Stumbling Over Chaos

Aug 22

Apologies for the Walt Whitman reblog spam

Tumblr mobile went crazy and kept saying it couldn’t upload the reblog, so would try again later - but obviously it managed to upload it every time. Hopefully rebooting has solved the problem.

*crosses fingers and eyes tablet suspiciously*

Added: ARGH. I’ve uninstalled Tumblr mobile and am going to try reinstalling it. WTF.

(Source: greyscale-pictures, via alexwhitehall)

Aug 17

essouffle:

:((sorry /o\ )

essouffle:

:(

(sorry /o\ )

“I once had to say this on a show many years ago, and I truly believe it: Loneliness is a choice. I like to be alone; I’m more comfortable alone. But I do recognise that I take it too far sometimes and so I try to force myself to keep up with being sociable. I just am a bit of a lone ranger; I always have been. But I don’t believe that necessarily has to translate to being lonely. You can be lonely in a crowd of a thousand people. I can be in a hotel room on my own, and not feel lonely. It all comes down to how comfortable you are with who you are in the silence.” — Gillian Anderson (via lostnovelists)

(Source: allweare-juststories, via cookietime)

Aug 14

mplsgossipgirl:

This is quite a crowd for #catvidfest in #Minneapolis.  (at Walker Art Center)

mplsgossipgirl:

This is quite a crowd for #catvidfest in #Minneapolis. (at Walker Art Center)

(via neighborhoodr-minneapolis)

My copy is on its way and I’m ridiculously excited about it. I’ve read the 2013 edition twice… so far.

In the inaugural edition it was written that “statistical analysis is coming to hockey in a wave very similar to the one that hit baseball years ago,” and guess what? That wave is here! With every passing season, there’s another explosion of new analysts, new websites, new perspectives, and new developments. Non-traditional statistics are being used in TV and radio broadcasts, front offices are hiring statistical analysts, and newspapers and magazines are including whole new sets of data. It used to be that front offices, agencies, and media outlets would use analytics to get an edge, but now it’s being used to avoid falling behind. Soon, venturing forward without an analytics team will be like venturing forward without trainers, or equipment managers. While we fans can certainly continue to enjoy the sport without analytics (and equipment managers), knowledge of the underlying numbers can help stretch that enjoyment. Acting as an invaluable supplement to traditional analysis, modern statistics can be used to test the validity of the conventional wisdom, and to gain insight into what teams are doing behind the scenes —- or maybe what they should be doing! Inspired by Bill James’ Baseball Abstract, Hockey Abstract is not an annual guide to read once and place on a shelf, but a timeless reference of the mainstream applications and limitations of hockey analytics. More than just an update, this 2014 edition is 40% bigger and better, and includes heavyweight co-authors Tom Awad and Iain Fyffe. The Hall of Fame, what makes good players good, team-level player usage chart interpretations, shot quality, score effects, the value of enforcers, a deep look at goaltending, and a hunt for the game’s best at scoring goals, drawing penalties, killing penalties and working the power play are all among this year’s topics. Whether you use Hockey Abstract as a primer for today’s new statistics, as a reference for leading edge research and hard-to-find statistical data, or whether you read it for its passionate and engaging story-telling, Hockey Abstract 2014 belongs on every serious hockey fan’s bookshelf.

My copy is on its way and I’m ridiculously excited about it. I’ve read the 2013 edition twice… so far.

In the inaugural edition it was written that “statistical analysis is coming to hockey in a wave very similar to the one that hit baseball years ago,” and guess what? That wave is here! 

With every passing season, there’s another explosion of new analysts, new websites, new perspectives, and new developments. Non-traditional statistics are being used in TV and radio broadcasts, front offices are hiring statistical analysts, and newspapers and magazines are including whole new sets of data. It used to be that front offices, agencies, and media outlets would use analytics to get an edge, but now it’s being used to avoid falling behind. Soon, venturing forward without an analytics team will be like venturing forward without trainers, or equipment managers. 

While we fans can certainly continue to enjoy the sport without analytics (and equipment managers), knowledge of the underlying numbers can help stretch that enjoyment. Acting as an invaluable supplement to traditional analysis, modern statistics can be used to test the validity of the conventional wisdom, and to gain insight into what teams are doing behind the scenes —- or maybe what they should be doing! 

Inspired by Bill James’ Baseball Abstract, Hockey Abstract is not an annual guide to read once and place on a shelf, but a timeless reference of the mainstream applications and limitations of hockey analytics. 

More than just an update, this 2014 edition is 40% bigger and better, and includes heavyweight co-authors Tom Awad and Iain Fyffe. The Hall of Fame, what makes good players good, team-level player usage chart interpretations, shot quality, score effects, the value of enforcers, a deep look at goaltending, and a hunt for the game’s best at scoring goals, drawing penalties, killing penalties and working the power play are all among this year’s topics. 

Whether you use Hockey Abstract as a primer for today’s new statistics, as a reference for leading edge research and hard-to-find statistical data, or whether you read it for its passionate and engaging story-telling, Hockey Abstract 2014 belongs on every serious hockey fan’s bookshelf.

Aug 13

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(Source: jnealsy, via bropunzeling)

Aug 12

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