Maynard_G_Krebs

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  1. Over/Under on TB12 becoming a coach after he hangs it up? I'd say the odds are good.
  2. This thread is for all of your NFL 2017-2018 season discussion. There is no other way to start this thread. Everything else for Tom Brady is just gravy.
  3. I decided for my first iPad artwork that I would make something that my mom always wanted. So, this is for her: my first ever illustration of Jesus Christ, complete with Holy Spirit blaster power!
  4. I accept your nomination!
  5. I've never actually drawn body hair on images of figures before, so that was a new experience for me. I figured no better situation to apply it than with an image of JC.
  6. Yo! I'm trying to be a good son and buy my Dad a Tom Brady jersey because of our fondness for the GOAT. NFLshop.com sells those things for around $100, which is fucking crazy. Anybody know where I can buy jerseys online from reputable sources for cheaper? (I.e., not eBay or individual re-sellers)
  7. I've been keeping my ear to the railroad tracks for trends in the videogame industry, and I don't like what I see as an inevitability at this point. I'm happy that I picked up a console in this generation, because future games are literally being delayed just so that developers can add various free-to-play mechanics in them to maximize their profits. This will be the last console generation to feature mostly non-F2P mechanics like random loot boxes, gameplay enhancements, and etc. features that you essentially have to pay to unlock with in-game currency (which equates to real currency, ultimately), and are the bane of my existence. They used to be mostly relegated to mobile games, but the trend is sweeping across console game development. Sooner than later, F2P mechanics will be in the majority of games, which is when I'll eventually duck back out of gaming as a whole. Dark, capitalist clouds are on the horizon for the console gamers. Be afraid.
  8. I've made several threads associated with videogames for specific platforms (Mobile, Console, Retro, PC), which all trail off onto off-topic games. I've decided to create an aggregate thread for all of these posts I make about videogames and more. And this is that. Back in the day, I mentioned playing Fallout 4. I really enjoyed Fallout 4, but the story overall left me wanting more, and not in a good way. Great game world; not so great story. I'll go back to this game once Survival Mode hits in an upcoming update, and all of the expansion packs are released. Great game. Recommended. 4 yaks out of 5. I then went from Fallout 4 to Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor, which is a stealth action/RPG. Good-to-great game. Recommended. 3.5 yaks of out 5. After Lord of the Rings, I went to Dragon Age: Inquisition. Better story/in-game character interactions than Fallout 4, and not a terrible game engine. Had a lot of fun with this game. Good-to-great game. Recommended. 3.5 yaks out of 5. Now I've shifted over to the leading game for why I bought an Xbox One console, State of Decay: Year One Edition. This is the closest game to a 'Walking Dead'-style experience that has yet to be fully realized. It's on an old Xbox 360 game engine, so the visuals and geography are a little sloppy. The game engine is not perfect, but I can overlook some of the erratic bugs for the pure nature of the game. It's such a good game. Early impressions: 4 yaks out of 5. I also fired up Witcher 3 for a hot second to get a sense of how that game presents itself. I'm looking forward to playing this gem, as it became clear to me very early on that this is a game that is positioned to appeal to adults. Everything that I saw in my brief introduction made me feel like this game has a ton to offer.
  9. Cheaper; definitely not used.
  10. And lastly, I've had a real revelation recently about 'white people' the racial classification term. The history behind why racial classifications exist is as depressing as you can imagine. 'People of white skin' is a concept that predates this more modern racial classifier, and by 'modern' in this instance, I mean 1700s. But this more modern classifier of white, black, yellow, was created because of transactional purposes, to distinguish the classes involved in these transactions, and the roles they played. The history is pretty humbling. People are terrible, and stupid, and terribly stupid.
  11. Unrelated to my post above, I'm having a hard time not seeing how this country becomes substantially more of a police state (than it already is) in the next 3-8 years. I walk around New York every day to go to work, and literally see police patrolling the streets with automatic weapons pointed at the ground every day. Granted, I'm close to the financial district, but I never thought I'd see patrolling officers, decked out in body armor and the whole nine yards as an expected part of my every day. Some people I know casually shrug it off and say, 'that's the world we live in...' and I'm like... 'it's that easy for you, huh?' The great American experiment slowly desolves, piece by piece. We could be trying to mute these extremist voices, and instead, we're pandering to them, energizing them, antagonizing them, and giving them platform after platform to spew their thought vomit to an already antagonized base. And when the storm troopers come to assert order (I.e., protect the wealthy individuals and institutions), it'll be under the premise to 'protect us from ourselves.' People much smarter than all of us have been predicting this shit for generations, and it looks to be finally coming true. All the pieces are in place. An authoritarian-minded leader, surrounding himself with an administration built with military leaders, during a time when foreigners are vilified, and a nation becoming further divided by loud extremist voices who are shouting at you what you should believe. The Church of Social Justice is alive and well on both sides, and the silent moderates sitting on their hands are the ones who are going to get caught in the crossfire, literally and figuratively, when they could be telling both groups to chill the fuck out, and bring everyone to the table.
  12. A person being annoyed that a statue exists that is potentially seen by that person on a daily basis, which commemorates a movement that tried to keep what they considered to be the right to own people as commodities--or the classic 'the South fought to defend states rights against what they considered to be an overreaching federal government' argument--seems pretty rational to me. The defense of the confederacy's 'states rights' perspective, as was the popular deflection for 100 years, without adding that this position was built around a state's right to classify human beings as property, is moral equivocation at it's finest. It's not about 'protecting history.' The majority of those statues were erected by the direct first generation descendants of the confederate soilders who fought and died during the civil war. They wanted to commemorate their fallen fathers and brothers. There wasn't going to be an unbiased ethical discussion about this in the late 18th-early 19th century, not as these states continued to pass segregation laws, and laws keeping many black people from taking political office. Or worst, the statues that were created as a direct response by white southern sympathizers to the civil rights movement of the 60s. The 'preserving history' argument is as phony as all the reasons why no one wants any symbols in history to exist in public that represent violent oppression to a people within their own nation. I'm not saying confederacy statues shouldn't exist. But they should be in museums where context can be made about the history of the people represented, who funded the statues creation, and why. The 'history' will always live in texts, or digitally, or by spoken word--and not as glorified statues in public parks and squares forcing all to see. And for all of the red-herring, 1984, big brother responses to rewriting those mediums, spare me; preserving a statue is not going to offset revisionist histories, which are always written by the victor/people in power, as was the basis for the confederate statues creation to begin with--in that the white relatives may have lost the war, but they retained the majority of their local community power. The statues shouldn't live where little Timmy the passerby is conditioned to believe that statues represent figures that we should look up to, who stood up for something of value to a nation's people. If it was an argument to preserve history, then the same would apply to Nazi flags in Germany, Saddam statues in Iraq, and on, and on. Statues are for praising high-minded ideals and the figures who championed them, not for reminding us of our sins, or attempts to justify them. This all being said, I don't like mob-like crowds pulling statues down. I think that sends the wrong message and sets a dangerous precedent. I'm glad people are being charged for the recent statue defacing. Many elected officials, at the behest of the constituency that elected them, are opting the make that decision for themselves as a community, which is as much or more of an example of our democratic process than how most of those statues were originally erected in the first place.
  13. Yeah, politics aside, shit is about to get much worse.
  14. Hey my dudes. Long story short, my fiance's maid of honor is leaving to go to grad school in the U.K. in 3 weeks and just made an unannounced visit last night and is staying for the weekend. I've been strong armed into a weekend of not my own choosing. Not gonna be able to get to the tournament today, which bums me out big time. Apologies. BUT, I do want to thank Brian for setting this shit up. When I went to this past October tournament at the RavensHouse or whatever that place is called, it was amazing. Brian was a consummate pro about managing the event with the other dudes involved. Good guy all. Have fun dudes. I'll be there in spirit!
  15. Awesome. So maybe it gets reduced to 5 or 4 games. Good luck with that! As it is now, 6 games + 1 bye week = No Zeke until Week 8. At this point, considering this Zeke problem, other suspensions or bumbled releases (Whitehead), and potential sophomore slump for Dak Prescott as the pressure on him gets amplified... I'll be impressed if the Cowboys even make it to the post-season. I also think Jerry Jones pulls a Donald Trump, and if Jason Garrett doesn't make this team win, he'll be blamed for all of this dysfunction and shown the door.
  16. How 'bout them Cowboys?! I'm looking forward to seeing if Jerry Jones brings a legal force against the NFL. Dudes, it doesn't pay to beat your ladies.
  17. The most obvious gripe about Jay Cutler is his lack of leadership skills. He's not inspiring anyone to work harder. I get that a QB is most favorably viewed when he's also the spirited leader type, but that just isn't everybody. I don't think Jay Cutler is actually a bad QB. He's not great, but he isn't bad. When he's with an OC that actually plays to his strength, he's even pretty good. Jay Cutler has had many OCs not try to play to his strengths. If you look back at games when Jay Cutler was with the Broncos, there is every reason to believe that guy could have had a stellar career in the function of QB, but without the ra-ra team building and leadership traits of some of his contemporaries. Jay Cutler on the Dolphins not only makes sense because of the coach pairing from his most successful days in Chicago, but because he's not being asked to be the team leader and galvanize a squad. That's not his job in this position as a fill-in QB, which I think is actually going to help Cutler excel beyond the tepid disappointment that we've come to know from him.
  18. I actually expect Jay Cutler to do reasonably well. I mean, at least on par with Ryan Tannehill. Ryan Tannehill sucks. Funnier yet, I'd put $10 down on if Jay Cutler finds a way to help beat New England, he boots Tannehill from his job indefinitely.
  19. Apparently, it has more to do with the fact that he'll OWE the Dolphins 3 million if he retires. Way to check with your agent about your contractual details prior to announcing your retirement, Brandon Albert.
  20. Here's a brief write-up I recently put together for a meeting at work to educate my clueless director-level staff. For anyone who doesn't have Google Analytics experience, this might be interesting for you to read up on only some of the features that it offers for tracking statistics and constituency information. This is top level functionality. This write-up does not include eCommerce-specific tracking options, which are even more invasive.
  21. LOLz to a modder who made Geralt from Witcher 3 into Tony Hawk, complete with Tony Hawk 1 "Superman" soundtrack song. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-08-08-new-witcher-3-mod-turns-geralt-into-tony-hawk
  22. Also, part of the reason why I imagine that youTube is cracking down on this shit, is because foreigners are starting to use American political media to energize bases to infight for profit. Like this channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCWXPkK02j6MHW-4xCJzgMuw It's called Golden State News. Know why it's called that? To reap the benefit of in-platform SEO by being attributed with the Golden State Warriors popularity. Know how I found this channel? By letting YouTube auto play videos after a specific Golden State Warriors clip that I watched. Five videos after the original, a video from this channel auto played. This channel is made by Russians, who used to link back to other similarly vile one-sided liberal channels in a network of bullshit channels. This channel used link back to its network of channels where the same photo was used in about sections of a young girl listed on their other bullshit channels. I did a reverse image search on the girl's photo, and sure enough, it was ripped from a Russian magazine. In the about section of this channel, if you try to go to the author's website, Google tells you you're about to get fucked with malware. The channel was created in April 2015, at the true start of the voting cycle. There's no belief in the content presented, and much of it is C-SPAN or news clips with foreigners doing English voice overs on propaganda videos. Notice in the about section there are links to donate to them? This is the kind of shit going on now. Foreigners using American made media platforms to milk $$$ from stupid American party loyalists. Republicans, Democrats; whoever is angry enough and stupid enough to be swayed by shit like this. 73,000+ people subscribe to this channel, made by Russians. Awesome, right? Here's the kicker. Subscribe to the channel, and I can almost garuntee you that you will receive a robocall within 10 minutes if they're able to track your YouTube user information to any account on a major social media platform that contains your phone number. Welcome to the new world.
  23. Because as inflammatory as that shit is, it doesn't likely yield ad conversions. It's about conversions, not impressions. It's safer for YouTube to promote cute baby goat videos and the ads that get aligned with baby goat videos than the backlash they get from advertisers for being on 'questionable' content. If advertisers pull their money and invest more into other ad platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, or SnapChat, YouTube is fucked. Advertisers, most of the time, aren't in it for the risky proposition. They're looking for a sure thing conversion. And YouTube, unlike AdWords, makes you pay by the impression, and not the click through, because it's not great for conversions. It's primarily a brand lift platform, and it's decent at that, but conversions are where the money goes. As loud as that inflammatory message may be by the content creator, it's still a minority of the total American public that buy into any of that far right or far left shit. There's only so many 'survivalist gear pack'-making companies that can advertise of an Alex Jones-esq channel.
  24. Again, respectfully, who cares about their decision. If it's a liberal parent company, is anyone surprised that it's going to be ruled over by the social justice police? I'm not. Google knows everything about anyone who uses Google enough. Cookie data shows your purchase history, how much you purchase, where you purchase, how much you watch, what you watch, ad infinity. They've slotted everyone who uses YouTube into categories of content watchers. They can accurately guess what you're most likely to buy at any given time during the year. They target us in our zip codes, by our habits, and demographics. They know what device we use, what operating system we run, how frequently we check out email, and on and on. They know almost everything about our habits and our digital choices. I say all of this to point out that since they know so much about us, I'd bet they're willing to make a call like this because they know where the majority of their $$$ comes from, and whoever they're about to censor doesn't earn them the majority of that $$$, or represents the majority of the constituency who waste years of their lives watching baby goat videos. And again, the customization required to align advertiser interests with their target demographics while excluding the array of sites they find unpalatable is $$$$$ to develope in a sophisticated environment. They're not spending that kind of money on that sort of tech any time soon. I mean, f*ck, has anyone ever tried to actually contact YouTube? I have. It's next to impossible for the casual user. Now imagine a sophisticated advertising platform that largely handles its user base with FAQs and robo callers shelling out big $$$ to customize their tech, which would also require generous hand holding by in-person phone reps for every fucking retard that has a YouTube content channel = $$$$$$$$. Even now calling about AdWords accounts, I get routed to f*cking India to talk to somebody who I can barely understand, and most people don't even know what the f*ck AdWords even is, so I assume the amount of potential contact users try to make with a YouTube rep dwarfs AdWords customer service calls by a million percent. If I'm getting sent to India to request my AdWords account be unsuspended, then where are they gonna send me for a YouTube call--Antarctica to be answered by polar bears? Free market, baby. There's no I in Team, and there's no Ethics in Capitalism.