The 2014-2015 Academic Year Come to a Close

I’ve conquered the piles of grading, attended commencement, and wrapped up the loose ends–the academic year is finished. While that is good news, now that the summer is here the research pressure ramps up. Right now I’m doing planning and purchasing to get things in order, and I’ll be setting up experiments soon.

A commencement selfie. #CalPoly

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Here are a few quick thoughts and notes:

  • I went on a weekend camping trip with friends (and grading) to Sequoia National Park a couple of weeks ago. Good times. . .

The river near Buckeye Flats. Camping in Sequoia National Park.

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Hiking in Sequoia National Park on Saturday.

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Left: The current (6/16/2015) Fan Graph Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for American League 2B All-Star Game candidates.  Right: The current (6/15/2015) leaderboard from the voting (players with no vote totals failed to make the top five for the position).

Exhibit A: (Left) The current (6/16/2015) Fan Graph Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for American League 2B All-Star Game candidates. (Right) The current (6/15/2015) leaderboard from the voting (players with no vote totals failed to make the top five for the position).

  • I’ve been vocal about my dislike for the current form of the MLB All-Star Game. I hate that it determines home field advantage for the World Series. I don’t like the way the voting works. Interleague play has removed the novelty of stars from the two leagues meeting, since it happens weekly now. All Star voting is a popularity contest, and many fans lack the baseball intelligence to cast a responsible vote. Check out the AL 2B current vote count as Exhibit A.
  •  My email inboxes, both personal and work, are in terrible shape. I usually keep them clean and sorted, but this year that fell apart. If anyone has emailed me this year and never received a reply I am sorry–your message might have been buried.

Enjoy the summer!

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