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daily 09/04/2013

    • Chatter on Twitter, confirmed by University of Texas Classics professor Jennifer Ebbeler, was that the quote came from the New Testament book of Matthew. Noli timere, Ebbeler wrote to me, appears here and there in the classical corpus, but nowhere memorable until its Christian debut. “For an Irish schoolboy, it was definitely the Matthew that stuck in his mind,” she says.


    • Specifically, the quote came from Jerome’s fourth-century Latin translation of the Bible, the “Vulgate,” the standard translation of the Catholic Church. And it’s there, at Matthew 14:27, that the words appear: After Jesus feeds thousands in the desert, he sends his disciples away in a boat and goes alone on a mountain to pray. That night, a storm hits the boat, which sits out alone on the water. The disciples, panicked and trying to survive, see Jesus walking toward them, across the waves. They think he is a ghost, but he replies: Habete fiduciam ego sum nolite timere. Or: Be of good cheer, it’s me, don’t be afraid.


    • Here Are Some Old-Timey Dogs Playing Football For Some Reason
    • 5. FLORIDA STATE (1–0). Hyped redshirt Jameis Winston completed 25 of 27 passes Monday night for 377 yards and four touchdowns in the first start of his college career, a 41–13 blowout over Pitt. In the pantheon of opening-night performances against mediocre ACC defenses, this was Citizen Kane.


    • 7. TEXAS (1–0). Which Longhorns team do you prefer: the one that committed four turnovers on its first five possessions of the season against lowly New Mexico State? Or the one that proceeded to score five touchdowns on its next 16 offensive snaps en route to a school record for total offense? As always, reality is here to cater to your preconceived opinion, whatever it may be.


    • 14. TEXAS A&M (1–0). You don’t have to be some liberal Austin hippie like me to find the whole A&M gestalt suspicious, at best, especially if you’re terrified by the looming specter of Rick Perry 2016.
    • Johnny Manziel alone has more potential as an unapologetic, harmless media villain than anyone in college football since the Jimmy Johnson/Luther Campbell-era Miami Hurricanes dissed Penn State at the Fiesta Bowl talent show.
    • If he takes A&M to the top, the disbelief and barely concealed disgust of the self-appointed adults in the room will be worth it.
    • Southeast Missouri before things get fun again during a five-game stretch against Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, and LSU, the first three of those coming on the road.
    • “What you don’t want to do is kill that emotion and that passion because I think it’s what separates Johnny from a lot of different players. What we can do is sit down and say, ‘Hey listen, that same emotion and that same passion can be used positively, and here’s how you’ve got to do that.'”


      • Robot Turtles: The Board Game for Little Programmers

    • I’m a father of four year old twins.  Teaching them to program a computer is the single greatest superpower I can give them. I made Robot Turtles so that my kids could learn programming basics without needing a computer. In fact, they don’t even need to be able to read!
    • and Mike Davis completing his weekly cycle of sin/sacrifice/atonement with a magical 4th quarter TD grab.
    • Next up: A trip to Provo against 0-1 BYU, who lost 19-16 in a monsoon to one of the worst teams in the ACC. Lay the points and be sure to unseat a mormon bike messenger this week.
    • I got so excited about this game that I took a leave of absence from my job at Google and spent the summer working full time to develop it.
    • If you’re sensing a theme here, all of the Big 12’s top teams started slowly, except Baylor, but that’s beacuse they played Wofford who is essentially a High School.
    •  At its heart, Robot Turtles is a game about bossing around adults. Just like programming is about bossing around computers.
    • A roadbump tilt against the UTSA Roadrunners at the Alamodome as OSU’s Texas recruiting tour continues.
    • Debugging. The “Undo” command offers the simple confidence that they can try anything and then, if it doesn’t work out, back up and try again. For new computer learners, discovering that there’s no cost for being wrong is essential to their growth.
    • So this offensive line is still struggling mightily to blow open interior lanes against…well, anyone really. Texas didn’t run a great deal of Power-O so I’m not sure exactly where we are in regards to that concept.


    • However, Texas’ OL have strengths both individually and collectively. They are athletic and they are now experienced. They built a stone wall for Texas’ vertical pass game and easily handled all of the other Aggies’ stunts and blitzes, they got out in space to block on the RB and Tunnel screens that will be so valuable for Texas this year with Daje and co in the backfield, and they block very well on outside zone:


    • When presented with the assignment to reach DL or LB’s at the 2nd level, this group excels where Greg Davis’ crew floundered.
    • While Outside Zone doesn’t attack the middle of the field like Inside Zone or Power-O and offer the same balance with the outside pass game, it can still play an important and useful role for this offense.
    • Wait for the inevitable Outside Zone calls paired with bootleg or packaged screen calls. They’re coming, and they’ll be magnificent.


    • Daje Johnson is arguably the best player on this team, getting him touches is essential to achieving the kind of season we’ve been waiting for.
    • By that, I mean that our schemes and approach are geared around playing “bend don’t break” Palms/Quarters defense mixed with extremely liberal usage of Fire Zones which are our drive-killers.
    • We mixed in some of our Cover-1 material towards the end of the game which serves as a useful change of pace although I still protest it’s usage as a main philosophy to defensing Big 12 passing games.
      • what is cover one vs cover 2? why won’t it work in the b12?
    • Adrian Phillips’ day was a mixed bag as he missed some tackles, made a few good tackles, and picked up an interception playing Hot 2 in a Fire Zone
    • I’m impressed with Mykelle Thompson’s open field tackling improvement, which combined with his tremendous range makes Texas very difficult to score long plays against and reinforces the entire Diaz philosophy.
    • Manny Diaz has simplified our approach back to a more conservative approach to base defense combined with his trademark Fire Zones
    • Applewhite has demonstrated both vision for the future (wide open pass game with pounding, between the tackles run attack) as well as the ability to put the players we currently have in position to be maximized, such as Daje Johnson.
    • Welcome to Fall TV Week at io9, where we’ll be giving you the inside scoop on some of the upcoming TV shows. First up: Almost Human, the new show from Fringe‘s Joel Wyman and J.J. Abrams. We talked to stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy about how the show makes you root for androids the way Fringe did for mad scientists.
    • Welcome
    • Infiniminer: an innovative indie which tasked players with collecting resources while cutting into a randomly generated landscape. It was a simple game at heart, but Markus realised potential for something great. He began work on a new project a few weeks after Infiniminer was discontinued.
    • Though Markus’ original idea wasn’t as fully featured as the Minecraft you’ll play today, “Cave Game” was created from the same DNA. This was a game about placing and breaking blocks in a 3D world. The primary motivation was to create an experience where each individual component felt fun. A game that could be both accessible and emergent. 


    • The next step was to include a multiplayer mode so players could dig together,
    • But maybe it gathered too much pace. On September 18th 2010, the Minecraft webserver crashed due to the sheer amount of players signing up. Markus made the game free to compensate, causing yet another spike in downloads
    • But just ten days before release, disgruntled users launched 85,000 bots at the Minecraft servers, crashing it again
    • On December 20 2010 it was announced that Minecraft was officially in beta. Noteblocks were introduced, allowing players to create music in Minecraft, and sparking a whole new breed of Minecraft videos: the musical parody

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