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Re: Heather in the USA!
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Evanston borders Chicago on the north. The venue, Space, is a few blocks from where I live. Space is the type of venue that is perfect for a Heather Nova show, with table seating in the front and chair seating on the sides.

As long as I am in town, I will be there.

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Re: Introduce yourself here!
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I have not heard the new album. I just wanted to say hello.

A lot has changed with me. I finished college some time ago. Now I am married, have a daughter, and we are living in Chicago.

Having a kid makes you get serious very fast.

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Re: Introduce yourself here!
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I thought it would be fun to check in and say hello.

I hope everyone is doing well!

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Re: A thread for the Cat lovers!
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I love Timon!

I don't have any cats anymore. I don't plan to get more. :o

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Re: Help!!!
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I work at Apple now, so there's hope for all of us. :)

Posted on: 2009/9/21 9:37
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Re: Tell me something you learned today
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Sorry Johan. :/ We've all been there.

Posted on: 2009/9/21 9:35
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Re: +++ Happy Birthday, Tim! +++
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Thanks everyone!

Posted on: 2009/9/21 9:34
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Re: Help!!!
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I feel for you, I am unemployed too. Just stay persistent and success will come.

Posted on: 2009/6/24 18:59
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Re: How to type German
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Very little, she talks too quickly. Didn't she live in Germany when she was a kid?

Posted on: 2009/6/7 20:51
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Re: How to type German
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For a beer to be considered Kosher, it must be certified as being Kosher by a Rabbi.

I'm sure you're familiar with the German beer purity law (Reinheitsgebot). When this law was enforced, all German beer was effectively Kosher. Even today, something like 90% of all German beers follow the law and are technically Kosher. However, for a beer to be branded as Kosher, a beer must still be certified by a Rabbi.

Simcha is sold out quickly in Berlin, which annoys some people because it is a popular drink among non-Jews. Because it has no difference from most other German beers, the complaint is that the only reason to drink it is to be trendy or cool. There are also some conspiracy theorists who say that the funds from the sale of this beer go to an organization to convert Jews to Christianity.

Posted on: 2009/5/28 2:53
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Re: How to type German
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It is new, it was started in 2007.

Posted on: 2009/5/22 2:27
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Re: How to type German
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I gave two speeches in the two German classes.

In one speech, I didn't feel like speaking so I designed a powerpoint presentation that would do weird things like jump around on slides seemingly randomly. I then made a big production about how I didn't know how to use powerpoint and pretended that I didn't know what was going on. I only actually said about five sentences in German.

I had the class fooled. They didn't realize I was pulling a fast one on them until the very end.

The last speech I took seriously. I talked about Simcha, a Kosher beer that is made in the former East Germany.

Posted on: 2009/5/21 16:12
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Re: Suzanne Vega
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I read somewhere that she doesn't have a record deal anymore. She is just playing shows.

Posted on: 2009/5/20 2:10
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Re: What have you dreamt last night?
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I slept and I dreamed of a time long ago
I saw an army of rebels, dancing on air
I dreamed as I slept, I could see the campfires,
A song of the battle, that was born in the flames,
and the rebels were waltzing on air.

I danced with a girl to the tune of a waltz
that was written to be danced on the battlefield
I danced to the song of a voice of a girl
A voice that called "Stand till we fall
we stand till all the boys fall."

As we danced came the news that the war was not won
5 armies were coming, with carriage and gun
Through the heart of the camp
swept the news from the front
A cloud crossed the moon, a child cried for food
We knew the war could not be won.

So we danced with a rifle, to the rhythm of the gun
in a glade through the trees i saw my only one
Then the earth seemed to rise hell hot as the sun
The soldiers were dying, there was tune to the sighing.
The song was an old rebel one.

As the smoke of our hopes rose high from the field
My eyes played tricks through the moon and the trees
I slept as I dreamed I saw the army rise
A voice began to call, stand till you fall
The tune was an old rebel one.

Posted on: 2009/5/20 2:07
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Re: How to type German
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I made it through German. :)

It wasn't that hard, really. I made it worse for myself by never going to class, but I was quite bored of school this past year and it took everything I had to finish.

Now I have completed my degree and can now resume job hunting. :o

Posted on: 2009/5/20 2:00
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Re: Windows 7
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After running Vista longer, I have to say that it is definitely a piece of junk. It has a lot of file management issues, which should be the cornerstone of any OS and Microsoft should have had this perfected (and really did) 25 years ago.

Moving files is very slow. After moving files, sometimes a copy of the file will show up in the old location a day or two later. Opening a folder that you have not opened for a long time will sometimes freeze the system for a minute as the OS tries to read the folder.

I did have to reinstall once due to OS freezing.

I am skeptical that Windows 7 would be any better. If you guys want a really good Windows OS, the best by a longshot is Windows FLP, which most people haven't heard of. It is Windows XP with everything unnecessary removed, and it installs in under 1 gig.

Posted on: 2009/5/20 1:56
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Re: The Ctrl-V thread
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laudanum

Posted on: 2009/1/15 16:03
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Re: Windows 7
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I have Vista and I made it look like XP/2000 as much as I could, but there are still some differences. Well, a lot of differences. The control panel is different, everything has been renamed, and once you get into something in the control panel, everything is moved around. Many options that were available before seem to be gone. The control panel applets have a "web page" type of feel to them, which is probably good for Microsoft developers in the long run but it doesn't seem very nice or well-developed at the moment.

No one likes learning new things and I think this is the gist of why Vista has such a low opinion. Windows 7 won't have the same problem just by the nature that people will be used to the changes by the time 7 comes out.

As far as stability, there are some strange issues with extreme slowness when copying files, moving files, or emptying the recycle bin. A popup comes up showing how fast the file transfer is taking, and it's typically some really slow number like 8-20 Mb/sec. No file manipulation should ever go this slow on a modern computer.

After I updated my video drivers the computer would also lock up when I came back to the computer after leaving it on. I would move the mouse to bring the screen back on and it would work for about 30 seconds then lock up. I think I solved this just by having the computer go into suspend fully, but time will tell. I'd rather save the energy anyway.

The newest update of Firefox crashes for me kind of often in Vista, but that's probably Firefox's fault.

Vista has a lot of stuff in it that people will remember from the Windows 9x days, like the Media Center stuff that one could get for XP but only by sacrificing other things. This will be removed from 7.

The Widgets or Gadgets or whatever Microsoft calls them for Vista are not as good as the ones available from Google and Yahoo. I find that Yahoo has the best ones. But you probably only want this stuff if you have multiple monitors as they take up space.

So although Vista isn't perfect, it doesn't deserve as much criticism as it gets, either. It's very fast for me (except for when I'm manipulating files), but then I have all of the bells and whistles turned off and I have a pretty good computer.

Posted on: 2009/1/15 15:47
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Re: What is the weather like where you are?
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24c right now

should be -1c sunday morning

Posted on: 2009/1/9 19:49
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Re: The Ctrl-V thread
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Vikings coach Brad Childress told Gus Frerotte, the veteran quarterback who guided Minnesota to an 8-3 record as a starter before losing his job late in the season because of injury, that he had decided to go with Jackson down the stretch because of a “gut feeling.” I wonder how Coach Chilly’s gut is feeling after Jackson looked overwhelmed and ineffective in Sunday’s defeat to the Eagles while Frerotte, who was cleared to return three weeks ago, stood on the sideline feeling helpless and frustrated. Jackson, as another Vikings player later told me, had a “deer-in-headlights” look about him during his long afternoon, which saw him complete only 15 of 35 passes for 164 yards and throw a ruinous interception that Philly’s Asante Samuel returned for a game-changing touchdown late in the second quarter. Meanwhile Childress, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator before taking the Minnesota job at the end of the ‘05 season, got totally schooled by Philly defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who made it look, said one Viking, “as though we were one play behind all day.” Especially pathetic was the way Jackson, theoretically trying to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final two minutes, was loathe to throw downfield, instead checking the ball down to outlet receivers in what amounted to a total surrender. Late in the game, another Vikings player said, “our sideline was in total disarray.” For Frerotte, who had planned to retire last spring before Childress pursued him and offered a two-year deal, it was a long afternoon that left him pondering his future. “I just don’t know what to think right now,” he said Sunday night. “It was a very frustrating experience, because I felt like I should’ve been the one playing. That might sound selfish, but I think I would’ve given us the best chance to win. I’m going home to St. Louis [on Monday] to be with my family and figure out where things stand, but the way things played out at the end really makes me question things.” Meanwhile, I have a new nickname for that large block of Vikings season-ticket holders (45 percent) that elected not to purchase playoff tickets: visionaries.

Posted on: 2009/1/6 12:54
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Re: NFL
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Yes, the mean is the mathematical average of all of the numbers. The median is the middle number, or if there is no middle number (if the sample size is even instead of odd) then it's the mean of the two numbers closest to the middle. Both mean and median are terms for 'average' even though they have different meanings.

I didn't care about this stuff until I started graphing it on the bell curve. I'd like the bell curve to adjust and not always assume that the mean is the middle of the curve, even though I'd like it to be.

Posted on: 2008/11/28 23:32
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Re: Tell me one bad thing that happened today
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I passed the first time, in spite of some lady running a stop sign and almost hitting us.

Posted on: 2008/11/28 8:11
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Re: NFL
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I made a graph with every team's finish from 2002-2007.

The lone team outside of the norm is last year's Patriots.

Yes, the red lines are graphed, but they're hidden under the blue stuff. This what I want to happen. When the red lines are hidden, I would say that this system is the most accurate.

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Some trivia:

- 40 teams finished with a score of 59 or more, and all of them made the playoffs (100%).
- 29 teams finished between 55-58.9, and 21 made the playoffs (72%).
- 29 teams finished between 50-54.9, and 9 made the playoffs (31%)
- 23 teams finished between 45-49.9, and 2 made the playoffs (9%)
- 71 teams finished below 45, and none made the playoffs.

Worst playoff team: 2004 St. Louis Rams (45.4)
Best team to miss the playoffs: 2004 Buffalo Bills (58.8)
Best team: 2007 New England Patriots (84.7)
Worst team: 2007 Miami Dolphins (26.3)

Posted on: 2008/11/27 21:18
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Re: Curious and interesting facts
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Some sources say that Americans eat 100 acres of pizza per day.

But you have to remember that we all have to work pretty tight schedules. There aren't many choices for a quick midday meal other than a slice of pizza or a burger, and microwaved food is even worse.

Posted on: 2008/11/19 17:42
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Re: Post your favourite YouTube videos
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Re: Deacon Struction
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No, that's not my observation.

My observation is that we tend to deconstruct our enemies. Obviously you don't want to be an enemy with someone who you are a fan of, right?

Posted on: 2008/11/17 18:29
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Re: Heather on fabchannel
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I watched some of this and you know, this was actually a very good show.

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Re: Post your favourite YouTube videos
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Re: Total Views 3001339
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Most of those are me.

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Re: Deacon Struction
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Wow, that's a marvellous interpretation.

So it is that the similarity in behavior occurs not due to the intent but in the amount of interest one has in the subject.

Whether the interest is positive or not, this does not matter.

So what I described as an incompatibility or a paradox was just being measured the wrong way by me. It is the amount of passion that determines the level of which we may deconstruct something, not necessarily the intent we have in doing so.

This does leaves open the issue that we are more astute at deconstructing our enemies. Does this show that most of us are more passionate when it comes to disliking some thing or some one than we are in what we love or appreciate? Or is this just the an example of the simplistic phrase, "Love is blind?"

Posted on: 2008/11/15 20:33
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Re: Vinyl releases.
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Knowing how Sony US worked in the era when Oyster was put out here, I would bet money that there are some vinyl Oyster test pressings out there. Good luck finding them though. If none have shown up yet, they probably never will.

Posted on: 2008/11/14 20:43
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Re: Deacon Struction
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Quote:

Feral wrote:
To watch a child is to know what it means to be "living in the moment." Ever see a child enthralled with a bug? The child will spend hours studying the bug, oblivious to everything else around him. Nothing present or past matters, just the movements of that bug.

We could learn a lot from that child. But we could learn more from the bug, which, with that big eyeball staring down at him, knows his life is as cheap as a child's whimsical decision to crush him. Though the child is living "in the moment," the bug is living "only for a moment."


Interesting deconstruction! :D

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Re: Deacon Struction
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Quote:

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P.S. isn't it against academic rules to talk of 'deconstruction' in such a clear and meaningful way I mean: aren't we supposed to be as obfuscatory, convoluted and generally wide of any perceivedly tangible mark as possible ?


Haha. There are many in academia who view deconstruction and postmodernism as great evils that destroy their professions. Yet they use these methods themselves daily in their work, and all human ingenuity and invention from the dawn of time came forth by using these methods.

It's true that both can be taken too far. And of course it's not considered friendly to do to someone personally.

I gave a speech in a speech class that deconstructed the class's textbook definition of speech. My goal was to show how absurd their ideas were. They didn't like that too much.

What I found most strange by thinking about what I wrote here was that most of us would love to be friends with our idols. But deconstruction is a technique that we use only on our enemies, once we begin to deconstruct a person who we are friends with the friendship always falls apart as the person deconstructed always takes great offense. It's strange that we would use a method that is incompatible with friendship on someone who we admire!

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Re: Two new full concerts in Bermuda in January 09
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I got my tickets today, woo!

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Deacon Struction
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As those of you who have known me for a long time know, I take some delight in deconstructing my favorite musical artists. Today I decided to ask myself why. In essence, I began to deconstruct deconstruction. Of course I'd find such an idea delightful, though you might not.

I know that no one likes reading longwinded messages but here you go. Increasing our attention spans is good anyway!

The deconstruction that some fans do probably disturbs the musical artist somewhat. For some artists, the prevailing deconstructions of them are not all that flattering. For example, many Fiona Apple fans think she is batty. Many Nellie McKay fans think that she is an autistic savant.

In addition, it is easy to imagine that most artists would feel slightly disturbed that any person that they don't know would take so much time to try to figure out who the person is behind the mask. Most of the time the ideas that fans come up with are incorrect and based on faulty or incomplete data which probably becomes annoying to the artist.

Heather Nova stated in an interview many years ago that she started to be careful with the words that she was writing in her songs, because so many online fans would deconstruct her meanings, sometimes reminding her of events that she didn't particularly wish to keep having to go over.

But is it somehow abnormal or obsessive for fans to deconstruct their favorite artists?

Many researchers and professors spend a lot of time deconstructing the leaders of their respective fields -- in these cases we are talking about figures like Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Isaac Newton. Those who study these prominent figures can usually tell you much about who the person was, their childhoods, and most importantly what their faults were.

Graduate school in the United States is purely about deconstructing other prominent mainstream experts in a given field, constructing your own ideas based on their theories, and then standing up to having your ideas deconstructed by your peers and mentors at the very end. This process often goes beyond deconstructing ideas but goes into deconstructing the people behind the ideas. For example, instead of outright stating that one's ideas are based on Structuralism, a person may instead simply start citing Levi-Strauss. Those in the field would get the reference.

Outside of school, we all take great delight in deconstructing the motivations and lives of politicians who we don't like, but more often than not we instead take the words of the politicians we support at face value and do not delve any deeper. When you consider that we also do not deconstruct our friends but tend to always deconstruct our enemies, and that a friendship deconstructed is usually a friendship that ends, it becomes clear that by deconstructing our mentors or our artistic influences that we could never be friends with them, whether the deconstruction is flattering or not.

The Beatles touched upon this accidentally when they wrote:

What would think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.


The fact that these lines open a particular song suggests that this was the prevailing thought which prompted them to write the song in the first place. As the title of the song also suggests, 'With A Little Help From My Friends', they knew that their fans were not truly their friends. Those who rated and deconstructed their performances were not the people who they could be friendly with. Their friends were the people who were there for them regardless of whether or not they were performing.

Beyond the idea that deconstruction prevents any significant relationship between the deconstructor and his or her object, does deconstruction harm either party? Sometimes it surely does. Fiona Apple's production dropped significantly after she began to read what some fans had to say about the type of person that they suspected she was. As stated earlier, Heather Nova stated that she felt a little too "Bare" by having so much of her work viewed under a personal microscope.

But conversely, the art of deconstructing can also harm the deconstructor. The most obvious example of this would be someone no longer being a fan of someone's art after coming to some unfavorable conclusions about the artist, whether or not these conclusions were correct. There are also severe cases of people who obsess over their artist of choice and begin to stalk them or begin to blame the artist for his or her problems.

The obvious question that this all leads up to is, why do some people deconstruct their idols if by doing so it means that they could never be friendly with them?

Posted on: 2008/11/13 21:45
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Re: How to type German
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One thing I've liked to do but greatly confuses German speakers is to take a small German phrase but then add on a word that sounds German but isn't. This is for comedic effect. Benny Hill used to like to do this.

Example:

Du bist ein Stinkenbutten!

You are a stink butt.

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Re: The Ctrl-V thread
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Thomas Wolfe had the phrase 'a fizzing and sulphuric fart' cut out of his 1929 work Look Homeward, Angel by his publisher.

Posted on: 2008/11/13 18:51
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Re: *** Happy Birthday, Darren! ***
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Don't worry about living to 100. Live to 69!

Here's your present.

http://rs262.rapidshare.com/files/769 ... da_Pop-Rip_Off__1994_.rar

Posted on: 2008/11/13 7:01
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Re: ::Top 5:: ... Albums ...
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I don't have a top 5 albums list at any given moment.

Even narrowing it down to 5 all-time is pretty hard!

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Re: NFL
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I think I figured out how I will solve this to my satisfaction.

I will take the mean and the median and average them together.

This is pretty funny because mean and median are both terms that mean average, and thus in essence I am saying that I am using the 'average of the average'. This is delightfully strange and confusing.

But alas, I want this to be taken seriously, so I will instead call this the 'adjusted average'.

So what happens is this:

If median > mean, then the scores below the median are lowered in magnification, the scores above it are raised, and the peak magnification moves to the right.

If median < mean, then the scores below the median are raised in magnification, the scores above it are lowered, and the peak magnification moves to the left.

I will graph the adjusted average along with both the mean and the median, which would effectively show the approximate range of where the team really is. Teams near the middle and at the ends will have the lowest ranges.

Here's the new way I will graph it:

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