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New Year a la plancha 328

Let’s start with the obvious. It is generally agreed that 2016 was a Bad Year (not just for the A’s hitters. Or for that matter the A’s pitchers.) It started out kind of blah, continued as if enveloped in a permanent miasma, and ended in disaster both too obvious and too depressing to talk about here.

This state of affairs has proven especially difficult to reconcile with philosophical progressivism, the belief that while individually we are all (in fact) going to die, on the whole the human condition tends to improve over time. The arc of history is long but it bends toward justice; humanity gets healthier, wealthier, less violent, more free. Et cetera. The last year has given many of us pause. Are things falling apart; can the center hold?

One of the basic facts of calculus is that (for an appropriate class of function), when f has a local minimum, f’ is 0; in plain language, even when things have hit bottom and started to get better, they initially do so only at a very slow rate. This essential Truth has also been recognized by artists: “good times are coming, but they sure are coming slow” [Young, 1974]. (But see also “the darkest hour is right before the dawn” [Crosby, 1969; Dylan, 1974]).

We went out to our local tapas bar for an earlyish dinner last night, and were unexpectedly greeted by the presence of the sslingers. The seats next to them opened up within a couple of minutes. So the usual good food and killer (in both good and bad ways) cocktails were enhanced with some camaraderie and conversation. I am taking this happy coincidence as a sign that the Universe has finished hitting rock bottom and is getting its shit together, and that better times are coming (albeit perhaps slowly at first) in the New Year. May that be reflected in all your lives, and in our collective body politic.

Happy 2017 FKers.

328 thoughts on “New Year a la plancha

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 1,2017 12:43 pm

    Happy FKing New Year!

    I’m pinning my hopes on variance, that 2016 was so many standard deviations towards doom that 2017 will surely be less horrible.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 1,2017 12:46 pm

    Also, I am cautiously optimistic about Matt McGloin.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:21 pm || Up

      Does optimistic mean something differnt than I think?

      But seriously, folks...
    • batgirl batgirl Jan 3,2017 9:24 am || Up

      Sorry about that one.

  3. sslinger Jan 1,2017 1:46 pm

    It was great running into you and ms. andeux as well, and if seeing us on NYE is seen as a sign of the pendulum swinging back in a better direction then I’ll take that as a fine compliment. And hey, we even talked a little baseball!

    • AV AV Jan 3,2017 10:06 am || Up

      what tapas place? i need a rec. went to berkeley cesar last month and it didn’t wow me like it used to.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • andeux andeux Jan 3,2017 10:14 am || Up

        …Berkeley César.

        There is also La Marcha on San Pablo. I’ve heard good things, but haven’t been.

        TINSTAAFK
      • sslinger Jan 3,2017 12:08 pm || Up

        They can be a little hit or miss, but that night they were on point. And La Marcha is worth a try if you haven’t been – I’d say the patatas braves are a cut above those at Cesar. And if you ever find yourself in Healdsburg checkout Bravas Tapas, really good especially for happy hour.

        • AV AV Jan 3,2017 12:34 pm || Up

          i think yeah, off night. bad timing or something. patatas came out last and cold.

          i’ll try marcha. especially if the patatas are better. those things are my jam.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  4. Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:20 pm

    I was told there would be no math.

    But seriously, folks...
  5. nevermoor nevermoor Jan 2,2017 8:23 pm

    On the plus side, the Niners will be hard pressed to get worse, so they’re on your trajectory.

    Politics, however, are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • ptbnl Jan 2,2017 8:26 pm || Up

      Who needs an Office of Congressional Ethics anyway?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • dmoas Jan 2,2017 8:29 pm || Up

        Party Before Country.

        • Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:41 pm || Up

          Well…it depends on the country and what they’re serving at the party.

          But seriously, folks...
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2017 10:13 am || Up

        The one thing that gives me hope is that the election brought the House Republican Caucus to the forefront of our politics, in all their venal, immoral stupidity. Voters are not going to dig their act.

        • dmoas Jan 3,2017 10:32 am || Up

          Meh. They continue to blame Obama and the Dems for everything. And their constituents will eat it up.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2017 10:37 am || Up

            They will indeed do that, and many will indeed eat it up. But most people will hold them responsible for their hideous policy choices now that they have unified control again. Gerrymandering may save them personally, but their stink will hurt the Republican Party writ large now that they can’t just throw bombs from the sideline.

            • dmoas Jan 3,2017 11:47 am || Up

              I’m less optimistic. I mean, intellectually, that would seem like a no-brainer. But these are the same people who had no problems voting for someone like Donald. They bought into hard. The dumb based on message and they will believe the story their sold that it’s not the GOP’s fault. The smart based on a desire for power and there’s no reason to think they’ll be willing to give that power up just because their party has failed. The big problem is demographics and population disparity. The significant majority will see through all of this. But they’re largely populated in blue states who’s power is diminished due to “fairness” that allows significantly more representation for small states per person than large states.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2017 12:01 pm || Up

                To be clear: I am not at all optimistic about anything.

    • Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:29 pm || Up

      Not even the Raiders had back to back one and done coaches…Lil Jed is getting it done.

      But seriously, folks...
    • ozzman99 Jan 2,2017 11:33 pm || Up

      You say that as if the Cleveland Browns didn’t exist. I’m not saying the Niners are much better than the Browns, but I’m saying there’s room for further decline.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 2,2017 11:58 pm || Up

        I’m saying they’re a 2-14 team (thereby dramatically underperforming my 4-12 expectation) but there’s enough “talent” to make them unlikely to get worse.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • MikeV MikeV Jan 3,2017 9:01 am || Up

          #2 overall pick, eleventybillion dollars in cap room, some decent young guys on defense, Carlos Hyde

          There’s a fair amount to look forward to for SF, especially from a GM standpoint if you consider that Baalke was given 6 years and everybody now says he was horrible.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

          • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 3,2017 9:05 am || Up

            At least post-Baalke we won’t use the #2 pick on someone with a missing ligament.

            The problem is that I don’t see a Justin Smith level free agent, so I’m not sure how we deal with having one legit star (Hyde) at a less important position and a lot of sub-replacement players elsewhere.

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
            • MikeV MikeV Jan 3,2017 9:21 am || Up

              Eh, the ACL picks were fine. Everybody ***LOVED*** the Marcus Lattimore pick. The team was full of veterans in win now mode, they weren’t drafting anybody that was gonna step in and start.

              His biggest problem was he sucked at identifying skill players.

              Also, I don’t think they NEED a Justin Smith level FA. Well I mean, everybody needs one, but what they really need is a high level pass rusher, they’ve used their last two 1st rounders on DEs, which is why I’m hoping and hoping that they draft Myles Garrett.

              And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

              Thanks, and go As.

              • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 3,2017 4:16 pm || Up

                Marcus Lattimore maybe. The rest of ’em, though, were nowhere near the upside at their pick.

                And yes, the problem was that he sucked at drafting basically all types of players. Which is why we have very few good players on our team.

                What I meant by Justin Smith is that most NFL FAs are either old, headcases, not really that good, or unlikely to keep pressing after they hit the big contracts. JS is one of the very rare exceptions where he had a lot in the tank, worked all out, and was truly excellent. Key to those defenses, IMO.

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  6. Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:27 pm

    This country likes to take a flyer on Presidents from time to time. Sometimes it works like Obama and sometimes it doesn’t like Carter. The next four years are likely going to be a chaotic mess but we’ll survive…or we’ll all die. I’d say it’s 50/50.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 2,2017 9:05 pm || Up

      My current reading from the library is Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency by Charles Rappleye. I’ve just started it but some similarities to the current President-elect are already evident.

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      • Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 10:20 pm || Up

        Hoover is the comparrison you’d make and his presidency is among the worst. I’d say Hoover was much smarter than Trump but Trump cares more about how he’s perceived.

        But seriously, folks...
  7. andeux andeux Jan 2,2017 8:32 pm

    Or 2017 could just be more of this

    TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 3,2017 11:47 am || Up

      i like how the announcer doesn’t seem to know what’s happening until he indignantly asks what the bills are doing.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  8. Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:32 pm

    Derek Carr made his MVP case in Denver yesterday. I’m not sure McGroin could start for KU.

    But seriously, folks...
    • andeux andeux Jan 2,2017 8:36 pm || Up

      You’re more of a Connor Cook guy?

      TINSTAAFK
      • Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:39 pm || Up

        It’s like choosing between being hanged or shot.

        But seriously, folks...
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 3,2017 12:14 pm || Up

          Reports say Raiders don’t think McGloin will be healthy for Saturday. While it’s obviously devastating to have lodt Carr, I thought Cook looked ok and I can see him leading Oakland past Houston. Here’s hoping.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • sslinger Jan 3,2017 12:39 pm || Up

            Interesting how both teams are in similar situations with the QB status, but if the rest of the team doesn’t play better then it doesn’t make any difference who’s throwing the ball.

          • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2017 1:02 pm || Up

            It would be great to see the Raiders get a playoff win, just that the following week’s contest in Foxborough will make you remember the Tuck Rule game fondly.

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  9. Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:37 pm

    I made the mistake of checking the news…apparently Mariah Carey bombed Turkey.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 2,2017 9:08 pm || Up

      Advice to Mariah from someone who’s a few years older than her: you want to keep going with the tight swimsuit type outfits, that’s cool, but it’s time to lay off the cheeseburgers. Your body reacts differently to them than it did a few years ago.

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  10. Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:48 pm

    Well, at least I can say I’ve now learned one of the basic facts of calculus.

    But seriously, folks...
    • Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:49 pm || Up

      Ha ha…now they’ll all think I’m smart and not the snapperhead who posts about microwaves.

      But seriously, folks...
  11. Bed Bed Jan 2,2017 8:51 pm

    Don’t worry my vacation ends today so the posting will stop soon.

    But seriously, folks...
  12. Soaker Soaker Jan 2,2017 9:06 pm

    It may have been U$C vs. State Penn but that was one hell of a Rose Bowl.

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    • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 2,2017 9:15 pm || Up

      And, from my perspective, a heck of a sugar bowl

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • doctorK doctorK Jan 3,2017 10:54 am || Up

        Boomer Sooner

        • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 3,2017 4:17 pm || Up

          Yep. Eat it SEC.

          Though I was conflicted for the period where Auburn was playing the QB from Last Chance U. Who I like, but looked horrible.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • doctorK doctorK Jan 3,2017 10:55 am || Up

      I love watching the big ten fail in epic fashion, especially Iowa.

      • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2017 11:15 am || Up

        #6 Mighty Harbaughs LOSE, #5 Nittany Lions LOSE, #3 tOSU SHUT OUT. #8 Wisconsin did beat a directional school from the MAC.

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        • colin colin Jan 3,2017 12:02 pm || Up

          I drove up to Columbus on Sunday to meet a friend for lunch. Town was pretty quiet, probably because all the students were still away on break. But I like to think that it was because no one had to courage to get out of bed.

  13. ptbnl Jan 3,2017 6:57 am

    Soaker, how are you reading this weekend’s storm? I’d been planning on coming up, but don’t want to get stuck.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2017 9:35 am || Up

      The tendency for this weekend is for rain up to about highway pass levels or a little above. The rain will be on top of a lot of snow that will fall in the next couple days (and is falling right now; I need to get my ass off the Internet and shovel), so a soggy mess at the lake and ton of snow higher up.

      The Open Snow column is updated every morning and gives a decent description of what to expect.

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      • ptbnl Jan 3,2017 9:55 am || Up

        Thanks. I follow that column, and this morning’s does seem to be forecasting more rain on Saturday/Sunday than yesterday’s. So if the snow line is set at 8000-8500 feet, than means it’ll be raining on the Donner Pass on Saturday night and Sunday morning?

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2017 11:07 am || Up

          That sounds right. For now the forecast sounds like what we had a couple times before Christmas, a little snow at the beginning, then a lot of rain, then change back to snow at the end, the question being whether the cold air at the end arrives earlier than they expect.

          Meanwhile today is perfect. That was about 6-7 inches of light fluffy powder I shoveled, the sun is making an effort and the population is down about 80% compared to the last week and a half.

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          • ptbnl Jan 3,2017 11:19 am || Up

            Tentative plan now is to come up Thursday night, enjoy a day in the fresh snow, and head home Friday night before the storm sets in.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2017 1:00 pm || Up

              This sounds like a fine plan. We had quite a bit of Sierra cement overnight and this morning. Friday looks great but the weekend awful. It has been noted that last weekend was the 20th anniversary of the 1997 floods in similar conditions, cold storms followed by very wet warm storm, which submerged good portions of Reno and Sparks, so maybe we get to see if 20 years worth of preventive measures have done any good.

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              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 4,2017 6:26 pm || Up

                I’ve gone to Yosemite a whole bunch since ’97, the video in this article reminded me just how massive that flood was. Hope we don’t see a repeat.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 4,2017 7:12 pm || Up

                  Uh oh.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2017 7:30 pm || Up

                  I cleared the decks completely at 4:30, now at 7:30 we have another 4 inches so here I go again. And it’s not fluffy powder, the temp is 33 so it’s reservoir-filling goop. (Not complaining…this is what I moved here for!)

                  Edit: 80 has been closed for several hours so ptbnl be sure to check on status tomorrow, should be OK by afternoon.

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                • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 8:33 am || Up

                  is ultimately good, yeah?

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
  14. ptbnl Jan 3,2017 4:01 pm

    OK – so who broke the site?

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2017 4:12 pm || Up

      Wow, Putin’s hackers did quite a job on this thing.
      Either that or nm’s latest update of the keystroke logger was a disaster.

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      • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 3,2017 4:56 pm || Up

        This is special. No idea where the issue came from.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 3,2017 5:02 pm || Up

          Our host is “migrating” us to a different server. Which undid some of my code. Should be fixed soon.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • ptbnl Jan 3,2017 5:04 pm || Up

            Is that why we were offline so much of yesterday?

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 3,2017 5:18 pm || Up

              Shouldn’t be.

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • andeux andeux Jan 3,2017 6:39 pm || Up

            We were also on WP 4.7 briefly, but are now back to 3.9.
            And our precious taglines seem to be gone.

            TINSTAAFK
  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2017 5:08 pm

    • andeux andeux Jan 3,2017 5:23 pm || Up

      Fangraphs has him at 2 WAR last year. Great move!
      bb-ref has him at 0.4 WAR last year. Terrible move!

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2017 5:30 pm || Up

        He brings Postseason Experience which will be very valuable in October.

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  16. AV AV Jan 4,2017 10:20 am

    maybe this wouldn’t happen if FK was a slack channel?

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  17. nevermoor nevermoor Jan 4,2017 10:31 am

    Sorry guys. Still trying to find the issue. I’ll get there.

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • AV AV Jan 4,2017 11:10 am || Up

      i feels for you.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 4,2017 12:21 pm || Up

      Test

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 4,2017 12:21 pm || Up

        Should be functioning except for the odd looking edit/delete links. Let me know if unread comments aren’t showing up.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2017 12:54 pm || Up

          I had unread comments listed on the right but on going to the thread they aren’t highlighted and pressing z doesn’t take me to them.

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2017 1:07 pm || Up

            Mine are highlighted, but no z functionality.

            Shift+H is also not working.

            • 5Aces 5Aces Jan 4,2017 3:25 pm || Up

              Not highlighted, no z functionality, but it did say I had new comments.

              and hey gang! Going to try and be around more. I dont know if that is an encouraging or discouraging thing for the new year…

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
              • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 4,2017 5:37 pm || Up

                Ok. Will try to figure it out tonight.

                "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 4,2017 7:15 pm || Up

                  Its really unacceptable. i mean, i am thinking about leaving the forum. If this continues overnight, I just might

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2017 7:19 pm || Up

                  Seems like an overreaction to 5Aces spending more time here.

                • 5Aces 5Aces Jan 5,2017 7:47 am || Up

                  And yet it felt so common for me.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 8:34 am || Up

                  sorry. just being honest

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 8:33 am || Up

                  you heard me.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 4,2017 8:19 pm || Up

                  BaNnEd!

                  "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 8:34 am || Up

                  thanks and go a’s

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • AV AV Jan 5,2017 11:33 am || Up

                  that’s a bold statement.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2017 11:41 am

    Words are just meaningless at this point.

  19. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2017 1:19 pm
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 4,2017 1:24 pm || Up

      saw that after linking to a HBT about the A’s being interested in trumbo.

      it appears OBP is over valued.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2017 1:28 pm || Up

        A lineup with the Davises, Trumbo, and Semien would suggest the A’s agree.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 4,2017 2:14 pm || Up

      is the only guy that could challenge it. pujols is not going to do better and I don’t think the marginal return after lawyers fees and protracted litigation (and age) make sense for bumgarner posey or kershaw.

      sean doolittle, heh, no.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  20. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2017 1:25 pm

    From chat with Fangraphs’ lead prospects guy :(

    1:59
    Connor: Is Franklin Barretto a future infielder or CF?
    1:59
    Eric A Longenhagen: CF for me but OAK clearly doesn’t mind subpar D at SS.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 4,2017 6:48 pm || Up

      The snide burn of Semien aside, is it possible the A’s simply gauge Barretto’s D potential differently?

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 4,2017 7:16 pm || Up

        they did like miguel cabrerra’s defense better than all others did

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  21. 5Aces 5Aces Jan 4,2017 3:26 pm

    The current look of the site, along with a random paragraph about calculus made me sure this was one of the old spam posts that were always attributed to me.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  22. nevermoor nevermoor Jan 4,2017 8:29 pm

    Hoping I fixed the Z key. Let me know.

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • colin colin Jan 5,2017 7:43 am || Up

      Still not working for me.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Jan 5,2017 7:46 am || Up

      Same as Colin (on Firefox if that matters). No Z still and cant see whats new and what isnt. Gives me a good chance to reread Bed’s musings.

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • colin colin Jan 5,2017 10:30 am || Up

        I’m on chrome, but I do see new comments highlighted in yellow.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 8:35 am || Up

      chrome. and also not working. sorry about this headach nm, but its nice having you around

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • MikeV MikeV Jan 5,2017 8:47 am || Up

      Same as the other 2. Also it looks different and I’m scared.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 5,2017 12:47 pm || Up

        Yeah, we seem to have lost some of the font specifications. I’m happy to take suggestions on those from those of you with knowledge.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • AV AV Jan 5,2017 1:21 pm || Up

          in my experience with themes for WP (now a few years since last used), if you do custom coding on the pages themselves, it gets lost when there is a version update for the theme or other such moments. the way to preserve custom coding through version changes is to make a child theme or to use a theme that has a custom code area (which i believe is up-river from the other areas, so that CSS works).

          but, i’m just guessing at preventive cures by looking at symptoms, without knowing what the diagnosis actually is.

          what was the name of this theme again?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Jan 5,2017 1:41 pm || Up

            apparently, all this poop is some kind of revenge.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 5,2017 2:38 pm || Up

              Yeah, I did a lot of theme hacking but haven’t updated the files. The annoying part is that the host transitioned us from one platform to another without talking to me first, so I don’t really know what they did to screw things up.

              It’s also very odd that the comment styles aren’t showing for everyone, because the CSS class identifiers are showing up the same way they did. We are now just down to a javascript issue somewhere that’s wrecking the keypress (at least, I think that’s it).

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • AV AV Jan 5,2017 1:41 pm || Up

            maybe it’s worth asking in the forum?

            https://wordpress.org/support/theme/montezuma

            (i hate asking in the forum.)

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 5,2017 6:03 pm || Up

          Font is a lovely (albeit cognitively dissonant) Carolina blue on my Android.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2017 10:23 am || Up

            As of yesterday, it was Carolina Blue on Safari but green and gold on Chrome. Now it’s tar heel time on both.

            • andeux andeux Jan 6,2017 10:58 am || Up

              I think that just happens when your browser has style info cached, and isn’t related to the specific browser.

              e.g. I just checked on my phone, and it first showed up as green with the banner picture at the top, but as soon as I hit reload it is blue with no picture.

              TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 5,2017 10:38 am || Up

      Zed is still dead.

  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 5,2017 9:45 am

    FK having a nervous breakdown at the same time Muni nextbus tracking collapses. Very suspicious.

    • colin colin Jan 5,2017 10:31 am || Up

      They were relying on the all the keystrokes harvested here. No backup plan for this drought. We need Bed to go on a bender!

  24. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 5,2017 11:18 am

    This is a pretty interesting leak. Someone in the AG’s office is not a big fan of Sen. Harris.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 12:04 pm || Up

      slf works at the AGs office. we are not fans. there was shady shit happening in the consumer division to investigate Sanchez as soon as she announced. (like she need it)

      SLF was asked to look into something, reported on why the investigation looked politically motivated and they took he off the case, and assigned 4 LA investigators on it, which was an unprecedented amount of resources

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • colin colin Jan 5,2017 12:06 pm || Up

      It’s definitely embarrassing for Harris, but could be that the leaker is targeting Mnuchin and she is collateral damage. She’s not up for relection until 2022 but he has to face a confirmation hearing very soon.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 5,2017 12:14 pm || Up

        Possibly, and The Intercept is certainly one to play up the compromised Democrat angle.

        However, Harris has been mentioned as a rising star in the party and even a potential presidential candidate. I could see someone wanting to take some air out of her balloon right now (maybe even someone loyal to another rising California Democrat like, say, the incoming AG or the current Lt. Gov.).

        • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 10:49 pm || Up

          one of the prime movers on the memo left. and not the one mentioned in the article. another was passed over for a promotion in favor of an incompetent(not mentioned). Another left for MBA school (in its 50s). three are still kissing ass and being incompetent (although one was disappointed that this was not pursued).

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 12:12 pm || Up

      oh shit. i think I know who the leaker is. One of SLF’s friends. they were both flabergasted by another non move by the powers that be.

      oh shit oh shit o shit

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 5,2017 1:25 pm || Up

      looking now at the memo and sample complaint. most if the people are busy trying to show how much they weren’t the leak. One name is in trouble but i don’t think is the source.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  25. ptbnl Jan 5,2017 1:08 pm

    Hmm … so now all the edit functions (Edit, Unapprove, Spam, Trash, Delete) appear under the poster’s name in each post, but only after the page reloads. Reloading also screws up the tagline formatting.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  26. Bed Bed Jan 5,2017 4:39 pm

    So, who broke the site? My guess is Ed.

    But seriously, folks...
  27. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 5,2017 6:02 pm

    This is really really neat, and also maybe I should go to Salem OR on 8/21/17.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 5,2017 7:41 pm || Up

      Checking Kayak, there are no hotel rooms in Salem on the night of 8/20 except at one Comfort Inn, which is asking $855 for that night. Your value choice might be the Econo Lodge in Corvallis at just $449.

      The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are playing a morning game so the eclipse will happen during the game.

      Support locally made sausage!
    • sslinger Jan 6,2017 12:11 pm || Up
  28. AV AV Jan 6,2017 9:20 am

    suddenly remembered a dream from a couple nights back. game 7, 9th inning, world series, and the A’s are up. it’s on TV at a bar that i’m at when i realize the importance, because i hadn’t been paying attention. like all october. all year probably. first out. i’m thinking, holy crap, is that gonna happen? sorta wished i’d payed attention, but still feeling meh-ish. i mean, i don’t know any of the players. ANY. easy popup for out number 2… dropped. really badly. ha! of course. this isn’t gonna happen. it’s the A’s, like doing their 3-1 shuffle or something. then an actual second out. i near the TV. not sure how i should act, like i was there all along? nah. i can’t fully own this one, i’m thinking. unless it’s a giants fan in front of me. then the following days, maybe wear my hat but not necessarily go to the parade. then i woke up. no idea if it ended up happening or not. sorry folks!

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2017 10:44 am || Up

      The Wild (Pitch) the Innocent (Baserunning Mistake) & the 3-1 Shuffle

  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2017 10:27 am

    Look at the big brain on Canha.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 6,2017 1:21 pm || Up

      three classes.

      whatever slacker

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2017 1:01 pm || Up

        He was really busy at the frat last semester.

  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2017 10:33 am

    meh

    • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 6,2017 2:36 pm || Up

      You can’t always get what you want….

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2017 11:52 am
    • colin colin Jan 6,2017 1:19 pm || Up

      I’m at peace with it because it’s a one year deal and I don’t think the A’s have any hope of being good in 2017.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2017 12:50 pm || Up

        That’s all true, but the thing that kills me the most when watching a bad team is bad defense. I can forgive a lot of shittiness if you just catch the ball and throw to the right base.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 6,2017 1:25 pm || Up

      its not like the sun in oakland is bad on the 25 day games they play every year.

      also can coco’s option vest still?

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  32. andeux andeux Jan 6,2017 5:08 pm
    TINSTAAFK
    • AV AV Jan 6,2017 5:30 pm || Up

      should we alert any possibly unaware locals there on ridge road? for backyard checks and stuff?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • sslinger Jan 7,2017 10:29 am || Up

        Yes, there was a lot of police activity in front of our house yesterday. At the time they couldn’t really tell us anything.

        • AV AV Jan 8,2017 12:50 am || Up

          I know the feeling. they didn’t even give us an all clear.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • sslinger Jan 9,2017 3:24 pm || Up

            According to the Chron, suspect arrested in Burbank. Seems when they searched the house where the girl was stabbed (near Ashby) they also found a dead body, unidentified. Still don’t know why she was dropped off here and not at a hospital.

            • AV AV Jan 9,2017 4:16 pm || Up

              whoa!

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  33. Soaker Soaker Jan 6,2017 9:13 pm

    I am ready for this year’s Storm Of The Century. All batteries fully charged. Should be able to run modem and router if electricity craps out but Charter internet is still running.

    In event of extended power failure, grab ice chest, grab shovel. Put contents of refrigerator in ice chest. Go downstairs, put snow previously shoveled off driveway into ice chest. If air temp is below 40, forget ice chest, just line up beers on Bill King Deck.

    If the ptbnls followed through on their plan, today was a Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Authority Day, I was out there for hours and it was glorious.

    Support locally made sausage!
    • ptbnl Jan 7,2017 11:41 pm || Up

      The one-day plan was solo after we cancelled the family weekend, and that then got squashed by last-minute work commitments

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  34. elcroata elcroata Jan 7,2017 12:17 am

    Happy New Year FKers!

    Thanks for the nice intro, andeux.

    Thanks for always mending the site, NM.

    Also in the news, so it starts

    Because survival is insufficient
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2017 12:48 pm || Up

      They say you haven’t read Breitbart until you’ve read it in the original German.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2017 1:31 pm || Up

        Heh heh. Sagh.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  35. elcroata elcroata Jan 7,2017 9:57 am

    Z is still not working (PC/Chrome), but on the plus side, the login seems to survive the closing of the tab.

    Because survival is insufficient
  36. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2017 12:28 pm

    Upon opening the main page just now on my phone (chrome for iPhone), I got a pop up notification informing me that “freekraut.net says hello world”.

    EDIT: It is giving this popup on every page reload.

    Also, I think unreads are broken. It’s telling me there are six in this thread but there are not.

    • colin colin Jan 7,2017 12:55 pm || Up

      It told me there were unreads on this thread, and there were indeed some comments that I hadn’t read. But they weren’t highlighted in yellow anymore.

      • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 7,2017 1:14 pm || Up

        Yeah. Working on it.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
  37. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2017 12:33 pm

    I think Conner Cook will do better than Mark Kiger did.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Jan 7,2017 3:30 pm || Up

      Wherever he is now, Kiger should start warming up.

      TINSTAAFK
  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2017 12:59 pm
  39. nevermoor nevermoor Jan 7,2017 2:45 pm

    I think everything is basically working now.

    Interested in feedback/lingering bugs.

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • andeux andeux Jan 7,2017 2:49 pm || Up

      Yay. Looks good. Unread comments seem to work.

      Taglines are still missing. If the old list isn’t saved somewhere, we can just start a new one.

      TINSTAAFK
      • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 7,2017 3:20 pm || Up

        List restored, fixing CSS.

        "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
        • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 7,2017 3:30 pm || Up

          And I’m signing off for now.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 7,2017 4:16 pm || Up

      yay! thanks

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  40. nevermoor nevermoor Jan 8,2017 12:23 am

    It’s still working the way I want, but the fonts are a mess.

    Any of you font nerds have thoughts?

    "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 8,2017 12:24 am || Up

      (also, for what it’s worth, an upside to this is we are updated to the newest WP (so probably the hacking annoyances are on pause) and the newest version of our theme)

      "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
    • elcroata elcroata Jan 8,2017 12:25 am || Up

      Now that you say it, upon “reload” the fonts change and all the “EditUnapproveSpamTrashDelete” option appear. Also it inserts “strong” tag at the beginning of what you write, replacing the first word with it.

      Because survival is insufficient
      • elcroata elcroata Jan 8,2017 12:26 am || Up

        Sorry, the options are there from the beginning, only fonts change upon reload (PC/Chrome)

        Because survival is insufficient
        • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 8,2017 12:53 am || Up

          I’m not seeing the fonts change. I just noticed the “strong” tag, but I think it’s because it isn’t focusing on the text box (which is a separate problem). Will investigate.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 8,2017 12:56 am || Up

            test

            "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
          • elcroata elcroata Jan 8,2017 1:31 am || Up

            You are right, the focus is on the “b” button. Not getting different fonts upon reload anymore. Also, totally irrelevant, but could it be your page encoding changed? (see my signature)

            Because survival is insufficient
            • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 8,2017 1:35 am || Up

              All kinds of things happened. Basically the host switched servers and I lost all my theme customizations (which had been heavy)

              "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
              • AV AV Jan 8,2017 8:15 pm || Up

                you did magnificent, much appreciated work already. i don’t give a dang about the fonts if we’re functional. there is a bug to report though.

                on safari, if there are unread comments and I make a reply to anything, 1) the comments box is beneath the whole stack of comments, when I hit post the whole page reloads to show my comment in line with whatever I commented on, but 2) all the unreads disappear.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • AV AV Jan 8,2017 8:17 pm || Up

                  forgot to mention, that reply box was correctly under your comment I was replying to, but it didn’t have a frame around it. same the one I’m typing in.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 8,2017 8:55 pm || Up

                  am having the same issue and still getting bold

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
  41. elcroata elcroata Jan 8,2017 12:23 am

    Beautiful, thanks for your work

    Because survival is insufficient
  42. batgirl batgirl Jan 8,2017 6:57 am

    Everything looks amazing to me. Thanks nevermoor!!!

  43. mother pucker Jan 8,2017 10:48 am

    Cal fires head coach Sonny Dykes.

    Thank fking God! Welcome back to (potentially) having a real football program Cal! Will be very curious what the fall out is. I would like to think the administration finally realized having an FCS program was not acceptable, but my guess is there was some other sorta behind the scenes issues.

    • Soaker Soaker Jan 8,2017 12:06 pm || Up

      Kneejerk reaction is, some kind of irreconcilable philosophical difference developed. (Admin: “You need a defense to compete in this conference.” Sonny: NO I DON’T!”)

      If he ran that kind of on-the-field program AND left a scandal behind, I want the guy dismembered. Off the field, the team’s academics have improved drastically since the dying days of the Tedford administration, which I why I don’t really think there’s anything scandalous.

      Support locally made sausage!
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 8,2017 12:59 pm || Up

        My guess is that someone they have been backchanneling with about taking over finally said yes. Because if they don’t have someone lined up at this point, the timing seems crazy.

        • Soaker Soaker Jan 8,2017 5:59 pm || Up

          Among those named, either Spavital or Wilcox would leap at this job. Spavital apparently made quite a splash with the people whose opinion counts, Wilcox certainly would have the West Coast recruiting connections. I’m thinking >90% chance it’s one of them. Ron Rivera 0.1%, Chip Kelly 0.00000001%, The Field the rest (maybe somebody like Hardy Nickerson? but that seems a little Joe Kapp-ish and I was a student during much of the sorry Kapp era).

          Support locally made sausage!
          • mother pucker Jan 8,2017 10:33 pm || Up

            I actually think Wilcox would be a pretty legit hire. Connection to the West Coast with a reasonably proven track record of success. If he could keep Spavital, then at least until Spavital leaves, the offense would be in good hands.

            Ron Rivera would be my top choice, but I agree with your percentages.

        • mother pucker Jan 8,2017 10:29 pm || Up

          I think Jon Wilner (total assclown) tweeted that a source of his indicated the boosters’ contributions were about to dry up and fast if Dykes was not removed. Despite Williams’ comments on removing Dykes because he did not like Dykes’ lack of commitment, I think the timing is such that the Regents finally realized Dykes was not getting hired by the Big 12 avoiding any buyout, so they reluctantly pulled the plug.

          It does not hurt (ironically) on the recruiting front given what a terrible recruiting class Sonny lined up. Also, while I think — gasp — Kiffin would have actually done well at Cal, aside from him and PJ Fleck going to Minnesota, I do not think Cal really missed on any coaching candidates based on the timing.

    • MikeV MikeV Jan 9,2017 9:33 am || Up

      Chip Kelly, come on down.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

  44. andeux andeux Jan 8,2017 11:03 am

    By how much will NE be favored over Houston next week?
    That has to be one of the biggest playoff mismatches ever.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 8,2017 11:52 am || Up

      If the first 2.5 games of the playoffs are a guide, we’re going to see nothing but one-sided boring games for at least the first two weekends, and maybe right through SB LI.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • doctorK doctorK Jan 8,2017 3:35 pm || Up

      As much as I hate NE, I hope they win by six touchdowns.

  45. doctorK doctorK Jan 8,2017 3:51 pm

    So I never really listened much to Gruden before yesterday. Some things I learned from him yesterday.
    1. Somehow, losing a DE in week 3 of the season is equivalent to losing a starting QB (a potential MVP candidate) in week 16.
    2. Osweiler is really a great QB. 164 yards passing against a fairly week defense is proof of this.
    3. The Texans should be favored to win the SB because of their awesome defense.

    I knew there was a reason I don’t watch MNF very much.

  46. colin colin Jan 8,2017 5:14 pm

    Astonishingly sick burn from Jimmy Fallon: “Game of Thrones was nominated… And if you ever wondered what it would have been like if Joffrey was still alive, we’ll find out in 12 days!”

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 8,2017 5:25 pm || Up

      I’m sure I’d find that more cutting if Fallon hadn’t literally stroked Trump’s hair on his show.

      • colin colin Jan 8,2017 5:34 pm || Up

        Yeah, was thinking about that before the show started today.

        • colin colin Jan 8,2017 7:53 pm || Up

          One of the reasons why I found the burn astonishing.

      • AV AV Jan 8,2017 8:08 pm || Up

        test.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 10:51 am || Up

      Joffrey doesn’t feel like the right analogy for Trump. I’d say he’s more of a Mad King/Robert hybrid, but dumber than both.

      DJT Jr. is Joffrey. Or maybe Kushner.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 12:10 pm || Up

        Since he’s going to be the hand of the king, I guess we have to hope Kushner is on the Jon Arryn-Ned-Tyrion spectrum.

      • batgirl batgirl Jan 9,2017 1:25 pm || Up

        Any of you watching Mr. Robot? I just finished season 1 and I have basically decided in my mind that Tyrell Wellick and the Trump sons are all the same people.

        • colin colin Jan 9,2017 1:35 pm || Up

          My wife and I watched the first season back in the spring/summer. We were going to start watching the second season but then the election happened and it doesn’t seem as fun anymore.

  47. elcroata elcroata Jan 8,2017 11:19 pm

    We’re #14!

    Glenn’s comments came as Conmebol vice-president Laureano González claimed that Fifa has proposed merging the North and South American qualifiers as part of its plans to expand the 2026 World Cup.

    González, who is also the Venezuelan Football Federation president, told sports newspaper Meridiano that the idea for the merger had come from Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

    He said: “There is a suggestion from Gianni Infantino to unify the Conmebol and Concacaf qualifiers. This would have support if they gave us more places. At the moment, we have seven between the two confederations, plus two half places.

    “If this went up to 14, similar to what Europe has for more or less the same number of teams, the idea would catch on.”

    Because survival is insufficient
    • MikeV MikeV Jan 9,2017 9:37 am || Up

      That could actually REALLY suck for the US.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • elcroata elcroata Jan 9,2017 9:50 am || Up

        You really think so? Shouldn’t US rather comfortably be one of the Top 14 teams in America?

        Because survival is insufficient
        • MikeV MikeV Jan 9,2017 10:06 am || Up

          You underestimate the US’ ability to play down to their opponent.

          Also, away matches in CONCACAF are ridiculous.

          Just imagine this current scenario happening, where the US drop points in the first 2 games of the hex to Mexico and Costa Rica — but then instead of having Honduras and Trinidad coming up, they have Chile and Colombia.

          Should they comfortably be top 14 between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL? Yes. The keyword is should, though.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

          • AV AV Jan 9,2017 1:15 pm || Up

            even if all 10 concacaf teams qualify ahead of the US, the US would still have 4 slots to play for against conmebol teams. better than the 3.5 current slots.

            i’m skeptical though about opening the field so much that they have to change the basic round robin, home/away format concacaf has right now. love that format for this stage of the WC.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • MikeV MikeV Jan 9,2017 1:34 pm || Up

              That is true. I love the hex.

              And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

              Thanks, and go As.

              • AV AV Jan 9,2017 2:01 pm || Up

                maybe i wrote that wrong. i like round robin at the beginning. no seeding, no groups. all minnows and sharks in one pool.

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 2:05 pm || Up

                  I’m assuming all mentions of “concacaf” in your original comment should be replaced with “conmebol,” and vice versa.

                  Conmebol’s single-table qualifying tournament is the best show in the game. Better than the actual World Cup tournament, usually.

                • AV AV Jan 9,2017 4:19 pm || Up

                  probably. i always get those 2 conca… conme.. confused.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 10:20 am || Up

        I don’t think so. We would still qualify just as easily, if not more so, but we would get some more interesting games along the way.

  48. ptbnl Jan 9,2017 10:17 am

    I’ve been concerned about oxidation in my beer when cold-crashing at the end of fermentation to get all the debris to drop out of suspension. The drop in temperature from 70F to 35F means the gas in the fermenter head-space contracts, and even more significantly the solubility of CO2 in the beer goes up dramatically, both of which cause air to be sucked back through the airlock.

    This weekend I suddenly realized that my fermenters came with taps. They’re meant to be attached at the base of the fermenter to drain it, but by attaching one to the top I can add a balloon filled with CO2 to act as a suck-back reservoir!

    Better yet, when the reservoir is drained (and it will – I’m calculating 1.5 gallons of suck-back!) I just close the tap, remove, refill and replace the balloon, and re-open the tap, all without any air exposure for the precious, precious beer.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  49. Soaker Soaker Jan 9,2017 11:00 am

    Attn sslinger: March 17-19 in a room that holds about 700. Now that’s much more my speed than a humongous festival.

    Support locally made sausage!
    • sslinger Jan 9,2017 11:51 am || Up

      Looks like fun but I’ll be, um, at a humongous festival in Austin that weekend.

  50. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 11:10 am

    In addition to all of the other horrifying shit coming out of this transition, there’s this.

    • batgirl batgirl Jan 9,2017 1:27 pm || Up

      Oh my God.

    • elcroata elcroata Jan 9,2017 2:15 pm || Up

      The source later added, “I’m more and more coming around to the idea that we’re so very very fucked.”

      Because survival is insufficient
    • dmoas Jan 9,2017 4:11 pm || Up

      I’d say I’m surprised, but I’m not. He knows absolutely nothing about how government works. And refuses to listen or ask anyone for advice because he think he’s smart.

  51. Soaker Soaker Jan 9,2017 11:31 am

    ESPN’s Megacast options for Bama-Clemson tonight. Bill Walton might be fun for a few minutes, but I have mostly gone with Coaches’ Film Room the last couple years.

    Support locally made sausage!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 11:53 am || Up

      The “Homers Telecast” might be a good hatewatch.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 9,2017 2:55 pm || Up

        As one who is sensitive to the rest of America’s prejudiced tendency to equate southern accent with stupid, I fear such broadcasts set hopes for open-mindedness back a few decades.

        Of course, compared to Jeff Sessions and the Alabama court system I suppose a simple football broadcast doesn’t matter really.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 11,2017 2:52 pm || Up

          I try to be open minded, but…

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 11,2017 4:18 pm || Up

            If the election results are any guide, then the accents of Michigan Wisconsin and Pennsylvania also equate to stupid.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 9,2017 7:06 pm || Up

      Coaches’ Film Room is very informative but it became a bit fatiguing, especially when they’re running the clicker back and forth while the play is going on. For a respite I concluded the first half with Sounds of the Game (on the TV through the Chromecast); that’s the diametric opposite, almost too relaxing because there’s none of the energy you have when you’re physically present in the stadium.

      Support locally made sausage!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 8:28 pm || Up

      Walton’s outfit is something else.

  52. sslinger Jan 9,2017 6:06 pm
    • ptbnl Jan 9,2017 8:07 pm || Up

      Want to make an outing of it?

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • sslinger Jan 9,2017 9:25 pm || Up

        Would love to – and it’s also Sour Sunday at Jupiter, which I have always enjoyed. Could be a dangerous double, but manageable with some well-timed food in the middle.

      • sslinger Feb 10,2017 11:29 am || Up

        Are either of you still interested in one or both of these events? Anyone else want to jump on board?

        • ptbnl Feb 10,2017 1:25 pm || Up

          Yes to pinball & pints, but it looks like it’s waitlist only now.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • sslinger Feb 10,2017 2:57 pm || Up

            I see, that’s too bad. I’ll probably just go to Sour Sunday then. If you decide to join for that let me know.

        • andeux andeux Feb 10,2017 1:27 pm || Up

          Probably no for me.

          TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Jan 9,2017 9:38 pm || Up

      Sounds fun. We went to the expo there a couple months ago. Only drawback for a beer-centric event is that someone has to drive there.

      TINSTAAFK
  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 9:21 pm

    Reasonably exciting finish to this football game

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 9,2017 9:37 pm || Up

      You damn with faint praise, sir, that was a spectacular game (or at least the second half which was all I watched).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Soaker Soaker Jan 9,2017 9:46 pm || Up

        I was pretty much rooting for both of them to lose, but aside from that disappointment, it was quite the engaging battle for the neutral viewer. And part of it is the uniqueness of the alternate broadcasts; I went back to the coaches and hung with them for the second half, and they were hollering along with everybody else at the end.

        Support locally made sausage!
        • nevermoor nevermoor Jan 10,2017 8:02 am || Up

          We have some Clemson fans in my wife’s family, and Alabama is the Yankees of college football (plus the SEC must always be shamed whenever possible).

          Amazing amazing game.

          "There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want"
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 9:46 pm || Up

        I only caught the last 8 minutes or so. It was pretty great.

  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2017 9:26 pm

    Dabo Swinney is an extremely college football coach name

  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 8:55 am

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 11:24 am || Up

      Yep, we elected an anti-vaxxer. Good times.

      • elcroata elcroata Jan 10,2017 1:12 pm || Up

        Was Jenny McCarthy unavailable?

        Because survival is insufficient
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 1:20 pm || Up

          She’s holding out for Surgeon General or CDC Director.

  56. sslinger Jan 10,2017 10:54 am
  57. elcroata elcroata Jan 10,2017 11:13 am

    Waaaay to early heads-up. The guys I play Fantasy baseball with are organizing ST 2018 in Arizona and I’ll probably join. So, perhaps see you there…

    Because survival is insufficient
  58. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 12:26 pm

    We remain at Maximum Muncy.

    • batgirl batgirl Jan 10,2017 3:59 pm || Up

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  59. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 12:34 pm

    These guys have no idea wtf they are doing on the ACA. It’s amazing.

    • ptbnl Jan 10,2017 1:00 pm || Up

      But they have banned any analysis by the CBO of the fiscal impact of whatever they do next, so that’s alright.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  60. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 12:52 pm
    • doctorK doctorK Jan 10,2017 12:57 pm || Up

      The monkey ejaculated on the backs of the does, which licked the seminal fluid, researchers said.

      Monkey-on-Doe porn, complete with the money shot.

    • sslinger Jan 10,2017 2:46 pm || Up

      Tip o’ the hat to the headline writer.

  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 1:08 pm

    This is very easy except for 1985 on the stolen base list.

    • sslinger Jan 10,2017 4:08 pm || Up

      I suck, 30/40. If I’d remembered one guy it would have at least made it 35.

    • doctorK doctorK Jan 10,2017 8:01 pm || Up

      37/40. And I could not remember the ’85 SB leader either. I probably blocked that name out.

  62. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 1:15 pm

    I threw up a little.

    • batgirl batgirl Jan 10,2017 4:03 pm || Up

      What does that even mean? I could have thought for a long time and never put “inauguration” and “sensuality” in the same sentence.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 4:13 pm || Up
        • Englishmajor Englishmajor Jan 10,2017 5:57 pm || Up

          Before all this came out, I was thinking Trump and Pence in adjoining clawfoot tubs. Actually that still works.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 10,2017 6:18 pm || Up

          Hey, dude’s gotta maintain that golden hue somehow.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 1:53 pm

    Official

    At a meeting in Zurich, Fifa’s rule-making council unanimously passed the new format, which will create a first round of 16 groups, from which two of three teams will qualify and proceed to a knockout competition beginning with 32 countries.

    • AV AV Jan 10,2017 9:14 pm || Up

      that’s a tough knockout. hope… iono. …I live to see it? …there’s a world still?

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 2:47 pm
    • sslinger Jan 10,2017 4:01 pm || Up

      Deeper down the rabbit hole we go. Seems like there needs to be some investigation of Comey and why he “felt the need” to make the late announcement about the new Hillary emails on Wieners computer when he apparently ignored, or at the least didn’t see fit to publicly address, such warnings of contact between teams Trump and Putin.

    • andeux andeux Jan 10,2017 4:16 pm || Up

      The amazing part is how unsurprising these revelations are.
      All this shit was already out there before the election, at least as rumors, and people voted for him anyway.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 4:41 pm || Up

        True. It’s both astonishing and totally predictable.

        Some of the details in the leaked intel seem like they ought to be easy to corroborate or falsify. Trump’s lawyer (the SAYS WHO guy) meeting with Kremlin officials in Prague last summer, for example. If that can be proven, hoo boy.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 4:35 pm || Up
      • andeux andeux Jan 10,2017 4:41 pm || Up

        How bad would things have to get for a Republican congress to impeach a Republican president? And will they actually get there?

        TINSTAAFK
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 4:44 pm || Up

          Very bad. Maybe.

        • aardvark Jan 10,2017 11:22 pm || Up

          If the public, and the republican base in particular turn on Trump, I suspect Republican members of congress would be happy to ditch him in favor of Pence.

          I could also imagine that if, in 2018, the Dems retake the Senate and make gains in the house, then Senate Dems might initiate impeachment proceedings and House Republicans might not fight it.

        • dmoas Jan 11,2017 8:23 am || Up

          I don’t see it ever happening. Party over country.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 5:02 pm || Up

        This part is also pretty amazing:

        The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 10,2017 6:12 pm || Up

          The FISA court said no to a warrant request? That is amazing. I believe that almost literally never happens.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 6:24 pm || Up

            .03% rejection rate as of 2013. Maybe they are rejecting more post-Snowden.

    • ptbnl Jan 10,2017 4:54 pm || Up

      Yet another reason to be pissed Obama didn’t use a recess appointment to get Garland on the SC for the next year.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 4:58 pm || Up

        I believe McConnell never actually adjourned the senate so as to prevent that sort of thing. Could be wrong about that.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 10,2017 6:19 pm || Up

      I met Carl Bernstein once, maybe 1985 or so, in Philly. Maybe I caught him on a bad night but he seemed totally burned out on journalism.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Jan 11,2017 1:28 pm || Up

      I’m a little worried now that this will turn out like the GWB National Guard thing, where a story that is essentially true ends up getting “discredited” by some of the details (Prague, etc.) being wrong.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 11,2017 1:49 pm || Up

        sure, sure, but it isn’t about the truth of the matter asserted, its about what actions are taken because of a threat of blackmail.

        If there is blackmail, Crimean annexation will be recognized, Assad will reassume power or a whole hose of verifiable policy changes will be enacted. That should be enough for the never trumps to actually investigate next year and severely compromise him enough to get trump to quit/not stand for election, or get primaried.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 11,2017 2:33 pm || Up

        That might be a way to keep his ~40% of the public onside for now, but it’s not going to help much with the people who can dig in on this and cause him problems (the CIA, a handful of Republican senators, and the responsible press).

  65. andeux andeux Jan 10,2017 8:30 pm

    TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 8:47 pm || Up

      Weird.

      • aardvark Jan 10,2017 10:57 pm || Up

        Well said. I don’t get this. Especially with the glut of mediocre 1b/3b/dh guys on the team. Maybe it’s something of a “sign em all and let god sort them out strategy.”

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2017 8:49 pm || Up

      I dunno about this plan.

      • lenscrafters Jan 10,2017 9:00 pm || Up

        So why did we tender Alonso again?

        If their goal this offseason was to spend modest sums of money in wildly inefficient ways to poorly fill gaping holes, they’ve certainly succeeded.

        • Englishmajor Englishmajor Jan 11,2017 10:48 am || Up

          But hey, we can get excited about Zito and Tejada bobbleheads coming up!

      • colin colin Jan 10,2017 9:51 pm || Up

        I would rather see Healy play third and just let 1B/DH be a black hole with Alonso and Plouffe. But I guess this means we should expect Chapman soon?

  66. Soaker Soaker Jan 11,2017 12:01 pm

    The morning scene at Chateau Soaker. I’ve been keeping up with the stairs, front deck and driveway but the usual places to throw the stuff are sold out so some creativity is required. The lady on the left has some digging to do just just to get in her front door if she shows up for the weekend.

    (note to nm: image tag missing; manual input of regular tag not working)

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    • sslinger Jan 11,2017 12:16 pm || Up

      Holy moly, that is a lot of snow! What’s that trying to peek out from the tall pile on the left?

      • Soaker Soaker Jan 11,2017 12:25 pm || Up

        Heh, that’s actually a large boulder; it’s not 9 feet of snow. Same on the right; there’s a bouldery mound over there. But I would guess we have had about 4 feet here since it started in earnest during the football game Monday night, so with all that pushed off the driveway it does pile up high on the sides.

        I was out some this morning and the main local roads are OK. 80 has been closed for >24 hours though and 50 was out of service for quite a while yesterday.

        Support locally made sausage!
        • sslinger Jan 11,2017 12:50 pm || Up

          Ahh, gotcha. BTW, ALO is playing one of their Tour D’Amour shows up in Tahoe (Crystal Bay Club), 2/17. If you haven’t seen them yet, check it out, fun band and Lebo is one of the more inventive guitarists out there now.

          • Soaker Soaker Jan 11,2017 1:32 pm || Up

            See that photo above? It’s no coincidence that I’ll be on the Kona Coast on 2/17. I struck out on the String Cheese presale in spite of being on the site at 10:00:30, will try again on that on Friday.

            Support locally made sausage!
    • ptbnl Jan 11,2017 2:40 pm || Up

      Don’t leave your cabin door open …

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 11,2017 4:16 pm || Up

        As I understood it the snow just barged right through the closer door there. Perhaps it knocked first.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • ptbnl Jan 11,2017 4:23 pm || Up

          You’re right, I was being facetious – there was a triggered avalanche at Alpine and this was a side-effect.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Soaker Soaker Jan 11,2017 4:32 pm || Up

            I hear the booms from Heavenly; didn’t realize that’s what they were trying for. “So, Billy, which houses are we aiming for this morning?” “The green one and the gold one, David, down at the bottom of the street.”

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      • colin colin Jan 11,2017 4:53 pm || Up

        Looks like condition 1

  67. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 11,2017 3:38 pm

    2009 A’s: Reassemble

    • Soaker Soaker Jan 11,2017 3:47 pm || Up

      Jack Cust is still available, and only 38 years old (turns 38 next week).

      What a collection of washed-up veterans and faceless journeymen this is going to be.

      Support locally made sausage!
    • andeux andeux Jan 11,2017 6:02 pm || Up

      Yuck.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 11,2017 6:54 pm || Up

        now sonny gray won’t get any wins therefore suppressing his arbitration award.
        mad genius, yo

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  68. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 11,2017 4:29 pm

    Hey, Jairo might be coming back! Hooray!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 11,2017 4:45 pm || Up

      • Soaker Soaker Jan 11,2017 4:51 pm || Up

        He can make up to $3 million more in performance bonuses.

        Such as $500,000 for not giving up a run in a postseason game?

        Support locally made sausage!
  69. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 11,2017 5:45 pm

    Pollo Libre!

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    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl Jan 11,2017 7:50 pm || Up

      Looks like we still have some weird hanging-tag issues.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 11,2017 7:53 pm || Up

        i can’t “tab” to the “post comment” key.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 12,2017 8:13 am

    Welp. Here we are then.

  71. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 12,2017 10:01 am
  72. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 12,2017 5:10 pm
  73. colin colin Jan 13,2017 9:10 am

    Coco has the longest active streak of not getting hit-by-pitch, and it’s not even close

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 13,2017 10:07 am || Up

      Question I never thought to ask before: Do switch-hitters get hbp’d less on average?

      • colin colin Jan 13,2017 10:47 am || Up

        The fangraphs article suggests that they do. HBP rate is 1.07% when hitter and pitcher have the same handedness, 0.74% when they are opposite. It makes intuitive sense too.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 13,2017 10:56 am || Up

          Oh, I didn’t even notice you had a link there or I would have rtda. Damn this new wordpress version!

          • ptbnl Jan 13,2017 11:05 am || Up

            Yeah – is there a way to make links more obvious, NM?

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  74. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 13,2017 10:37 am

  75. MikeV MikeV Jan 13,2017 10:52 am

    DRAFT DAY FK YEAH!

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

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