36 Chambers – The Legendary Journeys: Execution to the max!

May 31, 2012

Signed Up For Derbycon

Filed under: (In)Security — Kevin Feasel @ 6:21 pm

I signed up for Derbycon today.  I’m looking forward to the conference and getting what is essentially $5000 training for less than a grand, not to mention what should by all rights be an awesome conference.

May 30, 2012

Month-End Security Notes

Filed under: (In)Security — Kevin Feasel @ 9:04 pm

Hayekian Wednesday

Filed under: Catallactics, Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 8:47 pm

Don Boudreaux has an analogy explaining how a superficial understanding of a phenomenon does not necessarily imply the ability to replicate it.  There are many things we simply do not see.

William Briggs also links to a great series demolishing Alex Rosenberg’s arguments.

May 29, 2012

Fiscal And Governmental Notes

Filed under: Economics — Kevin Feasel @ 8:38 pm

May 28, 2012

Security Notes

Filed under: (In)Security — Kevin Feasel @ 8:25 pm

May 27, 2012

Good On Paul Romer

Filed under: Economics — Kevin Feasel @ 8:16 pm

Paul Romer talked the government of Honduras into setting up a charter city with Canadian legal institutions.  Charter cities is one of the more interesting potentially libertarian-friendly ideas out there, so I wish them well.

May 26, 2012

The Life Of Brian, Err, Julia

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 8:11 pm

Hipster fail.

Iowahawk has a hilarious spoof with a nice Sartre reference.  Jay Cost sees it as indicative of the modern Democratic party’s alliance of handouts.  Kevin Williamson has another spoof.

May 25, 2012

Various Security Notes

Filed under: (In)Security — Kevin Feasel @ 8:08 pm

Ben Roethlisberger: Top 5 QB?

Filed under: Sports — Tony Demchak @ 1:32 pm

Read this article by Jamison Hensley at the AFC North blog today. In it, he discusses who the top five QBs in the AFC North are, and lists Roethlisberger as #1. No beef with that; I’d have Andy Dalton over Joe Flacco, but that’s my list. What really bugged me, though, was his comment:

The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is in the argument for being a top-five quarterback in the NFL right now, so he’s obviously the top quarterback in the division.

Really? He’s in the top five? Here are the QBs I’d list over Roethlisberger, in no particular order.

Tom Brady

Drew Brees

Eli Manning

Cam Newton

Aaron Rodgers

Peyton Manning (if healthy, and I think he will be)

Philip Rivers

Matt Schaub (if healthy)

Michael Vick (ditto)

Jay Cutler (if upright)

Matt Stafford (if breathing)

Matt Ryan (some years)

That, if you’re scoring at home, is twelve. Before you get on my case about including people with sketchy injury histories, Roethlisberger has been even worse than most of these guys. The numbers Hensley uses — 3,868 yards and 21 touchdowns over three seasons — seems to me to be pretty excessive cherry picking. Last year, Roethlisberger was “in the argument” for top ten, but not top five. Here are the passing numbers for 2011. Here’s 2010 and 2009. In only one of these three seasons is he top five in anything; passer rating in 2009. (Unless you count being sacked a lot.)

Let’s try another approach: let’s see what the average QB does in those three seasons. Ready? Here.

So, according to these metrics, Roethlisberger is slightly above average in yards and slightly below average in TDs. He’s an injury risk, too. What about his Super Bowl wins? In the first he was pretty decent; in the second he was terrible. In his loss, he was okay, except for his 40 pass attempts, most of which came from behind.

I did all of this research in less than ten minutes. It has nothing to do with Roethlisberger being a Steeler, or even a knock on him for being an average QB the last few years. Average QBs are hard to find, as I can attest as a Browns fan. But he’s certainly not top 5. Only a lazy idiot would argue that.

 

May 23, 2012

What’s The Opposite Of Opposition Research?

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 7:55 pm

The Obama campaign staff should probably figure that one out.  You don’t talk about how your opponent strapped a dog to the roof of a car when you write about eating dogs.  You don’t talk about how your opponent was a bully half a century ago when you bullied girls.

I have to say, this group seemed a bit more competent in 2008.

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