But I added some caps of other main characters, too.
( Enjoy! 40 pics, some of them are even safe for work ;) )
This picspam is mostly sexy and lighthearted, but don't let it fool you. I loved this show to bits in season 3. It made me care for all the characters so much that I cried every episode. I cried for Kyle, for Sloane, for Raquel, even for Jelena of all people. It was still a weirdly backstabbing intrigue soap most of the time, but all the characters were real by season 3. They all had understandable motivations (and sex at least once an ep... ;)). Oh yeah, and most of the "true-love" couples got back together and had a happy ending. I'm glad I watched the whole thing and not only the Zude clips.
The Carolina Hurricanes became the first official seller of any consequence in this year’s trade season by sending Ron Hainsey (with half the AAV on his expiring contract retained) to Pittsburgh for a second-round pick and an AHLer.
And why not? The ‘Canes entered the day 10 points out in the East, playing in the toughest division in hockey. Ron Francis saw the writing on the wall and dumped a 35-year-old depth defender on a team that, all of a sudden, desperately needed blue line help. In doing so, they bumped the total number of picks they have in June’s draft to nine, and that number now includes six in the first three rounds alone.
If they’re smart — and they, of course, very much are — that number will continue to climb as the deadline approaches and, perhaps ahead of the draft. This is a team with some moderately sellable assets. Maybe someone wants Viktor Stalberg. Maybe someone wants Jay McClement. Maybe they’d be tempted to part with Lee Stempniak (even though they just signed him for two years this past summer).
Point being, why not listen? You are where you are, so if you have the ability to retain salary and give up guys you don’t really care about long-term, see what’s out there. Get more picks, increase your chances to get better in a season that is decidedly not this one.
For Pittsburgh fans interested in learning more about their newest defensemen, one of the things that stands out the most when you look at Hainsey’s underlying numbers is the almost incredible disparity between his expected-goals-for percentage, which measures the quality of shots the Hurricanes both took and conceded when he was on the ice, with his actual goals-for. Hainsey led the Hurricanes in 5-on-5 time on ice this season, and was a little above water in expected goals (51 percent, not bad). He was also aboard the Nautilus in terms of real goals (only a little more than 36 percent, which is incredible).
Suffice it to say this is not a problem unique to Hainsey on this club. Overall, the Hurricanes have the third-biggest disparity in the League between the goals they “should have” scored, and the goals they have actually scored. Only Boston (minus-9.8) and Colorado (minus-8) are bigger under-performers.
The Hurricanes do a lot of things at least passably well. They’re 15th in adjusted shot attempts and 14th in scoring chances. I would argue they don’t get enough of those attempts on net and cut down on the number of blocked shots, but that’s not the hugest issue in the world, no matter what Don Sweeney says. That they’re also 14th in the league in expected goals feels just about right, overall. They are also plus-25 when it comes to drawing penalties, good for the fourth-highest differential in the league. That also helps you win games, in theory.
So why, then, are they third from the bottom in terms of actual goals?
You can very easily argue that some of it is bad luck. Any time you have a PDO that starts with “97” things really haven’t gone your way. With that having been said, though, this was always going to be a possibility for this team in particular, no matter how good their process was.
For one thing, the decision to re-sign Cam Ward for two more seasons at middling money is one that was rightly derided when it happened. Ward is not an NHL-level goaltender and hasn’t been for a few years. That the team consequently has the lowest 5-on-5 save percentage in the league (.904) and the third-lowest in all situations sounds just about right. But again, the Hurricanes aren’t dumb. They didn’t think to themselves this would be the year Ward turned it around, after he’d already turned 30. They knew this was probably about what they’d get out of him.
One imagines they perhaps also hoped they’d get a lot more out of Eddie Lack, who was a .917 as a backup with Vancouver before Carolina got him. In the past two seasons, in which he appeared in just 40 games, Lack is .895. And moreover, they didn’t really have a ton of sure-thing options out there in the summer either. Run down the goalies who got contracts from July to September: Apart from Chad Johnson and James Reimer, there weren’t any really exciting options available to serve as any sort of stopgap or insurance policy if (when) Ward was awful again. They signed Michael Leighton in September, to really highlight how dire the situation was.
So obviously that’s a big reason for the low PDO at 5-on-5. What’s amazing is how effective this team has been when it comes to the PK (above 86 percent!) despite these problems.
Overall, Carolina goalies have cost the Hurricanes a little more than 20 goals versus what an average goaltender would have allowed. Call that about seven points in the standings. That alone makes them playoff-competitive — though not, like, actually competitive — and might have kept them from selling, which they shouldn’t have done. But you see the point.
The other aspect of PDO, though, highlights what has been a problem for the Hurricanes for more than just this season: They don’t shoot the puck all that effectively. They generate the fourth-most scoring chances per 60 minutes in the league. They score the ninth-fewest goals. Their shooting percentage is 23rd.
This, too, was a calculated risk. Carolina added plenty of offensive talent in the summer, most notably Teuvo Teravainen, as well as bringing in some of their younger high-end prospects (Sebastian Aho and so on) to hopefully round out the attack. The very impressive but still very young D corps for which Hainsey was the greybeard also plays a role, given that they look pretty good getting the puck up the ice most nights.
But the big offensive jump didn’t happen, which I guess is going to be a risk when most of your forwards are under the age of 24 and still improving as goal producers. They had to know that because they went through it last year. Before the talent infusion, of course, Carolina was a very good “process” team that was lacking in results. They finished 11th in share of attempts, 13th in shots on goal, 16th in expected goals. And because they were only 22nd in scoring chances — they likely just didn’t have the talent to get to the net consistently — and the seventh-lowest shooting percentage to go with their rotten goaltending, they finished third-bottom in goal share.
No real surprise.
These are guys whose quality is obvious, but whose finish remains an unrefined weapon in their arsenal. Again, some of this is luck, but if it’s the second year in a row of this level of bad luck, it’s not bad luck alone. Here’s what the goal totals for all Carolina skaters with at least 500 minutes at 5-on-5 look like versus what they “should have” scored:
When you actually sit down and watch a Hurricanes game, you can see that a lot of what they do is very impressive. You can also plainly see the deficiencies that come with that young roster that, while increasingly talented, still doesn’t have the finish to make a huge difference most nights. If they’re going to take the step forward a young core like this needs, they should either try to acquire someone who can more immediately make an impact (you don’t stockpile picks just to control the rights to half the players in the OHL, after all), or just let this group mature together.
As for this year, well, it’s a wash in terms of the standings. Again. That’s fine. They knew this was a possible outcome. You can see something forming down in Raleigh, and even if it’s not here yet it seems as though it could be soon. They just need that little extra something to push them over the edge offensively. And a goalie who can make a save.
Both are correctable problems.
All stats via Corsica unless otherwise stated.
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Bucky keeps disappearing for whole days, Sam is worried and follows him one day. What he finds is the furthest thing from what he expected, and he didn't really have any clue what to expect in the first place.
Words: 2217, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
Series: Part 18 of SamBucky Drabbles
- Fandoms: Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Rating: General Audiences
- Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
- Categories: M/M
- Characters: Sam Wilson (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes
- Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Sam Wilson
- Additional Tags: bucky likes cats, A lot - Freeform, and sam likes bucky, also a lot, room full of cats, the best kind of room really, Flirting, Awkward Flirting, sambucky - Freeform, Winter Falcon
Animerica Extra Vol 1:1 to 7:4
Pulp Vol 4:7 - 6:7
Smile Vol 2:3 - 4:7
Super Manga Blast (Dark Horse) Vol 1 - 41
Any ideas where else I might to try donate all these? You can see they are consecutive runs, not random issues, so I hope for better than paper recycling. But they will have to go one way or another.
BMW thinks self-driving cars will take off if the technology riders at ease, housing is far more complicated than just "developers vs. regulation," and the field of architecture could stand to get much more diverse. Check out what’s happening around the world in transportation, land use, and other related areas!
Autonomous cars are going to be our friends: In an attempt to make riders more comfortable in self-driving cars, BMW has hired a psychologist to help design artificial intelligence that can... befriend passengers. In a wide ranging interview, BMW Board Director Peter Schwarzenbauer says he believes psychological barriers, not regulations, will be autonomous vehicles’ biggest hurdle. (Dezeen)
This is why the housing market is complicated: A lot of luxury homes are going up in major US cities with tight housing markets these days. With people of all kinds of incomes needing housing, why aren’t we building more moderately-priced homes to keep up with the demand? Think of it this way: Toyota makes and sells far more Camrys than Lexuses because a lot more people want mid-priced cars. But if the company could only make and sell one type of car, selling fewer Lexuses at a higher price would be a way to stay in business. (Rooflines)
We need diversity in architecture: Curbed has put together a series on diversity in architecture, writing a number of articles on topics like influential black architects and the need for diversity in architecture school. While 13% of Americans are black, only 2% of licensed architects are black with only 196 of 107,581 licensed architects being black women. (Curbed)
Roads. We only want to build roads: Republicans in California and Minnesota are looking to divert federal money allocated for major regional transit projects to state road projects now that they control the federal government. Two specific long-term projects in these states mark big opportunities to push for zero federal funding for transit. (San Francisco Chronicle | Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A change in LA would be bad, but the status quo ins't great either: If passed, a March 7th ballot measure called Measure S in Los Angeles would put a moratorium on development that increases density in the city for two years. While most advocates in the region are against the proposal because it would limit most new development, the planning process’s status quo isn't much better because it often ignores low income communities in a way that keeps prices rising and displacement happening.Voting against Measure S is the right thing to do, but it doesn’t begin to address the housing needs in the region. (Streetsblog LA)
Quote of the Week:
"It's telling that this week’s bills target the bullet train only. For example, SB 979 states that railroads are permitted to use eminent domain, with just one exception: if they're developing or operating a high-speed rail project. Ridiculous."
- The Dallas Morning News Editorial Board on legislation in Texas that would take away eminent domain powers from high speed rail planning.
-bowl of witch hazel and water
-bowl of blessed thistle and soil
-bowl with a feather and incense dust
-lit white candle
-candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
-Tower tarot card
earth, air, fire, water
And spirits of the ancestors
I call upon you
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies
bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity
(invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)
in my name
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
Bind them in chains
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
We're getting a butcher shop! We're getting a butcher shooooop. At least, I hope we're getting a butcher shop. There's one planning to settle into a building near my house that's been getting constructed up for a while, it looks like it'll be ready to open soon. That would be so amazing you guys. FRESH. MEAT. I mean we'd probably still stock up on the sales at the grocery stores, depending on their prices, but you guys I could walk up and get amazing steaks or something and it is so fine.
I have, I think, figured out that I'm doing Malachy next, which is fine, I've got a list of things I need to make for that including floor plans and timelines. Right now I need to finish up writing down my notes for Nerd Girls, which is good, I only have one section to go on that. And then I think Long Road between the two so I don't get the voices confused. Unless I get Turing Shrugged back between now and then and I'm... not even sure where I left that. I think I finished the first round of line edits down to figuring out where to better integrate the parrot? Augh.
And then obvs I need to get my ass moving on White Lightning. Yaaay. We'll see how much I get done of the current story this weekend and then I need to start laying out the stories and figuring out what else needs to happen other than each story gets edited and pasted in the Scriv file.
I wish I had something more interesting for you guys but this is pretty much my life. Cleaning the house (trying to keep it clean, ahahaha) and working on my novels and things and the occasional knitting but I'm in the middle of all my projects right now. And I know what I'm doing so there's nothing interesting there. I did get a passel of long-sleeved shirts (now of course that winter seems to have given up the fight against global warming, heh) so now I get to figure out how to layer like a stylish person and not a lump. Probably google will help me, but I also want to knit some cowls and drapes and things to go with it. Buuuuut hell if I know what I'm doing. Which is pretty much the story of my life.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will be sidelined “week-to-week” due to an oblique strain sustained in a Feb. 19 game against the Nashville Predators.
The 27-year-old Calvert has nine goals and 11 points in 51 games for the Blue Jackets. He leads the team with three shorthanded goals and is tied amongst team forwards for most shorthanded ice-time per-game with 1:40. According to Natural Stat Trick, a majority of Calvert’s 5-on-5 shifts start in the defensive zone.
The Columbus Dispatch pointed out that Calvert had been an important penalty killer for the Blue Jackets this season as well as a “significant contributor” on the team’s third and fourth lines.
The Blue Jackets are tied for 11th in the NHL with the Predators in penalty kill percentage at 82.2, and losing Calvert could impact this area of their special teams to a degree.
The surging New York Rangers recently moved ahead of the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division standings, knocking Columbus out of the top three. The Blue Jackets currently have 79 points in 58 games while New York has 80 points in 60 games. Since their 16-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets have gone 10-11-1.
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PITTSBURGH – The NHL’s Centennial Truck is going to hit every NHL market in 2017 (including you, Vegas!), and you would be wise to check it out.
The 1,000 sq. ft., 53-foot museum on wheels is filled with interactive displays, memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame and videos documenting the league’s history since 1917. We got a chance to take a tour on Friday at Heinz Field ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers Stadium Series game.
Here’s some of what we saw:
You see old videos of goalies and their gear, but to look at it up close and compare it to modern gear will make you wonder how more of them back then weren’t seriously injured on a regular basis.
Some of the content inside the truck will be customized to whatever market it’s in. This one features a bevy of Penguins photos as well as an interactive display showcasing every captain in franchise history.
One of the coolest exhibits is the touchscreen Stanley Cup. You can look up pictures of every single team’s engraving of names as well as a team photo.
No hockey history display is complete without some real old sweaters. How beautiful is that New York Americans one? That touchscreen display in the middle allows fans to see every single team logo in league history.
The evolution of skates is pretty remarkable when you compare what Punch Imlach wore to the blades Zdeno Chara puts on every night. And who doesn’t love the old California Golden Seals green and white skates? Thanks, Charlie Finley!
Sticks from that market’s team will be in this display along with those of Wayne Gretzky, Dickie Moore and Bobby Hull’s, which featured this ridiculous blade curve.
There’s also a dressing room stall display featuring two players and a blank one in-between that can be customized with your name and favorite number for a personalized photograph. All three nameplates can be customized for more than one person.
The Centennial Truck is definitely worth your time as you enjoy the Fan Arena activities when it comes to your city.
Here’s the current schedule of stops for the rest of this season:
March 2-4: Florida
March 10-11: Colorado
March 18-19: Ottawa
March 25-26: New Jersey
March 31-April 2: Carolina
April 8-9: Philadelphia
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Bewildered by Nazi soldiers’ willingness to perpetuate the horrors of World War II, Stanley Milgram set out to test the extent to which average people would do harm if instructed by an authority figure. In what would end up being one of the most famous studies in the history of social psychology, the experimenter would instruct study subjects to submit a heard, but unseen stranger (who was reputed to have a heart condition) to a series of increasingly strong electric shocks. The unseen stranger (actually a tape recording) would yelp and cry and scream and beg… and eventually be silent. If the study subject expressed a desire to quit administering the shocks, the experimenter would prod four times:
1. Please continue.
2. The experiment requires that you continue.
3. It is absolutely essential that you continue.
4. You have no other choice, you must go on.
If, after four prods, the subject still refused to administer the shock, the experiment was over.
In his initial study, though all participants at some point required prodding, 65 percent of people (26 out of 40) continued to submit the stranger to electric shocks all the way up to (a fake) 450-volts, a dose that was identified as fatal and was administered after the screaming turned to silence. You can watch a BBC replication of the studies.
In any case, Gwen and I were so excited to see the original recruitment flier for the experiment pop up on BoingBoing! Way cool for the sociology nerds of the world!
Originally posted in August 2010.Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
I am also very tired and want to nap forever. Stupid time adjustments.
* Gundam Wing (turlough)
So while we already have some recs to look forward to in March, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.
Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for April, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for March, April or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.
Open Rec Posting
The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of February. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.
(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• TSN TRADECENTRE NEWS TEAM ASSEMBLE! Let this haunt your dreams for a couple days. [@Isuckatpicking]
• Q&A with Ilya Bryzgalov. Need we say more?? [Sportsnet]
• Matt Niskanen is out and Brooks Orpik is questionable for the Washington Capitals tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. [Washington Post]
• The New Jersey Devils will be without Pavel Zacha for at least the next game due to a concussion. [North Jersey]
• John Gibson’s status for Saturday’s matinee against the Los Angeles Kings remains in question. [OC Register]
• Pierre LeBrun writes the Montreal Canadiens are in on the Martin Hanzal trade deadline sweepstakes. [ESPN]
• What should the Buffalo Sabres do with Evander Kane at the deadline? [Buffalo News]
• Congrats Winnipeg Jets fans. MTS Centre is getting a $12-million makeover. [Jets]
• Penguins GM Jim Rutherford may – or may not – be done dealing after picking up Ron Hainsey yesterday. [Post-Gazette]
• The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins look ahead to their outdoor showdown tomorrow night at Heinz Field. [Philly.com]
• Dave Tippett calls out Mike Smith, Alex Goligoski and Luke Schenn for ‘brutal’ efforts. [NBC Sports]
• Joe Thornton reflects on his career thus far as he sits two assists away from No. 1,000 in his career. [CSN Bay Area]
• Sidney Crosby’s legacy in Pittsburgh goes far beyond what he’s done on the ice. He saved hockey in the Steel City. [NHL]
• Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan thinks this version of the Caps is the best in the history of the ‘Ovechkin-era.’ Well, he did build the team… [CSN Mid-Atlantic]
• Previewing the CWHL playoff series between Les Canadiennes de Montreal and Brampton Thunder. [EOTP]
• The USA Hockey Foundation announced the top-10 finalists for the 2017 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given to the top player in women’s collegiate D1 hockey. [USA Hockey]
• Navy’s men’s hockey team pays tribute to their fallen teammate each game since his death from Leukemia. [WMAR Baltimore]
• Kaleigh Fratkin and the rest of the New York Riveters are ready to shock the world the NWHL Isobel Cup playoffs. [The Ice Garden]
• Fantasy hockey: Part 2 of 2017 trade deadline movers. [Dobber]
• How a former pro hockey player chilled with Paul Newman and landed a cameo in ‘Slap Shot.’ [Vice Sports]
• Counting down the Stadium Series jerseys from worst to first. [Hockey By Design]
• Finally, FINNISH GOALIE FIGHT FRIDAY! [Max4Warn]
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The latest twist in the forever twisting, turning saga of the New York Islanders and their arena woes? That the team might move out of Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a new arena near Belmont Park Racetrack, a building “invested in” by New York Rangers owner James Dolan.
And exhale …
Bloomberg News reports that a “supergroup” of New York sports executives are combining their Wonder Twin powers to activate a new arena at the Belmont site in Elmont. That’s land controlled by the New York Racing Authority, around 19 miles east of Manhattan but accessible by car or train and, most importantly, more desirable for the team’s core fan base that isn’t trekking out to Brooklyn for these games.
The Islanders’ lease in Brooklyn can be terminated as early as January. Please recall that Barclays Center has pretty much made it clear that the team isn’t in its future plans.
The new arena proposal is a joint venture between the Islanders, Oak View Group and Sterling Project Development, said the people, who asked to be anonymous because the talks are private. James Dolan’s Madison Square Garden Co., which controls the Rangers, long the Islanders hated rivals, is an investor in Oak View Group, the private equity group run by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff. The Wilpon family, which owns the Mets, controls Sterling Project Development.
NHL rules permit the owner of one team to have a stake in another club’s arena. The Islanders, MSG and Oak View Group declined to comment.
… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken part in the proposed arena talks and is seeking to attach infrastructure improvement projects to it, the people said without being specific.
Back in Summer 2016, Crain’s initially reported that Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky were in talks with the Wilpons for an arena project:
The Islanders, who are owned by Value Retail Plc founder Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky, and Sterling Equities, which owns the Mets, have been discussing a possible move to Queens for months, said the people.
The team is being advised in the talks by Oak View Group, a consulting firm founded by ex-AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, who is a business partner of the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Knicks and the Rangers. MSG CEO James Dolan once gave Azoff credit for bringing hall-of-fame basketball coach Phil Jackson to the Knicks.
So is Oak View, and James Dolan, an investor as Bloomberg reported or a consultant as was indicated by Crain’s a year ago? Because that could be the difference between the NHL bending some rules for this to happen, or not having to. (And given that they want the Islanders to stay in NYC, one assumes they’d bend them.)
Now, the New York area doesn’t need another arena. At this rate, there’s going to be one arena for every 100 people living in the area:
The year is 2025. There are 37 hockey arenas in the NYC area. pic.twitter.com/72LrEzkik2
— Kevin Schultz (@Schultz88) February 24, 2017
There’s Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, Prudential Center in Jersey, a renovated Nassau Coliseum and this Belmont arena. Look, there are only so many wrestling shows to be held. And the circus is closed for good.
However … that’s a lot of big-time muscle behind this project. The idea that Dolan, the Wilpons and Leiweke will bring this thing to life if the coalition holds is fairly realistic. As is the idea that Charles Oakley won’t be attending any Islanders games, going forward.
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