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Comment 17 Jul 2020

Krenzel had a pretty damn good arm with accuracy. Those over the top throws were dimes.

It seemed like we were always down every game late during that championship year. Probably because we were. It was a perfect year really. That 2002 D was legit.

Comment 13 Jul 2020

Not much glory for me here but....

1)  As a freshman (I think) tailback in high school football, I got my bell rung by Keith Cupp, Gavin Cupp's father. He almost killed me. Dude was a huge. 42 dive was the play (thanks Woody).

2) I went 9-1 as a little league pitcher. I had a great curve ball that would buckle your knees (shout out to my uncle who taught me the secret sauce). Broke my arm the day before the championship tournament for that season. We lost.

3) Against our high school rival, I stole the ball, got fouled on the layup with a fraction of a second left and made both free throws to win by 1.

Comment 02 Jun 2020

Thank you for the conversation Bunkerhill. You are spot on with your assessment of the south versus rural.

The website above is the bigger project that includes the map but also photographs, poems, etc that hone in the food and music among other things that you have described. It is very interesting. I was surprised that we could tease out cultural characteristics through data. It is hard to do that since cultural features are things that we know exist but they are also hard to quantify.

Comment 01 Jun 2020

Thank you for the input Bunkerhill. The topic of the New South is not my wheelhouse. I worked with a bunch of people who have studied stuff like this for most of their lives. I just did the data and analysis side of things but I sure learned a ton and also find it very interesting.

The mapping portion that I did is part of a much larger project on the New South. Here is the website for the project. It took about five years and funding from various sources to finish this thing. http://southboundproject.org/

Comment 24 May 2020

There is a history of people moving from the south to some of the areas that got lit up as somewhat southern. The influence of these people impacted the amount of 'southerness' that was found on the landscape. For example, street names such as magnolia, cotton and business names such as Dixie among others names are prevalent in those areas even though they are in California.

I used an algorithm that identifies clusters of high and low values on each individual factor. It leverages the concept of spatial autocorrelation which is a fancy way to measure the idea that things closer together are more alike than things farther apart. It is outputted as a statistic (Gi* statistic) and it generally eliminates or suppresses a county that has high southern values if it is not surrounded by adjacent counties with high values. For example, Wayne County has a large population of AA but the surrounding counties do not so Wayne county will get suppressed in the overall analysis. I did this for each factor and then averaged the values across all factors to get the Index of Southerness.  It is hard to explain via a post. In fact, I spend about 3 weeks of my class on ways to measure and interpret spatial autocorrelation.

Bottom line, is that attempting to measure a culture or sense of place is very difficult and doing so is not perfect. However, it does spark conversation, debate, and questions such as yours which is the fun part. 

Comment 23 May 2020

Haha. You are probably right. The heat is irritating. I'm in NC and choose to stay inside as much as possible during the summer.

Let me know when you are down south. I'll make sure to stay out of your way!...lol.

Comment 23 May 2020

Pandora Ohio. Putnam County.

I lived in the middle of nowhere between four farms - sheep to the east, hogs to the west, cattle to the north and chickens to the south.

I would wake up, smell the air and identify the direction of wind in seconds.

I moved away 25 years ago. I miss that place sometimes.

Comment 23 May 2020

Great question. When mapping, you have to pick categories for the range of values to fall into.

I don't want to go into the weeds, but in my case, I had six categories. So the difference between lowest category and the next one up is really a matter of color and not significance in terms of their value differences. Say, for example, you have values of 10,11,12 and 13. Break them into two categories. The natural thing would be to put 10 and 11 into one and 12 and 13 into another but the difference between the highest value in the first category (12) and lowest value in the next category (13) is equal across all data values. Put in decimal points (11.1, 11.2, 11.3 all the way to 12) and you get the same idea and problem.

There are various methods for dealing with this. I used something called Natural Breaks which looks at minimizing the within differences of categories while maximizing the difference among categories.

The artifact that I had to deal with was that ALL the values for the lower categories were continuous meaning I really didn't have any obvious natural breaks for categories.

I can tell you that the values for the RED and ORANGE-iSH category are far and away different from all the other categories.

This is a great question and here's why. I can make maps to reveal what I want. Not to go down THAT path but anyone can represent data on maps to support their point. This is the reason why a little bit of map literacy can go a long way in being critical of many of the maps you see in the general public outlets. Sometimes the maps violate basic cartographic assumptions but other times they misrepresent the topic.

Ok. I guess I went into the weeds.

Comment 23 May 2020

Yes. The dark red is really what we would think of as the deep south. 

The hardest part was trying to separate the idea of 'southerness' versus 'rural'

I grew up in NW, Ohio. It is very rural but not southern.

So, for example, take pick-up truck sales. Some people think that is a southern thing but it is really a rural thing. Where I grew up, we had a lot of pick-up trucks and we were way up north!

Comment 23 May 2020

Yes. That counts too and I didn't think about railroad names. I used street names among other things.

That's a good idea and I wish I had thought of it at the time. The project took me 2.5 years to do and I ain't going back...lol.

Comment 23 May 2020

Haha. A great thing I learned by doing this project is that DixIe Highway runs from Miami through Ohio and into Detroit (I think). In fact, my grandfather had a farm on Dixie Highway near Bath High School in Lima, Ohio.

The history of road naming (and place names) and the message it provides (in this case Dixie) is very interesting even though the topic is way outside of my wheelhouse.

Comment 22 May 2020

I have a 2019 civic. It is the basic model (LX) but it comes with a lot of fancy features for the money. I am so happy with the car and get an average of 38 MPH over mixed type driving (highway and city).

This is my second civic I've owned. I gave away my first one although it still ran decent with almost 300k miles.

My newer Accord, however, is a car that I absolutely love. The ride and handling of this car is on another level.

Comment 22 May 2020

I ordered a new Expedition from the factory back in 2016. We went through the minivan stage but that stopped after the 5th child. The Expedition can seat 4 elephants and a mule comfortably which is what we needed with 5 kids, luggage, and a few coolers on trips.

Love, love, love the Expedition. No problems after 70k miles as of today (figures crossed). The new set of tires cost me a fortune though....