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osu78 12th Warrior

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Comment 03 Oct 2015

 increasing series of blows struck by the Irish against Ohio State in head-to-head recruiting

Absolutely unbelievable. They are irrelevant

Kelly has brought them back into the national picture.  They'll never be the powerhouse they once were but the name and history is very compelling; and you get to play on a national stage no matter how good ND is in any given year. Like em or hate em, I'd rank them in a top 10 list of "Nationally Prominent Football Schools."

Comment 30 Sep 2015

I feel for you. I've been there. Got 3 days notice after 10 years and being told that I had a future there. It was hard, especially since I felt like a failure. Even worse was seeing the impact on my family, but it was then I learned the true meaning of love. It took a while to get over the feeling of loss, sorrow, anger, etc.

Don'y make any rash decisions. Have a lawyer look over your severance agreement. Figure out how long 29 weeks will last vs a pay cut but still employed and having benefits. Could you retire if you hung on a few years, even with a pay cut? Assess the impact on your savings / retirement. If you have a 401K loan that gets paid off and is a cash withdrawal and taxed plus penalty if under the retirement age. Let things settle before you make a final decision. Get help so you don't make a costly mistake.

One benefit of working, even at a lower salary, is you can look for a job while you have a paycheck and you could look for possible opportunities in your company as well. Tap your network now and let everyone know you are looking. It's hard to admit you've been laid off but you need to find the real jobs, not those on job boards that will get hundreds of resumes. Find a place that does free resume reviews and can help with cover letters and tailoring resumes to jobs. Never use a generic resume for multiple jobs.

Most importantly, don't give up hope. It does get better, and we're here for you.

Comment 30 Sep 2015

My motto is "I'm too poor to buy cheap tools".

My dad always said "If you want to be a 50 cent mechanic buy 50 cent tools." He left me wit a deep appreciation for quality tools.  I used to like Craftsman as a good shade tree mechanic tool at a good price, but more and more of their stuff is made in China. I still have my US made ones and am always worried one will break and I'll get a cheap Chinese replacement. I also have a bunch of SUN test equipment that is really great but useless on todays cars. 

Comment 30 Sep 2015

Campanology (from Late Latin campana, "bell"; and Greek -λογία, -logia) is the study of bells

Comment 30 Sep 2015

Rule 1. Never get momma mad. 

Rule 2. When you are about to, remember rule 1.

Rule 3. There is no rule 3.

Talk to them. You're coming back and they obviously valued you. Think about what mad you feel unappreciated. It's usually not money but something else. Write down what made you feel that way and what would have mitigated the feelings. Prioritize the list. Talk it through with momma, having someone else listen and give you feedback is a great way to get to the real issues. You have a chance to tactfully bring it up by saying " I'm glad to be back. I never realized how much you cared about me and valued me as an employee until I left." That opens the dialogue to what made you feel unappreciated in a way that opens the door to a better working environment. They may not even realize what bothered you and simply assumed since they pay you well and you get a lot of work you are happy. Realize that some people are not good at showing they care even if they truly do care, and don't realize they come across as uncaring.

As a side note, what tools do you like? I inherited my dad's Snap-ons which one day will be my kid's tools.

Comment 30 Sep 2015

If some of your coworkers are good techs they may be as unhappy as you and not know what is out there. Once you leave, if your new (old) shop needs some good techs you can help them and your previous coworkers out.

Comment 30 Sep 2015

While I agree in principle, the problem is you've now got a supervisor who you've made look bad, deservedly or not. That's not a good thing, no matter how bad they are, especially since they control your workflow. You just wind up looking like a troublemaker and may be a marked man.

In addition, you have no idea what the relationship is between your boss and the owner; especially since you are very new. If the owner can't figure out why they lose good people all the time they either don't want to know, don't care or are too dense to try to figure it out and fix it; none of which bodes well for your situation.

Comment 29 Sep 2015

Always give 2 weeks but plan on being out the door immediately. Talk to your new (previous) employer telling them you will return but need to give 2 weeks notice and ask if you can start immediately if the other place cuts you loose. 

You really don't owe them an explanation beyond the work environment was not what you expected or even that your previous employer convinced you to return. If pressed you can provide details but always take the high road. 

I would, however, honestly ask yourself if the things that made you leave are fixed or if you can live with them when you return. You don't want to walk back into a place you will be itching to leave again. 

As for the short stint, you could easily explain it to a prospective employer by saying you got a good offer but discovered the working situation wasn't what you expected and thus decided to return to your previous employer who told you you were welcome back at anytime. Since they rehired you it's a pretty good bet you were a good employee who they hate to see leave. 

Comment 28 Sep 2015

In the middle of the night, in a snowstorm, on Mayflower vans. I've never used Mayflower, but I'm not bitter. At least Irsay had the decency to die before Indy won a Super Bowl.

A great read is "When the Colts belonged to Baltimore."

Now I'll have a National Bo, Baltimore style... Too bad I can't have a Gino's Giant with it...

Comment 27 Sep 2015

I think 12Guage's late throws is easily fixable. He needs to get in a rhythm and trust his receivers a bit to run to the ball. That will not only solve the turnover issues with the deep ball but put points on the board. The balls he threw late looked like good throws in terms where he put the ball but since it was late it was behind his target. A few seconds earlier and a WR in full strive and it's a big gain or TD.

We do need to fix the run defense. I wonder it was because WMU had a credible passing game and thus could not drop a linebacker into the box to avoid leaving the middle open?

Comment 27 Sep 2015

They could be a dark horse top 4 team if they keep winning; especially if UO and TTUN wind up with decent records. A TTUN with only 2 -3 losses and an Oregon with a similar record would be a big plus for a top 4 argument for Utah.

Comment 26 Sep 2015

Exactly. Look at how you plan to use the phone and decide which one best meet your needs. It's a lot like buying a dSLR. Nikon and Canon make great cameras and lens; each with some advantages over the other. Once you buy one and invest in glass switching gets expensive. Similarly, once you've found a set of apps that do what you want to do and get familiar with them it is hard to switch and find similar apps ad relearn a workflow.

For me, email and expense account management are my biggest needs. I started with a Palm Pilot and now use an iPhone to record expenses and take photos of receipts, greatly reducing the time it takes to fill them out. I can export everything by client tot a pdf and spreadsheet and in few minutes have a completed expense summary for billing.

 I do like Handoff which lets me answer calls on my Mac. No more hunting for the phone.

Overall, both systems are good. Android is a bit fragmented as each manufacturer tailors the OS to their phone but that is generally not an issue. Just stay away from Blackberry. One of my clients gave me one for secure emails and it is a pain to use, coming from a touch navigation device using iOS or Android.

Comment 26 Sep 2015

I remember those days. I'd be tethered on my old CDMA Treo and a call would come in and no more internet...

Comment 26 Sep 2015

While I don't work in the industry I did do some consulting work a while back for a test house. Interesting business.

Comment 25 Sep 2015

The flip side to regulation is it limits competition. Get rid of regulation and every guy who's willing to cut corners will underbid those trying to do things the right way. having worked in several highly regulated industries many of the rules border on the absurd but then again they let us charge a lot more for our work than if anyone could walk in and do it. 

Comment 25 Sep 2015

I've watched via ESPN using VPN for a US server and my cable login. If that doesn't work and you can't watch then 97thefan's live audio stream is the next best bet.

Comment 21 Sep 2015

A while ago a newspaper ran a contest.

First prize was tickets to  a Purdue game

Second prize was tickets to two Purdue games...

Comment 19 Sep 2015

Your perspective would be greatly appreciated since you have first hand knowledge of the school.

My main concern, as I pointed out, is when the best interests of the company diverge from that of the athlete the company has a fiduciary responsibility to the owners to do what is best for the owners. As the money keeps getting bigger I suspect you'll see more of these academies and the potential for abuse gets bigger. 

Sure we take kids from there, they can play football. What happens to the kid who gets injured? Is he prepared for college, not college football? I don't know the answer, but am curious on your take.

Comment 18 Sep 2015

While I have no issue with a for profit public school, IMG's approach bothers me. Several points:

1.  It sounds as a thinly veiled way to let big companies establish relationships with future stars through corporate sponsored camps. How long before agents sponsor events as well? No payment to the the athletes, but that could give money to IMG for scholarships. What happens when a guy gets the IMG/Superagent Smith scholarship to attend?

2. How long before colleges get hit up for "donations" to ensure access to IMG and their athletes for recruiting purposes? Or get charged a "scholarship donation aka transfer fee" when a kid signs up?

3. What is the quality of education? How well do the kids who don't get to the NFL do academically?