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  1. The gun is our Moloch. It was written in response to Sandy Hook, but nothing has changed. Our Moloch continues to demand sacrifices, and the acolytes of Moloch continue to insure that those sacrifices will be made.. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2012/12/15/our-moloch/
  2. Free will creates all sorts of free will dilemmas. Going down this rabbit hole is pointless.
  3. :shrug:It runs windows, has a keyboard, HDMI port, big screen. It's closer to a laptop replacement than an iPad or the other tablets, isn't it?I don't get this line of argument either. As an uninterested observer it appears that Microsoft is offering more for the same price, yet they are the ones with the high price? Unless you are already locked into Apple's environment the Surface appears to be a much better deal to me. But then I have no interest in this form factor, so maybe I am missing something obvious.
  4. In that case, you should probably drop AirPlay, since AirPlay is more like Media Center Extender, and MCE has been around since XP.
  5. Only true for a short period of time after the initial launch of the consoles. At this point, lower component costs, process improvements and redesigns have both MS and Sony making profit and the hardware. One of many reasons both companies have to extend the life cycle of their consoles.
  6. This is not true. His ASCAP/BMI royalties from live performances and jukebox sales will far exceed any royalties he receives from individual purchases.
  7. Have not tried that one. I'm a Speyside fan though. What's it like?It has a very complex and moderately intense aroma. Starts sweet, slightly astringent with a short, slightly bitter finish. Very full flavor. I would say it is lot more mellow than Macallan 12, and I prefer it over Macallan 18, but you would certainly get an argument from Macallan fans on that. If you like Speyside malts, you really need to give it a try. And it is reasonably affordable at around $40 to $45.ETA: Here is the whisky.com page for Cragganmore Thanks for the reply. I will give it a whirl. Check out this tasting graphic I found on the scotchwhisky.com site. Pretty interesting way to graph out the tasting notes.Taste graphic That is a very cool site. Thanks for the link.
  8. Have not tried that one. I'm a Speyside fan though. What's it like?It has a very complex and moderately intense aroma. Starts sweet, slightly astringent with a short, slightly bitter finish. Very full flavor. I would say it is lot more mellow than Macallan 12, and I prefer it over Macallan 18, but you would certainly get an argument from Macallan fans on that. If you like Speyside malts, you really need to give it a try. And it is reasonably affordable at around $40 to $45.ETA: Here is the whisky.com page for Cragganmore
  9. Any other Cragganmore fans on here? This has pretty much become my Speyside of choice (replacing The Macallan).
  10. I see the same thing that I described earlier. I must be as blind as Family Matters.PS FM reason number 64 why AJ Smith's job is nowhere near to being in jeopardy. Stat of the Week So you want to know how active your team will be with a good free-agency market coming up in three months? Here's a chart of how much cap space each team was due to have next spring as of Saturday, along with how many players each team has under contract: Team Signed Players 2008 cap room 1. Tennessee 39 $40.85 million 2. San Diego 44 $33.03 million 3. Jacksonville 43 $32.69 million 4. Buffalo 49 $32.05 million 5. New Orleans 39 $31.69 million 6. Cincinnati 48 $31.45 million 7. San Francisco 48 $30.91 million 8. Cleveland 42 $30.31 million 9. Arizona 34 $30.27 million 10.N.Y. Jets 45 $27.72 million 11.Oakland 40 $25.98 million 12.Tampa Bay 48 $25.90 million 13.Miami 48 $25.56 million 14.N.Y. Giants 49 $24.47 million 15.Detroit 42 $23.50 million 16.Houston 43 $22.91 million 17.Dallas 40 $20.61 million 18.Kansas City 44 $20.27 million 19.Chicago 52 $19.80 million 20.Pittsburgh 43 $18.61 million 21.Green Bay 48 $18.37 million 22.Philadelphia 49 $17.17 million 23.Denver 49 $16.77 million 24.Minnesota 49 $14.88 million 25.New England 41 $10.93 million 26.St. Louis 45 $9.61 million 27.Seattle 44 $9.55 million 28.Indianapolis 48 $8.49 million 29.Carolina 35 $6.05 million 30.Atlanta 52 $5.79 million* 31.Baltimore 42 $5.00 million 32.Washington 45 -$20.72 million * Not including unspecified potential rebate from contested return of Michael Vick's pro-rated signing bonus. And yes, you read it right. The Washington Redskins are $20 million over the projected '08 cap, a number that will be reduced once the 'Skins convert some bonuses assigned to the '08 cap (including a hefty one paid to tight end Chris Cooley) to signing bonuses, which can be pro-rated over the life of the contract. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writ...9/week14/4.html So the savings from Brees was that much? So does this contridict the point that Walter Slovotsky kept making about SD spending near their Cap limit each year? Am I missing something?Apparently you're missing the entire point of the post. This is the Chargers cap space for 2008, not for 2007. As far as I know, the Chargers are right at the cap limit for 2007.In the offseason, I'm sure AJ will try to lock up Cromartie and a couple other young Bolts to long term extensions. Then he'll make a couple moves via free agency, getting the Bolts close to the cap. By week 7, if the Bolts haven't had to use the remaining cap space, AJ will accelerate a couple of bonuses so that the Chargers are maxed out against the cap, and have more room in the following offseason. Happens every year. You may be right, I might be missing something. But comparing to where they are versus others, they seem on the low end of things. That usually means they are spending less. Guess it would be helpful to know where they are right now, for this season compared to the rest of the NFL. That would paint a better picture I guess. Anyone know?The bolded part is incorrect. All these numbers mean is that they have less uncommitted money at the beginning of the year than all but one team. It says nothing about what they are currently spending. It is difficult to actual current year numbers, due to things like accelerating bonuses to clear money off of next years cap, mid season free agent signings, etc. And most contracts aren't made available to the public. I believe Kevin Acee reported at the beginning of the year that the Chargers entered the season with about $750K of available cap space, but I can't find that quote right now. At any rate, considering the overall talent level and age of the players the Chargers have under contract, having that kind of cap space available only tells me one thing. AJ Smith is doing a great job in the player personnel department.
  11. I see the same thing that I described earlier. I must be as blind as Family Matters.PS FM reason number 64 why AJ Smith's job is nowhere near to being in jeopardy. Stat of the Week So you want to know how active your team will be with a good free-agency market coming up in three months? Here's a chart of how much cap space each team was due to have next spring as of Saturday, along with how many players each team has under contract: Team Signed Players 2008 cap room 1. Tennessee 39 $40.85 million 2. San Diego 44 $33.03 million 3. Jacksonville 43 $32.69 million 4. Buffalo 49 $32.05 million 5. New Orleans 39 $31.69 million 6. Cincinnati 48 $31.45 million 7. San Francisco 48 $30.91 million 8. Cleveland 42 $30.31 million 9. Arizona 34 $30.27 million 10.N.Y. Jets 45 $27.72 million 11.Oakland 40 $25.98 million 12.Tampa Bay 48 $25.90 million 13.Miami 48 $25.56 million 14.N.Y. Giants 49 $24.47 million 15.Detroit 42 $23.50 million 16.Houston 43 $22.91 million 17.Dallas 40 $20.61 million 18.Kansas City 44 $20.27 million 19.Chicago 52 $19.80 million 20.Pittsburgh 43 $18.61 million 21.Green Bay 48 $18.37 million 22.Philadelphia 49 $17.17 million 23.Denver 49 $16.77 million 24.Minnesota 49 $14.88 million 25.New England 41 $10.93 million 26.St. Louis 45 $9.61 million 27.Seattle 44 $9.55 million 28.Indianapolis 48 $8.49 million 29.Carolina 35 $6.05 million 30.Atlanta 52 $5.79 million* 31.Baltimore 42 $5.00 million 32.Washington 45 -$20.72 million * Not including unspecified potential rebate from contested return of Michael Vick's pro-rated signing bonus. And yes, you read it right. The Washington Redskins are $20 million over the projected '08 cap, a number that will be reduced once the 'Skins convert some bonuses assigned to the '08 cap (including a hefty one paid to tight end Chris Cooley) to signing bonuses, which can be pro-rated over the life of the contract. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writ...9/week14/4.html So the savings from Brees was that much? So does this contridict the point that Walter Slovotsky kept making about SD spending near their Cap limit each year? Am I missing something?Yes you are missing something, and no it does not contradict my point about SD spendind near the cap every year. In fact, in reinforces my point. As I bolded above, these are projected cap numbers for next spring. This says nothing about the Charger's current year cap situation. As I stated before, the Chargers structure their contracts in such a way that each year they have significant amounts of cap space at the beginning of the year (last spring it was somewhere around $28 million). They then proceed to resign or extend existing player contracts, sign free agents, draft picks and UDFA's. Usually they will use all of their allocated cap space for the year.Your comment simply reinforces my opinion that you have no idea of how the Chargers manage their cap space and payroll from year to year.
  12. With Castillo/Orshansky still pretty young I've been hoping that they'd look more towards young depth at DT behind Williams for the past several year. Not a 1st/2nd rounder but at least a "project" type guy with a lot of upside you could develop. Williams had actually been healthy for the past two years(the defense used to fall apart whenever he missed time in '02-'04) but he's 31. I don't trust Bingham long-term. They need a stronger backup there.Donnie deserves some of the blame to be sure but if a guy is THAT important to your defense and you are looking at the prospect of losing both your starting ILB's..... you gotta work with the guy. Did you read some of the quotes going back and forth between AJ and Edwards before LAST season? Even after AJ had "won" and Edwards was just going to finish out his contract in SD AJ couldn't keep his mouth shut. He just kept pouring salt onto the wound. After all those years without missing a single game and putting up with AJ's digs in the media I don't think there was any way Edwards would have stayed with SD for any amount of $. People talk about AJ's ego but that's the only situation where I clearly think it hurt SD in an obvious, indisputable way.If Edwards wants more $ than he's worth, well at least don't alienate him to the point he'll make your competition stronger for less $. Then AJ compounds that mistake by failing to address the ILB position. At the time I thought Wilhelm/Cooper were serviceable but nothing special. I still feel that way.I agree with everything you just said.To get this thread back on topic.. Do you think Philip Rivers sucks worse the Craig Whelihan? Would the Chargers be a better team if they had kept Wheels?