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Have bad analogies been tried with gpt-3? (Some examples)
2020.09.15 22:33 TheDividendReport Have bad analogies been tried with gpt-3? (Some examples)
She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again. (R. M., Fairfax Station)
The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't. (R. B., Springfield)
McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty Bag filled with vegetable soup. (P. S., Silver Spring)
From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30. (R. A., Washington)
Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze. (C. S., Woodbridge)
Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center. (R. B., Springfield)
Bob was as perplexed as a hacker who means to access T:flw.quid55328.com\aaakk/[email protected]
but gets T:\flw.quidaaakk/[email protected]
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Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever. (Unknown)
He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree. (J. B., Chevy Chase)
The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease. (G. F. Hevel, Silver Spring)
Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like "Second Tall Man." (R. B., Springfield)
Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph. (J. H., Arlington)
The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr Pepper can. (W. G., Madison, Ala.)
They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth (P. K., Syracuse, N.Y.)
John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. (R. B., Springfield)
The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play. (B. F., Alexandria)
His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free. (C. S., Woodbridge)
The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.
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2020.09.05 16:28 nuinbostonthrowaway NUin Boston experience
I'm really scared about getting expelled, especially after those 11 kids got expelled. I'm not going to be going to any other floors or partying. I'm not being stupid. But the rules are unclear. They keep adding rules -- not being in the hallways, not being in the common area outside our room, the stairway, etc. WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE A COMMON SPACE THAT WE AREN'T ALLOWED TO USE? If you don't want people sitting in the comfortable chairs, cover them up or put up a sign. Some RAs are saying you can go up/down the stairway while others are not. The hotel staff says we don't even have a stairway lol. We aren't allowed to sit in the lobby, but every time I see people in the lobby they're sitting there. I don't have an issue with this. I just want the administration to give us a firm set of guidelines.
Just a bit of background. I have been completely quarantined at home since March, like most of you. One of my family members is immuno compromised so I consider myself trying to be more careful than most. I skipped meeting up with friends, going to my graduation where everyone was going to wear masks, etc. I’ve been trying to be careful.
Honestly, the administration clearly said not to go into other rooms so I don't feel too bad for those kids that were suspended/expelled. But the rumors going around are that they didn't even have alcohol and that they were just sitting around. Another rumor I heard was that they were wearing masks but I don’t know how true that actually is. But one person said they brought in a pong table or something and someone saw it on a snapchat story. IDK it's just common sense not to do that. Like 11 people is crazy for one room.
Also we have a gym but we also don’t. Only 16 people or something are allowed key cards. IDK if those people are keeping those key cards or returning them or what because they never have any. I might just be trying at busy times. We should really have a time table and just be able to sign up for certain times. It would be cool if they did Zoom workouts that we could do in the rooms or something.
I'm just not sure where the lines are drawn. I really wanna make friends but it's really challenging. The wait times for the elevators can be anywhere from 5 minutes-30 minutes. When classes start up this is going to become a major issue. Honestly half the time that's when I meet people because we aren't allowed to congregate elsewhere. We have one room with 16 people allowed in for the entire 1000 or something people in the building. In the original guidelines that they sent us, they said we would get one warning about not wearing a mask. Then they would give us a mask to wear. Now I think if they caught someone without a mask heading to class, we would get immediately expelled and sent to prison. Not clear. I 100% support wearing a mask. I don’t think even the RAs (or ICs or whatever they are called) know what’s going on. Some of the RAs are even talking about setting up events, but realistically they will never get approval for those events. Stop getting our hopes up.
I'm also scared about eating in the wrong place. Every time I go to IV I always see people eating without masks in large circles. Is this wrong? Honestly, I just bring my food back to my hotel room because I don't wanna get in trouble for eating in the wrong area. I don't even know how to use the train yet so I walk 25 minutes to campus then bring my food back another 25 minutes. You can meet a fair few number of people walking there/back.
The hotel is really nice. The desks they give us in our rooms are okay. Some people get smaller square desks while others get circular desks. Only one dresser in the room so we had to figure out other ways to store clothes. The shower is incredible though. Really nice. The toilet is the loudest toilet I have ever heard. We can’t put up ANYTHING in the rooms/walls. Some people see this as a big deal, but I don’t really care.
Apparently people are having room checks. I heard one floor smelled bad so they did some room checks. I don’t know what those consist of. We aren’t allowed coffee makers/water heaters/microwaves/exercise equipment so they probably just go in and take those.
Another thing I’m scared about is the washing machines. Are we allowed to stay in the washroom while our clothes are drying/being washed? I haven’t been in there yet, but wouldn’t that have the same issues as hanging out in the hallway? Do I just have to leave my laundry unattended? We have 0 guidelines about this and I don’t wanna get in trouble.
Personally, my roommate hasn't even been around much. He has already given up on making friends for the entire semester. I heard from another kid that he is going completely virtual because it was impossible for him to make friends. A lot of people are just hanging out with their roommates all the time. Eventually, probably, they are going to get sick of each other.
The virtual classes are also screwed up. Apparently we didn't have to do the I Am Here thing, but nobody actually told us until recently. And some of the software just doesn't work properly. It seems like they're piecing it together as they go along. People are even saying that their teachers aren't even from Northeastern. That Northeastern just hired them this year because of covid. I don't know how true that is because my teachers have taught at NEU before. I feel like every teacher is trying to use a different platform, which all cost money and require different hurdles to learn. It feels redundant to come to school a week early when they have all these restrictions.
Also nobody knows how to use the online club information. We have a website but nobody knows how to use it. Everyone I talk to doesn't know it exists. BTW half the talks that Northeastern sent us didn't even work properly. We had to go through a weird external link. So nobody actually saw them. All the clubs basically just say they can't do anything.
Are we allowed to meet up outside? Could I get 11 people to meet up in the greenery outside the public library? Would that count as a public gathering? This isn't clear. The administration keeps saying to go outside, but we don't know anyone else. How are we supposed to Zoom call people we don't know? If I wanted to meet people on Zoom I'd just go on Tinder or something. IDK.
There are tons of activities the administration could do within guidelines and they aren't doing it. Like Zoom meet and greets. IDK. Anything. The app they sent us, that nobody uses, and nobody knows about, seems useless. How does a 25 person Boston tour fit within covid guidelines? The rules are just inconsistent. We could have Zoom yoga, or Zoom speed dating. I don’t know. We had like one meeting with our room floor that was canceled. Then we had a call by the dean of something that was just a big warning about the kids on the 19th floor. I want to get to know the people on my floor, but we can’t knock on any doors or go near anyone. I just want to make some friends.
Would going to the museum of science be a violation of safety protocol? I went on the train once with a random kid and that seemed very unsafe according to the covid guidelines given to us. The hotel staff doesn’t even wear masks all the time, which is just ironic. I saw one guy pulling his mask off and he was giving out food to people.
I have some friends at BU, BC, Syracuse, and down in Texas. At BU it's pretty much the same, but BU Freshman are partying. Honestly that's just stupid and they shouldn't be doing that. At BC people are allowed in rooms--only like 1-2 people though. Syracuse had a large person gathering and only 11 people were expelled/suspended, which seems kinda crazy. At least we know we're better off than Syracuse. In Texas they are doing nothing for covid. My friend seems to think it’s fine… but it’s really not. But what can you do?
Sorry to be a debbie downer, but if BC/BU closes down, we probably are too. Because we are all in the same city so if one school goes down, all of us will. I might just be trying to convince myself that we should have less rules like BC/BU, but I don’t know. It just doesn’t feel like the Freshman or Senior year I envisioned. High school really sucked until senior year, but then we lost the finale of the best year. Now Freshman year seems to already be ruined. I know if I go into everything with this mindset, it will probably end up that way.
This is really just a rant and I'm sorry to go rambling off on so many different tangents.
I'll take any questions if you want to ask them.
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2020.08.26 21:04 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Fourth Step
The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew
) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith
). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list
of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one
. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step
, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one
, and three
. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one
, and three
. Since then, I updated
my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one
, and three
. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update
. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one
, and four
. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan
for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one
. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one
, and four
. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post
. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one
, and four
. In late January, I gave a third update
on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one
, and four
. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here
. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one
, and four
. Later in May 2020, I provided another update
on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one
, and four
. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one
, and four
. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update
on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one
, and four
This step will cover the vote-by-mail formats for each district targeted or defended by this series and also cover the necessary steps that our campaigns should follow to have their supporters’ votes properly counted. Due to the fact that most voters have the ability to participate in vote by mail format, a congressional campaign needs to properly adjust their messaging and get out the vote efforts to accommodate its state’s vote by mail schedule. In particular, each congressional campaign needs to devote most of their time contacting their supporters to turn in their ballots starting from the first day that their state sends out their ballots. Almost all of said campaign’s outreach efforts need to be completed by that day, since many voters will have already made up their minds by then and submitted their choices to the drop off boxes. A campaign that fails to take these steps in a timely manner will not be able to get the required amount of Democratic ballots returned to achieve victory in November. The CA-25 May special election is an example of how crucial these efforts are in congressional campaigns. In a post-mortem report of her campaign
, I noted that Christy Smith’s CA-25 campaign did not receive significant GOTV support until the special election's final weeks. I also noted that the groups which are the most effective at getting out the vote should have started on April 13, the first day that the ballots were mailed out for that district. This contributed to the result that a significant amount of Democratic ballots were not returned and thus became a considerable factor behind our 9.8 point loss in the special election.
With the importance of adjusting to the vote-by-mail formats highlighted, this step will now present a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts discussed by this series to follow. Each campaign has a different set of important dates, so this calendar should be thoroughly read to avoid any confusion. There will also be a summary section at the end of this post to provide an update on the House campaigns that donations have the most impact on.
If you have money to spare for increasing our House majority, I highly suggest taking a look at this section.
August 31: Pennsylvania requires an application for those wishing to vote by mail. Fortunately, no excuse is required for an application to be processed. Christina Finello and Eugene DePasquale’s campaigns should start contacting their supporters with instructions for filling out such applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing.
September 5: Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, and Oklahoma require an application for those wishing to vote by mail. For Georgia, Michigan, Virginia, and Oklahoma, no excuse is required for an application to be processed. For Texas and Indiana, an excuse other than COVID-19 is unfortunately required. A photo ID is also necessary in Texas and Oklahoma for the application to be processed. Campaigns for Lucy McBath, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Hillary Scholten, Jon Hoadley, Bryant Cameron Webb, and Kendra Horn should start contacting their supporters with instructions for filling out such applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing. Mike Siegel, Wendy Davis, Sri Preston Kulkarni, Gina Ortiz Jones, Candace Valenzuela, Donna Imam, and Christina Hale’s campaigns should also start contacting eligible absentee voters for absentee applications as well. Finally, Mike Siegel, Wendy Davis, Sri Preston Kulkarni, Gina Ortiz Jones, Candace Valenzuela, Donna Imam, and Kendra Horn’s campaigns should inform mail voters about the photo ID requirement.
September 10: Illinois and Florida require an application for those wishing to vote by mail. Fortunately, no excuse is required for an application to be processed. A photo ID is also necessary in Florida for the application to be processed. Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Alan Michael Cohn, and Margaret Good’s campaigns should start contacting their supporters with instructions for filling out such applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing. Alan Michael Cohn and Margaret Good’s campaigns should also inform mail voters about the photo ID requirement.
September 14: Pennsylvania begins mailing out ballots on that day. Christina Finello and Eugene DePasquale’s campaigns should start contacting their supporters to fill their ballots and submit them from this day forward. Every single outside group needs to converge on PA-01 and PA-10 (which are the districts that they are running in) to get these two campaigns over the finish line.
September 15: Ohio and Nebraska require an application for those wishing to vote by mail. Fortunately, no excuse is required for an application to be processed. Kate Schroder and Kara Eastman’s campaigns should start contacting their supporters with instructions for filling out such applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing.
September 18: New York requires an application for those wishing to vote by mail. Fortunately, no excuse is required for an application to be processed if COVID-19 fears are cited. Nancy Goroff, Jacqueline Gordon, Anthony Brindisi, and Dana Balter’s campaigns should start contacting their supporters with instructions for filling out such applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing.
September 19: This is basically the series’ D-Day, as Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, New Jersey, and Oklahoma begin mailing out ballots on that day. Campaigns for Lucy McBath, Carolyn Bourdeaux, Hillary Scholten, Jon Hoadley, Bryant Cameron Webb, Amy Kennedy, and Kendra Horn should start contacting their supporters to fill their ballots and submit them from this day forward. Mike Siegel, Wendy Davis, Sri Preston Kulkarni, Gina Ortiz Jones, Candace Valezuela, Donna Imam, and Christina Hale’s campaigns should also do the same for their supporters who were eligible to receive an absentee ballot. Outside groups should also begin operating in GA-06, GA-07, MI-03, MI-06, TX-10, TX-21, TX-22, TX-23, TX-24, TX-31, VA-05, IN-05, NJ-02, and OK-05, which are the districts that said campaigns are working in. Given that there are plenty of districts for groups to choose from, there is no excuse for any allied GOTV organization not to start taking action from this day forward.
September 20: South Carolina requires an application for those wishing to vote by mail. Unfortunately, an excuse other than COVID-19 is unfortunately required. What is worse is that all absentee ballots must be signed by a witness signature. Joe Cunningham’s campaign should start contacting eligible absentee voters for absentee applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing.
September 24: Illinois and Florida begin mailing out ballots on that day. Campaigns for Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Alan Michael Cohn, and Margaret Elizabeth Rowell Good should start contacting their supporters to fill out their ballots and submit them from this day forward. Outside GOTV groups should also participate in IL-13, FL-15, and FL-16, which are the districts that the three campaigns are working to flip.
September 25: Montana requires an application for those wishing to vote by mail. Fortunately, no excuse is required for an application to be processed. Kathleen Williams’ campaign should start contacting supporters with instructions for filling out such applications, as the entire application process should be given a two-week period to ensure proper processing.
September 29: Ohio and Nebraska start mailing out their ballots on that day. Kate Schroder and Kara Eastman’s campaigns should begin contacting their supporters to fill out their ballots and submit them from this day forward. Outside GOTV groups also need to turn their attention to OH-01 and NE-02 (which are the districts that they are running in) to get these two campaigns over the finish line.
October 2: New York begins mailing out ballots on that day. Campaigns for Nancy Goroff, Jacqueline Gordon, Anthony Brindisi, and Dana Balter should start contacting their supporters to fill out their ballots and submit them from this day forward. Allied GOTV groups should also begin operating in NY-01, NY-02, NY-22, and NY-24 (the four New York districts that these campaigns are running in) to maximize our chances of victory there.
October 3: California begins mailing out ballots on that day. Phil Arballo’s campaign should start contacting supporters to fill out their ballots and return them from this day forward. Our national GOTV groups should also turn their attention in CA-22 in order to get the most out of kicking out Devin Nunes in that district.
October 4: South Carolina begins mailing out absentee ballots on that day. Joe Cunningham’s campaign should start contacting supporters to fill out their absentee ballots (if they were eligible to receive one) and return them from this day forward. Democratic GOTV groups should also begin turning their attention to SC-01 to achieve the best chances of holding this district.
October 9: Montana begins mailing out ballots on that day. Kathleen Williams’ campaign should begin contacting supporters to fill out and return their ballots, starting from this day. GOTV groups should start operating hard in Montana, as MT-AL is a district that needs every single Democratic effort working on it in order to have a decent chance of flipping.
October 12: Colorado begins mailing out ballots on that day. Diane Mitsch Bush’s campaign should begin contacting supporters to fill out and return their ballots, starting from this day. Allied GOTV groups should start operating in CO-03 to maximize our chances of flipping this district.
October 13: Utah begins mailing out ballots on that day. Ben McAdams’ campaign should begin contacting supporters to fill out and return their ballots, starting from this day. Democratic GOTV group need to begin their efforts in UT-04 for us to get over the finish line in this district.
And now we come to another update of the list of Democratic campaigns to donate to at this point. In the eighteenth through twenty-first steps, I highlighted certain districts where donations would be the most effective for maximizing our post-2020 majority. Since then, the Democratic nominees for all of the districts targeted by this series have been selected. However, there are still quite a few districts that currently warrant our attention. The key districts listed below will be thus be split into two tiers. The primary difference between these two tiers is that donations should only be made to the campaigns operating in Tier 2 districts if the quarterly recommended amounts have been made to every single Tier 1 district at first.
This requirement is to ensure that every Democratic nominee will have a sufficient amount of campaign funds to run a competitive campaign. For Tier 1 districts, there will also be a suggested donation amount for those of us with $100 to donate, which has been a commonly cited available amount to donate to competitive races this cycle.
The races that I have selected will have a donation link to the Democratic nominee for anyone wishing to provide financial assistance to these campaigns.
The updated list of races to donate to, by order of priority:
Tier 1: TX-31.
The Democratic nominee, Donna Imam, is definitely having serious fundraising difficulties, as she is currently the only nominee in this series that has not even broken the $500,000 fundraising mark at this point. According to the Q2 fundraising reports, Donna Imam has only raised $249,274, while her GOP opponent, John Carter, has raised $1,568,704. There’s also the fact that she spent most of her resources to resolve a rather lengthy runoff. Now this district is rated Likely Republican and is considered to be a reach. However, MJ Hegar’s infrastructure built from her 2018 run will definitely be up and running because of her current Senate run. If Donna Imam received enough donations to have her break the $1 million fundraising mark by the end of September, then I think she can improve MJ Hegar’s 2018 margins.
Suggested Donation Amount:
Recommended Quarterly Amount:
Donna Imam’s Campaign Website: https://www.votefordonna.com/
Donna Imam’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/donnaimamtx PA-01.
The Democratic nominee, Christina Finello, is still highly strapped for cash due to the Democratic primary stumbles earlier this cycle. Christina Finello has only raised $501,826, while her GOP opponent, Brian Fitzpatrick, has raised $2,741,797, according to the Q2 reports. Although the fundraising gap, is slightly smaller, it is still massive in a race that is rated Lean Republican. So donations there have a huge impact in getting Christina Finello’s campaign there up to speed and will improve our chances of flipping Pennsylvania back to blue in November.
Suggested Donation Amount:
Recommended Quarterly Amount:
Christina Finello’s Campaign Website: https://www.finelloforcongress.com/
Christina Finello’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/christina-finello-web FL-15.
This race has certainly picked up quite a lot of attention in the last couple of weeks. The Democratic nominee, Alan Michael Cohn, has raised a total of $579,811 in his pre-primary report, who is facing Scott Franklin, who is slightly leading him in fundraising with a pre-primary fundraising total of $587,441. The GOP electorate is somewhat divided after the district’s incumbent, Ross Spano, lost his primary to Scott Franklin. The small fundraising gap between Alan Michael Cohn and Scott Franklin can be easily closed if enough donations promptly went to Alan Michael Cohn’s campaign. This in turn would allow Alan Michael Cohn to have a strong chance of flipping this currently Lean Republican race in November.
Suggested Donation Amount:
Recommended Quarterly Amount:
Alan Michael Cohn’s Campaign Website: https://alancohnforcongress.com/
Alan Michael Cohn’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cohn-for-congress-website TX-10.
The Democratic nominee, Mike Siegel, is another candidate that is falling behind in fundraising, with Mike Siegel only raising $886,374 to the GOP incumbent Michael McCaul’s $2,460,465 in the Q2 reports. There is also the fact that Mike Siegel recently came out of a lengthy runoff and is thus short on resources in this Lean Republican race. Right now, I believe that this particular race is underrated, and if more donations head towards Mike Siegel’s campaign, he has a good chance of flipping the district in his second try. I especially recommend this race to progressive Democrats, as they are certainly going to like the platform that he has outlined in his website.
Suggested Donation Amount: $14 Recommended Quarterly Amount: $266 MOVED TO TIER 2 LIST- DONATE THE RECOMMENDED QUARTERLY AMOUNTS TO THE ABOVE THREE CAMPAIGNS FIRST
Mike Siegel’s Campaign Website: https://siegelfortexas.org/
Mike Siegel’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/siegel-for-congress
Tier 2: MI-03.
So now we have reached the races where only the rich mortals should pay attention to at this moment. It will be assumed that anyone considering these Tier 2 races have already made the recommended quarterly amounts to the above three campaigns. Anyone else should just skip to the end of this step to keep things simple. The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Scholten, is not in the best position in this Lean Republican race. Her GOP opponent in this open seat race is Peter Meijer, who has outraised Hillary Scholten so far in the pre-primary reports, $1,507,966 to $1,044,918. We thus need to help Hillary Scholten close the fundraising gap between herself and Peter Meijer in the next several months. Boosting up Democratic turnout in this district also improves our chances of winning the Presidential and Senate races in Michigan by improving the infrastructure in a traditionally conservative area. This means that donating to Hillary Scholten’s campaign is a good choice in terms of providing efficient benefits up and down the ballot.
Hillary Scholten’s Campaign Website: https://www.hillaryscholten.com/
Hillary Scholten’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/helphillary
CO-03. As I noted earlier in this post, this race currently has a Lean Republican status and is moving in our favor because of GOP nominee Lauren Boebert’s horrendous nature and her successful primary challenge of the GOP incumbent, Scott Tipton. The Democratic nominee, Diane Mitsch Bush, is outraising Lauren Boebert, $1,100,636 to $151,975, according to the Q2 fundraising reports. Boosting up Democratic turnout in this district also improves our chances of winning the Senate race in Colorado by improving the weak infrastructure located in traditionally conservative areas within the district. So donating to Diane Mitsch Bush is another one of the smarter choices in terms of supplying benefits to races up the ballot. REMOVED FROM TIER 2 LIST
Diane Mitsch Bush’s Campaign Website: https://dianeforcolorado.com/
Diane Mitsch Bush’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dmb-2020 NY-24.
Like most of the above districts, this is a Lean Republican race with serious potential to flip in November. The Democratic nominee, Dana Balter, continues to be outraised by her GOP opponent, John Katko, $1,106,706 to $2,361,413, according to the Q2 reports. Voter persuasion is going to be very important in Dana Balter’s campaign, as thousands of the district’s voters are currently inclined to split their tickets between Joe Biden and John Katko. Dana Balter’s primary objective is to develop her voter outreach in Auburn, Syracuse, and Skaneateles in order to persuade these types of voters to choose Dana Balter this time around. Providing Dana Balter with donations would help her accomplish this goal before the GOP’s attack ads make this impossible to achieve.
Dana Balter’s Campaign Website: https://electdanabalter.com/
Dana Balter’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/balter-website
TX-24. This particular district will be nationalized to hell and back and is front and center in the efforts of progressive groups to flip red districts rather than just being relegated to deep blue districts. According to the Q2 reports, the Democratic nominee, Candace Valenzuela, is being slightly outraised by the GOP candidate, Beth Van Duyne, in this open seat race that is currently rated as a Tossup, $1,112,226 to $1,431,965. The bulk of the local and national progressive groups are backing Candace Valenzuela in an effort to juice up Democratic turnout in this district. To do this, Candace Valenzuela’s campaign will need to close the fundraising gap to recover from the lengthy runoff that took place earlier this year. It would thus be advantageous for a fresh round of donations to head her way over the next several months, particularly those from progressive Democrats. REMOVED FROM TIER 2 LIST
Candace Valenzuela’s Campaign Website: https://candacefor24.com/
Candace Valenzuela’s Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cd24
And thus we come the end of this step. When we come back to this series after the Q3 fundraising reports for every candidate are released on October 15, 2020, a comprehensive review will take place to gauge the progress of the Democratic candidates running in the target districts. So stay tuned! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
IMPORTANT EDIT: After reviewing the July ActBlue fundraising data
for several of the districts in question, I would like to announce the following changes to the Tier 1 and Tier 2 donation lists:
- Diane Mitsch Bush and Candace Valenzuela's campaigns are hereby removed from the Tier 2 list, as their July fundraising numbers are large enough to accomplish the goals outlined in this post. Best of luck to their endeavors for attaining these goals.
- Mike Siegel's campaign is hereby moved from the Tier 1 list to the Tier 2 list, since its July fundraising numbers has pushed it above the $1 million fundraising mark. Donations should still head towards Mike Siegel's campaign, however, as it is still at a disadvantage in the general election.
- The following section indicates the new suggested and recommended donation amounts for the remaining campaigns in the Tier 1 donation list: Donna Imam (TX-31): Suggested Donation Amount: $43, Recommended Quarterly Amount: $841 Alan Michael Cohn (FL-15): Suggested Donation Amount: $29, Recommended Quarterly Amount: $573 Christina Finello (PA-01): Suggested Donation Amount: $28, Recommended Quarterly Amount: $536
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2020.08.19 18:36 Next_Rush_3365 Got a speeding ticket in Syracuse but I’m from CT
What’s up guys! So I got a speeding ticket in Syracuse and I want to plead not guilty. Will they send me a court date without letting me write my reason explaining my side? Or should I just fill out a reduction form which allows me to at least get a lowered fine from the DA? Won’t that be better but still follow my license which is the only sucky part?? Let me know I greatly appreciate it!
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2020.05.17 16:27 Remexa Weekly train fact #6
There is actually no major agreement among railway historians and railfans on what locomotive was the first to reach 100 mph, although there are 3 major claims. One American, and two British.
The earliest known claim was that of the NYC and HRRR Empire State Express 999
, which supposedly broke the record on May 10th, 1893, reaching 112.5 mph.
The second claim was that of GWR 3440 City of Truro
, who’s claim is dated May 9th, 1904 for 102.3 mph.
The third and also the first verified claim is that of LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman
, which reached the speed of 100 mph on November 30th, 1934.
You can still see all three locomotives today, although in varying states of originality. The Empire State Express 999 is currently located in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. Having been retired in 1953, and having gone through a large rebuild around the turn of the century to make it more suitable for switching work.
The 3440 City of Truro and 4472 Flying Scotsman are both owned by the National Railway Museum in York, England. The Flying Scotsman has gone through many rebuilds and redesigns since it’s construction in 1923.
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2020.04.26 16:23 Fart_Leviathan The r/formula1 Lockdown Quiz Results
First off, I have to apologise for taking so long to finally get back to you all with the results, I was unexpectedly swamped with work all the way through the week and had no time to make this post. Everyone will receive their scores in pm over the next few days.
Now, on to the actual quiz. The response was amazing, far more answered than I originally expected and a lot of those were extremely knowledgeable.
At the end, it wasn't the closest and we had a clear winner, but the top 3 all got at least 20 points out of the maximum of 25! If you've completed the quiz, I don't need to tell you how much of an achievement that is. Without any further ado, congratulations to the winner of the quiz, u/BottasWMR with an amazing 23 points! He managed to answer 22 questions for full marks and a further 2 for half marks, leaving only one fully wrong answer in his sheet.
Huge congratulations! If you wish to have Quiz Master, 2020 Apocalypse Quiz Winner or something similar in your flair, contact filipjj or jeppe :)
Not too far behind, at 21 points is u/LiamFN
and completing the podium with 20 is u/Miwna
. Congratulations to them as well!
The top 10 I feel deserve a shout out here with a full leaderboard:
- BottasWMR - 23 points
- LiamFN - 21 points
- Miwna - 20 points
- u/TomTwice & u/Badithan1 -18 points
- u/karx99 , u/Gabbynaru & u/CHR1597 - 17 points
- u/cumulonimbus09 - 16 points
- u/TheStateofIt & u/harrycss - 15,5 points
But now on to the most anticipated part, the questions and the answers!
- 1. What is the shortest track to have been featured on the F1 World Championship calendar?
Just a simple Monaco
got you full marks. But specifically, Monaco from 1955 to 1972 at just 3.145kms, something that wasn't answered by anyone, even the most meticulous missing that the 1950 version was wider at St Devote and therefore officially longer! Proving very popular as a wrong answer was Zeltweg, a track shorter than all current venues, but marginally longer than pre-1972 Monaco.
Note: Since the wording was "F1 World Championship", to filter out Italian Championship venue Vallelunga and NC-race venue Roskildering, I've accepted Long Beach
in 2 cases, as that is the shortest track after the official name of the championship was changed in 1981.
- 2. What was the odd official reason for Al Pease's infamous disqualification from the 1969 Canadian GP?
is the answer. Even if the truth is closer to dangerous driving, that was the official call. I accepted everything that made a reference to him being slow.
- 3. Who is the unbreakable driver that led every single race he started?
of course. Incorrect spellings, Winkelrock or Winkelhock all got points if it is obviously referring to this guy.
- 4. Which future world champion paid 35,000GBP for a drive at BRM in the early days of his career?
That's Niki Lauda
of course in 1973. Not much else to say. Graham Hill was a surprisingly popular wrong answer.
- 5. Which Finnish driver coined the term "The Michael"?
That would be Mika Häkkinen
. Lots of funky spelling on this one, but still accepted every version.
- 6. Who is this racing legend?
The question almost everyone got correct, it was a young Daniel Ricciardo
from his Formula BMW days. Most wrong answers here were obvious jokes. Looking at you "Young Andy Samberg" throwing away a top 50 score :D
They led a lap
- 7.What was special in Minardi's 1989 Portuguese GP performance?
was the answer, as it never happened to the team again. Every version was accepted if it made reference to the fact.
John Watson and Fernando Alonso
- 8. Who are the only 2 drivers to have won multiple races after starting outside the top 10?
. In addition to his well-known record-holding win from 22nd in 1983 Detroit, Wattie took the 1982 edition of the same race from 17th. Alonso's two came from the controversial 2008 Singapore GP from 15th and the 2012 European GP from 11th.
- 9. There's been 6 races with more than 20 official lead changes (i.e. lap n is led by a different driver than lap n+1). Five of them came at the same venue. Where did the remaining one happen?
And we have the first errata'd question. The answer I was looking for is AVUS
, where the raging lead battle saw Brooks, Gurney, P.Hill and Gregory swap the top position 22 times. Since I was late adding that for the quiz I'm not including the Indy 500s a lot of people answered with the 1960 Indy 500, which I've accepted as well. Half marks went to people only saying "Germany", but not the track.
Farina in 1952 or Ronnie Peterson in 1971, 2nd place.
- 10. What is the highest Championship finish by a driver who went winless through the year and who was the driver(s)?
Answering just one of them was enough for the point. Alternatively, Richie Ginther in 1963, who tied for 2nd (no tiebreaker until the 80's) that year got you full marks and a frown.
- 11. Which F1 driver started the most championship races without ever retiring due to an accident or a spin in his career?
A surprisingly tough question only very few could answer. It is racing legend Charles Pic
who never retired as a consequence of a crash or spin in his 39 races.
- 12. This is of course Niki Lauda, but what on Earth is he driving here?
He is testing the Alfa Romeo 177
, the car they returned with the first time. This question is the source of most half points, as I gave half for saying Alfa Romeo only.
- 13. Which 3 drivers wore the last wreaths given out to podium finishers?
Wreaths were last given out to the podium in 1985, but the final race in Australia (amongst others) omitted to do so, so the correct answer is the podium of the 1985 South African GP, Mansell, Rosberg and Prost
- 14. What novel reason barred the BRM's ill-fated final car from making its debut as planned?
This one was a bit strange and it's on me. I was thinking of the P207 which was too wide to fit in the container and thus couldn't be put on the transport airplane
. I accepted every variation that alluded to it being too wide or too large. BUT some of you may say it wasn't their last car that is both true and untrue. As all of those who did their research and looked into the P230 saw it was first plagued by suspension issues, then legal issues… which literally ruled the car did not
belong to BRM. Anyway, I gave full marks to everyone who said rocker arms, legal issues or even bankruptcy, because again, this is on my wording being weak.
They got a dead heat!
- 15. What unusual, difficult feat did two of Ferrari's drivers pull off in a race in 1967?
It happened in the non-championship Syracuse GP. That was the only answer I accepted.
- 16. Eric van de Poele has failed to qualify more often than a driver of his talents should, but one of those stands out markedly. What is the strange reason behind THAT DNQ?
I know it sounds vague, but reading that he was thwarted by a man who laid down on the track in front of him that could have ended up in him being ran over at speed
, it is obviously going to be that
incident. Full marks went to everyone who got that it was a man on the track, protester, track invader, whatever. My sources actually said mental patient. I gave half marks to those who said he had a lap of 35 minutes in Spa, since it is also an interesting answer.
They couldn't get ready in time and had to use a test mule which was still only coated in primer paint that was an ugly light green.
- 17. Why did Matra Sport break the old tradition of French car = blue in the 1968 season opener?
I accepted every answer that made reference to no time, test mule or the car being in development.
- 18. Who is the driver that made up the most places over the course of one single lap?
The driver who did this feat is Onofre Marimón
. He started in 28th in the 1954 British GP and crossed the line 6th after only a lap. That's 22 places in one, single tour. Literally unachievable for most recent drivers. I got a lot of smart guesses with the Nordscheleife, Jim Clark and Winkelhock being common themes, but this was one of the most difficult questions, with only 1% of the responses being correct. For future reference, Winkelhock crossed the line in 10th after lap 1, so his score would only be 12.
- 19. The helmet is distinctive enough, but whose is it?
It was a picture of Helmuth Koinigg
, an up and coming driver who tragically lost his life in Watkins Glen 1974.
- 20. When was the first time a (non-motor industry) sponsor logo appeared on a car?
I didn't actually expect to get correct answers on this one, but there were 3 (plus two). As I expected a lot
of you answered Lotus in 1968 or Gunston in 1968, of which the latter was the first to start a race sponsored, but not the first to try. That would be Geki in the 1965 Italian GP
. Salami Rondanini was the sponsor and he was made to take the logos off after practice. Since I forgot to say championship race or anything of that kind, I accepted the 1958 Race of Two Worlds/El Dorado Ice Cream as a correct answer in 2 cases. Nobody came up with it, but I would have given points to 1951 Indy 500/Central Excavating for the same reason.
- 21. Which team carried a message in support of the UK staying in the EU on their car?
Even harder than anything before, only one and a half points given out and only one response had the correct answer, Surtees
. When the UK first tried to make their lives harder, John Watson's otherwise unsponsored car had "Keep Britain in Europe" on the sides for the 1975 Spanish GP.
- 22. What was the first race René Arnoux ran after failing to qualify for the 1978 German GP?
Just like what a lot of you expected, there was a twist. Why else would have this been a final section question? Pre-qualifying for the 1978 German GP was organised to take place during a tire test at the end of June
, almost 2 months before the race itself and ahead of the 2 races preceding the German GP. So Arnoux having already failed to qualify for Germany made the 1978 French GP
the next weekend. I gave full marks without the year, which probably got a couple of you lucky breaks. Since none of those answers came from people over 6 points, it didn't affect anything.
- 23. Horace Gould once ended an entire (non-championship) racing weekend with a driving error. How did he manage that?
One of my favorite stories, in the 1954 Cornwall MRC race Gould retired, loaded up his cars and managed to reverse into a gantry that collapsed onto the circuit.
I accepted all answers that made a reference to crashing into a gantry or bridge.
- 24. Famously Graham Hill is still the only driver to have won the triple crown of motorsports. But there is also only one driver who managed the opposite and DNQ for all 3 of them. Who is that magnificent bastard?
The hardest question and the only one remaining unanswered. It was Olivier Grouillard
. He had a DNQ in Monaco in 1990 and 1991, a DNQ in Indy in 1993 and finally one in Le Mans in 1997. But here's the catch, after failing to qualify his SARD (Toyota) he was recruited to be the third driver in Courage's Andretti car, so on most results pages he appears only as a non-finisher. I gave half marks for Stefan Johansson. He has conventional DNQs in Monaco and Le Mans, while in Indy he has a contentious case. He qualified for the 1995 running, but only with his third car after failing to get both his primary car and his backup up to speed. He therefore both qualified and withdrew unqualified cars. I don't count it, but worth half a point.
- 25. Don't care about the car or the driver this time. Give me the exact date this photo was taken. Year, month, day, HOUR.
A lot of you thought this was impossible, but quite a lot managed to solve it. The most correct answer is May 24, 1979 - 8:00 to 8:30 and 9:15 to 9:45
. I accepted every answer that put it between 8:00 and 9:59.
But just how
? Well, the picture shows Gianfranco Brancatelli driving a Merzario, something that only happened in 1979 Monaco after Art injuring his hand and needing a substitute. Brancatelli did not manage to get out of pre-qualification, which in these days was the very first event of the weekend. Therefore the picture could not have been taken at any other occasion, only the pre-qualifying for the 1979 Monaco GP. The only remaining question was when did that take place. First practice was from 10, so it had to be earlier. Alternatively, you could try and find the race program
which had the full correct answer. I feel sorry for all those who said 10 am, and missed it by this
much, but no half points this time.
Staaaats! Correct answers per question Average of correct answers per section
Random facts :)
- The easiest question was #6, 384 of the 400 accepted responses managed to get it and no doubt most of those 16 mistakes were just people joking.
- Out of the top 50 responses (11 points and up), 21 points were lost in section 1. 16 of them are due to overthinking question 1, each answering Zeltweg.
- The most baffling result to me - on Question 18 I got 14 correct answers, only 2 of which came from the "elite" group of 15 who scored over 14 points.
- In contrast, 4 of the just 6 right answers for question 11 were given by the top 5 overall scorers.
- Two people managed to earn half a point on Question 24. Their overall scores were on different ends of the scale, 23 and 4,5.
- The top 3 all submitted their answers on the last day of the quiz. The top two were submitted less than 20 minutes apart.
- u/Gabbynaru, one of the eventual 6th place finishers spent the most time in the lead, with 25 hours at the top spot.
- The top 3 were head to head, all on 17 points entering the final part, which proved to be decisive and accounts for all the difference between the podium finishers.
Whew, so that's all. As I've said at the start, I'll pm everyone your scores, just be a bit more patient please.
Thanks a lot for playing and stay safe people!
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2020.01.26 23:47 edipil EU4 Saturdays - Return to Majors
Saturday, February 8 WHEN:
3pm Eastern Standard Time (8pm UTC) HOW LONG:
3 hours REQUIRED: Discord
(Must be on voice to hear of rehosts, gm rulings, and other important things... plus all those delicious salty goon rage tears.)
One last campaign before this big game update coming at some point this year. This time we get back to good old mp basics. No restrictions on nation picks other than the typical geographic restrictions to Europe, North Africa, and Middle East.
We will once again be playing with the victory points sytem I created for the previous campaign, with a few revisions. You can view further down in the post the full details of the edipil-points system. There will be no reliance on victory cards and instead your points will be tallied based off of being the top dog in stats and achieving various in game objectives.
All players are welcome and we will try to play on speed 3 as often as possible but will play on speed 2 for particularly intense wars between players or if someone is lagging a bit behind. We will do rehosts if need be and pause only for hotjoins. You are welcome to join the game any time after the first session if you are unable to make it for the start. GAME RULES
- Don't be a dick.
- Don't nation-ruin, meaning driving your nation into destruction purposefully whether by selling your lands away or attacking all your neighbors suddenly with the intention of dying and all other common sense things, in short don't be a dick.
- You may not demand more then 100% warscore in a war, this means doing separate peace agreements that would add up to over 100% is not allowed against players. Additionally, you may not request lands be taken away from nations other then the war leader as an reason to prolong a war that's already won. Either you declare multiple nations a co-belligerent at the start or declare a separate war. Example: Tunis & Savoy declares on Genoa, while Genoa's ally the Papal States answers the call to defend it. Genoa is now fully occupied and demanding terms to end the war, Tunis & Savoy must offer terms taking what available occupied lands they have and cannot prolong the war to siege down Rome.
- The Calais Rule, primarily meant to address colonial empire's refusing to surrender their overseas occupied colonial/trade territories. An attacking nation which occupies it's war goal & the constituent state for a minimum of 10 years consecutively (as verified by checking the province history) may call for a GM enforced peace upon the defending nation for the state. The aggressor must also have positive warscore at the time of invoking this rule. As by that stage the land can be considered under defacto control by the occupier. Attackers may solely demand that singular state in the peace if this ruling is invoked upon GM decision. To further clarify, if any other terms are demanded by an attacker then the defending nation has no obligation to surrender and may continue to war as it sees fit. All of this would be subject to GM discretion and approval.
- Rule on New World Living, moving your capital to a colonial region is banned. This includes use of Portugal's decision to flee to Brazil. Playing out of the new world is simply too strong and the game let's you easily grow off of eating colonies while leaving the overlord unable to stop this or defend the colonies. Releasing and playing as a colonial subject is also not allowed.
- If your connection can't keep up with at least speed two then you will be asked to leave the game, as playing on speed 1 usually kills the game for everyone else.
- PLAYER VASSALS: Making a player a march is not allowed. Making a player a normal vassal or having one in a PU is allowed. However, once the truce between subject and overlord has ended, either the overlord must release the subject or the player must declare and independence war, if the player loses that war then their nation is dead and they pick a new nation.
TERMS OF VICTORY
- Any players who have not informed the GM of an absence and have not shown up at game start will be protected for the first hour of a session. If they do not arrive within the first hour they will no longer be protected.
- Players whom inform of absence ahead of time by at least 8 hrs prior to game start will be protected for the entire session. Players who must be absent are encouraged to find a substitute ahead of time or otherwise leave their nations in peril to the AI. Special exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances per GM discretion.
- Players may only be protected a total of 3 times. After 3 sessions absent, your nation will be considered forfeit to be conquered by merciless neighbors or given permanently over to another player's control.
- PROTECTED STATUS - If a nation is protected you may not call them as an ally into an offensive war. If the nation has not had AI settings set to prevent declarations of war and they declare upon a player, that player is allowed to annex only a single province in addition to any other peace terms they may want to give.
The winning nation will be determined as the player with the most victory points by the end of the game. Below are the 5 categories of Victory Points. MILITARY
- Land force limit of 100 regiments - 1 points
- Land force limit of 200 regiments - 3 points
- Land force limit of 500 regiments - 6 points
- Land force limit of 1000 regiments - 12 points
- Nation with the highest morale - 5 points
- Nation with the highest discipline - 5 points
- Having 100% professionalism - 5 points
- Being in the top 3 battle casualties for the session - 5 points for first, 3 points for second, and 1 point for third
- Nation with the most max sailors - 5 points
- Naval force limit of 500 boats - 1 points
- Naval force limit of 1000 boats - 3 points
- Naval force limit of 1500 boats - 6 points
- Naval force limit of 2000 boats - 12 points
- Nation of 500 core dev - 3 points
- Nation of 1000 core dev - 6 points
- Nation of 2000 core dev - 12 points
- Nation of 3000 core dev - 24 points
- Average dev over 10 - 5 points
- Average dev over 15 - 10 points
- Average dev over 20 - 15 points
- Average dev over 25 - 20 points
- Having control of your culture group at home (excludes provinces in the new world of your culture group) - 5 points
- Control of a map region (includes subject control) - 3 points per region [*]Bonus points if it is a region that had a player capital at game start - 6 points per region
- Highest production income - 10 points
- Highest tax income - 10 points
- Capital dev is 30+ - 5 points
- Capital dev is 40+ - 10 points
- Capital dev is 50+ - 15 points
- Capital dev is 60+ - 20 points
- Control of the land for 3 trade node regions - 10 points
- 75% control over one of the top 3 retained value trade nodes - 5 points
- Win a war against a player and take land - 3 points for the war leader, 1 point for each player on the winning side at the end of the war [*]Players on the winning side will not receive points if they left the war in an early separate peace
- Being Emperor of the HRE - 10 points [*]Also having no land outside Imperial control - 10 points extra
- Control of an institution province - 5 points
- Highest trade income - 10 points
- For each loyal colonial subject of 250+ development - 3 points
- For each loyal non-colonial non-tributary subject of 250+ development - 2 point [*]If the subject is a march - 1 point
- For each trade company that holds 51% or more of province trade value - 3 points
You will get 5 points for each of these cities that you control at the end of the game, see below a map marking the cities and a list of each one with the province ID (New World VCs are okay to be controlled by a subject but Old World VCs must be controlled directly by the player) https://i.imgur.com/jxw00pj.png https://i.imgur.com/C5ACGGA.png Europe
- London - 236
- Lothian - 248
- Amsterdam - 97
- Bremen - 1874
- Lubeck - 45
- Sjaelland - 12
- Stockholm - 1
- Novgorod - 310
- Moskva - 295
- Riga - 38
- Berlin - 50
- Warszawa - 257
- Sarai - 466
- Crimea - 284
- Kijevas - 280
- Krakow - 262
- Pest - 153
- Dubrovnik - 137
- Wien - 134
- Praha - 266
- Ulm - 1872
- Nurnburg - 67
- Frankfurt - 1876
- Luxemburg - 94
- Paris - 183
- Savoie - 205
- Milan - 104
- Venezia - 112
- Roma - 118
- Syracuse - 2982
- Valencia - 220
- Toulouse - 196
- Madrid - 217
- Lisbon - 227
- Athens - 146
- Constantinople - 151
- Fez - 343
- Timbuktu - 1132
- Tunis - 341
- Qahirah - 361
- al-Quds - 379
- Halab - 377
- Teheran - 428
- Gonder - 1224
- Cape - 1177
- Herat - 446
- Delhi - 522
- Thatta - 504
- Nadia - 4476
- Vijayanagar - 541
- Chengdu - 679
- Beijing - 1816
- Nanjing - 1821
- Canton - 667
- Kyoto - 1020
- Hanseong - 735
- Cebu - 4352
- Ayutthaya - 600
- Melaka - 596
- Makassar - 641
- Stadacona - 994
- Chesapeake - 950
- Chitimacha - 893
- Havana - 484
- Mexico - 852
- Ohlone - 4637
- Panama - 835
- Orinoco Delta - 2803
- Cuzco - 808
- Rio de Janeiro - 763
- Rio de la Plata - 778
- Showing up to the Session "on time" - 2 points
- Giving notice of absence 8 hrs prior to start but have not found a substitute - 1 point
- Giving notice of absence and finding a substitute player - 2 points
- Created a meme about the session in the week following - 2 points
- Commented on the game thread with banteRP in the week following - 2 points
- Win post session best player vote - 5 points
*NOTE: Any score objective that requires control means owning the province and having a core. The province being occupied by the enemy does not cancel out your points from having control. SIGNUPS
Here is a region map for clarification on pick restrictions right now.
- Sign-up by submitting a minimum of top 3 nation picks either here in the thread or by PM to me through discord. A day or two before the first session I will announce the nations everyone will be playing.
- Picks are restricted to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East (See the below image and detail).
Everything east/south of the red line is off limits. https://i.imgur.com/VjTmsq8.png
EDIT: Africa is open as well now for nation picks
Here are my pics as an example:
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2019.12.03 05:45 Po_Biotic Squall
McKenzie "Kenz" Straton, Squall "Fly true, follow your path, and make a lasting impression. That is the way of life for both an arrow and humanity."
Theme Song: Hiroyuki Sawano - gREat:Collapse
Date of Birth: December 2nd 1997 - 18
Appearance: McKenzie stands 6'3 and 180 pounds with a lean and muscular build. His long years spent outdoors shows from his tanned skin, battle scars, and calloused hands. He has medium length brown hand which he wears with a bandanna to keep it out of his eyes.
McKenzie is a free spirit who likes to roam, learn, and pick up new interests. However, he also roots himself to a place he can call home, and he protects this home and his fellow community members fiercely.
McKenzie was born in a parallel Earth. His father had a strong distrust of technology so he and McKenzie were wanderers who stayed away from large centers of civilization. Though the boy had a strong sense of curiosity about the technology his father despised. When McKenzie was 16, his father was killed in an ambush, leaving McKenzie on his own. So the boy set out to find his mother who he hardly remembered. Along the way, he met various individually who taught him that technology was the great evil he was taught growing up.
Before McKenzie could find his mother, he got caught in a battle between mages and ended up getting caught up in a sealing spell that backfired, sending him hurtling to another Earth.
He realized his chances of returning homes were slim and he had nothing in that world to begin with, so he wasn't too upset about settling down on this new Earth. He found a small community in upstate New York who welcomed him and over the next year he slowly got acclimated to his new life.
Base of Operations: McKenzie lives in a small cabin built on the outskirts of Syracuse near Lake Ontario.
Registration Status: Registered, Tier 2 license.
Alignment: Neutral Good
Creep Intentions: May creep over time.
Skills McKenzie is a near master archer, having trained daily from a young age in order to become a warrior. He is skilled in the outdoors, defending himself with a knife, tracking targets, moving about silently, and analyzing technology. He is above average with blacksmithing and carpentry. He is capable of repairing or recreating his bow and is a skilled horseback rider.
McKen is fast at learning new languages, able to become conversational in a matter of months if he dedicates himself. Apart from his own native languages, he speaks English and Spanish, and is learning Japanese.
Equipment/Resources McKenzie owns a recurve bow and will carry 35 arrows in a quiver. He also tends to carry a slingshot with several dozen pellets. These projectiles are made of Titanium Carbide and Titanium Nitrate
He also will carry a hunting knife, flint and steel, rope, and other outdoors supplies.
He owns $85,000 worth of gold, silver, and platinum.
Powers Believed to be an exceptionally skilled mage in his world, McKenzie, in fact, has no magical power whatsoever. His abilities come from the bloodline of his father, a divinely imbued innate power based down genetically.
Blessing of the Southern Wind
Swift are Those Who Challenge the Gale
- Wind Wall:
- Turns the air in McKenzie's vicinity into a solid which shields him from damage. This wall can take up to 1 MJ from all sources before breaking. It can be summoned as a skintight shield or project as a 2.5x2.5 meter barrier in front of McKenzie. It can also be broken with 30 tons of force.
- This wall can be resummoned or the current wall refreshed every second. The wall is effectively 5 inches thick, 50 kg, and can protect from -25-450o F before letting heat slip through.
- Creates a 135 mph tornado within 75 meters of McKenzie's position. Max diameter of 15 meters. This tornado is able to move at 35 mph. The tornado takes 3 seconds to spin up and can be maintained for no more than 8 minutes per hour.
- Can sense changes in the air around him, including pressure, flow, and temperature, within 25 meters around himself.
- In an area of 125 cubic meters with the largest possible dimension being 10 meters, McKenzie forcefully removes the air from it at a rate of 15 cubic meters per second. New air does not naturally enter the area until McKenzie undoes the technique. Range of 50 meters.
- This provides McKenzie with an innate ability to fly by creating gas inside his body and propelling it through his sweat pores. It also raises his natural reaction time.
- It gives him a combat speed of 135 mph and a travel speed of 90 mph.
- Additionally, it provides him resistant to in-tier shockwaves and high-speed air currents up to hurricane force winds.
- Projectiles or Strikes by McKenzie are naturally enhanced in strength by the air his body generates.
- Projectiles are increased up to 150,000 Joules and have their speed increased to mach 2.2 if already slower. These objects do not create a sonic boom and make no extra noise. Physical stikes do not receive this speed benefit.
- This power is taxing on McKenzie. He can fire 10 full strength shots per second or more proportionally weaker ones.
- McKenzie has eyesight which is 10 times sharper than humans, and he reacts 10 times faster than peak humans.
- He has minorly enhanced muscle control which helps him steady his aim and keep balanced.
- McKenzie can see in near pitch darkness, can see heat emitted from objects and is also capable of perceiving air currents with ease.
- Made a shot on a stationary target 2 miles away but it took him time to line up.
- Easily fired 15 arrows in a second.
- Took on a group of five men in a crowded room on his own.
- Destroyed a house with Maelstrom
- Easily made shots at targets 150 meters away while moving near his top speed.
- McKenzie's arrows pierce twice as well as a .338 Lapua round. (10 kJ/mm2)
- Used Malestrom to curve an arrow and landed it on a car size target.
- Can easily three fire arrows at once and accurately hit them within 50 meters.
- Past 450 meters, McKenzie's ability to view air currents becomes ineffective.
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2019.12.01 19:23 VCUBNFO Thoughts on burying highways in RVA?
I saw an article today about how some cities are burying highways
I was interested in what y’all’s thoughts on burying highways might be.
I put the article below if you’re interested
Sorry for the formatting, I’m on mobile.
On South Union Street, workers are putting the finishing touches on a new luxury apartment building. Nearby, a museum plans an expansion and new parking garage.
Not long ago, the land where all this construction is taking place was the Inner Loop, a six-lane sunken highway surrounding downtown. In 2014, the city embarked on a plan to bury part of the highway under a mountain of dirt and build a new neighborhood on top of it.
The result: $229 million in new investment, including 519 homes and 45,000 square feet of commercial space. Removing that section of highway has been so successful, officials say, they are now considering burying more of it.
In Rochester and several other American cities, some of the biggest highway infrastructure projects under consideration involve demolition rather than construction. Removals are being considered for stretches of highway in Detroit, Tampa, Fla., Baltimore and elsewhere. They are following in the footsteps of cities such as Portland, Ore., Milwaukee and Chattanooga, Tenn., all of which have removed highways.
The highways mostly date from the 1950s and 1960s, a time when urban planners envisioned a network of high-speed roads whisking people from suburban homes to downtown jobs. Many are part of the Interstate highway system, which was under construction in those years and today connects cities across the U.S. with nearly 47,000 miles of road.
In the process, highway builders swept aside established urban neighborhoods, many of which were predominantly African-American. Businesses soon followed their customers to the suburbs, leaving buildings abandoned.
The roads “cut out a huge part of the fabric of the city and they also encouraged the use of cars so they led to even more blight by requiring more space for parking,” said Norman Garrick, an engineering professor at the University of Connecticut.
Today, the trend is reversing. Revitalized city centers are drawing new residents and businesses. Some cities now see the highways as ugly concrete monoliths that divide neighborhoods and hinder efforts to create pedestrian-friendly spaces. The roads are also getting old. Maintaining them would cost more than officials are willing to spend.
New York state has been particularly active in removing outdated highways. Highway removals are under way in Niagara Falls and the Bronx, and future projects are being discussed in Syracuse and Buffalo.
In Rochester, a thriving downtown grew desolate following the completion of the Inner Loop in the 1960s, on land that had once held almost 1,300 homes, recalled Lovely Warren, the city’s mayor. “If you wanted to come down here it was to go to court or to transfer on the bus,” she said.
In many cities the racial makeup of the neighborhoods determined where the highways would go.
“The freeways were put in to divide the black neighborhoods from the white neighborhoods or they were put straight through the center of the black neighborhoods and basically destroyed them,” Mr. Garrick said.
Knitting the neighborhoods back together poses its own challenges. In Rochester, the remaining section of the Inner Loop separates an affluent area of new townhouses from a lower-income neighborhood dotted with vacant lots.
For decades, the highway has served as a moat, keeping the two sides apart. Talk of removing it has sparked gentrification concerns.
“It’s not an evil thing, gentrification, but unless you’re prepared it can have a detrimental effect on the neighborhood,” said Tony Clyde Wilson, steward board president of the New Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which sits right next to the Inner Loop.
A group of residents on both sides of the highway has been trying to bridge the gap.
“You’re creating a new neighborhood that hasn’t existed in over 50 years,” said Shawn Dunwoody, an organizer. “We want people invested in shaping that area and making it happen.”
Highway teardowns could soon get some help from the federal government. In July, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee adopted a $287 billion transportation bill that creates a $120 million program to help fund highway removals.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), who helped create the program, said he was motivated by Baltimore’s so-called Highway To Nowhere, a one-mile six-lane stretch originally intended to connect to Interstate 70 before it was abandoned.
“It’s like a big gash through West Baltimore,” Mr. Van Hollen said.
Officials considering ripping out downtown highways have had to convince residents that they won’t be stuck in endless traffic jams. Studies, including one by Mr. Garrick, have found that removing major roads didn’t noticeably worsen congestion because traffic spread across the existing street grid.
For cities, removing highways brings with it a significant prize: The ability to reclaim acres of developable land. Milwaukee gained almost 30 acres of prime downtown real estate after it demolished the Park East Freeway in 2002 and 2003. Since then, the area has seen about $1 billion in private investment, the city estimates.
“We’ve showed that when you take the highway out of the city it gets better. It’s that simple,” said Peter Park, who served as Milwaukee’s planning director at the time.
That experience has emboldened other big cities.
In Detroit, officials are considering removing Interstate 375, which paved over established black neighborhoods in the city’s core.
In Tampa, planners are studying removing a stretch of Interstate 275 that cut through the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood.
Beth Alden, president of the Hillsborough County planning organization, said officials were responding to requests from residents.
“They’ve asked do we have to have a Great Wall of Tampa? What if there were something better there?” she said.
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2019.12.01 05:31 THRILLHOIAF [COMETS HARVEST] Utica Comets (12-7-1-0) vs. Toronto Marlies (14-2-2-1)
Good Afternoon Canuck Nation, it's time for another weekend double-header on the road. Today (and tomorrow) the Comets faceoff against North Division-leading, Toronto Marlies.
The Marlies haven't missed a beat since losing Sheldon Keefe to call-up. Since November 20th, the Marlies have rattled off four-straight wins, on top of the existing three-game win streak they had while Keefe was behind the bench. *busts out calculator* that's SEVEN wins straight!
This weekend marks the Marlies first of four triple-header weekends that they'll have to endure this season. By comparison, the Comets have just one triple-header on the docket this season. Last year, the Comets had five triple-header weekends.
I semi got my wish last Wednesday when I'd hoped the Marlies would come into this Saturday's matchup, tired from their road game against Rochester. While the Marlies won, it was still an overtime game that didn't end until 9:36 pm last night. Maybe they hit a lil' traffic on the way home, ensuring a late return home before today's afternoon action!
What I'm getting at is the Comets will need every advantage they can get to come away from this weekend with any points whatsoever. This past Wednesday's game against the Syracuse Crunch was easily the Comet's best-composed effort to-date. The D-corps were playing responsibly, the forward groups were aggressive on pucks in the neutral zone, and they didn't allow their opponents 50+ odd-man-rushes against during the game.
Comets will need to repeat Wednesday's effort and will need Mikey DP to stay on top of his game.
All that preamble out of the way lets take a look at the starting lineup and see what if any changes got made to Wednesday's winning combination. THE STARTING LINEUP
|LW ||C ||RW |
|Baertschi (#47) ||Malone (#17) ||Boucher (#24) |
|Roussel (#62) ||Camper (#19) ||Lind (#13) |
|Gadjovich (#21) ||Perron (#27) ||Bailey (#95) |
|Bancks (#34) ||Jasek (#9) ||Stevenson (#26) |
|LD ||RD |
|Sautner (#6) ||Chatfield (#5) |
|Brisebois (#55) ||Rafferty (#25) |
|Blujus (#8) ||Eliot (#52) |
It looks like the only change to Saturday's lineup is the substitution of Lukas Jasek back into the lineup after missing Wednesday's action due to injury. Tanner Sorenson was good, but in previous instances, Bancks and Jasek have been a formidable offense-denial line; tonight could be a good defensive effort from the Comets bottom-six.
Also surprising is Michael Di Pietro getting the first start on the weekend. Thought maybe Cull would put his star goaltender in the closer position, as he's shined for this team in those weekend closing efforts.
In three games as the closer for weekend double-headers this season, Di Pietro is undefeated with one win, one OT win, and one SO win. During those three closing games, MDP has an incredible 107 saves on 112 shots against, good for a 0.955 save %, and a 1.60 goals-against-average. Fingers crossed, he has a solid showing against a tough Marlies lineup while they're marginally fresher. RE: INJURY REPORT
|Injury Report ||-- ||-- |
|Olli Juolevi (not the knee) ||Vincent Arseneau ||Wacey Hamilton |
|Healthy Scratches ||-- ||-- ||-- ||-- |
|Richard Bachman ||Stefan LeBlanc ||Josh Teves ||Justin Taylor ||Tanner Sorenson |
1st period Comets in Blue
- Commentary not working for the away broadcast, so, unfortunately, have to listen to the Marlies take on things
- Seamus Malone (#17) clears the zone for the Comets, and Sven Baertschi (#47) chases the dump-in, looks to let up on his check along the boards or outright elects to not go for it
- Comets third-line out but spending most of their time chasing the puck as they struggle to control the puck along the end boards. Marlies quickly clear and race the other way for a weak shot on MDP
- Antoine Roussel (#62) throws the puck onto a Marlies stick, but Jalen Chatfield (#5) recovers on the play with a nice toe-drag to lead the Comets break-out
- Pretty sure audio is like 4-5 seconds delayed. Might be a radio-delay being played alongside a real-time video feed so sorry if the timing feels off. It's not my streamables, it's the AHL!
- From the Marlies blue line, Kole Lind (#13) whips a beauty rink wide pass to Brogan Rafferty (#25) who toe-drags around a defender for a backhander off the stick of Joseph Woll
- The Marlies pressuring in the Comets end, as Seamus Malone (#17) spins in the bottom of the left circle to clear, but whiffs on it. Marlies forward, Nic Baptiste, picks up the puck and has a glorious chance in the high-slot, but he completely whiffs on his shot
- at this point, I realized the audio was so unusable that I fudged around with the AHL site only to realize that the AHL had the audio feeds flipped. Utica's broadcasts were on the home feed and Marlies on the away. Switched it up, so we get some competent and usable play-by-play from the man in charge, Joe Roberts!
- Off a defensive zone draw, Jonah Gadjovich (#21) hustles to catch a cleared puck in the neutral zone and backhands a perfect tape-to-tape pass to a streaming Francis Perron (#27). Perron, in behind the defense, misses wide of the goal with his shot.
- Seriously Canucks Nation, I think people are sleeping on the improvement and strides that Gadj has taken with his game
- After that blitzing play, the Marlies clear but Gadjovich (#21) charges in to forecheck on a loose puck on the end boards, and attempts a centering backhand pass, but the puck is picked off by a Marlies player
- MDP makes a one-timer stop on Rich Clune, who I didn't realize was still playing hockey
- oh no, the audio flips back to the Marlies audio feed,
- Ashton Sutner (#6) takes an elbow to the face and spends the rest of his shift adjusting his helmet and touching his face.
- poor guy, dude has clearly got nerves when it comes to taking any bumps around his face
- Marlies try to wring a pass around the end-boards to clear, but it goes off a broken stick. The puck redirects towards Kole Lind (#13), who kicks it out to Antoine Roussel (#62), Roussel zips a quick centering pass to Carter Camper (#19), but several Marlies around Camper prevent him from getting a shot off
- Lind and Roussel with some great forechecking to start this period
- Tracking this game is going to be a nightmare. At 11:24 on the Away broadcast, the video casually jumps ahead two minutes and begins with the Marlies audio feed again. So I move over to the Marlies home feed for the same timestamp, and it appears that events happening at 11:24 on the Away broadcast were happening around 11:10 on the home broadcast. Truly a clusterfuck
- Then another ten-second jump on the Marlies home feed… Getting quite tilted at how unwatchable this VOD has been to start
- Seamus Malone (#17) with a rink-wide feed to Reid Boucher (#24), but it's just out of his reach. Boucher getting pinned against the end-boards still manages a centering pass that goes through the legs of a Marlies defender, and out to Malone, who rips a shot off the pads of Woll
- Roussel (#62) leads a zone-entry, then drops off for Jalen Chatfield (#5). Chatfield hands off to Carter Camper (#19), who's one-timer blast rips wide of the goal
- GOAL – TORONTO – 1-0 Marlies: Because of course, a former Comet would be the one to open the games scoring! Play happens immediately after the Camper miss, wide of the goal. Play gets driven to the other end by Egor Korshkov, who goes rink-wide for a bank-pass off the half-wall to Pontus Aberg. The angle is perfect as Aberg whips a pass to the crease where Tanner MacMaster is there for a tip-in over the pads of Michael Di Pietro.
- MacMaster, if you recall, was traded by the Comets to the Marlies last season for defender, Stefan LeBlanc, after the Comets were in desperate need for defensemen. LeBlanc has one goal in two appearances this season, while MacMaster has six goals and seven assists in 18 games with the Marlies this season.
- After one goal and eight assists through the first 18 games of last season, MacMaster had a three-game injury stint before struggling to earn ice-time. Over his final 27 games with the Comets, MacMaster saw himself benched through 15 and starting the other 12 on the Comets fourth line. So, yes, he needed a change of scenery, but certainly would rather have a guy like him producing in the bottom of the lineup, than a guy riding the bench
- MDP makes a huge split save on Kenny Agostino after he races past Lukas Jasek (#9) for a tap-in attempt in the crease
- Marlies looking for an exact repeat of the games opening-goal, but MDP was wise to it with that crucial stop. Great work from the rookie to keep the Marlies lead to one
- Comets first-line getting hemmed in their zone. Eventually, Guillaume Brisebois (#55) flips a puck to center that's gloved down at the Comets blue line by Timothy Liljegren. Seamus Malone (#17) tries to steal, but accidentally chips the puck into the body of Darren Archibald, who muscles past Baertschi and Brisebois for a scoring chance. Brisebois takes a hooking penalty on the play
- 1st PK Group: Jasek, Bancks, Chatfield, Sautner
- Carter Bancks (#34), playing with a full jaw protector, clears a loose puck from the crease of Di Pietro, then falls to the ice while protecting the puck along the boards. Fantastic grit/60 from Bancks
- 2nd group out after the stoppage in play: Sautner, Blujus, Bailey, Boucher
- Reid Boucher (#24) with a fantastic play on the PK, as he slaps a shot on Woll from the Marlies blueline, then chases after Woll's rebound for a second attempt only to get chopped to the ice. Ref's don't blow the whistle on the play, but the speedy Justin Bailey (#95) races back to prevent the Marlies from getting a clean zone-entry after the trip
- Lukas Jasek (#9) on the penalty-kill picks off a Tanner MacMaster pass off some aggressive forechecking. Jasek drives towards the net, but he loses control of the puck as he turns for a better shot-angle
- MDP makes a clean glove stop on Tanner MacMaster while down on the ice, and a scrum ensues afterward. Egor Korshkov the only one to take a penalty after the scrum after he starts throwing fists on the Comets after taking a shove
- closer angle showing the heated play from Korshkov
- Comets and Marlies get seven seconds of 4-on-4 before a 1:56 powerplay opportunity
- Lind, Bailey, Boucher, Rafferty out to start in the offensive draw – Brise rushes to the bench after leaving, and Baertschi jumps onto the ice
- GOAL – UTICA – 1-1 Tie: Comets with a beauty powerplay tally, seconds after Baertschi steps on the ice. Play begins with Reid Boucher (#24) leading a zone-entry, where two Marlies penalty-killers pinch on him. Boucher whips a pass over to the left-wing for Kole Lind (#13) as Darren Archibald runs into him. Lind spots Sven Baertschi(#47) in way behind the defense and provides the TAC to Bae's TOE as he wrists one over the glove side of Woll, knotting things at one apiece.
- Kole Lind (#13) with a sneaky feed to Carter Camper (#19) on the doorstep from the high-slot
- Reid Boucher (#24) with a filthy rink-wide saucer pass to Seamus Malone (#17) who drives on Woll for a shot. Sven Baertschi (#47) literally dives on the rebound, but Woll stands tall (I'm sorry)
- Former Comets wreaking havoc on the Comets so far, as Tanner MacMaster receives a pass in the high-slot for a scoring chance only to see a backchecking Sven Baertschi (#47) give him a slash for his troubles.
- Comets back to the PK
- GOAL – TORONTO – 2-1 Marlies: Comets lead evaporates quickly as the Marlies powerplay gets to work quickly. Kenny Agostino left to do whatever he wants in the crease of MDP, as Jalen Chatfield (#5) gets caught watching the Marlies cycling. Jeremy Bracco sees Chatfield doing nothing to get Agostino out of the crease, and sets him up for the easy tap-in goal. Hopefully, the coaching staff address this lack of physicality from one of their (usually) most physical defenders
- Tim Liljegren casually going end-to-end for the Marlies, clowning Jalen Chatfield (#5) in the process, who looks like a deer in the headlights on the rush
The score at the end of the 1st period: 2-1 Marlies
Not the worst period I've seen from the Comets, they certainly had their chances throughout the first, but let the Marlies set up passing plays way too often in their end. Marlies outshot the Comets thirteen to eight over the opening twenty. Boucher, Lind, Roussel, and Camper are looking dynamic whenever they're on the ice. I think Boucher might be one of the few Comets players who nearly manages a positive CORSI while on the penalty kill.
- Tripping penalty assessed to Kenny Agostino and MDP rushes to the bench for the extra-attacker
- mostly wanted that streamable to show MDP racing to the bench, and the audio of the refs shouting at them to wait until they say they can get the extra guy out
- 1st peeper Unit: Lind, Boucher, Baertschi, Rafferty, Bailey
- 1st unit loses the zone early and are forced to reset in the neutral zone.
- Just realized audio feeds switched again. Back to the other one, that's hopefully, in-sync
- Boucher (#24) rips another rink-wide saucer pass, this time to Kole Lind (#13), who's in behind the Marlies defense. Unfortunately, Lind sails his breakaway shot wide of the goal
- 2nd Unit comes out after the Marlies clear. Camper, Perron, Roussel, Gadjovich, Eliot, out for the final minute of the powerplay
- 2nd unit gets nothing, and the game returns to 5-on-5
- Seamus Malone (#17) picks off an errant Marlies pass in the Comets zone and races end-to-end with Reid Boucher (#24) who closes the sequence with a cheeky bank-shot-attempt on Woll from behind the goal-line
- Comets facing pressure from the Marlies in their end, and Guillaume Brisebois (#55) goofs, with a giveaway right onto the stick of Hudson Elynuik. Fortunately, Francis Perron (#27) is there during the scramble and manages to take down Elenyuik without taking a penalty as Elnyuik tries for a point-blank chance
- Marlies pressure continues, as MDP comes up with two huge saves on Kristians Rubins and Mac Hollowell on back-to-back shot-attempts
- Kole Lind (#13) picks off an errant pass in the Comets end and rips a rink-wide feed to Sven Baertschi (#47) for a breakaway try. Marlies tendy, Joseph Woll, just gets a piece of the glove on Bae's shot
- Marlies return with a rink-wide breakaway feed of their own, as Darren Archibald has his shot get deflected up into the netting by MDP
- Solid shift from Mitch Eliot (#52) as he shows how to battle at the front of the net to prevent easy tap-in goals. Eliot drops to a knee to block a shooting lane, then quickly spins to deflect a centering pass up and towards the half-wall. Eliot engaging the entire play with Tyler Gaudet, before clearing with a saucer pass to Reid Boucher (#24) on the Marlies blue line
- Fourth-line is forechecking aggressively, as Dyson Stevenson (#26) forces the Marlies into giving up the puck along the end boards, allowing Lukas Jasek (#9) to steal for a centering feed to Carter Bancks (#34). Pass, unfortunately, goes into the skates of Bancks
- Jonah Gadjovich (#21) breaks up a pass in the Comets zone and attempts to spring Justin Bailey (#95) ahead for a breakaway, but Bailey gets interfered with as he tries to get around a Marlies defender. Referee's don't see it, however, and play resumes
- Off of an offensive zone draw, Kole Lind (#13) picks up the loose puck and wheels around the right circle for a centering feed to Antoine Roussel (#62). Roussel attempts a tap-in from the crease but misses, and if you listen closely you can hear his displeasure come through the broadcast, haha
- Kole Lind (#13) steals another puck, this time at the Marlies blue line and attempts to set-up Carter Camper (#19) for a breakaway drive, but Camper doesn't expect the pass and sadly misses a golden opportunity. Fortunately, on the play, Camper gets knocked to the ice by Scott Pooley, putting the Comets on their third powerplay of the night
- 1st Unit: Baertschi, Perron, Bailey, Boucher, Rafferty
- GOAL – UTICA – 2-2 Tie: The Comets powerplay goes 2/3 on the night after a beautiful pass from Sven Baertschi. Baertschi (#47) displaying perfect vision as he finds the perfect opening to wire a tape-to-tape pass to Bailey (#95) on Woll's doorstep. Bailey gets his fifth goal of the year with the easy tap-in goal.
- Reid Boucher (#24) attempts to clear the zone but pushes the puck onto the stick of Kenny Agostino, who hands the puck off to Adam Brooks. Brooks shot gets blocked and deflected out to Mac Hollowell, who fires one into the chest of Di Pietro. The chaos doesn't stop as Sven Baertschi (#47) picks up a loose puck along the left wall and spins for a rink-wide feed to Boucher, who's in all alone on a breakaway. Boucher's shot goes off the right pad of Woll
- Baertschi (#47) and Boucher (#24) combine for the TIC-TAC, but Boucher's pass to a speeding Malone (#17) cannot complete the TOE, as the pass from Boucher redirects off the inside of Malones stick and wide of the goal
- Antoine Roussel takes a tripping penalty and he gives the ref and earful on his way to the box. Cannot wait for this guy to rejoin the Canucks
- Big shift for the Comets first PK group with the Marlies pinning the Comets into their zone for over a minute straight trying as the Comets penalty-killers struggle to catch the Marlies cycling
- Bizarre play as the Comets finally get a touch on the puck off a deflected shot on goal. Dylan Blujus (#8) attempts to beat out Korshkov to the puck along the endboards while freeing his tied-up stick. Korshkov releases his stick, and Blujus one-hands the stick into the jaw of Darren Archibald. Archibald goes down in a heap on the play, and for whatever effing reason, the refs don't blow a whistle
- Archie heads down the tunnel holding his mouth, possibly lost a few chiclets on the play
- After the puck gets knocked out of play. The Refs then decide to confer in the neutral zone over the high-sticking play.
- Wow, never seen that before, Blujus gets called from the bench and sent to the penalty box after almost the entire Roussel penalty is killed off
- Comets to a two-second 5-on-3 before Roussel leaves the box for a four-minute 5-on-4
- MDP shoulders a missed shot above the protective netting, and the Comets penalty-killers get a change
- Lukas Jasek (#9) paces a pass ahead for Reid Boucher (#24), but it's just out of his reach. Boucher regains possession along the right wall and plays a cheeky rink-wide pass game with Brogan Rafferty (#25) to chew time off the clock
- Also, I think this might be one of the few instances where Brogan Rafferty has been out on the penalty-kill this season.
- Lukas Jasek (#9) misses a huge open-ice-hit opportunity on Tanner MacMaster, but instead plays the puck like a nerd
- A close call for the Comets in the final minute of the double-minor penalty-kill. Brogan Rafferty (#25) leaves his check, Egor Korshkov, in Di Pietro's crease in favor of blocking a Scott Pooley one-timer. Unfortunately, he misses the block, and MDP redirects the shot out to Guillaume Brisebois (#55). Brisebois' weak clearing attempt goes right onto the stick of Nic Baptiste, who passes through the open seam to Korshkov on the doorstep for the tap-in goal. Not sure if Rafferty forgot about Korshkov, or though Brisebois clear, but that lethargy on getting back to his post could've cost the Comets huge
- Marlies get another tap-in chance to close out their powerplay, but Justin Bailey clears just as the Marlies powerplay ends. Great kill for the Comets
- Comets pressure late as some well-rested players close out the final few minutes attempting to cycle in the Marlies zone, led by Carter Camper and Kole Lind
The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-2 Tie
A gutsy effort in the second period from the boys in blue, as they close out the second period having killed off six straight minutes of shorthanded time. Amazingly, despite the extended powerplay time for the Marlies, the Comets held them to just five shots total, according to the AHL game-center. That shot-total might change when I do my tracking comb-through later. Nonetheless, impressive period from the Comets penalty-killers on that one, even if there were a couple, "yikes moments" sprinkled throughout the PK. Before that, Kole Lind and his linemates were looking sharp in creating offense. Defense is regressing to those earlier tendencies that were giving their opponents multiple shorthanded opportunities. Fortunately, the Marlies passing has not
been sharp tonight.
- MDP with an early sprawling save on Jeremy Bracco
- LOL, I somehow just realized the AHLtv is playing the game with their scoreboard laid overtop of the Marlies broadcast scoreboard
- Mitch Eliot (#52) sends a cross-ice feed to Reid Boucher (#24) who enters the Marlies zone for a ripper of a shot that grazed Woll's dome
- Justin Bailey (#95) sends a rink-wide feed to Jonah Gadjovich (#21), who quickly turns along the left wall for a centering pass to Francis Perron (#27). The pass deflects off a defenders stick as they skate towards the net, eventually Perron fishes out the puck to settle it in the crease of Woll's net. Gadjovich crashes for a rebound attempt, but can't get it past Woll. Bailey follows up on Gadj's rebound for a chance of his own, but sends it wide of the goal
- Seamus Malone (#17) capitalizes on a brutal Marlies break-out pass, and hands off to Reid Boucher (#24) for a stepping shot towards the net. Boucher's miss rolls around the boards to Jalen Chatfield (#5), who throws a one-timer into the chest of Woll
- Seamus Malone and Sven Baertschi with a solid forecheck that strips the Marlies of possession, but they can't get a shot attempt out of it
- GOAL – UTICA – 3-2 Comets: Wow, Kole Lind (#13) with a rocket of a shot to gain the Comets their first lead of the game. Play begins as Dyson Stevenson (#26) dumps the puck into the Marlies end-boards. The Comets can't catch it, but the aggressive forecheck of Carter Camper (#19) and Antoine Roussel (#62) causes a turnover onto Campers stick. Camper passes off to the trailing Lind, who notches his fourth goal of the year with a rifling one-timer from the high-slot.
- Roussel gets an assist credit, but I'm about 99% sure he didn't touch the puck. It should likely read, Stevenson, Camper, Lind. But whatever
- Jonah Gadjovich (#21) picks off another weak Marlies pass in the offensive zone, allowing Justin Bailey (#95) to wheel towards the goal line. Bailey centers a pass into heavy traffic, where Gadjovich manages to get off a shot that goes just wide of the goal.
- Solid hustle from Jalen Chatfield (#5) to beat Egor Korshkov on the icing
- Sven Baertschi (#47) off an offensive zone draw playing chess with the puck while everyone else playing checkers
- Sven Baertschi (#47) capitalizes on another weak Marlies break-out pass, and gets a cheeky pass to Reid Boucher (#24), who walks in for a blast on Woll
- Comets getting numerous offensive-zone draws through the opening five minutes of play – Great pressure
- Comets fourth-line pressuring as Lukas Jasek (#9) gains the zone, then wrings the puck along the end boards to Carter Bancks (#34). Bancks sauces a centering pass to Dyson Stevenson (#26), but Kristians Rubins gets to the puck before Stevenson can get a shot off
- Carter Bancks still forechecking, gets his stick stuck in the skates of Hudson Elyniuk, putting the Comets back onto the penalty kill
- my favorite camera angle in hockey. The one where you cant see what's going on
- MDP coming up huge on the PK for Utica with a point-blank stop on an Adam Brooks backhander
- alternate angle showing a better look at the second stop as Brooks followed up for a second try from on the goal line
- GOAL – TORONTO – 3-3 Tie: Ten minutes left, and it's back to being anybody's game. Liljegren starts it off with an absolute bomb of a one-timer from the point. MDP makes the initial stop with the pads, but his rebound goes right out to Darren Archibald, who taps-in the rebound as MDP had been playing a bit far out of his crease on the initial stop
- Reid Boucher (#24) with a quick blast off the faceoff draw after playing the puck through the skates of his former teammate, MacMaster
- Boucher sets up Baertschi with a pass in the left circle, but a defender blocks Baer's shot
- Comets second line loses possession, forcing them to backcheck hard. Antoine Roussel (#62) gives Kole Lind (#13) the butt-push, which results in Lind getting to the end boards for a clearing pass to Roussel. The pass to Roussel bounces off his skate to Scott Pooley, who bombs a shot wide of the goal. Roussel breaks out of the zone for the Comets and passes over to Mitch Eliot (#52) for the dump-in. Bit hectic, but they got the job done
- Carter Bancks (#34) with a solid shift to disrupt the Marlies break-out attempt
- Comets controlling well this period
- Seamus Malone (#17) with some excellent puck protection as he wheels around the Marlies boards before centering a pass to Reid Boucher (#24) in the crease of Woll's net, unfortunately, Boucher puts his shot wide of the goal
- Dyson Stevenson (#26) with a takeaway on the Marlies blue line leads to a prolonged period of possession in the Marlies zone for the Comets. Once again, the Comets fourth-line of Bancks, Jasek, and Stevenson cause this Marlies roster problems
- GOAL – UTICA – 4-3 Comets: Reid Boucher doing 'Reid Boucher things' as Guillaume Brisebois (#55) sends a rink-wide pass to Bouch as he's entering the Marlies zone. Bouch skates over the right circle and wrists a laser over the left shoulder of Woll. Comets regain the lead with under 4.5 minutes to play
- Jonah Gadjovich (#21) attempts to angle a puck over to Justin Bailey (#95), but there isn't enough steam on it. Fortunately, Bailey capitalizes on a Marlies turnover to race end-to-end for a scoring chance on Woll
- Kole Lind (#13) with some slick moves to control the puck after an offensive-zone draw
- Lind (#13) with a great effort to get around a defensemen for a two-on-one opportunity with Roussel (#62). Lind attempts a cross-ice feed, but a backchecking defender disrupts the pass
- after a great shift, Lind closes it out by almost getting demolished off a suicide pass from Ashton Sautner
- Marlies pull Woll with 1.5 remaining
- Jasek, Stevenson and Bancks out in the waning minute and a half to tie up the Marlies in their end along the boards
- Comets ice the puck, and interestingly enough, Cull throws out Jasek, Boucher, and Baertschi as his final trio. Jasek is the only guy he trusts to take the defensive zone faceoff, I guess?
- Late chances from the Marlies as time winds down in the game
Gutsy effort by the Comets to come back from two one-goal deficits, and to tie it up late with an even-strength goal. Great effort from the team in the third period as they dominated the Marlies with possession. Shots in the final frame favored the Comets eight to six.
Final Score: 4-3 Utica Comets
|Period ||Team ||Goalscorer ||Primary assist ||helper ||type |
|1st ||TOR ||Tanner MacMaster ||Pontus Aberg ||Egor Korshkov ||5v5 |
|1st ||UTI ||Sven Baertschi ||Kole Lind ||Reid Boucher ||PPG |
|1st ||TOR ||Kenny Agostino ||Jeremy Bracco ||Rasmus Sandin ||PPG |
|2nd ||UTI ||Justin Bailey ||Sven Baertschi ||Brogan Rafferty ||PPG |
|3rd ||UTI ||Kole Lind ||Carter Camper ||Antoine Roussel ||5v5 |
|3rd ||TOR ||Darren Archibald ||Tim Liljegren ||Nicholas Baptiste ||PPG |
|3rd ||UTI ||Reid Boucher ||Guillaume Brisebois ||Brogan Rafferty ||5v5 |
- Kole Lind had an incredible game, one goal and one assist with two shots on net. Doesn't account for his compete level throughout the game as he was constantly creating chances for his line in the offensive zone. It's pretty crazy to say it, but, on a line with an 8-year veteran in Carter Camper, and a literal NHL'er in Antoine Roussel, that Lind was far-and-away the most dangerous of the three. The Lindenaiisance has come upon us. Really liking his progression this season, isn't the passenger he was last season, he's a fantastic drive of offense and has an underrated defensive game to boot.
- Roussel, we hardly knew ye. Even though it was just a conditioning stint, I really enjoyed seeing him play with Lind. Their chemistry gave me hope for the future that Lind might one day get a chance to reunite with him. Even if it's only for a preseason game, or in a mean-nothing game to close out a lost season (not that that will happen, given the Canucks impending seven straight cup wins). I think Lind could model his game off of Roussel's, a bit of a shit-disturber who can agitate, make plays, and score. Size and strength might hold him back, but the Canucks have his rights until the end of the next season when he becomes an RFA.
- MDP had himself an "okay" game, he needs to stop sprawling to his belly on every big save, because if he doesn't control that rebound well-enough, then he is susceptible to secondary scoring chances. Being a smaller guy, he has to play off his post, further than most goalies, so his defenders have to do better at muscling out forward playing net-front — nothing he could do on that Agostino goal. Archibald's goal came off his need to play out to limit space for one-timer blasts. But again, rebound control has to be better to avoid chances like Archie got to tie things up.
- Reid Boucher was Reid Boucher. Guy has got an NHL shot that only works at the AHL level…not much more I can elaborate on him
- Baertschi wasn't looking too hot through the opening ten minutes of the game, but he started to come alive as the game chugged along. After that powerplay tally, a switch went off for him, and suddenly it was like he was playing for his NHL career. Impressive puck-control display in the following two periods when the game wasn't on penalty-killing time for the Comets
- Defense regressed to their tactics of playing way too deep in the offensive zone. I was hoping after Wednesday's efforts that those tendencies were shored up or drilled into their heads effectively for the remainder of the season. Fortunately for the Comets D-corps tonight, the Marlies puck-control game was a complete trainwreck. The Marlies sheer number of errant passes and giveaways is what allowed the Comets to pressure in the offensive zone as much as they did. If the Marlies shore up on their control game, then that overly-aggressive play from the d-corps will get them killed by this very impressive Marlies forward group.
- Jonah Gadjovich continues to impress this season, despite not getting too much ample ice-time tonight against the Marlies. Gadj is making his shifts count, and that's all anybody could ask from him. His skating looks sharp, he was physical, he didn't even slow down, plus his playmaking ability didn't look out of place alongside Perron and Bailey. I'd argue that he was controlled play better with Bailey than Perron did. Perron was rather quiet in tonight's action, whereas Gadjovich was always doing the little things to make himself noticeable.
- Outside of that powerplay goal from Agostino, Jalen Chatfield was pretty decent. He made fewer mistakes than several of the other Comets blue liners. If only he had a decent shot, then his speed would be much more threatening.
- Lukas Jasek was alright in his return, but he was being carried pretty hard by Dyson Stevenson and Carter Bancks. The kids positioning and play with the puck is alright when he has the puck on his stick. But Jasek continues to look like he's chasing play when he doesn't inherently have the puck on his stick. It's bizarre because last season, he was one of the Comets better defensive forwards despite not having the speed. Since his move to center, Jasek looks to have the speed but is playing worse defensively. I think this move to center has tanked his confidence. Jasek genuinely looks scared to create offense in the offensive zone. As much as I enjoy seeing a young forward who will peel back for a defensive effort, I can't accept it if that's at the expense of producing negative shot-attempts every game. I wish the Comets and Canucks staff were able to fix the mess they've made and could get this kid back to his more comfortable position.
- Overall, a solid performance from the Comets in a road game against a very hot team. The Comets end the Marlies win-streak at seven and quietly find themselves on a three-game win streak. Tonight's win puts their points-percentage at 0.643, giving them the edge over the Belleville Senators and the Laval Rocket, who both tie the Comets with 27 points in the division. Comets hopefully return Sunday for another decent effort to try and widen that gap a bit further.
Comets Three Stars
The Comets Trajectory?
- Reid Boucher
- Kole Lind
- Sven Baertschi
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COVER: \"THAT WARLOCK WILL RAISE THE DEAD!\" (108)
“I said I am a Warlock! What did I stutter?”
“Miss Tolgolalopus, you always stutter? You stammer, you have a lisp, you have one wandering eye over there and a lazy eye over here, you have buckteeth and greasy hair, and you are uncouth, unkempt, ignorant and barefoot. You are a progressive slut and a whore, I read in the bathroom that your coochy and your hoochie both stink and you are terrible at sex. I now know firsthand that there is no depravity you will not sink to.”
“Don’t hold back on my account, you’s seem to be on a roll.” You adjust the frozen bag f vegetables under your butt for more comfort.
“Now on top of all of this you are telling me that seriously, though cognoscente of the laws of GOD you have actually made a pact with the devil?”
“And I am going to raise the dead, tonight.” You smile broad flashing your buck teeth.
“Alright, let’s get you to that library then. What is so important about the library at school? Don’t you have your own magic books?”
“I mostly use Dungeons and Dragons stuff, the old school books, very accurate.” You wink, “However the school library has the original lay out of the cemetery in town and in town there was a notorious witch who moved up her from Salem, just before the rest of them got strung up.”
“That sounds ghoulish, you are going to raise her up?”
“It is a he, yes. He is going to be my lover and my mentor and teach me all sorts of new powers.”
“Sounds like you have it all figured out.”
“It is because I am a genius.” You shrug, “The problem is a witch hunter also followed him up here and I certainly DON’T want to raise him up!”
“No… no you wouldn’t want to do that.” Mrs. Grabcrotch agrees, “Let me get you there then I will drop you off and go park.”
“You’s so nice!”
She gives you a curious look, “You realize I am posting that horse video with you on line.”
“I know right! I am going to be so famous! That is what we warlocks want! Money, POWER and FAME!” (Go to 66) (109)
You stare at all three possible rides, you have ridden in trucks, numerous times, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a Prius, “That leaves you’s!” you point at the biker chick in the leather shorts, “Is there a seatbelt on this thing?”
“Yeah… me, hold on tight.” The woman smiles with a wink and taking your hand and helps you over the side. Your tight dress is nylon and stretches comfortably enough for you to straddle her when she is in place.
The truck honks its horn and peels off, “FUCKING WHORES!” they shout tossing a beer out the window but it misses you. The lesbian in the Prius frowns at you and gets back in her car, “Your loss girl I could have ‘woke’ you!” blasting her noise and peels off as much as a Prius can peel off, more like hum away angrily.
You squeeze the thin woman tight and pull her close as she kicks the bike on and eases back on to the road, “I never asked you where you were going.” She shouts over her shoulder, the bikes roar and the wind making it difficult to hear without shouting.
“To the cemetery.”
Do you tell her that you are a WARLOCK and that you plan to raise the dead tonight? (Go to 132)
Do you pretend you did not hear her? (Go to 127)
Do you lie? (Go to 113) (110)
“Walking is the best sure fire way to get there!” you turn and set off, just enough off the road so that if someone stops you can run for it, but not so far as to make your passage difficult. There are gullies, ditches, fences and other obstacles that you would like to avoid if possible.
The officer’s cum dries in the wind and you are able to rub the crusties off your face and neck. You brush the cum flakes from your shoulders and climb through one of the farm fences along the road. Crossing this field will take half the remaining distance to the graveyard away but it runs 3 major risks to consider:
Few bulls were as feared as Bushwhack, called Busch by his current owner who bought the 1,900-pound charbray from the rodeo where he was so much a nasty son of a bitch that he terrified even the most seasoned riders. He has two signature moves which earned him his hellacious reputation, first he would explode out of the gate then with a sinister throw back he would launch his body up and whip his head using his skull and horns as weapons. He had broken many of the cowboy’s faces before finally being ridden after 167 bouts, then he was sold. Until he was ridden the longest a rider could stay on him was 3.3 seconds before going to the emergency room with something or many things broken.
Now to add to the mystique of his evil aura, his left horn is broken, leaving his right long and sharp, also he was born with the abnormal deformity of an extremely large floppy right ear. His eyes are large and crazed and he is very aggressive. There are warning signs posted all over the field where he is kept. If you decide to climb the fence you will actually use one of the warning signs to keep you out to get over the razor wire that keeps the crazy bull in.
If you do not cut through the field and decide to stick to the road the only danger you might get is trying to slip in front of Aunt Peppermint’s house. She is not really your aunt but she is plumb crazy just like her bull and she has red hair and freckles just like the cartoon character she is named after.
What do you do?
Keep walking on the road (Go to 115)
Cut across the field? (Go to 138) (111)
The book cracks open about midway to the middle where your long thumb nail has divided it. You flatten the pages to review the name, “Luke” it is difficult to read but you see the date of his burial “1702” and then there is some blurred old print and handwriting referencing the: “preliminary 1692 hearings which were conducted in several towns in the colonies, among which Salem (Town), Salem Village, Ipswich, the village of Andover.”
You know the most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town, and scanning the page you see that John came from that trial. “Very good!” before you can turn the page the door swings open and you look up to see 2 Ogdensburg police officers enter the library. Miss Goon points right at you, “That is the little scamp there.”
“Miss Goon, that is rude O’ you’s!”
“You would know rude.” The officer leaning on the librarian’s desk says with a sneer as the other officer comes to your table, “Miss Tolgolalopus, would you please come with us?”
“Waah! I wanna call my mom?”
“You are over 18 Hannah we don’t have to let you do that, besides you know as well as I do that she would never answer your call, come on get up.”
“Are you’s gonna cuff me?”
“Are you gonna run?”
“Just get up Hannah.”
You rise to your feet and stand about eye level with their badges, “Wait you’s guys don’t have jurisdiction out here in Brier Hill!”
“It’s an un-incorporated Hamlet.”
“Don’t try to think about it Hannah you know as well as I do you are too dumb for that.”
“Move it.” The other cop shoves your shoulder and you are taken out into the hallway then down the stairs and out into the parking lot where their squad car waits.
“Don’t you’s got to tell me what I did?”
“Why don’t you tell us, if you are honest we might let you off.” They open the back door to the car.
“Well, could you’s give me a clue as to what day or time it was? Maybe who was involved, you’s know, narrow it down a little, I am a busy girl, and I tend to do a lot of shit?”
“Alright Hannah it involves you and some dogs.” The officer leans into the backseat with you and shows you some pictures on his police tablet.
“Oooh you’s got porn on your work computer, you’s in big doo doo now ha! Ha! Ha!”
“Look closer Hannah! That is you and a dog.”
“Bestiality, even more trouble.”
The other officer gets into the driver seat and starts the squad car, “You are the one in trouble Hannah.”
“Yes Miss Tolgolalopus, in the Penal Law. Chapter 40. Of the Consolidated Laws. Part Three. Specific Offenses. Title H. Offenses against the person involving sexual conduct, restraint and intimidation. Article 130. Sex Offenses, respectfully sub article 130.20 Sexual misconduct specifically.” The officer says flatly as he closes the back door and enters the front of the car, continuing: “A person is guilty of sexual misconduct when he or she engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with an animal or a dead human body.”
“Yeah but you’s know animal sex stuff is only a ‘Sexual Misconduct’ and that is ONLY a class A misdemeanor!”
“Hannah, a Class “A” misdemeanor means you can be sentence to a year in jail or three years probation. In addition, you’ll be fined about $2,000 as due to these pictures it could be proved that you had intent to gain from this sexual act.”
“No shit Miss Tolgolalopus, the distribution of bestial pornography is chargeable!”
“I didn’t distribute anything.”
“Really? How do we have these pictures?”
“Well? Look at the pictures, do you’s see a camera or phone in my hand?” you cross your fingers hoping there was none.
“No, I don’t” the officer shakes his head.
“See! Someone else needs to be charged for that!”
“Well who took these pictures?”
“I donno I have a lot of pictures taken of me.”
“Having sex with animals?”
“Is there a date on the picture?”
The police car pulls out of the parking lot and turns towards Canton.
“Oh brother! BUCKETS!”
“Did you have something else planned for today?”
“What are you psychic? Of course I did! This really throws a wrench in my plans too!”
“Well that is a shame!”
The sound of the unimproved road gives way to smooth pavement and the trees pass by peaceably.
“Your mom is going to really kill you over this one.”
“That’s where I luck out; you’s know my mom doesn’t care.”
“Well I wish there was something we could do Hannah, you seem like a good kid.”
“What are you stupid?”
“What was that?”
Do you say “Nothing, never mind.”? (Go to 61)
Do you make an indecent proposition? (Go to 120) (112)
“A WARLOCK does not get power and fame and glory by hard work! A warlock gets POWER and GLORY and FAME by making OTHER people do the hard work!” you tell yourself wiping some of the cum from your face. There was a curious glob which had oozed from your inside right tear duct where it had gathered from your nose and cheek and now rolled down your chin which you let go for mere curiosity. With your gait the stream lengthened and swayed to the left and to the right and you were curious if it would land on your breast or fall harmlessly away from you as you stepped. The sound of a car behind you makes you step to the side of the shoulder and you stick out your thumb to hitch a ride.
“FUCK YOU HANNAH YOU WHORE!” the male voice shouts. A horn blows just as the car passes, “OUT OF THE ROAD SKANK!”
“Just like a Baptist!” you mutter, “How do you get a Baptist to drink all your beer? Tell him where it is… how you gets him to stop, tell his congregation where he is.”
A truck comes from the other direction and blows past with a black man driving and a blond that you think could be your mother. “I hope she doesn’t recognize me!”
“SLUT!” the woman yells.
There is a while with no traffic and the cum had fallen to your breast and now oozes into your cleavage. Meanwhile another stream has started from your left cheek and chin but the experiment had become a bore whether it would fall on your breast or not so you stop for a second to pull your dress up over year head and wipe your face off.
There is a squeal, there is a screech and there is a horn blast, three vehicles stopped, a truck with 2 camouflage dressed bearded men, a Ford Prius, with a buzzed cut woman and a motorcycle with a blonde woman in leather shorts.
They all are offering your rides as blushing, you lower your dress and pull it down snug with a tug over your firm body.
Do you go with the 2 bearded men in their truck? (Go to 121)
Do you ride with the butch-cut lesbian in the Ford Prius? (Go to 73)
Do you go with the leather-clad bimbo? (Go to 109) (113)
“Why what?” you ask, yelling in her ear over the roar of the motorcycle and the wind rushing past your ears, whipping your hair all over the place as you race down route 37.
“Why the cemetery what is going on there?”
“Oh my grandma died and I wanted to see her grave!” that was a partial truth, one of your grandmother’s died and you do like to see the grave, to gloat over it, taunt her and occasionally piss on the darn thing when you are feeling bold enough.
“Oh that is so sad!” she yells back over her shoulder.
“Yes.” You hold on to her tight as she shifts gears and, downshifting makes the turn on to Sand Street Road, “This was a good choice!” you tell yourself. The wind feels great, the air is refreshing and you didn’t have to use any energies walking this far, not to mention you completely avoided whatever horrors might have awaited you had you walked.
Full of yourself and your amazing sense of direction and purpose you nearly miss where you wanted her to stop and drop you off, “Oh right here pahleeze!”
“Here?” she slows the bike and kicking it in neutral costs to a stop near a shaded oak tree. “But the grave yard is up there by that spooky run down house.”
“Yes…” you climb off the bike, “But all the noise near the cemetery is not polite.”
“Oh yeah!” the blond bimbo laughs, “I guess you wouldn’t want to wake the dead, oh my did you lose your shoes back there?”
“I don’t wear shoes.” You shrug, “You’s should try it, it is a liberating boon!”
“Maybe… nice meeting you, what is your name?”
“Hannah Bamma Tolgolalopus.”
Her smile fades, “You are real?”
“In the flesh.”
“All that stuff written about you in the bathrooms?”
“Oh spot on!” you slick your hair back out of your face by licking your fingers, “I’s popular don’t you’s think?”
“Oh fucking great now I have to wash my seat!” she kick starts the bike, “Fucking whore!” and peels out kicking dust and pebbles all over you.
“Bye!” you wave, “Thanks for the ride!”
You turn your back on her, “I love making new friends… they are all means to an end!” letting lose an evil smile you stomp over to the grass and dig around beneath the oak tree for the box, the cloth, the candles and oh yes, the shovel which you had tucked up in one of the branches.
Now you will have to work your memory, If you:
Seduced the Van Guy, you can chose to have him come to help you (Go to 169)
Seduced the Principal, he can come and help you (Go to 156)
Seduced the coach, he can come and help you (Go to 168)
Seduced Mrs. Grabcrotch, she can come and help you (Go to 167)
Seduced the Janitor, he can come to help you (Go to 142)
However if you arranged to meet Silent Steve, then he will meet you with flowers thinking it is a date (Go to 144)
If you have successfully seduced all of them and enlisted Silent Steve’s help, then (Go to 148) (114)
“What did you think I said?” you back track do to the severe look in her eye.
“You just said that you were a Warlock!”
“Who me? Ha! Ha, ha… Mrs. Grabcrotch, I always stutter! You’s must have miss understood my lisp! You’s know I got this wandering eye over here and this lazy eye over here, I got these buckteeth and greasy hair, and you’s know I be uncouth, unkempt, oh so ignorant and I am so poor that I am barefoot all the time because my feets are too big for shoes!” you shrug, “I am just a progressive slut and a whore! You’s can confirm it by reading ANY bathroom wall from Syracuse to Messena! My coochy is dank and my hoochie is loose and ready but I am terrible at sex. That is why I am always up for a ‘practice’ and now you’s know firsthand that there is not nothing I will say ‘no’ to, right?”
Mrs. Grabcrotch gives you a long sidelong glance. It unnerves you and you feel the need to demonstrate one of your WARLOCK powers to protect yourself. It is the art of FAST TALK, you basically ask nonsensical questions rapidly until the target or mark is confused, distracted, or irritated enough to leave you alone. “So Mrs. Grabcrotch, maybe you’s can tell me why do they cotton swab the guy's arm with rubbing alcohol before a lethal injection? Why do 24 hour, 7 days a week (Including holidays!) Super Markets have locks on their door? Why do Aliens abduct Humans if we are an inferior race? Why does boiling water make potatoes soft, but eggs hard? If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation? When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs? Would a fly without wings be called a walk? Who makes sandwiches at a feminist rally? Do blind people feel 'Love at first sight'? Why is the meaning of life hard to find when you have a dictionary? Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist? Why do we park in a driveway and drive on the parkway? Why is the word "abbreviation" so long? Why is there no "w" in "one", but there is a "w" in "two"? How do you know when you have run out of invisible ink? Why did kamikazes wear helmets? Can you stake a vampire with an artificial heart? How long is a piece of string? Now that Microsoft is so big, should it be called Macrosoft? You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes? Why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance? Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food? Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds? Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand? Why is it that night falls but day breaks? Why is it that only adults have difficulty with childproof bottles? Why is it that rain drops but snow falls? Why is it you must wait until night to call it a day? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?” (BREATH) “Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights? In court, why do they ask if you swear to tell the truth? If you're planning on lying, do they really think you'll tell them so? Instead of wasting time hunting and cooking, why don't hunters just use flame-throwers? If your car says Dodge on the front of it, do you really need a horn? If you're a kleptomaniac, is there something you can take for it?” (BREATH)“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a bad joke? If you throw a cat out a car window is it kitty litter? Why is it called a "building" when it is already built? Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips? Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them? Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin? Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"? Why is it that famous people are always born on holidays? Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? Why doesn't the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie? Why don't they just make food stamps edible? Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"? Why is "abbreviated" such a long word? Why is a boxing ring square? If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry? If you can wave a fan, and you can wave a club, can you wave a fan club? If you can't drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots? If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? If you didn't get caught, did you really do it? If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriental?” (DOUBLE BREATH) “If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of? If rabbits' feet are so lucky, then what happened to the rabbit? If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation? If space is a vacuum, who changes the bags? If Superman is so smart why does he wear his underpants over his trousers? If swimming is good for your shape, then why do the whales look like the way they do? If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2? If the product says "Do not use if seal is broken", how are you supposed to open it and use it? If tin whistles are made out of tin, what do they make fog horns out of? Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game," when we are already there? Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them? Why do wise guy and wise man mean entirely different things? Why do you feet smell and your nose runs? Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive? Why do you need an appointment to see a psychic? Why does a dishtowel get wet when it dries? Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs! Why does it take 15 minutes to cook minute rice? Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin? If I save time, when do I get it back? If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?” (GULP)
“Alright Miss Tolgolalopus… let’s get you back to class then.” (Go to 66) (115)
You look at that tree ridden and rough terrain of the field, where you know the dangerous bull is, and probably just waiting to eat another innocent victim, “Well I am no innocent victim!” you declare to the surrounding air, “I am a WARLOCK! And there ain’t no bull that is going to stand between me and my destiny… to RAISE THE DEAD TONIGHT!
You pound your chest, “I am powerful! I am feared! I am maleficent to all mankind!”
Then you turn away from the razor fence and keep walking up rout 37, “However I am also not a complete idiot! That bull would eat me alive, not to mention that crazy hermit is somewhere in there lurking and even if I get past those two things I have to worry about being stuck with Aunt Peppermint that loco red head… no I will stick to the road!”
A car whooshes past, “WHORE!”
Another one follows blowing the horn, “Hannah you’re a skank!”
You recognize that voice, that sounded a lot like your ex boyfriend Zephyr, he was a douche bag, “And You’s a douche bag!” you yell after the car.
The red sports car screeches to a halt and you consider running for the fence but you decide to wait and see.
The door opens as you approach, it was not Zephyr, it is some tall and fat native American that you do not recognize, “Did you call me a douche bag?”
“Did you’s just call me a skank?”the wind blows your hair around you like a shroud with a quick gust.
“You are Hannah right?”
“Fair enough.” You shrug, “I thought you’s was someone else.”
The large man steps towards you. What do you do?
Wait for him to come to you? (195)
Run across the road and to the field? (187) (116)
You stare at all three possible rides, you have ridden in trucks, numerous times, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a Prius, “That leaves you’s!” you point at the biker chick in the leather shorts, “Is there a seatbelt on this thing?”
“Yeah… me, hold on tight.” The woman smiles with a wink and taking your hand and helps you over the side. Your tight dress is nylon and stretches comfortably enough for you to straddle her when she is in place.
The truck honks its horn and peels off, “FUCKING WHORES!” they shout tossing a beer out the window but it misses you. The lesbian in the Prius frowns at you and gets back in her car, “Your loss girl I could have ‘woke’ you!” blasting her noise and peels off as much as a Prius can peel off, more like hum away angrily.
You squeeze the thin woman tight and pull her close as she kicks the bike on and eases back on to the road, “I never asked you where you were going.” She shouts over her shoulder, the bikes roar and the wind making it difficult to hear without shouting.
“To the cemetery.”
Do you tell her that you are a WARLOCK and that you plan to raise the dead tonight? (Go to 132)
Do you pretend you did not hear her? (Go to 137)
Do you lie? (Go to 135)
2019.11.16 05:22 THRILLHOIAF [COMETS HARVEST] Utica Comets (9-5-0-0) vs. Syracuse Crunch (7-5-2-0)
Good evening Canucks Nation! It's time for another catch-up on the Farm! Tonight the Utica Comets hit the road to take on the Syracuse Crunch.
The Crunch are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Rochester Americans, while the Comets are coming off a nice four-day vacation. The Comets last game was a 3-1 loss to non-other than, well, the Syracuse Crunch!
As we all know, the Canucks called up Zack MacEwen and Tyler Graovac in lieu of injuries to Tyler Motte, Micheal Ferland, Jay Beagle, and Brandon Sutter. I'm sure there's more to that list that I'm forgetting.
Safe to say the Comets opening lineup is going to be put to the test tonight. Fortunately, the Comets do get some reprieve, as Reid Boucher slides back into the lineup for the first time in five games. Boucher's goalscoring has been sorely missed by the Comets over the past five games, as the Comets have managed just seven goals in the five games without Bouch.
Let's get into the starting lineup and the game itself! THE STARTING LINEUP
|LW ||C ||RW |
|Goldobin (#77) ||Hamilton (#36) ||Boucher (#24) |
|Bailey (#95) ||Jasek (#9) ||Lind (#13) |
|Malone (#17) ||Perron (#27) ||Bancks (#34) |
|Arseneau (#18) ||Taylor (#14) ||Stevenson (#26) |
|LD ||RD |
|Sautner (#6) ||Chatfield (#5) |
|Brisebois (#55) ||Rafferty (#25) |
|Blujus (#8) ||Eliot (#52) |
Wacey Hamilton is your farm team's number one center. Let that sink in.
Josh Teves remains a healthy scratch after leading all AHL rookies in plus/minus through the first month of the season… but hey, what do I know about roster management!
Speaking of roster management!
Olli Juolevi slides out of tonight's lineup, apparently not an injury, just a precautionary "load management" thing. https://twitter.com/OD_Birnell/status/1195492204342587392?s=20
Given the team just
had four days off, It's bizarre to me that now
Juolevi needs to be given "precautionary scratches." Not in the sense that I don't think they should be careful with his knee. Just that the Comets to-date, have not been playing Juolevi with any pretense of caution towards his recovery. Through the start of this season, Juolevi has been playing first pairing minutes, at evens, and on both the first powerplay and penalty-kill units. Did the coaching staff not think to simply, not
overload him with playing time every single night? Really hope they didn't overdo it with him already. Maybe I'm reading too far into things. However, it seems weird to call this scratching, "load management" when up until now Juolevi's been given the Alex Edler duties at the AHL level. Not sure I buy the logic here. RE: INJURY REPORT
|Injury Report ||-- |
|Jonah Gadjovich(upper-body) ||Carter Camper (upper-body) |
|Healthy Scratches ||-- ||-- |
|Richard Bachman ||Josh Teves ||Stefan LeBlanc |
1st period Comets in Blue
- Can you believe the Canucks didn't want this guy in their lineup?
- Camera's not white balanced properly
- Reid Boucher (#24) gets hauled down 40 seconds into the first period, and he gets a penalty shot in his first minute back in action
- Spencer Martin makes the save on the penalty shot
- Amazingly, even after missing five games, Boucher is still tied for first in the AHL in goalscoring, with Wilkes-Barre's, Stefan Noesen
- Dylan Blujus picks off a pass at center-ice to dump it for the Comets. Comets get to pressure
- Lind, Jasek and Bailey combine for a couple of takeaways in the Crunch' zone but can't generate any shot-attempts from it
- Guillaume Brisebois (#55) shoves Dennis Yan off the puck so Carter Bancks (#34) can steal the puck before Yan can set up a pass
- Kole Lind (#13) with a one-timer feed to Lukas Jasek (#9) on the doorstep. Play continues, with a steal on the blueline from Dylan Blujus (#8). Jasek (#9) gets a second one-timer scoring chance off a quick pass through traffic from Blujus.
- Lind/Jasek/Bailey line looking dangerous tonight after ten minutes of play
- Just one of those things, where Jasek needs to be more confident in his ability to carry the puck into the zone. Here, he has momentum for a drive into the offensive zone but instead elects to drop the puck back to a meandering Justin Bailey (#95). Bailey essentially has no choice but to dump the puck
- Seamus Malone (#17) showing off good skates with a relentless drive through four Crunch defenders. Malone manages to get a solo drive on the net of Spencer Martin while drawing a slashing penalty
- Malones draw sends the Comets off to their first powerplay of the night.
- See Jasek, size isn't everything when it comes to moving the puck into the zone
- 1st powerplay unit: Lind, Bailey, Boucher, Rafferty, Goldobin
- GOAL – UTICA – 1-0 Comets: Wow. Kole Lind (#13) wins the draw out to Reid Boucher (#24), who makes no doubt about it. Bouch goes bar-down to open the scoring.
- Boucher is buzzing after that goal. Looking speedy in the offensive zone as the first line once again pressures the Crunch
- Vinny Arseneau (#18) moving the puck up ice for the fourth line as he carries the puck into the zone for a laser of a shot on Martin
- Justin Bailey attempts a drive down the left-wing but gets hooked by Cory Conacher on the way. Comets back to the powerplay
- 1st Unit out to start: Bailey, Lind, Boucher, Rafferty, Goldobin
- Big Oof to start, Kole Lind (#13) slowly gloves down the puck under pressure from Mitchell Stephens. Stephens capitalizes on Lind's boneheadery and gets himself a massive shorthanded breakaway opportunity. Call is a McIntyre save, but I'm pretty sure it's off the post
- 2nd Powerplay unit: Arseneau, Perron, Eliot, Malone, Brisebois
- Comets powerplay ends. Not a great one
- Ashton Sautner picks up a slashing penalty and the Comets are off to their first PK of the night
- 1st pk group: Hamilton, Bancks, Blujus, Chatfield
- Conacher almost has a prime scoring chance off a great pass through traffic, but it's in his skates. Blujus (#8) then follows up with a shot-block that helps the Comets clear the zone
- GOAL – SYRACUSE – 1-1 Tie: Tonight's the night of wicked shots apparently, as Alex Barre-Boulet goes bar-down for a powerplay goal of his own. Team caught a bit too far on one side of the ice, but the team legit had zero chance on that rocket of a shot
- oof, Lukas Jasek immediately takes a slashing penalty of his own, and the Comets are back to the penalty-kill, thirteen seconds after the Barre-Boulet goal
- Comets 1st pk group do well to block the Crunch's shooting lanes. Eventually, the Comets overplay the puck and lose the zone off a bad pass to an empty area on the blueline.
- Comets benefitting on this penalty kill from the Crunch overthinking their cycle. Penalty gets killed through no real efforts of their own, haha
The Score at the end of the 1st period: 1-1 Tie
An exciting period where the Comets outshoot the Crunch ten to six, but a lack of discipline gives the Crunch some badly needed momentum to close out the period. Comets are controlling play quite well after twenty minutes of action, just need to settle-down their passes in the offensive zone. Barring the blunder on the second powerplay, it was a strong period of play from Kole Lind. Boucher looks like a man trying to regain his spot at the top of the AHL's goalscoring list.
- Wacey Hamilton ( #36) slips around a hit to set up Nikolay Goldobin (#77) for a one-timer blast on net
- Boucher takes a delay-of-game penalty attempting to clear the Comets end. Comets back to the penalty kill
- 1st pk group: Jasek, Bancks, Chatfield, Sautner
- Bancks with a huge shot-block to start the PK
- Jasek (#9) doing what he does best, and that's fishing the puck out of board battles
- Jasek clears once again to end the Crunch's powerplay try
- Brogan Rafferty (#25) showing off some silky smooth skating before setting up Nikolay Goldobin (#77) with a rink-wide pass
- Seamus Malone (#17) with some good moves along the Crunch' end-boards to evade two Crunch defenders. Malone then sets up Mitch Eliot (#52) for a one-timer blast from the blue line
- Crunch caught with too many men on the ice as they start a cycle in the Comets end.
- Comets off to the powerplay
- 2nd Unit starts: Eliot, Malone, Arseneau, Perron, Brisebois
- Malone (#17) with quick skates to gain the zone on the powerplay, Arseneau (#18) with a thunderous hit on Luke Witkowski as Francis Perron (#27) wrists a shot on net. Witkowski is livid with the (clean af) hit and tries to goad Arseneau into fighting
- Arseneau (#18) continues to be a lightning rod, as Witkowski chases after big Vin, then Dannick Martel gives Arseneau a shove well after the whistle. Comets get a 5-on-3 as Martel takes an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty
- Comets first powerplay unit can't make anything work with the 5-on-3
- McIntyre comes up big with a shorthanded stop on Daniel Walcott
- Second powerplay unit rolled out again as the second Crunch penalty ends. Game returns to even-strength
- hahahahah, Syracuse caught with six players on the ice for the second time this period
- Comets back to the powerplay
- 1st Unit out to start: Boucher, Rafferty, Goldobin, Lind, Bailey
- Reid Boucher (#24) with zero regard for the ankles of Dominik Masin
- GOAL – UTICA – 2-1 Comets: Comets powerplay connects, as Nikolay Goldobin (#77) sends a puck to Kole Lind (#13) in the high-slot. Lind redirects the pass under the blocker-side of Spencer Martin to give the Comets their second lead of the game. Nice and straightforward play by the Comets 1st powerplay unit to get Lind his first goal of the game.
- Seamus Malone takes a holding penalty while his line is pressuring in the Crunch' end. Comets to the PK in this crazy back-and-forth period
- 1st pk group: Bancks, Hamilton, Chatfield, Sautner
- Sautner and Chatfield tie up the Crunch along the end-boards, and eventually they fish the puck out to Wacey Hamilton who clears for them to change
- 2nd PK group: Boucher, Jasek, Brisebois, Blujus
- GOAL – SYRACUSE – 2-2 Tie: Fourth straight powerplay goal of the game. This time, Ross Colton sets up Boris Katchouk for a one-timer from behind the net of Zane McIntyre. Dylan Blujus (#8) is late on his chase of Colton from the crease of McIntyre's net, and Boucher (#24) is caught sleeping as Katchouk wades into the crease to receive the one-timer pass.
- UTICA – GOAL -3-2 Comets: Boucher (#24) and Goldobin (#77) enter the zone with a give-and-go. Goldy with some fantastic puck-handling around two Crunch players to set-up Boucher along the goal-line. Somehow, Boucher manages to find space on Spencer Martin, and the puck trickles behind Martins back and into the goal. Amazing shot.
- Witkowski finally gets what he asked for as he gets into a scrap with Arseneau in the Crunch' end.. Arseneau gets quite a few shots in early, but Witkowski gets the upper-hand late… Witkowski also gets a couple greasy shots on Arseneau as the refs come in to break the two apart.
- GOAL – UTICA – 4-2 Comets: Call it karma, as the Comet's get another beautiful redirect-goal to increase the lead to two! The play comes off a carry-in from Francis Perron (#27) off a pass from Ashton Sautner (#6). Perron hits the breaks after entering the Crunch's end to then send a floating puck towards the net. A crashing Carter Bancks (#34) gets a touch on the floating puck to redirect it over the glove-side of Spencer Martin.
- Francis Perron (#27) with a great steal in the Crunch's end to set-up Carter Bancks (#34) for another scoring chance. Bancks almost with his second goal in as many minutes
- Bottom of the streamable along the end-boards. Perron (#27) skates towards the boards to catch a puck but is hit with a dirty as fuck elbow from the Crunch's Alexander Volkov. Hope the league looks at that one
- Goldobin (#77) feelin' it tonight
The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-2 Comets
What a crazy period of hockey as the Comets outshoot the Crunch eleven to eight, score three goals, and get themselves four powerplays! Practically all of this happened after the halfway point of the period to boot. Guys finally getting rewarded with goals after stellar play. It may be weird to say, but this team actually looks better
now than they did with MacEwen, and
Graovac in the lineup. The team is doing infinitely better at driving to high-danger scoring areas to create scoring chances — an area of concern that I addressed in last weekend's Harvests. I have to commend the Comet's effort levels tonight in light of the adversity they're facing. The Crunch made them look foolish on Monday, and right now, they're making the Crunch look like amateurs.
- Martin gets yanked for Scott Wedgewood to start the third
- Penalty for Volkov ends
- Volkov caught offside as he then tries to bait a penalty after he blows a tire.
- Carter Bancks (#34) with a beautiful breakaway feed to Seamus Malone (#17). Malone tries to go backhand, but the puck goes end-over-end, and his shot goes wide of the goal
- Justin Bailey (#95) finds Kole Lind (#13) all alone at the blueline. Lind dekes past a Crunch defender to get himself time and space in the high-slot, but his shot goes right into the body of Scott Wedgewood
- Jasek (#9) backchecks for a stick-lift on Dennis Yan to disrupt his shot-attempt
- Mitch Eliot gets dinged for high-sticking, and the Comets are off to their fifth penalty kill of the game
- Reid Boucher (#24) springs he and Lukas Jasek ( #9) on a shorthanded breakaway, but Boucher's cross-ice feed is behind Jasek, and they have to hustle back to defend
- McIntyre with a blocker save in the final second of the penalty-kill
- Chatfield (#5) takes a cross-checking penalty as he takes down Daniel Walcott in the crease of McIntyre's net. Comets off to their sixth penalty kill
- Boucher (#24) springs Jasek (#9) ahead on another shorthanded breakaway, but Jasek's shot gets deflected aside by Cameron Gaunce
- Boucher clears the zone after he disrupts a pass
- wow, for the third time this game…the Syracuse Crunch get caught with six men out on the ice, and their powerplay comes to an end
- All this special-teams time means guys like Justin Taylor, Dyson Stevenson, and Seamus Malone have been riding the pine hard this period
- Reid Boucher (#24) has a cross-ice feed picked off on the powerplay, but Rafferty (#25 ) recovers during the Crunch's odd-man rush with a pass takeaway of his own
- the ensuing play, Goldobin (#77) sends a cross-ice feed to Vinny Arseneau (#18) who crashes the doorstep of Wedgewood's net. Wedgewood somehow goes post-to-post to deny a huge point-blank blast from Arseneau
- oh no, that sucks…Seamus Malone (#17) out for the Comet's final powerplay draw, and after going down hard to the ice, Malone clutches his arm in pain…This might be the arm that Malone broke last year. An injury which caused him to miss both Vancouver and Utica training camps, and his entire summer training
- Arseneau takes an interference penalty after bowling over a Crunch player along the end boards, and the Comets are off to their seventh PK
- Crunch look lost on this powerplay, as Carter Bancks aggressively forechecks to hold the Crunch out of the zone, followed by an easy blueline clear from Wacey Hamilton.
- Hamilton stays on for the majority of this PK shift and forces the Crunch to clear again, and the Crunch put themselves offsides in back-to-back entry attempts.
- Comets penalty-killers working wonders tonight as they kill off another
- Frustration showing for the Crunch's Dannick Martel as he throws a shoulder into Mitch Eliot (#52) after a stoppage in play. Martel takes a roughing penalty, and the Comets powerplay goes back to work for the eighth time tonight
- 1st unit: Rafferty, Lind, Bailey, Goldobin, and Boucher
- Lind takes a clearing attempt off the ankle right off the draw and he changes off for Perron.
- Comets lose control in the zone and are forced out off some relentless forechecking from the Crunch
- wellp, powerplay's over. As the Crunch's Cory Conacher drives hard to the net of McIntyre while shorthanded. Eliot (#52) tries to muscle Conacher away from the net, but takes a high-sticking penalty during his efforts
- Carter Bancks (#34) almost notches his second of the night, off of a colossal misplay of the puck by the Crunch's Scott Wedgewood
- after twenty seconds of 4-on-4 the Comets head to their eight penalty kill, haha
- GOAL – UTICA – 5-2 Comets: Reid Boucher (#24) gets the hatty with an empty-netter from the Comets right circle. The Crunch pulled Wedgewood for the extra-attacker, but Boucher gets a takeaway to seal it for the Comets
- With two minutes left in a three-goal lead game, Justin Taylor and Dyson Stevenson finally see some ice-time after a long stretch of riding the bench
- lol, Wacey Hamilton (#36) leads a break-out for the Comets and takes about as blatant of a high-stick as you possibly can. He then chases his dump-in and gets called for high-sticking a Crunch player. His reaction sums it up
- The ninth PK of the game will only last for the final 36 seconds, they kill time holding the puck along the end boards, and this one is over
- The Crunch's Jimmy Huntington instigates with Ashton Sautner (#6) after the game, and Sautner does his best madman impression, as he laughs in his opponents face
Final Score: 5-2 Utica Comets
|Period ||Team ||Goalscorer ||Primary assist ||helper ||type |
|1st ||Utica ||Reid Boucher ||Kole Lind ||-- ||5v5 |
|1st ||Syracuse ||Alex Barre-Boulet ||Cameron Gaunce ||Chris Mueller ||PPG |
|2nd ||Utica ||Kole Lind ||Nikolay Goldobin ||Brogan Rafferty ||PPG |
|2nd ||Syracuse ||Boris Katchouk ||Ross Colton ||Taylor Raddysh ||PPG |
|2nd ||Utica ||Reid Boucher ||Nikolay Goldobin ||Mitch Eliot ||5v5 |
|2nd ||Utica ||Carter Bancks ||Francis Perron ||Ashton Sautner ||5v5 |
|3rd ||Utica ||Reid Boucher ||-- ||-- ||EN/SH |
- Great effort from the Comets special teams tonight in a brutal grind of a game. Tomorrow's game against Rochester will be a tough one given how many minutes the Comets top players logged tonight. Kole Lind looked exhausted by the end of the game as he was continually eating even-strength and powerplay minutes. While guys, like Bancks, and Hamilton were on for practically the entire game, with even-strength and an insane amount of penalty killing minutes.
- Strong game from Reid Boucher in his return as he nets a hat-trick to put himself back on top of the AHL goal-scoring race. After five games missed due to injury, amazingly, just one player managed to overtake Bouch, and that was the Penguins Stefan Noesen. In just one game, Boucher managed to both tie and overtake Noesen's lead. Guy was playing lights-out hockey tonight, as he logged critical minutes at evens, shorthanded, and on the powerplay. Guy was everywhere tonight and the difference-maker for this club.
- Goldobin continues to be a stud at the AHL level, as he notched two assists tonight to put him fifth in the AHL for assists. He slowed down a bit in the third period, but to be honest, I think that may have had to do more with him getting benched through all the penalty-killing. That was a lot of time for a majority of the Comets forwards to sit and wait out the Crunch's powerplay try's. Loved seeing him get involved in board-battles while not giving up on his flash and panache playmaking. Kids got a great attitude since coming to the Comets, and this was a great game for him to make a case for his place alongside the Canucks top-six. He just sees offense in a completely different way than anyone else on the Comets. He finds people almost at-will. That pass through two Crunch sticks to find Arseneau on the doorstep was just, *makes Italian finger-kissing gesture*, beautiful. I know most people on this sub are done with him, but I don't see how anyone can deny him a chance at this point.
- Kole Lind had a return to form tonight, which was nice to see. He reminded me a bit of Gaudette with some of the moves he was pulling off on Crunch players through the offensive zone. He still needs to work on his overall two-way game, but if he can find the confidence in his game so that games like tonight happen regularly, then the other aspects will eventually come too.
- Rafferty has easily jumped everyone on the depth chart for that best RD in the pipeline. He's just so smooth everywhere on the ice. He had no glaring defensive errors tonight from what I saw. His ability to transition and carry the puck from his end to the offensive zone is a huge bonus to his value. The Canucks gain a lot from having a cost-controlled RD who can move the puck with his skating.
- Didn't come up much tonight, nor does he come up much on most nights, but Brisebois had a pretty solid game for himself. His speed is great, and he pairs nicely with Rafferty. His offensive contributions are still a huge work in progress, but considering he can wheel, and move the puck up ice on his own is a positive. He's certainly worked on his puck handling while under pressure. Too often last season, Brisebois would panic while under pressure and just throw the puck wherever, but this season he's stayed way more composed. Maybe, a lot of that has to do with having a d-partner like Rafferty on his right-side? Who knows, but it's good that with a d-corps this young, that guys like Brisebois and Rafferty can hold it down in spite of their inexperience.
- If Malone's arm-injury is serious, I wonder what the Comets do to get a body in Utica in-time for Saturday's game against Rochester? The Kalamazoo Wings have Dylan Sadowy available who could maybe get there in time. In nine games to start the ECHL season, Sadoway has eleven goals and five assists. The KWings also have Yannick Veilleux, who has quite a bevy of AHL experience, who likely could fill in the bottom-six role that Malone was providing. Again, that's if they can even get them here in time. They could also opt to call-up someone from the Adirondack Thunder. Someone like Ara Nazarian, a 23-year-old left-winger who was signed by the Thunder after a four-year stint with the University of New Hampshire. Food for thought.
Comets Three Stars
- Reid Boucher
- Kole Lind
- Nikolay Goldobin
HM: Carter Bancks, The Comets Trajectory?
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Lupine Publishers Smoke and Incendiary Weapons
The incendiary weapons were among the first that were used beside the considered personal weapons: clubs, stones, stone knives. When the human being began to dominate the fire, he managed to develop ways to use it for his benefit, both in peaceful actions (such as changing food by roasting or cooking the clay to produce pots, figurines and adobe for construction) and in other types of aggressive applications, developing methods to burn the possessions of the enemies. Of course, fire management also allowed the knowledge of the smoke, which was then used for at least two purposes: taking advantage of its toxic properties to dislodge strategic positions (or force the animals sheltered in caves to go out and be at the mercy of the hunters) or to raise screens that hid some aggressive movements to indiscreet eyes. It has been said that the first incendiary agent used for war purposes was the so-called “Greek fire”, which was applied from the seventh century until the end of the Middle Ages. Its importance was supreme for the Byzantine Empire, helping to repel the attacks directed against Constantinople by the Arabs and the Russians between the years 671 to 678 of our era, but it was also of vital importance to repel attacks of the crusaders in the XII century. Although it is considered the direct predecessor of NAPALM, it may not be real that it was the first weapon of this class. Introduction
The interpretation of some Assyrian reliefs shows that in the ninth century BC. incendiaries were used, especially during settlement sieges; torches, lighted resins and lighted oil pots were thrown at the aggressor troops. Herodotus mentions that the Persians used arrows whose tip was smeared with pitch lit during the capture of Athens, around 480 BC. The Peloponnesian War records the use of incendiary weapons against wooden walls in 429 a. C. The catapult made it possible to throw burning materials against specific targets at the sieges of Syracuse (413 BC) and Rhodes (304 BC). By that time (Alexander the Great already dead) they began to develop the incendiary missiles and the mixtures difficult to control. For example, Aeneas mentions (360 BC) that pine needles, sulfur, pitch and resin or incense were used, which produced a fire that was not quenched with water but with vinegar. History is full of events and battles fought in the midst of fire. The incendiary mixtures were improving as the scientific knowledge was increasing on time. The discovery of oil generated new possibilities in these aspects, because it allowed to defend stone walls by setting them on fire with materials that adhered to any solid. It is said that Alexander the Great once found a lake of naphtha that flared up as soon as a flame approached it. The material of the lake was distributed along a whole street and when a flame approached one end, immediately the fire spread to the opposite side. To extinguish such fires, it was necessary to use enormous quantities of water or soil, mud, vinegar or alum, among other materials. It should be noted that the current vinegar is not much more effective than plain water, but it is believed that in the classification of vinegar made by ancient authors such as Plutarco, mixtures and sauces made with vinegar and salt were included; in fact, Pliny mentions that the Gauls and the Germans extinguished the ignited wood using salt water from the sea. During the colonization of North America, American Indians used lighted arrows to set fire to the facilities of white pioneers. In Europe, the men of King Charles of Sweden, in 1701, burned straw to produce a smoke screen covering the activities of the aforementioned army, mainly when crossing the Dvina River. An incendiary agent is a chemical or a mixture of chemicals that produces a combustion reaction and releases a large amount of heat continuously. The oxygen necessary to maintain combustion can be obtained from the atmosphere or it can be part of the incendiary agent, which gives characteristics of autonomy to the corresponding weapon. The heat of combustion of an incendiary agent must be high enough to ignite or damage the selected target, with a speed that does not allow rapid dissipation and, at the same time, facilitates the transfer of heat between the agent and the target.
The primary purpose of incendiary weapons is to cause damage to the enemy in their persons and property, mainly by means of heat or direct flame. It may be the case that weapons of high explosive power cause heat waves and even fires, but because the predominant effects and the intention of their use are focused on the explosive and fragmentation effects, we will not address their use and characteristics. Some incendiary agents are poisons “per se”, while some others produce toxic or asphyxiating effects when burning. The incendiary agents can be of an intensive or dispersive type; the intensive ones are destined to materials and constructions that are not very combustible, for which it is required that their combustion temperature is very high and that their flames form a compact mass. Within this type of agents we have the metallic ones (based on reactive metals) and the pyrotechnic ones (they contain their own source of oxygen). On the other hand, the dispersive agents are destined for easily combustible objectives or for living beings; these objectives do not require great intensity of fire and heat as the dispersion in large areas of small quantities of the incendiary in combustion is sufficient to cause damage. Here pyrophoric (substances that ignite spontaneously on contact with air) and those made with oils (such as Napalm) are highlighted, increasing their destructive power according to their adhesiveness, that is, their ability to stick to surfaces during the combustion, for which additives have been devised that improve their adhesive properties. Molotov street bombs (gasoline and oil in a fragile bottle with a rag on the mouth) are dispersive arsonists, which increase their adhesiveness if they are added sugar, for example. The sugar with the temperature begins to caramelize, sticking to the surfaces and takes some time to burn completely.
The incendiary weapons systems are composed of three main parts: the incendiary agent itself; ammunition to discharge and ignite the incendiary agent in the desired area, and a propulsion system that allows the ammunition to reach the established target. Current technology systems allow incendiary weapons to be launched by aircraft, artillery pieces, combat vehicles and even infantrymen. For a Better Understanding of This Type of Weapons, We Can Classify Them As Follows: Metal Incendiaries
This type of agent is made up of metals that react easily with atmospheric oxygen. The best known and most used is magnesium, not so much for its price as for its accessibility and its high reactivity. Very generally, to increase its performance as an incendiary, it is used in alloys, the best known being the so-called Elektron, which contains aluminum and small amounts of copper. It is also possible to heat it and react it with water, which generates hydrogen, which burns or explodes, making it difficult to control the fire. One way to further complicate the control of this kind of fires, is adding 20% of cadmium to an incendiary alloy, generating, as a combustion product, a gas that is twice as poisonous as hydrogen cyanide. In small bombs, whose weight ranges between 50 and 250 kg, it is very used against buildings of brick, stone, cement or metal, because the bombs have the capacity to penetrate across the roofs and explode inside the buildings, causing the inflammation of the goods contained in the targets. Looking for greater effectiveness, they are usually thrown in bunches of at least 100 units. Another metal used as an incendiary agent is zirconium, which has an additional property to those of magnesium: it produces sparks when hitting hard surfaces. Uranium is also a pyrophoric agent, which can be obtained for these purposes from the preparation of enriched uranium to be used as a nuclear fuel; Non-radioactive uranium is then used as an incendiary, for example, in aerial darts. Pyrotechnique Incendiaries
This class of agents has the characteristic of containing its own source of oxygen, in such a way that an impoverished atmosphere does not hinder its combustion. The main agent of this classification, the termite, mixes aluminum powder and iron oxides. It is lit by a wick and burns with greater violence than magnesium and at a higher temperature; during combustion molten metallic iron is released, which contributes to the propagation of heat. It is worth mentioning that the termite was the most used incendiary agent during the First World War, and it still remains in use to this day.
The termite is usually modified to improve its characteristics, by adding some materials. Such is the case of thermate, which consists of thermite added with metallic aluminum, sulfur and barium nitrate. Other kinds of termatos include, in addition, carbonaceous materials that increase the total generation of heat. The thermats are widely used in hand grenades and aviation bombs whose use corresponds to that described for magnesium bombs. Pyrophoric Incendiaries
These are materials that ignite spontaneously when they come in contact with the air. In dry air the beginning of the reaction it is difficult or delayed a little; for these specific cases a special wick is used. White phosphorus belongs to this classification, which is very common for burning very combustible materials. When it contacts the air, it explodes into flames and, due to the humidity, produces dense clouds of smoke. This last property causes it to be used, in addition to being an arsonist, to make signals or to spread smoke screens. Coupled with the above, it turns out that, once in flames, white phosphorus adheres strongly to surfaces and is extremely difficult to extinguish with water (and if it goes out, it self-ignites again once dry). All these properties make it difficult to control the fires started by this agent. To increase its efficiency, it is common to use plasticizers and flammable substances of high combustion temperature. A typical mixture of the latter class is composed of finely divided white phosphorus, suspended in a rubber and xylene gel. It is commonly used in aviation rockets, supporting ground operations. A single launcher can fire six rockets with a minimum caliber of 70 mm, and several of these rocket launchers can be attached to an aircraft. Another important pyrophoric is triethylaluminum, a liquid that burns on contact with air or water, sometimes with explosive violence. Polyisobutylene can be used as a thickening agent, which produces a plastic that is capable of causing severe epithelial burns and which is very difficult to extinguish. This is used in rockets that are fired from portable launchers. The most common rockets of this type, are projectiles of 66 mm of caliber that are fired with a launcher of four tubes resting on the shoulder; they have a weight of 1.5 kg, a range that varies from 200 m (with millimeter accuracy) to 750 m (with less accuracy) and a payload of 0.6 kg of thickened triethylaluminum. Upon impact, this load is spread over a radius of approximately 20 m. Oil Based Incendiaries
Petroleum-derived hydrocarbons are an excellent raw material for incendiary agents: they are abundant, have a high heat of combustion and generate appreciable amounts of carbon monoxide, among other properties. However, those whose volatility allows them to light easily, such as gasoline, burn too quickly, so when thrown away they are consumed in a large flamboyant but ineffective flash. For this reason, gasoline is mixed with thickeners that help to significantly increase its destructive power: they make it more suitable for warlike uses depending on the modifications to its flow properties; their cohesiveness and adhesion properties are also altered in such a way that they adhere to the surfaces, the burning time is prolonged and the combustion temperature is increased. The most common additive was rubber, towards the beginning of the Second World War; however, rubber became a strategic raw material for the manufacture of tires, so it was imperative to find a substitute. The isobutyl polymethacrylate and the polymethyl methacrylate began to be used; shortly after it was seen that certain soaps were more advantageous than polymers (soaps are metal salts of fatty acids).
In 1942 it was discovered that an aluminum soap obtained from coconut acid, naphthenic acid and oleic acid, is a thickener of special qualities. This soap was given the name of Napalm (contraction of the words NAphtenate and PALMitate), a term that has been generalized to designate, in addition to the soap that gives rise to, all the types of thickened hydrocarbons that are used as incendiary agents. This soap easily absorbs moisture from the air and can be mixed with gasoline to obtain a gelatin that varies in its consistency, depending on the amount of soap used, from a very fluid liquid to an almost solid jelly. For portable flamethrowers, for example, a mixture of 30 liters of gasoline thickened with 1 kg of soap is used. For use in incendiary bombs, larger quantities of napalm soap are required to ensure that the fragments that emerge from the explosion that disperses them are not less than 100 g in weight. They are employed profusely in the so-called tactical incendiary bombs, for the support of terrestrial activities, either against military installations and vehicles or against population centers. These bombs consist of a thin walled container loaded with napalm (one of the most used versions is 400 liters capacity). When impacting the ground, the bomb disperses its content on an elliptical surface of approximately 120 m in length by 25 m in width; in this model the napalm is lit by a load of less than 1 kg of white phosphorus, which produces a huge fireball that slows down by just 5 seconds, but leaves the napalm burning for at least 5 minutes more. Since the described container takes the form of an auxiliary fuel tank, a single airplane can carry several of these bombs under the wings.
You can also use napalm in flamethrowers (which from the invention of napalm acquired a special tactical importance), of which there are two main types: the portable and the mechanical. The first, to be transported by a soldier in the back, consists of a napalm tank, another one of compressed air (or any other propellant) and a nozzle with a lighter. The most used model weighs about 25 kg, has capacity for 15 liters of napalm, a range of 50 m and a minimum duration of 8 seconds when it is fired in a single burst; of course, you can also shoot in shorter bursts. The mechanical flamethrower can be used as a main or auxiliary weapon mounted on a combat vehicle. Its capacity is usually 1,300 liters, its range is 200 m and its minimum duration is one minute.
The most recent investigations about this type of agents indicate that the possibility of adding napalm pyrophoric substances that assure re-ignition once it has been turned off is studied, as well as adding special compounds called metallic carbonyls to its formulation that increase its toxic action in closed spaces, simultaneously generating carbon monoxide and poisonous metallic aerosols. Employment of Fire Agents
Basically, the use of incendiary weapons is directed towards military targets to immobilize transports; for the destruction of strategically important facilities; for the destruction of centers of food supply or of fields of culture, cattle raising, etc .; obviously to kill and, finally, even when these are not the only uses, to bring down the morale of a people at war. The instinctive fear of fire dates from its discovery by the man of the caverns. Therefore, the psychological effect of the use of incendiary weapons can be more devastating than the weapons themselves, because of the consequences generated by a wave of generalized panic that hinders and even makes impossible the survival and control procedures that could be applied. The fact that incendiary weapons are artifacts whose effects go beyond any humanitarian consideration in acts of war, led to the signature in 1980 of the Protocol on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons, within the framework of the holding of the United Nations Conference on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or of Indiscriminate Effects, which took place from September 15 to October 10, 1980. It should be noted that publication by The UN report on napalm and other incendiary weapons was followed very large efforts to regulate such weapons. It is argued that certain incendiary weapons can have a very high specific military value, but it is also true that the wounds caused by them are appalling and extremely painful, difficult to deal with and often lead to death or permanent deformations and incapacities, without counting the serious psychological traumas that leave as a sequel in the victims. The aforementioned report concludes that the use of these weapons must be considered to cause unnecessary suffering. Therefore, there is a tendency towards a complete and absolute prohibition rather than a limited prohibition, which lends itself more to violation than to compliance with the norm. This has happened in different parts of the world: Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Syria, etc. It has come to the cynical extreme to say that bombs with white phosphorus are used not as incendiary weapons but as a method of night lighting! If this type of weapon is totally and absolutely banned, the road for its control and destruction is facilitated, that is, the road to disarmament is cleared and paving stones are laid to pave the avenue of peace. Hopefully we can see it soon, for the good of all humanity.
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2019.11.12 00:19 THRILLHOIAF [COMETS HARVEST] Utica Comets (9-4-0-0) vs. Syracuse Crunch (6-4-2-0)
Good afternoon Canucks Nation, on this fine Remembrance Day afternoon! Today we head over to Utica, New York, to watch the Comets take on division rival, the Syracuse Crunch.
The Comets recently ended their four-game losing streak, with a gutsy comeback effort against the Binghamton Devils. Today, they face off against a struggling Syracuse Crunch team who are coming off a shutout loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The last time these two teams met, the Comets dominated in a 6-2 rout.
Let's make this one quick so that we can get back to our Remembrance day festivities, er, dinner? Do people make Remembrance day dinners? Am I so out of touch? THE STARTING LINEUP
|LW ||C ||RW |
|Bailey (#95) ||Graovac (#44) ||MacEwen (#15) |
|Goldobin (#77) ||Hamilton (#36) ||Lind (#13) |
|Bancks (#34) ||Jasek (#9) ||Perron (#27) |
|Arseneau (#18) ||Taylor (#14) ||Stevenson (#26) |
|LD ||RD |
|Juolevi (#48) ||Sautner (#6) |
|Brisebois (#55) ||Rafferty (#25) |
|LeBlanc (#3) ||Eliot (#52) |
Cull reusing the same lineup from Saturday's effort, with the exception being a switch to the starting center for the Graovac, MacEwen line. They swapped at some point during the game on Saturday. Glad to see it. Hopefully, the chemistry carries over into this Monday afternooner.
Di Pietro, with his third straight start today against Syracuse. He's been lights out this weekend, but this will likely be his first real litmus test as an AHL goalie to see if he can handle the starter workload. RE: INJURY REPORT
|Injury Report ||-- ||-- |
|Jonah Gadjovich(upper-body) ||Reid Boucher (knee) ||Carter Camper (upper-body) |
|Healthy Scratches ||-- ||-- ||-- |
|Josh Teves ||Richard Bachman ||Seamus Malone ||Dylan Blujus (family matter) |
1st period Comets in their Veterans Day Green Camo alternates
- Nikolay Goldobin (#77) with a great move around two Crunch players
- Comets with three rushes into the Crunch zone, but fail to generate any shots on goal
- Vinny Arseneau (#18) nearly sends Jimmy Huntington into the Crunch' bench with a big hit at center ice
- Comets first-line pressuring which results in the Crunch' Luke Witkowski taking a delay-of-game penalty to give the Comets their first powerplay of the game
- 1st peeper unit: Lind, Perron, Rafferty, Bailey, Brisebois
- 1st powerplay unit loses the zone instantly and then has the puck deflect out of play on their next entry attempt. 2nd peeper comes out instead: Goldobin, Graovac, Juolevi, Eliot MacEwen
- Goldobin (#77) sets up Mitch Eliot (#52), Olli Juolevi (#48), and Tyler Graovac (#44) for powerplay blasts on the Crunch's Spencer Martin
- Comets peppering the Crunch on that powerplay
- After the powerplay, Kole Lind takes a tripping penalty to put the Comets onto the PK
- Olli Juolevi (#48) blocks a shot with his right arm but can't change off, he stays on the ice and ends up blocking another blast with his leg
- can question his skating, but god damn you can't question his heart, kids an absolute warrior on the penalty kill. Kid is constantly using his stick or his body to block or deflect pucks away from the net. He's registered 35 blocks/deflections this season to date, the next highest on the Comets is Guillaume Brisebois with 23.
- speaking of, Guillaume Brisebois (#55) blocks a shot, giving Justin Bailey (#95) a breakaway alongside Lukas Jasek (#9). Bailey moves through the high-slot to get a shooting lane and draws a hooking penalty from Ross Colton.
- Game goes to 4-on-4 for 14 seconds before the Comets head to the powerplay
- Goldobin (#77) tries to cut through neutral ice, but loses the puck, giving Cory Conacher a shorthanded breakaway. MDP comes up huge with a sprawling pad save
- Second shorthanded breakaway, this time for Boris Katchouk. Fortunately, backchecking Brogan Rafferty (#25) and Ashton Sautner (#6) prevent him from getting a shot off
- Brogan Rafferty (#25) steps up from the blue line to keep possession in the Devils zone. Unfortunately, he knocks the puck right into the hands of three Crunch players, and they race the opposite way. MDP makes two massive saves facing the odd-man-rush, and then Rafferty (#25) makes up for the failed pinch, with a picture-perfect placement of the stick to keep the puck from bouncing over the sprawled out MDP
- alternate angle showing the huge saves and Rafferty's stop
- Dyson Stevenson (#26) with a nice move along the Crunch endboards to get around Chris Mueller for a centering feed to Justin Taylor (#14). The feed gets picked off, however, and the Comets are forced to reset
- GOAL – SYRACUSE – 1-0 Crunch: Oof, Comets finally get the puck out of their end and up to neutral ice. Boris Katchouk wires a slapshot from out past the blue line that knuckles over the glove of Di Pietro. Unlucky goal for Di Pietro. Born leader, Zack MacEwen, skates over before the next faceoff to give MDP a tap on the pads.
- Graovac (#44) wraps around the Crunch's net and out to the high slot for a wrister off the pads of Martin
- Arseneau (#18) involved with a bizarre collision with Cory Conacher, who goes down in a heap. Comets get an odd-man-rush off the collision but can't get a shot off
- Upon rewatching, it looks like the two's ankles clip each other, but Conacher goes down immediately holding his head? Not sure if Conacher was actually in pain, or if he was baiting the refs for a call?
- Game getting very physical in the waning minutes of the first
- Ten seconds remaining and Stefan LeBlanc (#3) gets dinged for holding. Comets off two a late penalty kill
- SYRACUSE – GOAL – 2-0 Crunch: wow, three seconds left in the period, and Chris Mueller gets left alone on the doorstep to get the easy tip-in goal off a point shot from Cameron Gaunce
Score at the end of the First Period: 2-0 Crunch
Comets down by two, but they still have a lot of time to get something going in this one. Comets are throwing a lot of heat towards the net of Spencer Martin, but not enough from high-danger areas. Crunch having no problem boxing the Comets out to the outsides of the circles for shots-on-net. Comets are just so slow at capitalizing on space creation. A lot of wheeling around the offensive zone from the Comets forwards, but once they create space for their teammates, its as if time stops as they try to figure out what to do with it. The extra time allotted to plan their next move undoes all the effort put into creating space that would enable a quality scoring chance. Not sure if that's a chemistry thing or confidence thing, but oh boy, they need to speed it up in the offensive zone when they do these set-plays. Comets outshot 11-to-7 after twenty minutes of play.
- No sound to start
- Olli Juolevi back on the ice for the second period. Glad he's ok, that shot to the arm looked pretty brutal.
- Whole lot of puck-chasing through the opening four minutes of play, with just a couple shots here-and-there
- MDP makes the stop as the Crunch get dinged for too-man-men
- Comets off to the powerplay with the 1st unit: MacEwen, Juolevi, Eliot, Goldobin, Graovac
- First unit boxed out along the end-boards as they manage just one shot from Olli Juolevi. Juolevi's shot was a one-timer blast from the point that went off the leg of a Crunch defender. Second unit rolls out and does nothing
- Bailey (# 95) with a golden scoring opportunity after a takeaway in the Crunch's end, but he sends his shot high-and-wide of the goal
- Eliot (#52) from the Comets end, pounces on Daniel Walcott to muscle him off of the puck, allowing the Comets to break out of the zone
- Brogan Rafferty takes a tripping penalty and the Comets are back onto the penalty kill with nine minutes left in the period
- 1st PK group: Hamilton, Bancks, Sautner Juolevi
- Juolevi ( #48) breaks up the feed on the PK to force the Crunch out of the zone
- Juolevi is like Taylor Swift with all of these break-ups. This one likely preventing a sure powerplay goal for the Crunch, as he lays his stick in the crease to halt a pass
- Kole Lind (#13) showing off his speed to create an odd-man-rush for he and Lukas Jasek (#9). Jasek gets a beauty saucer feed to Lind as he gets past the defender, but Martin makes the save on a weak shot. Great play from the two in spite of the weak shot attempt.
- MacEwen (#15) boarded hard in the Comets end. Comets get the call and are back onto the powerplay
- Juolevi (# 48) with a blast on the powerplay. Juolevi's rebound is just out of the reach of Mitch Eliot (#52), who would've had a glorious scoring opportunity if he was just a step closer to catch the puck
- at this point, I'm not sure what dual defenseman does for this powerplay. It's the second-worst powerplay in the division with this setup and wasn't any better before. Speed kills, and the Comets are just dawdling with every opportunity
- Arseneau (#18) nearly blows through the end-board door with a hit. While Dyson Stevenson (#26)gets in a scrap with Dominik Masin
The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-0 Crunch
Dreadfully boring period. Comets outshot the Crunch with, get this, seven shots, to the Crunch's four. And that's with the Comets getting two powerplay tries. Comets are just looking out of their depths when it comes to setting up meaningful offense. Most significant scoring chance came on that Jasek/Lind odd-man-rush. Otherwise, its floating shots from outside the circle or the point that get easily sticked/blocked aside by Crunch defenders. The Crunch' don't even have to do much to defend, as the Comets routinely put themselves in disadvantageous scoring positions with extra moves through the Crunch's zone.
- MacEwen with an early shot block off the ankle in the Comets end. Labored a bit getting back to the bench
- I don't know if I write about this enough, but nets come off their moorings at the Adirondack Bank Center quite often. A light breeze is enough to knock them off.
- Here, Kole Lind (#13) has a perfect scoring opportunity ruined, when Martin lightly bumps into his net. The bump knocks the net off its moorings just before Lind can get a shot off, so play is blown dead
- Rafferty picks up his second penalty of the game with a holding call
- Crunch get a huge scoring chance as Conacher rattles a shot off the crossbar, but the Comets kill the penalty
- oh boy, it's just one of those nights, as Stefan LeBlanc (#3) fans on a clearing attempt and gets dinged for tripping as Danick Martel was driving the net of Di Pietro
- Shorthanded scoring chance for the Comets, as Ashton Sautner (#6 ) blocks a blast, followed by Lukas Jasek (#9) picking off the puck to give himself and Tyler Graovac ( #44) an odd-man-rush. Jasek with some quick skates to get to the net of Martin, but he spins at the crease to feed a trailing Graovac (#44) for the one-timer, but Graovac doesn't have any power on his shot, leading to an easy save for martin.
- I'd complain that Jasek didn't just take a shot, but it looked like he spun because he had lost control of the puck at the last second
- Comets are resorting to peppering shots from the outside while playing dump-and-chase hockey. Not looking good for the farm, who's struggling to find a way to set up in the Crunch's zone
- Lind (#13) continues to pressure as he picks up the puck and drives to the net to generate another scoring chance for Utica. His shot here may not have had much on it, but the follow up try from Perron (#27) could have been something
- MacEwen finds himself in a prime scoring lane for an opportunity, but the ref's blow play dead as he touches the puck. MacEwen was ruled to have knocked the puck down earlier with a high-stick. Frustrating turn for the Comets who finally got themselves significant time and space
- Cull seriously shortening his bench in the third frame, its been all MacEwen, Graovac, and Bailey
- Justin Bailey (#95) lets up on his check behind the net of Spencer Martin, allowing him to walk around the end-boards to clear the Crunch's zone. Witkowski appeared to have the puck stuck up by his hip, and Bailey was trying to point it out to the ref's, but you can't just stop boxing a player out and hope for the refs to do something
- Daniel Walcott picks up a tripping penalty with less than four minutes remaining
- Goldobin ( #77) with a great feed to MacEwen (# 15) for a backdoor try, but his redirect goes over the net
- GOAL – UTICA – 2-1 Crunch: Comets finally capitalize on the powerplay, as a blast from the point from Brogan Rafferty (# 25) goes off the pads and out to Zack MacEwen (#15). MacEwen gets a cross-ice feed to Goldobin (#77) for the tap-in backdoor play. Great pass from MacEwen on the play to finally get the Comets on the board
- Jasek (#9) wins the puck after a long battle along the boards. Jasek sets up Guillaume Brisebois (#55) for a blast on goal with a pass from behind the Crunch's goal line
- GOAL – SYRACUSE – 3-1 Crunch: Tyler Graovac (# 44) leads a zone-entry but loses the puck. Goldobin (#77) attempts to recover, a stick-lift from Boris Katchouk, however, gives Katchouk an easy walk-in on the Comets empty net.
Final Score: 3-1 Syracuse Crunch
|Period ||Team ||Goalscorer ||Primary assist ||helper ||type |
|1st ||Syracuse ||Boris Katchouk ||Cory Conacher ||Chris Mueller ||5v5 |
|1st ||Syracuse ||Chris Mueller ||Dennis Yan ||Cameron Gaunce ||PPG |
|3rd ||Utica ||Nikolay Goldobin ||Zack MacEwen ||Brogan Rafferty ||PPG |
|3rd ||Syracuse ||Boris Katchouk ||-- ||-- ||EN |
- I said it several times in tonight's writeup. The Comets are playing around too much in the offensive zone. No point in wheeling around the ice to draw in defenders to create space, if it takes an extra three moves for the forwards to then make the pass for a shot on goal. Tonight at least saw the team drop the amount of "cute" no-look, drop feeds to no one. The result, however, was 60 minutes of lifeless hockey, as the Comets struggled ad nauseam to get themselves into quality shooting positions physically.
- He didn't get burned repeatedly on the powerplay, and he was a shot-blocking machine tonight on the penalty kill. Overall, a positive, Tanev-like, performance from Juolevi tonight as he repeatedly sacrificed his body to thwart every Crunch powerplay scoring opportunity single-handedly. Ironically, the one powerplay goal the Crunch scored was when Juolevi was in the dressing room getting his arm looked at.
- Very good performance from Kole Lind tonight as he led the team in shots-on-goal. Still looks weak on his skates, here and there, but, otherwise, he was the Comets most dangerous forward when it came to high-danger scoring chances.
- Same goes for Lukas Jasek, who had a couple odd-man-rushes created off his defensive efforts. He's a sneaky good two-way player, but his offensive side does need improvement if he ever wants to earn a look with the Canucks. He does have the best defensive game out of all the Canucks forward prospects, so that token alone might elevate him above the rest. Travis Green and co have spoke at length about how a forward call-up would likely be for someone to fill-in the bottom-six. A quality defensive game, like Jasek, might be all the difference that puts him above someone like MacEwen. Still, though, buddy really needs to work on his shot.
- Unlucky night for Michael Di Pietro, who looked fantastic outside of the weak Katchouk goal. Legitimately nothing could be done to help him on that powerplay goal from Chris Mueller. Mueller was left completely alone on the doorstep as the penalty-killers played way too far out on the play. Suppose MDP could've been faster with his right-to-left slide, but that slap-pass from Gaunce was a rocket, would've been a tough save, even for an experienced vet, like McIntyre.
- The Bailey, MacEwen, and Graovac line was comically weak today. Not once did the three combine for a good looking passing play. All three elected to try and 1v5 on any shooting play. I guess it makes sense for Cull to throw the selfish players all on one line, so they don't drag down the team-players on other lines. But holy moly, watching two of the fastest guys on the team routinely get boxed out, or muscled out along the boards as they tried to solo-rush on goal was embarrassing.
- Overall, not much to like about that game whatsoever. The team couldn't stay out of the penalty box to save their lives, and they were pathetic on the powerplay. If they cant utilize space with the man-advantage, then I don't know how this team is going to get it done at even-strength.
Comets Three Stars
The Comets Trajectory?
- Michael Di Pietro
- Kole Lind
- Lukas Jasek
Comets get a nice rest after this four-in-six stretch. They return Friday, November 15th, when they hit the road to face off (again) against the Syracuse Crunch. Hopefully, the four days of rest/practice time will do the team some wonders, as they need to figure some ish out. As always, if you want to read up on this Comets Harvest or the 2018-19 Farmies editions, you can find them all at my Comets Harvest Blog here
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2019.11.09 01:47 greenteaapplepie69 beauty is the gateway to a relationship
its straight up faxx
studys have proven that within 3 seconds of seeing you, men already know whether or not they find you attractive. https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/science-says-you-do-this-surprising-thing-in-just-3-seconds-hint-it-has-to-do-with-attraction.html
During the speed-dating events, the single men and women each had three-minute interactions with partners, and decided whether they wanted to see that person again. Each person saw up to 25 different people of the opposite sex.
Guess how long it took people on average to determine whether they were attracted to the other person?
but the most brutal pinkpill is the fact that it only takes a split second to 'fall in love'.
Three seconds, as it turns out, is actually a lot longer than what it takes to fall in love. According to a separate meta-analysis study by Syracuse University neurologist Stephanie Ortigue, it only takes one-fifth of a second to fall in love.
and yet another pinkpill:
Scientists have found that men who find women extremely attractive look into their eyes for an average of 8.2 seconds. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/5050098/Length-of-gaze-can-show-a-mans-true-feelings.html
A man who lets his eyes linger on her for around four seconds is less interested, researchers found.
women look at men the same amount of time regardless of how attractive they are (mentioned in the study). this is because men are shallow, or biology or something.
I'm not saying that personality doesn't matter- but what i'm saying is that you have to meet a certain threshold to even be considered in the first place. femcels KNOW this because of how men instantly treat them vs their attractive peers/friends who are standing right next to them.
most of you here are beckies or stacylites so that doesn't really matter. however, beauty does still play a huge role in your dating options.
the second most important things are probably charm and aloofness. if you're subbed to FemaleDatingStrategy
then you're probably familiar with this. Like don't be a desperate pickme, have other options, have goals, friends and other things to focus your life around that aren't men. idek if aloofness is the right word to use.
but being a pickme and desperate will attract fuckboys and make you less attractive even if you're already pretty.
charm = social skills, being a nice person, charisma, etc;
a lot of guys apparently like women who are kind and good listeners, i found a study about that and used it for my personality-maxxing post.
not sure if you guys want this or not, but i might make a post on here about lookism and dating strategy.
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2019.10.14 13:22 pinkminitriceratops BQ attempt at the Empire State Marathon
- Name: Empire State Marathon
- Date: October 13, 2019
- Distance: 26.2 miles
- Location: Syracuse, NY
- Time: 3:22:18
|Goal ||Description ||Completed? |
|Primary ||3:20 ||No |
|Reach ||3:18 ||No |
|Back up ||3:25 ||Yes |
|Extra goal ||BQ (3:30) with buffer ||Yes |
|Mile ||Time |
|1 ||7:29 |
|2 ||7:38 |
|3 ||7:35 |
|4 ||7:35 |
|5 ||7:36 |
|6 ||7:36 |
|7 ||7:33 |
|8 ||7:40 |
|9 ||7:33 |
|10 ||7:38 |
|11 ||7:36 |
|12 ||7:31 |
|13 ||7:35 |
|14 ||7:30 |
|15 ||7:38 |
|16 ||7:39 |
|17 ||7:32 |
|18 ||7:24 |
|19 ||7:34 |
|20 ||7:42 |
|21 ||7:42 |
|22 ||7:40 |
|23 ||7:53 |
|24 ||7:54 |
|25 ||8:10 |
|26 ||8:03 |
|a very long .2 ||3:21 (7:18 pace) |
Finish time: 3:22:18
This was my first full Pfitz training cycle and I loved it. Followed 12/55, and for the most part had great workouts. Set 10k PRs on both my tune up races (43:09 and then 42:35), and was feeling confident coming into the race.
The taper didn't go great. This was a higher mileage taper than I'm used to, and I came down with a nasty cold one week out. In retrospect, I probably should have decreased the last two weeks of mileage more than I did.
The race course
This is a very small race, with fewer than 2000 runners across a full, a half, and a 10k. The full is the smallest, with only about 200 runners. The course is basically an out-and-back, with the bulk of the miles on a bike path around Onondaga Lake. Almost entirely flat, but lots of turns. Organization is decent, but they were a bit low on volunteers and had decreased the number of water stations at the last minute which was not great.
Got up at 5 for some peanut butter toast, then drove to Syracuse with my family (my husband was also running the marathon, and my dad did the 10k). The marathon started before the other races, so the start wasn't very crowded which was nice! Did a brief 5 minute slow jog as a warm up, although by the time I stood around for the (very slow) national anthem I think some of the benefits had warn off.
Race started out well. Went out a touch fast, but dialed it in quickly to my planned pace which felt very comfortable. I found a group of 3 other runners aiming for around 3:20 and stuck with them through about mile 10 when two of them started to fade. Stayed with the other runner through about mile 23.
I noticed within a few miles that my watch was already quite far off from the mile markers, most likely due to all the turns that I was not doing a great jog taking tangents on (the course has two way traffic including walkers and bicycles, so you have to stay to the right which makes tangents hard!). By mile 10 I gave up on the 3:18 goal, since I was about 30 seconds too slow for 3:20 despite my watch splits showing me closer to 3:18 pace. Lesson learned: work on running tangents better!
Around mile 10 I had my first major problem: I missed a poorly marked turn. Luckily I noticed after only about 50 feet, and was able to get back onto the course and only added about 0.1 extra miles.
The course heads up a gradual hill around 15. This was the first point where I started feeling the fatigue, but I kept telling myself that coming down the hill would feel great and barely slowed on the uphill. The 2nd turn around is just past mile 16, and then you head back down the small hill where I was able to pick up some speed and clocked my fastest split (mile 18, 7:24).
At this point, although my heart rate and breathing were still very controlled, my legs were really feeling the fatigue. I had missed one gel due to minor stomach upset, but I think my glycogen stores were hanging in and it was just general muscle fatigue in the legs. I was able to lie to myself that I really wasn't that tired for a bit longer.
Just before the mile 20 mark, I had my second major disaster: while trying to drink gatorade, I wasn't paying enough attention to my very tired feet and tripped and face planted. A friendly runner stopped to make sure I was ok and helped me get up. I had a scraped knee, which I didn't even let myself look at (thankfully it barely hurt!), a nasty scrape on my hands, and I realized later in the day that I had scratched the lenses of my prescription sunglasses.
Although the fall didn't do much damage, it really messed with my mental game. I was fairly sure I had tripped mainly due to fatigue, and the lies that I really wasn't so tired just weren't sticking afterwards. I had been speeding up before the fall. After, I managed to hang on to a barely slower pace for the next 3 miles, then really started falling off pace at mile 23. I knew I was close at that point, and kept trying to will myself to go faster, but I just couldn't get my legs to move. It didn't help that I knew the 3:20 goal was pretty much impossible at that point (and 3:25 well in the bag), and I just didn't have the will to push. Cardio was still feeling fantastic at the end, but the legs just wouldn't move, even knowing I was close to the finish.
I was very happy to get what should be a safe BQ (BQ-7:42), but a bit disappointed in not reaching 3:20. It was still a massive PR for me: previous PR was a 3:45 last May! My cardio system felt up to the task, but I need to work more on endurance and strength in my legs (as well as running tangents—I covered an extra quarter mile). I'm thinking more miles and more strength training next time! I probably won’t do another marathon before Boston 2021.
As a bonus, the race was so tiny that somehow I managed to come in as the 2nd female finisher! I had been in 4th at the 1st turn around, and 3rd at the second turn around. Not sure what happened to the other woman, I must have passed her after we merged with the half marathoners.
My husband successfully finished his first marathon and met his goal of sub-4 (3:56), and my dad had a good 10k although was disappointed to not place in his age group. My mom was a great sport and hung around the start/finish line for 5 hours!
I'm signed up for two November races to hopefully profit off residual marathon fitness: a half marathon in 4 weeks (probably aiming for about 1:34-1:35), and a Thanksgiving 5 mile race (aiming for 6:45 pace and hoping to take down a PR from 2002). After that, I'm taking the winter to focus on base building with no spring races planned. This has been my busiest racing season ever, and I’m ready to spend some time logging lots of easy miles.
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2019.10.04 00:29 Pickup_your_nuts Today in History 04/10
- 1209 Pope Innocent II crowns German king Otto of Wittelsbach
- 1227 Assassination of Caliph al-Adil.
- 1363 End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, one of the largest naval battles in history with 850,000 taking part (approx.)
- 1537 The first complete English-language Bible (the Matthew Bible) is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
- 1571 -13] Synod of Emden, Calvinist leaders establish the Dutch Reformed Church.
- 1582 Last Julian calendar day in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states
- 1636 Battle at Wittstock, Brandenburg: Sweden beat Ferdinand III
- 1636 In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony's 1st law drafted
- 1648 Peter Stuyvesant establishes America's 1st volunteer fire service
- 1675 Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens patents the pocket watch
- 1693 Battle of Marsaglia: Piedmontese troops are defeated by the French.
- 1712 Utrecht banishes poor Jews
- 1824 Mexico becomes a republic
- 1830 Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands
- 1834 Franz Grillparzer's "Der Traum ein Leben" premieres in Vienna
- 1854 Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair
- 1862 Battle of Corinth ends
- 1864 National black convention meets in Syracuse, New York
- 1864 New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
- 1873 Toronto Argonauts Football Club (CFL) forms as Argonaut Rowing Club rugby-football squad; oldest existing pro sports team in North America still using original name
- 1873 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Tom Kidd beats countryman Jamie Anderson by 1 stroke; first Open not held at Prestwick GC
- 1878 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotsman Jamie Anderson wins 2nd of 3 consecutive Championships; beats Bob Kirk by 2 strokes
- 1880 University of California founded in Los Angeles
- 1881 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
- 1883 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Instanbul
- 1883 First meeting of the Boys' Brigade in Glasgow, Scotland.
- 1895 1st US Open Men's Golf, Newport GC: Englishman Horace Rawlins wins inaugural event; beats Willie Dunn of Scotland by 2 strokes
- 1897 George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple" premieres in NYC
- 1900 In a final confrontation, some 4000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in Gold Coast (Ghana)
- 1901 Charlie Barr skippered Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (UK), 3-0 on New York City Harbour in 11th America's Cup yachting challenge series
- 1906 Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburg Pirates, 4-0 to end MLB season at 116-36 with .763 winning percentage; unmatched since
- 1910 Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England
- 1910 Adoption of the Flag of Bermuda.
- 1911 1st escalator installed on the London Underground at Earl's Court Station
- 1913 Freddy Wilson of Regina Roughriders kicks 10 singles in 21-3 win over Saskatoon Rugby Club
- 1914 Dardanelles: French & British fleet bombards Turkish forts
- 1915 Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado & Utah is established
- 1916 Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time
- 1917 British assault on Broodseinde, France
- 1918 Musical "Sometime" with Mae West premieres in NYC
- 1921 Riccardo Zanella becomes first elected President of Free State of Fiume
- 1922 Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing as the New York Giants-New York Yankees Baseball World Series is broadcast for the first time over radio (WJZ & WGY)
- 1922 Protocol of Genevia signed: Austria gains independence
- 1923 Young Stribling ostensibly beats Mike McTigue on points in Columbus, Georgia for world light-heavyweight boxing title; referee Harry Ertle later calls fight a draw, claims coerced by promoters to award fight to Stribling; McTigue retains title
- 1924 New York Giants became first team to play in 4 consecutive World Series; win Game 1, 4-3 at Griffith Field; lose series, 4-3 in manager John McGraw's 9th and final WS appearance
- 1925 Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over St Louis Browns, 10-4 and 11-6, to edge teammate Ty Cobb for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time
- 1926 Dahlia is officially designated as San Francisco city flower
- 1927 Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore (works on till 1941)
- 1928 25th World Series begins at Yankee Stadium with Bronx Bombers beating St Louis Cardinals, 4-1; sweep series for 2nd consecutive year
- 1928 KPD begins petition against Germany building a battle fleet
- 1930 Philadelphia Athletics' Jack Quinn aged 47, oldest to play in World Series; pitches 2 innings in Game 3, 5-0 defeat to St. Louis; win series, 4-2
- 1931 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
- 1931 Juan Esteban Montero becomes President of Chile
- 1932 Anti-semite Julius Gombos forms new government in Hungary
- 1933 Esquire magazine is 1st published
- 1936 Italian lire devalued
- 1936 Record crowd 66,669 packs Yankee Stadium for Game 4 of Baseball World Series; Yankees beat Giants, 5-2; win series, 4-2
- 1939 Last Polish troops surrender
- 1940 12 German aircrafts shot down above England
- 1940 Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in the Alps
- 1940 French Vichy regime proclaims end of "Statute of the Jews"
- 1942 German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad
- 1943 Corsica freed by Free French
- 1943 German occupiers forbid flying of kites (6 month jail sentence)
- 1944 British troops land on Greek continent
- 1944 The only all-St. Louis World Series opens at Sportsman's Park with the visiting Browns beating the Cardinals, 2-1 on George McQuinn's home run; Cards win series, 4-2
- 1948 Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox, 8 - 3, in a one-game playoff to decide the AL pennant; keys are the pitching of Gene Bearden and hitting of Lou Boudreau
- 1948 World Council of Churches forms under W Fisherman It Hooft
- 1949 American Contract Bridge League votes 58½% to keep blacks out
- 1949 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
- 1951 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
- 1952 "Top Banana" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 356 performances
- 1953 British runner Jim Peters sets world marathon record 2:18:34.8 in the Turku Marathon in Finland
- 1953 NY Yankees slugging center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; Yankees win series, 4-2
- 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers win their first Baseball World Series with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 against arch-rival New York Yankees; Dodgers had lost their previous 7 World Series
- 1955 Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul
- 1956 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
- 1957 "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS
- 1957 USSR launches Sputnik I, 1st artificial Earth satellite
- 1957 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
- 1958 12th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-3
- 1958 5th French republic forms
- 1958 Transatlantic commercial jet passenger service began (BOAC)
- 1958 Fifth Republic of France is established.
- 1959 First Baseball World Series game played west of St Louis; LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox 3-1 in Game 3; record 92,394 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
- 1959 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals
- 1959 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad
- 1959 Netherlands equal best performance against neighbours Belgium; win, 9-1 in soccer friendly at De Kuip, Rotterdam; Piet van der Kuil & Faas Wilkes score 3 apiece
- 1959 USSR Luna 3 sent back 1st photos of Moon's far side
- 1960 Courier 1B Launched; 1st active repeater satellite in orbit
- 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
- 1961 NY Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford records 3rd straight Baseball World Series shutout in Yankees 2-0 win v Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; NY wins series , 4-1
- 1962 USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300m
- 1962 Willie Mays scores in the 2nd inning for the Giants ending Whitey Ford's record Baseball World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak at 33 2⁄3; Yankees beat Giants, 6-2 in Game 1 and 4-3 in the series
- 1963 -8] Hurricane Flora, kills 6,000 in Cuba & Haiti
- 1963 Gambia achieves full internal self-government
- 1964 -7] Hurricane Hilda, kills 38 in La, Miss & Ga
- 1964 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC; Mary Mills shoots final round 69 to win first of her 2 LPGA C'ships, 2 strokes ahead of defending champion Mickey Wright
- 1964 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
- 1964 Italian Autostrada del Sol opens at Milan-Naples
- 1964 Boston Patriots' kicker Gino Cappelletti lands 6-from-6 field goals and 3-from-3 conversions in 39-10 win v Denver Broncos at Bears Stadium, Denver
- 1965 "Pickwick" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 56 performances
- 1965 Pope Paul VI becomes 1st Pope to visit Western Hemisphere (UN)
- 1965 USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon
- 1966 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
- 1966 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
- 1966 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
- 1967 St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 2-1 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Fenway Park; first Fall Classic since 1948 not to feature Yankees, Giants or Dodgers; Cards win series, 4-3
- 1967 Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
- 1968 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
- 1969 Last wooden passenger subway cars retired at Brooklyn Myrtle Beach
- 1969 UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters
- 1969 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
- 1970 Umps return after 1-day walkout in quest of higher wages
- 1970 WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 1970 Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 1970 Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70
- 1971 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
- 1971 KMPH TV channel 26 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
- 1971 USSR performs underground nuclear test
- 1972 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog
- 1973 Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam
- 1974 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
- 1975 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
- 1976 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns after telling a racial joke
- 1976 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
- 1976 Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST).
- 1978 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
- 1978 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
- 1979 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
- 1979 USSR performs nuclear test
- 1979 Typhoon Tip forms near Pohnpei in Micronesia, would go on to be the most intense and largest tropical cyclone ever recorded
- 1980 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen
- 1980 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"
- 1981 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
- 1982 West German parliament officially confirms Helmut Kohl as the country's new Chancellor
- 1983 Richard Noble driving Thrust2 reaches new land speed record of 650.88 mph (1,047.49 km/h) at Black Rock Desert, Nevada
- 1985 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia
- 1985 Shi'ite Muslims claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
- 1985 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA
- 1986 NY Yankees closer Dave Righetti saves both doubleheader games at Fenway Park for 5-3 and 3-1 wins v Boston; Righetti's MLB record 46th save
- 1986 Queen Beatrice installs dam at Oosterschelde
- 1986 Rachel Oliver (Mass), 20, crowned 19th Miss Black America
- 1987 First "Scab Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players as a result of players strike; chiefly related to the expiration of 1982 Collective Bargaining Agreement; players returned October 15
- 1987 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- 1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid
- 1989 SF Giants 1st baseman Will Clark hits first NLCS grand slam since 1977 in 11-3 win v Chicago Cubs; Clark goes 4-for-4 with 2 HRs to tie NLCS RBI record (6) for an entire series in less than 4 innings
- 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
- 1990 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
- 1990 Regional elections held in East Germany
- 1991 Delta Center in Salt Lake City Utah
- 1991 Edmonton Oilers trade captain Mark Messier (on the team for all 5 Stanley Cups) to the NY Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice & Louie DeBrusk; Messier leads Rangers to Cup 2 seasons later
- 1991 San Jose Sharks play first NHL game in franchise history, a 4-3 loss in Vancouver; native Californian Craig Coxe scores club's first goal while Jeff Hackett makes an impressive 48 saves
- 1991 Whiteland Janice, driven by Mike Lachance, wins Kentucky Futurity
- 1991 The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature.
- 1992 "Anna Karenina" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
- 1992 "Real Inspector Hound" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances
- 1992 1st time AL East & West champs have same record (96-66)-Tor & Oak
- 1992 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Dalmahoy CC: Europe beats US, 11½-6½; Laura Davies of England wins all her 3 matches
- 1992 El Al cargo plane crashes at Amsterdam Bijlmer, 43 die
- 1992 Miami Dolphin Louis Oliver returns record tying interception 103 yards
- 1992 The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique.
- 1993 Troops of President Boris Yeltsin occupy Russian White House (parliament)
- 1994 7.9 earthquake strikes Koerilen, flood kills 18+
- 1994 Keith Moore is charged with stealing $5,000,000 from Sting
- 1994 Soyuz TM-20 launches
- 1995 29th Country Music Association Award: Krauss Jackson win
- 1995 Jim Leyritz homers with a man on in 15th inning to give Yankees 2-0 Division Series lead over Mariners
- 1996 BPAA US Bowling Open by Dave Husted
- 1996 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Liz Johnson
- 1996 Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi breaks record for fastest hundred in one-day cricket history; in first ODI innings, Afridi savages Sri Lanka for 102 in KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi; reaches 100 in 37 balls
- 1996 Left wing Mike Donnelly becomes first player in NHL history to play for all 3 New York teams (Sabres, Rangers & Islanders) when he suits up for the NY Islanders in a 1-0 loss in Los Angeles
- 1997 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
- 1997 Second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company with $17.3 million in cash taken
- 1998 Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy overtakes countryman Rod Marsh's world record of 355 Test cricket dismissals during 1st Test win v Pakistan in Rawalpindi; catches Wasim Akram off Colin Miller to reach milestone
- 1998 Australian motorcycle racer Mick Doohan wins the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to clinch his 5th world 500cc championship; all 5 titles are won with Honda
- 1999 Rain prevents play on the final day of the 3rd cricket Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Colombo; despite 105 from Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka wins first ever Test series v Australia
- 2000 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
- 2001 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
- 2001 SF Giants slugger Barry Bonds hits his 70th home run in 10-2 win v Houston; ties Mark McGwire for the most MLB home runs in a single season
- 2003 Maxim restaurant suicide bombing in Haifa, Israel: 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs, are killed, and 51 others wounded.
- 2003 Red Raiders' quarterback B.J. Symons sets a Big 12 Conference record with 8 touchdown passes, leading Texas Tech to a convincing 59-28 win over Texas A & M
- 2003 Trainer Bobby Frankel saddles Sightseek to victory in the Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park; Frankel's 23rd Grade I stakes winner of the year, breaking D. Wayne Lukas' 1987 record of 22
- 2003 Jockey Jerry Bailey surpasses his own single season record for North American purse earnings ($19,271,814) set in 2002; wins aboard Sightseek in Beldame Stakes & Birdstone in Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park
- 2004 SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight
- 2005 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released
- 2006 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange
- 2009 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.
- 2011 US State Department lists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIL) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture
- 2012 Turkey’s parliament approves cross-border military operations in Syria
- 2012 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China
- 2012 Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections
- 2012 7-time Formula 1 world drivers champion Michael Schumacher of Germany announces his retirement from racing at the end of the season
- 2013 German singer Helene Fischer releases "Farbenspiel", most successful album ever by a German female artist, over 2.4 million sold
- 2017 English PM Theresa May suffers nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, pranster interupts and set collapses
- 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work on cryo-electron microscopy
- 2017 Chinese pianist Lang Lang plays Carneige Hall one-handed due to injury with 14 year-old Maxim Lando playing his left hand for Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"
- 2018 New England's Tom Brady becomes only 3rd NFL quarterback to record 500 career touchdown passes as he connects with Josh Gordon in Patriots' 38-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Foxborough
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2019.09.21 17:25 JohnBuridan How to Read a Book for Understanding
How to Read a Book for Understanding:
in a World which Publishes as Though Every Book is for Entertainment The Multiple Uses of the Book Medium B
ooks have been on the defensive since the first batch of Kindles sold out in 2007. Since then audiobooks and podcasts have exploded in popularity, and the internet not only provides millions of archived and public domain books ripe for download, but also creates opportunities for literary experiments and experiences which could not have happened otherwise. Text adventures, web serials, blogs on every subject under the sun - costs couldn’t be lower and opportunities to write have never been cheaper. Nonetheless the old codex format of pages between two covers still has much to recommend it. Traditional books are not obsolete, but I do believe we have forgotten how to approach books in particular amidst the information proliferation. And since we have forgotten how to approach books, publishers have stopped publishing books that are approachable. In the past dozen years, codex technology has not only failed to advance, but the knowledge of how to read and write a book has backslid.
One of the interesting things about physical books is their versatility. The form of a book lends itself to many different readings and interactions. For example, sometimes I read a book to quote mine or find an author’s opinion on a certain topic, other times to introduce myself to a new field, other times to read deeper in a field I’m already familiar with. Each of these goals means I will interact with the book in a different way. I can skim, flip through, read forward linearly, or even backwards - from a conclusion back towards the premises. I can single out tables and diagrams and read those, or jump right to the bibliography for a list of more works to read, or flip to the end-notes to discover a citation for some dubious claim. The Table of Contents should offer an outline of the book in miniature and a short study of the contents, should prime me for the meat of the work coming later. And, of course, the thickness of the sections provides quick intuitive information about how much I am missing when I skip around. The physical interaction encourages active reading and the static pages of the book allow the user to choose a reading style which fits best with his/her purpose. Today, in fact, I even read an index to get a handle on what the core vocabulary I need to master is. If I get lost in a sea of terms, I can refer to the index again to help guide me to the light. Okay that’s a big laundry list of things, but I will revisit and explain more fully in a moment.
Now admittedly, a digital book is better for quote mining and is equivalent to a physical book in a variety of ways, and superior to it in a variety of others. One trade-off of the digital book, is it is harder to remember where in a work a particular argument was laid out or curious diagram printed. But the lightweight portable nature of the digital might offset those costs, if you would never engage with the work or have it on hand when needed otherwise, more power to the medium. There are trade-offs both ways, and I am not trying to convince anyone that physical books are better in every circumstance. Instead I am trying to recover a sense of what the medium of the book has to offer in a world of other options, so that readers can decide what medium aligns best with their goals.
How to Read a Book for Understanding in a World which Publishes as Though Every Book is for Entertainment
The principal problem, as I see it, is not the internet or audiobooks or the unwashed masses not appreciating the aesthetics of books, but the problem is how to read a book for understanding in a world which publishes as though every book is for entertainment. It may not be obvious that I am indicating any real problem, but I think I can demonstrate the issue with a simple test and some comparisons. Pick up a book that will challenge you, that you want to learn something from, the type of book you would read to develop a deeper understanding. Tell me what can you learn about a given book in 20 minutes? And how would that book be formatted if it were designed to maximize the knowledge gained in 20 minutes of interaction?
The title should be informative enough to let you know the subject matter. Honestly, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
may not be the greatest title, but at least it tells you that this work concerns psychology or neurology and “something no one is thinking or speaking about” with practical applications for life - not bad for just a simple title. It would be a shame if it were misleading.
The Table of Contents should then outline the structure of the argument of the book. Mortimer Adler provides an excellent synopsis of the table of contents in his highly recommended How to Read a Book:
Study the Table of Contents to obtain a general sense of the book’s structure; use it as you would a road map before taking a trip. It is astonishing how many people never even look at a book’s table of contents unless they wish to look something up in it. In fact, many authors spend a considerable amount of time in creating the table of contents, and it is sad to think their efforts are often wasted.
It used to be a common practice especially in expository works, but sometimes even in novels and poems, to write very full tables of contents, with the chapters or parts broken down into many subtitles indicative of the topics covered… Such summaries are no longer common although sometimes you do come across an analytical table of contents. One reason for the decline of the practice may be that people are less likely to read the table of contents than they once were. Also, publishers have come to feel that a less revealing table of contents is more seductive than a completely frank an open one. Readers, they feel, will be attracted to books with more or less mysterious chapter titles—they will want to read the book to find out what the chapters are about. Even so, a table of contents can be valuable, and you should read it carefully before going on to the rest of the book.
I have been following Adler’s advice faithfully for years, and it has helped me learn more and retain more from my reading, as well as help me quickly go back and benefit more fully from having my memory jogged.
Perhaps at this point we are at minute 2 - 4 of our 20 minute tour of the book-to-be-understood. Now we read the preface, where the subject, general scope, and purpose are laid out. Read this quickly or even skim it if it is especially long. I find reading the first and last sentences of paragraphs to be a fast way to find the paragraphs which are crucial to me.
We are at minute 12-15 now. Flip through the book and sample some paragraphs or even a few consecutive pages to get a flavor the work, its density, its style, the challenges, and sensibility you will have to develop to appreciate it.
In the last few minutes, go for the total spoiler and read the final pages. Adler recommends that if there is an Epilogue, go to the pages right before the Epilogue. Usually an author cannot stop himself from summarizing what he believes to be the big takeaways at the end of the work. In any case, it is good to see where you are going to end up at the end so that the unity of the work can become clearer.
With that we come to the end of our 20 minutes and we should know a lot about our book. We should now know clearly the topic, the scope, and the basic skeleton of the work (think “head, shoulders, knees and toes” not “clavicle, acromion, coracoid”), the flavor of the text, and where the author wishes to take us. To some people, this might be a foreign and unromantic way to read, but it is rather a very involved and dedicated way to read. Yes, it is superficial. That’s sort of the point. To achieve this superficial overview required effort and attention, not merely glazed eyes scrolling over the pages. And the ultimate goal is an intimate knowledge of the book. Sometimes, even this superficial reading of a book, disabuses the reader of the notion that the book in question is worthy of deep reading. Perhaps the book contains only one core insight and several hundred poorly told anecdotes (On Grand Strategy
likely qualifies). Sometimes a superficial reading reveals a superficial book. I
remember in high school, we read at least one Shakespeare play a year. I wanted to like them, because I liked being challenged and I like language. My teacher recommended I read a summary of every play before reading it. So I purchased Shakespeare A to Z
and read the summary of every Shakespeare play before I read the text. Then before each scene I would reread that scene’s overview from Shakespeare A to Z.
I noticed my comprehension went up when reading the actual text, and Shakespeare became more and more enjoyable, until one day I could comprehend large swathes of unseen Elizabethan writing without need of a summary. This is an example of climbing a ladder of challenge toward understanding.
One impediment to developing a deeper understanding and keeping clear memories of a work are the abysmal tables of contents produced today. Like Adler, I have noticed a seriously sad state in TOCs.
For example, the TOC for Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
goes as such*:*
When I compare Tetlock’s TOC to my copy of Aristotle’s Politics
… call me a clock -- I am ticked about this TOC. Tetlock’s TOC is not useless, but it is a far cry from Adler’s ideal of a useful road map. In Tetlock’s defense, I’m sure this was an editorial decision—all popular science books are written this way now. Furthermore, while there were subheadings to each of Superforecasting’s
chapters, they were not included in the TOC. I imagine this was not Tetlock’s fault. I don’t know, but my guess is that clean, minimal TOCs of exactly one page are publishers’ choice right now.
With this Table of Contents, I can tell you Chapter 1 is about Tetlock’s position. Chapter 2 is about uncertainty… no, wait, it’s about experts and his previous book Expert Political Judgement
. Chapter 3 is how a scoring system works. You get the idea, but the problem with this, is that each of these chapters actually contains far more than I can quickly recall from seeing the chapter title. The subsections of each chapter would help immensely.
Benjamin Jowett’s TOC for Aristotle’s Politics
stretches an immense eleven pages. Here’s the table of contents of just a part of Book 5. (For those who don’t know, in most editions of ancient works ‘Book’ is used in a way we might use Chapter, and chapters are just a few pages.)
Chapters 5—12. Revolutions in particular States, and how revolutions may be avoided.
- (a) In Democracies revolutions may arise from a persecution of the rich; or when a demagogue becomes a general, or when politicians compete for the favor of the mob.
- (b) In Oligarchies the people may rebel against oppression; ambitious oligarchs may conspire, or appeal to the people, or set up a tyrant. Oligarchies are seldom destroyed except by the feuds of their own members; unless they employ a mercenary captain who may become a tyrant.
- (c) In Aristocracies and Polities the injustice of the ruling class may lead to revolution, but less often in Polities. Aristocracies may also be ruined by an underprivileged class, or an ambitious man of talent. Aristocracies tend to become Oligarchies. Also they are liable to gradual dissolution; which is true of Polities as well.
- The best precautions against sedition are these: to avoid illegality and frauds upon the unprivileged; to maintain good feeling between rulers and ruled; to watch destructive agencies; to alter property qualifications from time to time; to let no individual or class become too powerful; not to let magistracies to be a source of gain; to beware of class-oppression.
Okay. Now this might be a bit excessive, but it is both useful before reading the work, and as a reference while in the weeds to see where the current section is going. A quick bird’s eye review of the table of contents gives the reader a context for understanding, for example, Aristotle describes Hiero of Syracuse use of secret police in Chapter 11. The TOC for 5.11 tells us that “Tyranny may rely on the traditional expedients of demoralizing and dividing its subjects” and here Hiero is an example one such tyrant, who kept his adversaries from coordinating by keeping them in fear. Astute readers easily see then how this example fits into the larger work of Book V, and even the larger vision of Politics.
Besides terse chapter titles with no subheaders, another problem one runs across in TOCs are totally coy titles. As one friend told me, “Often, even after
I've read a modern nonfiction book, I can't recall what a given chapter is about from the table of contents because they all have titles like ‘The Mouse and the Octopus’ or ‘How to Play Cribbage in a Boiler Room’.” I didn’t ask, but I think he had Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
I appreciate that Antifragile
has all of its subheadings included in the TOC. Some of them are quite useful, and I remember some of the sections therein quite well. Why do I remember some of these sections quite well, but not others? I suspect that the common cause, besides the punchiness of the writing which sometimes sticks, is their descriptive quality. Some of these subheadings, however, I just have no idea about. What was “France is Messier Than You Think” about? I vaguely recall the phrase “protesting as a national sport”. (In fact, I only remember the protesting as national sport thing, because I went to look up the book or article he was referencing and couldn’t access it.) Despite a less than perfect score on the table of contents, Taleb has the redeeming quality of plainly stating the thesis of his book at the beginning and again at the end in two different formats--verbal and mathematical. That he does this clearly improves an otherwise droll book sevenfold. A clear thesis provides a framework to his soup of spiteful words, amusing descriptions, and insightful lessons.
Douglas Hofstadter, known for his tyrannical control over each aspect in the production of his books, provides a very pleasant six page Overview immediately after the two page Table of Contents in Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
. For those who have read it they will know, GEB is not really a book with a thesis, it’s an experimental work. The Overview, I think, makes that clear.
Take my word for it, though, most authors are not Douglas Hofstadter and will not try to maximize the information available to the reader for the purpose of the learning journey. So what can we do given the state of TOCs? Because most publishers prefer mystique, and the general public is willing to endure nearly useless Tables of Contents, one has an opportunity to engage with the book deeply and create your own Table of Contents at the beginning of the book on the blank page and in all that white space publisher left for you. Maybe something like this for Chapter 3 of Superforecasting:
3. Keeping Score
Ballmer’s Forecast on the iPhone – imprecise predictions can’t be assessed
a. “A Holocaust…Will Occur”
Predictions about Chernenko’s successor – hindsight bias rife among experts
b. Judging Judgments
Imprecise phrases like “very likely” and “serious possibility” – Sherman Kent’s Solution to numericize language – it was never adopted – The wrong-side-of-maybe fallacy – what calibration means -- overconfidence and underconfidence – Brier Scores
c. Meaning of The Math
Brier Score Meaning depends on the Difficulty of Predictions
d. Expert Political Judgement
EPJ Program to assess expert predictions 5- 10 years out
e. And The Results…
Ideologues did worse – hedgehog and fox distinction – prototypical hedgehog Larry Kudlow and his recession denial – Foxes are more boring than hedgehogs
f. Dragonfly Eye
Sir Francis Galton and The Wisdom of Crowds – why crowds work – foxes simulate a crowd – Richard Thaler’s Guess the Number Game – using different perspectives yields more accurate guesses – Seeing poker through the perspective of the opponent – the dichotomy is a simplification, a mere model
Obviously, you can’t make a new table of contents off of the 20 minute fling we discussed earlier. You need to have read the work at least once. But if you do choose to make your own Table of Contents after you have read the book, then you are probably well on your way to a deep understanding of its material. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. We should talk about the first full reading of a work. T
hrough your first reading of a difficult text it makes sense to keep a brisk pace. Your goal should be to read all the parts you can understand *at your current level of knowledge.* Even though the work may be in your native language officially, if it is the type of work which is challenging you, then you need to read it as though it is a foreign language. Look for the key repeated terms and don’t worry if you do not understand something. Don’t slow down to work out the math section which is above your level, or to look up that arcane word which has something to do with naval batteries; read everything that is in the 75% comprehensible range and above. Slow down a bit when you have to, but avoid getting bogged down. This second reading, though still superficial, should provoke you to ask all the questions you need answered to make total sense of the text next time around. At this point you can go back and build your personal table of contents and then either embark on a closer, analytical reading to make sense of the work, or do whatever it is you need to do with the text. P
erhaps the most common way for a reader to take control of a text is through note-taking. Note-taking a swamp of preferences and methods. Ideally each person uses a method which fits their context. What type of notes a reader takes should depend upon the reader’s expertise in the field AND on their purpose. This is why interactive learning platforms are so hard to create. Learners have disparate purposes and come in to a topic with different holes in their knowledge and understanding. For these same reasons, it is nonsense to say that there is a right or wrong way of taking notes in the abstract. Furthermore, some scream sacrilege about writing in books, others feel it is essential to making the book their own possession. Some prefer typing for its speed, others love baroque note-taking systems, like the Cornell method. Despite the diversity of methods and the idiosyncrasies of users, it is worth surveying five purposes of note taking and methods for going about it, so that readers can choose the method which suits their purpose best.
- Structural notes outline the sequence of topics covered by the work. This can be done in the margin or in a notebook. One can make a “key word outline” or key phrases. Seeing the structure should facilitate understanding the purpose of the arguments and descriptions.
- Substantial notes summarize the key arguments, descriptions, and examples in order. For this, one would want to identify important sentences or sections. Rewrite them, highlight them, or indicate them with a vertical line in the margin. The examples, descriptions, and specific arguments put flesh on the airy concepts and add meat to the otherwise bony structure.
- Conceptual notes paraphrase several takeaway ideas from the work in your own words. These are probably not written in the work itself but in a separate document.
- Critical notes include your emotional and intellectual responses to the key sections, core arguments, and general ideas of the work. This really should be done last. Of course, our temptation as intelligent readers is to prejudge based on what we already know. Understanding the author on his own terms is an essential goal. I have no fleshed out strategy for balancing the competing need to be both a discerning reader and a lenient judge (at least at first). More ideas welcome.
- Dialectical notes cross-reference passages from the work with similar or contradictory passages from other works you have read and even can cross reference previous ideas from the book in question. These notes are crucial when overviewing a broad topic and seeking to understand the shape of a wider conversation and not merely one author’s voice in it.
Note taking, I think, for most people is an annoying exercise. It requires much attention and effort and crucially takes longer than reading. Paradoxically, patience with note-taking takes time to develop, especially because it takes a long time to bear fruit. A decent rule of thumb is that the more invested a person is in mastery, the more time will be spent note-taking. While the conscientious may go overboard for fear of missing something, most need only assess to what extent they are reading for enjoyment, and then what type of notes to take becomes clear.
Marking enjoyable sentences, difficult passages, crucial arguments, and genuine insights is something one can do even when reading mostly for pleasure. Fun notes offer a sense of completion and something to show for your time.
How the Uses of Books Should Inform the Writing of Books
Books lend themselves well to use by people of all levels of expertise, from professionals to novices to dilettantes. A professional who is clued in to the larger conversation can mine through a book quickly and discover the interesting and unique insights, a novice can read slowly and digest each element of the work making notes and outlines and summaries, the dilettante can sample and read superficially, reading for pleasure sometimes and at others for a deep understanding. No group is slowed down by interspersed flashcards or interactive elements, which may be useful for some, but for others superfluous. As a medium, standard books offer significant optionality to readers, a freedom to choose when to slow down, speed up, when to stop to take notes, when to skip a section. These decisions can be be made quickly, easily, and sometimes even subconsciously. While audiobooks whisk listeners onwards for hours, books progress only at the rate of your processing. Studies on eye movement reveal the advantage of a medium
which does not assume the manner in which a reader will engage with the information. Assuming we are not vetting readers for expertise, book design should offer accessibility to both professional and novice readers though they read differently. Experts navigate across the page differently and chunk information more efficiently. Despite these differences, a difficult book still should offer a gateway into a subject for the novice (learnability) and seamless navigation for the expert (discoverability). I
have formulated a few ideas explaining what publishers already do and what they should do to improve the medium further. Some of these ideas transfer to long form online articles as well, and if I put together a website this year I am now on the hook to practice what I preach, otherwise you have permission to harangue me with strongly worded emails.
Authorship 101 says that a book needs a definite and discoverable structure. We’ve already talked about this with tables of contents. However, it is important to remember as well, that reading even a detailed skeleton of a work is not the work itself. If a work is all skeleton, then there will be too much room for abstract misinterpretation or the evaporation of the ideas into meaningless platitudes; there needs to be some meat, specific arguments and examples and anecdotes. However, the ratio needs to be right. Too much meat and we rightly call it fat.
Books require cues which remind readers of their location within the conceptual territory of the work. The chapter titles and or section titles restated at the top of the page, page numbers in the bottom, or even paragraph numbers at the beginning of paragraphs (which make citing nonfiction way more convenient across platforms. This is one of the pleasant things about ancient classical works for example, Republic
514a always refers to the allegory of the cave paragraph in Plato.) these all serve to contextualize the page. Footnotes give the reader assurances while reading, and can help readers generate further inquiries quickly. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies
lacks footnotes and has such lackluster citations in the endnotes that I found myself growing more and more suspicious of the narratives as I read.
The Landmark History Series does everything in its power to make old historical works accessible to novice readers of classical history as well as experts. Here is the explanation of the method from the series editor, consider this whole block as though it were bold and italicized. It's that worthy of emphasis:
Text features in Landmark editions are designed to assist the reader
including side notes which are found on the outside page margin at
the beginning of the chapters into which the ancient text was divided
long ago by Alexandrian scholars. Normally, the first two lines of the
side note display the book and chapter number and the date (if known
or applicable). The third line shows the location of where the action
takes place (or in some cases, a topical title). Finally, there is a
summary description of the contents of the chapter. Each chapter
contains section numbers in square brackets, such as  to
mark the divisions into which scholars have traditionally divided the
text for ease of search, analysis, and discussion. Running heads are
placed on the top of each page of the book which at a glance provide
date and place and a brief summary of the action of the first complete
chapter on the page. Footnotes not only refer place-names in the text
to nearby maps, as mentioned above, but they may serve to connect
certain points in the text to other relevant sections, or to the work of
other ancient writers and poets. They also cite particular paragraphs in
the Introduction or in one or more of the appendices where the reader
will find discussion of the topics or events footnoted. On occasion, they
provide background information that does not appear in any of the
appendices. They may also point out and briefly describe some of the
major scholarly controversies over interpretation, translation, or
corruption of the text. A few explanatory footnotes are quite long and
detailed, but they contain important information which could not be
further condensed. Footnotes and map data are repeated throughout
the work to assist those who will read only selections from it, or whose
reading of the text is discontinuous.
The result of this editorial care is a historical series which is deeply informative. Twenty minutes with any book in this series always lends itself to progress in understanding. And this should be our goal when putting together written works - to make our medium serve as many readers as possible.
Other innovations can and should be developed, especially for presenting long essays online. Gwern’s
long essays are probably the best I have seen formatting wise. Wikipedia is acceptable. The New Yorker’s
website does a poor job providing a sense of place to the reader. Audiobooks are necessarily abysmal (frequently Audible does not even include the subsections or chapter titles in their navigation pane). But when it comes to the physical book the Landmark Series is the best I know.
Realist History in one beautiful volume
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2019.08.03 22:11 jud34 Divide et Impera 1.2.5 and Alexander Campaign Released!
Divide et Impera 1.2.5 Released!
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After months of work and lots of great feedback from the community, we are proud to present the latest major update for Divide et Impera! This release includes multiple major overhauls for various factions, visual updates for hundreds of older units to bring them up to speed with newer assets, a new playable faction, new campaign features and an entirely new scenario submod - Alexander!
This update is save compatible. Both parts of the standalone have been updated! The Steam version will be updated as well. Patch Notes
) New Scenario Submod Campaign - Alexander!
Cimbri Overhaul & Playable Faction
- Head over to the Submod section to find the download thread for an entirely new scenario submod featuring the conquests of Alexander the Great.
- New playable faction - the Cimbri! Now playable in campaign and custom battle.
- Completely new roster overhaul included.
- Entirely new roster for the Ardiaei.
- Older Illyrian units have been kept for AI rosters to add variety.
- Some older units moved to faction only AOR units for Illyrians.
- Added major military port to Ardiaei minor starting settlement.
Sparta & Pergamon Visual Overhaul
- Multiple new units added.
- Visual overhaul for other units.
Miscellaneous Unit Changes
- All new visual overhaul for many units in these rosters, especially elites.
- Hellenic generals updated with new appearances.
- New and older resources used to improve various visuals.
New Faction Traits
- Over 200 units redone in various rosters to bring them up to date with newer assets and textures.
- Rosters redone include Italian, Arabian, Belgian, British, Celtic, Nabatean, Nomadic, Veneti and various AOR units.
- New Thureos unit for Egypt - Linen Cataphract.
- New unit cards added for Armenia
- Various new faction traits for custom DeI factions have been added. Old traits have been overhauled to remove copied and underused traits with more unique and historically accurate ones.
- Factions changed include Edetani, Scordisci, Kartli, Masaesyli, Medewi, Caledones, Iweriu, Atropatkan and Syracuse.
New Special Capital
- Added amber to northern Germanic regions. It is produced by the region effect like spices and is fully tradeable.
- New amber trade route effects added to various regions going south.
- It should now be possible to complete the "own every resource" economic victory condition.
Population System Changes
- Dacian special capital has been added, Zarmizegetusa (new campaign only)
- Special bonus to diplomacy with Dacian factions when city is owned.
- Slight increase to 1st class bonus when below minimum amount.
- Small reduction to overcrowding impact on 1st class.
- Reduced overall immigration movement by all classes.
- Bread & Games: Decreased food cost, increased public order bonus.
- Migration: Added building time reduction.
- Foreign Customs: Increased public order bonus.
- Romanization: Small increase to cultural conversion, added building time reduction.
- Sell Food: Increased income from ports, agriculture and livestock buildings. Small increase to food used.
- Buy Food: Increased food and growth from trade buildings and ports.
- Call to Arms: Increased recruitment cost reduction and replenishment. Added 1 recruitment slot bonus and small public order negative.
- Decreased upkeep negatives on military training technologies.
- Increased levy upkeep bonuses on final military training technologies.
- Increased ship technology bonuses in the military training tree.
- Build time reduction added to some later siege engineering technologies.
- Fixed a multitude of incorrect cavalry weapon entries.
- Fixed incorrect mass assigned to many cavalry units - this caused some units to underperform compared to their overall charge bonus and heavy appearance.
- Changed appearance of few horses of Maurya and changed their speed
- Fixed incorrect charge defence attribute of Appulian Infantry
- Sacred Band cavalry slightly nerfed
- Slithgly buffed AP damage of spears
- Small buff to Spartan unit HP
- Tweaks to hoplite phalanx, overall Hoplite units are more usefull in early game but are outclassed by late game infantry like Thorakitai
- Lowered intervals between melee attack from 4 to 3 seconds
- Charge bonus buffed a bit
- Wardogs buffed in assault roles and against light units
- Buffed elite Gallic and Germanic cav
- Buffed elite Germanic swordsmen
- Small buff to Hellenic sword unit damage
- Added various DLC factions to major faction autoresolve bonus background script.
- Added small naval garrisons for other cultures to special ports.
- Increased and matched income for minor and major Barbarian goldsmith buildings. Slightly lowered for agricultural industry buildings tier 4.
- Renamed regions to match city names since regional distinctions are no longer used in the game's UI.
- Added tier 3 medicus/academy buildings in minor towns to intelligence trait improvement triggers.
- Lowered Mercenary elephant respawn rates (new campaign only)
- Added new army spawn scripts in Macedonian Wars campaign for AI Macedon and Rome.
- Added new specialized effects for tier 3 and 4 Foreign Quarter buildings based on culture type.
- Added new banner for pirate faction (thanks to Jake for the banner!)
- Changed confederation names for various barbarians factions.
- Lots of other smaller fixes!
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2019.06.14 17:53 TerrysApplianceSvc I started an appliance repair business after retiring from 30 years in it. Any interest in hearing about how I automated daily operations?
Title should be IT not it. So here goes . . .
If this is too "rambling" I apologize in advance.
I do think there's a place for this type of thing though because most posts I run into online are just complete nonsense about how to be a millionaire with no work.
The first thing I did was build a website because I needed to jump-start my customer base and Google is the place to do it.
I used WordPress for the website because it's really quick and easy to get started and there are a ton of free templates (themes) available so you can find pretty much whatever you like without needing to pay for design work. There's nothing wrong with paying for design work, but I had only saved up about 6 months cash from my previous employer and was being very careful to not burn any that wasn't absolutely necessary.
It's hosted at Linode.com because they have an extremely solid infrastructure and it's not too expensive. Also when you rent an instance, you get dedicated "everything." I don't share my bandwidth or CPU with any other customer, which keeps my site both fast and predictable. I also don't have to worry about hackers that broke though from another website on the same host because there aren't any other websites.
The site is: terrys-service.com.
NB: Since I'm local and Reddit is international, I don't think anybody will mind me posting the link, since it doesn't actually get me anything if you're more than 30 minutes outside of Syracuse NY.
Why it looks boring
If you look at the site, you'll note that it's plain-looking. This is intentional because it's primary purpose is to take service calls from mobile devices, not look pretty. "Pretty" is distracting on a small screen, increases load time and gives the customer too many things to think about. Every page the user has to read and every button or link they click is a chance to wander off somewhere else and not come back, so I put the sign-up form right there on the home-page.
A little web log analysis early on found that more than 3/4 of my users were mobile, so the site is built from the ground up for mobile. It still looks nice on desktop, but was really built for "mobile first".
The site gets a 100 in Google Page Speed, which makes Google happy, but more importantly means that the site pops up immediately on a phone, even in a bad reception area. It also resizes property so it's easy to use on both a giant Samsung Galaxy and a tiny 5 year HTC.
Note that while this is a bit of a humble brag, I really can't emphasize enough that users want reassurance and an easy way to get the stuff fixed. I've beaten the hell out of the website for months to arrive at this. I don't ask a single question that isn't actually needed to handle their call, and have stolen shamelessly from from extremely successful websites for the order of operations, for what they see and when.
The form fields are laid out based on what the customer wants, not what I want.
It works great for me, but my stuff is all done on the back end. From the public view, it asks only what it needs to setup the call, and asks the questions in the order that the customer is thinking of them.
The first thing I do is tell them what days are available, so right off the bat they know they don't need to wait a week for someone to show up. A customer with a freezer full of thawing burgers wants to know "how fast can someone be here".
Putting a date right up on the top of the page that's generally "Today" or "Tomorrow" puts them at ease.
Also, I actually use the words "Today" and "Tomorrow" because a lot of people don't actually know the date and I want to eliminate any unnecessary thinking. This isn't an insult to the customers. Many people really aren't sure what the current date is, and if they have to go off and look, many won't make it back, which costs me money in lost calls.
Then I ask "what's broken and what day and time would you like me to fix it ?"
The "time" thing is is huge.
Nobody gives exact appointments. Everybody else in the area will say "morning" or "afternoon." I give actual times.
I also realize that people have jobs and can't just take off because the refrigerator is broken, so I offer late calls which lets people get service without taking vacation time. This ends up being way less than 10% of my calls, and I don't mind doing it, but the customers really love having the option even if they don't take it.
Next down the page is "what's broken" It's an unlimited size field because some people want to write a lot, and it's always annoying when a computer cuts off a human because "too many characters" so I don't do it. Want to write "refrigerator dead" that's fine! Want to write a novel about everything you did and checked? That's fine too!
Computers should make life easy for humans. Not the other way around.
The very last thing is "name and address" and a "schedule your service call" button. It doesn't look too exciting from the outside. But this is when the magic starts. 8-)
Now for the chewy nougat-y center! 8-)
First, all this functionality was added over time because I saw a need. It wasn't an "all at once" thing.
When the user clicks "OK" . . .
No more drives across town to find an address that doesn't exist
This came about because over the last few months I had started getting bad addresses on the website.
- I validate the address against the USPS address database using smartystreets.com web API (free for low usage) to make sure that it's both valid and a physical address with a house on it.
They weren't specific enough, for example: "Smith St" with no house number, or "8 Smith St." when the house numbers started at 100.
In a few cases, the city was listed as Syracuse even though it was actually 50+ miles away, because the homeowner couldn't get anybody to come out and thought I wouldn't notice.
If the address isn't a valid, deliverable single family home or duplex, where the address is real and the city and zipcode all match, they get a message to call to setup the appointment.
No more surprise drives off into the Finger Lakes
Once the data gets past this point, I know that at the very least, it's a place that it's possible to drive to.
I had been using the Great Circle calculation to see how far away the calls were. This gives you the straight line distance. Unfortunately, I had started to get calls that were "only 17 miles away" but because of geography were an hour drive each way. Using the Google Maps API I get the actual drive time and reject calls that are more than 15 miles or 25 minutes away.
- Next is the Google Maps API. This is also free for low usage.
Keeping a tight service area is a huge business advantage. Driving is doubly expensive because it costs more than $0.50/mile just to drive, and drive time isn't billable. Also, driving way out somewhere means I also have to drive back, so it's actually double.
Keeping a small service area means I don't get quite as many calls, but the calls I get are clearly good business.
This is another case where data = money.
Once the call gets past the USPS database and Google's route check, it's "valid enough"
This is where things really start to happen.
When it's time to drive to the call, I open my calendar, tap the map link, and the nav system in my RAV4 navigates me to the call.
- The website tells the customer what the diagnostic fee is, explains that they owe it regardless of whether or not they want to fix the appliance, and tells them to click the "agree" button if they're OK with it. If they don't click, no harm, no foul.
- If they do click OK, it adds it to my call database, along with the information collected on the form and marks off the time-slots as unavailable on the website and in my schedule.
- Creates a google calendar event that contains the map address and links for "call started", "call ended" and a few others, which makes it show up on the calendar on my phone
- Creates a new customer in InvoiceNinja (my invoicing software) - free if you host it yourself or cheap if IN hosts it.
- Pre-loads the invoice with the customer information and service call charges from the web form
- Texts me that I have a new call
Other misc. items.
- I take cash, check, credit cards, google pay and apple pay and use "Paypal Here" for the last 4. They're absolutely flawless and their rates are 100% predictable, and I get paid immediately. For all the horror stories about Paypal, if you process an actual chip card, in person, at the customer's home and get a signature, they never give me any trouble at all. I've never had a more friction-less banking arrangement.
I'm probably leaving out a bunch of stuff. If you have any questions, speak up!
- I'm just finishing the code to show people time-slots based on the drive time from the last call. I have been leaving a bunch of slack, but I can improve profits by knowing the actual drive time and tightening up the interval between calls as appropriate to the drive time.
- I capture the call start and end times on the phone, but don't currently use this for billing. I plan on making the "end time" button calculate the labor charges and add it to the bill.
PS. A couple of people have asked about making this available somehow.
I'm happy to help other small businesses that don't directly compete with me, but it will take a bit of thought on how to do this. Right now, the software is setup for single user, and it's not really in a form that I could package and send to people.
The post is really about how automation can help your business.
If you know any developers, none of this is really difficult. The hardest part was in locating the various resources and figuring out how to integrate them into the workflow.
If anybody wants a hand with any specific integrations, I'm happy to help.
I neglected to mention why I wanted all this technology.
It's because without it, I would need to hire someone to answer the phones, take the service calls and call me to confirm each one.
This costs money, loses efficiency, and disconnects the customer from the a aolable time slot data, making it much more frustrating for the customer and gives a bigger chance of losing the job.
With all this technology, the customer gets direct access to my calendar, can pick the exact day and time they want, and get immediate confirmation that they have the appointment they want and that I will be there.
This is a huge competitive advantage since most of the other places either have people answering the phones that really can't tell the customer anything, or they use an answering machine.
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2019.06.07 16:30 goblue10 2019 Wiki Project - Liberty
The wiki for Liberty has been updated, and can be permanently viewed at /CFB/wiki/liberty
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In 2018, the Liberty Flames made their FBS debut as an independent, and posted a decent 6-6 record under long time head coach Turner Gill. However, his immediate retirement at the end of 2018 opened the door for Hugh Freeze to take to the sidelines. The former Ole Miss Head Coach and massage parlor enthusiast arrives not without scandal, but seems to fit the Flames' needs with his recruiting ability and evangelical overtones. In 2019, Liberty looks for its first winning season in the FBS.
Along with Freeze came new co-OCs Maurice Harris, a long time assistant of Freeze, and Kent Austin, who dabbled as an ineffective head coach at Cornell and in the CFL. What does a Hugh Freeze offense and CFL style football have in common? Its all about the passing game. Expect to see the Flames stretch the field. Liberty returns a strong receiving core in star WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, DJ Stubbs, and Damian King. CJ Yarbrough, a 3* freshman and TE Johnny Huntley, a transfer from Colorado, could also be in the mix as reliable receiving options. Stephen Calvert returns at QB after posting a decent start last season, although struggling a bit in his last few games. If Calvert can connect on more of his passes, the Flames' aerial attack should be strong and efficient. Liberty returns all five members of last season's solid O-line. Veterans Frankie Hickson and Peytton Pickett add speed to the running game, and RS freshman RB Frank Boyd could have an explosive season on the ground as well after performing well in the spring. Anticipate the Flames putting up a Hugh Freeze-ian number of points on their opponents this coming season.
The Flames severely lacked a competent defense last season, allowing 40+ points seven times. Now Liberty will operate under new management, including lauded FCS DC Scott Symons. Accompanying Symons are new D-line and cornerbacks coaches from Symons' previous stint at West Georgia University. Despite their credentials, the Flames may struggle to find talented players. At the end of 2018, Liberty lost DE Juwan Wells and DT Tolen Avery. Three JUCO tackles will join the team, two of which are 3* players. Like last season, Liberty will task DE Jessie Lemonier with leading a struggling line and middle LB Solomon Ajayi with cleaning up D-line messes. The Flames return both safeties Elijah Benton and Isaac Steele along with corner Bejour Wilson. Star recruit Tayvion Land and a few JUCO corners will strengthen the team as well. If the new coaching staff can find a way to stop the run, or at least hamper the run, this will prove a marked improvement from the 2018 season.
Liberty opens its season with a tough Syracuse game and ends with four of its last five games on the road. For the second year in a row, the Flames will play New Mexico State twice. With the new coaching staff, Liberty should improve on offense and looks to be competitive, even with a difficult schedule. If the defense holds its own, Liberty may be bowl eligible. The Hugh Freeze experiment seems to make sense. Was the jump to FBS worth it? According to Liberty, only God knows.
2018 Season Record: 6-6 Coach:
Turner Gill 2018 Roster Key Players:
Stephen Calvert, Soloman Ajayi, Antonio Gandy-Golden
And now for the open-ended interview! This year we're going to talk about Gameday experience, and anyone is welcome to answer these questions in the comments.
|Date ||Opponent ||Location ||Time ||TV ||Score |
|09/01/18 ||Old Dominion Old Dominion ||Lynchburg, VA ||6:00 pm ||ESPN3 ||W 52-10 |
|09/08/18 ||@ Army Army ||West Point, NY ||12:00 pm ||CBSSN ||L 38-14 |
|09/22/18 ||North Texas North Texas ||Lynchburg, VA ||6:00 pm ||ESPN3 ||L 47-7 |
|09/29/18 ||@ New Mexico New Mexico ||Albequerque, NM ||6:00 pm || ||W 52-43 |
|10/06/18 ||@ New Mexico State New Mexico State ||Las Cruces, NM ||8:00 pm ||Aggie Vision ||L 49-41 |
|10/13/18 ||Troy Troy ||Lynchburg, VA ||2:00 pm ||ESPN3 ||W 22-16 |
|10/20/18 ||Idaho State Idaho State ||Lynchburg, VA ||2:00 pm ||ESPN3 ||W 48-41 |
|11/03/18 ||@ UMass UMass ||Hadley, MA ||3:30 pm ||ELVN ||L 62-59 (3 OT) |
|11/10/18 ||@ Virginia Virginia ||Charlottesville, VA ||3:00 pm ||ACCRSN ||L 45-24 |
|11/17/18 ||@ Auburn Auburn ||Auburn, AL ||4:00 pm ||SECN Alternate ||L 53-0 |
|11/24/18 ||New Mexico State New Mexico State ||Lynchburg, VA ||2:00 pm ||ESPN3 ||W 28-21 |
|12/01/18 ||Norfolk State Norfolk State ||Lynchburg, VA ||2:00 pm ||ESPN3 ||W 52-17 |
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- What is the best place to eat at during game day?
- What is the best place to drink at during game day?
- Where is the best place to take a photo on campus/around the stadium?
- What landmark(s) do people need to visit when seeing your school?
- What traditions are of utmost importance during game day?
- If someone were to visit your campus during one rivalry game, what game should it be and why does it make your team's atmosphere amplified?
- What random trivia fact do most people not know about your school?
- Where are the best places to park around your team's stadium on gameday?
- What chants or cheers should visiting fans be familiar with at your school?
- How long is the daily gameday experience at your school? Are there major events or experiences before/afterward to keep in mind?
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