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Lebron’s Burden

We could spend all day talking about the hodgepodge that Lebron just tried to carry to a championship past Golden State, but that’s already pretty obvious. The series pretty much turned out as expected, if not better, since the Cavaliers’ castaways and D-leaguers could not score without Lebron, who needed to be on the floor every minute to give his […]

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DotA FM, Three Kingdoms and More

First, a quick update. I’m now the station manager for DotA FM, a growing audio/internet radio station providing DotA related content. You can see our page (showreel to the bottom left) at mixlr.com/dotaFM, and follow us on Twitter @theDotaFM . We’ve recently added a bunch of new hosts, and people doing larger production value content as well. The other interesting […]

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Justice for the Unredeemable?

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-arrested-subway-shoving-killed-bronx-man-article-1.2015432 Basically, this man is believed by police to be responsible for pushing an elderly man to his death in the subway tracks while his wife looked on helplessly. Already with an incredibly long rap sheet, he was also identified by another victim as the attacker who robbed him in the subway in an incident taking place half an hour […]

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Sulla’s Civ 5 Brave New World Review

This guy’s quickly become one of my favorite game reporters/reviewers recently, able to make seemingly banal game experiences fun and insightful. Unsurprisingly, one of the immediate reactions people have to seeing his site is that it’s from the 1990s because the coding and presentation seems to be old. Well, fuck that, because the content is classic and continues to be […]

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New Beginnings

First off, hope some of you NBA fans caught the Bulls-Cavs game tonight, if you weren’t out and about doing Halloween stuff. Really intense back and forth game, Kyrie Irving was even caught during a timeout asking ‘so is this what a playoff game feels like?’ And it most certainly was. Should be an awesome season for these new Cavs, […]

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The SHSAT and Race Revisited

I was listening to some older podcasts this morning when I came across Radiolab’s Cut and Run – a short story about the Kalenjin, an ethnic group in east Africa which has utterly dominated the world of distance running. The ‘cut’ part of the title refers to a tribal ritual in which Kalenjin males are forced to endure a painful […]

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Roadmap to 5K and Common Pitfalls

MMR’s just a number. But you can assign value to and make goals out of anything. For those of you looking to improve your solo queue ranked MMR, and get past what some consider a ‘4k trench’ (bogus in my opinion) into 5k territory, here’s a road map based on my own observations. Emotional Management Why do we start here […]

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E-Sports Scholarships and the NCAA

Brutal ironies are but one of many things capable of causing content to be posted here. A few months ago, Chicago’s Robert Morris University announced that it would be offering four-year athletic scholarships to League of Legends players. Here’s the bigger Times piece on the growth of E-sports: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/technology/esports-explosion-brings-opportunity-riches-for-video-gamers.html?_r=0 And a shoutout to Ben Wu, recently profiled on CNN Money about […]

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Love to Cleveland

I’ve already mentioned how I don’t really like Love for the Cavaliers, and I’ll get to that shortly. But first, I think this whole process has given us an unprecedented look at just how powerful the league’s best player at the peak of his influence and free agency can be. Lebron’s process basically held up league traffic this summer as […]

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Good Read on Organized Crime and Social Mobility

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/11/crooked-ladder

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