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daily 01/30/2015

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daily 01/29/2015

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daily 01/28/2015

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    • Also, look beyond the numbers. Look at culture. Cook got rid of some assholes, like Scott Forstall, who was tight with Jobs but hated by everyone else.
    • He has expressed a commitment to sustainability, and when some dickhead challenged him about this at a shareholder meeting and said Apple should focus only on making as much profit as possible, Cook told him that Apple would do what was right and that if the guy didn’t like it he should get out of the stock.
    • Cook is a better CEO than Jobs ever was. Better at finance, personnel, continuous dynamic innovation, managing organizational change, etc.. It’s really not arguable.
    • The N.F.L. publishes a rule book each year titled the “Official Playing Rules of the National Football League.” Rule 7, Section 5 of the 2013 edition covers eligibility. It is that section that contains a rule so commonly adhered to that it goes unnoticed by most observers: There must be at least seven players on the line of scrimmage at the snap of each play.
    • Of those seven, only the two outside players are eligible to catch a pass. But not only are the two outside players the only ones on the line of scrimmage eligible to catch a pass, they must be eligible receivers.
    • What is an eligible receiver? The league requires that all offensive linemen (who are typically the ineligible receivers on the line of scrimmage) wear a numeral ranging from 50 to 79.
    • Defensive players are keenly aware of opposing players’ jerseys, and they mentally note that a player with a uniform number between 50 and 79 can be disregarded as a pass catcher.
    • The exception occurs when the offense declares such a player to be eligible to the referee, who then relays that message to the opposing team and to the fans.
    • If, for example, a team lined up two receivers to the right of the offensive line, and had both players on the line of scrimmage at the snap, then the outside wide receiver and the player in the nominal left tackle spot would be the eligible pass receivers.
    • That sort of thing rarely happens because a team would have to declare its left tackle to be eligible on the play, and there is little benefit to making a wide receiver ineligible just to make an offensive lineman eligible. But that is what the Patriots did against the Ravens.
    • New England kept just four offensive linemen in the game. New England then had tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (who wears No. 47) line up in the left tackle position. On one play, the Patriots lined up Hoomanawanui on the line of scrimmage, and placed two receivers to the right side on the line of scrimmage. That made the inside player of the two receivers, No. 34 Shane Vereen, ineligible, leaving Hoomanawanui and the outside receiver as eligible.
    • The “trick” here is that because Hoomanawanui was wearing the number of an eligible receiver, the Patriots did not need to announce that he was eligible.
    • To be fair, the referees did announce that No. 34 (Vereen) was ineligible, but that came just seconds before the snap.
    • (On the play, Vereen simply dropped back; had he run a route, he would have been flagged.)
    • In a bit of physics humor, Metzger then asked in the post whether Brian Greene of Columbia — one of the world’s best-known cosmologists — would “step up to the task.”
    • Zajc said he believed there was little chance that atmospheric effects alone could account for the discrepancies in the football pressure.

      “I think it’s more likely than not that they were manipulated,” Zajc said.

    • Captain McVay led the ship through the invasion of Iwo Jima, then the bombardment of Okinawa in the spring of 1945, during which Indianapolis anti-aircraft guns shot down seven enemy planes before the ship was struck by a kamikaze on March 31, inflicting heavy casualties, including 13 dead, and penetrating the ship’s hull. McVay returned the ship safely to Mare Island in California for repairs.
    • Later that year, Indianapolis received orders to carry parts and nuclear material to be used in the atomic bombs which were soon to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Tinian. After delivering her top secret cargo, the ship was en route to report for further duty off Okinawa.
    • The Indianapolis immediately took a fifteen degree list, capsized and sank within 12 minutes. Of the crew of 1,196 men, 879 men died. It was the worst disaster at sea during the entire war for the US Navy.
    • About 300 of the 1,196 men on board died in the initial attack. The rest of the crew, more than 880 men, were left floating in the water without lifeboats until the rescue was completed four days (100 hours) later.
    • McVay was wounded but survived and was among those rescued. He repeatedly asked the Navy why it took five days to rescue his men, and he never received an answer.
    • There was much controversy over the incident. In November 1945, McVay was court-martialed and convicted of “hazarding his ship by failing to zigzag.”
    • Despite that testimony, the official ruling was that visibility was good, and the court held McVay responsible for failing to zigzag.
    • An additional point of controversy is evidence that the admirals in the United States Navy were primarily responsible for placing the ship in harm’s way.
    • Many ships, including most destroyers, were equipped with submarine detection equipment, but the Indianapolis was not so equipped, which casts the decision to deny McVay’s request for an escort as a tragic mistake.
    • Although about 380 ships of the U.S. Navy were lost in combat in World War II,[5] McVay was the only captain to be court-martialed for the loss of his ship.[6]
    • McVay also struggled throughout his life from vicious letters and phone calls he periodically received from grief-stricken relatives of dead crewmen aboard the Indianapolis.[10]
    • “Capt. McVay’s court-martial was simply to divert attention from the terrible loss of life caused by procedural mistakes which never alerted anyone that we were missing.”
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    • Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night
       Release: Feb. 3
       Dylan proved he still had a lot to say with 2012’s Tempest, and he’s back with a set of new tunes this February. According to Dylan, there was an unconventional take to recording some conventional ballads—one that arranged 30+ piece songs for a five-piece band. The production was bare-bones, according to Dylan: “It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”
    • Even bigger than that is who Feig wants for the contemporary Walter Peck, the computer nerd dead-set on revealing the GHOSTBUSTERS efforts as a hoax: Pete Venkman himself, Bill Murray.

       

       

    • Drew also purports that they want Peter Dinklage to play the villain, “a creepy mechanical genius.” Stay tuned.

       

       

    • And they’re promoting lower oil prices, even at the cost of their own reduced revenue, because they know that it hurts Iran even more.
    • He is said to understand the socio-economic roots of jihadism and to have promoted job programs for wayward youth.
    • No American president would view the Middle East, or frame policies toward the region, simply in terms of a Sunni-Shiite battle.

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daily 01/27/2015

January 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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daily 01/26/2015

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    • Saying all the recent visits are clues and not coincidence. something is being orchestrated.
    • KM’s draft rating has him as one of the few HS prospects in group 1 (i.e., 1st or 2nd rounder)
    • Goodell was a gamer. Not the flashiest guy but played the game The Right Way. Dated a cheerleader, Redskins fan, Grit, not fast. Never one to shy away from watching extra film unless it involves one of his star employees, Goodell was first-in last-out. He was basicaly John Riggins except Goodells biggest organ was his heart not his liver.
    • The guy was a head coach who QUIT on his new owner that he retroactively had signed a contract with,
    • Jenkins suggested “maybe in a year or two” the PSI would fluctuate after being introduced to different environments, which seems to fly in the face of the dozens upon dozens of amateur science experiments that took place throughout New England last week. He did, however, relent that the ball’s pressure may change if you put it in a freezer, then unfreeze it.
    • A good source told me Sunday that Texas will switch to a spread offense to suit the talents of redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard and any recruits, and Zach Gentry, who decommitted from Texas to Michigan, told the Albuquerque Journal that Texas told him it was changing to the spread and he “didn’t feel comfortable” with that philosophy.
    • With regards to the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick’s never-ending quest to cut corners despite his denials, where does it stop? I fully expect a $500,000 fine and the loss of a draft pick and possibly even suspensions for Belichick next season.
    • You might not have noticed that Strong discontinued the end-of-year banquet, a move senior wideout John Harris and others endorsed. “He felt it wasn’t important to the younger guys, and he wanted to make a special moment for the seniors,” Harris said. “He figured the younger guys weren’t really interested in it. When I was younger, I hated sitting in those banquets. We were on our phone most of the time until they showed highlights and handed out awards. He does something special instead, but I don’t want to give it away. I don’t want to ruin it for next year’s class.”
      • A really nice steak dinner at VY steakhouse would be almost cooler.
    • Nolan Ryan was thrilled the Houston Astros got another Hall of Famer in Craig Biggio and thinks we might not see the likes of him again. “He was very unique. You don’t find many players like George Brett and Robin Yount where they stay with one organization,” Ryan said. “But to also play at three different positions (catcher, second, outfield) like Craig did. Not many players are willing to change like that. I think those are times gone by. With the nature of the game, I don’t think we’ll see much of that anymore.”
    • Completely mesmerized by “The Imitation Game” and rising superstar Benedict Cumberbatch, the next great actor of this generation who is terrific in “Sherlock.” Was transfixed by the brilliance of the script, the witty banter and the great acting. Gave it 10 ducks.
    • Meanwhile, the CFP is facing pressure on another front. The NFL is considering expanding its playoffs and moving one of the new games to Monday night when it would compete directly with the CFP championship.
    • If the NFL ends up expanding the number of teams that make its postseason, the league would need two more TV windows to account for the new games. In separate meetings, Goodell told the college commissioners that any playoff expansion likely would put a wild-card game on Monday night, sources said.
    • The CFP’s 12-year contract with ESPN calls for the title game to be played on a Monday night, typically the second Monday in January. The last three BCS championship games also were played on those Monday nights in January, dating to 2011. Similarly, college basketball’s men’s championship game is played on a Monday night in April.
    • “We picked Monday night because it was open and it was the best night for our game. We announced that in June 2012,” Hancock said. “We established that our game was going to be on Monday night for 12 years.”
    • ESPN’s CFP contract mandates that the games are carried on ESPN — not ESPN2 or ESPNU, sources say. Plus, cable sources say that some of ESPN’s affiliate deals contain language that would prohibit the network from putting either the CFP championship or an NFL playoff game on ABC.
    • “We were starting to make these experiences … that felt a lot more like cinematic experiences than they did video games. And I think a lot of that is because we don’t have VR input,” says Iribe.
      • yeah, input is kinda important. I think even with glasses on we will default back to seated with a keyboard.
    • And then, the moment arrives—the moment when the movie spreads its wings and reveals its truest self: Noah gives Claire a gift. A first edition of the Iliad.
    • So large is Kraft’s sway with Goodell that one veteran NFL executive likes to call him “the assistant commissioner.”

                 

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    • Tagliabue sees Goodell’s laser focus on profit and his combative stance toward players as key parts of the problem. “If they see you making decisions only in economic terms, they start to understand that and question what you’re all about,” he said. “There’s a huge intangible value in peace. There’s a huge intangible value in having allies.” As for his relationship with his protégé, Tagliabue says, “We haven’t talked much since I left. It’s been his decision. Bountygate didn’t help.” In our conversation, Tagliabue seemed disappointed, and a bit sad, about the sorry state of the game he ran for seventeen years.
    • Owners care about 3 things:

                 

      1. TV deals

                 

      2. Stadium deals

                 

      3. Minimizing how much is shared with the players

    • PS. I’m not pro or anti-union even if my comments sound heavily pro-union. I’m pro-balance where both sides are given a fair shake. It is ultimately in the long-term interest of both parties. In the case of the NFL, I believe the anti-competitive practices used by the owners have contributed to an ownership group that has become far too powerful and ruthless.

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daily 01/25/2015

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daily 01/24/2015

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