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Everyone is meeting Panther players. Next up...

06 June 2014 - 10:49 PM

Met UDFA Andrew Norwell tonight...  Actually, I didn't meet him.  He was walking around Taste of Charlotte grubbin and he looked strangely familiar..  so I walked up and confirmed my first intuition...  


a few OSU friends only had to say "he has long hair, right?"  



Yes.  He does actually...



Now you may go back to your regular scheduled programming...   


See bits of Comet Halley: Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks

05 May 2014 - 10:00 PM


The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks tonight after midnight, 10-30/hr http://twitpic.com/e31ciu  #cltwx








Eta Aquarid, one of the two annual meteor showers originating from Comet Halley, got its name from the "most radiant point" in the constellation Aquarius which is a bright star called Eta Aquarii. For the second time, the Earth will pass through Comet Halley's path around the Sun in October which results to the Orionid meteor shower display that peaks approximately on October 20.

In the Time and Date report, the time to best view the 2014 Eta Aquarid meteor shower display is early in the morning right before dawn. The report further added that the meteor shower peak is expected to continue on May 6 with the waxing crescent Moon creating the ideal conditions for observing the celestial sky display.

The Meteor Shower Calendar of the American Meteor Society states that southern tropics will have more visibility on the Eta Aquarids. For those located from the equator northward, the Eta Aquarids normally last with the rate of 10 to 30 showers per hour just before the crack of dawn.

"Activity is good for a week centered the night of maximum activity. These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs," the description on the American Meteor Society calendar reads.



The Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop

05 May 2014 - 09:38 PM




brief overview:



Matt Daniels is a designer, coder, and data scientist at Undercurrent in New York City. His past works include the Etymology of "Shorty" and Outkast, in graphs and charts. He decided to examine the vocabulary of hip hop artists, and this is what he found. – May 2014 Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.



When I first published this analysis, I excluded Aesop Rock, figuring he was too obscure. The Reddit hip hop community was in uproar, claiming Aesop would absolutely be #1. Sure enough, Aesop Rock is well-above every artist in my dataset and I was obliged to add him to the chart. In fact, his datapoint is so far to the right that he should be off the chart (I'm lazy and didn't adjust the scale).



Wu-Tang Clan at #6 is fuging impressive given that 10 members, with vastly different styles, are equally contributing lyrics. Add the fact that GZA, Ghostface, Raekwon, and Method Man's solo works are also in the top 20 – notably, GZA at #2. Perhaps their countless hours of studio time together (and RZA’s mentorship) exposed each rapper’s vocabulary to one another.






and the least surprising:  



The south has the lowest average (4,268) ... In fact, only 4 of the 17 southern-based artists in the dataset are above average. My guess is that this is a function of crunk music's call-and-response style, resulting in more repetition of words.




also an honorable mention for jay-z...  he's so talented...

Pitfalls of adopting a new pup

16 April 2014 - 11:24 AM

I'm in a condo and have been looking for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier on CL that needs a new home because I think that breed will fit well into my situation.  Also, a friend sold me on them a long time ago.  Laid back, sweet, and somewhat lazy for the most part.  


And so I've found a 2 year old female that needs a new home.  One perk is she's trained already and I get the sense she doesn't have many bad habits (of which I'll confirm before I actually commit)..


The condo I'm at has an indoor hall and I'm on the 3rd floor so neighbors are somewhat of a concern.  I'm not worried if they think the dog will eat them because I can't fix ignorance but I can make sure I have a well behaved dog.  This breed isn't much of a concern in that aspect, but again, I'll meet the dog and confirm my intuition before I commit.


I've usually had a bigger space to keep an animal with an outdoor pen so I guess I'm posting to hear different comments on this situation or any experience with an animal in smaller confines like where I'm at.


She will get plenty of exercise..  likely get walked 2 times a day and hit the dog parks frequently.  It's day to day that concerns me.  I don't want her experiencing cabin fever and I seriously doubt that will be the case but I guess I just want reassured all will be well before I take on the responsibility.




Forming a Flag Football Team

22 January 2014 - 07:34 PM

I knew it wouldn't be long before I got the itch to make this happen and so it's begun.  A few friends are already on board and looking for a few more additions.  Anyone interested let me know.  Craigslist will fill a roster but I might as well get the word out over here to anyone interested.


We have a QB but if anyone is that much better he won't mind stepping aside.  You can never have enough receivers with height so there's also that.  


Since I'm new to the area I'm not familiar with the leagues around here.  There are a few options and most seem to be 7man.  I wouldn't mind starting 5 and then transitioning, but either is perfectly fine.  


From my time in Raleigh we spread things out in 7man and dared the opponents to rush however many they wanted.  A QB with a strong enough arm can stand back 15-20 yards and make them all pay.  We have that kind of QB so I'm leaning towards what I'm already familiar with.  Any experience is welcome especially anyone familiar with this area.


Speed and hands are the obvious but any combination of speed, hands, and height will help.  


PM me or respond here.  I'm aiming to get a headcount next Saturday afternoon around 3pm.  Plenty of fields around uptown should be open, but whatever is the most convenient for everyone is cool too.

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