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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: Aug 15 2013, 01:42 PM


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saw fruitvale station and the way way back this weekend

fruitvale station is the saddest but it's REALLY good

the way way back is a feel-good movie but it's REALLY REALLY good
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 24 2013, 06:09 AM


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Josiah [lastname]
This is my view of Christian freedom. I'm free to safely mess around with my sister's dog. But anything I do will offend her. Therefore I cannot glorify God and joke about the dog. It is permissible for me, but it's not beneficial. Thus it is not acceptable in my life.
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Lucas [lastname] but psalms 107:2 says "let the redeemed of the lord say so..." so you can make fun of your sister's dog, and when she confronts you on it, you can turn around and tell her, "So?"
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 20 2013, 05:09 AM


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QUOTE (Research Monkey @ May 17 2013, 07:56 PM) *
My mom moved between states thirteen times before the age of 22. Kinda puts in perspective the fact that my the house I was born in, the house I grew up in, and the dorms, apartment, and house I've lived in during college are all within about seven miles of each other.

seriously can't fathom this

my life moves:

1. born in mission hills (LA)
2. moved to a new house we rented in LA bout 10 miles away
3. moved to a new house we rented in PHX
4. moved to a new house we bought in PHX bout 15 miles away
5. moved to freshman dorms at duke
6. moved to 2 separate dorms on west campus at duke (2 miles away)
7. technically was homeless for 2 months
8. rented apartment in richmond
9. bought house 3 miles from apartment in richmond

and i thought i hadn't moved around at all lol
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 14 2013, 04:23 AM


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dear GOD great gatsby is awful.

pirate it, buy a ticket to another flick... do whatever you can to avoid giving them your money.
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 13 2013, 07:16 PM


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the new dan brown book, so long as the new dan brown book is actually written by this guy:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/1004945...-Dan-Brown.html
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 6 2013, 04:48 PM


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iron man 3 was phenomenal for all the reasons patrick outlined. also:

i've suffered from anxiety attacks in the past and i honestly felt that iron man 3 did one of the better jobs of honestly portraying them in any film i've seen. the way he just went from zero-to-anxious several times was totally true to life, and the way he responded rang very true for me. compound that with pepper's "HOLY BAMF" scene late in the movie (which was the best because i love pepper potts) and all the trappings of a great superhero move (crazy unrealistic action, weird and hilarious plots, good humor) and that was a great film experience. i was super pleased with it. probably will go see it again, and i RARELY see movies twice in the theaters.

also patrick if you didn't see the scene you gotta find a way to see it soon. great scene.
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Posted on: May 3 2013, 10:13 PM


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QUOTE (Research Monkey @ May 3 2013, 01:41 PM) *
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" Gordon Lightfoot

solid

"Come Monday Night" God Help The Girl
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Posted on: May 3 2013, 12:25 AM


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If it's any consolation, that's definitely not a AcaDec-only thing. In a general sense, I've found that the higher up you get on the management chain at a company, the less care they give to the grammarian wants of punctuation, spelling, and coherency. My take is that they spend so much of their life simply approving things their assistants or their betrothed writes to the point that they don't really exercise their own writing at all. Which means that their own writing ability ends up withering into a husk of what it once was riddled with seriously busted language conventions and careless errors. Doesn't make it that much less unprofessional, really, but it's sadly common.
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 2 2013, 11:58 PM


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i was very close to going to reed, which would have been HILARIOUS.

anyways. howdy, everyone. I'm doc roffs, ADT's resident statistician. I competed from 2005-2008 (wait for real that was way longer ago than it feels) on a incomprehensibly bad no-funding Arizona team that didn't study very much at a school that no longer has acadec. whew! formerly my claim to fame was yearly models predicting who would win nationals and giving rough upset probabilities, but ever since I joined the working world I've been too busy for that. so I've just transitioned into being a cranky old guy who pokes his head in every 2 or 3 months to say hello and rustle some jimmies.

currently I am a home-owning car-driving statistician (ROOF/CAR/JOB, ROOF/CAR/JOB) at a large bank (hooray, the financial industry! i mean, wait... the exact opposite?!) for my clark kent job. at night, though, i become an espn-affiliated NBA analyst! i'm not kidding! my blog (gothic ginobili) is part of the truehoop network and I occasionally dabble in daily dime pieces and spitballing ideas with zach lowe behind the scenes. it's cool! if you want a more readily updated means with which to follow my occasionally lucid ramblings, follow me on twitter. i don't bite, even if i have a loveable sleeping dog that vaguely resembles me as my twitter avatar.

PM me if you want me to reply 4 months later. in other words, PM me if you desire response speed roughly commensurate with the pony express in 1896.

thank you for your time.
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Dr. Roffles
Posted on: May 2 2013, 11:43 PM


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honestly not sure yet. gonna convert my family room into a library so I'll be doing a lot of reading but I'm unsure what exactly I'll start with.

first step's to get all my AZ books to VA, then we'll go from there.
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Posted on: May 2 2013, 11:41 PM


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This is completely unacceptable, and their half-hearted response is endemic of everything participants have criticized them for over the years.

Not like you needed me to say so or anything, but wow. This is the absolute pinnacle of incompetence.
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Posted on: Apr 25 2013, 11:49 PM


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QUOTE (debator @ Apr 23 2013, 11:53 PM) *
dr roffs is one of the pre-eminent nba writers. to me, it's crazy that i can watch his commentary, then watch the nba commentary, and it's a guy i know

thanks man

when zach lowe got picked up on grantland i was really happy because lowe and i have worked on stuff together and have a lot of email correspondance

and now i have like... legitimate sources in some front offices and stuff, STUFF ROCKS SOMETIMES

also ian you may be right
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Posted on: Apr 24 2013, 02:41 AM


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QUOTE (AK_WDB @ Apr 23 2013, 10:22 AM) *
QUOTE (Dr. Roffles @ Apr 22 2013, 07:05 PM) *
i have finally completed my roof-car-job destiny

take that world

I thought you did that a long time ago.

well, i've lived in an apartment for a while, so i've had rented roof - car - job

but now i own my roof so take that world

also ocm my retirement plan is doing pretty well i am pleased with its progress to date
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Posted on: Apr 23 2013, 03:05 AM


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i have finally completed my roof-car-job destiny

take that world
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Posted on: Jan 12 2013, 05:09 PM


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Really hope Mr. Gear gets through it all OK... any updates on his status?

He'll be in my thoughts, for sure. We're all pulling for him.
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Posted on: Dec 11 2012, 04:32 AM


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i really need a photoshop of the oklahoma city thunder "okc" logo in okcupid colors with okc crap on it
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Posted on: Dec 9 2012, 08:50 PM


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vps: easily best first date of my life, she's really pretty and really smart and really into me oh gosh

af: first time i've been on a date in a very long time and had a distinct sense i was less into her than she was into me (not by much tho lol she's so cool)

ps: probably a good thing tho from a "not becoming overly attached" perspective

uc: SO MUCH DRIVING
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Posted on: Dec 6 2012, 07:00 AM


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QUOTE (Chloe @ Dec 5 2012, 10:36 PM) *
On that note, anyone want to buy a print?

mebbe

whatcha got
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Posted on: Nov 28 2012, 04:32 AM


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"what kind of happy endings do you melt over"
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Posted on: Nov 28 2012, 04:32 AM


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up narrowly over toy story 3 for me.

but yeah up is basically the best.
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Posted on: Nov 25 2012, 01:56 AM


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QUOTE (debator @ Nov 22 2012, 08:05 PM) *
^kind of exactly the same. i heard a few days before that it only focused on the 13th am, but i was still a little surprised.

SPOILERS TO FOLLOW. KIND OF. I MEAN YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BECAUSE HISTORY. BUT STILL.

do you guys think it would've been a better ending if they'd finished after his servant tries to give him his gloves in the end, when he's headed to the theater? i mean, the last lines "it seems it's time to go, though i prefer to stay" are about as perfect as you can get, and it gets a little protracted after that. i did like the look of robert todd over lincoln's body, though; nice way of wrapping that up.

yeah i think it should've ended there.

still that's the best movie i've seen in a long time, thoroughly enjoyed it.

the one thing i didn't like a ton was the first 10-15 mins, but after that it was an absolutely engrossing film. seriously awesome.
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Posted on: Nov 24 2012, 09:35 PM


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QUOTE (Research Monkey @ Nov 17 2012, 01:13 PM) *
QUOTE (Dr. Roffles @ Nov 17 2012, 06:50 AM) *
finding people to date is harder when you aren't in college, which is funny, because by and large most people are more attractive and interesting once they get out of college and have at least the faintest idea what they're doing with their life.


Higher reservation prices and higher opportunity costs. Makes sense.

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Posted on: Nov 23 2012, 12:51 PM


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we run along easy at periscope depth
sun dappling through clear water
so went the dream of the drowned submariner
far away from the slaughter

your hair is a strawflower that sings in the sun
my darling my beautiful daughter
so went the dream of the drowned submariner
cast away on the water

from down in the vault
down in the grave
reaching up to the light on the waves

so she did run to him over the grass
she fell in his arms and he caught her
so went the dream of the drowned submariner
far away on the water
far away on the water
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Posted on: Nov 17 2012, 05:31 PM


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it's true. there are a ton of people who go on dating websites despite already seeing people just to see what sort of messages they get. or go on so they can go on noncommittal dates in an effort to get out and meet new people w/o really emotionally investing a ton into the process (that might describe me right now). there are also a ton of people who go on dating websites with no intention/desire of dating anyone they meet on it. often it happens anyway, but it doesn't have to. just having a profile does not = on the market, which was one of the more "welp" realizations i had about "online dating" sites a while back.
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Posted on: Nov 17 2012, 01:50 PM


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QUOTE (Research Monkey @ Nov 17 2012, 04:28 AM) *
QUOTE (AK_WDB @ Nov 16 2012, 08:47 PM) *
QUOTE (Research Monkey @ Nov 15 2012, 11:41 PM) *
Replace "cars" in this paper with "people you meet with online dating sites," and that will adequately summarize how I feel about the idea.

I see your point. But couldn't the same apply to regular, non-online dating, in theory?


The difference is reliability of information. People are willing to go on internet dates on the basis of information that signals a higher quality match than available non-online alternatives, but this information can either be purposely misconstrued, or incorrectly interpreted on the basis of that information's correlation to actual chemistry.

I might go so far as to suggest an in-person meeting, or even an IM, is a process of gaining information, while an online dating profile is just a signalling game.

i mean, duh? an online dating profile is little more than a signal. but so is any way that one gets dates with girls you aren't close friends with beforehand once you get out of college. it's the same as, say, going to a bar wearing a concert t-shirt from a popular band. you are signaling you like ___ thing. you are not necessarily signaling you're looking for a date if you're on a dating website, nor are you necessarily signaling that you want to talk to every fan of that band if you go to a bar. you're putting up a sample of your style of writing and a few interests and a few pictures, and from that, people try to tell whether they like you enough to message back and continue exchanging info to get a better idea of who you are.

i don't deny that it's not always a fruitful endeavor. it isn't. response rates at best are 1/3 types, even if you send 3 really solid messages. and yes, you have to meet/talk before you really know who the person is. but you need to do this with every type of date, and short of going to a bar and hitting on every single girl you see until you find one who is interested, there aren't really a hell of a lot of ways to meet massive amounts of new people once you're out of college & a professional with lengthy hours. people tend to party and hang with the exact same group of friends, most of whom are in relationships. meeting people at work is doable but just as prone to suffer the "oh... you like horses and go to church 5 times a week... welp" reveals that make online dating so ridiculous. i've had atheist friends join a church with the sole intention of meeting people and trying to find a date. stuff's rough.

i suppose my argument isn't that okc isn't filled with "lemons" as you say (because it is), but that literally every conceivable manner in which a person can pick up dates/ladies in the aftermath of college is as well. (to a lesser degree, so is college, but that's for another time.) finding people to date is harder when you aren't in college, which is funny, because by and large most people are more attractive and interesting once they get out of college and have at least the faintest idea what they're doing with their life. in my view anyway.
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