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11/20/2018 - 7:14pm Ditto.

Ditto.

11/07/2018 - 3:02pm Give it to me, baby!

Give it to me, baby!

10/26/2018 - 4:06pm Holy f*ck, did you guys see…

Holy f*ck, did you guys see all those ghosts too?!

10/18/2018 - 2:40pm I've coached a few 5-6 year…

I've coached a few 5-6 year old baseball teams. Your descriptions are spot on. Spot. On.

09/21/2018 - 6:30pm It's like they haven't even…

It's like they haven't even watched Black Mirror (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosedive_(Black_Mirror)).

09/21/2018 - 5:58pm That's what I'm talking …

That's what I'm talking 'bout, Willis!

09/21/2018 - 4:10pm I did a spit take at the…

I did a spit take at the line too. I'm reasonably confident M will win, but 18 points is crazy.

09/21/2018 - 2:06pm No. But I still hate them.

No. But I still hate them.

IMO, OSU is rival #1, ND is rival #2 (assuming we continue to play them), and MSU is rival #3. The end.

09/05/2018 - 5:16pm Yep. This happened to me as…

Yep. This happened to me as a seller too for some concert tickets. I was informed by SH my tickets didn't sell, but it was still several hours before the show and the tickets were instant download and mobile. So I checked and SH was still selling some tickets. I called to ask what happened and they said the terms make it clear that my tickets couldn't be sold after x time before the show, so I asked why they were still selling tickets then and she told me that they still sell tickets from certain premium sellers after that cut-off. It looked to me like these premium sellers were ticket reselling companies. I was pissed. 

Sorry for the mini rant, but, yeah, you're definitely right about selling cut-offs and that buyers need to watch out for them. 

08/30/2018 - 4:44pm TWO! Where's the other one?…

TWO?! Where's the other one? I need more content!

08/15/2018 - 1:48pm That's a very tough call for…

That's a very tough call for me, but at the moment I'll say a BMW 2002. I'd prefer one with round tail lights but those are getting hard to find for under 10k these days (I used to have a '72 2002 tii that I bought for $4500 . . . sigh). So I'd probably have to go with a 74-76. Something like this:

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=carGurusHomePage_false_0&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=d1266&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity2=&zip=98391#listing=214638337

I'd have fun with it as is for a bit and then start to turn it into a track monster.

08/14/2018 - 3:28pm Official website has an…

Official website has an audio link to someone pronoucing it close to your Mc-Que-en:

https://mgoblue.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=17028

08/13/2018 - 2:48pm Mic is definitely much, much…

Mic is definitely much, much more common, but there is nothing close to consensus on which is "right." Mike was actually the earlier form. Personally, whenever I read mic the sound in my head is "mick," but either way with context I can roll with either form. One short discussion about this can be read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01-onlanguage-t.html.

 

08/07/2018 - 1:25pm My dad used to let me steer…

My dad used to let me steer from his lap when I was quite young (maybe 8 or 9?), in both his 68 Mustang and my mom's 82 Camaro. But the first time I actually drove it was an 80s beater mini truck (I think it was a toyota). I was probably 11. It was my mom's cousin's truck that my mom had borrowed. I drove it on a very bumpy dirt road in first gear only. Later that day, just before we left, I got in the driver's seat and studied the shift pattern printed on the shifter. My mom gets in and I slowly take off. Took a minute to build up the courage but then I shifted into second and my mom was totally shocked I had any idea about shifting.

07/31/2018 - 2:16pm Shelby Cobra and Sunbeam…

Shelby Cobra and Sunbeam Tiger.

07/31/2018 - 2:12pm Rear-wheel drive. The switch…

Rear-wheel drive. The switch to FF while keeping the Impala name was close to unforgivable. 

07/25/2018 - 3:12pm I miss the draft.  

I miss the draft.  

03/14/2018 - 11:02am Happens to me with my Android

Happens to me with my Android phone too, not so much here but on several other sites. Super annoying.

12/18/2017 - 11:16am Me too

I got it for Christmas and it was awesome. My bestfriend was mind-boggled with envy, so much so he still (like 30+ years later) occasionally brings it up and expresses his dismay that I was so lucky.

10/23/2017 - 12:23pm I live in DC. I don't care

I live in DC. I don't care enough to bother defendning it (no way I'd live here if I didn't need to for my job), but I must say: NYC is way, way, way, way, way dirtier. It isn't even close.

10/23/2017 - 12:13pm Spot on about the parking. We

Spot on about the parking. We didn't reserve in advance two years ago and I regretted it. I found a spot in a neighborhood but it was a rather long walk.

08/30/2017 - 9:44pm 38 - 20

38 - 20

08/28/2017 - 11:34pm 5 - 46

Who knew going 5 - 46 against winning teams warranted the biggest payday in the league's history?

08/06/2017 - 12:26am Both of my kids went to games

Both of my kids went to games at that age (and younger). It was fine, but largely because my wife isn't a super fan so she didn't mind taking him out to play in the grass every so often. The kid won't remember it, of course, but that never bothered me. Some might consider it a waste of money, but I never did. I do think it's important that one parent be willing to miss much of the game taking care of the kid, but if so it's fine. Like I said, I've done it multiple times with multiple kids and have no regrets.

07/11/2017 - 12:45pm Beat me to it.

Beat me to it.

07/10/2017 - 12:23pm Yes! Wooooooo!!!

Yes! Wooooooo!!!

05/24/2017 - 4:28pm July!

DAMMIT! For months I've been sure it was coming back on JUNE 16. I am now despondent.

03/10/2017 - 3:39pm The UM ticket office didn't

The UM ticket office didn't offer tickets for yesterday's or today's game (as best I could tell), so I doubt they'll offer any for tomorrow. There are tickets on Ticketmaster, $50 for upperlevel corner. Stubhub has a bunch, but they aren't cheap now. Yesterday's game there were tickets going for $6, and today's for about $15.

02/07/2017 - 12:25pm Don't forget the Raiders

So it's:  Raiders  ->  Tenn  ->  USC  ->  Bama  ->  FAU

Tennessee to USC is a promotion in my book, but that's one vicious downward trajectory otherwise.

01/25/2017 - 10:58am Good.
 

Good.

 

01/11/2017 - 4:35pm It's not just you. Pricing on

It's not just you. Pricing on most stuff is outrageous. They're gouging us.

01/11/2017 - 4:28pm Only thing I bought was the

Only thing I bought was the annual t-shirt. Loved the new design, but my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw it was $26 and thinner than 1-ply TP. That is very nearly double what the Adidas season shirts were, IIRC. I vaguely recall paying about $50 for three shirts (one for me, my dad, and my older son) in the Adidas days, but this year it was close to $90. And, to salt the wound, the quality was actually worse (which I wouldn't have thought was possible)!

So, at least for the annual shirts, it was an absolutely terrible, terrible POS t-shirt (with a nice design) for nearly $30 after tax. Which is bad, and frankly had me feeling like the University/Nike was ripping off the fans. For the first time, I was actually embarrased to send my dad such an utterly crappy piece of clothing.

The uniforms are fine, though I didn't really have a problem with most of the Adidas uniforms either (except for the "uniformz" versions for FB, and most of the BB unis were horrendous).

The shoes . . . I'm tempted to call them ugly, but I'll just leave it at: not my style.

12/20/2016 - 1:55pm Brain fart

Thanks for that. I had briefly confused Lupoi with Tuioti... I feel dumb.  <insert sheepish emoji>

12/20/2016 - 1:49pm Lupoi?

Why would it be good for Michigan if Lupoi (Harris's primary recruiter) leaves? I assume there's just a missing "not" before "very good,' but maybe I'm the one who's missing something.

12/13/2016 - 12:53pm Pretty sure Seth made this

Pretty sure Seth made this the question of the week, or whatever, entirely because he wanted to (re)make the Middle Brother joke. That is totally fine with me. It's gold.

 

Also: (1) The Situation Trophy is pure genius; and (2) maybe UCF would've taken Diaco more seriously if they realized he wasn't just a PR guy for Dunkin' Donuts.

10/12/2016 - 1:44pm Beat me to it

I was going to post the exact same thing.

09/27/2016 - 3:04pm 38-9

38-9

09/07/2016 - 6:15pm 59-0

59-0

(Edit: Sorry for the double post. A bit overly excited I guess. My friends call me Double Down.)

09/07/2016 - 6:07pm 59-0

59-0

07/29/2016 - 12:38pm Age of consent

In some states, and Ohio is one of them, the age of consent is under the age of majority. Age of consent in Ohio is 16, with some "near in age" exceptions (it isn't statutory rape when a 17yo sleeps with a 15yo, etc).

04/19/2016 - 2:35pm Very understandable

Very understandble though since a ton of lawyers like to put "Juris Doctorate" on their resumes or on-line biographies. I think they do it because it sounds fancier. They'd also say that the degree is a "doctoral" degree, so it isn't wrong, but others (including me) disagree.

04/19/2016 - 1:02pm Sorry, pet peeve of mine, but...

UMLS doesn't grant a degree called "Juris Doctorate." I don't think there's a law school in the country that does. JD pretty universally stands for Juris Doctor.

03/07/2016 - 12:19pm Seems like there was an

Seems like there was an article not all that long ago arguing that the dunk is ruining the game. Seems like everything is being ruined by the next generation, one way or another.

03/07/2016 - 12:11pm "Deserve's got nothing to do

"Deserve's got nothing to do with it."  - Unforgiven

03/01/2016 - 10:11am Between 155 and 160 in a

Between 155 and 160 in a built '93 Z-28. Out in the middle of nowhere in central California, east of the Sierras. Absolutely not legal. I was young and stupid.

Recently drove my dad's DB9 and it felt like it could build speed for days. But I'm not quite so foolish anymore.

02/02/2016 - 2:58pm I (politely) disagree

I have heard reported that there are some people who enjoy that note, but of the halfdozen or so serious Infinite Jest fans among my group of friends, every single one of them finds that note to be slog. I absolutely *hated* that note the first time I read the book.  

02/02/2016 - 2:27pm Superb and probably occasionally maddening

As someone else said above, it is probably the most rewarding book I've ever read. The prose is incredible (with maybe one or two short exceptions), yes. But I think it works best for you if you can relate to or are interested in one or more of the underlying issues the book is "about"--addiction, tennis, depression, and identity were the big things for me. I love it like no other book.

That said, I don't force it on anyone. It's not for everyone, and I don't think it's about (as some have maybe sarcastically suggested above) intelligence or snobbery. My wife is insanely smart, a serious reader, etc, and I know it just isn't her cup of tea. There are some books I'd recommend to almost anyone. Infinite Jest is not one of those books.

Unlike some people who love it, I won't say it isn't "hard." It was hard for me, at first at least. I wanted to throw it against a wall several times. It is long. It often seems to be heading off in too many directions. It has lots of endnotes, some of which go on for what seems like forever. One of the things that kept me going was I had read somewhere that readers often get stymied early on, but if you make it past the first 250 pages, you won't want to put it down. This is exactly what happened to me, but for me it was more like 300 or 350 pages. But once I got to that point, it had its hooks in me deep. As I neared the end, I was starting to think it wasn't long enough.

As to your specific questions, there's a plot for sure. It is multifaceted and not presented linearly, but it is there. If you want a straight forward story that goes directly from start to finish, this isn't that. That said, I became very invested in the characters--the structure of the book didn't hurt me in that regard, it might have actually even helped.

 

01/28/2016 - 4:14pm Best avatar ever

Best avatar ever. I've been meaning to say that for years. Can't recall if I ever did, but figure it bears repeating.

01/12/2016 - 1:56pm Why does the blog refer to

Why does the blog refer to PSU's recently departed DC as John Shoop when his name is Bob? I saw it the other day in something Ace or Seth posted (I think). I had been figuring it was a joke I wasn't getting, or maybe changing Bob to John because too many people confuse Bob Shoop with Bob Stoops? But...there is a John Shoop, and he coaches at Purdue (did? not sure if he was let go).

01/06/2016 - 2:35pm 9's a stripe

9's a stripe. What the hell is going on here?