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osu78 12th Warrior


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Comment 5 hours ago

DC's not bad if you time it right. I occasionally drive when there on business but schedule meetings to avoid early morning rush hours. Other wise it's METRO and / or MARC. Somehow it's not the full DC experience without an escalator outage, unplanned single tracking and tourists standing on the left...

Comment 5 hours ago

Just last week on 71, I had a mattress and box spring fly out of the truck in front of me and almost take me out.

In Atlanta that is called the world's fastest flea market...

Comment 5 hours ago

I loved Chicago's mass transit. I dumped my car after the first semester in grad school since it only go used to move from one parking space to another to avoid a ticket (we'd coordinate car moves and simply swap spots a few cars apart).

Comment 5 hours ago

 Of course this would never happen, because those 'Education First' universities love the revenue and/or free marketing they receive from it... 

Since most schools lose money on athletics they'd probably be happy to drop sports from that standpoint; and unless they are winning the free marketing value is doubtful. Personally, I'd like to see schools drop going to non-profitable bowls (most of them) until the bowls change the economics. If East Nowhere wants the prestige of hosting a bowl let them pay for it, not the schools. If that happened there'd be a lot fewer BS bowls.

Sports have a place at schools, but the bottom line is the university spend a lot of money subsidizing programs and at some point that becomes unsustainable. Football, for example, also helps subsidize the NFL's player pipeline by providing a free farm system; at some point the schools will need to assess the value of that and either extract payments form the NFL or the NFL may see the pipeline shrink as schools reassess the cost of running a Div I football program. No matter how much people like something at some point if the costs get too high it collapse under its own weight. 

Comment 5 hours ago

Spinal Tap could use the same guys so it would easily work.

I concur and would love to see them do that - like MIB did with MIB 3.

BTTF could work as well they would just need to take their time, cast the right people, and not make it some corny sequel.

Get Christopher Lloyd, continue after the DeLorean is destroyed and it might work. 

Comment 5 hours ago

I don't know, but when I was working as an ex-pat I paid the tax on any such use (not that I got a private jet) but my employer grossed up my salary to cover the tax expense. I'm guessing tOSU does the same and it is in the employment agreement; thus anyone who attends games or buys merchandise helps pay it.

Comment 5 hours ago

Considering a jet can run 2 - 5K / hour I agree the numbers seem OK. A roundtrip to Florida easily costs 6  - 15K.  It also depends what tOSU rolls into the fuel and maintenance costs. For example, how much of Don Scott's costs are included in those numbers to cover fuel storage, parts and aircraft storage, etc.? Depending on how the are used and what grants allow for cost recovery costs may or may not be allocated to specific planes or flights. For example, if the athletic department reimburses tOSU for flight costs then it may be advantageous to push costs onto them to minimize any profit. In the end, that's the real challenge with cost numbers - unless you know how they are allocated you really don't know what they represent.

Comment 6 hours ago

I'm not sure Casino Royale was a remake. The original wound up being a satire, with an amazing all star cast (Woody Allen as Bond?). I agree tehy couldn't do scenes or lines like they did, or even names. Giovanna Goodthighs, anyone?

Comment 6 hours ago

Back to the Future.

Spinal Tap

No way. Some movies are just too iconic to deserve to be remade; with the chemistry between the leads perfect so as to make a movie that is as good today as it was when it was first out. The Italian Job without Caine, Coward and Hill? Just some new Mini's running around and no iconic chase scene.

Comment 6 hours ago

I've seen that lack of understanding in a lot of places, public and private. It often comes down on how costs are budgeted and allocated. For example, I worked with a private sector company that allocated support costs based on staff size. As a result, no one really know what the actual costs were since the budget charge had no relationship to the actual cost of providing the service. For example, printing costs were spread across all divisions based on staff size, but one division used 80% of the capacity yet only paid 20% of the costs so it looked cheap to them while it looked very expensive to others who may only print 1 item a year.

IT, anywhere, seems to be particularly bad at understanding cost allocation. They seem to think every PC should pay the same for support, regardless of how much is actually used. Price it on a per use basis, develop your budget and staff on anticipated workload, and let managers work with their staff to minimize their IT costs. If that means the per call cost is to high for in house staff, then out source it.  Too often cost allocation is used to hide poor management of support services and their true costs.

Shoot, some of them now teach ridiculous classes that have ZERO relevance to the real world.

While as someone whose academic career has focused on real world skills I understand that viewpoint my real world experience teaches me it is somewhat short sighted. You never know when something you learned will be useful, even if it appears useless at the time you learn it. Part of being educated is to be exposed to things new to you and to broaden your horizons, IMHO. 

Comment 7 hours ago

If you make that argument the counter is too look at the profit or loss from football or the athletic department in general. If UC football isn't profitable then it is reasonable to question expenditures. UC's athletic seems to be operating at a loss and is subsidized by the university, at least from data I found.

Professors often generate revenue, in terms of grants, running various institutes associated with the campus, patent royalties, etc. 

As much as I love college athletics, the current arms race is unsustainable in the long run. Few programs have the luxury of running in the black, and unless costs are controlled we may find schools deciding to forgo expensive sports as the ROI is not there.

In the job market you are worth whatever someone will pay you, and certainly should push to get what the market will bear, and don't begrudge a coach making millions; however unless his program is self supporting at some point the money runs out.

Comment 20 Feb 2017

You know the difference between accountants and engineers?

Both are good with numbers but accounts lack the charisma to be engineers...

I'm here all week, folks. Try the veal, it's great and don't forget to tip the bartenders...

Comment 20 Feb 2017

I prefer to think of mechanical as just a non-specialized aero.

I'd add to the advice:

You will wake up thinking you can't make it. Take it one day at a time and focus on getting through that day and you will make it through.

Don't overlook all the other classes tOSU offers. Take every opportunity to broaden your horizons beyond engineering.

Comment 20 Feb 2017

A while ago a worked at a Big 6 consulting and at orientation one presenter said "This ain't rocket science..." and then asked "if there were any rocket scientists in the room." Having an AAE degree from tOSU, I of course, raised my hand. Oddly enough, I never really used my aero degree beyond a short stint at NASA while in the Navy.

Comment 19 Feb 2017

My questions centered around that intangible - the ability to identify 3 stars with the potential to be superstars and develop their talent into great players. If that is the case then his value as a recruiter would be a force multiplier. It would appear he did that at IU but a more detailed look at how his players performed vs top defenses would help answer the question.

Comment 19 Feb 2017

All the discussion of Indiana doing more with less stellar recruits leads me to wonder:

1. Is he able to better develop players for the passing game? His 3 stars put in some good numbers, so does that reflect an ability to find hidden talent and develop it? After all, IU plays a similar schedule to us; so even if they must throw more to win they seem to be successful at throwing the ball.

2. How do the stats look at the game level? Is the performance pretty consistent or does one or two games with outstanding performances raise the average while IU struggled against good pass defenses?