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All the world’s a stage (The 12 houses of astrology),
And all the men and women merely players (the 12 zodiac signs);
They have their exits and their entrances (the first house and the eighth house);
And one man in his time plays many parts (the planets and luminaries),
His acts being seven ages (from the Moon child to adolescent Mercury, the middle aged Jupiter, the Saturn elder).


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Anonymous said:
Honestly this is my favorite batfam blog because I feel like you really Get what these characters are meant to be about. The Bats are a family trying to fix their broken city and their broken selves & I love them & I love your interpretations of them

Oh jeeze thank you <3 <3 I’m really glad you like the blog

Anonymous said:
Is your blog title a hamilton reference??????

Sure is! I like it because Gotham City is in New Jersey, and the exhaustion in Hamilton’s voice when he says that bit really gives me a Gotham vibe

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People Belive In You!

Okay okay, I have to share this story with you guys!

Yesterday, I was in Barnes and Noble, looking for new books (because I’m a book nerd). I was carrying a pile of books and finally decided to sit down in Starbucks and start choosing which books I wanted to buy. On my way to Starbucks, I kept hearing my name. I finally turned around and saw my eighth grade science teacher! My eighth grade science teacher always pushed me to work harder and made me fall in love with science. 

So, surprised, I put all my books down to give him a hug. He was very delighted to see me. We talked about how I was doing in high school and he asked me, “Have you thought about college yet?” I told him all the colleges I was interested. But, then I said, “Yale has a wondeful English program, along with Howard’s Biochemistry program. I’m not really sure I’ll make it there though. There are so many other better candidates” GUYS HIS SMILE DROPPED FASTER THAN BARRY ALLEN RUNNING A LAP AROUND THE EARTH. 

My eighth grade teacher said, “You a bright young girl with so much potential. You are definetly going places. You speak several languages and youve managed a 4.0 for the past five years. Whether Yale or Howard or any college accepts you or not, you are going to do things that will make a difference.” OMG I WANTED TO CRY. His words made me realzie that you don’t have to do things alone. There are people who believe in you whether it is your mom, dad, best friend or dog! YOU ARE GOING TO DO GREAT NO MATTER WHERE LIFE TAKES YOU. Just keep on working hard and it will pay off. Please, believe in yourself. 

Thank you for those wonderful and amazing years, thank you for being
who you are, thank you for accepting each other, thank you for
fighting together, thank you for being a family ♥
26.07.2005 → 26.07.2015 ☆

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This Army Exercise Was So Useless It Inspired A Psychological Theory

(New recruits at the IDF.www.idfblog.com via Creative Commons)
Long before he won the Nobel Prize for Economics, Daniel Kahneman was a psychology officer for the Israeli Defence Force. He got a lot out of his time in the army too, including inspiration for the illusion of validity.

Kahneman invented this concept after evaluating officer candidates in a “leaderless group challenge,” according to his book Thinking, Fast And Slow.

This was a drill where 8 candidates who didn’t know each other, with no markings of rank, were instructed to carry themselves and a long log over a six-foot wall without touching the wall. The test required ingenuity and teamwork (getting the eighth man across typically involved him jumping at the log held at an angle by the seven men on the other side) and often resulted in failure.

In the process, the test was supposed to reveal who was a good leader.

Kahneman and his colleagues felt like it was very effective test: “We were completely confident in our evaluations and felt that what we had seen pointed directly to the future.”

Unfortunately, it didn’t work:

The evidence that we could not forecast success accurately was overwhelming. Every few months we had a feedback session in which we learned how the cadets were doing at the officer-training school and could compare our assessments against the opinions of commanders who had been monitoring them for some time. The story was always the same: our ability to predict performance at the school was negligible. Our forecasts were better than blind guesses, but not by much.

Despite the failure of the test, the IDF continued using it. What’s more, Kahneman and his colleagues continued to feel confident with each prediction that they were getting it right.

This hypocrisy inspired a breakthrough:

What happened was remarkable. The global evidence of our previous failure should have shaken our confidence in our judgments of the candidates, but it did not. It should also have caused us to moderate our predictions, but it did not. We knew as a general fact that our predictions were little better than random guesses, but we continued to feel and act as if each of our specific predictions was valid. I was reminded of the Müller-Lyer illusion, in which we know the lines are of equal length yet still see them as being different. I was so struck by the analogy that I coined a term for our experience: the illusion of validity.

Wikipedia describes the illusion of validity as “a cognitive bias described by Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in which consistent evidence persistently leads to confident predictions even after the predictive value of the evidence has been discredited.”

Kahneman’s book also discusses the cognitive failures of punditsfinancial advisorsamateur investors, and pretty much everyone.

Don’t miss: 57 Behavioral Biases That Make Us Think Irrationally >

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The Eighth Man Bound: A Theory of the Eighth Doctor’s Paradoxical Timeline

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Rereading EarthWorld from the Eighth Doctor Adventures. Man. This was a good book. The series is like 72 books, and they held onto the bullet of The Trouble With Fitz Kreiner for so fucking long, but man when they finally load that gun, they don’t miss their shot.

Fitz Kreiner for Best Companion.

All the world’s a stage (The 12 houses of astrology),
And all the men and women merely players (the 12 zodiac signs);
They have their exits and their entrances (the first house and the eighth house);
And one man in his time plays many parts (the planets and luminaries),
His acts being seven ages (from the Moon child to adolescent Mercury, the middle aged Jupiter, the Saturn elder).


         One word for the first one I fucked.

2. Older man.
         Two words for the second one I loved.

3. Annoying as Hell.
         Three words for the third one I hated.

4. He made his mark.
         Four words for the fourth one I touched.

5. Played me like his guitar.
         Five words for the fifth one to leave me in the dark.

6. He left and never said goodbye.
         Six words for the sixth one who broke me.

7. Pleased me in every way but one.
         Seven words for the seventh one who lit a fire without a spark.

8. He hurriedly whispered,“I don’t usually do this.”
         Eight words for the eighth one to fuck me in his car.

9. He wasn’t the only one who lied that night.
         Nine words for the ninth one who was not what I thought he would be.

10. It wasn’t only the scary movie that made me scream.
         Ten words for the tenth one to climb inside my body.

11. Bent me over his knee and made me call him daddy.
         Eleven words for the last one to kill me with love.

Dan Daugherty -- Sportsman of the Year

Earlier today, the 8th man named Daniel Daugherty the Sportsman of the Year for 2012. Article: http://www.eighthman.com/2013/01/18/daniel-daugherty-2012-sportsman-of-the-year/

You should all check out the article before reading on here, this is going to serve as a supplement to it.

Dan is a good friend of mine, as well as a rival captain within Ohio, and I could not have more respect for him. His dedication to the game is astounding. Bu the article covered all that.

I want to share with you my experience playing with Dan at Quidcon. 

It’s been a while since it happened, so I can’t remember every play as clearly as I could 6 months ago, but two very specific plays come to mind.

The first, we had just scored, I was playing chaser. Dan was the on-point defender, I was guarding on the left side. As I was watching the ball out of my peripheral, I saw the ball come loose, rolling towards Dan. Without hesitation, I took off down the left side of the field, knowing I could trust Dan to find me, and knowing Dan would trust me to finish the play, even though we had never played chaser together before. He did, and hit me with a perfect pass, led perfectly, which left me one step away from the short hoop. An easy goal, and a perfect summary of Dan as a player: completely trusting, a deadly defender, and a perfect distributor.

 The next was the only time I ever saw Dan come close to showing off. (sorry Dan, I have to tell this one) We were up by a fair margin, and Dan was left with a wide open breakaway, no beaters, no keepers, no chasers, nothing between him and the hoops. It was as sure a goal as goals can ever get. We’ve all seen players take these and dunk them hard through a shorter hoop. Not Dan. Dan decided to go for a layup on the middle hoop, and was promptly denied by the t-joint connecting the pole to the hoop. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. 

But, in all seriousness, Dan was a huge part of that Quidcon team. He’s a natural leader on and off the pitch, and we wouldn’t have made the finals without him. Congrats on Sportsman of the Year, you deserve it. 

Recap of the Brotherly Love Cup

Ithaca Had some excellent games here. Our game against the Philadelphia Honey Badgers was definitely the best game we played.

Scores and game comments are as follows.

Ithaca vs. Those Guys (Mercenary Team): 50 - 100 Snitch to Ithaca

This Game was pretty brutal. Eighth Man had it right  on twitter when they said we got “Taken Out.” Those guys played a hard, physically game.  One of our Keepers sprained his ankle due to their intensely physical playing style and we sincerely hope he recovers quickly and can get back to playing with us! Props to our seeker for catching the snitch here.  We had a lot of trouble passing Mid-field and bludger control went back and forth for most of this game.

Ithaca vs. Brandeis: 50 - 40 Snitch to Brandeis

An excellent game against a pretty new team. Brandeis told us they have primarily freshman on their team. That was our team last year and they play a much better game that we did at that point so props to them!  We played a great game here, especially keeping a hold on the bludgers.  A pretty quick game over all, and probably good for us that it did not end up in a tie.

Ithaca vs. Philadelphia Honey Badgers: 110 - 90 Snitch to Ithaca

The best game we played at the tournament. In more ways than just the score.  Honey Badgers were a great team and we were very evenly matched.  The first half of this match had them with a solid lead of about thirty points and until our team picked up the pace and evened out the score. We were neck and neck right up until the snitch was caught, with a close grab almost resulting in the game going to opposite way.  This felt like the most high stakes game we played.  Although our team is essentially from ithaca college and we are only a community team because we are not yet allowed to play under our school’s name, It was true that we were two of very few community teams at that tournament and there was a certainty that who ever won would send the other team home.  There felt like there was more to prove in this game than any other.

Ithaca vs. Vassar: 50 - 130 Snitch to Vassar

The fact that we scored on Vassar is an accomplishment in itself in light of last year’s butterbeer classic.  It’s always great to play them.  I’ve always believed that this was the team that invented Quove and I still do.  Vassar plays a clean game and they play a tough game.  Even when we lose we always come out of it feeling A) like we’ve played friends and B) that we’ve just got more to improve on for the next time we play them.  This time we had better bludger control than we ever have against Vassar.  True, the majority of the time their beaters had two bludgers, but we put up a hell of fight for them and definitely slowed them down by keeping their beaters back.


A big shout out here to Erik and Kari who recorded most of our games today for the Documentary they’re making about us.  We played some excellent Quidditch this weekend and I’m infinitely glad it was caught on film!

Thank you so much to Chestnut Hill for hosting this fantastic tournament!

Finally, Here’s a link to Eighth Man’s Twitter if anyone would like to follow them. They’re a new voice in the expanding pool of Quidditch media coverage and did a good job giving play by plays of yesterday’s tournaments: https://twitter.com/The_EighthMan

Prep, not hype.

Back in September, it was commonly believed that the world would be looking at a UT-UCLA World Cup finals match. Now, two months later, we’ve received a preview. The previously ranked #1 team, UT (now ranked #6), has just lost to the previously ranked #4 team, UCLA (now #7).

Both have already had previous losses this season, with UT losing to Baylor (#11) and UCLA losing to both UMiami (#5) and USC (#1).

Now UCLA has beaten UT, giving them both a 2 loss record. While both teams lacked some of their key players, a loss is a loss.

What do we have to say on the matter?

Prep, not hype.

A few months ago, I would have bet money that UT would take the World Cup. Now? It’s impossible to say. It’s clear that it is still far too early to make predictions, and that rankings are often not reliable.

I think we all know how unreliable the IQA rankings are, and while the 8th man and team USA rankings are now more commonly used, they are still extremely subjective. Hopefully as the season progresses and more games are played, rankings will become more reliable.

That said, lets have our own poll. Who do YOU think is the REAL #1 in the IQA? Let us know in our ask box!

**Rankings based off the Eighth Man standings

Congratulations UCLA on the fantastic upset!

My full responses for our 8th man roundtable

Ethan had to cut a bunch out of everyone’s so he gave everyone permission to post their full responses.  Here are mine:

1. What do you believe to be the ideal roster composition?

Assuming your team plays one female beater/one female chaser as most top teams tend to do, take your 21 best players, with some constraints on position and gender.  You should take at least 4 but no more than 6 beaters, with at least two of each gender (but don’t do 2 of one gender and 4 of another).  No more than 2 dedicated seekers.  Fill out the rest of your roster with keeper/chasers (assuming you have flexibility that enough of your chasers can play keeper), with at least 25% of them being female.  You can violate these rules if you have a completely elite player at one position (for instance, if you have a super elite female chaser but she doesn’t have much backup behind her, you may be able to go below 25%), but you’d better know what you’re doing.

2. Give us a dark horse to win the World Cup that isn’t getting nearly enough attention.

LSU. I was going to put Baylor here, but it feels like even they’re getting more attention.  All you hear out of the Southwest these days is Texas and Texas A&M, and for good reason, but LSU is definitely not a team anyone should be sleeping on.  People seem to have the impression that this team is still just Brad and some beaters, which was never the case, but it’s even further from true now.  Though their team will probably hate me for pointing out their other chasers are solid too, because they want opposing teams to just focus on Brad.

3. What area of quidditch strategy remains the most underdeveloped? What’s holding it back?

Timing-based interactions between beaters and chasers.  Theoretically, it should be extremely powerful to time these interactions precisely, but it just hasn’t really fully developed out.  It’s not being held back by anything but time and experience, though.  It just happens that since it’s the case of the complex interaction of positions, it’s significantly harder to practice, especially outside of game conditions.

4. Should team strategy over the course of a two-day tournament differ from a single-game weekend? Why or why not?

Yes, definitely.  In a single-game, you have one game, and there’s nothing to save for.  In a two-day tournament, making sure your team stays rested is vital.  I’ve lost games with my team that we had no business losing because our top players had played too much and had no legs for the second day of a tournament.  In a single game, all bets are off, and you may as well be going full-out.

5. What are some of the best one or two person drills you can do over break to keep yourself in top quidditch form?

For chasers: one person as a passer, one person near a hoop, practice catching it two handed and scoring super-quickly.  Do sweet dunks.  Also, one person with the ball, other person on defense and has to stop them and recover the quaffle.  

For beaters: one bludger, have the second person attempt to retrieve the ball, and the first person attempts to beat the person retrieving the ball before they can recover it.

For seekers: either have one snitch/one seeker or each person has a snitch sock, and the person who catches the other person’s snitch sock wins.

For one person, I guess just target shooting with the appropriate ball.  But honestly, people should probably just work out if they’re completely by themselves.

6. Should gamesmanship (ignoring uncalled beats, exaggerating injuries, milking the ref) be a part of quidditch?

Some degree of gamesmanship is always going to be there, but it’s a matter of degrees.  I’d be really upset with my team members if I found out they were ignoring uncalled beats or intentionally exaggerating injuries, because those are explicitly illegal under the rulebook.  But I’ll fully admit that I definitely will “milk” the refs, though usually that’s because my team’s getting hit by illegal tactics that are seemingly never called (defenseless receiver, for one).

Today in history: February 18, 1970 – Seven defendants in the Chicago Seven case (originally the Chicago Eight, or Conspiracy Seven/Eight) were found not guilty of conspiracy after an outrageous politically-charged trial that was often a circus-like atmosphere and included incidents of crude racism by the court. 

Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner were charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to the historic protests in Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Footage of the Chicago police brutally beating protesters outside the convention was broadcast live around the world, causing deep embarrassment for the establishment. 

Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale, the eighth man charged, was treated even more outrageously than the others by the court, including being bound and gagged in the courtroom. While originally part of the conspiracy trial, the judge severed his case from the others’ during the proceedings, which is why they’re alternately referred to as seven or eight. 

Following the DNC on September 9, 1968 a Federal grand jury was empaneled to consider criminal charges. Over the course of more than six months the grand jury met 30 times and heard some 200 witnesses. The eight defendants were charged under the anti-riot provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. During the trial Judge Hoffman cited all the defendants—-plus their lawyers Kunstler and Weinglass—-for numerous contempts of court and imposed sentences ranging from 2½ months to four years. 

(image: poster supporting the Conspiracy Eight)

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