74 thoughts on “October 13, 2016: I’m Younger Than That Now”

  1. Sara Danius, a literary scholar and the permanent secretary of the 18-member Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, called Mr. Dylan “a great poet in the English-speaking tradition” and compared him to Homer and Sappho, whose work was delivered orally. Asked if the decision to award the prize to a musician signaled a broadening in the definition of literature, Ms. Danius jokingly responded, “The times they are a changing, perhaps,” referencing one of Mr. Dylan’s songs.


      1. so there's hope for the Bruce!

        and yea, I agree with Rhu's hot take. This is about poetry and "poetic expression", not about musicianship.

          1. So this should win the Nobel?:

            One quarter of George Washington's head
            Half of George Washington's head
            Three quarters of George Washington's head
            All of George Washington's head

        1. My worry is that people begin to equate lyrics = poetry (which lyrics most certainly are not) and ignore the sonic landscape that lends so much power to lyrical expression. Why there isn't a Nobel for Music – or even the Arts more broadly – escapes me completely.

                1. it's not actually a Nobel prize.

                  It is the "Swedish National Bank's Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel"

                  and goddamn them for not making it a prize for all of the social sciences.

                  1. Sylvia Nasar wrote in her book A Beautiful Mind that in February 1995, after acrimony pertaining to the awarding of the 1994 Prize in Economics to John Forbes Nash, the Prize in Economics was redefined as a prize in social sciences. This makes it available to researchers in such topics as political science, psychology, and sociology.[24][25] Moreover, the composition of the Economics Prize Committee changed to include two non-economists. This has not been confirmed by the Economics Prize Committee. The members of the 2007 Economics Prize Committee are still dominated by economists, as the secretary and four of the five members are professors of economics.[26] In 1978, Herbert A. Simon, whose PhD was in political science, became the first non-economist to win the prize,[citation needed] while Daniel Kahneman, a professor of psychology and international relations at Princeton University is the first non-economist by profession to win the prize.

                    yea, it's still the Economics prize.

                    1. Yes, still definitely an Economics prize. I'd support expanding it to the Social Sciences.

                      As for the name, it's colloquially known as the Nobel Prize in Economics (President Bartlet didn't help that any). So not a "true" Nobel, but effectively considered one by prestige anyway.

  2. Surprise led 5-0 after two innings and 6-3 after five and a half, but needed a run in the eighth to get an eleven-inning 7-7 tie with Peoria. No Twins batters played. Two Twins pitchers did, and neither of them got much accomplished. Randy Rosario pitched two-thirds of an inning, surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout. John Curtiss got through a full inning, but also allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

  3. The 4ltr's traveling Saturday circus is in its second day of setting up right outside my building. They're erecting a large, music festival-style stage on the grassy mall in front of the building. The roadies have made the area outside my window their unloading/staging area, and there are cargo & "talent" trailers all over the place. They've shut down the secondary artery connecting one side of campus with the other, necessitating rerouting of all buses serving buildings on the lake's edge. I'm sure it's created an accessibility nightmare for students with limited mobility. All I can think about is whether they're paying for the privilage (as any student org or campus group would need to), or if they're getting it for free for the "exposure."

    1. It would not surprise me if ESPN tried to make colleges pay for the privilege of having them there.

      1. You'd think our list of Nobel laureates, significant discoveries, and academic excellence would speak for themselves...

    2. I can't think of many universities that have profited more from the sports spotlight than Madison.

          1. Having lived in the SEC for about a decade now I'm finding this comment hard to understand. How has Madison capitalized more on football than Texas, lsu, Auburn ... etc. (this is truly a question, no snark intended)

            1. I'm just talking about the past ten years or so since Game Day became a thing.

              Texas, Auburn,etc. have been football schools since before ESPN existed. Wisconsin hit at the right time and has profited from it. Their enrollent and exposure increased. Exposure for those other schools continued on.

              1. Fall semester undergraduate enrollment has fluctuated in the 26k-30k range since the 1979-80 academic year. It peaked at 30,955 in 1985-86. That range has compressed to a low of 28,217 and high of 29,153 since the 1999-2000 academic year.

                I don't think we can say that data supports the claim that Game Day (or the 4ltr) has meaningfully affected enrollment.

        1. Done and done. There's no curling yet, so no reason to go even as far as McFarland. (my wife, on the other hand, works on park st so she has no choice tomorrow. Although it's close to the beltline than downtown so shouldn't be too bad.)

    1. That's the pits man. I've managed to avoid 'em, but they got my wife a couple times in Virginia (we lived out in the sticks & commuted). One of those times, a buck ran right into the driver side door - she didn't hit it, it hit her!

        1. I don't know about that. Wells Fargo owns an insurance broker so they may have opened a policy for the deer.

  4. Oye vey!

    Source: Qualifying offer this off-season will be $17.2M. System expected to remain in place in new CBA, with possible adjustments.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 13, 2016

  5. Harold Reynolds "YOU NEED TO BUNT THE RUNNER OVER!!!"
    25 seconds later "Why are you giving up an out?"

    1. He also said: "If I'm down to my last three outs on the season, I want a terrible hitter leading off rather than making the last out of the previous inning."

      1. I thought he said that! Then, I was like nah, I must not have been listening very closely. This is why I usually listen to music during games.

        1. That is also why mlb tvs ballpark sounds option is the greatest thing ever and needs to be implemented by national broadcasts.

    1. I'm loving it. It's so awesome in a a do-or-die game (rather than in game 2 of a series in which you already have the lead).

      1. I love it, too. I feel like maybe I would've brought Kershaw in to face Harper (which is what I thought Roberts was doing), but hard to fault him either way.

  6. All this talk about how terrible Jansen is at holding runners, and only one person has run on him and that was with a full count.

  7. I don't think there's a "good" player I would irrationally hate to have on my team more than Jayson Werth. Everything about the way he plays just aggravates me.

    1. I imagined a bunch of managers staring at their TVs with a quizzical look on their face. Then the light bulb goes off... "ohhh...."

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