daily 01/20/2018

January 20, 2018 Leave a comment
    • While such a lack of overall productivity was certainly less than ideal for an offense that went back-and-forth between young, injured quarterbacks behind an offensive line that was plagued by injuries and attrition of its own, Texas’ backfield should be much more competent and capable in 2018.
    • Nevertheless, with 2017 in the rearview, it appears as if Tom Herman, Stan Drayton and Tim Beck can enter the offseason focused on developing a new, more productive one-two punch in Young and Carter, who averaged 4.6 and 4.8 yards per carry, respectively.
    • As is, it’s quite possible, if not likely that Porter will find himself behind Young on the spring depth chart, if not Carter, as well — averaging just 3.1 yards per carry on 81 touches can certainly have that effect.

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daily 01/19/2018

January 19, 2018 Leave a comment
    • It’s easy to get lost because there are now thousands of marketing technologies spread across dozens of categories to support all kinds of specific use cases. But what’s essential?
    • Most are familiar with three of them: CRM, MAP and CMS.
    • Keondre Coburn DT Spring Westfield 4 Committed

         

      Keaontay Ingram RB Carthage 4 Committed
    • Georgia has six 5-star prospects and signed the nation’s top-ranked quarterback, running back, offensive guard and linebacker.

       

    • The Longhorns and Sooners have finished with the first- and/or second-ranked classes in the conference for the last 12 years.
    • The Longhorns failed to sign a single defensive lineman during the early period.
    • The Longhorns also are searching for a slot receiver and possibly another linebacker.
    • The Longhorns signed four offensive linemen, including Mikey Grandy, a JUCO product who should contribute right away.
    • Herman also needed to add depth in the quarterback room and he pulled it off by signing two 4-star out-of-state prospects in California’s Cameron Rising and Oklahoma’s Casey Thompson.

       

    • the top priority is Conroe Oak Ridge defensive end Joseph Ossai.
    • Real quickly I realized the workouts are not the primary indicator when it comes to continued high school success.
    • All the coaches at the clinic have built programs where the kids realized that to be super successful at running, you need to put in a lot of work and make this a year-round sport (some of their athletes initially do other sports as well, but most don’t as they get older).
    • The buy-in, the culture, the dedication, and the talent are perhaps more important for team-wide success than anything else.
    • I still believe distance running is about how much (this isn’t just about volume, etc.) you can train without getting injured and these coaches proved it.

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daily 01/18/2018

January 18, 2018 Leave a comment
    • In the same statement, the company also explained that, as a result of the Republican tax plan, it would be required to pay only $38 billion to the IRS in order repatriate the roughly $250 billion in profits it has stashed overseas. 

         

    • Bezos, noting that the package, which included a custom-made SUNY Albany Great Danes football jersey with “AMAZON” written on the nameplate, laid out the many ways a new $5 billion campus would benefit from being situated nearby such landmarks as the New York State Museum and The Egg, a performance art center the proposal referred to as “iconic.”

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daily 01/16/2018

January 16, 2018 Leave a comment
    • FACT: Jake Olson never watched a opponets game all year at USC and they won the PAC12. Total mind game dominance from number 92.
    • It was a shrewd move on the Saints part to sign Adrian Peterson this offseason so they could get the Vikings playbook for jsut this type of game, but what they didnt realize is that Mike Zimmer had thrown out all the old Minnesota pages where it instructs them to loose in the most heartbreaking of fashions.
    • Detergent literaly translates to chicks only.
    • a Lion introduced to the wild for the first time just insticutually know that its in his DNA to lose on Thanksgiving.

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daily 01/13/2018

January 13, 2018 Leave a comment
    • A polynomial may need to be simplified. One way to simplify a polynomial is to combine the like terms if there are any. Two or more terms in a polynomial are like terms if they have the same variable (or variables) with the same exponent. For example, 3x2 and -5x2 are like terms: They both have x as the variable, and the exponent is 2 for each. However, 3x2 and 3x are not like terms, because their exponents are different.

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daily 01/12/2018

January 12, 2018 Leave a comment
    • “What the Russians exploited, but it was already here, is we are operating in completely different information universes. If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than if you listen to NPR,” Obama said
    • “When you become president and you’re in the Oval Office, you feel, ‘OK, now I have to act presidential.’ And we lost track of what had gotten us there, and that was our ability to tell stories and relate to people.”
    • Letterman pushed both guests on the importance of voting rights, with Obama arguing, “we’re the only advanced democracy that deliberately discourages people from voting.”
    • we’re social animals. If we see others who are volunteering, then they think, ‘Well, maybe I’ll volunteer,’” Obama said. “If they see others voting, ‘Maybe I’ll vote.’ If they feel as if there’s a community around them that says, ‘This is the norm for us to feel like we have a say in our lives and we can connect with people even if they don’t look exactly like we do, or worship in the exact same way, or have the same sexual orientation, but we have these common interests involved, and that’s the habits of the heart that we’ve developed’ — it works that way too.”

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daily 01/11/2018

January 11, 2018 Leave a comment
    • His agent advised him that if he wished to sell more books without breach of contract and also to avoid self-cannibalization, he should branch out genres, and encouraged Stross to try his hand at a fantasy series
    • the “Paratime” works of H. Beam Piper, which features an organization with the power to basically raid and exploit multiple alternate histories.
    • Stross chose to intentionally limit the scope of “magical” powers to solely the world-travelling. Stross was able to sell his new fantasy series to Tor Books, and would later adjust his contract with Ace to specifically exclude The Merchant Princes
    • One of the themes that Stross wanted to explicitly explore in the series was that of the development trap, or more generally developmental economics, the issues involved in helping poor and stratified societies to rapidly “catch up.”
    • The case of the Gulf oil states such as Saudi Arabia remain a special case, with a fabulously privileged upper class able to be educated abroad and get cutting-edge medical care and the like, but not expanding the economy of their societies beyond the treasure trove that is their wealth from natural resources – which is compared with the Clan’s treasure trove from interdimensional trade
    • Among other items, Miriam finds a locket. Inside is a design not unlike a Celtic knot, and when she focuses on it, she is transported to a parallel world of a feudal Massachusetts whose technology is mostly in the Dark Ages—except for the men on horses armed with guns, and an upper class that has access to “imported” baubles from Miriam’s normal Earth.
    • Olga, a young and flighty noble who helps explain to Miriam the politics and notables of Gruinmarkt;
    • As the title suggests, the existence of families with the power to “worldwalk” unknown to the Clan comes of importance in this book, as a shadow war to undermine the Clan continues.
    • The existence of this third world also complicates security expectations, as it provides an angle to attack the Clan from locations which might seem safely guarded in both worlds, but are unguarded in the third world.
    • For reasons she can’t entirely understand, this branch family considers her existence a threat as well.
    • Miriam gained access to it via taking a New Britain locket off one of the hidden assassins who attacked her at the end of The Family Trade.
    • After shipping gold to get some initial funds, she will instead ship ideas. She buys a business and begins to take old patents from the 1900s-1950s unfamiliar to New Britain there, and sell rights to the ideas.

       

    • The truce between the Clan and the Lee Family of New Britain seems to hold, at least.
    • Miriam escapes surveillance for a time and finds out about the “insurance policy”, a plot by the more modernizing faction of the Clan to create hundreds more world-walkers by offering mass artificial insemination at compromised sperm banks, then attempt to recruit the resulting children.
    • Mike Fleming, a DEA cop who dated Miriam in the past.
    • The plan goes awry as their defector source begins to grow restless and realizes that he is being held by the military now, not by law enforcement, and witness protection is not forthcoming. In a desperate bid to take a hostage and escape, both the defector and Mike’s co-worker Pete are killed.
    • Miriam’s great-uncle Henryk, the king’s head of spies, explains that if she marries Creon, his affliction would not affect his children, so she could produce potential world-walker Clan members to eventually reign.
    • All the plans fall to pieces when the anti-Clan Prince Egon launches a coup, correctly fearing he would be denied the succession and potentially murdered had Creon produced an heir.
    • Mike is captured by Miriam’s mother Patricia and her ally Olga.
    • The Clan itself struggles with a war on two fronts: one against Prince Egon’s coup forces for control of Gruinmarkt, and another against the secretive US government taskforce investigating the Clan.
    • Duke Angbard Lofstrom of the Clan charges his agent Briliana d’Ost with recovering Miriam, or, failing that, to ensure she no longer poses a threat to the Clan.
    • Huw and his staff discover that the Lee family Locket, while ineffective in Massachusetts and New York in the United States, works in Maryland, and leads to a fourth world in the grip of an Ice Age with polar sheets covering the northern States.
    • While Fleming recovers, the viewpoint character shifts to Colonel Eric Smith, his superior.
    • In the long term, the government seeks to deal with peak oil via potentially invading alternate-universe Texas.

       

    • Miriam is offered a path back to the Clan and to aid the “progressive” faction against the conservatives.

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