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"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)

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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)

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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.

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…’psst psst; conspiracy to riot’

They wanna corrupt me. They tried to corrupt me.
This ain’t no Swan Song. This is for the ugly ducklings of my country.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE HERE!

We have the right to assembly and it’s the duty of the patriot
to protect his country from the government.
But when we try it; but when we try it;
But when we try it;
it’s CONSPIRACY TO RIOT!

Peace rally with my friends. Conspiracy to riot.
When we have no defense. Conspiracy to riot.
Rubber bullets to our heads. Conspiracy to riot.
Conspiracy to riot. Conspiracy to riot.

When we find voter fraud. Conspiracy to riot.
When we defy overlords. Conspiracy to riot.
When we finally pull the cord. Conspiracy to riot.
Conspiracy to riot. Conspiracy to riot.

‘Til the truth is revealed. Conspiracy to riot.
We ain’t choosing to kneel. Conspiracy to riot.
Let me be the human shield. Conspiracy to riot.
Conspiracy to riot. Conspiracy to riot.

-Sage Francis, “Conspiracy To Riot”, 2008 Republican National Convention, St Paul, MN

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(Source: jnealsy, via bropunzeling)

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  • Friend: so what'd you do this summer?
  • Me: oh ummm not much ha ha ha... *actually watched hundreds of videos of hockey players dumping ice water on themselves for a good cause*
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I think the kids are in trouble
Do not know what all the troubles are for
Give them ice for their fevers
You’re the only thing I ever want anymore
Live on coffee and flowers
Try not to worry what the weather will be
I figured out what we’re missing
I tell you miserable things after you are asleep

Now we’ll leave the silver city ‘cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city cause all the silver girls
Everything means everything

It’s a Hollywood summer
You never believe the shitty thoughts I think
Meet our friends out for dinner
When I said what I said I didn’t mean anything
We belong in a movie
Try to hold it together ‘til our friends are gone
We should swim in a fountain
Do not want to disappoint anyone

Now we’ll leave the silver city cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city to all the silver girls
Everything means everything

I was afraid, I’d eat your brains
I was afraid, I’d eat your brains
Cause I’m evil
Cause I’m evil

I’m a confident liar
Had my head in the oven so you’d know where I’ll be
I’ll try to be more romantic
I want to believe in everything you believe
But I was less than amazing
Do not know what all the troubles are for
Fall asleep in your branches
You’re the only thing I ever want anymore

Now we’ll leave the silver city cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city to all the silver girls
Everything means everything

I was afraid, I’d eat your brains
I was afraid, I’d eat your brains
Cause I’m evil
Cause I’m evil
Cause I’m evil

-The National, “Conversation 16”

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notquitedreaming:

Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988),
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

notquitedreaming:

Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988),

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

(via neighborhoodr-minneapolis)

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essouffle:

sid and geno with the tiny penguins from geno’s bday cake :]

essouffle:

sid and geno with the tiny penguins from geno’s bday cake :]

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