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by Raccoon
Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Sorry, no help from me, Phil. My only running-related injury/issues have been a mild calf pull back in December (don't know how to avoid that, but not running for a week cleared it up) and occasional metatarsalgia mostly in my right foot.
by Raccoon
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Just finished an advanced review copy of Blake Crouch's "Pines." A Secret Service Agent wakes up injured in a small town in Idaho, during a mission to find two missing colleagues. He's missing his ID, wallet, and gun, and people in the nearby town act kind of weird toward him. He can't get a hold of...
by Raccoon
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I'm almost the same about groups. I like going solo. But since I joined the speed track group I've taken my 5K from 21:38 to 19:08. :shock: Two big PRs were done by "feel". I wasn't so much watching my watch as feeling the pace and knowing I could keep it because of interval workouts. Running with ...
by Raccoon
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I just finished reading Charles Stross's The Atrocity Archives , and enjoyed it a lot. It's a mash-up of the spy thriller, HP Lovecraft horror, and a parody of bureaucracies out of control. The narrator is Bob Howard (not sure if it's an intended homage to Robert E. Howard, author/creator of Conan t...
by Raccoon
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Ran my best 5K so far . . . 21:28. Still failed at achieving negative splits, but at least they were pretty close: 6:51, 7:08, 7:08 for the first three miles.
by Raccoon
Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

8h45. That's how long it took me. I didn't think I could run / trot / walk / crawl that long. http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=619823Photo0405.jpg Great job! By the way, I'm sure you are healthy as all out, but the next time my wife (or my dad . . . or my mother . . . or my mom-in-law) comp...
by Raccoon
Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Reading through the types of books being mentioned here, Hyperion (Dan Simmons) is decidedly worth a mention. It is basically a retelling of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in a science fiction environment. Even though it was written in 1989, I can't imagine a sci-fi novel that is more deserving of bein...
by Raccoon
Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I'm sort of simultaneously reading two "Buck Rogers" type sci-fi novels (i.e., protagonist who goes unexpectedly into suspended animation and wakes up far in the future) right now. Why simultaneously? Because one I bought in hardcover, and the other I'm borrowing via Amazon Prime on my Kindle Fire. ...
by Raccoon
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Man, all this talk about book vs TV versions of Game of Thrones makes me wish that someone would produce a TV mini-series based on Cryptonomicon! (If we were to take a poll of AFH(k)ers' favorite novel, I wonder if that would win? Maybe we should do a 64 bracket contest and see!)
by Raccoon
Thu May 31, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

F. Paul Wilson's revised Nightworld came out last week. This is the end of his Adversary Cycle and of the Repairman Jack novels. I posted a blurb earlier about the last RJ novel a few months ago (scroll up) if you want to know more about the series, but in brief, it's a non-religious supernatural ho...
by Raccoon
Tue May 29, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

It's been a while since I updated this, but I've been reading quite a bit (except for when I was grading final exams). Here are some quick and dirty reviews: J. Gregory Smith, A Noble Cause -- Dude's girlfriend gets kidnapped while they're on vacation, which is the entryway into a mind control/brain...
by Raccoon
Sun May 20, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Well. I just did my first (sort of) 5K. I conned Maryth and efot and a third friend of mine into doing the Warrior Dash with me. It was super duper fun :) The best time turned in today was 20:59:80. MY time was 49:45:45 :oops: I'm happy though; I was aiming for under an hour. And considering I didn...
by Raccoon
Sat May 19, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

NardoLoopa wrote:Just knocked out a great 5K. Came in 2nd (word to the wise, find obscure races and win them). I was actually in 1st place for 3miles then got smoked by someone out for just a casual stroll.

New PR: 19:38 :shock: . (old PR was 21:34).

Full race report
Wow, awesome job!
by Raccoon
Wed May 16, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I think it's funny that you guys were worried earlier in the thread about a BMI of 20 being too low. My BMI is 17 and I'm perfectly healthy. Have you ever looked at pro 10k runners? I'm pretty sure they have an even lower BMI. What really matters is what your general shape is. Next time my wife com...
by Raccoon
Sun May 13, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Signed up for a big 5K race at the last moment (well, almost the last moment; it wasn't walk-in registration). I looked at the map of the course but didn't research the elevation. I expected a more or less flat course, but instead I got rolling hills . . . . Finished in 22:59, which was 44th out of ...
by Raccoon
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

deusnoctum wrote:I guess his race is run
Raccoon fought the law and he won
Well, that's usually what happens when the law tangles with lawyers! :lol:
by Raccoon
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Ran my 5K race yesterday in 22:19, good for 5th overall out of 97, and 1st in my age group (out of 7). The age group was unusually noncompetitive, since 40-49 year old guys tend to do quite well in these races. But the next fastest person in the age group -- a woman -- was over 3 minutes slower -- a...
by Raccoon
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 41972

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

Well, as far as mental trauma goes -- although that was not actually my concern (hey, I train people to be lawyers, so infliction of mental trauma is what I make people good at!) -- last fall, during indoor soccer, my son's team thrashed every other team so badly that the scorekeepers stopped keepin...
by Raccoon
Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas
Replies: 104
Views: 41972

Re: Raccoon's thread of ethical dilemmas

I'm late to Nardo's dilemma, but I think it's okay to leave the burden on the government official to figure out the need for competitive bids, etc. Meanwhile, I've got not one but two ethical dilemmas to offer up! First , my older son -- 8-year-old N -- has been playing soccer for a few years now an...
by Raccoon
Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Well, I had set March goals of running 100+ miles in the month and finishing a 5K in under 22:30. As of March 30th, I had easily met the first goal (116 miles), but I missed badly on the second one, running a 5K in 23:24 in the middle of the month. I'm still not sure what happened there. But due to ...
by Raccoon
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: great moments in chat
Replies: 480
Views: 191975

Re: great moments in chat

AFH as Slytherin, really? I would have thought that we would clearly be Ravenclaw. If wizards used spreadsheets and math, they'd be in Ravenclaw. Hermione should have been in Ravenclaw!
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Just a heads-up . . . I know there are a number of Neal Stephenson fans among you. "Anathem," which is the space opera crossed with philosophy reconstruction novel from a few years back, is available in the Kindle ebook format for $1.99. What a deal!
by Raccoon
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Congrats!
by Raccoon
Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Woo hoo, go Nardo!!

I too will be running a race next Saturday, but in my case, just a 5K. On a flat course, not the hill-a-thon on a volcano that was my last race.
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

While I guess it doesn't sound like a thank-you is coming, it is. Thank you. I'm glad I read it. Heh, thanks. Well, Designated Targets is more of the same, although the issue of running out of advanced munitions becomes even more acute as plot points. Also, there's more on the Axis side of things. ...
by Raccoon
Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Sometimes you have to go deeper than 30 pages. 30 pages of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss did not impress me. I very nearly gave up on it. I would've been sorry. (There are very few books I did not finish once starting them.) I don't doubt that, and I used to be more patient about how man...
by Raccoon
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Clearly, your taste is bad. Except that Christopher Moore is awesome, so maybe not! I read You Suck without realizing it was a sequel (after reading Lamb , which I thought was fantastic, but it has nothing to do with vampires...) I acknowledge her skill as a writer, just as I acknowledge Margaret A...
by Raccoon
Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Fledgling by Octavia Butler is an interesting take on vampires. I think I read somewhere that she decided to write it for fun, because vampires, but it's still very Butler (well plotted and well written and actually has some things to say, in addition to being a great read). Other books of hers hav...
by Raccoon
Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

The Passage by Justin Cronin was a vampire/viral type book. First part of a trilogy (2012/2014) for the other two books. It's on my "to be read" bookshelf. My dad gave me his copy (he really liked it). I may hold off on getting to it, as I kind of like being able to plow through an entire trilogy w...
by Raccoon
Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

YIKES! I just finished The Strain , by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan. Let me put it this way, when I woke up this morning, I was less than a quarter of the way through it. After a 7 mile run on the treadmill while reading, I was just under halfway through. I got in some more reading during my son...
by Raccoon
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28676

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)

NardoLoopa wrote:6:30 is perfect. By that time most of the gym crowd has thinned out for dinner.

I suggest a cliff-bar around 4pm to help you get through. Eating after a workout is a great way to replenish carbs (w/in 2hrs) and protein (w/in 15min-30mins).
+1
by Raccoon
Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

NardoLoopa wrote:So, in Summary: Sept 15th I couldn't run 3mi without walking, Feb 26th I'm eyeballing a 3:30 marathon. Amazing what 800miles will do.
Awesome!!! And do I get credit for inspiring this magnificent accomplishment? :lol:
by Raccoon
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28676

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)

wow, that's odd, Rac. Though, I swam for 1.5mi and found my weight had dropped 3lbs -- I thought for sure it would have gone up from being 'water-logged' ;). I'm hovering around 22.1 now. It's odd, I'm running all these miles, and I'm eating more fruit but otherwise the same amount I usually eat, y...
by Raccoon
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28676

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)

Okay, this is getting kind of ridiculous. I have been eating about 2500 calories most days, but I am still 7 pounds below what I had set as my target weight in the beginning of this thread. (Though, I actually kind of like being 5 pounds below that target weight, but I'm still below that new ideal.)...
by Raccoon
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

NardoLoopa wrote:Okay, might check it out just based on that first part. Not so keen on the second part.
I thought it was well handled. Realistic, and it allowed the author to explore how the Axis Powers would deal with the situation.
by Raccoon
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Did the ship go back in time for an extended period? If so, the interesting part to me would be how the commander dealt with finite resources. While his jets, missiles, bombs and ammo are incredible powerful, he must know he can only fly so many sorties before he runs out of fuel not available in 1...
by Raccoon
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Hmm, wasn't that a film? "Final Countdown"? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080736/ Pretty interesting premise, either way. There's another pulp book I've been meaning to get my hands on: "The Cross-time Engineer". Engineer goes back in time to Middle-ages with an M60 or something. "And this is my BOO...
by Raccoon
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Just finished another John Birmingham novel, Weapons of Choice , which is a pretty cool military techno/historical thriller. A quantum physics experiment in 2021 backfires and sends a mutlinational naval battle group back to 1942 (or maybe to a parallel universe, per the many worlds interpretation o...
by Raccoon
Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Ugh . . . slogged through a pretty bad book that pretty much marks the end of a series for me. I remember when Clive Cussler's adventure novels (starring marine scientist Dirk Pitt) were such fun reading. Raise the Titanic! was his best known work, when they were semi-realistic. Somewhere around Cyc...
by Raccoon
Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

One of those "if you liked X, you'll like Y" websites suggested Wil McCarthy's The Collapsium when I inputted Peter Hamilton's Pandora's Star (one of my favorite space operas), and I was able to borrow the e-book version from the library fairly quickly. It's space opera of a sort, but with fairly ha...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I'm currently about halfway through John Birmingham's Without Warning (also borrowed as an e-book from the library). This is an epic thriller in which a mysterious event wipes out nearly all of the continental United States, most of Canada, and about half of Mexico, in 2003 on the eve of the U.S. in...
by Raccoon
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

I'm sure that by giving sycophantic students a practiced disapproving glare you can lock down a treadmill for two hours at a time. Unfortunately, by-laws of my paid membership and internalized scolding from my kindergarten teacher, make me obey the "30 min" share rule at the gym. LOL. Except I don'...
by Raccoon
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

getting a cold sucks while training. Last week I almost hit 50mi. This week, I'll be lucky with 8. I've had a fever, stuffed nose and sore throat since Tuesday. Doc just cleared me to run today (inside only) up to 3miles. So I'm stuck sharing the mill with all the New Year Resolutioneers who joined...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Daniel Wilson's Robopocalypse got a lot of press last year. It's kind of like a mash-up of Philip K. Dick's short story "Second Variety" (filmed as Screamers ) with Stephen King's short story "Trucks" (filmed as Maximum Overdrive ) with The Planet of the Apes . In short, in the near future, machines...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

Have we as a nation become so acclimatized to technically obese that deviations on the low side are seen as dangerously abnormal? I know friends at work were surprised when we started talking BMI and found that a bunch of them weren't "overweight" but well into "obese". In the sedentary occupation ...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

BTW: it's amazing the strident reactions you get from just about everyone when you mention lower than average weight. It's like you're telling people you're going to try cocaine. There are a few pictures floating around of me in high school, when I had a BMI around 21.5. Every time my girlfriend ha...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

So far there haven't been anything but thumbs up from Mrs. Loopa -- as long as I don't mention the weight numbers. She has an irrational reaction to anything lower than 23.2, but can't tell that I'm below that . Ha ha, pretty much the same story here, except that Mrs. Raccoon occasionally asks me h...
by Raccoon
Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
Replies: 292
Views: 107948

Re: Speed (running & exercise)

It's kinda amazing what a good cardio base can do for a completely unrelated activity. I just hopped in the pool for 2,000 meters and only got out because someone annoyingly chose my lane to share (for the 3rd time in an hour). Otherwise, I could just keep plugging away. First time in the pool in o...
by Raccoon
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I'm supposed to be in the middle of grading Criminal Procedure exams, so I haven't been doing much reading, but here are some books that I've received lately and might get around to reading: Matt Ruff, The Mirage - looks like one of those weird parallel universe novels; in this one, Christian fundam...
by Raccoon
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

/subscribe raccoon_reading_list Okay, guess I have to hook up with The Breach now. BTW: ever see "The Room". I think that's what it was called. A SciFi Channel movie, i think. Items from an other-dimensional hotel room have special properties -- most kinda silly (a watch that perfectly boils eggs)....
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)
Replies: 81
Views: 28676

Re: Raccoon vs the body mass index (I won!!!)

Interesting article from Tara Parker-Pope (NYT's health writer) about the difficulty of sustained weight loss. I think some of the diet plans discussed in the article sound absolutely insane -- like 550 calories per day(!). It's been about six months since I hit my goal, and I've maintained my weigh...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 31674

Re: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion

I don't think many people would have said Washington would beat Baylor. Stanford lost in OT (and easily could have won) against #3. UCLA being in a bowl game was a joke. Oh, I agree that no one would have expected that Washington would have a chance to beat Baylor. Given the actual score, though, I...
by Raccoon
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 31674

Re: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion

Well, this is not shaping up to be a good bowl season for the Pac-12, with Cal, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, and Stanford all losing. Worse yet, apart from Arizona State, which was grossly overmatched by a Boise State team that should have been in a BCS bowl, the other games were all winnable. I...
by Raccoon
Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

You might be interested in checking out this one: http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Superheroes-James-Kakalios/dp/1592401465 I picked it up at a bargain bookstore. I haven't actually finished it but the parts I have read were pretty interesting. I need to dig it out and finish. Covers a lot of superher...
by Raccoon
Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Just finished Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games on my Kindle Fire -- it's available for borrowing if you have Amazon Prime. The premise of the novel is that in a post-collapse society in North America, kids are selected once a year for a kind of real-life Survivor combat to the death. The narrator, ...
by Raccoon
Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Board Games
Replies: 78
Views: 43967

Re: Board Games

On the topic of games and crushing the spirit of your opponent, my little son (4 years old) is learning to play Checkers, and he wanted to play against me the other night. During game 1, I took it easy on him, let him take back moves, tried to teach him about bad consequences ("What's going to happe...
by Raccoon
Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:39 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Wowza, I just finished reading The Dark at the End , which is #15 in sci-fi/horror writer F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" series. Jack fixes people's problems in unofficial ways. But he's also increasingly drawn into a cosmic battle between the Ally and the Otherness. This isn't exactly good and e...
by Raccoon
Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 31674

Re: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion

Uh, okay. What do the other 56 bowl-eligible teams do? When do the players take finals? Does a team in a conference championship really have a chance of playing six games more than other teams in the conference? I think the other bowls are still around, and the other bowl eligible teams, including ...
by Raccoon
Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
Replies: 108
Views: 49991

Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

Oh, I forgot about this thread. I finished it a couple of weeks ago, and since then, I've read some shorter novels worth mentioning -- Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, which continues the saga of Chicago wizard/detective Harry Dresden; and The Affair , by Lee Child, which is the latest Jack Reacher vigil...
by Raccoon
Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
Replies: 85
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Re: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion

Well, as far as the bowls I care about are concerned, everything went as expected. Also, I like that the only games worth watching are on Dec 2nd. Finally, what are the odds that the Sugar Bowl selection this year is what kills the BCS? Dec. 2? Presumably you mean Jan. 2. . . . The Sugar Bowl selec...
by Raccoon
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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I think that UCLA will probably not bother applying for a waiver when they are in the middle of firing their coach, but maybe I underestimate the allure of spending a bunch of money to go to some crappy bowl game with no coach. I do think they'd have a good argument for getting one, since they are ...
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Speed (running & exercise)
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Re: Speed (running & exercise)

NardoLoopa wrote:What you can do in your 20s is a gift; after that you gotta earn it.
Wait until you get to your 40s. :roll:
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:58 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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Do I have this right? If UCLA wins the Pac-12 Championship, it will be 7-6 and go the Rose Bowl. If it loses, it will be 6-7, and it will not go to any bowl game at all. :shock:
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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I don't think Houston can get in, since you can't get Oklahoma and OKST another loss, and both are ahead of them. I think Arkansas beating LSU might be interesting, but it's not really in my best interest. If that were to happen LSU would probably still be #1 and still be in their title game agains...
by Raccoon
Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:55 am
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews
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Re: Raccoon's thread of (mostly fiction) book reviews

I just finished [Reamde] last week. It's very well written and a good read, in my opinion, but the genre that it turns out to mostly fit into (I think) is one that I always mildly enjoy but never enough to seek out more. Because of this, I'm glad I'll get to hear what you think about it, Rac, as I ...
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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lotsofphil wrote:Does this particular kid know he's #1 in your heart? :)
#2 Raccoon son is still our baby. Well, he's four years old, but he's still our baby. I can't conceive of our baby going off to college. In a few years, I can handle that thought. Or something like that.
by Raccoon
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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Man was that game disappointing. Actual conversation from the Raccoon household: MRS. RACCOON: You know, if you want #1 Raccoon son to consider going to Stanford for college,* you probably shouldn't be rooting against them all the time. ME: Huh. *** #1 RACCOON SON: Who should we root for in the Ore...
by Raccoon
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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thacon wrote:And the Oregon game ball goes to... Stanford's turf. Seriously, what's wrong with Stanford's turf?
Maybe Stanford messed with the turf in an effort to slow Oregon down, but only made it worse for themselves?
by Raccoon
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Anything and Everything
Topic: 2011-2012 College Football Discussion
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thacon wrote:You're probably right, but Oregon won't be easy for you and Oklahoma won't be easy for Oklahoma State. Lots of good games coming up!
Part 1 has definitely been validated. . . .