Morning Free Association 4/18/16 – Patriot’s Day

Today is not only day five of the Stanley Cup playoffs, it is also Patriots Day. Othewise known as “The day we remind ourselves that Kenyans & Ethiopians run much faster than us“.

Yes, today is the running of the Boston Marathon. The day in which no one may travel across eastern Massachusetts unscathed (or at least in less than 90 minutes).

And because of some self-righteous dickheads, it is also the day where all the police have to come out and show us their latest toys, and search your beer coolers & backpacks. Because it stil draws crowds:

But there was also some good hockey this weekend.
Not just in the NHL, but also the Under-18 IIHF, where USA hockey defeated Latvia. And in the AHL, where the P-Bruins kicked some buttock, securing some home games for the playoffs.

Need. more. coffee.
Guzzling coffee

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DrHandgrenaid
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So Luke Richardson (Sens AHL coach) and the Sens are parting ways so Richardson can pursue other opportunities. He’s pretty well regarded (his name came up in a couple NHL vacancies last summer). Wonder if he might be a candidate for new Assistant Coach.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Man, I wonder what team could use a coach like him

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Why are iPhones so damn hard to use with basic file sharing programs, including ones designed by Apple?

UNCMedievalist
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UNCMedievalist

Google fail, 4/18/2016

Image Comics ran a series called “Hawaiian Dick,” a noir mystery set in 1954 Hawaii. Not remembering that my safe search was turned off, I just plugged in “Hawaiian Dick” into google, and well…. let’s just say my search results turned up some “birds of paradise.”

Oops.

Satan 81's Sister
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Hahahahaha!

carvinbass18
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Good morning folks. Stay tuned at 2pm for your weekly Bruins prospect round up.

Had a good weekend, made my back deck safe for children on Saturday hanging lattice & a gate to the pool, hopefully that will make the town happy. Laid some more underlayment down on Sunday before having a picnic in the park w/ a few friends. Man was it a beautiful weekend. Hope all is well with you all smile

phonymahoney
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UNCMedievalist
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UNCMedievalist

Hi friends! Big news: I printed off a copy of my full dissertation yesterday. I’m almost done!

BobbytoBergy got a special mention in my acknowledgments section:

And I owe a special thanks to the community at Bobby to Bergy, a Boston Bruins fan page, particularly VA, Geoff, Anthony, Kate, Ellen, Ben, Nick, and Mandi. Thank you so much for chatting about the Bruins, teaching me more about hockey, participating in gif battles, and reading my off-topic posts about my work.

Happy Monday!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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YES! You beat my girlfriend in the race to mention me in a dissertation’s acknowledgments section.

I feel bad. We live 90 minutes away and we’ve never met. We need to do lunch. I know you’re on the final stretch and time is a rare substance.

UNCMedievalist
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UNCMedievalist

We do! Once I turn the damn thing in next week, my time frees up considerably.

I really wanted to come to your show on Saturday, but I had to keep my nose to the grindstone. I hope you guys had Armadillo!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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My brother and his girlfriend did! I’ve been there before though. Next time!

carvinbass18
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Thank you man. That’s amazing smile

DrHandgrenaid
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It would have been funny if you’d used our handles in your acknowledgments

UNCMedievalist
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UNCMedievalist

I thought about it! I kept going back and forth. It’s not done done, so I could always change it. grin

Miss Muse
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“Holy Hand Grenaid” ha ha ha ha!

And oh jeez, that is really nice of you. grin Now I can tell everyone here I was mentioned in a dissertation. wink

UNCMedievalist
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UNCMedievalist

Seriously, you guys were a major part of the process. I know we just talk hockey and randomness, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this place help keep me sane.

I nearly went crazy during the “Time of Transition.” smile

Satan 81's Sister
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I may not be smart, but my friends are!

phonymahoney
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You and me, we’re on the same page. hahaha

phonymahoney
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Awwww!

From one papal enthusiast to another: thank you!

DrHandgrenaid
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*awww shucks*

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Satan 81's Sister
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Aw, pal! It just got a little dusty in my office. Congrats on being able to see the finish line! (to use a marathon metaphor on Patriots Day.)

And I know Happy Monday is it’s own comment, but I’m giggling pretending you actually put Happy Monday in your dissertation acknowledgments.

Miss Muse
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I would have put “Sayonara, suckers,” myself, but that’s just me. wink

UNCMedievalist
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UNCMedievalist

I really should just drop that in there. Nobody reads the acknowledgments anyway smile

DrHandgrenaid
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phonymahoney
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I’m not reading it, but regarding the name of the article: a little heart would be nice. I think it’s been missing. I love stats but I also think they have to come from somewhere – you need to have guys who want to/know how to win. DO NOT READ “THAT AS TRADE FOR AN ENFORCER OR SOME USELESS GUY BECAUSE HE WAS THIRTEENTH FORWARD ON A CUP WINNER”, PLEASE.

Only slightly relevant side note: I can’t believe there’s still two months of hockey left. Jesus H.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

It worked with Thornton.. Shawn not what’s his name.

Miss Muse
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Seems unreal, and like things will finish earlier than normal this year.>.>

What I mean is I remember the Bruins game with Buffalo after the bombings…was that due to the lockout?

I’m trying to stay interested in the playoffs but wow that’s tough.

phonymahoney
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I’m confused. What are you asking me?

The Bruins-Buffalo game was the first home game after the bombing, they were supposed to play Ottawa on Patriots’ Day, but obviously that was postponed.

Miss Muse
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I’m just asking everyone. smile Weren’t the Bruins still playing regular season games at this time of year in 2013? And that was probably due to the half year season created by the lockout?

Again it just goes back to, wow, it’s really early to not have hockey playing here *womp womp*

carvinbass18
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No they were done the first week of April I believe.

phonymahoney
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Incorrect.
It was still regular season. Lockout.

Satan 81's Sister
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Regular season went to the end of April due to the lockout.

Satan 81's Sister
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Playoffs usually end around my birthday. In 2013 the Cup Finals started on my birthday.

Satan 81's Sister
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Now let’s never mention that Cup Finals ever again.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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But it was still AWESOME hockey

Miss Muse
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You have a very strange definition of “awesome,” friend.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I was able to watch in a neutral spirit at times. The hockey was incredible. Everyone but Boston loved that series.

DrHandgrenaid
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I was in Vancouver at the time. Everyone there hated that series and wished for Team Meteor, because it was Boston and Chicago

DrHandgrenaid
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I just don’t buy this we need more heart argument at all- I’m not saying you don’t need it- I’m saying we already have too many character guys. I mean, thats our entire friggin defence. Thats why we signed Beleskey.

Its not the notion that we need heart is wrong, its the insane notion that we need more.

phonymahoney
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I don’t think we’re without it, but I don’t think adding a guy with character and talent would be a bad thing. We’re in a tough spot right now.

Obviously, the biggest problem here is defense. Who knows, maybe you get a second pair D and all your problems are fixed.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Correct! The Bs have enough heart, grit, character. Better defense is what’s needed.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

You’re a masochist for reading most of the stuff you seem to read.

DrHandgrenaid
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And for the record, for reasons I can’t quite explain, I only seem to share the crap and not the good stuff. I dunno.

phonymahoney
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It’s more fun to say, “what a piece of shit this guy I don’t like is,” and then make fun of the writer than it is to give credit where it’s due and just say, “well, this is a great article”.
Human nature. You are a human!

DrHandgrenaid
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I’m a scientist. I’d be bad at it if I deliberately avoided work I expected to be shit.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Heh. I would suck at physical/research science for reasons like this, then. Instead I’m an engineer. As my co-worker says, we build toys with other people’s money.

DrHandgrenaid
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The benefit is that I’m welcome to make fun of bad work using passive aggressive technobabble in peer reviewed writing.

The amount of shade you see cast in scientific writing is like some sort of lab coat version of Mean Girls

phonymahoney
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Morning, peeps!
‘Twas the eighteenth of April in seventy-five…
Happy Patriots’ Day!

Office is closed today. Gonna be over 70, considering hitting the beach.
My cousin/roommate is running The Marathon today. She’s in wave four and will be starting at 11:15.
Hitting the Four’s later with my pals. They started early and are going to the Sox game (11:35) and then walking over. I’m guessing I should get there for 3 or 4. I don’t know. We’ll see!
I love Patriots’ Day; it’s the most Boston day there is. Too bad the Bruins haven’t been with the program for two years now. It’s the best thing in the world to catch the Sox game, the Marathon, and the Bruins game all in one day. The city is so fun and festive. Damn it, Bruins.

What’s on tap? Coffee here. Yay!

Satan 81's Sister
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Good luck to your cousin/roommate! Do you know her bib number? We can track her progress!

phonymahoney
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29290!

Satan 81's Sister
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Looks like she registered just in the nick of time!

phonymahoney
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Ha!
Yeah. She’s actually running with the Boston Police runners’ club.

She made me laugh this morning:
http://i.imgur.com/fHsFPTeh.jpg

Miss Muse
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Even if this gang splits infinitive! Ha ha!

Satan 81's Sister
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Damn, she’s getting to the Marathon in style!

Satan 81's Sister
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Days like these I miss living in MA.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

My landlord has been wonderful the whole time I’m living in this apartment, but he’s now being an uncharacteristic jack-ass. We told him the end of March that we’d be moving out mid-May, we just didn’t have the final date. He wants at least 45 days. Ta-Da, there it was.

Except we gave him the official move-out day last Monday. He’s counting 45 days from then, which is the end of May. I’m going to be paying ~$600 for an empty apartment. Grr.

DrHandgrenaid
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He was never going to give you those two weeks anyway dude.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Except he would have. When we asked him in late March, he said he’d let us prorate. And he’s technically prorating for May. The end date is May 28th so I’m saving a whopping $126. If I had known the official date in March, I’d have saved $714.

DrHandgrenaid
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My last move I HAD to be out of my old apartment before midnight Oct 31, but the current tenant in my new place couldn’t be bothered to vacate until noon on Nov 1 (this flagrantly violates NS rental rules, as explicitly discussed in my lease). This cost me a bunch of money because I was forced to rent a bigger cube van and have it overnight.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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My old landlord was a decent until we wanted to move out. He wanted to meet in person and do a walk through of the house. It was then he would get the keys. Sounds good! But he bailed five times, so I had to mail the key to him. He claimed he received an empty package from me and only have 50% of the deposit back. Fucking dick head.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

If he takes any of my deposit, I will fight him. The only “damage” is that we hung some stuff and I have in writing that we could do that and all we have to do is patch the holes, not even paint.

Miss Muse
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Did you require a signature with the package delivery?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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He claimed he received an empty package. Even if I had him sign for it, I can’t refute his claim.

But that was two years ago.

Miss Muse
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But still you know, I would have fought that somehow…why on earth would I ask you to sign for an empty package? (I may still be a little miffed at the waste of oxygen I had to deal with who called me a liar, so if it sounds like I’m crusading, even a little bit, that’s why…) wink

Miss Muse
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Some people are just wastes of oxygen.

DrHandgrenaid
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He kept half the deposit for a key he could get recut for like 10 bucks?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Right. It’s probably a good idea to change the locks anyway. Fucking dick head

DrHandgrenaid
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Exactly. A good landlord has a whole bunch of spare locks on hand and swaps them out of every apartment when there is a vacancy.

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