|03/08/2018 - 11:32am||Mmm... coffee||
Ace, thanks for the Beilein coffee.gif!
|04/18/2017 - 8:37am||Thank you, everyone!||
I appreciate everyone's thoughtful responses -- far more, and more informative, than I had hoped for, in under 24 hours!
We're going to pursue a non-profit G-Suite (Google) setup first. Mainly because at least some people have familiar with Google docs/sheets and have Gmail, and because if we went with Slack we likely would be integrating with G-Suite anyway. So we may go Slack at some point, or at least when the board members consist of people who grew up with What's App and Slack, not Compuserve and AOL. :)
|04/17/2017 - 3:01pm||Thanks -- do you use team drives||
Like @mgowake above mentions? Appreciate the wisdom! :)
|04/17/2017 - 2:49pm||People using mainly personal email, some using work||
I'd say 40% Yahoo mail, 20% Gmail, 20% work, 20% other (outlook.com, etc.)
|04/17/2017 - 2:48pm||With Google, how do you transfer ownership?||
May be a dumb question -- can the group "own" the docs? So when one president rolls off and the next one rolls on, you can just transfer that way?
One challenge is that most people do NOT have gmail addresses or are gmail users. Some people are using their work (!) email for it as well.
|01/23/2017 - 5:16pm||Erstwhile bean burritos||
My first year in grad school I would grab two bean burritos and a Mountain Dew from the East U. Taco Bell and sneak it back to my study carrel as I questioned my own existence.
A couple years later, Bandito's hit the scene and had a huge bean burrito you could get for takeout for $1.95.
And never forget Jerusalem Garden's $2 falafel. Am I dating myself?
Seoul Garden's bibimbap in hot stone bowl is the best I've had anywhere.
|10/31/2016 - 1:39pm||Hey, we won!||
Which is cool. After last year, I'm indifferent on style points. And I'm always amused by Brian's seething hatred for MSU, cloaked in rational discourse.
|10/29/2016 - 8:51pm||Yes||
I'll take ironic thread titles for $2000, Alex
|07/25/2016 - 3:56pm||I really thought that this article||
Was going to be about Earl:
|05/17/2016 - 9:59pm||Getting NFL exposure on Fox||
Which he couldn't do with ESPN. Love Spielman as an analyst, and love nothing more than his audible distress when he watches poor linebacker play.
|09/07/2015 - 10:53pm||Questions||
The night Brandon resigned, did anything happen between his last meeting and resignation?
In Bacon's opinion, if Brian hadn't posted the email story, would Brandon have stayed as AD?
Dumb question: with the massive increase in AD staff, where did those people work?
Finally, was Rodriguez eating his Spaghettios right out of the can?
|06/04/2015 - 9:08pm||On softball...||
Fun to watch, because of...
I don't love homerball (unless of course it's Michigan doing the dinging), and umpiring could be better (always), but dang it's fun to watch a women's softball game that matters.
|02/13/2015 - 6:51pm||Also, he loves the show "Hell on Wheels"||
And, there is a Cracker Barrel in Yuma, AZ
|01/02/2015 - 7:45pm||Reminds me of the time||
I heard JoePa tell a joke.
|10/31/2014 - 10:15pm||It's all about Brandon||
It's all about Brandon putting himself, and the athletic department, above the rest of the university. He really did think he was the straw that stirred the drink.
"I’ll be looking for someone who appreciates the bond and the cultural aspects of this great athletic program and what it does for our community. I’ll be looking for somebody who wants to make the athletic program as tightly integrated a part of the overall university."
|10/31/2014 - 7:23pm||Ode to DAB||
High end jock sniffer.
|10/31/2014 - 12:57pm||DAB: An elitist who believed in elitism||
He did everything he could to make Michigan elite, in his mind. Continuing to build athletic palaces, charging exorbitant fees to get the "Michigan experience", etc. I'm sure he saw himself, and his department, as above the people -- the hoi polloi are to be manipulated, not listened to. He fed the separation of athletic life from campus life.
I'm not so naive to think that athletes aren't special and don't deserve special treatment. But Brandon basically divorced his department from the overall mission of the university. Athletics are PART of campus life; Brandon wanted athletics to be its own fiefdom where he was lord. Goodbye, DAB.
|10/16/2014 - 9:36pm||Strong, important message from DB||
The release represents a strong forging of an important relationship with U-M students, who are an important strength of the University as it forges forward in its important mission of strong academics.
|10/10/2014 - 11:43am||Yes||
Start with Snow Crash then this, then Cryptonomicon. If you have hours to spend, go after his latest stuff.
|10/10/2014 - 11:05am||I'm with the Vicky's|
|10/01/2014 - 9:17pm||3rd quarter offense
3rd quarter offense
|09/28/2014 - 9:43pm||Inexcusable||
If Brandon forced the MMB to wear "I'm Thinking Arby's" hats and do a halftime tribute to Kraft, it would be 100 times more acceptable than this. This is insulting to everyone, and it was done with foresight and intention! I'm normally a fan of patience but this weekend is the final straw.
|09/28/2014 - 9:10pm||I never f-bomb on the board||
But that's my reaction exactly. What a pile of horseshit. No mention at all of the head injury, and acts as if trainers are the ones responsible. Nussmeier for sure saw Morris woozy; not clear about Hoke. If anything I worry Nuss will be scapegoated and Fort BrandHoke refortified. F them all. Hoke is responsible and admits nothing. Not my idea of the 'Michigan Man'. Stephen Ross, are you still proud of this program?
|09/28/2014 - 3:05pm||Nussmeier waved for Morris to get down||
From the view in section 41: After the hit and with Morris woozy, Nuss waved for Morris to go down and take an injury time out. That's when Morris waved off Nuss. Nuss clearly knew by apparently didn't have the authority or desire to pull him.
|08/08/2014 - 8:59pm||Pardon the heresy||
But if they're doing that with the numbers, put the shadowed lines on the flying wing on the helmet as well. More consistent look.
|04/18/2014 - 3:12pm||$295 for crap?||
Sweet Polly Purebred I had no idea student tickets were so much. Hmm, looking at the inflation adjusted price for my first ever student season ticket that included games against Notre Dame, Florida State, and tOSU, it's about $125. Student tickets should be $25 a game, max.
|02/05/2014 - 6:39pm||In effect, yes||
Take chart with whatever players you have. Then stretch or shrink horizontally so the chart ends at 25.
|02/05/2014 - 3:46pm||He normalized all classes to a size of 25||
That makes comparisons easier within and across years. It discounts the impact of serial SEC-style over signing but the advantages of interpretation are enormous.
|02/05/2014 - 10:20am||Fantastic work||
The visuals really tell the story well. Just wish the story wasn't as good for tOSU!
Would be interesting to re-do past classes to account for attrition -- another version of "Never forget".
|02/03/2014 - 8:18pm||What's next, banning kittens?||
Sad to see it go. Didn't their keg volume plummet after the new driver's license with deposit law/rule?
|01/08/2014 - 11:34pm||As always...||
A couple Jack Daniels and all the truths come out
|01/08/2014 - 8:35pm||Fichtner||
FWIW (not much!) his younger brother Rusty played at U-M from 88-92.
|12/21/2013 - 8:38am||Qualtrics is a self-serve platform||
But the U may also be working with a research partner to conduct the research. On the email -- I mean embed it into the comment itself. Or your phone number. Ideally some human is going to go through and read every comment. If a customer specifically asks for a follow up in a comment, good protocol is to actually follow up. But there may be a resource issue. So if you leave your email/phone in the comment itself and you hear back then you know that a) a human read it and b) they care enough to follow up. If you don't hear back it doesn't necessarily mean that a) and b) don't apply, but it's a hint at least one of them don't.
|12/21/2013 - 5:07am||Who is hosting survey?||
Just curious what service UM is using. Not SurveyMonkey, I hope?
Some people believe you should only survey on what you can change -- and since the marketing team isn't going to change, say, the quality of the team or the schedule, they don't ask about it on the survey. I think that's shortsighted; you have to know what's driving people's opinions even if you can't change those factors.
For those commenting in the survey, I encourage you to put your email address in one of the comments (if you don't mind not being anonymous) and ASK someone to contact you and let you know they read what you had to say. And see what happens...
|12/08/2013 - 12:34am||Welcome to the Board!||
Now say something incendiary and selfish so you fit in.
|12/08/2013 - 12:25am||Yes, it is embarrassing||
But not for the reasons you think.
|12/08/2013 - 12:09am||Great season for MSU||
Well-earned trip to the Rose Bowl, and I'll be rooting for them. Glad to see the board overflowing with magnanimity!
|11/25/2013 - 9:51pm||1996||
3rd trip to the 'Shoe. Had seen a UM tie in '92 and loss in '94. OSU undefeated and #2. Seats down low right by the MMB. Buckeyes move the ball well in 1st half but settle for 3 FGs. Can feel tension in stands. Beginning of 3rd quarter, Griese to Streets, and a collective moan from the crowd. Michigan keeps pounding the ball, two more FGs, two girls teaching is a "Move the chains Move the chains MOVE-THE-CHAINS" chant, celebrating with band, looking up at a silent 'Shoe at the end of the game. Good times.
And of course '97, celebrating so much two bleachers broke.
|11/18/2013 - 12:53pm||Good work!||
A few comments:
|11/09/2013 - 7:57pm||Sorry, just saw this||
Head down to your local spirits emporium. Buy what you can for $20. Go home, pour out half into a tall glass, consume quickly, and dump the other half on your naked eyeballs. Feel them burn for 3.5 hours before rinsing. More enjoyable than watching the game!
|07/16/2013 - 8:04pm||Penalties per play or PY / TY?||
Seth, great stuff. Are you able to look at number of penalties per total plays (ideally broken down by offense, defense, special teams)? Would also be curious of penalty yardage per unit / yards allowed/gained per unit. May not impact the home/road splits but could lead to a re-rank of penalty proclivity within the B1G.
|07/01/2013 - 2:53pm||Also regarding Kenton||
You just missed your opportunity to road trip there to celebrate Gene Autry Days 2013. Was Gene a native son? No, but he semi-adopted Kenton after helping to revitalize a struggling toy factory by licensing the Gene Autry cap gun. Red Rider eat your heart out! http://www.hardinohio.org/new/Geneautrydays.aspx
|05/17/2013 - 9:33pm||First,||
Good luck with the move. I'm sure things will improve.
Second, the days of TC / Emerson Fittipaldi used to make me laugh until I cried.
Third, I love reading News (never Freep) articles about the lineup change and the constant references to Chuck "The Freak". They can't call him Chuck; it's always Chuck "The Freak", with the latter part in quotes.
|05/16/2013 - 1:54pm||The above points||
Reflect the rational side of my reaction to the schedule
|05/03/2013 - 1:40pm||Well here's hoping we're in the tail of the distribution||
Though I did find OP's quote kind of funny:
Even on the most scientific blog in the Big 10 (TM?), the homerism such that the first reaction is to question the model, not figure out why it might be right. joeyb broke it down well -- 7 losses is basically us losing every game there's a decent chance for us to lose. But only a 1% chance of winning the Big 10? That's pessimistic, even for me.
EDIT add: Curious if they define Devin as a returning starter at QB or not. If not, that may explain some of the pessimism; these models usually give decent boosts for having a returning starter at QB.
|04/23/2013 - 5:27pm||Sections based on seniority, rows based on arrival time||
Yes, I like this. Only downside is that it still doesn't allow groups of mixed points students to sit together ('legally').
Brian hit upon another potential solution. Nothing incentivizes like cash. So, at $300 a season ticket (4x what it cost me back in the day -- ouch). For each home game: Your ticket is scanned 30+ minutes before game time? $10 in a pot toward your next Michigan ticket purchase. 15 minutes before? $5. Less than 15 minutes? 0. $70 is a bit more than a t-shirt. Reverse-weave hoodie, at least!
|04/17/2013 - 6:36pm||Nerd question: software?||
Mathlete, are you using Tableau, or something else? Cool stuff!
Be curious if you do a time-lapse viz that looks at only the 4* and above recruits and shows where they came from by year -- is 2002 far enough back to show the migration of where the top recruits hail from?
|03/12/2013 - 10:10pm||Allergies||
Hard to believe I forgot something in that too-long post, but I did -- for whatever reason, the Columbus area is bad for allergies, according to a few doctors we talked to. The whole family is on Zyrtec; I only took it seasonally in Michigan.
|03/12/2013 - 9:41pm||Lots of good comments here||
I moved to the Columbus area a few years ago after nearly 20 in Ann Arbor. We chose Dublin based on proximity to work and schools, but many of the other communities mentioned are great. I would say that Upper Arlington (and Bexley) are the "old money' parts of Columbus -- great schools, great houses, but the $ per sq ft is super-high. That's one reason we ended up in Dublin. Downside of Dublin is that it's basically a community of subdivisions; unlike Ann Arbor there's very little "there" there. If you're going to be about an hour north of Columbus, that seems about Marion-area. Delaware (the town) is a bit hipper than Marion, and further south is Lewis Center (growing suburb) or Powell, which is like Dublin but with a nicer mini-downtown.
OSU fans are everywhere. Thank goodness the principal at my kids' elementary is a U-M grad! She promised my kids wouldn't get harrassed for wearing maize and blue -- though my daughter was given a buckeye necklace her first week at school. Ouch. The thing to remember is that the Buckeyes ARE the only game in town. It's not like Michigan where fandom is split between U-M and MSU, but then most fans unite behind the Detroit sports teams. Professionally, Columbus is split between Tribe and Reds, between Browns, Bengals, and Steelers, the Blue Jackets stink, and the Crew, while great (and yellow!) are "just" MLS. So everyone rallies around the Buckeyes. Imagine the Wolverines, Spartans, Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons all rolled into one program. That's OSU. Red is everywhere. Everywhere! My recommendation would be to represent but just be prepared for some grief.
Generally it's a great area, and it's the most active economic region in Ohio (helped by OSU and the capital, along with Nationwide, the Limited, Battelle, Ashland, Cardinal Health, and a huge Chase operation). Moneybags Les Wexner has also endowed a pretty thriving arts scene. A couple negatives -- as a semi-foodie, the restaurant scene, while flourishing, is generally meh. Much better meals available in Ann Arbor (and, I'm sure, LA). Other downside is the topography. While there are hills about 45 minutes northwest, east, and south/southeast of Columbus, the city itself is in a major flat plain that runs more or less from Toledo down through Columbus and over toward CIncinnati. Oh, and the inland water sucks. Only lakes are reservoirs and most have issues with algae bloom. No Pure Michigan, for sure.
Good luck, and Go Blue!
|11/24/2012 - 7:02pm||Team is a whole, not a bunch of parts||
First, there is no evidence that replacing a coordinator systematically leads to better results. Sure, there are exceptions, but the overall rule is that a new coordinator does no better than the guy who got fired. Second, Borges just calls the plays -- most of them, anyway. Are the turnovers Borges's fault? The crappy blocking? The loss of two of our best running backs (assuming Denard got boo-booed in the 2nd half?). Third, we know Borges is pretty smart about football, at least based on his press conferences. And he's adaptable, trying to work with whatever parts he has at hand. Does he have a subconscious lizard brain? Who knows if it's his or Hoke's?
I love SmartFootball and the way he dissects offense. Apparently that's given everybody the ability to call a better game than a coordinator. Fans want their teams to be Legos, and if one part doesn't work, just swap it out for another one. I think teams are more organic than that, and parts aren't so easily swapped. Hoke has built this team and this is the staff HE wants. With Borges you get the good with the bad. If it was all bad, I'd be pissed. But it isn't all bad. He did call the Iowa game, after all. And the first half of the OSU game. Yeah, I know, and the trash tornado and Iowa 2011 and ND this year. So he's not perfect. If fans could armchair analyze defense as easily, they'd find Mattison hasn't been perfect, either. Should he go?
This is a TEAM, with everyone contributing to success or failure. The facile reductionism of pinning the blame on one guy is unwise, immature, and petulant. But go ahead, burn him in effigy. I'm sure the next guy will do better. Or worse.