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Deals/Deal Requests / Re: ConEd LED bulbs from 89
« on: Yesterday at 10:24:53 AM »
The low CRI is something I would avoid for living spaces. You won't notice that you're noticing the difference.
A CRI of 83 is not low for living spaces. Certainly not something that would impact most people in scenarios where the bulb is being used for general or task lighting.

Just Shmooze / Re: 2019 Israeli election
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:21:50 AM »
The math.
The math works just fine. I'm well aware that none of the options, including unity, seem more likely than not. My point is that Lieberman has clearly structured his gambit in a way that incentivizes  a unity gov - that's what he's been asking for the whole time. But if Likud and B&W did find a way to sit together and make a unity government, they wouldn't need Lieberman's seats to do that. 33+32 is 65, which is more than 60 last time I checked.

It sounds like you're referring to the scenario where Gantz 'compromises' and Netanyahu doesn't - that it doesn't work because it requires B&W to bring both YB and the Joint List to sit together. I agree with that, but it has nothing to do with the scenario I was talking about.

Just Shmooze / Re: 2019 Israeli election
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:42:14 AM »
It's not possible. Even with Lieberman, there no way gantz gets it without working with Arabs, and I'm pretty sure Lieberman won't let that happen.
What's not possible?

Just Shmooze / Re: 2019 Israeli election
« on: November 11, 2019, 09:44:40 AM »
The funny thing is, if likud and b&w made a unity govt, they wouldn't actually need Lieberman to get the necessary seats. They wouldn't need anyone else for that matter, strictly speaking.

Just Shmooze / Re: 2019 Israeli election
« on: November 09, 2019, 08:20:30 PM »
Netanyahu preparing for round 3. Appoints Bennett as defense minister and folds "the New Right" (Bennett and Shaked) into the Likud.

IMHO he should hire Israel Aumann as chief campaign strategist for the next election. They really need a master of game theory/strategy to get out of the current deadlock.

Lol. Totally OT, but my grandmother always loves to tell a story about Auman's 'genius' from their time in the same circles while in school in Boston. A bunch of orthodox students shared an apt, and the landlord kept the thermostat behind a lock, and much too low. His 'geonus' was to put a bag of frozen vegetable on it to trick it into keeping the heat on longer. :-P

Just Shmooze / Re: Master Thread of Pet Peeves
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:08:08 AM »
People who don't follow my process for keeping their haddasim and aravos fresh, even when the difference is so blatant. I put them in damp (NOT wet) paper towels, wrapped by silver foil. They stay fresh till the last day. Meanwhile, other people's are dry or black...

How can you possibly think your method is better?

Note - I'm not talking about people who are just too lazy to follow any method, I'm talking about those that have a method, it just doesn't work, but they keep doing it year after year!
I follow the same process as you (have done so for years). Results are mixed year to year.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: New Orleans Master Thread
« on: November 05, 2019, 04:15:12 PM »
So it seems according to that report from the OU.
I wouldn't call it an official OU position - he davens in my shul and I ask him kashrus/hechsher questions all the time. IIRC he didn't have any firsthand knowledge - but when I told him the other rabbi is a Chovevei Torah grad he said you're probably better off not eating there.

Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:50:40 PM »
Pandora music was hands down the hardest thing I had to cancel. They made me find links in fine print and had to use desktop mode on my phone.
Wasn't that hard from an actual desktop.

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: November 01, 2019, 02:34:21 PM »
This is not how degrees work.
Which part? The angle formed by the intersection between the 1st and 3rd baselines (ie the foul lines) is 90 degrees. If you play only to the left (or only to the right) of second base, the angle between the 2 foul lines is now 45 degrees.

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:21:23 PM »
It is funny the article you posted. We did exactly that (use half the field) when I was growing up. It was no big deal to hit to the opposite field. You lost some of your power but that was it. Now I understand you are going against the best pitchers in the world but the batters are the same caliber.
Lol. If a full field is 90 deg, and half the field 45 degrees, I think my kids 'field' is 20-25 degrees. Then again, that's elementary school kids playing 2 a side. I marvel at their ingenuity in creating their own little version of baseball.

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: November 01, 2019, 11:34:29 AM »
The problem is most of the time the hitter does not care about the shift. They are going to swing for the fence. In a situation like this in the WS that all goes out the window.
There might be some hitters that have an 'approach' issue with the shift, where the weight of the WS might correct their approach, but not every player has the level of control necessary to avoid the shift consistently, regardless of approach.

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: November 01, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »
In that situation the hitter can probably hit to the right side 7 or 8 times out of 10.
Do you mean Rendon (that was the batter in your example), or the average random hitter? There's no way that's true on average throughout the league. If you're pitching to Ichiro, you know he's going to place the ball where he wants most of the time. But there are plenty of hitters who are just not capable and/or willing to adapt to the shift. I don't know where Rendon fits on that continuum, but if he's closer to Ichiro, that just means HOU did a bad job applying the shift, not that the shift itself has no place in baseball. And if he's not, then the fact that he lucked into a hole for a base hit doesn't make the shift a bad idea.

FYI, there's data pointing to the fact that while in the early days of the shift, on average the hitters weren't adapting very well, that has started to change (ie more and more batters are training themselves to hit out of it). Great article about that here:

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:16:12 PM »
Except for game one it was over come the 9th inning.
So if every game was a back and forth battle, with multiple lead changes per game, no lead more than 1 prior to the 8th, etc, and one team blows open the game every time in the 8th (let's say alternating wins throughout), that's a boring series?

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:07:00 PM »
Game one was a good game. Then comes:
Final score is not the best indicator of how 'exciting' a series is, but there are plenty of 'numbers' to back up the contention that this one was boring (written after game 5, got a little better in most of these metrics in 6 and 7:

Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: October 31, 2019, 11:06:13 AM »
I did not have a dog in this fight. Last nights game was a little exciting but other than the first game it sucked!!!
This was billed as these great pitching matchups. What happed there? I am not going to say who is eating crow on that one.
Washington's aces got it done - the 4 games they won were the ones started by Strasburg and Scherzer. Greinke pitched well in both of his games - who knows what happens if Hinch doesn't yank him so early in game 7. Cole had that one fluke of a stinker in game 1 and then dominated in game 2. And Verlander was really the odd man out, basically performing like an average pitcher instead of an ace. The rest of the starters, even if they performed great this season, have not established themselves as great pitchers.

Bullpens might have been even more important though. HOU was #3 in the regular season, while WAS was dead last. WAS thoroughly won the later innings in the WS.

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