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2018 NHL Playoffs / Re: Jets (C2) vs. Golden Knights (P1)
« on: Yesterday at 06:23:12 PM »
I wonder if Clarkson and Grabovski are going to get rings if Vegas wins...

Or Dale Tallon.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:40:34 PM »
Yeah thatís generally right (distance travelled = velocity = power). Pulling is also generally stronger than pushing, right?

With the composite sticks itís more about release speed leveraging the flex, so players are taught to drive power downward.

But isn't that where we get to the idea of composites sacrificing power for control? Shea Weber, shooting right while being righthanded and using a fairly rigid stick, is still shooting it harder than anyone else.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 01:06:33 PM »
That might be more applicable in the wooden stick era for hockey purposes. And philosophy of mechanics vs genetics.

With the composite flex, the lower hand is only used as a pivot for the flex.

Admittedly it's not my strongest subject but just from how I understand physics/the human body I'm still pretty sure that regardless of what instrument you're swinging the widest range of motion(and, specifically, foreward motion) is still going to generate the most power.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:13:31 PM »
Your bottom hand is only your guide in hockey. You actually shouldn't even grip the stick with that hand. Not tightly anyways until you're going to shoot or pass. It only makes sense that the top hand is your dominant hand. It does all the work. It's why i've always been confused that so many people golf right handed, or swing a baseball bat right handed when their dominant hand is the right.

I don't get that at all. On a slap shot it's your bottom hand(and the arm it attaches to) that winds up and follows through. All the power is coming from that motion. Same with a golf swing/baseball swing. The power is coming from the torque you can generate with the larger range of motion you have with the arm that corresponds to your back foot.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 18, 2018, 10:07:07 PM »

If I could riff here a second, I do think there's an underlying truth here that sort of connects what we're talking about. Increasingly we're living in a world that is more and more starkly divided into the haves and have nots and while that's certainly true economically it's also true socially. While people like Peterson and this Incel movement have insane reactions to it, I do think it's a real issue that as we experience changes from a very static concept of normalcy(straight, monogamous, married) into one that allows for a range of freedom and autonomy there are going to be a lot of people who aren't going to be able to find what they're looking for in a partner and, as a result, be deeply unhappy. Not a majority, I don't think, or even huge minority but even if that only accounts for, say, 5% of people, you're still talking about millions of people.

Compounding this is that so much of the popular media people consume these days seem tailored around exposing people to the things they'll never have. How many songs or shows are really just about rich people bragging about the stuff they have? We're bombarded with the images of things that define success in our society regardless of whether or not that success is within our reach. Sadly, this includes who we might date(think of all the movies revolving around the schlubby guy and his quest to get the hot girl).

I think something we're frequently seeing in politics is that people promising radical change are having more success than the people promising incremental improvement and I think that's inextricably linked to the fact that so many people are not only deeply unhappy but maybe more importantly they don't see a way out of where they are and so are willing to simply lash out at easy targets. Immigrants, women, etc...whatever can be blamed outside of the people really responsible will be blamed by the people responsible to take the heat off themselves.

So I think what reasonable people need to do is to take real steps towards creating a landscape, both economic and social, that addresses some of these issues in smart ways.

So, yes, legalizing sex work is a step but we also need to destigmatize it, both for workers and clients. Moreover we have to create a world where women aren't so frequently objectified and reduced to status symbols for successful men. I think this involves taking a real look at the media we consume and how we consume it.

I'm sure a lot of people will think of this as the same sort of killjoy "PC" stuff they've heard for a long time but I really think that what we're seeing is proof that the stuff that gets dismissed as that really had some merit.

So, you know, maybe let a more diverse group of people make the media we consume so we don't have a single definition of what beauty might be. Let different kinds of stories be told so we don't reduce people to stereotypes. Pay attention to media criticism that calls stuff out for being, and I hate this word but sometimes it fits, problematic. Care about the messages that get reinforced again and again at the movies or on TV.

Sure, economically we're going to have to warm up the guillotine to affect real change but I do think we have it within us to better promote the idea that women are fully autonomous beings who shouldn't be reduced to prizes to be won and, just as importantly, there is no one concept of "winning" that should apply to life.

Anyways, just ranting a couple beers in.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Donald
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:55:24 PM »

Because I was just saying that if there are going to be school shootings it's a really good idea for a building to only have a few exits that everyone will be running for at once.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:31:30 PM »
Half the men fail? I'm sure the number is much lower than that, but that's call survival of the fittest, and it's a good thing for the species (from a purely biological perspective, at least - it's large part in what drives evolution). Also, women only go for high status men? That's going to news to a lot of people I know.

You really want to help these guys who are sad they can't find women to sleep with? Legalize sex work and do the work to remove the stigma attached to it. Give them an out where both parties receive some sort of benefit. This enforced monogamy BS is basically slavery.

The safety improvements to legalized sex work is the biggest thing for me.  It fixes a large part of the concern around sex trafficking.  It diminishes the risks of STIs to both johns and sex workers.  It diminishes the risks of drug culture in the sex industry.  There really isn't a very good argument for not legalizing it.

If it quiets down the "Incel" culture, I'm good with that too but I'm having a hard time being overly sympathetic toward a mindset that wants to mandate relationships.  It's pretty absurd.

I think that speaks to what this really great New Yorker piece is about The Rage of the Incels and what separates these guys from guys(and gals!) who can't get dates. They're not after sex with sex workers or even romantic relationships necessarily. They're all about thinking men, any men, have the right to sex with particular women, namely young and attractive women.

They're straight up fascists in the guise of mopey sad sacks.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:04:18 PM »
That's pretty much the thing.  Confirmation bias is a big problem.  Not just with laypersons but in academia as well.

Yeah and I think there's a relation between how much you might trumpet something that you agree with and it's space within mainstream thought. So, for instance, if you think Global Warming is real and a problem to be dealt with then you agree with 97% of climate scientists and you don't have much interest in any of them in particular.

If you're out there stanning for the oil companies on the other hand, you have a real interest in thinking those 3% of climate scientists are the real geniuses taking on a rotten status quo.

Same here with a truly batshit concept like women being forced into monogamous relationships. It won't get much play among mainstream thought so the people who believe that are going to say it's the second coming of Aristotle.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:47:44 PM »
I guess it's because they are articulate? and really into maintaining the status quo?

I think, at least in Peterson's case, that people are always going to gravitate towards things that reinforce whatever world views they already hold(even if they're unarticulated). Especially if they can cloak it in a vague sheen of academia.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Useless Thread
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:34:20 PM »

There is, and always has been, a great deal of money in telling unhappy people that their problems are not their fault.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:40:41 PM »

The Nashville Predators, the team not the players, have officially endorsed a candidate in Nashville's mayoral race.

AA had a pretty good eye for id-ing talent, but assets were treated as largely static entities.

Eh, I think that's another point of contention. His drafts are ok but nothing to write home about.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 17, 2018, 03:29:30 PM »
Which is what some of us wanted to avoid.  I would argue that trading for Freddy is when the writing was on the wall that the plan had been accelerated.  Maybe though they didn't think they would be this good this soon.  Hard to say, but if you look at the moves after that, I think they went in to a win now mode, and that it was a bit too soon to do so.

I more or less agree although I think "win now'' is a bit confusing as it mixes it up with short term moves made in the service of actually winning something. I think they did, however, want to make an immediate push for, if not winning, then at least respectability and it effectively jump started the process.

C'est la vie and everything and, who knows, as the league continues to enforce parity above all else it may be that the best a team can hope for is a fair roll of the dice but just like it was with previous administrations I think it's worth while to keep a running tab of where things got fudged up.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:43:37 PM »
I agree in principle, but that's kind of the situation we've been put into with the lottery win and Lamoriello's build philosophy. Internal expectations are also part of that picture. Are we not nearly at critical mass for high end talent?

Setting all of that aside, what moves could Dubas be making to funnel more high end talent into the fold? Even stripping out all of our spare parts, this core is, at its baseline of play, pretty comfortably at the edge or in the playoffs.

Sure and if you want to say that they should go with the best or least-bad option I don't necessarily disagree. I wouldn't even argue that it's doomed or anything. A good trade or two, some real development from Dermott and Liljegren(or others within the system) and Freddy getting hot at the right time and who knows? They won't be the Blackhawks or Penguins but they can probably be the 2011 Bruins or 2006 Canes. They absolutely can build a team with a puncher's chance.

General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2018-2019
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:31:06 PM »
Given where we already are and the lack of patience in the fan base for building further from within via top-5 picks, what would be a better plan going forward for greater separation?

Well, I think the obvious point there is that an impatient fan base shouldn't be a key factor in team building.

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