Iskaral Pust

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  1. That tends to be my first association with him, even before his talent. His bad tackles always look malicious/intended. Spurs generally have become a very dirty team under Poch but receive a surprisingly soft reaction from referees. Perhaps decades as inoffensive lightweights means that no-one believes those nice chaps could be cloggers.
  2. Liverpool rotated half of their outfield for this game, including three defenders, and managed a clean sheet and a win despite not being clinical with chances. I'm worried about this midfield though -- we could comfortably add two upgrades there, never mind the overdue CB. But the good news is that we're coping better so far with three key absences -- Coutinho, Clyne and Lallana. We struggled more last year when missing three starters.
  3. I just started Stone Sky today. I'll be back. It took me a few pages to recall where we left Nassun and what Essun saw/experienced when she used the Obelisk Gate, but the early chapters do well to remind without repeating ad nauseum.
  4. Finished Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, a historical fiction that was rec'd in one of these threads. Set in New York in 1746, the prose and dialogue is as stylized as you would expect, plus carries an enjoyable cadence & rhythm throughout. It's more of a literary fiction than plot-driven, and the protagonist's mysterious agenda is far too easy to guess, but I enjoyed it and would recommend. It definitely suffers from the protagonist sharing too many of our modern sensibilities, but that's often the case in historic fiction.
  5. The old thread was most abominably locked. Last night was shoulder press, pull-ups, etc. Really good workout but still feeling that damn strain in my right elbow. I've been resting it, massaging it, icing it, but I still get a nagging pain in the joint.
  6. I'm late to the discussion of the Google memo, mainly because it all felt like a tribal clickbait storm. Why did this guy think this was an appropriate forum or he was an appropriate expert for his manifesto? While it's reasonable to acknowledge population differences between genders (biological/social, actual/assumed) as a reason for skewed candidate pools, his purported biological differences lacked any support I could see and, even if accurate, would look like unhelpful stereotypes to women who actually are software engineers. While this guy was taking all the limelight, Marianne Bertrand, et al, published a new paper looking at why women MBA holders earn less and are underrepresented in the highest paid roles. NYTimes summary The central conclusion is that women are well represented in high paid careers where time commitment is limited or flexible but underrepresented in high paid careers where it is valuable to be able to commit intense amounts of time to projects for a sustained period. Women with children are especially more likely to opt out of these, particularly in their 30s, and miss the subsequent earning opportunity. Some of these careers might legitimately need that level of intensity while others may be carrying an unnecessary legacy culture, e.g. closing a big acquisition deal vs. face-time in the office when nothing is happening. But the call for cultural flexibility might be tough: on one hand it seems like some cultures should change to drop pointless face-time expectations to avoid losing key talent to the "mom track" (aren't law firms already improving on this; or just claiming they are?), but on the other hand it seems unlikely that people who are more committed to their careers and work longer hours won't or shouldn't be more successful and higher paid, all else equal.
  7. I opted out of my tipping league this season, even though it's much less upfront effort than fantasy football. It just all feels so pointless and redundant in its repetition. From a football fandom point of view, I sound like I should be on suicide watch or something. On the positive side, I'm saving 3+ hours every weekend if I don't watch the Liverpool match, the highlights show and often some of another match.
  8. I'm glad we won although concerned that my interest level is so low at the start of the season. I've carried over my sense of being jaded/glutted from late last season. Watching the highlights, I wasn't convinced it should have been penalty. As clumsy as Lovren was, it seemed like Gnabry did a step-over and just walked into him without their legs making much or any contact. But the replay wasn't the forensic slow-motion scrutiny that I'm sure live viewers saw.
  9. Finished Boomerang by Michael Lewis, a non-fiction account of the sovereign debt crisis. An entertaining read, and basically just long-form journalism. I enjoyed it but learned absolutely nothing new from it. I need to make sure that my non-fiction choices are not just echo chambers of what I already know.
  10. Why do you think you can categorize an entire generation like that? The variance within the generation will be much greater than across generations. Plus, this generation has far more access to knowledge and is presumably more knowledgeable than any before, but they also have vast new areas of knowledge to tap so they may care much less about Alexander Graham Bell or Mt. Everest -- which seemed profoundly important just a couple of generations ago. Something I do notice with my son, now going into 5th grade, is that his school focuses much more on developing the characteristics of a strong student rather than pursuing a foundation of knowledge, e.g. they encouraged the kids to study whatever aspect of ancient Egypt they found most interesting, but did not spend any time as a group on why ancient Egypt was such a developed & persistent civilization, nor how it changed or stagnated over time and why. Self-driven study has supplanted a shared foundation, e.g. classical education, or even a guided focus on the most instructive aspect. I don't know if this is generational or cultural or both.
  11. Saturday was bench press, cable rows, etc. Great workout. I kept a high tempo from set to set, and had enough time to do some extra sets and inject some variety. Sunday was squats, dead lifts, etc. Another good workout, although later in the evening than I would have liked. I hope I can exercise again Tuesday evening before two long days of travel on Wednesday and Thursday.
  12. Yeah, we're entertaining and unpredictable from minute to minute but unfortunately all too predictable over any longer horizon.
  13. That's a good piece, although it mostly just confirms what we all suspected. It's noticeable that each one of these carves out their own tribe and then tries to exploit them. Rodan+Fields goes after relatively high-income GOOPy women, LuLaRoe apparently goes after overweight, exurban, evangelical women. They create the illusion of community/tribe and preach sisterhood, but act as a parasite on that community.
  14. I'm still enjoying it but it's a very slow build and I spend a lot of time worried for Franklin. We all know there are potentially huge arcs ahead for these characters but, in an age of so many competing TV shows, I'm surprised that the pacing on all the arcs is so slow. I doubt this is building a big audience.
  15. Finished Jack Reacher #6 for a quick read. Another good installment. Other than #3, this series has been very consistent. The detail of the research is what makes the character's competence so convincing, albeit implausible.
  16. Sounds like a good vacation. I need to visit the Baltic at some point. On Saturday, after two weeks of no exercise, little sleep and losing 5lb (without trying to, other than cutting back the recent junk binge) I get back to the gym for benchpress, cable rows, etc. It went pretty well but the heaviest bench press felt a bit shaky so I dropped a rep on the two heaviest sets rather than get fatally trapped under the bar and added some heavy sets of seated chess press machine instead. On Sunday, work spoiled my window for exercise so on Monday evening I did squats, deadlifts, etc. That was my first time in 2-3 months but it went pretty well. Tuesday night, before two days of work travel, I went back for shoulder press, wide pull downs (pull-ups unavailable), etc. I was sluggish and low tempo but so lifted well. Lots of muscle soreness in my pecs and quads this week, and I'm exhausted after sleeping badly after a late night workout and early rise for a flight. But glad I got back to the gym.
  17. Liverpool's pre-season hasn't revealed anything particularly new, except the youth players might be closer now to being capable back-ups, but it seems like that happens every summer without being fulfilled. Flanagan is not a PL-level player. It's a pity for him but he needs to drop a league to find his level. Solanke looks better than Origi, who still fluffs good chances and concedes possession in dangerous ways. Ings has yet to make any impact at all. Solanke looks a good all-round striker to lead the line, press high, run channels and score from crosses. Ejaria, Kent, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold (TAA hereafter) and Solanke all look promising and should have a positive impact on the squad, but I've said that before and saw Ibe, Smith and Ojo (loan) leave without ever looking sustainably comfortable in the first team despite having great games at times. All of our CBs are making sloppy errors: sloppy passing, going to ground unnecessarily, getting caught out of position. This needs big improvements by the individuals. Sakho still seems firmly on the outs despite playing so well for Palace on loan. Coutinho, Lallana, Henderson and Sturridge are relatively fragile players who will miss games from knocks and strains, unlike Firmino, Milner, Can, Clyne and Gini who seem less likely to miss games in general. (I know Clyne is out at the moment with a strain but it's rare for him). Mignolet carried over his good form from late last year but still doesn't have the distribution of Karius. Ward looks decent too as GK but I think Mignolet retains the gloves for now. Our midfield looks choppy. First-choice midfield now is probably Henderson, Coutinho and Lallana, even though that seems very lightweight and over-attacking. But Can, Gini and perhaps Milner add more physicality and will probably see a lot of game time. I like Grujic's skill and shooting but he needs lessons from Lallana on pressing and workrate. A few positives: Firmino looks really sharp and confident, Salah and Sane provide excellent movement ahead of Coutinho, Moreno has been surprisingly improved (can it last?). Buggest problem: squad looks thin and prone to absences from key players. We haven't added an upgrade in CB or DM, or added depth to CM (the CM/DM is either-or but we've done neither).
  18. Very sorry to hear about that accident but glad everyone is ok. That's scary stuff, especially with kids in the car. To answer your question: yes, contact your insurance company. Their claims handler should follow up on it. If the other driver is found at fault then your insurance company should recover from his and your deductible should get repaid. In a just universe your premium wouldn't go up, but that's not always how it works unfortunately. It's so frustrating to have to deal with the aftermath of a car crash. Best of luck. BTW, I don't see how the truck that rear-ended you would be at fault. If you move abruptly into another lane, there can be no expectation that someone already in that lane will be braking distance from you. Unless you were in the new lane for a while and you just can't remember it. The truck that moved into your lane and caused you to swerve is the one that would be at fault.
  19. Congrats on getting married ace. We all get those life disruptions to exercise regimes, and they generally ruin your healthy eating too. Just pick it back up again. You may need to keep something more intense alongside softball during the summer.
  20. No exercise last week, none this week either probably until the weekend. Work is crushingly busy and we spent last weekend visiting friends. Thankfully the exhaustion and stress he not left me guzzling junk food, apart from one very regrettable binge last Thursday.
  21. Thanks, that's really helpful.
  22. Because they're already paying such huge wages to Neymar, Messi, Suarez, etc. In fact, Suarez looks underpaid now. I read a good article several weeks ago about Barcelona being in a financial trap -- they've accumulated more than anyone of the top players in the world, arguably three of the top four, but would now be hobbled by paying their wages. Fans would be outraged to lose any of them but the bargaining power of those players and their agents will consume so much of their resources. Plus they have the risk that Messi declines with age. Neymar's departure increases their exposure to any decline in Messi, but does free up financial potential to pay both a Hazard and a Coutinho, assuming their clubs will let them go. Coutinho signed a new 5yr deal last season with no buy-out clause. In this market, where replacements seem impossible, the best strategy for Liverpool is to never sell him and just let him wind down that contract if he wants.
  23. What's a good way to get recs for good lectures on YouTube? It's own search function does not help with quality (take note Google bots!), and likes or views aren't a good indicator on that platform.
  24. I'm just glad these mega transfers aren't all funded by debt. TV revenues will start dropping soon because the ratings are softening for premium live sports, even if that segment is doing better than all other broadcast TV. It probably won't happen rapidly unless advertisers really accelerate their shift from TV to mobile. If the biggest deals are based on mega-owners financing their own vanity project and/or millions of fans buying polyester shirts for $100, then I won't like the distortion in the game but it shouldn't cause a complete melt-down and force me to watch baseball or worse.
  25. Finished Prisoners Of Geography by Tim Marshall, a non-fiction that covers the geopolitical tensions and outlook throughout the globe through the lens of geographical determinism. Interesting read and a concise summary of a sprawling topic. I enjoyed it despite not learning anything new, which makes me wonder if it's like the Economist (which I also read) in targeting a smug cognoscenti. The book itself is complete at the 66% point in Kindle, which left me feeling slightly cheated -- I was all ready to see if there might be something new and revelatory in the final third. The references, long index and sample chapter from another book shouldn't count toward the Kindle % count. I tried The Kind You Want To Kill, advertised as the next Gone Girl. I'll freely admit that despite liking some complex antiheroes -- Walter White, Don Draper, etc -- I generally don't enjoy novels about self-absorbed selfish people even when they are doing their utmost to destroy each other. So I didn't actually enjoy Gone Girl all that much in the first place but I'm trying to vary my reading and I gave it a try. I dropped it after 20%. I just could not see myself enjoying the development of this plot or characters, nor was the writing sufficient to demand my attention despite hating the story. Other people may delight in the suspenseful story and anticipated twist -- I suspect they are the ones who watch all those movies on Lifetime.