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          Alfred Hitchcock's best MacGuffins      Cache   Translate Page      
Dan Norma
Oct 9, 2018

Grab your passport and bring a sidekick. We're hunting for Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest MacGuffins

Spoilers lie ahead for The Trouble With Harry, Psycho, North By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, The Lady Vanishes and Star Wars

The MacGuffin is one of those storytelling inventions that operates by a vague “I know it when I see it” rule. The man who popularised its use, Alfred Hitchcock, didn’t help matters. When asked to define the MacGuffin – as he frequently was – he would repeat the same nonsensical joke.

In Hitchcock’s interview with François Truffaut, Truffaut attempts to establish limits on the phrase (is it “the pretext for the plot”? is it ideally “forgotten” amongst the rush of the action?). Each time, Hitch replies with an answer that amounts to little more than ‘sort of’.

Without any exact definitions being offered by either Hitchcock or the screenwriter credited with the term, Angus MacPhail, most writing about MacGuffins is dedicated to pinning down precisely what it is.

It is easier to provide examples. The treasure map is a classic MacGuffin. The Golden Fleece hunted by the Argonauts another. They can loosely be linked as specific items to be discovered and/or claimed, but this doesn’t give the full picture.

The Holy Grail of Arthurian legend is often cited as a MacGuffin but, though there is overlap, a grail is its own storytelling device. Grails hold some spiritual meaning for the characters. The MacGuffin is a more material gain, less noble and not to be taken as seriously.

What can be gathered from Hitchcock’s words is that a MacGuffin is an excuse for a plot. It is usually the trigger that springs the plot into action. Without it, there would be no story. In some ways it is the inverse of a deus ex machina. Where a deus ex machina arrives from nowhere to wrap the plot up, a MacGuffin starts it off.

One point on which Hitchcock was clear is that the MacGuffin is unimportant. In the Truffaut interview he insists that while it “must seem to be of vital importance to the characters [t]o me, the narrator, they’re of no importance whatever”. All that is important is that it pushes our characters out of the door and into the story. There are multiple variations on the MacGuffin, but those used by Hitchcock fall into three subcategories.

The Secret

As seen in: The 39 Steps; North by Northwest; Foreign Correspondent; The Lady Vanishes; Star Wars: A New Hope; Burn After Reading  

This is the MacGuffin most associated with Hitchcock, with his two most quintessential – the memorised plans in The 39 Steps and the microfilm in North by Northwest – coming under this category. Foreign Correspondent and The Lady Vanishes both revolve around the kidnapping of someone in possession of vital information (a crucial clause in a treaty in FC, a coded message in TLV). Most often found in spy films, this takes the form of secret intelligence which gives one entity – whether a country, an organisation, or a person – power over another.

The Death Star plans in A New Hope also come under this category, though George Lucas himself disagrees. Challenging Hitchcock’s key specification that the MacGuffin be unimportant, Lucas considered R2-D2 to be the MacGuffin of A New Hope, feeling that the audience should care about the MacGuffin as much as the characters do. This carries through to the Indiana Jones films, where the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail end up literally saving the day.

Even the plans for the Death Star, pivotal to the final act, border on being too important. Lucas’ evolution of the MacGuffin creates a grey area between MacGuffin and grail, where objects such as the Ring in Lord of the Rings or Infinity War’s Infinity Stones can also be found.

The Treasure

As seen in: To Catch A Thief; Psycho; The Maltese Falcon; The Ocean’s series; No Country For Old Men; The Pink Panther

The most straightforward MacGuffin. A good rule of thumb for this is to ask whether the item could be swapped out for a priceless rubber duck without any change to the plot. If your answer is yes, then the item is a MacGuffin. Rare art, one-of-a-kind diamonds, and unimaginable fortunes all fall under this classification.  

To Catch A Thief has the same ‘wrongly-accused man looking to clear their name’ plot as The 39 Steps and North by Northwest, with diamonds subbed in for secrets. Ostensibly part of Cary Grant’s plan to clear his name, the real story purpose of the diamonds is to bring him into the orbit of Grace Kelly. Once this has been done, the diamonds are relegated to the background. Even the owner is unconcerned about their potential theft, echoing Hitchcock’s own approach to the MacGuffin when she compares her diamonds to “a train ticket that gets me somewhere”. The diamonds get things going, but they’re really not the point.

Outside of The 39 Steps and North by Northwest, the most celebrated MacGuffin of Hitchcock’s filmography belongs to Psycho. Easily forgotten by the film’s end, the money stolen by Janet Leigh is what leads to her checking in at the Bates Motel. As in To Catch A Thief the treasure brings the two leads together before being cast aside for more important matters. So incidental is the money in Psycho that an oblivious Tony Perkins sinks it in the swamp while cleaning up the crime scene.

Somewhere halfway between The Secret and The Treasure lies another variant, the ‘Magical Treasure’. In this case, the treasure has one powerful ability which gives it value. Think the Philosopher’s Stone from Harry Potter. Although frequently found in fantasy or science-fiction, this MacGuffin doesn’t have to be magical. The transit papers in Casablanca qualify, as an item that gives its holders the freedom to leave Morocco.

The Character

As seen in: Rope; The Trouble With Harry; The Lady Vanishes; Foreign Correspondent; Saving Private Ryan

The trickiest of the three to identify. For a character to be considered a MacGuffin, they must be both integral to the plot and completely replaceable. In Saving Private Ryan, the story is driven by the mission to rescue a soldier. There is no story without him. Yet, up until the end, that story would play out identically if it were any other soldier in Ryan’s place. His actions don’t factor into it. By this measure, Apocalypse Now doesn’t qualify. Kurtz’s own actions and megalomania lead to Willard being sent after him.

A good rule of thumb is to ask

* Is there still a film if this character is removed?
* Do any of this character’s actions affect the plot?

If your answer to both is no, you have a MacGuffin.

Using a person as a MacGuffin is a cold thing, and Hitchcock recognises this in Rope. Rope opens with two men murdering their friend David, before throwing a party in the apartment where the body is hidden to see if they can get away with it. David – and the body that could be discovered at any moment – is the film’s MacGuffin. Chillingly he is treated as a MacGuffin by the killers themselves, deciding he is “as good or as bad as any other” to be the victim of their experiment.

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Finally there’s The Lady Vanishes and Foreign Correspondent. Though listed under the Secret MacGuffin, each has an argument for belonging to this category too. In both, the person carrying the secret is kidnapped and the search for the secret becomes a search for them. Is the MacGuffin the information, or the person in possession of it? The Lady Vanishes makes the strongest case for being the latter. For most of its runtime, the audience has no idea about the code the kidnapped Miss Froy is carrying and nor do the heroes. She is just a disappeared passenger about whom very little is known. It is only after her reappearance that she comes into focus as a character and, ever the professional, only at the end does she reveal the existence of any code.

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          Distrust in Science and Expertise Can Be Deadly — Here's How We Can Overcome It       Cache   Translate Page      
Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires have tested our resolve as individuals, communities and societies. Along with social crises such as political- and war-induced migration, these events provide stark illustrations of our ability to adapt, help and trust one another through informal social networks and formal social institutions.

Trust in our institutions is declining. While some of this distrust might result from direct experience of failing or faltering social systems, cynics and pundits can promote mistrust for financial and social capital through votes and public opinion.

Trust is often woven into our society like an invisible thread, stitching together disparate individuals and distant communities. Effective societies are grounded in a reliance and dependency on others to provide everything from mobile networks, water and sewer services, electricity, education and justice.

In order to mend it where it is broken and reinforce it where it is fraying, we must examine our social tapestry and ask how we can promote trust.

Trustingneighbours, leaders institutions

Trust isn’t an all-or-nothing phenomenon. It can develop between peers and leaders as well as towards institutions and their symbols.

We share a common fate with our peers. Their actions matter to us. When we can, we monitor and regulate their behaviour through direct observation and action. When we can’t, we rely on gossip and other indirect means to learn about others and their values. If we think we have fallen short of their standards, we might increase our efforts. If we think we have exceeded their expectations, we might reduce our efforts.

Not all members of a group have equal status. Experts and leaders occupy central, elevated positions in their social networks — even if only on a temporary basis. Ideally, they have knowledge, competencies and social capital at their disposal that can help the group.

Legitimate expertise is hard won; it takes years to develop. Even if we have competency in one area, expertise is inelastic. It can narrow our focus, leading us to fail to see atypical patterns. That means leaders and experts need to be modest in their claims of expertise.

While credit might be claimed by one leader or the next for the functioning of economic and social systems, ultimately our societies are the end product of generations of cultural evolution supported by co-operation and collaboration.

Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions. Symbols like police badges, military insignia, judges’ robes, stethoscopes and lab coats take on a new significance, conveying and conferring this status.

Symbols become important

Even complex scientific instruments and technology can take on a symbolic meaning beyond their practical utility. These symbols can be used to persuade those inside and outside our group. They can also be used to manipulate our trust.

Like everyone, experts rely on their peers to keep them in check through formal standards and professional organizations. Professions like science, the law and medicine are self-reflective. The debunking of many of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s claims, for example, provides a crucial illustration of this internal regulation.

At their best, these mechanisms ensure that a profession retains its credibility and its access to financial and social resources.

The dangers of failures of trust

The recent hurricane in the United States speaks to concerns about the credibility of professions. Distrust in science played an important role in how people responded to the approach of hurricane Florence. Some residents stayed for practical reasons, including the protection of family, pets and property. Others simply discounted the information or placed their faith in a higher power to protect them.

While this could be seen as an unwavering individualism, it also likely represents a lack of trust in their community and in scientific institutions.

This refusal to defer to the authority of experts and institutions reflects the real cost that breakdowns in social cohesion can have on our lives and our communities. It represents a shift from facts to opinion and rumour.

This isn’t to say institutional flaws should be discounted. While there have been scientific hoaxes, fields like climate science are based on consensus. When choosing to trust others, we must weigh the good and bad. While we cannot ignore misconduct, we must not mistake the actions of a minority for the majority.

Discounting information for temporary reassurance or social gains and supplanting it with bravado and confidence will not make us better decision-makers. We live in the age of data. Only accurate information and successful application will improve our lives and protect us in the future. We need experts and institutions to help us put it to use.

Restructuring our institutions

The vain efforts of China and Rome show us that, despite their symbolism, walls will not keep us safe. They are antiquated solutions to contemporary problems. If we want to avoid a Hobbesian nightmare of all against all, we must regain trust in each other and reverence for our institutions.

We need transparency. Legitimate impediments to rebuilding trust must be identified and acknowledged. Structural inequalities still exist that are associated with race and gender. Although these persistent concerns might be the result of explicit biases, they might also reflect institutional inertia. Rather than attempting to justify them, we must understand these dynamics in order to effectively redress these differences.

Our actions and those of our institutions must be open to question. Questions are a healthy and necessary response to a world filled with uncertainty.

The best decisions are not made by conforming to what we believe are the opinions of our group. We must learn the delicate art of civil discourse and practise authentic dissent.

If we do not question ourselves first, others gladly will.

From the inside, this might appear wasteful and inefficient. From the outside, it might have the appearance of widespread dissent and indecision. That’s democracy.

But when viewed in terms of historical time lines, questioning our own beliefs and those of our group can help us make better decisions. Forecasting the future must be done in terms of decades and centuries, not just election cycles. Whenever possible, we must reason by analogy from the past, compare across cultures and buffer ourselves against the inevitability of unknowns.

Casting a vote for a leader is insufficient. We must hold our leaders to account, regardless of whether we voted for them or against them. We must get involved in our communities, because we are inseparable from them.The Conversation

Jordan Richard Schoenherr, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

 

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

 

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OUTAD Desk Mirror Lamp, Intelligent Switch Brightness Rechargeable 3-in-1 LED Lighted Makeup Vanity Mirror Table Lamps H-DL-02 (Blue) $13.99 after 60% off coupon code FORXHJYA,with free shipping from $25
  • MAKEUP MIRROR & Table Lamp 2 in 1 - You never need to buy 2 piece things for these two functions. Mirror surrounded with LED light, intelligent switch, the lamp button, just press to turn on and long press to adjust, brightness memory. Recommend putting it in bedroom, child-room, or living room, it will bring you a peaceful and warm night
  • BUILT-IN 1200MAH RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY - Once full charged and carry it to anywhere you like to put on your makeup, bedroom, bathroom and even you can travel with it as it is assembled, space-saving. Charge it 3 hours in power-off state and then you can enjoy 4 hours wireless
  • FLEXIBLE ROTATION - Rotates to max 180° to obtain best light angle to show your face, easy viewing. Switch makeup mirror to table lamp,
  • ORGANIZER FUNCTION - The base can be served as storage tray for small items, such as lipsticks, lip liners, foundations, concealers and so on. Perfect for small gadgets organization on ladies' vanity table
  • IDEAL GIFT FOR YOUR LOVERS OR FAMILY - It might be a idea gift for someone who you care about, beautiful colors and nice packaged. Pink, White, Mint Green, paint finished 3 colors available. ADD 1 or MORE multi-function MAKEUP MIRRORS to Your Cart Today!

          LESHP 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier 4 Time Setting 8 Color Changing LED Light for Home Office $8.49      Cache   Translate Page      
LESHP 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier 4 Time Setting 8 Color Changing LED Light for Home Office $8.49 after 50% off with coupon code FR6J2W3T, free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Classic Design:With classic wood grain finish, add drops of your favorite essential oil to give your room a fresh, clean scent. The essential oil diffuser will provides pleasant aromas,color-changing mood lighting to create a calm, relaxing environment anywhere.Ideal for your room,office, yoga room, hotel room etc.
  • 7 Color LED Lights Changing:The aromatherapy diffuser emits 7 colorful LED lights, each color has two light options: dim and brighter.Just set a color and change a mood. The soft light could create a calming and romantic atmosphere.
  • 4 Timer Settings: Runs quietly and can also be set to 4 Timer Settings( 60mins/180mins/360mins/on),suitable to your needs.When time is up or there is no water, the aromatherapy essential oil diffuser will turn off automatically.
  • Warm Attention:Outlet should be inserted cord under the maximum voltage.LESHP New wood grain aromatherapy aroma diffuser ultrasonic humidifier.Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life with soothing aromatherapy. Please use 100% natural essential oils.
  • Package:1 x Electric Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser.1 x USB Power Cord.1 x User Manual.Size:3 x 3 x 5inches/7.5 x 7.5 x 12.5cm. Weight: 155g.

          FISOUL Women’s Pleated Polka Dot Dress Empire Waist Casual Midi Dress Loose Swing Dress with Pockets Grey M $7.79      Cache   Translate Page      
FISOUL Women’s Pleated Polka Dot Dress Empire Waist Casual Midi Dress Loose Swing Dress with Pockets Grey M $7.79 after 40% off with coupon code 40UK57MJ, free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Women Dress Material: Cotton, Super soft, Lightweight, Stretchy, Comfortable, Can be easily dress up or dress down
  • Pocket Dress Selling Point: Polka Dot Casual Dress, Flare Pleated Swing Dress, Elastic Waist Dress, T-shirt Dress, Women Dress with Two Side Pockets, Round Hem Loose Swing Dress, Knee Length Midi dress, Loose Fit Casual Dress, Scoop O-Neck, Solid Color, A-line Basic Style
  • Fashion Mix: Strap High Heels / All Style High Heels / Belt / Beach Hat / Sandals / Necklace / Leggings / Sweater Chain / Coat / Also Suit for Any Shoes
  • Knee Length Dress Suitable Occasion : Casual / Beach / Work / Party / Shopping / Vacation / Date / Daily / Office / Prom / Cocktail / All year round
  • Polka Dot Dresses Size : Small(US 4-6), Medium(US 8-10), Large(US 12-14), X-Large(US 16-18), XX-Large(US 20-22)

          iUcar 3W Aluminum LED Light Wall Lamp For Bedroom Bathroom Living Room $3.99      Cache   Translate Page      
iUcar 3W Aluminum LED Light Wall Lamp For Bedroom Bathroom Living Room $3.99 after 75% off with coupon code PYJGFE6P,free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Modern and fashionable,ideal for interior house use,such as hallways, stairwells, restaurants, hotels,ect.
  • Made with high quality aluminum material, more durable and convenient for your daily use.
  • With short circuit protective design,overload protective design can make sure it is safe to use.
  • Warm and soft light give you a good feeling.Size:2.4x3.6x3(Inches).Weight:223g.
  • 100% brand new and high quality.100% money back if you are not satisfied with our product.

          Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 20g Protein, 4g Net Carbs, 170 Cals, High Protein Bars, Low Carb Bars, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 2.1 oz Bar, 12 Count $15.39      Cache   Translate Page      
Quest Nutrition Protein Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 20g Protein, 4g Net Carbs, 170 Cals, High Protein Bars, Low Carb Bars, Gluten Free, Soy Free, 2.1 oz Bar, 12 Count $15.39 when you 'clip' the 25% off coupon and checkout via Subscribe & Save with free shipping
  • Craveable Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored protein bar
  • Made with complete, dairy-based protein isolates
  • 20g protein, 4g net carbs, 1g sugar, 15g fiber per bar
  • No added sugar and keto-friendly protein bar
  • Certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.
  • Box contains 12 Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored Quest Bars

          Stanley STMT81031 Mixed Tool Set (170 Piece) $63.25      Cache   Translate Page      
Stanley STMT81031 Mixed Tool Set (170 Piece) $63.25 with free shipping
  • Tri-fold case with twist lock for improved mobility and secure storage
  • Chrome vanadium forged body for torque, strength and durability
  • Full polish chrome finish for anti-corrosion protection
  • Meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
  • Full lifetime warranty

          TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - 5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Routers for Home, Works with Alexa, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) $52.30      Cache   Translate Page      
TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - 5GHz Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Routers for Home, Works with Alexa, Parental Control&QoS(Archer A7) $52.30 when you 'clip" the $10 off coupon on the product page with free shipping
  • One of routers for wireless internet which works with Alexa, compatible with all Wi-Fi devices, 802.11ac and older
  • Dual band router upgrades to 1750 Mbps high speed internet(450Mbps for 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps for 5GHz), reducing buffering and ideal for 4K stream
  • Long range coverage by 3 external antennas
  • Gigabit router with 4 gigabit LAN ports, fast access to multiple connected wired devices, also ideal as gaming router
  • USB port integrated, not only home router but also media server, easy sharing your USB drive content
  • TP-Link Tether app - Easily set up and remotely manage your home network
  • Industry leading 2-year warranty and FREE 24/7 technical support. Amazon Dedicated Email: Support.Amazon@tp-link.com
  • J.D. Power Ranked TP-Link Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Wireless Routers

          TF-848-MC Tac Force TF-848 Spring Assist Folding Knife, Grey Titanium Straight Edge Blade, Grey Handle, 3.5" Closed $4.48      Cache   Translate Page      
TF-848-MC Tac Force TF-848 Spring Assist Folding Knife, Grey Titanium Straight Edge Blade, Grey Handle, 3.5" Closed $4.48 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Spring assist folding knife offers rapid one-handed deployment, locks securely into place with liner lock
  • 2.75-inch, 2.3 mm thick straight edge stainless steel blade
  • Grey stainless steel handle with titanium coating
  • Pocket clip for easy and safe carry
  • Measures 3.5 inches closed

          DEWALT DWMT73804 Drive Socket Set (34 Piece), 1/4" and 3/8" $19.97      Cache   Translate Page      
DEWALT DWMT73804 Drive Socket Set (34 Piece), 1/4" and 3/8" $19.97 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Locking stackable case with removable inner tray
  • Exceeds ANSI Specifications
  • 72 tooth count ratchet giving a 5 degree arc swing for maneuverability in constricted areas
  • Knurled ring for added control while handling sockets
  • Full Lifetime Warranty

          Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Limited Steelbook Edition) - Xbox One $41.99      Cache   Translate Page      
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Limited Steelbook Edition) - Xbox One $41.99 with free shipping
  • Limited Steelbook Edition includes a Steelbook and three art cards - while supplies last
  • Survive and Thrive In the Deadliest Place on Earth: Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems
  • Become One With the Jungle: Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos
  • Discover Dark and Brutal Tombs: Tombs are more terrifying than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them, and once inside they are filled with deadly puzzles
  • Uncover Living History: Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game;Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Blood and gore, intense violence, strong language

          Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Limited Steelbook Edition) - PlayStation 4 $41.99      Cache   Translate Page      
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Limited Steelbook Edition) - PlayStation 4 $41.99 with free shipping
  • Limited Steelbook Edition includes a Steelbook and three art cards - while supplies last
  • Survive and Thrive In the Deadliest Place on Earth: Master an unforgiving jungle setting in order to survive. Explore underwater environments filled with crevasses and deep tunnel systems
  • Become One With the Jungle: Outgunned and outnumbered, Lara must use the jungle to her advantage. Strike suddenly and disappear like a jaguar, use mud as camouflage, and instill fear in enemies to sow chaos
  • Discover Dark and Brutal Tombs: Tombs are more terrifying than ever before, requiring advanced traversal techniques to reach them, and once inside they are filled with deadly puzzles
  • Uncover Living History: Discover a hidden city and explore the biggest hub space ever found in a Tomb Raider game;Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Blood and gore, intense violence, strong language

          LEGO Classic World Fun 10403 Building Kit (295 Piece) $13.99      Cache   Translate Page      
LEGO Classic World Fun 10403 Building Kit (295 Piece) $13.99 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Features a mix of bright colorful Lego pieces that allow for open-ended creative play, special pieces including wheels, shapes, eyes, plus special edition tile celebrating 60 years of the Lego brick
  • Let your child answer some of the biggest questions in the world with this special edition Lego set
  • Provides varying degrees of building complexity to suit builders of different levels
  • Accessory elements include a trident, pair of flippers, helmet, walkie-talkie, camera, map, flying helmet, chicken leg, glass, ice pop, fish and a snake
  • This special edition fun toy includes 2 minifigures and is suitable for ages 5

          LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41353, New 2018 Edition, Small Building Toys, Christmas Countdown Calendar for Kids (500 Pieces) $21.99      Cache   Translate Page      
LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41353, New 2018 Edition, Small Building Toys, Christmas Countdown Calendar for Kids (500 Pieces) $21.99 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Build and collect 24 festive LEGO Friends gifts in the run up to Christmas
  • This creative toy includes a Santa mini-doll figure plus 4 animal figures
  • 500 pieces - Christmas Advent calendar with toys for boys and girls aged between 6 and 12 and for fans and kids of all ages
  • This LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41353 model building set can be built together with all other original LEGO playsets and LEGO building bricks for creative play
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          Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 12" Cut Length, 10 Sheet Capacity, ClassicCut Lite (9312) $21.49      Cache   Translate Page      
Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 12" Cut Length, 10 Sheet Capacity, ClassicCut Lite (9312) $21.49 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Paper cutter / trimmer offers guillotine cutting of up to 10 sheets at once; 12" cutting length
  • Durable plastic construction makes paper trimmer lightweight and easily portable; alignment grid and dual scale ruler for precise measuring
  • Protective guard rail safety feature plus blade latch hook to lock blade

          Destiny 2: Forsaken - Legendary Collection - Xbox One $39.99      Cache   Translate Page      
Destiny 2: Forsaken - Legendary Collection - Xbox One $39.99 with free shipping
  • Available 9.3.18. Playable 9.4.18 at 10AM PDT
  • Destiny 2
  • Expansion I: Curse of Osiris
  • Expansion II: Warmind
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken

          Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD) $19.99      Cache   Translate Page      
Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD) $19.99 free shipping with Amazon Prime
Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time.
          Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Kit (iPad base included) $39.99      Cache   Translate Page      
Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Kit (iPad base included) $39.99 with free shipping
  • Includes Osmo iPad base needed to play MindRacers and other Osmo games. Base comes with drawing tool Masterpiece and physics challenge Newton.
  • Comes with MindRacers launchpad, 6 Hot Wheels cars, 32 game tokens, car/token storage and an Osmo iPad base. Requires an iPad to play (not included).
  • Onscreen speed calls for real-world dexterity. Use the tokens to Anticipate, React, and Strategize for winning results.
  • Designed for boys and girls 5+

          The Mug With A Glove $18.75      Cache   Translate Page      
The Mug With A Glove $18.75 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • BEWARE: Only products "Sold by" MAX'IS Creations and Maryland China Company are guaranteed genuine. Contact Amazon with any concerns.
  • Play with your food with this baseball mug with an attached glove.
  • Toss marshmallows into cocoa, crackers into soup, or toppings onto ice cream
  • Oversized 16 ounce mug measures 6.5" L x 5" W x 4.5" H
  • Ceramic and dishwasher safe; U.S. Pat No. D755,015

          Sandisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter - 100MB/s U1 A1 - SDSQUAR-064G-GN6MA $14.75      Cache   Translate Page      
Sandisk Ultra 64GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter - 100MB/s U1 A1 - SDSQUAR-064G-GN6MA $14.75 free shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Ideal for Android-based smartphones and tablets
  • Transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s**
  • Rated A1 for faster app performance3 and UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback1
  • Shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and X-ray-proof2. Compatibility :Compatible with microSDHC and microSDXC supporting host devices

          Greenworks 18-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower 25012 with 50-Foot Indoor & Outdoor Extension Cord ECOA010 $129.75      Cache   Translate Page      
Greenworks 18-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower 25012 with 50-Foot Indoor & Outdoor Extension Cord ECOA010 $129.75 with free shipping
  • Powerful 12 Amp Electric Motor delivers enough power to cut through the toughest grass
  • Durable steel 18-Inch cutting deck gets the job done quicker and more efficiently
  • 50 ft. extension cord
  • 14 gauge cord

          Costa Farms Jumbo-Mini Haworthia - Echeveria Live Succulent Plants, Grower Choice Assortment, Fully Rooted, Ships in 2.5-Inch Grower Pot, 18-Pack, Fresh From Our Farm $35.99      Cache   Translate Page      
Costa Farms Jumbo-Mini Haworthia - Echeveria Live Succulent Plants, Grower Choice Assortment, Fully Rooted, Ships in 2.5-Inch Grower Pot, 18-Pack, Fresh From Our Farm $35.99 with free shipping
  • Costa Farms unique succulents are hand-picked by grower. Each package contains 18 Jumbo Mini, healthy, Premium quality echeveria and haworthia succulents
  • Each vary in shape, size and texture. Costa Farms succulents are approximately 3-inches wide, well-rooted in soil in a 2.5in grower pot, considered jumbo for a Mini succulent
  • Each are individually, carefully well-pack with design tissue paper and extra packaging for safe delivery
  • Great for DIY projects, party favors, wedding décor or simply drop into planter of choice, great for gifts
  • Grows Best in a spot with bright light, water lightly, every 10 days or so

          Weekend Fun: Fall Fest, Rainbow Fish, South Jersey Pumpkin Show      Cache   Translate Page      

All aboard trains, planes, and automobiles on this super-busy mid-October weekend! Hop on a Pumpkin Train in Flemington, or take a nighttime Haunted Express through Allaire State Park if you're up for something a little spookier. Little ones will love riding through Storybook Land on a fright-free Happy Hayride. Opportunities for all kinds of vehicle exploration this weekend include fire trucks, planes, and police cars.

Crisp fall weather is on its way (we hear), so advantage of the cooler temps at outdoor celebrations, including Ringwood's Harvest Fest, South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival, Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival, and Thompson Park Day. Hang out at theme parks in all their fall glory at events like Diggerland's Diggerfest and Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including 60+ Free Things to Do in New Jersey in October, and find all kinds of seasonal events, from parades to pumpkin displays, in our Halloween Guide.

Look to our event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the know!

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          Binance Delists Four Coins (BCN, CHAT, TRIG, ICN) for Four VERY Different Reasons… We Investigated Why      Cache   Translate Page      

The most popular cryptocurrency exchange in the world, Binance, sent out a blog post this morning saying they are delisting 4 coins. (BCN, CHAT, TRIG, ICN) I decided to do some digging myself into the potential reasons for these delistings. Each of the 4 projects became delisted for a different reason, and Binance didn’t explicitly […]

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          Registries Agent - Alberta Motor Association - Sherwood Park, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
You might say that our ideal candidate is part detective, part problem-solver and part psychic – in other words, you enjoy digging deep to seek out answers...
From Alberta Motor Association - Thu, 27 Sep 2018 02:32:44 GMT - View all Sherwood Park, AB jobs
          GARDEN FAIRY...Custom Printable Birthday Invitations...by KM Thomas Designs Item 119 by KMThomasDesigns      Cache   Translate Page      

15.00 USD

Thank you for taking a look at my designs. I have over 300 designs available in my shop and love custom orders! Be sure to check them all out. http://www.etsy.com/shop/kmthomasdesigns

♥ ♥ ♥ Complete your Party! ♥ ♥ ♥
Matching party accessories in the Digger theme can be found
here: http://etsy.me/1eWi3wt

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♥ Send an email to thomas.krysta [!at] yahoo.com containing:
-text/wording for your card
-picture(s) (depending on layout)

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♥ You will receive a proof via e-mail within the current turn around
(All vacation or delays will be announced in our shop announcements)

♥ We can make revisions until you are absolutely satisfied.

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If you chose the Digital File option:
♥ Once you approve the proof, you can take it or upload it to any photo finisher
or print shop (Target, Wal-Mart, Snapfish, etc.) you'd like to have prints made.
{Envelopes are available for purchase here: http://etsy.me/1eNJbxM }

If you chose the Printing Option:
♥ Once you approve the proof, we will take care of printing and you will receive your
cards and envelopes via priority mail (within the time frame stated in our shop
announcements)


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          Heavy Equipment Operator - COP Construction LLC - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
A COP heavy equipment operator assists the crew by digging trenches using trench boxes, hoisting material, tools, equipment, and any related work with front-end... $28 an hour
From COP Construction LLC - Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:01:15 GMT - View all Sheridan, WY jobs
          World Mental Health Day: 'How running has helped me' - BBC News      Cache   Translate Page      

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World Mental Health Day: 'How running has helped me'
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          MB3 182b: Dragging a Chair on Shabbos (337:1)      Cache   Translate Page      

The melacha of plowing is to make the land ready for planting. Filling in a hole or smoothing out land is considered plowing, doing so inside the house is a Toldah of plowing. It applies even if it’s not designated for plowing. Digging a hole on Shabbos to use the hole itself is a דאורייתא. […]

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          3 Process Roadblocks and How to Steer Around Them      Cache   Translate Page      

Not many people get excited when talking about process.

But while things like workflows and standard operating procedures might not seem particularly flashy or thrilling, we all reap the benefits of a reliable process. Of course, no matter how well you grease the wheels, things don't go as expected. That roadblock or bottleneck not only threatens to throw everything off track, but it also drastically slows down your progress.

According to a recent Workplace Knowledge and Productivity Survey of 1,000 Americans, employees spend eight hours each week—that's one full workday—searching for information or reworking inefficient processes.

So you can't have just any process in place. If you want to reap the benefits, you need an efficient and effective process. How can you make sure that your own processes aren't quietly sabotaging your team's success? Keep your eye out for these common (yet sneaky) project management roadblocks, and then implement this advice to circumvent them.

First Things First: Document Your Process

A process isn't really a process if it isn't documented—until then, it's more of a suggestion. Yet according to the 2016 State of Business Process Management Report, only four percent of companies "always" document their processes.

Putting your standard procedures in writing is helpful for numerous reasons:

  • It makes it easier to onboard new team members, as they can reference those processes when they're getting up to speed.
  • It ensures consistency, since everyone is adhering to the same written steps.
  • It makes roadblocks and other potential areas of confusion more apparent.

So, how should you go about documenting your existing processes? There are two effective methods to do so.

1. Input/action/output chart

If you have fewer and more linear processes, the input/action/output chart is a good tactic for you. The chart gives you a view of what's being done, who is responsible for which step, and how steps are linked to each other.

The chart has three columns (you guessed it—input, action, and output). The input column lists what is being done, the action column lists who is responsible for that task, and the output column lists the outcome of that task.

Here's a simple example of what this chart looks like:

Example of input action output chart

2. Process mapping

If your team has more complicated processes and projects, that linear breakdown won't serve you as well.

Process mapping is more advanced. You start by creating an inventory of your current projects and deliverables. Next, prioritize these items based on their impact. From there, you outline processes by identifying their triggers (starting points) and deliverables (end points). With those in place, you list out the specific steps that get you from the starting point to the end point.

Regardless of which method you use, the important thing is to get your processes documented. That allows you to anticipate roadblocks and proactively take steps to avoid them entirely.

What sort of roadblocks? Let's cover three that sneak up on teams—even when they believe they have efficient processes in place.

Process Roadblock #1: Project Dependencies

Four fists touching over desk

You don't get all of your projects completed in a vacuum—certain ones require support from other teams or departments to get them across the finish line.

If you've failed to flag these places and get buy-in from those teams early on in the process (or they fail to deliver on those necessary dependencies), everything is thrown off track. It's the dreaded domino effect. It only takes one misstep or missed deadline for the whole thing to fall apart.

For example, you're planning a marketing campaign for an upcoming product launch. The content team was supposed to have the social media captions drafted days ago, but they're behind. Now the design team can't move forward with the graphics until they have the copy, and the social team can't get anything queued up until they have those materials in their inbox.

That one seemingly small delay has sent the entire campaign into a nosedive.

Steer around this roadblock

When dependencies are the norm (particularly when you're working on integrated or cross-functional projects), avoiding this domino effect may seem impossible. But there are a few strategies to keep everybody accountable.

1. Bake kickoff meetings into the beginning of every process. Every cross-functional project should begin with a kickoff meeting so everybody is on the same page about expectations and has a chance to ask any questions.

Confusion only compounds confusion—which means you want everybody clear on the goals and what's needed to accomplish them right out of the gate. Having that overarching view can increase team members' sense of accountability and keep them on track for their individual tasks.

2. Align your priorities. Every team is busy, and they all have their own pressing to-dos. If the dependencies for this project aren't as important to other teams as they are to you, they'll continue to get pushed to the backburner.

In the kickoff meeting, make sure to emphasize not only what needs to happen and by when, but also why it matters. This will reinforce the importance of those tasks for other teams.

3. Use Gantt charts. Gantt charts are a great way to visually plot all of those task dependencies. Not only will they keep you organized, but they also give you and any other stakeholders a better understanding of how one delay can affect the entire project.

4. Share calendars. Increased visibility helps greatly. By sharing calendars, you can see if and when something is lagging on another team's schedule (and drop in with a friendly reminder). Additionally, calendar access means you'll get a feel for whether or not that team is overloaded with other projects that might make it challenging for them to complete a dependency on time. You can take steps to mitigate that delay right away, rather than chasing your own tail.

5. Automate reminders. No one wants to be the team nag, so use an automated workflow to send reminders to your team about tasks and deadlines, either by sharing calendar events in your collaboration app or automatically creating calendar events for all of your tasks.

Process Roadblock #2: Endless Feedback Loops

Speech bubbles over lots of people

You get to the end of a project and breathe a sigh of relief. You're almost finished—all that's left to do is get final approval and then wash your hands of it once and for all. But the feedback step can be one of the most difficult parts of the process. Things get stalled because stakeholders don't agree or they don't realize that the ball's in their court.

More often than not, project owners are left to consolidate dozens of different email threads and conflicting feedback and decide on their own who actually has the final say. It's inefficient and ultimately adds a lot of unnecessary stress to your team.

Steer around this roadblock

You still need feedback and approvals, but they don't need to result in chaos and confusion. The trick is to have an orderly approach, so everybody knows when they need to step in, as well as who has the final say on a project.

1. Clearly define roles and responsibilities. It's important that you have clearly defined roles and responsibilities on your team. This matters during every part of the process, but particularly when you reach the approval stage. This way there's no disagreement over who's providing feedback on what and who gives the final go-ahead.

Try one of these popular frameworks to get clear on responsibilities and maintain accountability.

2. Ditch email. There's nothing more frustrating than managing conflicting email threads while having to run back and forth to relay messages. Move away from email for feedback and approvals, and instead keep feedback and related discussions in one centralized location.

With everything in one spot, everybody has visibility into what's already been discussed and decided—without anyone taking on the daunting task of being the messenger.

One easy way to centralize all your information is with an automated workflow. Zapier can automatically send all emails on the topic to whatever collaboration app you choose:

3. Schedule feedback and approval time. The feedback process becomes even more stressful when you're in a time crunch. Too many companies forget about this step entirely and end up scrambling to secure approval and meet a deadline. Remember, the project isn't over just because the first draft, mockup, or prototype is completed, so give yourself some breathing room by building a feedback buffer into your standard project timeline.

4. Enforce deadlines. There's nothing worse than having to chase down feedback. When your messages go unanswered, it's tough to know whether that person is ignoring your requests or if they just don't have anything to add to the conversation.

Rely on this handy phrase: If I don't hear from you by…

It instills a sense of urgency if that person really does have input to offer. And if they don't? You gave yourself an out to move forward without hearing from them.

Process Roadblock #3: Ad Hoc Requests

You're happily working on a project. Everything is on schedule, and you're powering through your different to-dos. Suddenly, fire alarms start going off. A last minute project falls into your lap, and you have to scramble to take care of it.

You have no choice but to leave what you're supposed to be working on for another day. Your own priorities and projects are put on hold in order to accommodate this urgent request, which will only snowball into more problems and delays for your other projects.

Not only do these ad hoc requests pull you away from your team's goals and priorities, they're also incredibly stressful and can lead to burnout for your employees.

Steer around this roadblock

Last minute requests aren't completely avoidable. Things happen—it's the nature of the working world. However, there are some steps you can take to make the process a little less stressful and ensure you aren't consistently held up by these fire drills.

1. Require formal requests. Institute an approval process. When people need something from you or your team, they can fill out a request form.

This can be a simple form or templated brief. It should include:

  • What the request is
  • Who it's for
  • Why it matters
  • Any other relevant background information or context

This established request process helps you manage timelines and resources better—since you'll have more notice and the necessary details right off the bat. It should also include how far in advance requests should be made, so people get in the habit of asking for project assistance in advance (rather than in the eleventh hour).

2. Ask for the right information. Beyond the details you'll need to complete the task, also inquire how these requests tie to larger business goals and objectives. If the person making the request can't immediately point to how they align, dig deeper. Is the request really necessary or as urgent as it's made out to be?

Digging into this information can help you eliminate any work that isn't actually needed, while also empowering you to prioritize more accurately.

3. Give yourself some wiggle room. When building out processes and timelines for projects that are planned out and already on your radar, factor in some breathing room. That way, if and when any last minute requests come up, you have a little bandwidth to play with—rather than sacrificing your own project's progress and deadline entirely.

4. Learn to say no. There will be some requests that you simply can't turn down. But when you find yourself in a situation where there's no way to meet a request, don't be afraid to turn it down—or, at the very least, institute more realistic expectations. Remember, somebody else's lack of planning does not need to equate to your emergency.

Refining Your Processes Over Time

Keeping an eye out for these roadblocks and accounting for them within your processes certainly helps. But it's important to note that your processes aren't a "set it and forget it" sort of thing. Processes are living, breathing, evolving guidelines for how work should be done. They're never perfect or final, and they can—and should—change along with your team and your goals.

This means that you need to make process optimization an ongoing priority and activity. Otherwise, you'll be dealing with another common roadblock: processes that are outdated or irrelevant. Revisit your team's processes on a regular basis to ensure the information is as up-to-date as possible.

And make sure to listen closely to your team. If there are steps that they're frequently complaining about, that's something you can work on refining immediately—rather than waiting until something breaks down or runs off the rails.


Creating and maintaining solid processes and dealing with roadblocks takes time, energy, and focus. But the benefits far outweigh the effort. Efficient and effective processes remove a lot of headaches for you and your team, even if they require a certain amount of upfront and continued commitment.

To recap, keep your projects running as smoothly as possible by doing the following:

  • Documenting all of your processes
  • Firming up dependencies ahead of time with other teams and departments
  • Defining roles and responsibilities to avoid endless feedback loops
  • Creating a formal request form
  • Refining your processes over time

Do these things, and your team will consistently turn out awesome projects—without a ton of unnecessary hassle and stress.

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          Review: The Island of El Dorado:: [Review] The Island of El Dorado -- Not enough strategy for heavy gamers, and too much luck for even light gamers. "A game that appeals to everyone, but satisfies no one."      Cache   Translate Page      

by n3burgener

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Note that the first two paragraphs summarize what the game is about and how it's played, so if you're already familiar with that then you can skip ahead to the paragraphs with bold text for my opinionated analysis (ie, the review portion of this review). I've bolded certain lines of text to faciliate "TL;DR" skim-throughs, essentially highlighting topic statements and important thoughts, but you can also skip to the last few paragraphs if you just want the summary.

Also note that this review was originally posted on my blog, where I mostly review video games, but occasionally also board games.

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The Island of El Dorado (by Daniel Aronson) is a tile-laying exploration board game for 2-4 players (60-90 minutes) in which players are 16th century explorers discovering the island of El Dorado and competing to be the first to lay claim to all four shrines, which is said to grant the explorer access to untold wealth and power. A typical turn goes through a two-step process of first rolling two dice to determine how many spaces you can move your explorer as well as how many resources you produce at the beginning of your turn, and then going through your “explore phase” in which you move your explorer and/or villagers (who serve double-duty as both army units for combat as well as workers for resource-production) and spend resources to build structures, recruit more villagers, or give offerings to shrines. Players may also confront each other in direct combat by moving their explorer or army figures onto another player's space, rolling dice based on each player's total strength in the battle to determine a victor. Three of the shrines can be found scattered around the island, but the fourth is hidden inside a cave that must be explored separately, and which also houses assorted monsters and dangerous encounters. The first player to control all four shrines wins the game.

In practice, The Island of El Dorado plays like a cross between The Settlers of Catan and Risk, with a tile-laying exploration element like Betrayal at House on the Hill or Escape: Curse of the Temple where you build the map as you play. As a game with relatively light, simple rules and a high degree of luck, it's intended to be more of a family-weight game for families and more casual gamers, though the designer has since published rules for a "Hardcore Mode" intended for more strategic gamers who dislike how much of a factor luck plays in the standard rules. I backed the first Kickstarter because I hoped it would serve as a more pleasant alternative to Catan, since it fits in the same weight class and has so many superficial similarities (plus, I'm a sucker for exploration games) but I find that I just don't like it very much, or at least not with any of the current rules. Even for a family-weight game, the luck element is just too prevalent in this game, and I feel like it runs too long for such a simple, luck-dependent game. The "Hardcore Mode" rules help, but I have some issues with those, too. The bulk of this review will deal with the standard rules, and then I'll discuss the "Hardcore Mode" rules separately.

My biggest issue with the standard rules is that pretty much everything in this game is random: how many spaces you can move per turn is random, how many resources you can gather per turn is random, how the board shapes up is random, where the shrines appear is random, what you encounter in the cave is random, how you win battles is random, and so on. It's so random that practically no amount of strategy will help you win, because so much of it comes down to random luck in terms of who can get to the shrines first, and who can win key battles. So many times in this game I've felt like I had a great plan for my turn, only to roll the dice and get stuck with low rolls that prevent me from doing much of anything, or I confidently move in to attack someone with a vastly superior army and lose because I rolled poorly on the dice. I've had players win because they were the ones constantly discovering the shrines while everyone else was discovering nothing in the opposite direction and having to waste turns moving back into position just to catch up. And every single game I've played came down to a situation where a single roll of the dice or a single tile draw (both of which you have very little to no control over as a player) was the only thing separating three or more players from first place.



A three-player game in progress.


Every game follows roughly the same pattern; players take turns exploring the island until they find a good spot to set up a farmhouse and/or until they discover a shrine, then players take turns building up their pool of resources and moving to give offerings to shrines, then once a player has all or most of the island shrines and a big enough army they go into the cave to try to find the cave shrine, which is the most important one since it grants its owner +2 strength in combat (as opposed to +1 for the other three shrines) and is the only one with exclusive ownership -- whereas multiple players can share control of the normal shrines, only one player can ever possess the cave shrine at a time, passing it to someone else if their explorer is defeated. And since finding the cave shrine requires you to (likely) fight assorted monsters, it's a task better saved for later in the game after you've gained combat strength through other shrine offerings, and/or by stockpiling enough resources that you can give up on resource production and take your villagers into the cave with you as an army. Typically, the winner is whoever discovers the cave shrine first, or whoever defeats the cave shrine possessor in combat.

It seems like every game I play, everyone ends up roughly neck-and-neck towards the finish line, with all players controlling three of the four shrines and needing just one more to win. That sounds like a good thing, since that means the players are all fairly evenly matched and everyone should feel like they're in it for the whole game (no one's ever so far behind that they can't catch up, or no one's the clear runaway leader), but here's the problem: when everyone is that close at the end of the game, all it takes is a small bit of random luck to swing a victory. Usually, in the games I've played, the person who wins is the player who got the luckiest at the very end of the game; someone wanders into the cave and happens to find the last shrine without ever having to fight any tough cave dwellers and wins the game, or someone rolls better results in combat thus taking the cave shrine from its current owner and wins the game, or someone rolls better results in combat and thus has an unchallenged path to their final shrine and wins the game. Consequently, most games tend to end rather abruptly and anticlimactically, with players often feeling like they didn't do anything to earn or deserve their outcome.

"King-making" can play a role in the end-game, since a player out of contention can potentially choose the victor depending on whom they attack in the final rounds, while "bash the leader" also comes into play, since players are basically forced to target a specific player if someone's making a strong push for their final shrine just to prevent another player from winning. On the one hand, that's kind of exciting having to react to other players and make a last ditch effort to stop someone else, but on the other hand it gets kind of tedious when all you're really doing is prolonging the game just so you can keep knocking each other around until someone gets lucky on a critical dice roll or tile draw. And it's not like these are deep, interesting, tactical decisions you're making -- in these instances, you're reacting to the game state and doing essentially what the game mandates must be done in order for you to continue having a chance to win. "This doesn't really help me, but I need to move over here and fight this player just to prevent them from winning" isn't a very satisfying decision to me, especially when the outcome is determined almost entirely through a single dice roll over which I have no influence, other than bringing a larger army so I can roll more dice and hopefully roll better results than my opponent.



Blue rolls a 5 on three dice, white rolls a 4 on five dice.


Combat is particularly egregious when it comes to random luck, largely because there's no real strategy, but also because the dice are so highly variable. The game uses regular six-sided dice (numbered 1-6) to determine your movement and production points each turn, but uses Betrayal at House on the Hill dice for combat (sides numbered 0,0,1,1,2,2). While that lower range of numbers should help in theory to keep the variance to a minimum, you have the same chance on every die of rolling a 0 or a 2, and when you're only rolling 3-4 dice it's not uncommon for one player to roll a couple 0's while the other rolls a couple 2's. If two players are committing the same (or similar) strength to a fight and they're therefore rolling a similar number of dice, then it's pure random luck who wins.

Your only way to influence the outcome of the fight is to simply bring a bigger army so that you can roll more dice, but the fact that you can still roll blanks doesn't guarantee a better roll -- adding more dice to the pool raises the ceiling of your roll, but not the floor. With the 001122 dice, if you're rolling four dice against your opponent's two dice, then your results can range anywhere from 0-8, versus their roll of 0-4; if you roll slightly below average, you score a 3, and if they roll slightly above average, they score a 3, and you'd tie, meaning that all it takes is a slight difference in a random dice roll to determine a victor. If the dice had sides of, say, 112233 instead, then you'd be rolling between 4-12, versus their 2-6; if you roll slightly below average, you score a 7, and if they roll slightly above average, they score a 5, meaning that rolling more dice would actually reward you with generally better results, and it would take more extreme rolls to swing the outcome. You could, alternatively, achieve the same results by adding your strength to your final roll, which is a rule I might consider implementing in the future.

The production dice aren’t much better, since a random dice roll determines basically how good your turn is going to be. Roll high and you can produce a ton of resources and swoop across the board to fight someone or lay claim to a shrine; roll low and you can’t do much of anything and feel like you basically just lost a turn. While it’s true that dice rolls will generally average out over a period of time, they’re still vulnerable to good or bad streaks where a player might get multiple good or bad rolls in a row, and it’s not fun to spend multiple turns rolling nothing but 1's and 2's while someone else consistently lands on the upper half of the dice rolls. The official “less random” variant for your production roll helps a bit (instead of rolling 2d6, players roll 1d6 and use the face-up side and the face-down side as the two results, so that you always have a sum total of seven points on your turn; the dice just determine the ratio), but you still run into issues where you’re like “man I really need a five or a six this turn” or “a four and a three would be an ideal combo” and you just don’t get the results you need, thereby throwing a bit of a wrench in your plans. And even then, you’re still stuck with the even worse combat dice.



The final layout of a two-player game.


Losing just a single battle can have pretty dire consequences, and can knock you completely out of the game if it happens at the right time. Pretty much every session I've played had the victor determined by whomever won the last combat, because it either gave them the victory right then and there or left a clear path for them to reach victory. When you lose a fight, all of your villagers in the battle die, you lose half of your resources, and your explorer gets moved to somewhere of the winner's choosing, usually the most remote space on the opposite side of the board. If you had any structures attached to that space (like a farmhouse necessary for resource production) then they will likely destroy it, too. So, if your home base of operations just got attacked and you lose the dice roll by a single point, then you lose practically all of your pieces on the board, plus half the cards in your hand, and have to rebuild everything with now fewer resources than you had, in a remote corner of the board far away from everything else. It’s not completely crippling because buildings and villagers are pretty cheap to produce, but it effectively sets you back several turns and that can be enough to knock you out if it's near the end of the game, when you might not have enough turns left to get back into it.

I just played a two-player game, for instance, where we went from being tied at two shrines a piece midway through the race to me losing in the span of two turns. I had just found the cave shrine (putting me at two shrines), and my opponent (who had both of the revealed island shrines) decided to camp on the cave entrance and form a blockade, forcing me to attack him to get out. I did so on my turn and lost the fight, purely due to bad luck (we were both rolling eight dice, the maximum we could commit to the fight), and thus lost the cave shrine to my opponent (putting me at one of four shrines and him at three of four) plus all my pieces on the board and half of my resources. On the very next turn, he went exploring and stumbled upon the final island shrine, and had enough resources on hand to give an offering then and there, ending the game in a sudden victory (for him). And there was nothing I could do about it, because I had lost pretty much everything in that one fight. He felt like it was a hollow victory, and we both agreed it was stupid that we went from being tied roughly halfway through the race to me losing, all in the span of 30 seconds, all because of one random dice roll and one random tile draw.

The reason I get so hung up on the highly random combat dice is that it feels like you have no control over the outcome, and that's generally a bad feeling to have in a game. I understand that it's supposed to make the game more family-friendly, since the luck aspect should balance the playing field over time and give less experienced or less strategic players a chance of winning, even when they'd realistically be completely out-matched, but losing a game because of random dice rolls is really deflating, and winning because of them devalues the victory. We played a game where one player went undefeated in every fight he was involved in, despite the fact that the other player and I were consistently rolling more dice than him (sometimes twice as many), and so we were constantly bereft of resources and never in a good position on the board, while he had an overabundance of resources and practically free-roam of the board -- all because of random luck. I've played all ten or so of my sessions with relatively light gamers who’re only used to games like Catan and Ticket to Ride, and even they complained to me about how random everything felt, and how much of a role luck plays in winning.



Explorer cards are all double-sided for 10 unique explorers.


The asymmetric explorer abilities may not be fully balanced, either. While they all seem to have interesting abilities and I generally enjoy trying a different character and making their ability work to my strategy, I've found some to be just more useful than others. Tizoc's free food and Victoria's extra starting resources come in handy early on, but then give you practically zero benefit in the second half of the game. Emma's ability to look at and rearrange the top three island tiles gives her more control of exploration, but only really comes in handy on rare occasions when she draws an ocean or shrine tile. Stella's +1 speed seems pretty nice, but I sometimes find myself not using my full movement because I want to end my turn on a certain terrain or don't want to stray too far from my army, in which case the extra movement is wasted. When playing as William, I found that I rarely needed to use his discounted exchange rate. And so, in a game with as much chaotic dice rolling as El Dorado, I usually find myself wanting to play as Nicolas (or is it Nicholas? It's printed two different ways on the player board and in the manual) or Pedro, the two characters who give you benefits to dice-rolling.

I feel like the game suffers a bit from "Betrayal at House on the Hill Syndrome," where the quality of each individual session and therefore the amount of fun players can have can vary wildly depending on how the board happens to shape up. Sometimes you end up producing interesting maps with tactical bottlenecks between shrines, where players are encouraged to set up defensive blockades and have to plan their movements more meticulously, and other times the shrines all appear right next to each other and it ends up being a quick skirmish where someone jumps out to a quick lead and then the game ends. Sometimes everything lays out conveniently for one player and does no favors for anyone else, or other times someone goes into the cave and randomly finds the cave shrine in one of the first tiles, abruptly winning the game in an unsatisfying anticlimax. Point is, some games just end up being better or worse than others, largely due to random elements, and while the good games can be fairly decent the bad games have little to no redeeming value. At least with bad games of Betrayal you get a unique scenario you haven’t seen before, and maybe some kind of memorable story, but with El Dorado you get basically the exact same game but with less fun.

Despite whatever strategy you may think you have going into the game, all players have the exact same objective (be the first to claim all four shrines) and have to go through the exact same steps (deliver two of each resource to all three of the island shrines, and either find or steal the cave shrine) to achieve that goal. Consequently, there aren't a lot of decisions to make in this game, and the few that exist all lead directly to very short-term, surface-level goals. That is to say, decisions and gameplay mechanisms don't really lead to branching strategies where players might try to do different things to win the game in different ways, because everyone's forcibly railroaded into very similar strategies, and whether or not you win largely comes down to circumstances beyond your control -- random dice rolls and random tile draws. Compare this to, say, Viticulture, which isn't that much heavier than El Dorado in terms of rules complexity or total length; while everyone has the same objective of "be the first to reach 20 victory points," Viticulture gives you a lot of different ways to earn points, so when things don't go your way you have other options to fall back on. Not to mention, it allows you to go into the game with different long-term and short-term strategies that could vary from game to game, because it gives you a lot more choices about how to play the game and how to achieve your goals. El Dorado, in contrast, says "play the game in this exact way, and if that doesn't work then try again and hope for better results."



Green and blue are both producing all three types of resources.


Besides combat and exploration, there’s also a light economic element with building structures, recruiting villagers, and managing resources, almost like an engine-building game. Unfortunately, like everything else in the game, this dimension of gameplay feels incredibly shallow and underwhelming. Setting up your economy is as simple as building one farmhouse and recruiting a handful of villagers onto adjacent tiles, and that’s all you need to do for the entire game, which can be accomplished in one or two turns. This process can be expedited even further by finding one of the garden tiles, which count as "wild" and produce all three resources on a single tile, meaning you only ever need to commit a single villager to produce any and all resources you could ever need. If no one ever attacks your farm, then it just sits there the entire time passively collecting resources. So, it’s not really engine-building since your economy doesn’t progressively evolve over the course of the game, which is fine I guess for a light, simple, family-weight game, but there’s no real satisfaction to setting up your economy because there aren’t any extra layers of decision-making going into it -- your economy is perpetually in a binary of state of either existing or not existing, which isn't very exciting and feels like a missed opportunity to do something more engaging with the gameplay.

Meanwhile, there’s no limit to the amount of resources you can have at any time (ie, a hand limit) so the whole process of gathering resources only usually matters in the early stages of the game, because after a while people will start accumulating so many excessive resources that production no longer becomes as necessary, and also because certain resources become progressively less useful as the game goes on. Food is basically only used to recruit villagers, and wood is basically only used to build farmhouses. These resources are only used sporadically after the early stages of the game, if you lose your farm or your villagers (or still have a shrine offering to give), making gold the only resource with any late game value since you have to spend gold to move your army, and it’s usually being spent in large quantities to move your army greater distances. Not to mention its usefulness in building forts, which are perhaps more important in the second half of the game when there's usually more combat. Decision-making, therefore, is further reduced to a single dimension because after a certain point there’s practically no reason to take anything other than gold.

And because there’s no hand limit, it’s entirely possible for a particular resource to be completely drained from the supply, with one or two players hoarding all of them, leaving you with no way to gain those resources except by beating someone in combat (which might not be possible if you don’t have any gold to move your army) and hoping they choose to give you whatever resource you need (likely gold), which they might not even have to give if they have enough other useless resources lying around (likely gained from another player they beat in combat). In one game, a player decided to turtle up in a remote corner of the map and spent half the game slowly taking the entire gold supply until eventually she had practically all of it, leaving hardly any gold for me or the other player to move our armies, which then put us at a severe disadvantage trying to take it from her because we couldn't bring our armies with us. In another game we somehow drained the entire supply of food, and so the player with the explorer ability to gain one free food at the start of every turn went several turns in a row gaining no benefit from his explorer ability. Maybe this is an intended strategy and it’s all just a part of the gameplay (because maybe it promotes combat, or encourages trading between players), but it just seems like a weird oversight to me, especially since the "Hardcore Mode" rules aim to "fix" this problem by implementing a hand limit.



All three shrines randomly ended up right next to each other.


With the "Hardcore Mode" rules, players have a hand limit of 10 cards, which I kind of like because it makes the decision about what resources to take more interesting, since you not only need to think about how many you need, but how many you can hold. It forces you to plan at least one turn ahead, most of the time, and puts you in situations where you have to decide between holding on to enough resources to give a shrine offering, or holding on to a bunch of gold so that you can move your armies and re-roll dice in combat. Using gold to re-roll combat dice is another nice change, since it gives you more decisions to make during a fight, and adds a bit of a "push your luck" element to the gameplay -- you can re-roll as many dice as you want, spending one gold per die, but you only get one re-roll, so do you re-roll those 1's that could possibly turn up as 0's? I also like how the attacker has to complete their roll (and possible re-roll) before the defender even takes their first roll, because then you have that thought process of "my roll is pretty high, what're the odds he can roll better than me? Should I bother to re-roll anything at all?" (This, by the way, makes gold even more valuable, which is a bit questionable since it was already far and away the most valuable resource in the game.)

The third major change in "Hardcore Mode" is that you don't roll dice to determine movement and production; you're simply allotted six "points" to spend either way; you get to choose exactly how many you spend moving or producing, giving you a lot more strategic control over your turns. Finally, each player gets assigned one of the shrine tiles at the start of the game and gets to choose where they place it, as long as they do so within three turns, guaranteeing that each player will at least have an equal opportunity to discover a shrine, rather than possibly being burned wasting turns exploring and finding nothing. Besides that, a minor tweak of "Hardcore Mode" is to shuffle the cave shrine into the bottom half of the cave stack so that players are more likely to have to encounter cave dwellers, and will have to actually explore part of the cave to find the cave shrine.

These are all positive changes that I enjoy since they help reduce the extreme randomness and make the game a little more strategic, but in practice I still have issues with them. My biggest gripe is that the hardcore rules inflate the total playtime even further, since the hand limit now forces you to spend multiple turns doing something that might've only taken one turn previously in addition to having to spend more time thinking and planning out future turns. Other things like re-rolling dice in combat and having to explore at least half of the cave add extra time taking more actions and also calculating odds in one's head, and each player getting to choose where to place a shrine almost guarantees they'll all get placed on opposite corners of the board creating a larger, more spread-out island. The game ran about 90 minutes or more in a three player game with just the base rules, which was already a little too long for what was supposed to be a family/gatewaty game, and the hardcore rules turned it into a two hour game with a group already experienced with the basic rules, and that's simply too long for this kind of game even if the "Hardcare Mode" is supposed to make it more of a "gamer's game." It's still the same game and it still comes down to "who can roll the best in the final moments." So while I like the intention of the hardcore rules, I think they're a bit of a mixed bag, and if I continue to play El Dorado in the future I'll probably pick and choose what rules I use and may even house-rule a few things.



Exploring the cave and encountering the thieves.


The rule book is pretty bad, by the way, at actually explaining the rules. The garden tile isn’t even mentioned in the rule book, except in a graphic summary on the back cover of the rules, which doesn't even clarify how it functions. Can it produce multiple different types of resources at once, or do you choose only one type to produce that turn? The rules for building a fort specify that it must be built on a corner between three tiles adjacent to your explorer where all three adjacent tiles are "unoccupied," but your explorer "occupies" the tile he's on, so clearly that's an exception that isn't mentioned anywhere in the rules, but what about your villagers? Can you build a fort on a tile if it's "occupied" by your own villagers, or is it only opponent pieces "occupying" spaces that blocks building? If you lose a fight to a cave dweller, you're supposed to shuffle the cave dweller back into the cave stack, but it doesn't say what to do with your explorer; does it follow normal combat rules between players where you get moved back to a shrine you control, or do you move back one hex to your previous tile, like in the explanation for what happens in the event of a tie? The thieves are found inside the cave, but they have their own entry in the rules, separate from the “cave dwellers” entry so are they technically cave dwellers and do they follow the rules for cave dwellers? Can there be more than two people in a fight, and if so, how does that work?

Other rules just don't make intuitive sense. Farmhouses are listed as having 1 strength, but for some reason they don’t add their strength to combat on adjacent tiles, so players constantly get hung up on the fact that “well my farmhouse is there, why isn’t it part of the combat? Why does the player board even list a strength value if it doesn't participate in combat?" The “move army” action is particularly confusing, since it says that armies can move "to an adjacent tile" out of turn, but must be done "after any explorer or army movement" but "before an opponent buys offerings, buildings, or villagers." The timing here is incredibly vague; if an opponent is moving their explorer multiple spaces, do I have to wait for them to finish an entire movement or can I basically interrupt their turn, but only if they interrupt their own movement to do something? How is movement even defined in this context? If they're going to build something, do I have to move my army before they actually declare a build action, or do I wait for them to say "I'm building something" and then go "Actually, before you do that, I'm moving my army and attacking you"? Whose action takes priority in that case? Can you spend multiple gold to move your army multiple spaces at a time, or are you restricted to moving your armies at a one-to-one ratio with your opponent's movement?



A congested map in a four-player game.


I'd watched a few video overviews and a full playthrough and thus thought I had a pretty good understanding of everything, but then became immensely confused when reading the actual rules for the first time, and even more so when playing for the first time, because so many things either weren't explained clearly, or didn't make intuitive sense, or weren't covered at all. The above examples are just some of the more egregious ones; there are plenty more to be found in the rule book, which I'm not sure was ever blind-tested. The rule book seems to assume you already know things about how the game works, and it doesn't bother to clarify exceptions to the rule, or rule out alternative interpretations of the rules. Some important rules are never stated at all, while others are merely implied. Some rules are just poorly explained and difficult to understand. Learning to play the game correctly, therefore, requires a bunch of research checking the online FAQ (which only addresses a few of the more glaring issues) and digging through forum posts to find answers from the designer, whose rule explanations sometimes seem to contradict what the printed rulebook would imply.

Apparently they finally posted an updated rulebook a few days ago (here on BGG and on the second Kickstarter) while I've been writing this review. It seems to add some much needed clarity in terms of how certain rules are supposed to function, though I'm still not convinced the new explanation for army movement is as clear as it could be -- it looks like they added restrictions to moving armies out of turn, but I can't tell if that's an intended rule change or just poor wording. Interestingly, some rules from the hardcore mode have made their way into the normal rules. Notably, there's now an enforced hand limit of nine resource cards even in the standard rules, which is even more extreme than the 10 card limit in the hardcore rules, and you're also required in the normal rules to shuffle the cave shrine into the bottom half of the cave stack. Other things were also added to the rules, like being able to pay to tear down your own structures. I appreciate the designer's willingness to listen to community feedback, plus his continued dedication to the game, but I feel like these are the kinds of tweaks that could have (or rather, should have) been made during play-testing, because it's not like these are radical, sweeping changes -- they're just minor tweaks and a few extra sentences of clarification. It's better late than never, but I can't say I'm fond of paying to essentially beta-test a product.



Sharp corners get scratched easily, plus there's no art anywhere.


The components are generally pretty nice -- the custom-cut explorer meeples and the painted-resin shrines are both exquisite, the terrain hexes are made from a nice thick, dense cardboard, not to mention the color-coded, cloth draw-string component baggies and the card tuck box -- but I have some gripes here, too.

Mainly, I just hate the box. People tell me that the solid black box with reflective gold lettering looks fancy and elegant, but to me it looks bland and boring. There’s no art anywhere on it to inspire any imagery of the game's theme or what it's like to actually play, and the thin gold lettering can be difficult to read under certain lighting conditions. Usually people just see a black box and have to ask “Hey, what’s that game?” And then when I go to explain it to them, I can’t just show them the back of the box to give a visual demonstration, I have to open it up and start pulling components out, or give them an abstract description with no visuals, neither of which is particularly ideal. The solid black exterior also makes every scratch, nick, and cut on the box stand out more visibly, and those sharp corners and edges scratch really easily, leading to a lot of obnoxious white gash marks. The magnetic lid-flap seems like yet another luxurious touch, but I find it highly impractical because it doesn’t fully enclose (or even seal) the interior contents of the box, meaning that thinner components like terrain hexes easily come loose and slide out between the lid and the top lip of the box, ruling out vertical storage and making me paranoid that I'm going to randomly lose terrain hexes in transit if I take the game anywhere, because I actually have had tiles slide out.

As a nice touch, all of the artwork (printed on terrain hexes, resource cards, and on your explorer board) consists of vintage paintings from the 16th century; while this lends some authenticity to the visual flair of the game, it's a bit like using stock art to make your game -- even though the art looks really nice, it was not created with a board game in mind and therefore doesn't necessarily reflect or facilitate the actual gameplay. The terrain tiles, for instance, are cropped, monochromatic closeups of paintings that, at a glance, look like blurry color palettes to me, and so in practice the board just looks like an abstract combination of colored hexes, like you're playing an abstract strategy game. It doesn't matter thematically that it's a mountain yielding gold, because it's just "yellow" to me. The tiles also don't connect or line up in any kind of interesting way (like in Carcassonne, or The Cave, or Taluva, where elements of one tile bleed into the next to instill a sense of continuity between tiles); instead we get a generic brown border that visually separates the tiles. I'll concede and even admit that the island tiles do look visibly striking when they're set up on the table, even in spite of (or perhaps because of) their relative simplicity, so maybe I'm over-thinking this, but the graphic design just doesn't impress me.



Resources cards and brown-bordered terrain hexes.


I'm also not fond of how the designer chose to launch an expansion on Kickstarter mere weeks after finishing fulfillment of the original game. Some of the expansion ideas feel like they probably should've been in the base game already (namely, more things to flesh out the cave), and so I have to wonder why they didn't make the first cut and whether they were intentionally held out to pad out an expansion, though maybe I'm just being cynical. But really, I'm just annoyed that I felt like the designer was rushing me into a decision to back an expansion for a game that I'd barely even had a chance to play, especially with the veiled implication that these games may never come to retail. Will there be more reprint campaigns on Kickstarter in the future? Who knows, make sure you buy the expansion now to guarantee your copy! I get that the designer was probably just excited and wanted to share (what he thought was) good news right away, but it feels like a pushy sales tactic, especially when the game has only been out for a few weeks and people haven't had enough time to let the game digest. I'd only played three or four games at the time, so how was I supposed to know if I even wanted the expansion? Normally I buy an expansion because I've played the base game to death and want to breathe new life into it, not because I'm being rushed/pressured into an impulse purchase before I've even had a chance to evaluate the base game. (For the record, I opted out of the expansion and I think I'm glad I did.)

It just feels like the base game wasn’t very well thought out, like they had this cool idea and came up with some basic rules, then play-tested them with a limited audience of close friends and released the game to the public. That may not be what actually happened, but the poorly-written rulebook, the un-intuitive rules, and the minor balance issues suggest a crude level of refinement. I personally detest the insane amount of random luck in this game, but I could tolerate or possibly even appreciate it if there were at least interesting decisions to make that could allow you to mitigate luck, but it almost feels like the game plays itself. Many decisions feel completely obvious and therefore aren’t satisfying to make, while other decisions don’t even really matter. There’s not enough deep strategy to appeal to heavy gamers, and the luck element is so prevalent that even light gamers complained to me about it. None of the people I've played with (in a few different groups, at various player counts) particularly enjoyed it, while some people actively disliked it.

I like the concept, particularly the first half of the game as you’re exploring the map and wondering how the board is going to shape up, but once you get into the meat of the actual game (ie, the race aspect of trying to be the first to claim all four shrines) then it loses a lot of appeal to me. I feel like there's a good game to be made with the components and the basic gameplay concepts, but neither the core rules nor the "Hardcore Mode" rules feel that great to me and so I'd rather just play something else instead. I might still play it occasionally, to see if I can find the hidden charm that the designer sees in it, or to see if I can work out my own worthwhile tweaks to the rules, but doing so would be purely experimental, not for love of the game itself. Though to be honest, after about 10 plays I don't think I care to give it any more chances.
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{{embed|t=E8md_1539130570}} Treasure hunters challenge FBI over dig for legendary gold DENTS RUN, Pa. - Surrounded by dozens of stone-faced FBI agents on a frigid winter's day, Dennis and Kem Parada stared down at the empty hole and knew something wasn't right. The father-son duo spent years combing this bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors, drills and other tools to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they'd discovered the hiding place of the long-lost booty, leading the FBI to the mountainous, heavily wooded area last March. Now, at the end of the court-sanctioned excavation, the FBI escorted the treasure hunters to the snow-covered site and asked them what they saw. They gazed at the pit. Not so much as a glimmer of gold dust, let alone the tons of precious metal they said an FBI contractor's instruments had detected. "We were embarrassed," Dennis Parada told The Associated Press in his first interview since the well-publicized dig last winter. "They walk us in, and they make us look like dummies. Like we messed up." Since that day, however, neighbors' accounts of late-night excavation and FBI convoys have fueled suspicions that the agency isn't telling the whole truth. The Paradas are challenging the FBI's account of the dig, insisting that something had to have been buried in the woods near Dents Run, about 135 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh. That something, they believe, was gold. "After my years of experience here using equipment, there was something here, something here of value, some kind of precious metal. And whatever it is, it's gone now. And that's what I want to get to the bottom of, is what was in that hole," Kem Parada said. Federal investigators insisted a few days after leaving the site that the search came up empty, adding cryptically that its work there was related to an "ongoing investigation." The FBI declined further comment, and a bureau spokeswoman told the AP last week that court documents related to the dig are sealed. The dispute between the Paradas and the FBI is the latest chapter in a mystery that has persisted for more than a century and a half. As the story goes, around the time of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the Union Army sent a shipment of gold from Wheeling, West Virginia, to Philadelphia. The wagon train took a circuitous route through the wilds of northern Pennsylvania so as to avoid Confederate troops. Along the way, the gold was either lost or stolen. The legend has inspired generations of treasure hunters to take to the thick woods of northwestern Pennsylvania - including Dennis and Kem Parada, who spent five years digging in a cave on state land, and two more years drilling atop the cave, before going to the FBI in January with their evidence. The Paradas showed agents how their sophisticated metal detector lit up like crazy when aimed at the spot where they believed the gold was hidden. Within a month, they said, the FBI had hired an outside firm to conduct an underground scan using a device called a gravimeter. The scan identified a large metallic mass with the density of gold, according to the Paradas and Warren Getler, an author and journalist who's been working with them. So it was with great anticipation that father, son and Getler arrived at the dig site March 13. But nothing went as planned. The treasure hunters and Getler said they had an agreement with the FBI to watch the excavation. Officers instead confined them to their car - out of sight of the wooded hillside where a backhoe was digging - for six hours that first day before they were finally allowed up the hill. The digging proceeded for another hour before an agent called an abrupt halt at 3 p.m., saying the team was cold, tired and hungry and it would be getting dark soon. They were just 3 feet from the target. "I said, 'You've got three hours of daylight and we're only 3 feet away,'" Dennis Parada recalled. He said the agent replied, "Denny, we're going, we're going." Whether the FBI actually left the woods that afternoon is itself an open question. Cheryl Elder, who lives nearby, told AP she heard what sounded like a backhoe and jackhammer at least until 2 a.m. - the noisy machinery keeping her awake and annoying her because she had to rise early for work - and she saw that the hillside was brightly lit. "It was just real loud all night," the former constable recalled. "It was driving me nuts." The second day of the excavation was similar to the first, according to the Paradas and Getler. They said they were confined to their car for several hours, then escorted up the hill to the dig site - by then a large, empty hole. The FBI had finished the excavation out of their presence, they said. The Paradas said they were cheated of a moment they had spent years working for. "You can only dig the gold up once, and that's a historical moment. And here we were robbed of all that," Dennis Parada said. "I don't understand why they played that game on us." After the Paradas and Getler had left, Elder said, she saw a half-dozen black SUVs at the site. One by one, she said, they backed up to the bottom of the hill and rendezvoused with one of several all-terrain utility vehicles. Elder tried using her binoculars, but couldn't make out what investigators were transferring from the ATVs to the SUVs. Even so, "I know they found gold," she declared. "I know they found it, and they're being sneaky." Heather Selle, who lives in nearby Weedville, said she was getting her kids ready for school on the morning of the second day when she spied a convoy of FBI vehicles driving past - including two large armored trucks. "There was too many people involved, there was too much hush-hush, and there's been too much seen," said still another resident, Garrett Osche, whose garage was used as a staging ground for the FBI's initial foray to the Dents Run area weeks before the dig. "Why do you close the road down if you're not loading something out? If you're not sneaking something, why do you need to do what they did?" If Union gold was indeed recovered from the woods, the discovery of a historic and extremely valuable trove of federal property on state-owned land would almost certainly touch off a court battle over who owns it, and whether the Paradas are entitled to a cut. Bill Cluck, their lawyer, said it would be a novel case for the courts, "a law professor's dream final exam." According to the legend, the lost shipment had either 26 gold bars or 52 bars, each weighing 50 pounds (23 kilograms), meaning it would be worth about $25 million or about $50 million today. The Paradas and Getler say the government contractor's scan detected a much larger quantity of precious metal - 7 to 9 tons - an eye-popping haul that could be worth more than $250 million if every ounce of it was gold. In May, Cluck filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents on the FBI's investigation into the legendary gold. The agency demurred, claiming it had no files it could share. Cluck appealed to Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey for help, and, a few weeks ago, the Justice Department ordered the FBI to do a more thorough review. If the bureau determines there are documents it can turn over after all, it could still take months or years to reach that point. "There was definitely some kind of precious metal based on the readings of the instruments at the site," Cluck said. "The fact they wouldn't let them be there for the dig, it's suspicious as hell and it doesn't have to be."
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  • Apple's list of "Top Podcasts" started showing some very unusual shows over the weekend and podcasters and writers noticed, calling it "weird."
  • The chart seemed to be fixed by Tuesday although Apple hasn't commented. 
  • Podcast industry insiders believe there are click farms that can use fake iTunes accounts to pump up subscription totals.
  • Apple dominates the podcast industry, with over half of podcasts being listened to through its apps. 

Apple doesn't actually host any podcasts, but it dominates the industry. According to some estimates, 55% of listeners consume their audio content through the Podcasts app or iTunes.

So Apple's top charts are a big deal for podcasters — often, new listeners check them to find shows to listen to. At the very least, it's one ranking of which podcasts are popular with people. 

And over the weekend, people noticed that the charts didn't make sense. 

For example, Serial, which just came out with a new season and is seen as one of the most popular podcasts, was several spots down the charts — going as low as No. 26 on Monday.

At the top were newer, lesser-reviewed podcasts — "Bulletproof Real Estate With Andy Dane Carter" was No. 1 for a while — including shows about working out and business, which are not the typical subject matter for top podcasts. 

"To my eyes, which hasn’t looked at the Apple Podcast platform in a good while, the charts felt distinctly… broken," Nicholas Quah wrote in his newsletter, Hot Pod, a sort of "Paris Review" for the mattress-ad set. 

On Tuesday, however, the problem seemed to be fixed: Serial was back to No. 1, closely trailed by Joe Rogan's show and other brand-name podcasts.

Apple didn't respond to an emailed request for comment on Monday, while the charts were still showing an odd ranking, or on Tuesday, after the issue seemed to have been fixed. 

'A highly unusual amount of manipulation' 

Quah wasn't the only person to notice that the charts were weird — and several of them pointed to the same explanation: People were gaming the system. 

"We've been doing our own digging into the charts and have seen a highly unusual amount of manipulation in recent days," said Dave Zohrob, founder of Chartable, a startup collecting data on the podcast industry.

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Several people pointed to so-called "click farms," where fake iTunes accounts subscribe to a show to game the charts. On Fiverr, a marketplace for online services, several vendors were offering "high position" on "iTunes store" for as little as $5. 

One way that this could work is that the top charts are heavily driven by subscriptions, not listens, according to people who monitor Apple's Podcast charts. (The exact methodology hasn't been disclosed.)

"Although Apple doesn't disclose how the chart rankings are calculated, our understanding is that the podcast show charts (ie, the one where Bulletproof Real Estate is #4) are calculated by subscriptions, whereas the podcast episode charts are more tied to actual listens," Zohrob said in an email. 

Many of the new top podcasts didn't have any episodes in the top episodes list, suggesting their rank had been manipulated. 

Other signs that the rankings were weird: Some podcasts without new episodes in weeks started rising to high rankings in mere hours, Zohrob said. 

While the problem was fixed relatively quickly, as of Tuesday, reactions to the "weird" list still underscores the ultimate power that Apple has in the industry given the fact that it owns the main platform.

Many podcasters are nervous to push for better charts or publicly call out Apple, given that Apple can make or break a podcast through its editorial recommendations on the front page of the iPhone podcast app. 

"Lots of publishers don't want to be named because they want to maintain relationships with Apple. It's pretty delicate," Quah said in an email. 

Have a story about Apple and podcasts to share? Email the author at kleswing@businessinsider.com or Twitter DM at @kifleswing. Encrypted chat available upon request. 

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Unless you believe the polls from CNN, NBC, and New York Times, there is no blue wave coming in November. At the very worst I see things staying pretty much as they are. A lot can happen in the next four weeks. But if things continue as they are now, Democrats will lose seats. Democrats stand to lose 0-5 Senate seats, and perhaps 6 to over 15 seats in the House.

If we stay on the current path, Democrats are not going to like the November outcome. A lot can happen both bad or good. There is a good possibility Republicans will beat historical trends of off year elections. This is possible for many reasons. The latest is the “Kavanaugh Catastrophe.” The left are completely out of touch with America today. They have silenced Free Speech to the point they only hear one side. They do not even know there is another. Democrats and the Media tried the old standard play, smear and move on.

They forgot fifty years of Media bias and lies has damaged their credibility. Other than a tiny segment, the public do not believe them. Too many remember the Media attacks on accused sexual assaults. Only to discover they had ZERO credibility. False accusations that destroyed good people. Then the Media ignored the damage they themselves had done. People do not believe the accusation, they want some proof. This Ford accusation had more holes than a slice of Swiss Cheese. And the Media ignored the lies and misstatements by Ford and the others.

Depending on the polls you look at the “Kavanaugh Catastrophe,” did serious damage to the Media and more important to Democrats. The ones I have looked at show a loss of Independent Voters support for Democrats. They lost between 11% to 30% of support from Independent voters just because of the way democrats treated Kavanaugh. It even hurt them with Democrats. Again depending on the poll, Democrats lost between 4% and 15% of Democrat voters.

The never-ending negativity from Democrats and the Media are another factor. Working Americans, Independents and even Democrats see the improvements. There are more jobs. Their wages going up. Millions got bonuses from the Trump Tax Bill. But the Media and Democrats cannot force themselves to say anything unless it is negative. One of the overriding truisms, positive plays better. We have President Trump and Republicans talking about making things even better. The only thing from the Media and Democrats is how horrible it is. But the people out there working, know it is better and the lies just turn them off.

We are now over two years into nonstop Media stories, “President Trump and the Russians.” Two years of digging. Lots of breaking news innuendo and allegations but NO PROOF. They lost sight of Alinsky’s Rules. Rule Number 7; “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” And the whole Russian collusion story is now a drag. And yet they cannot shut-up about it. People, even Democrats are bored, and want to know, “Where’s the beef?”

Back to where I started, Rand Paul warning of Assassination. I think it is too late to turn back the violence. Going back to the attack at the baseball game 18 months ago, how many Republicans have been physically attacked. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Rand Paul was attacked. Candidate Rudy Peters, in California defended himself against a knife attack. All of these attacks were cheered and celebrated by Democrats and supporters. Not counting the verbal assaults. Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens, were eating breakfast in Philadelphia, when attacked by Democrat supporters. Ted Cruz and wife were chased from D.C. restaurant, by Democrats. Tomi Lahren attacked at Minneapolis restaurant, by Democrats. Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, chased from restaurant, by Democrats. Sarah Sanders chased from Red Hen restaurant by Owner. Again all of these attacks were cheered and celebrated by Democrats and supporters

If what I believe is a real possibility, Democrats actually lose seats. The left will come unglued. If Republicans increase their influence I look for the left shift quickly to violence. I expect, we will see shooting and assassinations before the end of the year. We now see verbal attacks. If they lose the election there will be shootings of Republicans in restaurants before Thanksgiving. All Republicans in Congress and working in the White House will need security just to walk outside, shop, or eat in a diner. 

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This article started because I thought that researching a particular bug could be useful to understand devto's source code a little better. So I literally wrote this while doing the research and I ended up writing about other things as well. Here we go.

The bug I'm referring to is called Timeouts when deleting a post on GitHub. As the title implies, removing a post results in a server timeout which results in an error to the user. @peter in his bug report added a couple of details we need to keep present for our "investigation": this bug doesn't always happens (which would be better in the context of finding a solution, deterministic is always better) and it more likely presents itself with articles that have many reactions and comments.

First clues: it happens sometimes and usually with articles with a lot of data attached.

Let's see if we can dig up more information before diving into the code.

A note: I'm writing this post to explain (and expand) the way I researched this while it happened at the same time (well, over the course of multiple days but still at the same time :-D), so all discoveries were new to me when I wrote about them as they are to you if you read this.

Another note: I'm going to use the terms "async" and "out of process" interchangeably here. Async in this context means "the user doesn't wait for the call to be executed" not "async" as in JavaScript. A better term should be "out of process" because these asynchronous calls are executed by an external process through a queue on the database with a library/gem called delayed job.

Referential integrity

ActiveRecord (Rails's ORM), like many other object relational mappers, is an object layer that sits on top of a relational database system. Let's take a little detour and talk a little about a fundamental feature to preserve data meaningfulness in database systems: referential integrity. Why not, the bug can wait!

Referential integrity, to simplify a lot, is a defense against developers with weird ideas on how to structure their relational data. It forbids insertion of rows that have no correspondence in the primary table of the relationship. In layman terms it guarantees that there is a correspondent row in the relationship: if you have a table with a list of 10 cities, you shouldn't have a customer whose address belongs to an unknown city. Funnily enough it took more than a decade for MySQL to activate referential integrity by default, while PostgreSQL had it for 10 years already, at the time. Sometimes I think that MySQL in its early incarnations was a giant collection of CSV files with SQL on top. I'm joking, maybe.

With referential integrity in place you can rest (mostly) assured that the database won't let you add zombie rows, will keep the relationship updated and will clean up after you if you tell it to.

How do you instruct the database to do all of these things? It's quite simple. I'll use an example from PostgreSQL 10 documentation:

CREATE TABLE products (
    product_no integer PRIMARY KEY,
    name text,
    price numeric
);

CREATE TABLE orders (
    order_id integer PRIMARY KEY,
    shipping_address text,
);

CREATE TABLE order_items (
    product_no integer REFERENCES products ON DELETE RESTRICT,
    order_id integer REFERENCES orders ON DELETE CASCADE,
    quantity integer,
    PRIMARY KEY (product_no, order_id)
);

The table order_items has two foreign keys, one towards orders and another that points to products (a classic example of many-to-many in case you're wondering).

Wnen you design tables like this you should ask yourself the following questions (in addition to the obvious ones like "what am I really doing with this data?"):

  • what happens if a row in the primary table is deleted?

  • do I want to delete all the related rows?

  • do I want to set the referencing column to NULL ? in that case what does it mean for my business logic? does NULL even make sense for my data?

  • do I want to set the column to its default value? what does it mean for my business logic? does this column even have a default value?

If you look back at the example what we're telling the database are the following two things:

  • products cannot be removed, unless they do not appear in any order

  • orders can be be removed at all times, and they take the items with them to the grave 😀

Keep in mind that removal in this context is still a fast operation, even in a context like dev.to's if an article were to have tables linked with a cascade directive, it should still be a fast operation. DBs tend to become slow when a single DELETE triggers millions (or tens of millions) of other removals. I assume this is not the case (yet or in the future) but since the point of this whole section is to expand our knowledge about referential integrity and not to actually investigate the bug, let's keep on digging.

Next we open the console and check if the tables are linked to each other, using psql :

$ rails dbconsole
psql (10.5)
Type "help" for help.

PracticalDeveloper_development=# \d+ articles
...
Indexes:
    "articles_pkey" PRIMARY KEY, btree (id)
    "index_articles_on_boost_states" gin (boost_states)
    "index_articles_on_featured_number" btree (featured_number)
    "index_articles_on_hotness_score" btree (hotness_score)
    "index_articles_on_published_at" btree (published_at)
    "index_articles_on_slug" btree (slug)
    "index_articles_on_user_id" btree (user_id)

This table has a primary key, a few indexes but apparently no foreign key constraints (the indicators for referential integrity). Compare it with a table that has both:

PracticalDeveloper_development=# \d users
...
Indexes:
    "users_pkey" PRIMARY KEY, btree (id)
    "index_users_on_confirmation_token" UNIQUE, btree (confirmation_token)
    "index_users_on_reset_password_token" UNIQUE, btree (reset_password_token)
    "index_users_on_username" UNIQUE, btree (username)
    "index_users_on_language_settings" gin (language_settings)
    "index_users_on_organization_id" btree (organization_id)
Referenced by:
    TABLE "messages" CONSTRAINT "fk_rails_273a25a7a6" FOREIGN KEY (user_id) REFERENCES users(id)
    TABLE "badge_achievements" CONSTRAINT "fk_rails_4a2e48ca67" FOREIGN KEY (user_id) REFERENCES users(id)
    TABLE "chat_channel_memberships" CONSTRAINT "fk_rails_4ba367990a" FOREIGN KEY (user_id) REFERENCES users(id)
    TABLE "push_notification_subscriptions" CONSTRAINT "fk_rails_c0b1e39717" FOREIGN KEY (user_id) REFERENCES users(id)

This is what we learned so far: why referential integrity can come into play when you remove rows from a DB and that the articles table has no apparent relationships with any other table at the database level. But is this true in the web app? Let's move up one layer, diving into the Ruby code.

ps. in the case of Rails (don't remember since which version) you can also see which foreign keys you have defined by looking in the schema.rb file.

ActiveRecord, associations and callbacks

Now that we know what referential integrity is, how to identify it and now that we know it's not at play in this bug we can move up a layer and check how is the Article object defined (I'll skip stuff that I think it's not related to this article and the bug itself, altough I might be wrong because I don't know the code base well):

class Article < ApplicationRecord
  # ...

  has_many :comments,       as: :commentable
  has_many :buffer_updates
  has_many :reactions,      as: :reactable, dependent: :destroy
  has_many  :notifications, as: :notifiable

  # ...

  before_destroy    :before_destroy_actions

  # ...

  def before_destroy_actions
    bust_cache
    remove_algolia_index
    reactions.destroy_all
    user.delay.resave_articles
    organization&.delay&.resave_articles
  end
end

A bunch of new information from that piece of code:

  • Rails (but not the DB) knows that an article can have many comments, buffer updates, reactions and notifications (these are called "associations" in Rails lingo)

  • Reactions are explictly dependent on the articles and they will be destroyed if the article is removed

  • There's a callback that does a bunch of stuff (we'll explore it later) before the object and its row in the database are destroyed

  • Three out of four associations are the able type, Rails calls these polymorphic associations because they allow the programmer to associate multiple types of objects to the same row, using two different columns (a string with the name of the model type the object belongs to and an id). They are very handy, though I always felt they make the database very dependent on the domain model (set by Rails). They can also require a composite index in the associated table to speed up queries

Similarly to what the underlying database system can do, ActiveRecord allows the developer to specify what happens to the related objects when the primary one is destroyed. According to the documentation Rails supports: destroying all related objects, deleting all related objects, setting the foreign key to NULL or restricting the removal with an error. The difference between destroy and delete is that in the former case all related callbacks are executed prior to removal, in the latter one the callbacks are skipped and only the row in the DB is removed.

The default strategy for the relationships without a dependent is to do nothing, which means leaving the referenced rows there in place. If it were up to me the default would be the app doesn't start until you decided what to do with the linked models but I'm not the person who designed ActiveRecord.

Keep in mind that the database trumps the code, if you define nothing at the Rails level but the database is configured to automatically destroy all related rows, then the rows will be destroyed. This is one of the many reasons why it's worth taking the time to learn how the DB works :-)

The last bit we haven't talked about the model layer is the callback which is probably where the bug manifests itself.

The infamous callback

This before destroy callback will execute prior to issuing the DELETE statement to the DB:

def before_destroy_actions
  bust_cache
  remove_algolia_index
  reactions.destroy_all
  user.delay.resave_articles
  organization&.delay&.resave_articles
end

Cache busting

The first thing the callback does is call the method bust_cache which in turn calls sequentially six times the Fastly API to purge the article's cache (each call to bust is two HTTP calls). It also does a cospicuos number of out of process calls to the same API (around 20-50, depends on the status of the article and the number of tags) but these don't matter because the user won't wait for them.

One thing to annotate: six HTTP calls are always going out after you press the button to delete an article.

Index removal

dev.to uses Algolia for search, the call remove_algolia_index does the following:

  • calls algolia_remove_from_index! which in turns calls the "async" version of the Algolia HTTP API which in reality does a (fast) synchronous call to Algolia without waiting for the index to be cleared on their side. It's still a synchronous call subject adding to the user's latency

  • calls Algolia's HTTP API other two times for other indexes

So, adding the previous 6 HTTP calls for Fastly, we're at 9 APIs called in process

Reactions destruction

The third step is reactions.destroy_all which as the call implies destroys all the reactions to the article. In Rails destroy_all simply iterates on all the objects and calls destroy on each of them which in turn activate all the "destroy" callbacks for proper cleanup. The Reaction model has two before_destroy callbacks:

class Reaction < ApplicationRecord
  # ...

  before_destroy :update_reactable_without_delay
  before_destroy :clean_up_before_destroy

  # ...
end

I had to dig a little bit to find out what the first one does (one of the things I dislike about the Rails way of doing things are the magical methods popping up everywhere, they make refactoring harder and they encourage coupling between the model and all the various gems). update_reactable_without_delay calls update_reactable (which has been declared as an async function by default) bypassing the queue. The result is a standard inline call the user waits for.

  • update_reactable recalculates (this time out of process), the scores of the Article (a thing that should probably be avoided since the Article is up for removal) if the article has been published. Then (back inline) it reindexes the article (twice) calling Algolia, removes the reactions from Fastly's cache (each call to bust the cache is two Fastly's calls), busts another cache (two more HTTP calls) and possibly updates a column on the Article (which is probably not needed since it's going to be removed). The total is 6 HTTP calls: one async HTTP calls (the first one to Algolia), one other call to Algolia and four to Fastly. Let's annotate down the 5 the user has to wait for.

  • clean_up_before_destroy reindexes the article on Algolia (a third time).

Let's sum up: a removal of a reaction amounts to 6 HTTP calls. If the article has a 100 reactions... well you can do the math.

Let's say the article had 1 reaction, plus the calls tallied before we're at around 15 HTTP calls:

  • 6 to bust the cache of the article

  • 3 to remove the article from the index

  • 6 for the reaction attached to the article

There's an additional bonus HTTP call that I've identified by chance using a gist to debug net/http calls, it calls the Stream.io API to delete the reaction from the user's feed. A total of 16 HTTP calls.

This is what happens when a reaction is destroyed (I added the awesome gem httplog to my local installation):

[httplog] Sending: PUT https://REDACTED.algolia.net/1/indexes/Article_development/25
[httplog] Data: {"title":" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"}
[httplog] Connecting: REDACTED.algolia.net:443
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.357128 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"updatedAt":"2018-10-09T17:23:44.151Z","taskID":945887592,"objectID":"25"}

[httplog] Sending: PUT https://REDACTED.algolia.net/1/indexes/searchables_development/articles-25
[httplog] Data: {"title":" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time","tag_list":["discuss","security","python","beginners"],"main_image":"https://pigment.github.io/fake-logos/logos/medium/color/8.png","id":25,"featured":true,"published":true,"published_at":"2018-09-30T07:44:48.530Z","featured_number":1538293488,"comments_count":1,"reactions_count":0,"positive_reactions_count":0,"path":"/willricki/-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-3e4b","class_name":"Article","user_name":"Ricki Will","user_username":"willricki","comments_blob":"Waistcoat craft beer pickled vice seitan kombucha drinking. 90's green juice hoodie.","body_text":"\n\nMeggings tattooed normcore kitsch chia. Fixie migas etsy hashtag jean shorts neutra pork belly. Vice salvia biodiesel portland actually slow-carb loko chia. Freegan biodiesel flexitarian tattooed.\n\n\nNeque. \n\n\nBefore they sold out diy xoxo aesthetic biodiesel pbr\u0026amp;b. Tumblr lo-fi craft beer listicle. Lo-fi church-key cold-pressed.\n\n\n","tag_keywords_for_search":"","search_score":153832,"readable_publish_date":"Sep 30","flare_tag":{"name":"discuss","bg_color_hex":null,"text_color_hex":null},"user":{"username":"willricki","name":"Ricki Will","profile_image_90":"/uploads/user/profile_image/6/22018b1a-7afa-47c1-bbae-b829977828e4.png"},"_tags":["discuss","security","python","beginners","user_6","username_willricki","lang_en"]}
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.031995 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"updatedAt":"2018-10-09T17:23:44.426Z","taskID":945887612,"objectID":"articles-25"}

[httplog] Sending: PUT https://REDACTED.algolia.net/1/indexes/ordered_articles_development/articles-25
[httplog] Data: {"title":" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time","path":"/willricki/-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-3e4b","class_name":"Article","comments_count":1,"tag_list":["discuss","security","python","beginners"],"positive_reactions_count":0,"id":25,"hotness_score":153829,"readable_publish_date":"Sep 30","flare_tag":{"name":"discuss","bg_color_hex":null,"text_color_hex":null},"published_at_int":1538293488,"user":{"username":"willricki","name":"Ricki Will","profile_image_90":"/uploads/user/profile_image/6/22018b1a-7afa-47c1-bbae-b829977828e4.png"},"_tags":["discuss","security","python","beginners","user_6","username_willricki","lang_en"]}
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.047077 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"updatedAt":"2018-10-09T17:23:44.494Z","taskID":945887622,"objectID":"articles-25"}

[httplog] Sending: PUT https://REDACTED.algolia.net/1/indexes/Article_development/25
[httplog] Data: {"title":" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"}
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.029352 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"updatedAt":"2018-10-09T17:23:44.541Z","taskID":945887632,"objectID":"25"}

[httplog] Sending: PUT https://REDACTED.algolia.net/1/indexes/searchables_development/articles-25
[httplog] Data: {"title":" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time","tag_list":["discuss","security","python","beginners"],"main_image":"https://pigment.github.io/fake-logos/logos/medium/color/8.png","id":25,"featured":true,"published":true,"published_at":"2018-09-30T07:44:48.530Z","featured_number":1538293488,"comments_count":1,"reactions_count":0,"positive_reactions_count":1,"path":"/willricki/-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-3e4b","class_name":"Article","user_name":"Ricki Will","user_username":"willricki","comments_blob":"Waistcoat craft beer pickled vice seitan kombucha drinking. 90's green juice hoodie.","body_text":"\n\nMeggings tattooed normcore kitsch chia. Fixie migas etsy hashtag jean shorts neutra pork belly. Vice salvia biodiesel portland actually slow-carb loko chia. Freegan biodiesel flexitarian tattooed.\n\n\nNeque. \n\n\nBefore they sold out diy xoxo aesthetic biodiesel pbr\u0026amp;b. Tumblr lo-fi craft beer listicle. Lo-fi church-key cold-pressed.\n\n\n","tag_keywords_for_search":"","search_score":154132,"readable_publish_date":"Sep 30","flare_tag":{"name":"discuss","bg_color_hex":null,"text_color_hex":null},"user":{"username":"willricki","name":"Ricki Will","profile_image_90":"/uploads/user/profile_image/6/22018b1a-7afa-47c1-bbae-b829977828e4.png"},"_tags":["discuss","security","python","beginners","user_6","username_willricki","lang_en"]}
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.028819 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"updatedAt":"2018-10-09T17:23:44.612Z","taskID":945887642,"objectID":"articles-25"}

[httplog] Sending: PUT https://REDACTED.algolia.net/1/indexes/ordered_articles_development/articles-25
[httplog] Data: {"title":" The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time","path":"/willricki/-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-3e4b","class_name":"Article","comments_count":1,"tag_list":["discuss","security","python","beginners"],"positive_reactions_count":1,"id":25,"hotness_score":153829,"readable_publish_date":"Sep 30","flare_tag":{"name":"discuss","bg_color_hex":null,"text_color_hex":null},"published_at_int":1538293488,"user":{"username":"willricki","name":"Ricki Will","profile_image_90":"/uploads/user/profile_image/6/22018b1a-7afa-47c1-bbae-b829977828e4.png"},"_tags":["discuss","security","python","beginners","user_6","username_willricki","lang_en"]}
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.02821 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"updatedAt":"2018-10-09T17:23:44.652Z","taskID":945887652,"objectID":"articles-25"}

[httplog] Connecting: us-east-api.stream-io-api.com:443
[httplog] Sending: DELETE http://us-east-api.stream-io-api.com:443/api/v1.0/feed/user/10/Reaction:7/?api_key=REDACTED&foreign_id=1
[httplog] Data:
[httplog] Status: 200
[httplog] Benchmark: 0.336152 seconds
[httplog] Response:
{"removed":"Reaction:7","duration":"17.84ms"}

If you countn them they are 7, not 16. That's because the calls to Fastly are only executed in production.

Resaving articles

User.resave_articles refreshes the user's other articles and is called out of process so it's not interesting to us right now. The same happens to the organization if the article is part of one but again, so we don't care.

Let's recap what we know so far. Each article removal triggers a callback that does a lot of things that touch third party services that help this website be as fast as it is and it also updates various counters I didn't really investigate :-D.

What happens when the article is removed

After the callback has been dealt with and all the various caches are up to date and the reactions are gone from the database, we still need to check what happens to the other associations of the article we're removing. As you recall every article can possibly have comments, reactions (gone by now), buffer updates (not sure what they are) and notifications.

Let's see what happens when we destroy an article to see if we can get other clues. I replaced a long log with my summaries:

> art = Article.last # article id 25
> art.destroy!
# its tags are destroyed, this is handled by "acts_as_taggable_on :tags"...
# a bunch of other tag related stuff happens, 17 select calls...
# the aforamentioned HTTP calls for each reaction are here too...
# there's a SQL DELETE for each reaction...
# the user object is updated...
# a couple of other UPDATEs I didn't investigate but which seem really plausible...
# the HTTP calls to remove the article itself from search...
# the article is finally deleted from the db...
# the article count for the user is updated

Aside from the fact that in my initial overview I totally forgot about the destruction of the tags (they amount to a DELETE and an UPDATE each to the database) I would say there's a lot going on when an article is removed.

What happens to the rest of the objects we didn't find in the console?

If you remember from what I said earlier, in Rails relationships everything not marked explicitly as "dependent" survives the destruction of the primary object, so they all are in the DB:

PracticalDeveloper_development=# select count(*) from comments where commentable_id = 25;
 count
-------
     3
PracticalDeveloper_development=# select count(*) from notifications where notifiable_id = 25;
 count
-------
     2
PracticalDeveloper_development=# select count(*) from buffer_updates where article_id = 25;
 count
-------
     1

I think we can be a little bit confident that the issue that sparked this article is likely to manifest if such article is really popular before being removed having many reactions, comments and notifications.

Timeout

Another factor that I mentioned in a comment to the issue is the Heroku's default timeout setting. dev.to IIRC runs on Heroku, which has a 30 seconds timeout for HTTP calls once the router has processed them (so it's a timer for your app code). If the app doesn't respond in 30 seconds, it timeouts and sends an error.

dev.to, savvily, cuts this timeout in half using rack timeout default service timeout which is 15 seconds.

In brief: if after hitting the "remove article" button the server doesn't finish in 15 seconds, a timeout error is raised. Having seen that a popular article can possibly trigger dozens of HTTP calls, you can understand why in some cases the 15 seconds wall can be hit.

Recap

Let's recap what we learned so far about what happens when an article is removed:

  • referential integrity can be a factor if the article has millions of related rows (unlikely in this scenario)

  • Rails removing associated objects sequentially is a factor (considering that it also has to load such objects from the DB to the ORM before removing them because it has to if it wants to trigger the various callbacks)

  • Inline callbacks and HTTP calls are another factor

  • Rails is not smart at all because it could decrease the amount of calls to the DB (for example by buffering the DELETE statements for all reactions and using a IN clause)

  • Rails magic is sometimes annoying 😛

Possible solutions

This is where I stop for now because I'm not familiar with the code base (well, after this definitely more :D) and because I think it could be an interesting "collective" exercise since it's not a critical bug that needs to be fixed "yesterday".

At first the simplest solution that could pop up in a one's mind is to move everything that happens inline when an article is removed in a out of process call by delegating everything to a job that is going to be picked up by the queue manager. The user just needs the article gone from their view after all. The proper removal can happen with a worker process. Aside from the fact that I'm not sure I considered everything that's going on (I found out about tags by chance as you saw) and all the implications, I think this is just a quick win. It would fix the user's problem by swiping the reported issue under the rug.

Another possible solution is to split the removal in its two main parts: the caches need to be updated or emptied and the rows need to be removed from the DB. The caches can all be destroyed out of process so the user doesn't have to wait for Fastly or Algolia (maybe only Stream.io? I don't know). This requires a bit of refactoring because some of the code I talked about is also used by other parts of the app.

A more complete solution is to go a step further from the second solution and also clean up all the leftovers (comments, notifications and buffer updates) but there might be a reason why they are left there in the first place. All these three entities can be removed in a separate job because two out of three have before destroy callbacks which trigger other stuff I haven't looked at.

This should definitely be enough for the user to never encounter again the pesky timeout error. To go an extra mile we could also look into the fact ActiveRecord issues a single DELETE for each object it removes from the database but this is definitely too much for now. I would annotate this somewhere and come back to it after the refactoring if needed.

Conclusions

If you are still with me, thank you. It took me quite a while to write this :-D

I don't have any mighty conclusions. I hope this deep dive in dev.to's source code served at least a purpose. For me it has been a great way to learn a bit more and write about something that non-Rails developers in here might not know but more importantly to help potential contributors.

I'm definitely hoping from some feedback ;-)


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All American's Culture ClashR. Kurt Osenlund

Dear White People meets Varsity Blues in the world of All American, a new teen football drama that hits the CW this month. The show is one more under the belt of TV titan Greg Berlanti, but it’s a first for his soccer-star husband, Robbie Rogers, who steps in as co-producer on a project that tackles race, class, and queerness, on and off the field. Inspired by real-life footballer Spencer Paysinger’s story, All American sees Spencer (Daniel Ezra) recruited from his Compton stomping grounds by a hotshot coach (Taye Diggs), who wants Spencer to bring his talents to a high school in bougie Beverly Hills.

For the star player, this presents both opportunity and assimilation, and even with the consoling ears of his mom (Karimah Westbrook) and gay best friend (Bre-Z), Spencer still has to face the Rodeo Drive temptations of bikini-clad classmates, while dismissing gang cracks from one too many white jocks. You’ve seen this all before, in another place, on another campus, but Berlanti and Rogers are onto something by flipping the Mean Girls formula and making it racially topical.

 

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          Chuck Grassley: Dems Were Still ‘Digging’ For Reason To Disqualify Kavanaugh On Day Of Confirmation Vote      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The Universim [v 0.0.27.20828 | Early Access] (2018) PC | RePack от SpaceX      Cache   Translate Page      

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Год выхода: 2018

Жанр: Simulation, Strategy, Indie

Разработчик/Издательство: Crytivo

Язык интерфейса: EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/BR + Русский

Язык озвучки: Английский

Тип издания: RePack

Таблетка: Не требуется (GOG | DRM-free)

Операционная система: Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 8 / 10 (64 Bit)

Процессор: Intel® Core™ i3 2.66 GHz

Оперативная память: 4096 Mb

Звуковая плата: Аудиокарта, совместимая с DirectX® 9.0с

Графический ускоритель: 2048 Mb, OpenGL 3.0

Свободное место на HDD: 2 Gb

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          Investigate the disappearance of the space station Observation's crew next spring      Cache   Translate Page      

The space thriller game Observation will be available on PC and PS4 next spring.
        
 
 

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WWE 2K19 is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
        
 
 

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Recording screencasts is one relatively easy way to get started making videos in your classroom. Today, I helped some middle school students make screencasts in which they explained the animations they made to represent forms of energy. Those students used Screencastify on their Chromebooks to make their videos. But Screencastify isn't the only screencasting tool that will work on a Chromebook. Here are eight tools that can be used to create screencasts on Chromebooks.

Screencastify was one of the first screencasting tools made for Chromebooks. It's a solid product and is easy to use. You can record your screen, your screen and your webcam, just your screen, or just your webcam. The free version puts a watermark on the recording and doesn't support direct download to MP4. On the upside, there is an option to upload directly to YouTube, to save directly to Google Drive, and to share directly to Google Classroom.

For many years Screencast-o-matic has been my favorite tool for creating screencast videos on Windows and Mac computers. Now it is available to use on Chromebooks too. To use Screencast-o-Matic on a Chromebook just go to this page and click "launch recorder." You can record your screen or your screen and your webcam simultaneously. You can narrate your videos by using your Chromebook's built-in microphone or by using an external mic like a Blue Snowball. The free version of Screencast-o-matic will let you record for up to 15 minutes, record as many videos as you like, and save to your Google Drive or local drive.

Padlet is known as a digital corkboard to which students add notes, links, pictures, and videos. But ff you install Padlet's Chrome extension you can launch a screen recording tool directly from a Padlet note. You can record your screen and voice for up to five minutes. Your recording will be automatically added to your note when stop your recording.

Loom is a free screencasting tool that works on Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows computers. Loom is a Chrome extension. With Loom installed you can record your desktop, an individual tab, and or your webcam. That means that you could use Loom to just record a webcam video on a Chromebook. Of course, this also means that you can use Loom to record your webcam while also recording your desktop. Loom recordings can be up to ten minutes long. A completed recording can be shared via social media and email. You can also download your recordings as MP4 files to upload to YouTube or any other video hosting service. Loom also has a neat integration with Gmail that makes it easy to send screencasts to anyone who emails you for tech help. Click here to see how that integration works. 

Vidyard GoVideo is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. With the extension installed you can record your entire screen or just one window tab. Vidyard GoVideo will let you record yourself with your webcam too. The best part of Vidyard GoVideo is that you can track who watches your video. To record on Vidyard GoVideo you simply have to click the extension icon then choose what you want to record. When you're done recording your video is automatically stored on Vidyard GoVideo. From Vidyard GoVideo you can share your video via email and social media. If you choose to share via email, you will be able to track who watched your video.

Nimbus Screenshot was my favorite tool on this list until Screencast-o-matic launched their Chromebook tool. I like Nimbus because of its ease of installation and it is the only tool on this list that provided a customizable countdown timer. I like the countdown timer because it gives me a few seconds to prepare to start talking over my screencast. The other tools just started recording the second that I hit the record button. Nimbus Screenshot was also the easiest to install and configure on my Chromebook. Screencasts recorded with Nimbus Screenshot can be saved to your local drive or to an online Nimbus account. I usually choose to save to my local drive then upload to my YouTube channel. You can also save to your local drive then send it to Google Drive or another online storage service.

CaptureCast lets you record your webcam while recording your screen which you cannot do with the Nimbus tool. You can choose to record your screen, your screen and your webcam, or just your screen or just your webcam. CaptureCast gives you three options for recording definition. So if you're on a slower network you can choose a lower resolution recording to save processing time. CaptureCast lets you save a recording locally or send it to YouTube or to Vimeo.

Soapbox is a free tool from Wistia that makes it easy to create great screencast videos on a Chromebook or any computer that is using the Chrome web browser. With Soapbox installed in the Chrome web browser you can quickly record your screen and your webcam at the same time. The most distinguishing feature of Soapbox is that you can have your video transition from your screen to your webcam to a combination of the two. Soapbox includes some simple editing tools for zooming in on an area of your screen and calling attention to specific parts of your screen.
             

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Google Classroom has a new random name selector tool available in the Google Classroom Android app. As announced by Google earlier today the random name selector will randomly pick names from your roster and let you keep track of which students have or have not been called upon.

To use the random name selector in the Google Classroom Android app simply open the app, select your class, tap "people" at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the random name selector at the top of the next screen. The random name picker will let you mark a student as absent if he/she isn't in class. You can also select "call later" if you want to move on to another student then come back to the first student. Finally, after you have called on a student tap the "next" button to mark that student as having been called upon.

Here are some random name selectors for those who don't use Google Classroom on an Android phone or tablet. 

Random Name Picker is a free tool from Russel Tarr at Classtools.net. The Random Name Picker lets you input names and spin a virtual wheel to have a name randomly selected from the list. After a name is selected you can remove it from the wheel so that it is not selected again. Random Name Picker is free to use and does not require a registration on Classtools.net. You can save your lists by assigning passwords to them. You can re-use your saved lists. The Random Name Picker wheel can be embedded into your blog or website. The Random Name Picker was written in HTML5 so that it will run in the browser of your iPad.

Flippity.net offers sixteen Google Sheets templates. One of those templates is a random name selector. Simply make a copy of this template, insert your class roster, and then publish your spreadsheet to use Flippity's random name selector.

The Random Name Selector from Primary Technology is a simple tool for picking names from a list you've created. To use the selector just type in or copy a list of names then hit "go." Once a name is selected you have the option of launching a two minute or seven minute countdown timer. You also have the option to remove a name from the list after it has been selected. Watch the video below to learn a little more and see the Random Name Selector in use.


             

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I wrote this as a response to a comment by PP. It got long and I became interested to see if it provoked any response. So I put it in a blog to get more exposure.

I don't understand anger over music. I used to go to NYC once a month. My girlfriend had a flute lesson, after we'd go to a museum. Later we'd go to a music event, usually an avant-garde jazz bar with a live band. Some times I enjoyed it, some times not. I didn't get pissed if I didn't get into it. When I can't get into a musical performance I conclude I don't know enough to grasp it or it's not very good. I keep listening and studying to see if I can understand it better. 

The Dylan episode had nothing to do with music. The people simply wanted to hear a live performance of songs they knew and liked or at least if new songs,  songs that were almost exactly the same as the songs they knew. It's a problem musicians have when they want to grow and people with small musical minds won't let them. Ricky Nelson wrote a song about it. If you gotta play at garden parties I wish you a lot of luck but If memories was all I sang I'd rather drive a truck.

 

 

There is implicit and explicit ways of knowing. On a basic level it doesn't take long for most people to hear the difference between an oboe, trumpet, guitar, violin all playing the same note. Implicit knowledge, they just hear it. I could tell you why it sounds different. Explicitly with graphs and wave forms and the overtone series. People implicitly understand music. They implicitly understand everything that The Itsy Bitsy Spider has to offer musically and lyrically. It bores them. Most people stop growing soon after that. To grow musically on has to educate one's ear implicitly by a lot of listening. The radio plays almost the same song, songs at the same level. So after growing beyond  The Itsy Bitsy Spider they stop with basic rock and roll. Those who are interested and by luck get exposed to something more seek it out. But most people limit their exposure. If it doesn't sound like what they're used to listening to they change the station. They don't know explicitly why. They can't say there's a chord I haven't heard before or a tempo that's different or a melody along a scale that's not major or minor. They just hear it's different and turn it off. The pop radio stations know this and help by rarely playing anything different or unusual or even a little bit more complex.

Even those who advance beyond the basic can get stuck. That's what happened with Rite of Spring. It was a song beyond the implicit understanding of the listeners. Their ears weren't educated enough to hear it. I could explain explicitly why it was good. I could explain what Stravinski was doing, why it was hard to understand. I could say listen to it a few times and your ear will be educated and you'll begin to hear it. I could explicitly explain how it fits within the evolution of classical music in terms of the harmonic structure. How Gregorian Chants fully explored the harmony of octaves and fifths until it got boring and led to the choral music of Bach. How each advance included the next harmonic in ever increasing complex harmonies. But it's enough if you just listen, your ear will learn to hear it implicitly.

Some times I play a radio in the background tuned to the local rock station. Not often because most rock bores me. Almost every song sounds the same. Almost always the same harmony, same tempo, same instruments, simply melodies. They might as well be playing The Itsy Bitsy Spider over and over again. The music goes in one ear and out the other. Occasionally I'll hear something different, that will pull me away from what I'm doing. In my mind I'll say something is happening there. I'll stop and listen and try to figure out what it is that's happening.

 

 

 

I bought her DVD because of this song. Not because of What If God Was One of Us, the hit from the album. I liked the song and I bought the album because if someone can write and perform this song I wanted to hear what else she could do. I don't know people here. How far you've grown musically. Can you hear that something very different is happening here? Do you like it? Is it hard to listen to and get into? Does it affect you emotionally? Could you dance to it? Do you know why it's different than every other rock song out today?

Anyone, or at least the vast majority, can learn to hear higher quality music. If they just listen eventually they'll be drawn to it. Just as we all learned to hear music that is better than The Itsy Bitsy Spider. And eventually became bored by it. When I get a new album that I like I often don't want to listen to anything else. I'll play it over and over and over again until I've heard everything it has to offer. Every bass line, every cymbal crash. I'll play it until I know it. I got this Joan Osborne DVD when I was traveling from California to Florida. I picked up a hitch hiker, a good old boy who probably never listened to anything but country music his whole life. I played this DVD constantly, just this DVD and I could tell he didn't like it, but my car my music. After a dozen or so times My Right Hand Man was the song he was "seat dancing" to. He was really getting into this song out of all the songs on the album. He was really digging it. Swaying, or jerking since it's hard rock, beating his hands to the music. Anyway there's my little anecdote that says to me you can learn to hear more and better and if you do you'll be drawn to higher quality stuff.


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The entertainment world has been buzzing about the impending sequel of Suicide Squad. Even though the next installment of the bad-guy epic isn't on the official calendar of DC Comics releases, Warner Bros. has begun courting a director and breaking ground on the project. With so much up in the air, it's easy to wonder what we do know about the sequel. We did some digging and scraped together as much confirmed and speculative information as we possibly could.

1. James Gunn Is Writing and Potentially Directing

Although David Ayer wrote and directed the first film, it seems Warner Bros. may be veering in a different direction for round two. The studio was reportedly courting Mel Gibson for the job at first, but in October The Wrap reported that Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn is in talks to write and also direct. Back in July a right-wing troll began circulating a number of Gunn's old tweets, some of which included distasteful jokes about pedophilia. Despite apologizing, Disney fired him from his Marvel gig, so it would be interesting to see how he handles a film in the DCEU, instead.

2. David Ayer Likely Won't Return in Any Capacity

In March 2016, The Wrap inadvertently confirmed the sequel during a seemingly innocuous news report. As almost an afterthought, the site mentioned that Suicide Squad 2 was already on Ayer's 2017 schedule. Obviously things have changed since then, and Ayer is busy with the Training Day TV adaptation and the sequel to his fantasy-crime film for Netflix, Bright.

3. Most of the Original Cast Will Probably Return

The aforementioned report from The Wrap also mentioned that Suicide Squad's sequel was on Will Smith's schedule as well. Considering he was one of the biggest stars attached to the first film, it would make sense that Warner Bros. would want him to return as Deadshot. Jared Leto, Karen Fukuhara, Joel Kinnaman, and Margot Robbie are likely also going to come back, especially since the latter is locked in to play Harley Quinn in the Birds of Prey film. Rumored to be joining the cast is Dwayne Johnson, who would take on the role of Black Adam.

4. It Could Be Rated R

In Spring 2016, David Ayer talked about the sequel with MTV News. While the studio definitely aimed for a PG-13 rating on the first one, the second one is up in the air. Ayer remarked that an R stamp "would be worth lobbying for." In light of the runaway success of 2016's Deadpool, which made billions of dollars and became one of the most successful R-rated films of all time, an R-Rated Suicide Squad sequel sounds pretty appealing. Ayer is no longer involved with the project, but let's hope the studio still decides to take it in that direction.

5. Jay Hernandez May Not Be Gone Forever

Even though El Diablo goes out with a pretty epic blaze of glory in the first film, actor Jay Hernandez told ComicBook that the character could still return somehow. "Of course there is [a chance he could return]! I'm not saying anything, just that it's a possibility." Considering Superman kind of sort of dies in Batman v. Superman but also seems to have somehow come back from the dead to appear in the Justice League films, nothing is out of the question.


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Everything is good except Mahindapala always believe that we are descendants of Vijaya and the clan. Then what about the descendants from King Rawana and other Naga and Raksha tribes who ruled this Island during Lord Buddhas visits to the Island?? Was Kuweni a monkey weaving cotton? We already had a fantastic civilisation according to historians and specially prof. Raj Somadeva who is still doing lot of digging and research. It is a disgrace to this nation to give the credit of civilisation to a hooligan Vijaya and his clan who migrated to this Island from India. Vijaya and the crowd may have got integrated to an already rich civilisation. Archaeological evidences proved that We had our own medicines. I read that these treatments are still in practice. Our scholars should do a bit of ground work rather than following the Mahawamsa alone, which is biased toward India.
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Digging into the TWS archives, Southeast Section Representative Mike Conner discovered that back in 1938, membership dues were $5. That may not sound like much now, but adjusted for inflation, that comes to $85.60 — a hair over today’s $84 dues. “We have not even kept up with inflation,” said TWS President John McDonald, as he opened the membership meeting, noting the society’s sound finances. “Not only did we have a great year,” TWS CEO Ed Thompson told members, “but your society is on very stable financial ground and we want to thank all of you for your participation in that.” Because over 1,000 members — or 10 percent of the organization — would have to be present to have a quorum, the meeting could take no formal action, but members discussed a variety of issues, including changing the quorum requirements for future meetings. One suggestion was allowing proxies to vote on behalf of members who couldn’t attend. “If we’re going to stick to the 10 percent rule … it’s unlikely there would ever be another annual meeting of the membership,” said member Junior Kerns, of New Mexico. Samara Trusso, secretary of the Pennsylvania Chapter, suggested allowing allegations of ethical [...]
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After digging into some rather tempting Hoopla, Mike shares his clever solution to one of Docker’s bigger problems & manages to motivate Chris into trying it out during the show.

Plus thoughts on continuing your coding education, stories of past exams gone wrong & more!

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          Eight Options for Creating Screencasts on Chromebooks      Cache   Translate Page      
Recording screencasts is one relatively easy way to get started making videos in your classroom. Today, I helped some middle school students make screencasts in which they explained the animations they made to represent forms of energy. Those students used Screencastify on their Chromebooks to make their videos. But Screencastify isn't the only screencasting tool that will work on a Chromebook. Here are eight tools that can be used to create screencasts on Chromebooks.

Screencastify was one of the first screencasting tools made for Chromebooks. It's a solid product and is easy to use. You can record your screen, your screen and your webcam, just your screen, or just your webcam. The free version puts a watermark on the recording and doesn't support direct download to MP4. On the upside, there is an option to upload directly to YouTube, to save directly to Google Drive, and to share directly to Google Classroom.

For many years Screencast-o-matic has been my favorite tool for creating screencast videos on Windows and Mac computers. Now it is available to use on Chromebooks too. To use Screencast-o-Matic on a Chromebook just go to this page and click "launch recorder." You can record your screen or your screen and your webcam simultaneously. You can narrate your videos by using your Chromebook's built-in microphone or by using an external mic like a Blue Snowball. The free version of Screencast-o-matic will let you record for up to 15 minutes, record as many videos as you like, and save to your Google Drive or local drive.

Padlet is known as a digital corkboard to which students add notes, links, pictures, and videos. But ff you install Padlet's Chrome extension you can launch a screen recording tool directly from a Padlet note. You can record your screen and voice for up to five minutes. Your recording will be automatically added to your note when stop your recording.

Loom is a free screencasting tool that works on Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows computers. Loom is a Chrome extension. With Loom installed you can record your desktop, an individual tab, and or your webcam. That means that you could use Loom to just record a webcam video on a Chromebook. Of course, this also means that you can use Loom to record your webcam while also recording your desktop. Loom recordings can be up to ten minutes long. A completed recording can be shared via social media and email. You can also download your recordings as MP4 files to upload to YouTube or any other video hosting service. Loom also has a neat integration with Gmail that makes it easy to send screencasts to anyone who emails you for tech help. Click here to see how that integration works. 

Vidyard GoVideo is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. With the extension installed you can record your entire screen or just one window tab. Vidyard GoVideo will let you record yourself with your webcam too. The best part of Vidyard GoVideo is that you can track who watches your video. To record on Vidyard GoVideo you simply have to click the extension icon then choose what you want to record. When you're done recording your video is automatically stored on Vidyard GoVideo. From Vidyard GoVideo you can share your video via email and social media. If you choose to share via email, you will be able to track who watched your video.

Nimbus Screenshot was my favorite tool on this list until Screencast-o-matic launched their Chromebook tool. I like Nimbus because of its ease of installation and it is the only tool on this list that provided a customizable countdown timer. I like the countdown timer because it gives me a few seconds to prepare to start talking over my screencast. The other tools just started recording the second that I hit the record button. Nimbus Screenshot was also the easiest to install and configure on my Chromebook. Screencasts recorded with Nimbus Screenshot can be saved to your local drive or to an online Nimbus account. I usually choose to save to my local drive then upload to my YouTube channel. You can also save to your local drive then send it to Google Drive or another online storage service.

CaptureCast lets you record your webcam while recording your screen which you cannot do with the Nimbus tool. You can choose to record your screen, your screen and your webcam, or just your screen or just your webcam. CaptureCast gives you three options for recording definition. So if you're on a slower network you can choose a lower resolution recording to save processing time. CaptureCast lets you save a recording locally or send it to YouTube or to Vimeo.

Soapbox is a free tool from Wistia that makes it easy to create great screencast videos on a Chromebook or any computer that is using the Chrome web browser. With Soapbox installed in the Chrome web browser you can quickly record your screen and your webcam at the same time. The most distinguishing feature of Soapbox is that you can have your video transition from your screen to your webcam to a combination of the two. Soapbox includes some simple editing tools for zooming in on an area of your screen and calling attention to specific parts of your screen.
             

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Google Classroom has a new random name selector tool available in the Google Classroom Android app. As announced by Google earlier today the random name selector will randomly pick names from your roster and let you keep track of which students have or have not been called upon.

To use the random name selector in the Google Classroom Android app simply open the app, select your class, tap "people" at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the random name selector at the top of the next screen. The random name picker will let you mark a student as absent if he/she isn't in class. You can also select "call later" if you want to move on to another student then come back to the first student. Finally, after you have called on a student tap the "next" button to mark that student as having been called upon.

Here are some random name selectors for those who don't use Google Classroom on an Android phone or tablet. 

Random Name Picker is a free tool from Russel Tarr at Classtools.net. The Random Name Picker lets you input names and spin a virtual wheel to have a name randomly selected from the list. After a name is selected you can remove it from the wheel so that it is not selected again. Random Name Picker is free to use and does not require a registration on Classtools.net. You can save your lists by assigning passwords to them. You can re-use your saved lists. The Random Name Picker wheel can be embedded into your blog or website. The Random Name Picker was written in HTML5 so that it will run in the browser of your iPad.

Flippity.net offers sixteen Google Sheets templates. One of those templates is a random name selector. Simply make a copy of this template, insert your class roster, and then publish your spreadsheet to use Flippity's random name selector.

The Random Name Selector from Primary Technology is a simple tool for picking names from a list you've created. To use the selector just type in or copy a list of names then hit "go." Once a name is selected you have the option of launching a two minute or seven minute countdown timer. You also have the option to remove a name from the list after it has been selected. Watch the video below to learn a little more and see the Random Name Selector in use.


             

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Originally posted on: http://blog.crip.ch/archive/2010/04/24/microsoft-stylecop-is-now-open-source.aspx

I have previously talked about Microsoft StyleCop. For those that might not know about it, StyleCop is a source analysis tool (different from the static analysis that FxCop performs) that analyzes the source code directly. As a result, it focuses on more design (or style) issues such as layout, readability and documentation.

In an interesting move (and one that I am happy to see), Microsoft has decided to make StyleCop an open source project (under the MS-PL license) available on CodePlex. (The project site isn’t up  yet, but should be in the next few weeks.) This will give the development community the opportunity to help contribute to the project, expanding support to other languages (currently it only supports C#), adding features, and fixing bugs. Shortly after the CodePlex site is up, StyleCop 4.4 will be released which includes support for C# 4.0 as well as a large number of bug fixes and other improvements.

 
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Originally posted on: http://blog.crip.ch/archive/2008/08/30/stylecop-4.3-sdk.aspx

Not too long ago I mentioned that StyleCop 4.3 had been released and that the SDK documentation would be out shortly. The wait is over and the SDK documentation is now available.

The documentation covers the following sections:

  • Writing Custom Rules for StyleCop
  • Integrating StyleCop into Build Environments
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I’m looking forward to finding some time to sit down with the SDK and see what kind of custom rules I can write.

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Originally posted on: http://blog.crip.ch/archive/2008/08/30/fxcop-1.36-rtm.aspx

I have always been a huge fan of FxCop, especially FxCop 1.36 even though it was a beta release for a long time. I’m happy to say (a bit late) that FxCop 1.36 has finally been released. Some of the improvements are:

The biggest change from the beta is the addition of the “Use only API from targeted framework” rule, which enforces that you use APIs that shipped in RTM versions of a particular Framework. This is very similar to the rule that Krzysztof and I created earlier this year.

I’m not sure about FxCop 1.35 but the 1.36 beta will not detect the new version automatically, so you must download it directly.  Also, be sure to check out the Code Analysis forum for feedback.

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Jeff Atwood talks about what he considers the “Golden Rule” of source control:

Check in early, check in often.

For Jeff, it seems, going more than 1 day without checking in code is too long and will cause integration headaches down the road. I completely agree with this sentiment, and the idea of not going dark, up to a point. Where Jeff's arguments start to fail is long-running development tasks that have large (or fundamental) impact on an existing code-base, particularly one that is heavily used.

Ordinarily, you would think that these large changes should absolutely be in source control, to which I would say "Yes, as long as you have a private area to check them in." This "private" area could be a dedicated branch, a TFS shelfset, or even a completely new project or repository. The idea here is that while you still want the benefits of source control, you don't want to be checking in changes (breaking or not) to the main-line development trunk to prevent incomplete changes from finding their way into an internal release and to allow you the ability to fix bugs on the main-line trunk without trying to figure out exactly what is safe to check in and what isn't.

There are, obviously, drawbacks to this approach as well. You will almost certainly run in to merge conflicts down the road when you are ready to check in against the main development trunk. There may also be cases where a bug needs to be fixed in multiple locations. Sometimes, problems like this just can't be avoided.

I think making blanket statements such as "don't go dark" and having "empty stubs and basic API skeletons in place" are ideals but they should be tempered by the realities of your project, the scope of the changes being made and the maturity (age) of the code base.

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Originally posted on: http://blog.crip.ch/archive/2008/08/19/visual-studio-and-code-analysis.aspx

Even with the newest releases of StyleCop, FxCop, and Visual Studio 2008, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the suite of technologies and products that make up what should probably be termed “Microsoft Source Analysis”.

I know that calling StyleCop that name caused a lot of confusion since it was being compared to the built-in source analysis features of Visual Studio (at least the Team Edition SKUs of Visual Studio). I think the real heart of the problem is that Visual Studio comes integrated “out of the box” with code analysis capabilities.

Here is what has happened:

First, Microsoft releases a tool called FxCop on GotDotNet. This tool is a “static analysis tool” that looks at a compiled assembly and analyzes it for various violations of “best practice” design guidelines (mostly those spelled out in the Framework Design Guidelines. Then, Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition is released, which includes a built-in utility to perform static analysis. This built-in package uses (at a guess) 90% of the standalone FxCop release (the rules assemblies can be shared, the settings/options are almost the same, the analysis engines are almost the same as well), but includes some extra rules that weren’t part of the FxCop release and drops others that were.

At this point we have two tools that are designed to do the exact same thing which yield different results. One is tightly integrated in to Visual Studio and the other isn’t integrated at all. To remedy this situation, FxCop 1.36 Beta is released which brings FxCop closer in-line with the integrated analysis.

Then Microsoft releases a tool called StyleCop, which performs analysis on the actual source code looking for “best practice” violations partially based on the Framework Design Guidelines but also based on some internal code standards used by various teams at Microsoft.

Looking at the Wikipedia entry for Static Code Analysis:

Static code analysis is the analysis of computer software that is performed without actually executing programs built from that software…In most cases the analysis is performed on some version of the source code and in the other cases some form of the object code…The sophistication of the analysis performed by tools varies from those that only consider the behavior of individual statements and declarations, to those that include the complete source code of a program in their analysis.

So we now have three tools from Microsoft (two of which are almost the same) which all perform some aspect of code analysis. These tools are released by different teams within Microsoft and provide varying levels of integration with the Visual Studio development environment.

I think this is where Microsoft is really failing to provide a consistent experience to the developer community and failing to recognize the real need of the community when it comes to code analysis.

I think tools like FxCop and StyleCop are absolutely critical to good development practices and producing more stable and maintainable code. So, if these tools are so critical how has Microsoft failed in this regard?

There are actually several small failures, any one taken by itself is not a big issue but taken together they form a complete picture:

  1. Visual Studio Integration (FxCop): It’s great that there is a version/variant of FxCop integrated with Visual Studio (at least the more expensive Team Edition SKUs). At the same time, that’s also one of the problems.

    As an MVP, I present a lot of talks to the community about code style and standards. I can’t talk about the integrated code analysis since at least half of my audience generally does not have one of the Team Edition SKUs. That means they don’t have the integrated analysis, so all of the “cool features” that provides (that Microsoft heavily advertised to the developer community as a big selling point for upgrading to VS2005) aren’t available to them.

    What they do have available is the stand-alone FxCop tool. The problem here is that it doesn’t integrate with Visual Studio (unless you want to do extra work, and even then you don’t get a good integrated experience). The other problems are:
    • The stand-alone FxCop still generates slightly different results than the integrated analysis.
    • The settings are stored in a separate .fxcop file and aren’t integrated in any way with the actual Visual Studio project file.
    • Running an analysis is a completely separate (and generally manual) step.
  2. Visual Studio Integration (StyleCop): Again, like the integration for FxCop, this is both good and bad. StyleCop fixes some of the failings with the FxCop integration by providing a stand-alone tool that can also integrate with Visual Studio. While the settings are stored in an external file, you can modify them through Visual Studio. You can also run an analysis through Visual Studio, although you can’t make it an automatic part of the build. The failures here are:
    • The integration puts the code analysis menu options under the “Tools” menu. While this doesn’t sound like a big deal, if you have one of the Team Edition SKUs, you also get an “Analyze” menu (for the built-in FxCop analysis). Intuitively one would expect the source analysis (StyleCop) menus to be under the Analyze menu (see my earlier point about the definition of code analysis).
    • The rules documentation is not integrated with the rest of the Visual Studio documentation.
    • There is no actual stand-alone GUI, so you either run through Visual Studio or MSBuild.
  3. Competing rules: Even though FxCop and StyleCop have completely different reasons for existing, there is some overlap in what they analyze. That means that you can get duplicate rule violations for the same thing if you run both tools, but it also means you can get conflicting rule violations.

    In the cases where both tools analyze for the same rule, that rule should be consistent. This goes for the actual definition of the rule as well as the documentation. The fact that these tools use different documentation styles for the rules simply adds to a feeling of inconsistent branding across these tools and within Microsoft’s developer products.
  4. Different “SDKs” to create custom rules: (I’m guessing here since the StyleCop SDK hasn’t been released, but I’m reasonably sure this is the case.)  Just because these are different products, with different analysis engines and different rule sets doesn’t mean that I should learn two completely different SDKs to create a code analysis rule.

So, what can Microsoft do to correct these issues? A lot, actually…and none of it should conflict with any of Microsoft’s internal goals for the products or teams.

  1. Make FxCop and StyleCop consume at least the System.AddIn namespace, or ideally the new Managed Extensibility Framework. This allows both products to:
    • use a consistent and common way to handle the rules assemblies and will help provide an environment where there is a single way to create a custom rule for either product
    • use a consistent and common GUI (ideally patterned after the current FxCop GUI).
  2. Provide consistent rules across both products. There is absolutely a need for certain rules to exist in both products and that shouldn’t be changed; what should be changed is that those rules should not contradict each other.
  3. Allow FxCop to integrate with Visual Studio the same way StyleCop integrates, but expand that integration to:
    • allow controlling the analysis settings through the project properties (still store them in an external file so the GUI can use the same settings; or allow the GUI to read the VS project files)
    • allow controlling the actual analysis through project settings (like the integrated FxCop analysis)
    • put all of the menu options under a single “Analyze” menu.
  4. Allow both FxCop and StyleCop to integrate with all Visual Studio SKUs, including the Express Editions.
  5. Provide consistently formatted documentation for the rules. From a developer perspective, especially with point #3, the rules should look like they came from a single product.
  6. Move the current “Code metrics analysis” features from being integrated with Visual Studio to being part of FxCop (or as a stand-alone utility, provided it follows all of the same rules listed here).
  7. Remove the current “Code analysis” features from being integrated with Visual Studio in favor of a more integrated FxCop experience.
  8. Ensure that both FxCop and StyleCop provide the same level of MSBuild integration.
  9. Allow StyleCop to work with more than just C# code. Just like FxCop, it needs to be able to analyze any .NET language (or at least the mainstream ones initially).

These changes would provide a consistent developer experience around any type of code analysis activity that can be run as a stand-alone GUI, integrated in to Visual Studio (all SKUs), or as part of MSBuild. It also further reinforces the idea that performing code analysis is a general best practice for all developers, not just certain segments of the developer community.

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Originally posted on: http://blog.crip.ch/archive/2008/08/19/stylecop-4.3-released.aspx

A while ago I talked about a new tool from Microsoft called StyleCop. Since then, there was a lot of confusion surrounding the tool and it has undergone a lot of changes both internally and externally.

Both Jason and Brian do an excellent job explaining the context behind some of the discussions and decisions leading up to these changes, but the biggest one is that the tool has been officially renamed as “StyleCop” to prevent any confusion with the built-in Visual Studio Code Analysis packages.

I’m not sure I agree 100% with the reasoning behind the name reversion, but I’m glad it went back to the StyleCop name. As I mentioned, Microsoft needs to choose one umbrella name for both FxCop and StyleCop as the name for the overall technology/process concept. The industry term (at least the one I’m familiar with) for the type of activities/analysis both of these tools perform is generally called “Code Analysis”. Call it that as a technology “suite” that has two tools: FxCop for static analysis and StyleCop for source code style analysis.

I’m happy to say that the newest release of StyleCop shows the direction StyleCop seems to be heading…and it’s a good direction. The new release includes various bug fixes and better Visual Studio integration, new rules documentation (which is also integrated into Visual Studio) and new rules. See Jason’s post for the full list of rules added.

A StyleCop SDK is also undergoing final review which will allow custom rules to be created, similar to FxCop.

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Ye olde football time. The @MichiganHist twitter account regularly throws out bits and pieces of Michigan athletic coverage from years past and this one is a doozy:

"Such is the training that football, played by eleven gentlemanly fellows with eleven other gentlemanly fellows, gives to the one who enters its lists."

AAGO update. A clarification from the AAGO on the Wisconsin game:

Park-n-party pre-paid passes have been rescinded. This is preemptive to allow people to make alternative plans.  We will take in our season pass holders if possible. That decision will be made Wednesday or Thursday. We did sustain significant damage and the course is still too wet to repair.

Touch and go but not definitively closed.

A history of cheese violence. MVictors has a history of crowd disasters against Wisconsin:

1902 – Chicago (Marshall Field) – U-M 6, Wisconsin 0.   In a massive game held in the Windy City, trains full of fans from Madison and Ann Arbor descended on Chicago to be there.   According to John Kryk’s epic Stagg vs. Yost,  both schools agreed to construct temporary stands to meet the demand for a few hundred additional fans.  Unfortunately it seems many more than could fit hopped aboard the stands…and it got ugly.  Again, Kryk:

In the middle of the first half, timbers in the grandstand suddenly began to creak–then snapped.  The whole stand swayed to the north then collapsed, dropping hundreds.  Incredibly, no one was killed and only a few were seriously injured. 

The game was interrupted for fifteen minutes as stunned, scared, and some bloodied spectators flooded onto the northeast corner of the playing field to escape the woodpile wreckage.

A lighter note: during the hysteria following the collapse, with the guards distracted while tending to the mess, hundreds of ticketless fans rushed in to the field to grab of a view of this huge game.

And no, things never change as a big legal mess ensued between Wisconsin, Michigan and even Chicago (whose Marshall Field was used to stage the big game), with fingers pointing in all directions.

I love that the damn stadium collapsed and the delay was 15 minutes, or half of the current wait when there's a thunderbolt in the area. Let's go! It's 1902, we're all dying in the near future!

[After THE JUMP: a worse crime against football than the above]

Good God. Jason Kirk memorializes Mike Stoops by digging up the worst defensive strategy in football history:

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They did this the whole drive. If you can stand it, the video is at the link above. Do not show this to Don Brown unless you have prepared a bunker in an adjoining state.

MSU injuries. Starting MSU guard David Beedle is out a month, which will obviously hold him out of the Michigan game. Punter Jake Hartbarger had an initial prognosis that may have seen him return for the Michigan game but is now out for the year. That latter is a bigger loss than you might think. Hartbarger's replacement is averaging just 35 net yards; Hartbarger was at 44.

Beedle's injury is one of several on the OL:

Sophomore right guard Kevin Jarvis hurt his right ankle at Indiana and has not played the past two games.

Third-year left tackle Cole Chewins got hurt in early August and slowly has been getting more reps, though he has been coming off the bench.

Sophomore Luke Campbell, who began the year at left tackle and now has been shifted to guard, also got banged up at Indiana and has not started the past two weeks.

Those injuries have led to constant shuffling and significant playing time Saturday at guard for two redshirt freshmen: Blake Bueter, who made his first career start in place of Jarvis, and Matt Carrick, who debuted on the offensive line in place of Beedle after working on field-goal and extra-point units.

MSU is struggling to run the ball as a result. They're 114th in S&P+.

Panic! No wait, don't panic. Michigan was roped into the FBI's NCAA corruption trial:

As problems go, a former football player giving some cash to a guy you're not even recruiting is a pretty minor one. Law-talkin' guy Richard Hoeg looked into the specific bylaw:

Michigan might have to "disassociate" Streets but I'd imagine that's as far as it goes.

Meanwhile at that trial. It's not going great for the FBI, it seems, because the law they're trying to rope in to go after the various agent types is flimsy. Dan Wetzel's covering it and has it right:

They should be shamed, but it’s a shameless lot. Emmert and the others lack even the courage to come to Lower Manhattan to listen to the reality of the sport and the families and the kids that have made each of them generationally wealthy. They’d rather stay away, bury their head in the sand and commission some “blue ribbon” committee headed by Condoleezza Rice to tell them whatever predetermined truth they are desperate to hear.

Rinse, repeat, cash the check.

A multinational corporation allegedly went to Saginaw and offered a high school sophomore a glorious opportunity. It could help him. It could help his family. It could help his future.

The NCAA finds this objectionable, a bad and terrible thing that must be stomped out, even prosecuted.

It seems like the wrong people are on trial here.

Even though that's the case the trial is flinging off a ton of evidence of how busted the system is:

De Sousa played last year on the Jayhawks’ Final Four team and is returning for his sophomore season. Meanwhile, prosecutors said evidence would show an agreement to pay top recruit Billy Preston $90,000 to play for Kansas. Preston enrolled at KU but never played following an automobile accident that led to the school investigating the ownership of a vehicle.

Attorneys for both Gatto and Code also said that a discussed $150,000 payment for recruit Nassir Little to attend the Adidas-sponsored University of Miami came about only after evidence would show, “the University of Arizona was going to pay, or offered to pay, $150,000 for [recruit] Nassir Little to go to Arizona,” Donnelly said. “… Jim was asked to match that offer.”

Donnelly also said the family of former North Carolina State player Dennis Smith Jr. received $40,000 while he was playing for the Wolfpack, although she denied that it was an inducement to sign with the school. “He grew up dreaming of playing for NC State,” Donnelly said.

They're going to find similar payments at, what, 80% of Power 5 schools if they look into them? There has to be some point at which the NCAA throws up its hands. Right? Probably not. But maybe?

Etc.: Climbing the road to being a college basketball official is a ridiculous process that limits the pool of qualified refs. John Beecher profiled. Ohio State's defense is still getting roasted.

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October 9th, 2018 at 3:49 PM ^

That Oklahoma-Baylor drive is something to behold.

I'm in the "fans usually don't know what they're talking about when they criticize playcalling" camp. That drive is a clear exception. Mike Stoops was getting booed as the drive was going on; members of the team were up in arms; guys like Billy Sims were aghast.

I don't understand how Mike Stoops kept that job for four more years. What a humiliation. 

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October 9th, 2018 at 4:17 PM ^

Ironically enough the one infuriating half i remember most from the RichRod era was Wisconsin, 2010.  They came out after halftime and ran basically the same damn play every play for the entire half save for one pass AND WE NEVER ADJUSTED.

I was losing my freaking mind watching them gain 5-7 yards running basic counter plays off tackle all half.  I kept thinking at some point we would do something different but nope, we stayed in whatever base defense Gerg had dialed up and they stayed in whatever power I formation they were running. And got between 5-7 yards every play.

All. The.Damn. Half.

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October 9th, 2018 at 4:42 PM ^

The only time in many.many years of watching M football that I was so disgusted I got up and left the stands. Walked around outside until halftime, then reentered. The halftime show was far more entertaining than the game, as I recall.

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October 9th, 2018 at 7:28 PM ^

EVERYTHING sucked about that game:

-Bert ordered a hit on Mike Martin's knee. Bert: "They were holding our tackles we tried to pull. We, heh-heh, took care of it." (Thats pretty close to what he actually said. In other words, Brett Bielema basically admitted to purposely injuring one of our players.

-Wisconsin did not throw a pass in the 2nd half.

-There was a brief Michigan rally in the third quarter that kept me from leaving the game. I never want to leave the game. Instead, I watched our defense get poleaxed.

-Sometime in the fourth quarter, a slobberingly drunk woman picked me out of the crowd and accused me of sitting in her seat. When we're winning, this is just a charming feature of Michigan Stadium: people showing up late, squeezing through a section and demanding that you create enough ass-space for them to sit while everyone around them stands. When you're losing, you just feel violent.

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October 9th, 2018 at 7:22 PM ^

Funny (not so funny) thing is, the same damn thing happened against Army! I mean, not exactly, but their whole strategy against them was preventing the big plays. So instead they got death by a thousand paper cuts, and if not for a late Army turnover they probably lose that game. It was breathtakingly bad strategy. They consistently lined up with 5 DL (who got cut block to oblivion), two linebackers and two deep safeties.  Yes service academies are difficult...but holy hell at least give yourself a chance man. 

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October 9th, 2018 at 3:58 PM ^

There's another interesting SBNation link to last year's OSU-Iowa game that points out how Iowa did a lot of damage to OSU with quick passes to its tight ends up the middle. Author argues that you can't out-athlete OSU, but you can beat them with fundamentals. Blames Greg Schiano for the issues.

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October 9th, 2018 at 4:58 PM ^

Since Harbaugh was hired my feeling was that Michigan wasn't going to out recruit Meyer, who already had a head start, but they could use player development and scheme to level the playing field.  When you are breaking in new starters every year and have most of your players go pro after 3 years, it's easier to rely on their superior athleticism and keep the scheme simple. 

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In my recent installment of The End of Endings, I wrote that, for Game of Thrones' Jon Snow, "death and life were part of the larger narrative trend that has turned into a narrative law: no one stays dead." Since then, people have written to let me know all of the resurrected characters I left out. It's a long list.

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A sort-of sequel to the previous seven novels, set 19 years later, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reveals Harry as the middle-aged Head of Magical Law Enforcement and married to Ginny Weasely. The action centers on their unfortunately named younger son, Albus Severus, and his time-turning adventures with new best-friend, Scorpius Malfoy (yes, son of that Malfoy) at Hogwarts. At first glance, the play defies the conventional idea that time stops once a book ends and disrupts the seeming stability and hope of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' epilogue. Harry and the others seem to have been aging in real time while we weren't looking, because now that Harry is a married adult he is too boring to write about, always the unspoken message of the fairy tale ending: "The live happily ever after, because nothing interesting happened to them ever again." Even then, though, the play would still be in keeping with one of the series' most powerful and ironic ideas: that a magical world should be as mundane and distressing as our own, centering on rules, social castes, ministries, prejudice, and, worst of all, school.

In bringing the characters back and adding their progeny, the play becomes about the passage of time itself, and then what going back and changing the story could have meant. Dead headmaster Dumbledore, as in Deathly Hallows, continues to communicate with Harry, and the reader, here in the form of a magically sentient painting; for plot purposes, death cannot stop Dumbledore from functioning as a living character. And through the narrative magic of time travel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brings back, at least temporarily, formerly deceased characters, most notably Cedric Diggory, the pivotal death in the series.

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For many fans, Cedric's death in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire suggested that the series, along with its initial readership, was growing up, able to handle the darker, more mature idea that a student at Hogwarts, not just villains or adult characters, could die and, with his death, usher in the return of Voldemort. In Cursed Child, Albus and Scorpius are persuaded by Delphi Diggory, a new character claiming to be the niece of Cedric's father Amos, to go back in time to save Cedric. But not surprisingly, their plan goes awry, with each attempt creating a series of unintended consequences and butterfly effects on the events of the novels that readers have enshrined. Their changes to the continuity ultimately turn Cursed Child into the YA genre that the Harry Potter series itself was supplanted by, a Hunger Games-style dystopia where Harry is dead and Voldemort reigns supreme. Harry is resurrected by the boys' continued interference in the stories we thought we knew, with the additional twist that Delphi is the daughter of Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange, a detail that also interferes with the stories we thought we knew, in a different way. Their seeming failure was part of her evil plan to bring Voldemort back from the dead the whole time.

It is not, of course, Albus and Scorpius who have rewritten the story as much as Rowling herself, arguably acting through Delphi, whose name is less prophetic than backward looking. With a decade of Pottermore, public statements, and Tweets, Rowling has been unable to leave the series alone, to let it stand on its own or rest in peace, perhaps best satirized by this tweet: "*jk rowling wakes up* what's today's tweet *spins large bingo cage* hagrid… is… pansexual and… he later joined isis"

Through her foray into this time-travelling sequel and with the next series of movie prequels, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter, or at least his wizarding world, joins Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Marvel as yet another fictional universe from which we never need part. Yet when Deathly Hallows ended, readers finally got to see Voldemort vanquished, and in its epilogue, see Harry finally earn what he'd always most desired, going back to his vision in the Mirror of Erised in Sorcerer's Stone: a family. That would, or could, have been enough. Now, readers get to see him age, work and struggle with his kids, so that, near the end of Cursed Child, after the proper timeline has been restored and Voldemort defeated again again, father and son bond over their similarities:

Albus: I'll try to be a better son. I know I'm not James [his older brother], Dad, I'll never be like you two—

Harry: James is nothing like me.

Albus: Isn't he?

Harry: Everything comes easy for James. My childhood was a constant struggle.

Albus: So was mine. So you're saying—am I—like you?

Harry smiles at Albus.

Harry: Actually you're more like your mum—bold, fierce, funny—which I like—which I think makes you a pretty great son.

Albus: But I almost destroyed the world.

But we, like Albus, shouldn't worry. The destruction of the world is safely at bay because that would mean the end of the Harry Potter universe, and Rowling and her fans, unlike poor Harry himself, have no desire for an ending.

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On the other hand, Zero K, the most recent novel by Don DeLillo, raises the possibility that death, or even staying dead, is not, to borrow from Sherlock Holmes, the final problem. The problem, like Cursed Child, is who has to die, and what happens next. Like Cursed Child, Zero K feels high concept—instead of Harry's son on a time-turning quest, Zero K is narrated by Jeffrey, son of billionaire Ross Lockhart who, with his terminally ill second wife Artis, attempts to subvert death through cryogenics. As Ross explains to Jeffrey, "The time will come when there are ways to counteract the circumstances that led to the end. Mind and body are restored, returned to life."

Somehow, without realizing it, for both DeLillo and Rowling, death, the end of the world, and endings themselves are best emblematized by a dysfunctional father/son relationship. But unlike Cursed Child, this is no adventure story, with no acts ending in cliffhanger stage directions like "He's coming. He's coming. He's coming. And then a scream. The voice of Voldemort… Haaarrry Pottttter!" Despite its trappings of science fiction, Zero K spends zero time on the mechanics of how the freezing and reviving process would work, unlike the similarly timed Ridley Scott film The Martian (2015, based on the novel by Andy Weir, yet another book that seems to kill its protagonist only to bring him back again, except the reader knows he can't be dead if he is the narrator; The Martian ain't exactly William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. The Martian is interested only in its science. The metaphysical implications of being left behind, alone, on a distant planet, do not concern astronaut Mark Watney. But the philosophical problems of what defeating death would mean is all that interests DeLillo. Jeffrey begins to realize the problem in his conversation with the man in the monk's cloak in the cryogenics facility:

"What do you do here?"

"I talk to the dying"

"You reassure them."

"What do I reassure them of?"

"The continuation. The reawakening."

"Do you believe that?"

"Don't you?" I said.

"I don't think I want to. I just want to talk about the end. Calmly, quietly."

"But the idea itself. The reason behind this entire venture. You don't accept it."

"I want to die and be finished forever. Don't you want to die?" he said.

"I don't know."

"What's the point of living it we don't die at the end of it?"

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In keeping with the title and DeLillo's reputation, the tone of the novel is chilly. The cryogenic facility, referred to as the Convergence, and Ross's decision to freeze his body—end his life now so that he can be reborn free of death—becomes DeLillo's occasion to analyze the end, or the end of the end, as we see in the novel's opening sentence: "Everybody wants to own the end of the world." Here, we immediately learn that not everyone can deny death. The poor, political refugees, soldiers, and regular folk, like Cedric Diggory, a narrative martyr whose death in Rowling's world prevents disaster, will still die. But DeLillo, unlike the wave of apocalyptic pop culture before him, is less interested in the end than who is left after the end to possess it.

DeLillo seems to be nodding toward the growing ranks of real-life billionaires—PayPal's Peter Thiel, Virgin's Richard Branson, who donates money to Alcor, an actual "life extension foundation" devoted to making cryogenics reality, Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov, 81-year-old casino magnate Don Laughlin, and more—bankrolling real facilities like Zero K's fictional Convergence. And for a supposed technological utopia, the Convergence bears all the marks of a religious cult: devotion, compliance, nonstop sermons, barebones asceticism, and dubious promises -- associations DeLillo's language and imagery frequently emphasizes. More than anything in fiction, the Convergence resembles Heaven's Gate, the real-life cult that committed mass suicide in 1997 in their attempt to reach a spaceship they believed was following the Hale-Bopp comet. The Convergence's assurance of life after death is the ultimate heaven's gate, the final gated community, available only to the ultra-rich, while the rest of us remain outside to die.

Zero K's opening line thus changes the dynamics of dystopia: only the obscenely wealthy can place themselves in suspended animation and survive. Death becomes the ultimate version of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine a title that sounds like Rowling made it up to describe Delphi's plan, as Klein explains in her book: "This desire for godlike powers of creation," Klein writes, "is precisely why free-market ideologues are so drawn to crises and disasters." Death, once natural and inevitable, is rewritten as a catastrophe and engineered to benefit the wealthy. In his first line alone, DeLillo exposes the disaster-capitalist intimations of dystopias evident in works like HG Wells's The Time Machine, Jack London's The Iron Heel, and hiding in plain sight in the Hunger Games, where the final battle against the Capitol (-OL) would be better off spelled Capital (-AL). Stories about the end of the world are and have always been about income inequality—an economic term that, in its innocuousness, feels like something a DeLillo character could have invented. But its bland euphemism masks life and death.

Engaging in a kind of Socratic debate, the twins that Jeffrey refers to as the Stenmarks try to resolve the Convergence's existential problem:

"What about those who die? The others. There will always be others. Why should some keep living while others die?"

"Half the world is redoing its kitchens, the other half is starving" (70).

In a domestic novel—say, DeLillo's masterpiece black comedy White Noise—the line would be an epigram, a clever jab; in Zero K, it's a vast expansion of White Noise's recurring marital question, "Who will die first?" Now we know: the poor, the unimportant. Think of how many Muggles must have died in Cursed Child's alternate timeline who don't even warrant a mention. They—we—are the unnamed collateral damage in Harry Potter's personal and secret war, just as everyone aside from the superrich will be cast aside in Zero K.

On the other hand, though, as the novel goes on, we never learn the fate of Ross or Artis. We don't even know for sure whether the Convergence's procedure works, or whether the promise of advanced futuristic technology to rescue and resuscitate will come to pass. Instead, Jeffrey's life simply continues. He takes care of his father's estate, just as if Ross had died. He meets a woman, and things are good, and then they aren't. He struggles with work. The Convergence barely comes up again. With death seemingly banished, the novel itself has no ending to speak of, simply leaving off, with Jeffrey alive and searching, concluding abruptly in medias res—like the reader, in life's relentless middle.

Yet on the very last page, as Jeffrey hears a boy—"thick-bodied, an oversized head"—cry out, and he envisions "Ross, once again, in his office, the lurking image of my father telling me that everybody wants to own the end of the world," realizing that, perhaps, not everybody wants to own the end of the world. He doesn't, anyway. It's not quite an epiphany, but even though it's on the last page, it captures the best part of being in the middle, even, like Harry Potter, being middle-aged: the modest realization, even cliché, that as bad as life can seem, it still beats the hell out of the alternative. Jeffrey concludes, "I went back to my seat and faced forward. I didn't need heaven's light. I had the boy's cries of wonder."

Maybe DeLillo and Rowling are right: face forward. Life is too short for endings. See you at Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldhe Crimes of Grindelwald in November.


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To those whom love Commerce Server 2007 as much as I do. Here is a little script to help you determine the Service Pack level of each database.

use MSCS_Admin
select s_PropertyName, s_Value
From dbo.resourceProps

This will return multiple values. This is helpful in knowing if you have Commerce Server 2007 installed correctly as well as helping you to identify the correct service pack upgrade number per database.

SP1

Transaction Database = 7.0

Transaction Config Database = 7.0

Product Catalog Database = 7.2

Inventory Database = 7.1

Direct Mailer Database = 6.0

 

SP2

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Inventory Database = 7.2

Direct Mailer Database = 6.0

 

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So a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how to back up your data on a windows(XP(home and Pro) Vista (all versions)) machine. Some great little apps to backup data to external drives even to a network allocated storage device.

Did you however think great I have a way to backup the data and its working however my hard drives are filling up quickly. What do I do now?

Well you have options:

  1. Backup Less often (this can make things a bit interesting if you are constantly changing files and you may lose critical info.)
  2. Delete older backup files. (if your paranoid like me how far do you go back and delete backups?)
  3. Backup your data to a outside source.

So I am going to talk about option 3.  We want to publish all the backups to a outside source. Well what source or applications are available?

There are a ton of great backup applications/services on the web. I decided to just reference a few:

skydrive Microsoft Skydrive

Amazons3 Amazon S3 and JungleDisk Jungle Disk

Carbonite Carbonite

Mozy Mozy

SugarSync Sugar Sync

Yes I have tested these applications/services. Here is the break down.

Microsoft Skydrive: 25gigs of Storage. No automatic backup and have to be signed in to upload. Web interface to upload only. Non Encrypted. Free

Amazon S3: Pay per Gig use. Only a service. To be able to interface the service you have to use 3rd party applications (Jungle Disk) to do your backup. Encrypted transfers. Pay.

Carbonite: Unlimited storage. Installs to your local c drive and you can drag and drop files. Non Encrypted. Monthly service plan. *Used this service for 12months. Did not like the inflexibility of the service. Also after multiple emails asking if the data uploads and storage was encrypted. I was told in summary: Not to worry about what we do with your data. I promptly Canceled the service.

Mozy: Limited storage as of writing. A lot like carbonite. Non Encrypted. Monthly service plan

SugarSync : Another Clone to Carbonite and Mozy. Non Encrypted. Monthly service plan.

 

So there is the run down on services. However some things you might consider because it is your data. Right?

-Auto Backup?

-Where is the Data really going?

-Who has permission to view your data?

-Availability?

-Encryption?

-Support?

-How to Restore?

Service Auto Backup Data Stored (location) Who can see data? Availability(uptime) Encryption available Customer Support? Restore
Skydrive No Microsoft Private and Public ??? Hope microsoft servers stay online. No No or MSN support so No. No just download data
Amazon S3 Yes only if you use JungleDisk with it. Across all Amazon Data Centers Only You and those you invite(not recommended) ???
Seen Amazon down 3 times in year
Yes Yes Amazon support. Yes using Jungle Disk.
Carbonite Yes, If you map your drives correctly. Good luck. Carbonite Servers Could not be answered by Carbonite ??? As long as the company stays open. No, Once again could not be answered by Carbonite Yes, Very bad support via email. No
Mozy See Carbonite Mozy Servers Yes ??? ??? Email No
Sugar Sync See Carbonite Sugar Sync Servers Yes ??? ??? Email No

 

In summary all these services are very good. It is hard to choose a service unless you really nitpick.

My personal choice after using all these services. Is amazon s3 and Jungle Disk. As a second backup I use SkyDrive and for stuff I want to just publish to the web I use Drop.io.

Why I use these services is partly out of habit. However I like the pricing schema of Amazon s3 and the ease of making the files stored there made public.

Your thoughts are always appreciated.

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Being a System Administrator as well as a Web Developer I run into issues with the Mail protocol SMTP.

Things hang or people want their email better formatted. Or simply test out you spam messages you are going to blast before you well blast them.

Of course you run into issues like is my ports open correctly, is the SMTP server setup to block relaying? Has my domain been blacklisted from spamming?

These kind of questions are important. While I can’t fix the blacklisting domain issue the rest is well my night job.

However during the day I develop lots and lots of web code and sometimes and most often these applications need a way to contact people via email, txt and so forth.

Being behind a great firewall and sending test email can be a long and drawn out process. I found a  great application to do the SMTP testing for you inside you own localhost(127.0.0.1) Yes that is my localhost ip if you would like to “hack me” go ahead Ill wait.(if you don’t already know that is the IP of your pc).

PaperCut

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Paper Cut is my favorite application for development. It allows me to debug the SMTP messages without sending them to anyone.