Re: Aspirations

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They left out "Or not," which is key.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:50 AM
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This just adds to my conviction that this blog should be removed from the internet.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:52 AM
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Actually, we've been planning to do just that for some time, after we detain the one you call "Ogged".


Posted by: Department of Homeland Security | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:55 AM
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The blogosphere is full of faulty logic, dubious facts, poor argumentation, strident ideology, rampant falsehoods, characters of ill repute and many other things harmful to one's mental well being and we aim to keep up this noble tradition.


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:55 AM
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Alameda Carnaps us. Typical.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:55 AM
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How dorky can you get?

Banned!


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:55 AM
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And Labs gets it exactly right.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:56 AM
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Faulty logic, dubious facts, poor argumentation, strident ideology, rampant falsehoods, characters of ill repute

And I wasn't even around when you wrote your mission statement.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 8:57 AM
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My feelings about golf are complicated. I love it on television late night, but restaurants that have televised golf tend to have substandard beer and wine, except for this place

Round object in place of the letter O - it is not by chance that there is a round object in place of the letter O in the word Socrates. This is an object reminiscent of a Greek shield, though it is actually based on a horse harness found in KoĊ™enec. The shield was used by Greeks who were defending, fighting and duelling.

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:00 AM
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Now I know where the NYT writer got the ridiculous notoion that we write about wine.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:00 AM
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I liked this blog better when you used to write about corporate finance.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:06 AM
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"Corporate finance," an interest? Don't try to blame this on Unf.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:06 AM
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I guess Unf was the one planning to blog about the following topics: corporate finance, golf, beer, wine, the stock market, books, and love.


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:07 AM
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travel, corporate finance, golf, beer, wine, restaurants, the stock market

Wow, yeah, that's about half the topics that got dropped fast. Please don't start with golf, ever.

Also, that list is missing NYTimes Style Section.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:08 AM
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The stock market blogging has been awfully thin on the ground of late.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:08 AM
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Damn you, 'smasher and Ned!


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:08 AM
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I think 13 added more value than 11, 12, 14, and 15.


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:10 AM
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Which is worse: golf or swimming? On the one hand, golf allows gossip about some recognizable celebrities. On the other hand, no swimsuit pictures.

Golf amps the stuffy irritating prick factor to the max, especially when combined with "corporate finance and the stock market". But swimming is just really, really boring.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:16 AM
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Unfogged.com aims to cut through that fog and provide clarity and sweet reason to all who read it.

The cock jokes were an adaptative mutation?


Posted by: KR | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:19 AM
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I think 13 added more value than 11, 12, 14, and 15

So begins the corporate finance blogging.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:21 AM
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Cool? They sound like wankers. Who would read a blog like that? ....... ....... ....... Ahhhh ... shit.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:22 AM
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And talking of wankers, I just met a dog called Asbo.

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Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:24 AM
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I clearly must be the only person who would actually find the occasional bit of stock market or corporate finance blogging wonderful. It seems that every other blog out there I've seen which posts on those issues is one of three things:

1) An insufferable gossip mag about Wall Streeters, mostly who is moving where and what is being whispered about which companies

2) Some BS analysis site that puts up either more Street or internet gossip about companies with overly-serious analysis consisting of broad statements about a company or industry that any jackass could figure out after 15 minutes with a 10K and Google.

3) Calculated Risk, which is pithy, insightful, well-written, and never addresses any topic apart from the US housing market.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:27 AM
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aleablog is good. Reggie Middleton's posts on Seeking Alpha are usually interesting.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:35 AM
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How has w-lfs-n suffered the punctuation error on the "About" page to endure?


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:36 AM
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24: Probably not going to dig through the SeekingAlpha crap pile for any veins of gold. I don't trust any investment site which dedicates so much attention to Jim Cramer.

But aleablog looks interesting. Thanks!


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:47 AM
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Swimming is just golf in the water without clubs or a ball or the same rules.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:52 AM
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Heh, I've told people that swimming is a lot like golf, and not as a joke, either.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 9:59 AM
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28: Alright, I'll bite.

Ogged, how is swimming a lot like golf?


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:00 AM
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It requires the same kind of whole-body precise repetition that's part maximum power generation and part perfect form. Contrast with, say, a jump shot, in which you might drift a bit in the air, or have your leg drift up a bit, or adjust your form based on the defense, and still score. Your form can't be off in golf or swimming if you want to succeed.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:02 AM
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The linked item in 9 is breathtaking.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:02 AM
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29: If you ignore Tiger Woods and VJ Singh, it has about the same racial mix.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:02 AM
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That's not to say that some other sports aren't like that, too, but the person I was describing it to used to golf quite a bit....


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:03 AM
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30: Interesting. Are significantly unorthodox forms possible for a successful swimmer? Golfers can have some wacky swings and still be good. They still need to be consistent - which is your point - but I'm curious.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:04 AM
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30: No wronger thing may have ever been written on the Internet.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:04 AM
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dig through the SeekingAlpha crap pile for any veins of gold.

26: I believe the phrase you are looking for is "Digging out raisins in a pile of poop."

Glad to be of help.


Posted by: Tripp the Crazed! | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:07 AM
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Are significantly unorthodox forms possible for a successful swimmer?

In the same way that golfers can have different (even strange) swings, yes. They do need to be consistent, but they also need to take care of some basics--just like a golfer's wacky swing has to include having the club face square on the ball at contact, a swimmer has to have his hands in the proper position at various points in the stroke, etc.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:10 AM
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Unfogged.com aimed to cut through that fog and provide clarity and sweet reason to all who read it .. . . until Tripp left. Then he came back. Now it's all attempts at cleverness and typos.


Posted by: Tripp the Crazed! | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:10 AM
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a swimmer has to have his hands in the proper position at various points in the stroke,

(John Stewart voice) Go on . . .


Posted by: Tripp the Crazed! | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:11 AM
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I had nothing to do with that ridiculous statement.


Posted by: unf | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:19 AM
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Does it bother no one that directly below "Unfogged.com" is an ad for "Barack Obama Exposed" from HumanEvent.com: From his radical stance on abortion to his prominence in the corruption scandals that has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media, Barack Obama is not fit to be Senator -- not to mention the next President of the United States?


Posted by: DominEditrix | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:27 AM
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41: I'm getting American General Finance and Legal Helpers. It's evidently a pretty wide-ranging ad-bot.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:31 AM
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The jump shot, like a golf swing, may be as rococo as desired but must get the ball to the target location as often as possible. Reproducibility is the key, which is why shooting coaches advocate simplified mechanics -- the less movement in your J the less there is to go wrong. Nonetheless many great shooters have unorthodox form. If you practice a movement often enough you'll get it down even if it isn't the most efficient. Perhaps the best current example is Ray Allen, who cranks the ball way over his head before releasing but still hits a decent percentage (2008 Playoffs excluded).


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:34 AM
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The difference, Breeze, is the "whole body" thing: if you're out of position in swimming, you cause a lot of drag and you're fucked. I don't golf, but my impression is that your whole body has to do certain things properly if you hope to hit the ball where you intend.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:36 AM
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37: Sorry for my undue harshness in 35, what you say here is essentially right, but I do not know of any sport in which there is not a core set of techniques which any participant must be able to reproduce consistently to succeed at a high level. Something golf and swimming do share in common (with a lot of other sports) is that unlike your basketball example you are not in direct confrontational opposition with an opponent that causes you to make adjustments to that technique on the fly (although there are tactical adjustments based on situation). However, the variability of golf courses and the need to play the next shot from where the previous one landed results in the need for a lot more technique variability in golf than you get from swimming. (Bowling would be a better comparison to swimming.) And further the roles of strength, flexibility and stamina do not align between golf and swimming. And lastly, their places in the recreational sports universe are quite different; swimming with the boss is rarely a path to the top.

All of that said, keep the swimming posts coming.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:42 AM
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I don't golf either, but I'm guessing the lack of D makes a difference. Every baller would shoot perfectly squared up set shots if they could, but the modern game makes other demands. This ok because the margin for error in basketball is greater than in golf. The bucket is bigger relative to the ball and the distances are generally shorter. But the lack of perfect conditions does have an effect; the pros shoot 80-90% in practice when unguarded.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:45 AM
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Diving with the boss, on the other hand...


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 10:47 AM
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"Calculated Risk, which is pithy, insightful, well-written, and never addresses any topic apart from the US housing market."

I would not describe Calculated Risk as pithy.


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 11:21 AM
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I got the Obama ad three times; now I'm getting "Bare Naked Pundits". One could while away hours rechecking the bot ads...


Posted by: DominEditrix | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 11:46 AM
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This ok because the margin for error in basketball is greater than in golf. The bucket is bigger relative to the ball and the distances are generally shorter.

I thought the ball fit tighter into the hoop than the golf ball did into the hole.

Let's see.

hoop 18 inches diameter, basketball 9 inches diameter

Golf hole 4.25 inches diameter, golf ball 1.68 inch diameter

Yep.


Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 11:49 AM
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I don't golf either, but I'm guessing the lack of D makes a difference.

Golf would be a way better sport if it incorporated active, physical, defense.


Posted by: PerfectlyGoddamnDelightful | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 11:55 AM
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I was pretty sure 50 would be right, but my impression was that the ball was more than 50% of hoop size (25% by area). That should tell you something about my shooting prowess.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 11:59 AM
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50: Another point is that most golf shots are not judged on whether they actually go in the hole but whether they sufficiently advance towards it.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 1:25 PM
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One factor that is important is the slow twitch versus fast twitch muscle fiber.

In my experience people with a larger proportion of fast twitch muscles have a harder time with some of the 'touch' sports activities like golf swings and basketball shots.

At least that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.


Posted by: Tripp the Crazed! | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 2:18 PM
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No idea what's going on here.
http://www.aboutus.org/FistfulOfEuros.net


Posted by: David Weman | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 2:33 PM
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This is a pretty poor description of apostropher.com.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 2:35 PM
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Also, completely useless contact info.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 2:36 PM
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That site's awfully confusing.

On the other hand, it has the address of some poor random person in Texas.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 2:40 PM
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No person can be proved to bey random, Tweety. Goedel proved that. Or maybe Cantor or Tarski. One of them motherfuckers.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 3:43 PM
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58: It gets the "Related Domains" list exactly, right, though.


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 06- 2-08 4:03 PM
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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest
aspirations. I cannot reach them : but I can look up,
and see their beauty ; believe in them, and try to follow
where they lead ; remember that frost comes latest to
those that bloom the highest ; and keep my beautiful
white flowers as long as I can." "


Posted by: louisa m. alcott | Link to this comment | 06- 3-08 12:39 AM
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