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The fallible official giveth, and the fallible official taketh away. Blessed be the fallible official.

- Coaches' Proverbs 22:12

markovkeyboard: keyboard layout that changes by markov frequency.

Something tells me this would not actually be very helpful, but YMMV.

It seems to me part of my job as a coach is to help these kids feel like showing up and taking part is always worthwhile, win or lose.

I'm new at this coaching thing, but I confess I don't see the utility of a 15 minute soliloquy after a game to deconstruct a loss for 3rd and 4th graders. They know they lost the game, and they already feel bad. Two minutes to lift up the bright spots, so they stay motivated. Maybe two more on lessons learned, Socratic style. Then a 1 minute pep talk on how they're a better team for what they've accomplished and learned on the field. Save the rest of the time for something useful, like practice.

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Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, State College, Pennsylvania

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An operating system that does this currently dominates the desktop market. Let that sink in.

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This was going to be a negatively worded toot. And then I realized that was exactly the kind of expression I don't like to see.

Good sportsmanship is critical for adults involved in youth sports. Some coaches get it--and for these I am exceedingly grateful. They use their position to encourage effort, courage, and solidarity. They build up the opposing players, as well as their own.

If you coach youth sports, be this kind of coach.

White Coral bells
Upon a tender stalk
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk
Oh how I wish that I could hear them ring
That will happen only when the fairies sing

PSA: For a job where the standard compensation includes 4 weeks of vacation, the half-time equivalent is... 4 weeks of vacation. I seem to find myself perpetually making this case on behalf of those whose employers don't (not claim not to) realize that granting a half-time employee the same number of vacation days results in half the vacation hours.

Whoever invents an affordable mass-market robot for cleaning bathrooms should get a medal. I avoid cleaning our bathroom, because whenever I clean it I end up sweaty and wheezing, with my lungs irritated by the chemical cleaning products.

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If I had known how easy it was to replace the shower head, I would have done it a long time ago!

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“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.”

~ 25 years later ~

On the Internet ... we know the breed, age, location, estimated education, current sentiment, and which chew toys to pitch.

At a kid's birthday today I saw trick candles for the first time in something like 30 years.

I went for a ride today and discovered Easton Tower, which was a pump house built in 1900.

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Q. What is the most used language in programming?

A. Profanity

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