - 2:06am And deprive us of the chance

And deprive us of the chance to add a new metaphor into the Unabridged Dictionary of Harbaughisms? (c) 2017

12/15/2017 - 12:58am A joke it is. Brightest padawan

A joke it is. Brightest padawan in the galaxy, you are not.

12/14/2017 - 4:34pm I was thinking it was

I was thinking it was arbitrage?

12/14/2017 - 11:52am You seem to think that

You seem to think that repealing net neutrality woud only impact some ad servers and not others, but I can't for the life of me figure out how you reached that conclusion. When net neutrality goes, it will effect the entire industry.

12/14/2017 - 11:41am This has literally nothing to

This has literally nothing to do with net neutrality, but please continue to show your ignorance.

12/08/2017 - 9:26am Spoiler alert: Nobody

Spoiler alert: Nobody knows. 

The assumption is that Patterson would not transfer if he was not pretty confident of being able to play right away and that Harbaugh would not be bringing him hear if Patterson would not be able to play right away. 

So that's what everybody is counting on for the moment.

12/07/2017 - 11:34pm I see what

u did there.

12/07/2017 - 11:02pm Ryan Mallet ended up having a

Ryan Mallet ended up having a pretty good career. Unfortunately it wasn't at Michigan.

12/07/2017 - 10:44pm So have any of you actually

So have any of you actually set foot inside of a prison, or is was all of your in depth knowledge of prison life gained from watching The Wire?