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07/15/2018 - 12:51am Definitely this. It goes…

Definitely this. It goes along with the "know the answer before you ask the question" advice, which is excellent--the timing can be a surprise, but you should have talked a lot about marriage before getting engaged. My wife didn't want lots of input on the ring, but she knew she liked princess cut, solitaires, and didn't like yellow gold. That still left a lot of options out there, but it helped me narrow my search, and give me confidence that she'd like what I picked. I have friends who picked the ring together, which I'm glad I didn't do (and wasn't necessary since I had gotten lots of input), but I'd honestly rather the ring be a good match than it be a surprise.

Random tips that come to mind:

- If you can get her actual ring size, that's helpful. I didn't, but found a ring of hers from a similarly-sized finger, and slid it on my pinky when she wasn't looking, remembering how far it down my finger it fit. I then went to the jeweler and figured out what ring size that was. I was still modestly off, but it was better than a random guess would have been (and part of the deal from most jewelers I went to is that they resize it once for free). When in doubt, round up. It's better to have a ring that she can wear that evening, even if it's a little loose.

- I liked looking at the diamond in the super-zoom microscope and after looking at a few, you'll get a general sense for what levels of imperfection look like. But I came close to going for a diamond that was more perfect in the microscope than in real life, and I'm glad I didn't do that. You'll never look at it in a microscope again.

- This may be less important for round cut since there is a "perfect" formula for angles, but I bought a princess cut diamond, and was shocked at what a difference there was in how much "fire" the diamond had. The one I decided on almost jumped out at me with reflected light and color; I looked at others that were pretty dead in that regard. It depends a lot on the light source, and is probably less important than color or size, but unlike the super-zoom microscope, I'm glad fire played a role in my decision.

06/30/2018 - 11:06am There’s an end in 4 days.

There’s an end in 4 days.

Right before they instituted the countdown, I had skipped a day or two because it really felt like there was no point—unliked normal Risk, which still takes forever, having lots of territory was more of a disadvantage than advantage to gaining further. Once they added the end-date, it really juiced the game some, though, and I’ve found it a lot more entertaining. 

06/30/2018 - 11:03am Just noticed that I was an…

Just noticed that I was an MVP a few turns ago. Hurray!

Anyways, onwards to victory!

06/23/2018 - 2:58am Definitely would have been…

Definitely would have been cleared ahead of time. Otherwise Harbaugh springing it on CWebb on live radio would have been extremely rude. 

I remember the Fab Five, but wasn’t big into Michigan or basketball yet. As a result, my opinions aren’t that strong, but I’m glad they’ve found a way that works for CWebb to come back on campus. 

06/01/2018 - 10:52am Just fine

As is the Chrysler Center. Hooray Engin 101!

05/31/2018 - 4:49pm Upvoted for knowing MGoBlog

Upvoted for knowing MGoBlog well enough to not reply to the comment that should be changed and thus locking it in place, which I’ve seen done a few times before . . .

05/22/2018 - 10:02pm Not an audible

It wasn’t an audible, but the call had multiple options based on the defense: two runs and two passes. Moeller thought a short hitch was likely but it was built into the play that if the corner sat on the hitch, they would go to a fade.

For anyone who hasn’t heard Moeller break down the play, check it out, it’s awesome:

05/22/2018 - 3:32pm Apparently it’s not just you,

Apparently it’s not just you, the post before yours said the same thing.

05/17/2018 - 5:04pm Complain to someone else

05/14/2018 - 11:06pm Very fun

Very fun, but glad you posted the Wikipedia link—it’s not so much a castle as a palace built by a mad king who wanted to play castle. So, very enjoyable, but obviously don’t go in looking for authentic history, or at least authentic history from before the late 1800s.

05/14/2018 - 10:48pm Yes to Dachau

Dachau is so powerful, and I definitely recommend it as well.

Though when I went as a teenager, I had the most searing ugly American experience of my life. This asshole speaking American English pointed his camcorder at his toddler daughter in a stroller and said loudly, “and here’s Shelby in . . . some museum.” Seriously had no idea where he was. Ever since, when an anonymous person does something idiotic, my family just says “there goes Shelby’s dad.”

05/11/2018 - 10:43am Hadn’t thought it through

Hadn’t thought it through since the donor’s welcome to make whatever choices they want. Let’s say sure, you get money, just maybe dock it by a quarter. If you leave early for the NFL, no need, the money won’t mean much anyways. If you graduate you get $25k per year, so a grad transfer into Michigan could still get paid some, too.

05/11/2018 - 12:42am I love Harbaugh for trying to do this

How about we round up a couple of donors and they give everyone who finishes 4 years of Michigan football $100,000? I mean, it's not promised--that would be against the rules I'm sure--the donors just happen to do it each year. Would only cost a couple of million per year.

05/10/2018 - 11:30am I totally disagree. It

I totally disagree. It depends a lot on the person and the major. I knew extremely smart kids who were able to coast and others who worked extraordinarily hard, including the kid who was almost definitely the smartest in my major my year.

I do agree not to stress too much about grades, though. You’re pretty much surrounded by kids who got mostly or all As in high school. Some, but very few, will continue to do so in college. Especially in engineering, you can be very successful with the degree, particularly if you focus more on getting your work done and understanding it than you do on grades.

Do have fun, that’s an important part of college, but don’t be surprised if the work is overwhelming at times. Learning to budget your time and to start early on big projects and make consistent progress is a huge benefit, but even then there will probably be times that will feel overwhelming, especially in engineering. If you’re staying mentally healthy big picture, then that’s totally ok. And if you’re not, get connected to counseling who can do wonders with helping you figure life out.

05/10/2018 - 10:08am Passionate about computers

You mention being passionate about computers. Have you ever programmed? I ask because I have seen a lot of students who love computers but hate programming (and a lot who love computers and love programming). If you haven’t programmed before, I’d encourage you to pick up a book and try it out over the summer (and do many exercises in the book, you won’t understand the material until you use it). If you hate it, don’t give up until you’ve tried a class or two at Michigan because learning in a class is a very different experience, but it will clue you in to think about what else you might be interested in. If you enjoy it, then you’ve got a leg up in the first class or two compared to where you were before.

05/10/2018 - 9:56am Having majored in CS and taught a little in it at M

There’s no secret criteria. (In contrast to say University of Washington which, last I heard, caps the number of majors and makes you apply to get in, similar to the way the business school does at Michigan.) If you’re in the engineering program and you pass he required courses, you’ll be able to declare the major and graduate in CS. (Assuming the LS&A CS program is still available, then not being in the engineering school isn’t a problem.)

When I was there a decade ago, the first three courses were viewed somewhat as weeder courses (ENGR 101 or EECS 183, plus EECS 280 and 281). Not that the department will force you but that students may fail and thus not be able to continue or be unsuccessful and realize that it’s not for them.

05/05/2018 - 5:44am About seven episodes in

It’s entertaining, but roughly the same as rewatching the season in terms of how funny it feels. There are clearly some jokes that don’t work as well in this format (like Lindsay wacking Tobias on the airplane repeatedly isn’t as funny since we immediately see that it’s Tobias) but the plot is so much easier to follow that I’ve picked up on some jokes more easily as a result. It also gets rid of the problem that some episodes in the original format were slower since their key character couldn’t hold together an episode as well.

If someone had never seen season 4, I’d probably encourage them to watch the original format first, but I think I like the new one better for rewatching.

And unrelated to that, but just a line that’s got me disproportionately laughing today, after Buster learns that Lucille 2 is having juice at 2 in the afternoon, Lucille 2: “Honey, it's 8 a.m. somewhere.”

05/03/2018 - 12:53pm Yeah, I shouldn’t have used

Yeah, I shouldn’t have used term average. Both med schools are well above average, especially with recent increase in number of med schools but even before then. The main disagreement I’d have with previous posters is that I’d say Wayne State and Michigan State med schools are relatively comparable rather than Wayne State being well ahead of State.

05/03/2018 - 11:23am Yes, and I’d consider Wayne

Yes, and I’d consider Wayne State fairly comparable to Michigan State’s MD program unlike a previous poster. Nothing bad, both fairly average though with strengths in some areas. I agree that State’s DO does have a top reputation but that’s in comparison to other DO schools, State’s MD program would still be generally better/harder to get into than the DO program.

Also, the name College of Human Medicine (the MD program) always seemed like such a self-troll from State since we make fun of them for being an ag school and I don’t think anyone else feels the need to specify that they’re learning people medicine. In actuality, I think it’s just to distinguish from the osteopathic school, so then it’s just insulting to the other school that does, you know, also work with humans.

05/02/2018 - 11:10am MSU didn’t seem that

MSU didn’t seem that obligated to play the 5-stars, even when they were the better option, which could explain some of MSU’s problems.

I could envision point guard in Beilein’s offense as a position where longevity and understanding the offense better may add more value than top talent, but even then I’m not sure. In other positions, I’d be happy to take more players good enough to be one-and-done; we saw how valuable Mitch McGary was towards the end of his freshman year (and even freshman Nick Stauskas, though he was not good enough to be one-and-done, was good enough to contribute a lot to the team).

04/30/2018 - 10:47pm Seriously, we’ve seen Beilein

Seriously, we’ve seen Beilein with great recruits before and it was awesome. John Beilein is a hell of a good coach, but starting with more talented players sounds great to me (and is part of why I’m excited for the next year).

04/30/2018 - 10:42pm Because they make funny

Because they make funny jokes? I laughed out loud at that, I don’t think it was serious.

04/30/2018 - 10:32pm Disagree on rooftops

I think the rooftops were fun historic quirk when I grew up and there were like three guys with lawn chairs and beers. When they became bars with stadium-style seating, they lost any historic or quirk value to me, and just became a way to glean money off of someone else’s product.

04/26/2018 - 9:50am He’s the starter

He named him the starter, as in appetizer. Perhaps more of an amuse-bouche. There will be many rounds of lunch for Rashan Gary.

04/17/2018 - 10:05am I read it as another for

I read it as another for Michigan.

04/16/2018 - 3:04pm 2018 football

Would be fun to see everyone react to winning the National Championship, see how the Heisman hype changes Shea, etc.

04/15/2018 - 5:20pm No

You don’t really have to. Wesley Snipes taught me that.

04/06/2018 - 3:35am Bear’s fruit.

Bear’s fruit.

04/03/2018 - 12:31am You could’ve told me before

You could’ve told me before the BTT and I’d have been delighted and amazed. Hell, despite being on fire that weekend, I’d have been fairly astounded to learn that after the BTT.

This run felt different than 2013 in a few ways, but one was honestly not thinking we were possibly the best in the country which made it a lot more fun in some ways. By the end of the BTT, we knew we were top ten almost certainly, and knew we could make a deep run; that range makes a FF definitely possible but never an expectation. Unlike 2013, the BTT and NCAA had a certain charmed feeling to it because of that, which I thought made it easier to enjoy.

Or perhaps the enjoyment came from the supreme confidence in Beilein. In 2013, it felt like “if not now, when?”—that it was our big chance even though I thought the run would juice our recruiting more than it did. That was the one year since I came to Michigan in 2000 when we had any kind of shot, and add on the pressure that we had a very good one. In 2018 after seeing the last two years turn into something special, it’s fun to feel that any Beilein team could magically make a run.

03/31/2018 - 10:05pm I opened a bottle of Michigan

I opened a bottle of Michigan Awesome white wine because, well, Michigan is Awesome.

03/31/2018 - 9:18pm Grant Hill sure did

Grant Hill sure did

03/28/2018 - 1:43pm No, that’s unrelated. But he

No, that’s unrelated. But he did slap the floor as it was burning, which is pretty badass.

03/28/2018 - 12:07pm I don’t live in Michigan and

I don’t live in Michigan and have little contact with Spartans so I really hadn’t heard it before. Intrigued that it’s a big thing.

03/28/2018 - 11:23am Answers!

I was intrigued since I hadn’t heard it before and did some google searches. I have answers for all your questions!

Apparently it is a thing and specifically refers to defenders, especially in football. Connotes toughness. Gained prominence a few years ago, but Andre Risen claims he coined it 25 years ago. They just thought that was how you spell dog.

03/28/2018 - 9:05am pompous?

So your post tells me how I will feel, and others when the acceptable time to protest is? Yes, those other posters are so pompous.

03/28/2018 - 8:58am No, not in Michigan, most

No, not in Michigan, most wouldn’t have heard of it.

03/27/2018 - 11:54pm In the past decade, Michigan

In the past decade, Michigan athletic department revenue has increased by $80 million, nearly doubling in that time. Magically, expenses have increased, each year almost exactly matching revenue. At a business, fine, whatever. At what is essentially a non-profit, they have to spend it because it looks bad to have $60 million in profit, especially when the labor is almost free. Just put me down as dubious that the $80 million has been spent efficiently and there couldn’t possibly be room to pay the players.

And the athletic department is squeezing you for money because they’re greedy and just about nobody in business doesn’t try to maximize revenue, even when there’s no point.

03/27/2018 - 6:27pm I learned stuff

Don’t badmouth it too much, I learned some good stuff I didn’t know before. Like OSU won the Big Ten and Duncan Robinson can play the 2 or the 3.

03/27/2018 - 5:00pm Double post?

You’re fired.

03/27/2018 - 4:58pm Yup, I work at a DIII school

Yup, I work at a DIII school where honestly I have seen most things handled with the highest of ethical standards, and we had to fire a coach for paying players.

03/27/2018 - 4:53pm The NCAA made $1,000,000,000 this year

The NCAA made $1,000,000,000 this year and that’s not counting revenue the individual schools, bowls, etc make. The players are nearly totally powerless, as we’ve seen when Alabama forces enrolled players out, who are then punished by being ineligible the next year. In basketball, I’ve seen stories of coaches (at other schools) try to get professors to fail students so they can be kicked off the team. The athletes suffer injuries from their sports and the schools don’t have to pay for their medical care. Once upon a time the revenue for a school was comparable to the scholarships given out, now Michigan has to struggle to spend the money pouring in so that the profit doesn’t look so outrageous.

I wouldn’t choose for Michigan to forfeit the game, but if they do I’d be proud of my team and the players.

03/26/2018 - 2:07pm I don’t remember if this site

I don’t remember if this site came up with the term or got it elsewhere, but it means a receiver so ridiculously open that he’d be the worst Waldo ever. Picture Roundtree when all of ND’s secondary ran towards the line after Denard took a step that looked like a run.

03/25/2018 - 8:25pm Especially when it’s

Especially when it’s simultaneous 4s.

03/25/2018 - 8:52am Where is Ace?

Ace should be posting this: Wave a Maverick Wand

Thanks to Z!!

03/24/2018 - 11:52pm Exactly what I was thinking,

Exactly what I was thinking, you don’t want to foul Duncan, especially when Z is a likely ball handler, and it’s hard for a player in the heat of the moment to know how much time is left, much less apply that instantly to change the plan. I didn’t think he recovered in the interview as well as others here did, but I respected the answer a lot just the same. The honest answer was probably that it was a mistake by his player, I give a lot of respect to him for not answering it that way.

03/24/2018 - 11:17pm Go Blue!

My adrenaline is going so much that I’m shaking, and I did nothing but watch. I don’t understand how athletes do this.

03/24/2018 - 5:58pm Approximate

Is the tip-off approximate because they’ll wait for one game to end before starting the next? I’m used to that when they’re in the same arena, but this surprised me—guess it makes sense now that we’re down to just 2 games per day.

03/23/2018 - 12:47am Seriously—has any team made

Seriously—has any team in the past made it to the finals without having to play a top five seed? At this rate, I’m putting my money on Syracuse to come out of the other side of the bracket.

03/23/2018 - 12:46am I mean, it’s an easy path,

I mean, it’s an easy path, but if a State fan gripes about our playing low seeds, feel free to point out that they lost to an 11.

03/23/2018 - 12:44am I love that I agree—going

I love that I agree—going into Texas A&M, I as thinking how I wouldn’t want to go up against Beilein after a 5-day break. Now I’m thinking about how we’d be so hard to prepare for with just a quick turnaround. Basically, I love John Beilein.