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Posts by Black_Shark

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  • Northwood schoolgirl 'beats' Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

    10/13/2012 5:00:09 PM PDT · 58 of 100
    Black_Shark to UCANSEE2

    Think of it in terms of “time” and not “speed” and it will make sense.

    It is fundamentally a time, not speed, problem. Took me a min or two to wrap my head around it which is why I am not a physicist but rather an economist.

    I despise Physics. Makes my head hurt. ;)

  • The 10 Best Central Bankers In The World (Guess who's not on the list...)

    08/25/2012 8:00:33 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    Black_Shark to wardaddy

    A central bank’s “job” is price stability and to attempt to keep unemployment near the natural rate of unemployment (~4% in the US). I’d say that those two factors are the best factors in judging whether a CB is doing it’s job.

    Quality of jobs matters but that’s not a CB job to worry about.

  • The 10 Best Central Bankers In The World (Guess who's not on the list...)

    08/25/2012 7:57:05 AM PDT · 3 of 12
    Black_Shark to SeekAndFind

    NIGERIA!?!? I’m sorry but that is funny right there... 23% unemployment and 12% inflation. Great job. The others on the list I tend to agree with but I think that Nigeria is a tad ridiculous.

  • Serena flubs crowning moment

    08/05/2012 10:01:55 PM PDT · 66 of 67
    Black_Shark to stormer

    Sigh. For a grown man (supposedly) you really are quite immature and sad.

    Have a nice (quite laughable) life.

  • Serena flubs crowning moment

    08/05/2012 9:53:42 PM PDT · 64 of 67
    Black_Shark to stormer

    Yes, I got my ass kicked so often that I was one of the top players in North Carolina. Good one you bloody idiot.

    If you actually WATCHED and PLAYED tennis you might understand my argument. Tennis is a game of dignity and class. Federer embodies this (just watch him play) along with Nadal and others. I don’t have a problem with emotion but the Williams sisters have always been rude and crass (Serena jumping down that poor woman’s throat in a recent match...). They’re phenomenal players with amazing talent but unpleasant people overall. The same could have been said for John McEnroe during his prime. My opinion of course.

    Btw, next time you insult me, actually know what you’re talking about. Makes you look less ignorant (hard for you I know).

    For a history of tennis, Wikipedia is a nice place to start. Or you can read the rule book at USTA which contains all the etiquette rules (not that they’re enforced at the pro level sigh...) and educate yourself on how tennis should be played.

    Have a nice day!

  • Serena flubs crowning moment

    08/05/2012 1:25:43 PM PDT · 50 of 67
    Black_Shark to Black_Shark

    What she should have done, in my opinion, was take the flag, cry some, and show some dignity. No dance moves (tango, “Crip walk” whatever) are appropriate in the world of Tennis.

  • Serena flubs crowning moment

    08/05/2012 1:23:43 PM PDT · 49 of 67
    Black_Shark to stormer

    Apparently most of the posters here do not understand Tennis nor its rules of etiquette. What Serena did was an absolute embarrassment and displayed an utter lack of class.

    To be clear, her fist pumping and yelling while looking at her opponent is also in clear violation of Tennis etiquette rules. She should be penalized according to the rulebook ( I should know, I got whacked with point penalties, etc. for the same stunt) but being that she’s a “superstar” it ain’t happening.

    Serena and Venus both are a blight upon the world of Tennis. If they had some class and dignity maybe the tennis world would not be having this discussion right now. After all, you don’t see Federer, Juan Carlos Del Potro, or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga acting like that do you? They show class.

  • Roger Federer captures seventh Wimbledon title (And a record 17th Grand Slam Title)

    07/10/2012 2:21:05 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    Black_Shark to varmintman

    Add into your calculation the energy required to take the 1+ extra step to REACH the ball and then the 1+ extra step to move back into position after hitting the ball.

    That’s a minimum of 2 extra steps in order to hit the 2 vs. the 1.

  • Roger Federer captures seventh Wimbledon title (And a record 17th Grand Slam Title)

    07/10/2012 5:57:56 AM PDT · 18 of 20
    Black_Shark to varmintman


    Del Potro won that much for a variety of reasons (working the backhand is included) but maybe you missed Murray vs. Federer where Federer’s backhand absolutely CRUSHED Murray’s backhand? There is ALOT more that goes into a stroke than racquet head movement. Go play competitive tennis for a few years and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

    In regards to Venus beating Federer with only backhands, this proves you have no idea what you’re talking about. None. Venus would be blown off the court by the power of Fed’s backhand.

    Go play competitive tennis before lecturing people about inefficiencies. What is true on paper isn’t always true in the real world.

  • Roger Federer captures seventh Wimbledon title (And a record 17th Grand Slam Title)

    07/09/2012 6:38:32 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    Black_Shark to Black_Shark


    A second weakness (I suppose) would be that the 1-hander requries near perfect timing every shot or you’ll be shanking the ball into the stands.

  • Roger Federer captures seventh Wimbledon title (And a record 17th Grand Slam Title)

    07/09/2012 6:36:36 PM PDT · 14 of 20
    Black_Shark to varmintman

    Your ignorance on this subject is quite annoying.

    Go watch footage of Federer’s 1-handed return of serve or footage of when he takes the ball early. The racquet starts off low-mid thigh and ends shoulder height. No backswing required.

    The only time you need to take a backswing is when you have plenty of time to set up. Even then, it is a restricted backhand.

    Now, from my own personal experience (I have used both 2 and 1-handed extensively in USTA Junior’s and I was pretty darn good) the 2-handed limits creativity and is pretty darn predictable. It’s reach is also quite limited so it takes more energy to use a 2-handed because one must take 1+ more steps to reach a ball than a 1-handed.

    A 1-handed, on the other hand, has great reach, very unpredictable (easy to conceal a slice or dropshot by making it look like your regular stroke) and can create angles that the 2 can’t hope to match.

    There is more to the stroke than just how much you move the racquet head ya know.

    The ONLY weakness (and it’s a big one) of the 1-hander is the high (above shoulder height) backhand shot. That sucker is HARD. Other than that, the 1-hander is better in every way. The 2-hander is easier to learn and requires less athletic ability to become consistent. That is why it is prevalent.

    But what do I know? I’ve only played tennis for 20 years.

  • Roger Federer captures seventh Wimbledon title (And a record 17th Grand Slam Title)

    07/08/2012 1:47:10 PM PDT · 10 of 20
    Black_Shark to varmintman

    As a former Top 20 North Carolina junior and one who hashed a 2-handed backhand before switching to a 1-handed you are WRONG.

    I hit the ball harder on my backhand than the vast majority of my 2-handed opponents.

    There is a reason the bet players of all time used a 1-handed backhand ya know.

    The 1- handed is the most versatile and dangerous stroke in tennis.

  • Three Education Suggestions that Would Cost the Taxpayer NOTHING and Save BILLIONS!

    07/04/2012 8:58:50 AM PDT · 28 of 99
    Black_Shark to wintertime

    The SAT and ACT as measures of intelligence and responsibility? That’s a horrible idea.

    For example, I NEVER studied in HS (graduated with a 4.32 gpa and top 10% of my class), never once studied for the SAT (made 910 in 7th grade and 1280 senior year without once cracking a book.) Could I have made higher if I studied? Yes. I could have cracked 1400-1500 but at that point in time I didn’t give a crap. Yet, I still scored higher than the vast majority of students.

    And the number 1 problem with this idea? The theory of incentives. You’re giving an incentive to dumb down the tests which they can and will do if our current education system is used as a comparison.

    If anything, model our tests after the tests in Asian countries. That’ll open some eyes.

  • As Growth Ebbs, Brazil Powers Up Its Bulldozers [How Marxists run economies into the ground]

    06/22/2012 7:47:32 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Black_Shark to Cincinatus' Wife

    Hmm... Command economies using tools that were created by generally free market economies.

    When has a command economy EVER been successful or innovative?

    Stupid NYT


    06/15/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT · 166 of 241
    Black_Shark to Salamander

    Darn, that is an escape artist!

    Interesting BP you have. Mine enjoyed watching TV on my lap and was always a healthy eater but I avoided taking her anywhere but my apartment.

    My old roommate had a Burmese Python that just loved to talk, watch TV and slither about. Nice snake.

    My King, on the other hand, was called Loki for a reason ;)


    06/15/2012 8:16:04 AM PDT · 98 of 241
    Black_Shark to Salamander


    May I suggest a rack? No way in heck that guy (girl?) is getting out of a rack! Literally physically impossible. Snakes also respond very well to this type of home due to their reclusive nature.

    Kept my Florida King, Ball, and Corn in a 4-slot homemade rack (sucker weighed a good 150-200 pounds). Never had an escape problem although the king did launch himself out of the tub during feeding time when I slid it out. He really liked his frigging mouse...

    Sigh, now I’m missing my little guys.

    Btw, take em to the vet and have em checked out. Wild mice tend to have parasites among other nasty things. Would be a crying shame if he/she got sick!

  • Thanks Obamacare: 83% of Doctors Surveyed Say They May Quit

    06/15/2012 7:14:21 AM PDT · 30 of 81
    Black_Shark to Cringing Negativism Network

    Agreed but how do we increase the supply of MD’s without reducing standards? It seems to be a catch-22 here.

  • Thanks Obamacare: 83% of Doctors Surveyed Say They May Quit

    06/15/2012 7:08:53 AM PDT · 25 of 81
    Black_Shark to Cringing Negativism Network

    “Let’s get with those who want to serve, not those who seek only to make a gob of money.”

    Medical School costs upward of $150,000 and 6-8+ years to complete. I would say that the doctors are correct in desiring a high amount of money due to the opportunity costs (and monetary) of attending Med School.

    What other incentive is there for the majority of people besides money? Yes some love the profession but the money is a prime motivating factor for spending all that time and money in school. You take away that incentive and you will have reduced Med School enrollment and lower quality doctors.

    “Money’s fine, but medicine (long long ago) stopped being primarily about medicine, and started being about degrees.”

    What other mechanism do we have to ensure that we have doctors who know what the heck they are doing? What mechanism would you suggest?

  • To go or not to go? (Graduate School advice needed)

    06/11/2012 2:36:56 PM PDT · 65 of 73
    Black_Shark to NEMDF

    Of course. Haven’t really looked into other states at the CC level. Will look into that.

  • To go or not to go? (Graduate School advice needed)

    06/11/2012 2:35:18 PM PDT · 64 of 73
    Black_Shark to from occupied ga

    I know a good deal of SAS ( econometrically speaking) but R is a PITA. Tried learning it on my own and about threw my computer out the window!

    Not familiar with SQL but I have applied to jobs who prefer those who are familiar with it. NCSU doesn’t use it and I’m assuming it has a high 4, low 5 figure liscensing fee?