SQL Saturday Richmond Roundup

SQL Saturday #277 in Richmond, Virginia was yesterday.  The RVA PASS chapter put on a great event and I can only hope we do as good a job in Raleigh come September. My session seemed to go pretty well.  I had a (small) room filled with people and I definitely brought the frenetic energy that…

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Review of the Browns offseason so far

I was going to hold off on this until things were more solidified, but since nobody's posted in a few days, I'll hit the high points now. -- Karlos Dansby: Look, I love D'Qwell Jackson as a football player. He's a hell of a tackler, great leader, and I wish him success in Indianapolis (unless…

Theory of gaming: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage

Publisher: Valley Games, later Avalon Hill Type of game: War game Number of players: 2 Learning curve: Medium+ Estimated time to play (first time/subsequent times): 4 hours/3 hours Estimated setup time: 45 minutes   I've said this before, but the best way to kill a great game, be it board, computer, or video, is to…

Global Not-So-Warming

It appears that there's been a 17-year pause in global warming, meaning that current temperature measurements are outside the IPCC climate models' 95% confidence bound.  In fact, as Judith Curry's paper notes, based on data that we've collected, only 2% of climate model simulations would potentially fit the data.  This is all despite CO2 levels…

No Toronto Game This Year

Buffalo will not host a game in Toronto this year.  The point of an annual game was to turn Buffalo into a regional team, pulling in millions of potential fans in and around Toronto.  Unfortunately, it turns out that hosting one crappy game a year hasn't done much for the team, so they're postponing this…

David Eckstein: Charlatan or simply master of hoodwinkery?

Beyond the Box Score invented a stat today, called SCRAP (for Self Contained Replacement Average Player). It includes the ability to score runs (albeit, in a very insignificant way), being hit by pitches, getting caught stealing, bunting, and grounding into double plays. The objective is to get as close to zero as possible. David Eckstein scores...…

Need To Re-Read Bastiat

The Obama administration, in the course of defending ARRA, try to argue that they aren't falling for Frederic Bastiat's broken window fallacy.  The problem is, they don't understand the parable.  They're essentially saying to people, "Hey, we know what you really want, and trust us:  it's better than what you would have wasted your money…

System shocked?

GOG, one of the finest gaming distribution platforms on Earth, had a sale a few months back, in which the eager individual could acquire an old favorite and one I had wanted to go back to but didn't. (Alpha Centauri -- plus the expansion! -- and System Shock 2.) Total cost: roughly $3. I haven't…