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« Reply #450 on: February 22, 2014, 08:48:19 am »

I got offered a position running our Corpus branch this week.. I'm not sure if I wanna take it or not.
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« Reply #451 on: February 22, 2014, 01:19:58 pm »

Cut my lip and did something to my top-middle-left teeth last night as I grabbed an object someone was trying to steal from the house. Eh. Composite picture were today, I looked like a boss, of course. Got work today, thank God it's only two hours otherwise I don't know if I could retain the will to live, especially after yesterday's God-awful useless shift.

Spring break is about a week from now. Some pledge brothers are going to Panama, Florida. While I'd probably have the money to go by then, don't think I'm gonna do it. Quite a long trip, far too spontaneous for me, and I need to relax at home and see some of my high school friends.
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« Reply #452 on: February 22, 2014, 03:19:15 pm »

YEEZY SEASON APPROACHING




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« Reply #453 on: February 22, 2014, 03:35:51 pm »

Spring break is about a week from now. Some pledge brothers are going to Panama, Florida. While I'd probably have the money to go by then, don't think I'm gonna do it. Quite a long trip, far too spontaneous for me, and I need to relax at home and see some of my high school friends.
Going to Panama Beach in Spring Break is:

1. Awful in general.
2. Awful for you in particular; it will exhaust you.
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« Reply #454 on: February 22, 2014, 04:03:07 pm »

One of my good friend's birthday is tonight. Initially, his terrible wife decided we should have a surprised party at this new steakhouse in town, where we will spend at least $100/plate per person. I was the first to say no, because a) I am a student with no job and b) I've never been and I'd hate for it not to be good. It just opened.

I eventually got my other friends to agree to say no because none of us wanted to spend that much on food, not to mention drinks will make it worse. His terrible wife said he'd rather eat there than be with his friends anyway, and basically gave us the middle finger. Last night, she finally caved and cried to my friend/her husband that she ruined his party. Now we are going to their house, she's cooking for us and we're drinking all night.

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« Reply #455 on: February 22, 2014, 05:20:34 pm »

Spring break is about a week from now. Some pledge brothers are going to Panama, Florida. While I'd probably have the money to go by then, don't think I'm gonna do it. Quite a long trip, far too spontaneous for me, and I need to relax at home and see some of my high school friends.
Going to Panama Beach in Spring Break is:

1. Awful in general.
2. Awful for you in particular; it will exhaust you.

A number of brothers went last year and apparently quite enjoyed it. Why do you say it'd be awful for me in particular? In any case, I'll likely take my week in "the country" seeing as I should reconnect with my people back home.
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« Reply #456 on: February 24, 2014, 09:32:16 pm »

I had the incredible opportunity of witnessing the final night of the North American Yeezus tour last night. A phenomenal experience to witness a truly compelling display of showmanship by Mr. West.

Best show I've ever been to, although it's a bit unfair to compare others to it as others didn't have a giant mountain, indoor snowfall and White Jesus. I strongly doubt I'll ever see anything like it again.
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« Reply #457 on: February 25, 2014, 08:14:30 am »

The Tooth Fairy is dead.  The Tooth Fairy died this morning at approximately 7:45am after an illness lasting for about nine days, which began when my son discovered a stash of his teeth in my sock drawer.  Actually, he has been questioning the credibility of the logistics of the Tooth Fairy's worldwide delivery for several years now, but the discovery of the teeth was serious confirmation.  He lost the thirteenth tooth last night and was reticent about putting it under his pillow, even threatening to hide it in an unusual place, because the Tooth Fairy would no doubt be able to find it whereas parents would not know where to look.  Eventually he co-operated and went to sleep.  This morning, upon finding a shiny bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar under his pillow, I asked him where he thought the dollars came from and he replied that he thought his parents put it there.  The only mystery was which one and where the dollars were acquired.  I explained that I acquired them from a bank many years ago when his first tooth became loose, but as it turns out that bank only had 13, and they are becoming hard to find, so it's just as well that he is wise.  At that point we decided that the Tooth Fairy was dead.

The Tooth Fairy is survived by Santa Claus, who is on life support and may not survive till next Christmas.  The fact that I had a receipt for a dysfunctional toy and was therefore able to exchange it for another one at the mall last year was "suspicious." 

RIP Tooth Fairy.  In lieu of flowers or donations, prayers for world peace and understanding are requested by the family.

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« Reply #458 on: February 25, 2014, 08:21:28 am »

RIP TF, you massive FF. Cry
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« Reply #459 on: February 25, 2014, 05:04:14 pm »

Coupl'a things:

1) In financial news, the hunt for my paychecks continues. However, I may finally see an end to it tomorrow, since apparently Financial Aid just sent my (and everyone else's) time cards up to Human Resources, who in turn gave them to Payroll earlier today. According to the woman who called me from Human Resources, the checks will hopefully be in existence and on campus sometime tomorrow. Plan on calling Payroll after classes that day.

2) For the time being, I may have found a source of $75 untaxed income, which will appear this Saturday. Rather than go to my scheduled shift for these robber-barons, a brother somehow bumped into a guy on craigslist that will pay $10 an hour to work concessions at a Monster Truck rally for about 7.5 hours.

3) For whatever reason, my work schedule fails to coincide with when the residence halls get shut down for break. I'll be living out of the fraternity house for a few days, so it seems.

4) Looks like I'm headed to New York (Buffalo area to be exact) for the first few days of Spring Break. I'm working the first weekend, then we (myself and the brothers that I'm going with) will head out on Monday and hopefully return ca. Wednesday. From there, I plan on striking out for home and being able to vedge and hang out with my friends from high school. I've got work Saturday which I originally planned to skip (seriously, f#ck my employers) except it looks like the fraternity is having a fundraiser type thing at a restaurant or bar or something later that night.
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« Reply #460 on: February 25, 2014, 06:36:29 pm »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.
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« Reply #461 on: February 25, 2014, 08:45:21 pm »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.

I'm sorry that you hate excellence and effort.
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« Reply #462 on: February 25, 2014, 09:13:33 pm »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.

I'm sorry that you hate excellence and effort.

I don't advocate doing things poorly, but I do believe that it's possible to do something too well. Found between the two aforementioned extremes is the medium that is happiest for all.
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« Reply #463 on: February 25, 2014, 10:49:30 pm »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.

I'm sorry that you hate excellence and effort.

I don't advocate doing things poorly, but I do believe that it's possible to do something too well. Found between the two aforementioned extremes is the medium that is happiest for all.

So I assume that, for you, Ken Jennings was the worst Jeopardy contestant in history, and you would basically throw things at your TV in reaction to him steamrolling opponents for months on end, because he was too good.
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« Reply #464 on: February 25, 2014, 11:00:50 pm »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.

I'm sorry that you hate excellence and effort.

I don't advocate doing things poorly, but I do believe that it's possible to do something too well. Found between the two aforementioned extremes is the medium that is happiest for all.

So I assume that, for you, Ken Jennings was the worst Jeopardy contestant in history, and you would basically throw things at your TV in reaction to him steamrolling opponents for months on end, because he was too good.

My objection isn't to this guy winning - my objection is to him not playing the game the "right" way (which entails beginning at the top of a category and working one's way down the board).
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« Reply #465 on: February 25, 2014, 11:08:48 pm »

I like how spazzy Chu is at hitting the buzzer.
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« Reply #466 on: February 25, 2014, 11:58:35 pm »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.

I'm sorry that you hate excellence and effort.

I don't advocate doing things poorly, but I do believe that it's possible to do something too well. Found between the two aforementioned extremes is the medium that is happiest for all.

So I assume that, for you, Ken Jennings was the worst Jeopardy contestant in history, and you would basically throw things at your TV in reaction to him steamrolling opponents for months on end, because he was too good.

My objection isn't to this guy winning - my objection is to him not playing the game the "right" way (which entails beginning at the top of a category and working one's way down the board).

Yeah, well that's a bulls**t objection and you should feel bad for having it.  If it's so important to do things the so-called "right" way, then they should change the rules- otherwise it would be crazy to not play to win the game, as the esteemed Herm Edwards would say, and besides, strategic innovation and variety is just what the game needs anyway.

I will note that the world's foremost authority on such matters agrees with Arthur and me:

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I was converted to Daily Double hunting during my 2011 match against the IBM supercomputer Watson. During a practice round, Watson took the clues in order, like a good citizen; I won the game in a runaway. But during the televised match, Watson’s minders switched it into “game mode,” which of course involved smart strategies like hunting for Daily Doubles. This time, Watson roared into a huge lead. I had a chance to come back near the end of the match when I found the first Daily Double in the round—but my next clue selection wasn’t quite the optimal one, and Watson found the second Daily Double instead. Lights out.

Arthur Chu is on the Jeopardy! bench for a couple of weeks while a college tournament airs, but he’ll back on Feb. 24, and the Daily Double hunt will begin anew. In sports, players and fans love it when teams shake up the game with new techniques: the basketball jump shot in the 1950s, the split-finger fastball in the 1980s, four-down football today. Why should Jeopardy! be any different? Strategic play makes for a more complex, exciting show. Don’t listen to the Internet kibitzers. Arthur Chu is playing the game right.

Also, it's worth your time to read the full transcript of Jennings' interview, which he posted on his blog.  In particular, this idea of a "right" way to play is loaded with a lot of kinda ugly subtext that you may not consciously mean... but it's hard to avoid wondering, and it's hard to respect once you start wondering:

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Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win.

This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”–and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent.
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« Reply #467 on: February 26, 2014, 12:00:09 am »

I like how spazzy Chu is at hitting the buzzer.

They all mash the buzzer like that- and in fact are instructed to at the contestant orientation- he's just not great at hiding it behind the podium.
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« Reply #468 on: February 26, 2014, 09:28:05 am »

I've made the decision to boycott Jeopardy! until the current champion is defeated.

Given how committed I am to that show, this is definitely a big enough change in my life to warrant being posted in this thread.

I'm sorry that you hate excellence and effort.

I don't advocate doing things poorly, but I do believe that it's possible to do something too well. Found between the two aforementioned extremes is the medium that is happiest for all.

So I assume that, for you, Ken Jennings was the worst Jeopardy contestant in history, and you would basically throw things at your TV in reaction to him steamrolling opponents for months on end, because he was too good.

My objection isn't to this guy winning - my objection is to him not playing the game the "right" way (which entails beginning at the top of a category and working one's way down the board).

[appeal to authority]

1. What Jennings did against Watson isn't really comparable to what Chu is doing now because Ken Jennings' Daily Double hunting was in reaction to the Daily Double hunting of one of his opponents. If someone were to use Chu's strategy against him in order to defeat him and then revert to playing the game my preferred way, I would voice no objection.

2. You and I seem to have a fundamental philosophical disagreement about how game shows should be played. You seem to believe that either a) Contestants have a responsibility to win games regardless of how their strategy is received by the audience or other contestants, or b) Watching a contestant succeed at a game should always be enjoyable for the audience. I find the Social Darwinist philosophy that underlies both of these assertions rather unpalatable, preferring that game show contestants compete in a way that is agreeable both to their fellows and to the audience.

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My criticisms of this guy have nothing to do with his race or wanting an "average Joe" to win. To the contrary: I always root for the non-white contestants to spite the members of my family who are actually racist. I do root against contestants who have insufferable personalities, but Chu actually doesn't seem bad on that front - I just can't stand the way that the man plays the game.
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« Reply #469 on: February 26, 2014, 10:45:11 am »

...you people are serious about game shows.
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« Reply #470 on: February 26, 2014, 11:10:22 am »

...you people are serious about game shows.

Context: Arthur is a friend of mine from college.  I went to his freaking wedding fer crissake.

So I'm kind of contractually obligated to come to his defense here.  (It helps that I do genuinely think what he's doing is good and worthy of defense, but I don't know that I'd be so emotionally invested in it otherwise.)
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« Reply #471 on: February 26, 2014, 11:56:49 am »

Prefacing that I have no idea what you guys are talking about in the specifics, I'd tend to think Traininthedistance is right. If one is playing a game, they should do all they can to win it as long as they respect the rules.
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« Reply #472 on: February 26, 2014, 01:37:49 pm »

Finally got my paycheck. It apparently has both pay periods in it that they failed to pay me for, given that amount of hours on it (and that they're divided into two separate groups).
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« Reply #473 on: February 26, 2014, 02:05:22 pm »

Finally got my paycheck. It apparently has both pay periods in it that they failed to pay me for, given that amount of hours on it (and that they're divided into two separate groups).
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« Reply #474 on: February 26, 2014, 03:37:08 pm »

If more people go Daily Double hunting then the obvious response on the part of the producers is to no longer cluster them on the higher value answers as they currently do.  If every answer had the same chance of being the Daily Double then the scheme wouldn't be as useful.
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