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Jun 1, 2022·edited Jun 1, 2022Author

Depp defeats Heard 15-2 (million) [Final]

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1532081538233401346

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I have paid almost zero attention to this, but for some reason, my daughter has closely followed this.

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They are both crazy and unstable people who have done some pretty terrible things to each other.

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That's my take and I think the only correct take.

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I hope they can both get their acts together. Maybe more realistic for Heard (age 36) than for Depp (59 next week).

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Two people that are rich, toxic, have addiction problems and have not been told "no" for a long time can lead to a pretty dark road.

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John Hinckley Jr to be released June 15th. Jodie Foster is reportedly unimpressed.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-hinckley-jr-ronald-reagan-unconditional-release-june-15/

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Roll call for Notre Dame game

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Confirmed going

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Flight, hotel, and party bus ticket booked. Sorry folks, no OOC away tailgate from me this year. Moose out front shoulda told ya.

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HA, exactly....I encountered a similar issue a few weeks ago when the pups and I showed up to the southern-most entrance of Mt Rainier National Park on a sunny, 62 degree day in mid-May - sorry folks, park's closed...the moose out front shoulda told ya!!!

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Myself for sure. Perhaps a daughter, unsure right now

Airbnb booked. Probably will be in Indiana that whole week before. Bloomington and Muncie.

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wow, that sounds...thrilling

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stopping by old grad school to see some folks in Bloomington.

good friend lives in Muncie

but i can see why it might not be that exciting.

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"Finally going on that vacay...bags are packed... we are headed to MUNCIE! FUCK YEAH!"

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Jun 1, 2022·edited Jun 1, 2022Author

"Muncie Indiana Muncie Indiana Muncie Indiaaaaaaaanaaaa"

- Ron Howard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjP2O9Qe4Ek

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Deposits for tickets placed. Flight not purchased until work event in Seoul is confirmed (leaving a day early from Seoul to get to Chicago Fri night). Probably staying with HSB.

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Me and the Missus on the same party bus. We're all crashing Jimmy Chitwood's friends tailgate! Or making some ND friends. They're midwestern, they have to be nice

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what no they're catholic they can be mean because they can then just go to confession

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do they though? ND draws people from all over

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Cal fans gonna pull a hostile takeover on that tailgate.

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party bus yes, haven't bought tickets, flights, or hotel

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Party bus confirmed. No flights or hotel booked yet.

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No/unlikely

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Jun 1, 2022·edited Jun 1, 2022Author

Unsure/possible

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The end of the summer still feels quite far away, so I'm not making any concrete plans yet for the fall.

It does help that I do have extended family in the Chicago suburb to possibly fall back on for housing if that turns out to be necessary. I would have liked to just stay at South Bend, but it sounds like so many people will be heading back to Chicago after the game.

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Still in the planning stages, but imma b there.

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Unknown pending employment

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I'm going but haven't done much planning beyond having the week off.

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Me & my son

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Jun 1, 2022·edited Jun 1, 2022

Me + 7 family and parents friends

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Newellbany and I are in, staying in South Bend, with Darren from the TCU game and 2 other non-Cal guys for a total of 5.

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Jun 2, 2022·edited Jun 2, 2022

Doing anesthesia for colonoscopies in Sacramento I can say that I've literally seen some of the most powerful assholes in the state. (The people they're attached to can be very entertaining to talk with and are generally pleasant.)

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pqtm

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Discomfort

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The standard excuse in Chinese culture to excuse you without challenge was to claim that you have diarrhea (拉肚子). For 20 years, I had staff tell me they had explosive GI problems when it actually meant "I'm taking an unscheduled day off work"

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Joe

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DBD AV Club

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My wife and I are Downton Abbey stans. Heck, we even went to go visit Highclere Castle itself. We snuck out midday yesterday for a $5 Tuesday matinee of "DA: A New Era". It was terrible. Writer Julian Fellowes should be ashamed of himself. It was clearly a farewell nostalgia tour of a film, devoid of nearly any conflict to make the story even remotely interesting. The plot was plagiarized literally from "Singing in the Rain", except removing all the singing, dancing, romance, rain, or fun. What a stinker of a movie (4/19, WNB)

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that's too bad. i am a big fan too.

i guess i'll wait for streaming release and go watch Top Gun at the theatre instead ...

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Also, we're probably in a tiny minority, since it's on Paramount+, but The Offer is absolute catnip to a cinephile like me, and the wife is along for the ride (finally).

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We're enjoying Girls5ever - it's a funny show - BUT, we don't laugh that much. It seems to be more funny in concept than a collection of funny jokes.

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I'm not sure if it needs to go bigger or smaller. The musical cues often treat it like some kind of whimsical adventure when what's actually onscreen doesn't feel that way.

The early 2000s song-satirization is absolutely on point though.

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That's kind of how I felt about Kimmy Schmidt after a while, but this one makes me laugh more often.

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better that than lines that have the cadence of a joke without being jokes

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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PRO

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RB Marion Barber dead at the age of 38

https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/1532131347506024448

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Very sad indeed. He was a very good RB in college and the NFL. Him and Marshawn had very similar running styles and determination.

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Giants seemingly want to use the entire roster in their 7-4 extra-innings win over the Phils thanks to eight pitchers and the bats of Gonzales,... [checks notes] Fairchild, and Walton.

Both teams combined for 25 runners left on base.

https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2022/5/31/23149606/mlb-recap-san-francisco-giants-philadelphia-phillies

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Who TF is Stuart Fairchild? Sounds like a guy that should be doing my taxes, not playing CF for the Giants.

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Sounds like he should introduce himself as "Stuart Fairchild the fourth"

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he looks like that also! on the video board at the game, he looks to be 13 years old, 5'-7", and 175 lbs. But when looking online, he's like 6'-1", 205 lb.

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Nadal and Djokovid have an epic back-and-forth come-from-behind fest

https://twitter.com/rolandgarros/status/1531745580665520129

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That was a pretty fun match. Novax had to rally from down 0-3 and two breaks in set 2 to make it interesting, then he blew a break lead in the 4th set.

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i meant to watch this live, but somehow 245p ET didnt strike me as a normal time to start watching sports on TV

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Eli White goes waaaaay up to rob Ji-Man Choi of an erstwhile HR

https://twitter.com/theScore/status/1531430585830359042

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Bartolo Colon waits until he's 49 years old and in the Mexican pro league to get into shape

https://www.instagram.com/p/CcWycySAxYV/

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Jaylen Brown (No. 7): Went to Cal and was smart enough to leave after a year. Like Tatum, Brown lives to shoot but has recently learned he can pass.

from this article - The NBA Finals: A cheat sheet for the faux fan

https://missionlocal.org/2022/05/the-nba-finals-a-cheat-sheet-for-the-faux-fan/

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I was just looking at an article in the WaPo about new books in June. Next Tuesday a bio about Rickey Henderson by Howard Bryant comes out.

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Oakland's own Joe Ross to have TJ surgery a second time. He showed flashes of promise but was never consistent enough and oft injured. Have to guess this is the end of his major league career.

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No comeback this time for the Dodgers, who lose to the Pirates again

https://www.truebluela.com/2022/5/31/23149554/pirates-home-runs-season-series-win-dodgers

The Pirates this May along have more wins against the Dodgers than they did in the previous four seasons. The latest came Tuesday night, with a 5-3 win at Dodger Stadium that followed a similar pattern to the series opener.

Pittsburgh with the win clinched the season series win over the Dodgers, the first time that’s happened since 2016. The Pirates won five out of seven against Los Angeles that season, but from 2017-21, the Dodgers were 23-2 against them.

Just like Monday night, the Pirates hit two early home runs, including a multi-run shot by Tucupita Marcano, who entered the series with zero major league long balls but now has two.

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I was very impressed with the grit the Bucs and their closer showed Monday. Bednar entered the game in the bottom of 8 to face 3-4-5 with a 4-3 lead, and coughed it up when he left an 0-2 fastball out over the plate and Justin Turner hammered it into left center to tie it. Chris Taylor hit a flyball to right that somehow fell to push across the go-ahead. But after scraping 2 across v. Kimbrel, Bednar came back out and nailed it down, throwing 50 pitches in the process. That Pittsburgh team is scrappy.

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I think they did most of their damage on the fastball. They can be had with the breaking pitch. They also fought off some good pitches for hits. They're scrappy.

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Pirates can hit the fastball. All the HRs today and yesterday were hit off of fastballs that missed location.

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A's defeated by Astros as McCormick muscles up and takes Frankie deep, adds RBI double. A's bats, as usual, are not clutch. Final 3-1 at a cavernous Colosseum.

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presale for US Open (tennis) tix today. trying to get tix to Women's semis and take my daughter.

i have never been to the new domed version of Arthur Ashe stadium

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CAL

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Jun 1, 2022·edited Jun 1, 2022

Who is the most mediocre Cal quarterback you've ever seen? In other words if you rated all the Golden Bear starting QBs since you started following Cal, who would be dead center?

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Good question. I'm thinking average completion ratio and TD/INT ratio for the time. I forced myself to stack-rank them, about 3 per quintile with more skewed to the top because there were lots of partial season players who didn't make the list (eg, Rubenzer) that would be below average.

Top Tier: Campbell, Rodgers, Goff,

Well above average: Longshore, Barr, Webb

Above Average: Garbers, Longshore, Barnes, Taylor

Middle: Riley, Boller, Pawlawski, Bowers

Below Average: Vedder, Gilbert, Maynard

Bottom Tier: Torchio, Brown, Ayoob

So let's look at the middle tier. If I'm ranking those four, I'd put Pawlawski at the top as he was a good but not great QB who was very much a winner and a great guy. The bottom of that group, I'd put Riley - who is the definition of "if he was any good, we'd be...". Boller had a cannon for an arm and ALWAYS threw it hard even when the situation didn't call for it, leading to a lot of dropped passes and interceptions. It didn't help that Tom Holmoe was his coach. His senior year, he got better coaching through Tedford & staff. So even average Cal QBs can get drafted in the 1st round. But in terms of pure averageness, I'd have to go with good enough to beat you but not good enough to be bowl eligible is Ross Bowers - an all around good guy. High 50% completion rate, low YPA, mediocre TD/INT ratio and proved it wasn't a fluke by doing the same thing at NIU

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It's interesting looking at this list how many of them actually went on to the NFL,CFL or had a chance. Not a bad streak;

Above Average NFL career: Rodgers, Goff

Average NFL career: Boller

Below Average NFL Career: Taylor

NFL Journeyman: Gilbert, Webb, Campbell (rostered for 4+ years but never played anything meaningful)

CFL/XFL studs: Pawlawski

NFL Europe success/NFL roster for 2 years: Reggie Robertson

Arena League stud: Ayoob

USFL for 2 years: Torchio

Training Camp attendee: Riley, Longshore, Garbers

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I did my list from 1990 to current, basically overlapping your QB's. From your tiers, I had Pawlaski and Boller higher, Barr lower (still top half), Barnes and Longshore lower. My smack dab middle QB was Kevin Riley.

Bonus points for Reggie Robertson, who played sparingly in the early 00's and was always a mystery guy to me.

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RR was key in that 03 SC game, still the most surprised I have ever been at a Cal W

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Two Nate Longshores? Is this judging him by pre-ankle injury and post?

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I wonder if Nate Longshore doesn't injure his ankle against Oregon, how would Cal end up and would he end up in the NFL?

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I wonder if Nate Longshore doesn’t break his ankle against Sac State in 2005 how we end up. At a minimum I think we win 10 regular season games.

Also, if Tedford goes with Levy over Ayoob in 05 I think we win 10 games during the regular season.

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Nate's ankle injuries really screwed over two potentially great seasons that could have carried the program's momentum through from 2004, probably getting us to a New Year's Day (or better) bowl game at least once. Really wonder where we'd be now if that had happened.

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We win minimum 10 games in the regular season that year, with an outside chance at being undefeated. Nate would have probably been drafted by the NFL (not first round, but in some round). Truly a catastrophic injury.

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I agree with this take - and it still hurts.

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Rarely has there been a better example of a pre-injury version and a post-injury version (who could still play) that had to be evaluated as 2 distinct cases than Longshore was.

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Yeah, and I'm not sure post-injury Longshore was actually better than Riley.

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I agree, especially with the talent on the 07 roster. If Tedford sticks with Riley in 07 we probably beat Stanford and ucla.

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As the creator of this assignment I'm giving you an A. However I question why, like many other Cal fans, you have Gilbert rated so low. He won two Big Games (he was excellent in the '82 win known more for Cal's special teams play) and went on to have a ten-year career in the NFL. I remember people deriding him throughout his time at Cal but I thought he was always an above average QB playing on below average teams.

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I think Gale Gilbert was the flashlight during dark time. You got to remember that he was the same class (1980) as J Torchio. Both of them backed up Rich Campbell in 1980, with Torchio getting the nod at second string as he developed faster. Campbell goes off to the NFL and Torchio gets the start as a sophomore - producing arguably one of the worst quarterbacking seasons in modern Cal history, completing just 42.7% of his passes. I remember being feeling so helpless with Torchio because he was so consistently bad. Torchio ends up with a career 44.4% completion rate, not including nearly twice as many throws to the other team than TDs to our own.

Numbers don't lie. Gale Gilbert completes 54%, 59%, and 54% of his passes over his final 3 season (which was average for that time) with not many more TDs than INTs and only about 6 YPA. He was merely average, but that was a massive upgrade from Torchio.

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Gilbert got hurt in the first game in 1981. Cal was up 28-16 on aTm at halftime and went on to lose 29-28 after he went out.

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wow, Garbers above Pawlawski? Bold strategy there, Cotton

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Cal had a lot of offensive tools during the Pawlawski years. Anthony Wallace, Russell White, Greg Zomalt, Marty Holly, Brian Treggs, Sean Dawkins, Brent Woodall, Mike Caldwell, Damien Semien. The Oline under Steussie, Richards, Gordon, Auzenne, and Rogers was great. Guys were open. How many WRs at Cal under Garbers got any separation? How many times did we rely on Garbers' legs to get a first down after his receivers were covered and the oline broke down? Garbers did far more with less.

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You can make the same argument about Nate Longshore. The offensive talent around him in 2006-07 was insane. Why wouldn't Pawlawski be on a similar tier?

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That is a fair point though at the same time we had a nice run game this past year and you’d think a good QB could parlay that into some nice pickups downfield on play action even without elite WRs and we didn’t see that

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We had a nice run game that was often times abandoned by the OC in favor of trying to get Garbers and the passing the game going.

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Yeah, I think Garbers was good for the team we had when he was here. But just imagine it was Dykes situation where our D was made of wax paper and he needed to grip and rip it and put up 50 every game. He would be below average for that scenario

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Most of them

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Oh you

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From 2004

Rodgers

Goff

Webb

Longshore

Garbers

Riley

Maynard

Bowers

Ayoob

Garbers it is.

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I picked three from different 20 year periods of my Cal fandom. 63-82 Randy Humphries, 83-02 Mike Pawlawski, 03-22 Kevin Riley.

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hmmm, thats tough cause most of them are pretty dead center, bang on average. J Torchio was the worst with some Maynard sprinkled in there pretty liberally as total crap. Justin Vedder? He was pretty average in just about every way

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As someone whose 4 undergrad seasons were 97-00, I beg to differ on Vedder. He sucked. Along with the rest of the O, too, to be fair, but they wasted a good D and put us perpetually in the cellar. It felt like we had a better chance of scoring when the D was on the field bc at least Deltha might pick one off and run it back

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Go Bears!!!

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ICYMI: [WROW] Cal takes sixth at NCAA championship. We'll have to take solace that Stanfurd got edged out for the championship by Texas.

https://calbears.com/news/2022/5/29/womens-rowing-bears-capture-sixth-at-ncaa-championships.aspx

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And in a reference to the FOIA, go Cal attorneys!

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https://twitter.com/whiteshemagh/status/1519643337317392386?s=21&t=QYWh3GebixmhSj9lOtdq7A

The Saudi General Authority for Statistics is running an ad gently asking people to stop inviting census takers into their homes for coffee and meals.

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Worldle was tough today, first time I didn't get on the first time in a long time.

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I actually got this one for a change, which was nice.

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I have to use a map for some of them, including this one.

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Hold, please...

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two countries in and I seem to be in the middle of the Atlantic.

Btw, they have had a few territories over the last few weeks that were unsolvable. you really got those?!?

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Middle of Atlantic islands are the hardest for me. I don't know anything between South America and Africa other than Easter Island and that's not even a country.

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And I thought that Easter island was in the pacific, so you’re a step ahead of me!

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it is in the pacific, justbear was just going the other way

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justbear hates australasia

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you are correct! LOL

So I don't know anything in the Atlantic.

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Azores?

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It is in the Pacific!

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phew!

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wait? you get these on the first try most of the time???

I didn’t get any closer than 83% on this. I was at the proper latitude for a few. even tried Antartica for the first time to see how that'd play out...

maybe I'll have to check out a visit to here. very "middle of nowhere". wonder what it's like...will do some investigation this pm.

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Yep, I'm a very visual guy.

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i takes me anything from 1-6 guesses and the islands i am less than 50%

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the islands are either slam dunks or impossible (like today...especially when they are a territory).

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Jun 1, 2022·edited Jun 1, 2022

I would say Japan and Australia are slam dunks!

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