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HOLE

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, DONUT

Seems like an odd thing to call them since the donut hole is literally in the negative space and this is the opposite of that. Like arch and archway. In metalwork, the punched out center from a blank is sometimes called a slug. Why don't we call it a Donut Slug? Sounds delicious.

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Jun 25·edited Jun 25

, CALL ME A

(Cursed mashup)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lkuDm_g2ig

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Jun 24·edited Jun 24

, Jackson

spectacularly located town at the gateway to the Tetons. the mountain scenery just flying into the airport is enough to make your trip worthwhile

Jackson has good food and restaurants, but is classically overpriced because of the high-spending clientele.

never been skiing there, but we have taken the lift to the top in the summer time and hiked around.

https://goo.gl/photos/mUBSPiENNoPRwtry5

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i did not get the $100 Manhattan that they serve at one of the local steakhouses.

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Well, if your clientele is primarily multi-millionaires and billionaires, I guess you'll sell more than a few of those.

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one of our good friends from HS has a house located inside the Teton NP. there is a small enclave of homes along Pacific Creek and the only way to get there is to pass the gatehouse for the NP where they collect your NP fee. (one of the photos)

it is kinda fun to drive up and say you are staying in Pacific Creek and they just wave you thru.

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PRO

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A’s dominated by Pablo Lopez in 3-0 loss

https://www.athleticsnation.com/2024/6/23/24184355/as-dominated-by-pablo-lopez-in-3-0-loss

Fifty years ago, the A’s rocked an offense that tallied the most runs in the American League en route to a third-straight World Series Championship. Today, that 1974 championship team was honored before the game through some amazing honors and words, but the offense didn’t follow one bit. In fact, the A’s didn’t record their first baserunner and hit until two outs in the sixth inning.

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The seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup is being played today and according to my calendar this is June 24h. Several days into summer. Sports seasons are ending later and later. Pretty soon the World Series is going to end on Veteran's Day, the Super Bowl on President's Day weekend and the NBA playoffs on July 4th.

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Florida almost blew a 3-0 lead

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Speaking of summer, the days start getting shorter with the Summer Solstice. This has been your reminder that all good things come to an end, eventually.

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Giants lose to the Cards, 5-3.

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Insult to injury: Brandon Crawford played 3rd base for the second time in his career and knocked home an RBI double despite being a sub-Mendoza Line batter in the 8 hole.

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I watched part of the Rickwood field game and saw he was playing 3rd. Announcers said it was his first game ever not at SS. I was hoping he'd hit a HR that game to stick it to the Giants. Not that the Giants should've kept him.

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The starting rotation is an absolute mess of injuries right now. Something like this seems to happen to them every year lately.

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Jun 24·edited Jun 24

Kapler's got to be sitting in Miami collecting two paychecks and thinking, "not so easy is it motherfuckers?"

Farhan's teams continue to be a disaster and I cannot believe the Gigantes extended him, but I am also thoroughly unimpressed with BoMel.

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BoMel teams tend to be streaky. Not sure why that is, but I've seen it with the A's and the Padres.

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I'm thinking the Padres issue isn't with the manager.

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I read that Snell had a very Snell-ian rehab start. 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 51 pitches (27 strikes, 24 balls)

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You mean, since Farhan took over as GM?

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Jun 24·edited Jun 24

I mean, they had ONE season where it didn't happen and everything went great!

But otherwise, yes.

I've been patient, because I knew it was going to take some time to clean up the mess and barren farm system left from the previous Evans regime. But we are pretty close to "results" time right now and it doesn't seem to be getting better.

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About that ONE season where it didn't happen: that was a moment when Farhan and Kapler caught lightning in a bottle. Too bad it didn't get out of the Divisional round.

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I'll take a franchise under construction if it means that the farm system is being systematically built to produce excellent players.

That seems to be about as elusive as a playoff spot right now.

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That's just it . . . we're about at the point where the farm system should start bearing fruit, if they've been doing a good job with it. There's been SOME fruit there (Heliot Ramos), but not enough.

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Dodgers do not win a rare Sunday off-day.

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CAL

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[WSWIM] Dave Durden Named To Team USA Coaching Staff

https://calbears.com/news/2024/6/23/womens-swimming-diving-dave-durden-named-to-team-usa-coaching-staff.aspx

INDIANAPOLIS – The conclusion of the 2024 United States Olympic Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium saw California Director of Swimming & Diving David Durden named an assistant coach for the United States.

This marks Durden's third stint as a United States coaching staff member. He was the head coach in the 2020 Tokyo Games and an assistant at the 2016 Rio Games.

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[T&F] David Foster Advances To 100m Semifinals At Trials

https://calbears.com/news/2024/6/22/track-field-david-foster-advances-to-100m-semifinals-at-trials.aspx

EUGENE, Ore. – David Foster of the California men's track and field team advanced to Sunday's semifinals of the men's 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials after checking in with a time of 10.26 in Saturday's first round at Hayward Field.

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Foster Places Seventh In Olympic Trials Semifinal Heat

https://calbears.com/news/2024/6/23/track-field-foster-places-7th-in-olympic-trials-semifinal.aspx

EUGENE, Ore. — David Foster of the California men's track team took seventh place in the semifinal round of the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials Sunday. The Golden Bear improved on his time from yesterday's first round, but did not land a spot in the finals.

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[WSWIM] Weitzeil Advances To Finals In 50-Free

Dare Rose Takes Third In Finals Of 100 Fly

https://calbears.com/news/2024/6/22/womens-swimming-diving-weitzeil-advances-to-finals-in-50-free.aspx

INDIANAPOLIS – Abbey Weitzeil highlighted a strong showing by California on Saturday night at the 2024 United States Olympic Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Weitzeil swam in the opening heat of the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle and finished comfortably in first with a time of 24.48 – almost two-tenths faster than second-place finisher Catie Deloof, who took second with a time of 24:66.

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Go Bears!!!

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Cal gets a three-star 2025 TE recruit, who lead his team in rushing despite being a tight end

https://x.com/Jake_Houseworth/status/1805062617381446025

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Oh by the way... We've got the Axe!

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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DBD AV CLUB

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Saw two new movies over the weekend. On Netflix Hit Man, surprisingly good although one comes to expect a quality from Richard Linklater. Yesterday in the theaters I saw The Bikeriders also quite good. Brilliant performances fromTom Hardy and Jodie Comer.

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Finished the Tales of The Otori trilogy. It's set in a pretend Japan – Japanese names, city names, culture-y stuff...but not real geography or people – around 400 or 500 years ago. Some supernatural ninja-type stuff and lots of "lord and lady family honor". Was a good read, altho the way they resolved a couple of storylines at the end was weak. Written in early-2000s by an Australian woman (using a pseudonym, the surname of which, I suspect, came from Lafcadio).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafcadio_Hearn

Between Books 2 and 3, I read Shipwrecks. Written by a Japanese author in the 1930s(?). Took place in a similar time, but focuses on the extreme poor. So an interesting contrast.

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I watched a Netflix series called Furies about the Paris underworld, it was perfectly fine although I wouldn't watch it if you get irritated about improbable plot points being explained away as "in fact she's just that cunning and we didn't show you that bit."

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ELSEWHERE IN COLLEGE

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"The Bear" Season 3 drops on Wednesday at 9 pm

https://x.com/DiscussingFilm/status/1805283225176260675

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Oh reminds me I need to still watch season 1. Have it downloaded but haven't watched it yet.

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It's been said before, but I'll repeat it. S1 is a tough watch. It's not bad, but the big complaint people have is that it's stressful. Good writing has to have conflict and S1 is relentless with conflict. Not just conflict - but relatable conflict - stubbornness, bad luck, poor behavior, worse reactions, love/hate family bonds, that boils into yelling and battles that make you want to tear your hair out. But the payoff in S2 is worth it. I think The Bear is the best show on TV right now.

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Seems to me that the stressfulness is the point.

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Yeah S2 is much more enjoyable than S1

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We started Your Honor, with Bryan Cranson as a judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run. We saw episodes 1 and 2. We won't continue with it.

There is such a thing as being oppressively and suffocatingly bleak. There is no character with whom one can sympathize. Even the ones you want to root for are characters who are remarkably damaged. It's all too easy to just walk away from all that.

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Reply fail. I thought it was under DBD AV CLUB.

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