40 Ways You Know You’re From South Carolina

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

I miss mustard-based BBQ. Some of these make me feel pretty old.

Thought Catalog

There’s nothing finer than to be in Carolina.

1. You would bathe in Groucho’s sauce and it’s a necessity on family beach trips.

2. Eating boiled peanuts is an art and no tailgate is complete without them. The fewer teeth the seller has, the better the peanuts.

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3. There is nothing like the taste of a homegrown tomato atop a bed of Duke’s Mayo and a dash of salt and pepper.

4. Peach season is as important as football. You have bought them from the same man, at the same gas station, for 20 years. God bless him. (P.S. Georgia, we have more than you).

5. Barbecue is mustard-based. The end.

6. Thanksgiving dressing is cornbread-based. The end.

7. Crabbing is a sport. Deviled crabs are a delicacy.

8. Oyster roasts are the obvious way to celebrate.

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9. As a child, you overdosed on Saf-t-pops in the kid’s…

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College Football Top 25, Ranked By Academics

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

1st in the playoff ranking and 3rd in the academic ranking? I’ll take that. Especially standing above a few of those schools, the least of which not being Clempsun. Go Cocks, Roll Tide!

TIME

Correction appended: Dec. 19, 2014.

Forgive fans of Texas Christian University’s football team for feeling blue over the holidays. After all, the Horned Frogs entered the last weekend of the regular season ranked third in the college football playoff rankings, good enough for a coveted spot in the four-team national semifinals. But by the weekend’s end, they painfully fell out of contention.

Horned Frogs boosters, take some solace. Because according to an annual academic ranking of the top 25 college football teams, your school is number one. “Overall, TCU is really the standout,” says Alexander Holt, policy analyst at New America, the Washington, D.C. think-tank which publishes the rankings, viewed first here at TIME. “It’s a real academic football power, which is very rare.”

For the final results, check out the chart below. Click the left tab for the football rankings, the right one for the academic top-25:

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Why the Sony hack is unlikely to be the work of North Korea.

December 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

I tend to believe N. Korea didn’t have anything to do with it either. North Korea doesn’t have a huge base of technological masterminds. Even if Sony’s security was crummy, I can’t see N. Korea spying on a private company like Sony, then carrying out all the things that would have had to have happened for the story to be true as portrayed.

Marc's Security Ramblings

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Everyone seems to be eager to pin the blame for the Sony hack on North Korea. However, I think it’s unlikely. Here’s why:1. The broken English looks deliberately bad and doesn’t exhibit any of the classic comprehension mistakes you actually expect to see in “Konglish”. i.e it reads to me like an English speaker pretending to be bad at writing English.

2. The fact that the code was written on a PC with Korean locale & language actually makes it less likely to be North Korea. Not least because they don’t speak traditional “Korean” in North Korea, they speak their own dialect and traditional Korean is forbidden. This is one of the key things that has made communication with North Korean refugees difficult. I would find the presence of Chinese far more plausible.See here – http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/30/world/asia/30iht-dialect.2644361.html?_r=0

here – http://www.nknews.org/2014/08/north-korean-dialect-as-a-soviet-russian-translation/

and here – http://www.voanews.com/content/a-13-2009-03-16-voa49-68727402/409810.html

This change in language is also most…

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Upgraded Stats and Navigation Enhancements

December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Some really nice new changes to the WordPress.com interface.

The WordPress.com Blog

We’ve been updating WordPress.com to make it faster and more powerful behind the scenes. We’ve now introduced some changes to the WordPress.com interface as well, making website, blog, and content creation more intuitive and consistent across devices. Here’s a roundup of some of the enhanced functionality that you’ll see in WordPress.com starting today, with more updates coming next week — stay tuned!

Upgraded stats

We know that WordPress.com users are extremely keen on understanding how others view and interact with their content, so we wanted to make Stats faster, more accessible, and richer overall. When checking their site’s performance, users can now quickly keep tabs on views, visitors, likes, and comments, among other metrics.
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Mobile-friendly navigation

Millions of people use WordPress.com on mobile devices, and to ensure that our mobile users have a first-class experience, we gave the WordPress.com navigation interface a little love. It’s responsive across devices, and its simpler…

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