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The Almanac: TAE Edition / Re: The Slog of All Slogs, A Real Chopper!
« on: April 04, 2018, 01:40:13 am »
You should join the Big Slog, Bolivar. Nice leisurely pace, one chapter per week. I'm going to try to read it with fresh eyes.

Sounds good, O Captain, My Captain!  We'll launch on April 8th by reading Prologue + Chapter One of TDTCB.

I'm actually excited about this Slog! This might reawaken my enthusiasm for the series. The pace is perfect, thanks, MSJ.

I'm interested. I'd suggest an extremely slow pace, perhaps one chapter per week. Also, how about one week of reading followed by one week of discussion?

Love the title, "The Slog Of All Slogs"!

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:14:42 am »
Final update: Villanova vs. Michigan in the final game tonight. BFK picked both teams to meet, and Villanova to win.

BFK smoked the MSJ bracket! Let's do it again next year, guys! No way can BFK repeat, right? Obviously a combo of dumb luck/intuition/too much sports talk on radio/more dumb luck.

Important statistical concept: regression to the mean. In other words, BFK is having his day in the sun, but (to quote another fantasy series) winter is coming.

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 24, 2018, 02:07:12 am »
It's official: BFK has won the 2018 TSA March Madness competition!

With the Villanova win, BFK hits 50 points, and neither Tao nor MSJ can catch him.

BFK's maximum possible point total is 130, and he's in the running to win MSJ's bracket (thanks to MSJ for hosting!). Michigan is the key. BFK picked Villanova and Michigan to play for the championship. Fingers crossed.....

General Earwa / Re: Visualizing the Inverse Fire
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:45:30 am »
I'm not opening that link ... for my soul's sake  :-X
Tao.....Tao......Tao......the Inverse Fire calls for your soul! Are you not curious as to your fate? Look.....look.....look and see.....

Here's an interesting take on the Jordan Peterson phenomenon:

General Earwa / Re: Nonman/Human Hybrids
« on: March 21, 2018, 03:39:37 pm »
I would interpret "the strong seed forces the womb" as a statement concerning the potency of the male seed, its aptness for quickening, rather than the ability to carry genetic traits.

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:56:49 pm »
Quote from:  BFK
Really sorry about the Michigan State loss, MSJ. Talk about salt and butchery....Anagke is truly pissed at you. First Arizona.....

No worries. I've never won a bracket league before. No I'm lying. I won a few years back when UNC won, a money league. Still haven't seen that money
"Check's in the mail." Right.

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:31:48 pm »
Really sorry about the Michigan State loss, MSJ. Talk about salt and butchery....Anagke is truly pissed at you. First Arizona.....

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:17:53 pm »
Just dumb luck, Tao. My focus in that region was Kentucky, an old fave of mine. St. Louis hosted the SEC tourney, and Kentucky fans invaded STL big-time. Plus, I really thought Creighton would make a small run (Big East school, strong)...wrong! Anyway, I had Creighton beating Virginia in the Round of 32. Neither team made it! That's funny!

No, I saw nothing. Just half-assed intuition and an SEC/Kentucky bias. That's how you avoid the Apocalypse!

Looks like you need your surviving picks to really deliver, Tao.

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:06:46 pm »
March Madness 2018: The TSA Edition

Round of 64, complete.

Tao: 24-8 (24 points)
BFK: 22-10 (22 points)
MSJ: 21-11 (21 points)

"Chalk": 23-9 (23 points)

Tao's Bracket:

Tao picked 20 favorites and went 20-5.
Tao picked 7 upsets (9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, and 12) and went 4-3.

1. Who picks all of the #9 seeds to win?Tao, of course, and the #9s went 3-1. Nice play!

2. The Virginia catastrophe salted Tao's bracket, as Tao picked Virginia to win it all. Since the points in the coming rounds are weighted, Tao just saw a lot of his chips get pulled off the table.

3. Best upset pick: #10 Butler over #7 Arkansas.

4. Tao beat the Chalk! Nice!

BFK's Bracket:

BFK picked 23 favorites and went 18-5.
BFK picked 9 upsets (9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14) and went 4-5.

1. As "Chalk" tells us, there were 9 upsets in the Round of 64. BFK only got 4 correct. Sigh.

2. BFK survived the Virginia catastrophe,  since he picked them to lose in the SECOND round. So his bracket is unscathed and his prospects going forward are good.

3. Best upset pick: BFK nailed TWO #11 seed upsets: Loyola Chicago and Syracuse (who entered the tourney on a "play-in" game, so.....pure effing luck). Hey, when you pick NINE upsets.....!

MSJ's Bracket:

MSJ picked 22 favorites and went 17-5.
MSJ picked 10 upsets (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12) and went 4-6.

1. Who picks all of the #10 seeds to upset? MSJ does! But they let him down,  going 1-3.

2. MSJ's South region bracket is salted. #1 Virginia, #4 Arizona, #6 Miami .... all gone.

3. Best upset pick: MSJ also got the Butler and Syracuse upsets right. Nice!

On to the Round of 32!

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 16, 2018, 02:39:34 pm »
March Madness 2018
Round of 64, Day 1.

Tao: 11-5
BFK: 11-5
MSJ: 10-6

"Chalk": 13-3 (all favorites)


TaoHorror's Bracket:
Tao picked 4 lower-seeded teams to upset (9, 9, 10 and 12). Tao was 1-3 on his upset picks.
Tao picked 12 higher-seeded teams to win, and he was 10-2 on these picks.

BFK's Bracket:
BFK picked 6 lower-seeded teams (9, 9, 11, 11, 12, 14), and he went 2-4 on his upset picks.
BFK picked 10 higher-seeded teams, and he went 9-1 on these picks.

MSJ's Bracket:
MSJ picked 5 lower-seeded teams (9, 9, 10, 11, 12), and he went 1-4 on his upset picks.
MSJ picked 11 higher-seeded teams, and he went 9-2 on these picks.

"Chalk" Bracket:
The "Chalk" (i.e., all favorites winning) went 13-3. The only upsets were:
1. Alabama (9) over Virginia Tech [8] [Tao, BFK, MSJ]
2. Loyola Chicago (11) over Miami (6) [BFK]
3. Buffalo (13) over Arizona (4) [no one]
Random observations:

1. Despite our lack of fear regarding picking underdogs, none of us snagged the Buffalo upset of Arizona.

2. The Chalk is hard to beat!

3. The competition is wide open. MSJ lost a Final Four team (Arizona). Tao lost an Elite Eight team (Miami).
Slight edge to BFK: His bracket is largely intact.

On to Day Two!

General Misc. / Re: March Madness
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:01:27 pm »
I'm in, MSJ. Sending you my email via PM.

General Misc. / Re: "City Journal": A compendium.
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:01:50 pm »

An even-handed review of Steven Pinker's new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress".

From the review:

"Of course, there are some unenlightened right-wingers, particularly those yearning for what they remember as a better time in the past. They won't find that happy yesteryear in Pinker's graphs, but they and those gloomy left-wing intellectuals could all profit from this book. Some of them might even feel better."

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