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Check out this movie - Coherence

20 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

Thank me later.

Basically, it is a low budget film about a dinner party gone haywire because of a passing comet that is causing intersections of parallel universes. The first 30 minutes or so are kind of ho-hum, but once the stuff starts happening, you will literally be asking "WTF?!?!?"

It won't be for everyone, but if you like sci-fi and deep thinking type stuff or twilight zone type things, be sure to check it out.

If you were in control of this team, what would you do right now?

31 October 2014 - 08:19 AM

We all play armchair GM each and every week.

After last night's game, I am in a posting mood about the Panthers. This is something I'm not usually in the mood for during the season because there is so much knee-jerk reaction that takes place and nobody really knows what they are talking about. But I just have to sort of discuss my frustrations with the current state of affairs with the Panthers organization, and I invite you all to contribute your own views in a civil manner. We're all pretty bummed out to some extent, but let's try to keep the tone of this thread more business-like and not get too overly emotional.


What would I do right now, if I had any kind of involvment on an upper rung in the Panthers organization?

First things first. We are currently 3-5-1, second place in the NFC South, and in the middle of the NFC. We've won one game in the last 5, and have had our share of controversy and injuries already this season.

The offense is pretty anemic, and have shown very little signs of vitality. Cam is overthrowing everyone bad these past couple games. He also isn't making enough reads and adjustments at the line of scrimmage or in the pocket. Benjamin and others have had their share of drops too. We're making small mistakes that turn into big mistakes. We are pretty one dimensional in our run play calling and we abandon the run pretty early on because of it. A lot of these problems are directly related to our offense's coordination and timing. That falls on the shoulders of the players to an extent, but mostly on Shula. He has to go... as soon as possible. If it means totally winging it the rest of the year until we can find a replacement, then so be it. We can't get much worse than we have progressively been getting.

The defense has shown some signs of life more recently, but there is still an obvious lack of pressure on opposing QBs. Our secondary is in pretty bad shape, but have been better with Norman getting more time. We do need to start manning up more, and getting away from being in zone coverage nearly all the time. Teams are picking our seams apart, and exploiting our coverage packages more easily than they should be able to. We want our defensive identity to be intimidating, but it isn't very intimidating when opposing QBs know a general area your guys are going to be in. We also need more blitzes to aid in our coverage changes.


There aren't many options of addressing our personnel needs now, via free agency (slim pickings) or trade (passed deadline.) So, it is time for us to go with what we got and correct the flaws that what we got present.

We all see what a terrible Offensive Line has done to Cam. He IS making bad throws and missing reads because he's too busy trying to protect himself. I feel like we need to incorporate our RBs in the passing game more. Even a shovel pass now and again, or a toss sweep would go a long way in spreading out the opposing front seven and taking some pressure away, but we haven't been doing those things. Most of the time when we have tried passing to the backs, the RBs have dropped the pass or the defense sees it coming form a mile a way. There is no element of surprise to our offense.

Depending on the outcome of the Philly game (let's be honest here, it isn't looking promising at all), I would HIGHLY consider letting Cam sit for a week or two. He needs a break to collect himself and hopefully get over everything we've put him through as an offense this year. I'd come in with a run heavy offense that leaned West Coast in the passing game. We are currently doing nothing to offer Cam more time. I don't think teams are biting on the "hold it forever" option thing we have going in the play action game anymore. We have no real trickery on offense, despite having a 3rd string QB that's out there playing gunner, returner, and even WR. We could do a little of that every now and then too.

The bottom line is that we have to do something, and the "business as usual" thought process just clearly isn't working. As a GM and a coach, Gettleman and Rivera need to make it known that the current state of affairs is unacceptable. Otherwise, you're going to continue to spiral downward and lose your locker room... and more and more games.

Meanwhile, in Canada

22 October 2014 - 02:27 PM


So much for the whole "people are just less violent in Canada" thing...

betcha can't do this...

22 October 2014 - 11:26 AM



Calling all PC/electronics nerds... I need some help...

20 October 2014 - 08:21 AM

So, we have an old HP desktop that we never really use anymore. One reason is because it actually stopped working a year or so ago. My initial diagnosis was that the power supply was bad because the machine wouldn't power up.

I finally got around to taking it apart and pulling the power supply out this weekend. It is a 20 pin motherboard connector instead of a 24 pin. I shorted the power on pin with a ground pin with a paper clip per instructions found online, and the cooling fan does indeed turn on when I plug the power supply in. It has a built in LED that lets you know that it is powered on, and it stayed steady green.

Then I took my multimeter and started checking each pin's voltage based on a 5% tolerance table (again, based on online instructions.) Everything is within range except pin #10, the yellow wire. It should read within 5% range of 12 VDC, and I can only get 11.1 V out of it.  Do you think that is my problem? Can .2 of a V make that much of a difference and cause the machine not to power up when everything is connected? Would only one pin short out like that at a time?

I'm no PC or electronics expert by any means, but I thought maybe someone here might be able to help.

I hate to spend the $30 or so on a new power supply if that isn't my problem, because I don't think power supplies are returnable.


I'd love to get the machine back up and running to get my 4 year old started on navigating his way around a PC, and I'd love to be able to get some old files off the hard drive. I've also pulled the hard drive out in case I need to use a cable or HD dock to pull the data off, but it'd be nice to get the machine going anyway.


Thanks in advance!

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