• The Times They Are A-Changin’

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    After an increasingly hostile exchange with my webhost, I think I’ve got the site working again. Any problems, please email me at mc79hockey at gmail dot com. For all your webhosting needs, do not use whoever my site provider, which basically acted like I was crazy until I said that I was getting complaints from everyone and that either I and a bunch of people have suddenly forgotten how the internet works or the problem was on their end. At that point I get a cryptic email saying: ” We have updated web server Intrusion firewall rule to fix the issue” and things started to work again. For the love of god, do not use www.canadianwebhosting.com.

    Some quick thoughts from a terrible week for the Oilers:

    Forget the playoffs: As of this writing, the Oilers have 23 points in 27 games. They can basically forget about the playoffs. 93 points (which looks to be a decent estimate of the cutline as there are more three point games this year) would require a 104 point pace over the remaining 55 games. It’s over. Before the start of December.

    Backup goaltending: I was not impressed with the plan that installed Nikolai Khabibulin as the starting goalie for the Oilers on a four year deal. I made that pretty clear in July. I was also less than impressed, if that was going to be the way things were, with the idea of running with JDD and DD as the backups. Goalies were cheap. To date, this is a bet that seems to me to be turning out about as could have been expected: the backup goalies have (almost certainly replacement levelesque) save percentage of .900.

    Moreau, Staios and Nilsson: I know that there are people screaming for the trades, buy-outs or disappearnce to the minors of these players but I’m reasonably certain that that’s not going to happen unless there’s a general manager out there who is misguided as far as the relative worth of these guys. There seems to be some thinking that Moreau and Staios might have value to other teams as veteran leadership type guys but those types of guys don’t tend to get moved at the trade deadline when they’ve got an additional season remaining on their deals. I’m not sure, if I’m Darryl Katz, why I would want to send any of them to the minors unless there were options available to make the team a contender now. As I have a hard time envisioning how, exactly, that would work out, I’d be inclined to just eat their money and let them play. I’m not really sure what else can be done.

    PDO and Corsi: The thing that’s a little frightening about the Oilers is how much worse it could be. Of the ten forwards who’ve played at least twenty games, six of them are significantly in the black in terms of PDO, including four guys (Andrew Cogliano, Ethan Moreau, Zach Stortini and Gilbert Brule) who are getting murdered in terms of Corsi (Cogliano, Moreau and Brule are getting killed in pure shots as well). If and when the roof caves on in those fellows, things could really get ugly for the Oilers.

    If you’re not paying attention to Corsi, the Oilers basically have two groups of forwards (ten game minimum). Hemsky, Penner, Potulny, Gagner, Horcoff and Comrie are holding their own. Everyone else is getting gutted like fish. JF Jacques, for all the praise he’s had, looks to me like he’s complete deadweight. I was looking at Dennis’ scoring chances for the first 24 games and he was sinking Horcoff and Hemsky every time he got on the ice with them; they were considerably better wtihout him.

    The “Plan”: Matt at BOA had a fine post late last week in which he tried to get inside Darryl Katz’ brain. The key part was this:

    So I think what I’d do at that point is this: (1) assure [Lowe] that he had complete freedom to run his hockey operations in accordance with his own philosophy, and (2) have him explain to me in a fair bit of detail what that philosophy is.

    And then (3), which is the key: I’m going to have to sign off on any moves with financial significance. Look, per (1) I have no interest in interfering with your philosophy, Kevin. Just explain how various moves fit in with that philosophy, and I’ll sign off. If they do not, I won’t.

    I’m seriously not trying to be snarky here either. I think I’d give the guy (say) $120k earmarked for two assistants. “I’m a businessman, so I like numbers. Here’s salary for two people, to help you provide them. If you like, you can use them exclusively to support your own point of view and defend it to me.”

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out what Lowe’s philosophy is and how it will turn this team into a Stanley Cup contender. I can’t understand how Katz could be signing off on these moves if the rationale that Lowe is giving him is the same as the rationale presented to the fanbase. With most NHL teams, you have some sense of what they’re trying to accomplish and how they might get about going there. The Flames are in a win-now phase, built on an expensive top end and then buying cheap pieces elsewhere. The Canucks have built around long term contracts to Luongo and the Sedins, with cheap, relatively short-term contracts elsewhere. The Oilers?

    The Oilers are just completely screwed up. For all the praise of Dustin Penner this year, the fact of the matter continues to be that his addition cost them a pile of draft picks, including what would likely have been a high end pick – they finished nine points out of the lottery. Sure, the Oilers would probably have pissed away part of the advantage that accrued from that by dropping the guy into the NHL in the following season but they gave away the opportunity to get an elite player for the marginal advantage of getting all the way to 18th in the NHL. Where was the philosophy there?

    I’m not one to think that a total rebuild, or planning to suck, is necessarily the route that teams have to go. The hockey gods have jurisdiction outside of the arena and if they want to bless you with a draft like the Red Wings had in 1989, they can. So long as you aren’t desperately doing everything you can to avoid it by giving away your picks. If you’re going about things the right way, they can still bless you with a bounty. Heck, even when you’re trying to sign Michael Nylander, they sometimes take pity on you.

    What’s the right philosophy for the Oilers right now? Just start cleaning up the mess. I’ve got some difficulty seeing what the Oilers could do to contend in 2010-11 with the bad contracts that are on the books and the current status of the bottom nine – it strikes me that there’s just too much that needs to be done and too many millions tied up in players who aren’t worth it. If that’s a viewpoint that the front office shares, they should be actively seeking to transfer value from the next two years to 2011 and further into the future.

    Spend the rest of the season giving lots of minutes to the forwards on whom decisions have to be made in the summer – there are a lot of them (O’Marra, Brule, Jacques, Potulny, McDonald, Stone and Reddox) – and then create some space to bring in some new guys by not qualifying everyone en masse as they usually do. The top four forward spots are taken in Edmonton for the foreseeble future by Hemsky, Horcoff, Penner and Gagner; there simply isn’t going to be room for a lot of those guys, so start clearing them out at the end of the year. Keep the ones with promise for the bottom lines and then bring in a new crop of players to sift through looking for the gold amongst the dross. It’s not sexy work but it’s part of rebuilding a forward corps that looks absolutely brutal outside of the top four.

    Something about the current problems that the Oilers are experiencing feels different to me than the problems in the recent past. Both Dan Barnes and Rob Tychkowski took shots at the Oilers and Tambellini this week, something that’s virtually unheard of. Even the relentless optimists have become a lot more cynical about the team’s prospects. I don’t know what kind of stomach Katz has for listening to that stuff but he’s clearly got rabbit ears to a certain extent, as evidenced by the MacT/Stauffer business last season.

    You can only sell the same stuff to people for so long – there’s an exchange, somewhere in the comments on this site, between me and Vic, before the playoffs in 2006. I made a comment to the effect that the Oilers had finally done it – people were going to be wise their nonsense and the idea that it wasn’t just the lack of a salary cap that kept from being an elite hockey team. Vic, who’s more cynical than I, figured that as long as they showed alright in the playoffs, everything would be fine. Shows what I know, although I still wonder what would have happened with a playoff miss in 2006, MacT’s resignation and Lowe’s trade of Pronger for nothing. Would Lowe still be in the management picture?

    If the mood has changed, I don’t know how the same front office, fixing messes that it created as recently as this summer with the Khabibulin deal, can realistically be sold as hope for the future. I don’t know a ton about selling sports but it’s always struck me that you’re ultimately selling is hope. Some years, it’s easy to sell because you’re selling a hope that the consumer thinks is reasonable; other years, it’s not. This is three years in a row that the Oilers have sold hope while asking the patrons not to look too hard at the hope – for all I know, that’s Lowe’s philosophy – and it’s starting to wear a little bit. If they’re going to be selling hope next summer, it’d be a lot easier to do with a new front office in place.

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    30 Responses to The Times They Are A-Changin’

    1. November 30, 2009 at

      If the Oilers won’t make the playoffs, what are you saying about the Leafs’ chances?

      DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!!1

    2. Quain
      November 30, 2009 at

      You didn’t address the most important question: Will Kevin Smith still like us when we’re sitting at 70 points at the end of the season? I want so desperately to be loved!

      I’m not one to think that a total rebuild, or planning to suck, is necessarily the route that teams have to go.

      The killer is that sucking isn’t going to do anything. Realistically, what are we going to look like in three years? Gagner should be a legit player by then, but getting paid, and Penner and Hemsky will either be gone or eating a higher salary and less likely to be adding value over cost (I’m excited for the reaction to Hemsky’s eventual $6MM/season deal). Any of the kids who somehow have a lights on moment will be getting paid for virtue of looking slightly decent on an extremely bad team… will they be actual value? Who knows.

      Is there a team here if you can just add a Bourque and Glencross and Reasoner, maybe a Fiddler? Throw in an average LW to play in the top six and I think so.. maybe not a threat to win a Cup, but a team that doesn’t embarass me to talk about.

      I’m not sure how you’d figure it out, but I’m of the belief that adding a bunch of AHL veterans would be an improvement over what we have now in terms of bottom sixers, and that’s kind of sad.

    3. Mike W
      November 30, 2009 at

      I still blame the new uniforms.

    4. mc79hockey
      November 30, 2009 at

      Is there a team here if you can just add a Bourque and Glencross and Reasoner, maybe a Fiddler? Throw in an average LW to play in the top six and I think so.. maybe not a threat to win a Cup, but a team that doesn’t embarass me to talk about.

      I’m not sure how you’d figure it out, but I’m of the belief that adding a bunch of AHL veterans would be an improvement over what we have now in terms of bottom sixers, and that’s kind of sad.

      Yeah, I agree with both of these. As I see it, there are a couple of legit players at the top end. It’s time to start making some decisions on the bottom end and, if the answer is no, cutting the cord.

    5. Matt
      November 30, 2009 at

      The Leafs are cursed by G-d. They will attain the playoffs only when their inevitable failure therein will cause the most pain to their fans. That time is apparently not this year. Count your blessings.

    6. macndub
      November 30, 2009 at

      Questions: Do you think it likely that management will be let off the hook because of injuries? And do you think that bad teams tend to have more injury problems, since the players may be extending themselves more than is safe and returning to play to quickly?

    7. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      I’m more cynical than you? Damn. Perhaps counselling is in order.

      On the “it could be worse, they’ve been lucky!” front … most of that luck came early.

      At the time you chided the fanboys with your ‘Irrational Exuberance’ post, the Oilers at 5v5, when the nobody was likely to be playing to the score (within one goal in the first or second period, or tied in the final frame) they were:

      Corsi%: 47.0% … terrible, no way in hell they make the playoffs with that unless the hockey gods are taking the piss.

      Corsi% since then: 44.7%. Stunningly bad. Worse than anyone in the league from last season. Granted they had an absurd run with injuries and illness. They aren’t really that bad. Hell, nobody is that bad.

      The kicker: That bad team to start the season rode a ridonkulous PDO of 1080. Absurdly lucky.

      The dice have no memory, though. Since “Irrational Exuberance” the Oilers have not only been dominated territorially and chance-wise … the angels have lost their desire for them. A “close score” PDO of 973. That’s a kick in the pants.

      By the bsaeball style standings the Oilers are last in the West, precisely where they deserve to be.

      But hell, SO wins in OTT and ATL, maybe one more save in the S.J game, a couple of lucky breaks in Buffalo … and this team would be in playoff contention right now. And you would be getting re-Neducated by the wacky kids at LT’s site (bless’em).

      The Oilers just aren’t a good hockey team, and the architects of this squad don’t seem to understand why. In fact I’m sure that they don’t quite recognize this fact yet.

      They’ll never have a streak of outchancing, but they probably will have a hot streak of winning at some point, everyone does. Pray to your God that this doesn’t happen over the last dozen games of the season, MC.

    8. November 30, 2009 at

      Please write more often.

    9. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      As an aside, for the first time ever I read an entire Lowetide game day comments section on Sunday. It reminded me of my effort to read The Borthers Karamazov. If you take a break from it the foreign nicknames become confusing, and there is an impending sense of tragedy at all times, so the motivation to read on just isn’t there. It’s motivated me to take another kick at Dostoyevsky, though. Perhaps with a different translation.

      Back to point: Props to you for kicking at the darkness, Tyler. Even if that situation can’t be fixed (and I think it can, if folks like you and a couple dozen others [who know who they are] decide to make it so). At the very least it creates an Eastern Front. Like back in the day, when you and Mike W would pop into HF boards to frighten the kids. That created a barrier to entry to this side, and it’s a battle best fought on foreign soil imo.

    10. November 30, 2009 at

      Vic:

      It seems to me like that’s exactly what’s happened in Montreal.

      Speaking of whcih, to Tyler’s point earlier about teams having clear plans, Canadian teams seem 50/50. Calgary and Vancouver out West, and Toronto out East, seem to have clear goals and intelligent management groups.

      Montreal, Ottawa and Edmonton are completely lost.

    11. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      Just a note for those who don’t use a feed reader.

      kinger has posted today. Very good stuff.

    12. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      Oops.

      Correct link for kinger

    13. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at
    14. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      jonathon:

      I don’t get the love for Gillis. He inherited a team with a terrific goalie, and three real difference makers up front in the Sedins and Kesler. All he had to do was shore up the bottom of the roster, which was awful. He’s managed to do the opposite. Kesler and the Sedins chew up all the tough ice time from both opposing forwards and D … and Gillis has managed to do the unthinkable, make the non-Sedin/Kesler ice time an even bigger horror show.

      I’m certain that 99 of 100 clinical idiots could have outperformed Gillis just by random guessing on acquisitions. He deserves some props for signing the Sedins I suppose, but really, were they ever going to leave?

    15. mc79hockey
      November 30, 2009 at

      The Oilers just aren’t a good hockey team, and the architects of this squad don’t seem to understand why. In fact I’m sure that they don’t quite recognize this fact yet.

      Quinn, for all the things I don’t like about him, seems to understand why and have a willingness to say it. I’m a guy who liked MacT around and thought that he knew what was what but by the end of last season, he just seemed fed up with the situation and the players. Quinn is new enough and fresh enough that he seems to have some piss and vinegar about the whole thing – the bastards haven’t worn him out yet. Hopefully he kills them before they kill him.

      Props to you for kicking at the darkness, Tyler. Even if that situation can’t be fixed (and I think it can, if folks like you and a couple dozen others [who know who they are] decide to make it so).

      I thought I gave an excellent explanation at the end of that about PDO and why Traktor is lying to the crowd; hopefully the fellow who logged in solely to say I was a jerk saw it.

      I don’t get the love for Gillis. He inherited a team with a terrific goalie, and three real difference makers up front in the Sedins and Kesler. All he had to do was shore up the bottom of the roster, which was awful. He’s managed to do the opposite. Kesler and the Sedins chew up all the tough ice time from both opposing forwards and D … and Gillis has managed to do the unthinkable, make the non-Sedin/Kesler ice time an even bigger horror show.

      Yeah, but he’s got the big stuff right so far and avoided the crippling decisions at the bottom end. It’s a claim the braintrust in Edmonton can’t make. I like a lot of the smaller moves he’s made – Samuelsson looks good there, Burrows is on a reasonable pact. The real bottom end is terrible looking but that’s something that can probably be shored up cheap before the playoffs. Maybe he’ll take Moreau as a fourth liner at the deadline in 2011.

    16. November 30, 2009 at

      Vic:

      I’m probably to paying enough attention; because on the whole I’m forced to agree with you. I’ve liked a lot of his individual acquisitions though:

      - Wellwood was a good case of high-reward, low-risk gambling (albeit a gamble he’s stuck with too long now)
      - Demitra was a very solid addition
      - Ouellet was another good gamble
      - Samuelsson was a decent investment for the money

      I’m pretty neutral on O’Brien and Ehrhoff, and I dislike the acquisition of Bernier.

      Still, I suppose you’re right; he hasn’t shored up weak spots and it’s that, much more than evaluating individual trades, that matters.

    17. November 30, 2009 at

      As for “kicking at the darkness”:

      It probably doesn’t really surprise anyone here that I’m pretty neutral on the subject. I’m a guy who fit in really well with the ‘give Schremp a chance’/they need to hit more/the effort level isn’t there/stats don’t tell you near enough crowd not all that long ago (it’s getting longer now, but say 2 years?) and I understand why people fit in there. Get told something often enough by people who should know better (in this case the hockey establishment as a whole) and it’s difficult to believe much else, even as a rational observer.

      I also understand why people don’t come around quickly. I’m picturing a Venn diagram in my head with the categories “people who are good at understanding math” and “sports fans” in my head, and the intersecting category isn’t a huge one ;). The only way to get to people without an intuitive grasp of math and logic is with a successful track record, and this sort of thought is still relatively new.

      My own personal feeling is that there are two really good ways to make it more acceptable to the majority of fans; one is to showcase examples of this stuff being used by NHL teams, and the other is simply via a successful track record of prediction. I like the idea of this sort of conversation being more acceptable in the mainstream, and that’s what I try and work towards.

      Of course in certain forums (certainly here and IOF, to name two) commenters are expected to have a certain level of knowledge about this method of looking at the game, and consequently the level of patience for simple ignorance (not used in the perjorative sense) is much lower, as it should be. I don’t know that LT’s place will ever be that way, and the gameday threads in particular probably won’t be (I’ve lost count of the number of silly things I’ve said in gameday threads).

      Frankly, when I log in there and comment while watching a game (less frequently now, thanks to the magic of DVR) I don’t usually have any desire to fight the holy war ;)

    18. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      You don’t have to bust out math to be reasonable.

      And while you may be trying to change the world, a lot of us just want to talk hockey with cats that aren’t complete dumbasses.

      Once the HFboarders breached Lowetide the place was doomed to be the shitshow that it is now. That’s not a nice thing to say, and Lain is a very nice guy … but it’s true.

      Can LT’s site be recovered? Maybe, maybe not. Dude brought it on himself though. If other guys don’t do it, it won’t get done. Simple as that.

      At the very least we can keep the Lowetiders to the outside. No?

      At this point, there doesn’t seem to be a higher level awaiting us, this if we can’t stem the tide of fucktardia. The kids that wrote good stuff (you, Scott, etc.) seem to have moved on to new versions of messageboards. And in lieu of cash, it’s misleading promises of higher readership (construct your site properly, and you get thousands of additional hits). Presumably all of you think you’ll eventually be one of the Huffington Post’s six paid writers. Am I wrong?

      It’s a sweet deal for the guys who can lure in the free writers. I’m a big believer in the strong manipulating the weak for the sake of greater progress. I just don’t see the “progress” benefitting the world in this case. And I like a lot of the guys who’ve been made bitches, so it pains me to see it. Each to their own though, you’ll all figure it out eventually, I’m sure.

    19. Will
      November 30, 2009 at

      I don’t what’s more depressing as a fan – that I agree with just about everything you’ve outlined or that I can’t stop watching this train wreck. That 05-06 run was something to behold, but I can’t help wonder how much the trade that got us Pronger really fcked up our mgmt’s brain plan. They saw what signing one superstar did for the team’s success (ignoring the other good signings we made that year and the other good players on the team) and seemed to have hitched their wagon to this strategy ever since. First the offer sheets, then Hossa and Jagr, the Kariyas and Nylanders, and then Heatley.

      The Khabi signing makes such little sense to me. Was he a panic signing because the brain trust was worried the players they were targeting wouldn’t come to Edmonton, especially to a team without a “name recognition” starting goalie?

      On a related/unrelated note, I think it was you or Vic that showed that EV SV% has relatively little to do with the skaters on the ice. While that may be, it still doesn’t sit right intuitively with me. Maybe I didn’t catch the rationale behind it, but if I had to put money on a Strudwick shot floating in from the point against Regehr and Sarich or an Iginla shot ripped from the slot against Gilbert and Grebeshkov, I think I know which way I’d place my bet. I know it’s hard to measure “quality” of scoring chance, but is there a way to plot EV SV% against some measure of the quality of the offensive players on the ice and the quality of the defensive players on the ice? I was wondering if something like QualComp and QualTeam could be used that way. I’m sure it’s an horrendous amount of work and maybe QC and QT aren’t built to be used that way, but would something along these lines give better insight into which goalies are actual difference makers rather than just plain old SV%?

    20. November 30, 2009 at

      Vic:

      Fair enough, although you’re one of the guys who completely changed the way I look at things, and you’ve done a hell of a lot more to bring this sort of thinking into the mainstream than I have.

      As for the implied gullibility of me in particular and paid bloggers in general, all I’ll say is that with every opportunity I’ve been given I’ve looked at the pros and cons, and I’ve never left my comfort zone for less than full value; and that strikes me as the only reasonable course of action.

    21. November 30, 2009 at

      Will:

      The article you’re talking about is here. Looking at the chart, it’s plain that superior players (as measured by ice-time) have an impact on the save percentage of the opposing goaltender, so I agree that we’d expect to see a negative impact on the EVSV% of players persistently out against superior players.

      Yet the data doesn’t show that, presumably because TOI doesn’t have much of a correlation to QualComp; I wonder if Vic were to run a chart of EVSV% vs. QC we’d see a different set of results.

    22. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      I think Will is right, in fact I’m sure that he is. I just don’t think it makes much of a difference.

      I mean good defencemen tend to play more against forwards who can finish, yet the save% behind them is the same as fringe roster defenders. So the difference is fairly small to start, but gets washed away by the higher quality of competition.

      Or so I think, I’ve never really dug into it a lot. It’s a bit like clutchness in baseball … it’s obviously there, and equally obvious that you’ll never be able to pin that quality on any particular player with enough confidence that you’d want money riding on predictions. So you walk away and look at the bigger apples nearer the bottom of the tree.

    23. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      Damn, I have even looked at the meandering thoughts of the HFboards mouthbreathers for a year (excepting occasional Lowetide comment reads) and I go over there for a laugh today and am banned from the site. They’re sensitive, that bunch.

      Again, I’m not willing to concede France just yet. Whether the French have the stomach fo a fight or not.

    24. kris
      November 30, 2009 at

      Vic,

      How does calling people “fucktards” improve the quality of the posts?

      I’m glad to start doing the same (I’ve got a list of fools with three very deserving names at the top.) but I don’t see what the benefit is. Seriously.

      The true idiots don’t care what you call them: too dumb to care. And the angry idiots love name calling and debasing the conversation. (LOUD NOISES!) The egotistical idiots crave the attention.

      Perhaps you’ll scare off the incredibly fearful idiots, i.e. idiots who can’t stand the idea of being insulted, while remaining entirely anonymous. (You do have to be dumb and cowardly to fear having your anonymous pseudonym insulted.) But that’s a small group, since most idiots aren’t the nervous type. Stupidity has a calming effect, you know.

      Is this the plan:

      Step 1: Call people out
      Step 2: ???
      Step 3: Quality of discussion improves.

      What’s step 2? Idiots cower from their keyboards? Not happening.

      Maybe you’re too smart to understand how idiots work.

    25. Vic Ferrari
      November 30, 2009 at

      kris

      You may well be right. I don’t know. I suspect otherwise, but I don’t know.

      Doing nothing at all … that doesn’t seem to be a good thing to me. It sure isn’t working so far, is it?.

      Ah, what the hell, maybe we should just let things unfold as they want to.

    26. kris
      November 30, 2009 at

      I think the way forward is to have more posters like you, MC, BDHS, and LT. You do that by inspiring, not by “calling out.”

      We can’t convince the fools to be smarter. If they could be convinced, they wouldn’t be fools.

      But we can convince the insightful to write more, say more, and drown out the sounds of foolishness with intelligent thought. Idiots won’t be shut up. But their betters can be encouraged to speak up.

      I think the only problem with LT’s is that a few smart posters who congregrated at LT’S have been scattered. JW, and CoachPB seem to be pursuing their own websites. Speeds and slipper are gone and don’t seem to have replacements. (But I still like it there, you just have to remember a few names and ignore their posts.)

      Once you have enough smart people posting, the idiots will realize they’re being ignored and that will get them to quiet down a little.

      Of course, you do have to call ignorance by it’s name, and willful ignorance should get a swift reprieve. That will help a little, I suppose. And it’s true that doesn’t happen as much as it could at LT’s, but it does happen. Traktor has been called “fucktard” 1000 times, and reprimanded gently and cruelly 10 000 times, all of it to no effect.

      The problem of calling people out a lot is that you may discourage reasonable posters who are tentative about joining the conversation.

      Indeed, if the first post of yours I’d ever read had been this one, I might’ve been turned off this comment thread or your comments, instead of being inspired to post by your insightful analysis. (Not to say I’m not one of the fucktards :))

    27. chartleys
      December 1, 2009 at

      I don’t get time to read through all the blogs in timely fashion, but I’m a fan of your work over here dellow.

      I usually don’t bother to say a whole lot as I’m slightly statistically challenged.

      But on the subject of idiots, well:

      You generally don’t convert them as it’s honestly not worth the effort and why would you bother? One of the things I allows say is that I only have to be a day ahead of them and I’ll be able to retire way sooner….

      As for the seeming battle you are waging…Petty vandalism such as graffiti is down eighty percent, while heavy sack-beatings are up a shocking 900%

      I get that they’re way too dangerous unless viewed as a solid body of work, but in fairness that body is still growing.

      I was chuckling a bit as the framework of your dispute over yonder was honestly a bit funny. What you fail to notice is the transition in the statistical content of those arguements by Traktor over last year or two.

      Mad when they ignore any discussion of statistics and mad when they misuse them.

      I don’t think there’s any sense taking it too personally and I am one of the many that appreciate your continued flicking of the light switches.

    28. dawgbone
      December 1, 2009 at

      Hey MC… try hostgator.

      I’ve been using them for years, they are well established and are (in my mind), the best hosting company on the market. Customer Service is fantastic, as is there service in general.

    29. mclea
      December 1, 2009 at

      Is making every sentence a new paragraph in vogue now? Or is this some sort of “code” so the idiots can’t read what you’re writing?

    30. SHATNER
      December 2, 2009 at

      The Brothers Karamazov movie —>

      ***SHATTTTTNEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!***

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