• Maybe it was the time change. Maybe it was the “my parents are buying everything, who cares what I eat” diet. Maybe it was the fact that I ran a 5K really hard without having done any speedwork since early spring. (I did get a adult PR of 22:43, although still well shy of my overall PR of 19:20 at age 16.) But towards the end of last week’s Ohio trip, I self-destructed. My 7-miler on Saturday turned into a 4-miler. My 11-miler on Sunday turned into a … 1-miler. 2, I guess, if you count the shameful walk back to the car. Anyways, it continued this week, as I lazily skipped my Tuesday and Thursday runs, and walked the last 2 of Wednesday’s 8-miler. Finally, this morning I had a great run, running 8 miles. It called for “race pace” again, although I averaged about 9:30 instead of my usual 9. But who cares, it felt great to get out there and actually finish a run for the first time in over a week. Some of my morning runs earlier this summer were really chilly as I started, running to the west into the wind, and really warm as I finished, running back east into the sun. Today was the opposite, as I ran east first. I guess the return of that chilly wind means that fall is right around the corner. The fact that classes start back up on Monday is probably even more of an indication…

  • friedcheese.org returns!

    I’ve ditched the old PHP/MySQL site that I coded so many years ago for a shiny new GitHub Pages/Jekyll site. Pardon the dust while I get things up and running again…

  • college football poll - week 15

    It’s the annual “how little did the Army-Navy game affect everything?” poll. This year, Nebraska and Clemson swap places.


    1 – Notre Dame (12-0) (49.625) (1)
    2 – Alabama (12-1) (39.6484375) (2)
    3 – Florida (11-1) (39.3984375) (3)
    4 – Ohio St. (12-0) (37.3828125) (4)
    5 – LSU (10-2) (34.5859375) (5)
    6 – Georgia (11-2) (33.8984375) (6)
    7 – South Carolina (10-2) (32.3984375) (7)
    8 – Texas A&M (10-2) (32.1484375) (8)
    9 – Oregon (11-1) (30.9658203125) (9)
    10 – Stanford (11-2) (29.712890625) (10)
    11 – Kansas St. (11-1) (27.989990234375) (11)
    12 – Oklahoma (10-2) (25.3582763671875) (12)
    13 – Oregon St. (9-3) (22.119140625) (13)
    14 – UCLA (9-4) (21.4609375) (14)
    15 – Texas (8-4) (20.94873046875) (15)
    16 – Nebraska (10-3) (20.619140625) (17)
    17 – Clemson (10-2) (20.6044921875) (16)
    18 – San Jose St. (10-2) (19.48046875) (18)
    19 – Iowa St. (6-6) (18.8818359375) (19)
    20 – Michigan (8-4) (18.625) (20)
    21 – Baylor (7-5) (18.55029296875) (21)
    22 – Arizona (7-5) (18.41796875) (22)
    23 – TCU (7-5) (18.3115234375) (23)
    24 – West Virginia (7-5) (17.6552734375) (24)
    25 – Southern California (7-5) (16.72265625) (25)

  • college football poll - week 14

    The Tide leapfrog the Gators and Buckeyes after their SEC championship win.


    1 – Notre Dame (12-0) (49.625) (1)
    2 – Alabama (12-1) (39.6484375) (4)
    3 – Florida (11-1) (39.3984375) (2)
    4 – Ohio St. (12-0) (37.3828125) (3)
    5 – LSU (10-2) (34.5859375) (6)
    6 – Georgia (11-2) (33.8984375) (5)
    7 – South Carolina (10-2) (32.3984375) (7)
    8 – Texas A&M (10-2) (32.1484375) (8)
    9 – Oregon (11-1) (30.9658203125) (9)
    10 – Stanford (11-2) (29.712890625) (10)
    11 – Kansas St. (11-1) (27.989990234375) (11)
    12 – Oklahoma (10-2) (25.3582763671875) (13)
    13 – Oregon St. (9-3) (22.119140625) (14)
    14 – UCLA (9-4) (21.4609375) (16)
    15 – Texas (8-4) (20.94873046875) (15)
    16 – Clemson (10-2) (20.6201171875) (17)
    17 – Nebraska (10-3) (20.619140625) (12)
    18 – San Jose St. (10-2) (19.48046875) (19)
    19 – Iowa St. (6-6) (18.8818359375) (22)
    20 – Michigan (8-4) (18.625) (18)
    21 – Baylor (7-5) (18.55029296875) (23)
    22 – Arizona (7-5) (18.41796875) (21)
    23 – TCU (7-5) (18.3115234375) (20)
    24 – West Virginia (7-5) (17.6552734375) (24)
    25 – Southern California (7-5) (16.72265625) (NR)
    dropped out: Vanderbilt

  • college football poll - week 13

    Florida leapfrops OSU and Bama after taking out the ’Noles.


    1 – Notre Dame (12-0) (49.3125) (1)
    2 – Florida (11-1) (39.4609375) (4)
    3 – Ohio St. (12-0) (37.1953125) (2)
    4 – Alabama (11-1) (36.8984375) (3)
    5 – Georgia (11-1) (35.0234375) (8)
    6 – LSU (10-2) (34.5859375) (5)
    7 – South Carolina (10-2) (32.3984375) (10)
    8 – Texas A&M (10-2) (31.3359375) (9)
    9 – Oregon (11-1) (30.7236328125) (7)
    10 – Stanford (10-2) (29.603515625) (6)
    11 – Kansas St. (10-1) (26.197021484375) (11)
    12 – Nebraska (10-2) (25.626953125) (13)
    13 – Oklahoma (9-2) (24.0086669921875) (14)
    14 – Oregon St. (8-3) (21.916015625) (12)
    15 – Texas (8-3) (21.63623046875) (18)
    16 – UCLA (9-3) (21.5703125) (15)
    17 – Clemson (10-2) (20.63916015625) (16)
    18 – Michigan (8-4) (20.56640625) (20)
    19 – San Jose St. (10-2) (19.45703125) (24)
    20 – TCU (7-4) (18.9130859375) (NR)
    21 – Arizona (7-5) (18.35546875) (19)
    22 – Iowa St. (6-6) (18.1318359375) (22)
    23 – Baylor (6-5) (17.19091796875) (NR)
    24 – West Virginia (6-5) (17.0380859375) (NR)
    25 – Vanderbilt (8-4) (16.8095703125) (NR)
    dropped out: Rutgers, Washington, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi St.

  • college football poll - week 12

    OSU leapfrogs Bama and the Gators after the two SEC powerhouses beat up on I-AA teams. The Fightin’ Irish are still dominating at #1. Oregon and Kansas State, while not #1 and #2 here like the BCS, understandably fall a few spots.


    1 – Notre Dame (11-0) (45.71875) (1)
    2 – Ohio St. (11-0) (35.5703125) (4)
    3 – Alabama (10-1) (35.35546875) (2)
    4 – Florida (10-1) (34.48046875) (3)
    5 – LSU (9-2) (32.2734375) (6)
    6 – Stanford (9-2) (30.1966552734375) (10)
    7 – Oregon (10-1) (30.0358276367188) (5)
    8 – Georgia (10-1) (29.990234375) (8)
    9 – Texas A&M (9-2) (28.771484375) (9)
    10 – South Carolina (9-2) (27.115234375) (11)
    11 – Kansas St. (10-1) (25.8411560058594) (7)
    12 – Oregon St. (8-2) (25.4622802734375) (12)
    13 – Nebraska (9-2) (24.47314453125) (14)
    14 – Oklahoma (8-2) (22.6080780029297) (15)
    15 – UCLA (9-2) (22.1201171875) (18)
    16 – Clemson (10-1) (22.061767578125) (17)
    17 – Mississippi St. (8-3) (22.00732421875) (19)
    18 – Texas (8-2) (21.9655151367188) (16)
    19 – Arizona (7-4) (21.56787109375) (20)
    20 – Michigan (8-3) (20.875732421875) (21)
    21 – Rutgers (9-1) (20.3251953125) (23)
    22 – Iowa St. (6-5) (18.6497802734375) (NR)
    23 – Washington (7-4) (18.362060546875) (25)
    24 – San Jose St. (9-2) (17.276123046875) (NR)
    25 – Louisiana Tech (9-2) (16.777099609375) (13)
    dropped out: Texas Tech, Southern California

  • college football poll - week 11

    Not much change at the top. ’Bama’s loss doesn’t even change their position. Florida switches it up with the Buckeyes after the Gators survive Louisiana-Lafayette and Ohio State has a bye.


    1 – Notre Dame (10-0) (42.09375) (1)
    2 – Alabama (9-1) (34.4453125) (2)
    3 – Florida (9-1) (33.7578125) (4)
    4 – Ohio St. (10-0) (33.2265625) (3)
    5 – Oregon (10-0) (32.671875) (5)
    6 – LSU (8-2) (30.609375) (6)
    7 – Kansas St. (10-0) (29.734375) (7)
    8 – Georgia (9-1) (29.72265625) (8)
    9 – Texas A&M (8-2) (28.22265625) (13)
    10 – Stanford (8-2) (26.981689453125) (10)
    11 – South Carolina (8-2) (26.47265625) (11)
    12 – Oregon St. (7-2) (23.903564453125) (12)
    13 – Louisiana Tech (9-1) (22.876953125) (14)
    14 – Nebraska (8-2) (22.6630859375) (15)
    15 – Oklahoma (7-2) (21.328125) (16)
    16 – Texas (8-2) (20.0465087890625) (19)
    17 – Clemson (9-1) (19.7835693359375) (17)
    18 – UCLA (8-2) (19.494140625) (18)
    19 – Mississippi St. (7-3) (19.2587890625) (21)
    20 – Arizona (6-4) (18.9892578125) (22)
    21 – Michigan (7-3) (18.49853515625) (NR)
    22 – Texas Tech (7-3) (17.6091918945312) (20)
    23 – Rutgers (8-1) (17.2939453125) (25)
    24 – Southern California (7-3) (17.10400390625) (NR)
    25 – Washington (6-4) (16.60400390625) (24)
    dropped out: Iowa St., Louisville

  • college football poll - week 10

    Notre Dame stays at the top after squeaking by Pitt in triple overtime, and ‘Bama and the Buckeyes swap places after the Tide survive the national title rematch game and the Buckeyes destroy Illinois.


    1 – Notre Dame (9-0) (38.2265625) (1)
    2 – Alabama (9-0) (35.29296875) (3)
    3 – Ohio St. (10-0) (31.9765625) (2)
    4 – Florida (8-1) (29.79296875) (6)
    5 – Oregon (9-0) (29.6171875) (5)
    6 – LSU (7-2) (27.8671875) (4)
    7 – Kansas St. (9-0) (27.193359375) (7)
    8 – Georgia (8-1) (26.037109375) (9)
    9 – Louisville (9-0) (24.2578125) (11)
    10 – Stanford (7-2) (23.5181579589844) (8)
    11 – South Carolina (7-2) (23.505859375) (12)
    12 – Oregon St. (7-1) (23.2134704589844) (10)
    13 – Texas A&M (7-2) (20.55615234375) (25)
    14 – Louisiana Tech (8-1) (20.39453125) (19)
    15 – Nebraska (7-2) (19.6077880859375) (18)
    16 – Oklahoma (6-2) (18.943359375) (24)
    17 – Clemson (8-1) (17.8901977539062) (17)
    18 – UCLA (7-2) (17.535888671875) (NR)
    19 – Texas (7-2) (17.2992172241211) (22)
    20 – Texas Tech (6-3) (16.9625968933105) (14)
    21 – Mississippi St. (7-2) (16.6376953125) (15)
    22 – Arizona (5-4) (16.5491943359375) (13)
    23 – Iowa St. (5-4) (15.8218688964844) (23)
    24 – Washington (5-4) (15.5753784179688) (21)
    25 – Rutgers (7-1) (15.0635986328125) (NR)
    dropped out: West Virginia, Southern California


    No more directed graphs. Imgur’s compressing them to completely illegibility at this point.

  • college football poll - week 9

    Ohio State and Florida swap places as the Buckeyes beat Penn State and the Gators fall to Georgia.


    An interesting phenomenon this season is the abundance of Pac-12 teams with medicore records in the top 25. Let’s take a closer look.


    Stanford comes in at #8, just three spots behind national title contender Oregon. They have quality out-of-conference wins against San Jose State (giving them lots of WAC “wins”) and Duke (giving them lots of ACC “wins”), and of course they beat USC and Arizona. They also beat Cal, who beat UCLA, who beat Nebraska, giving them lots of distant Big Ten “wins”.


    Oregon State, who was just handed their first loss last night against Washington, is no real surprise at #10. However, just three spots later, we have Arizona with three losses. They have wins over solid Toledo and Oklahoma State teams, giving them lots of “wins” in the MAC and Big 12. And their three losses happen to be the aforementioned Stanford and the two Oregon schools.


    USC sits at 6-2 and #20. Nothing really very odd there.


    Finally, the real head scratcher. The Huskies sitting at .500 landed in #21. They have a quality out-of-conference win against San Diego State, giving them lots of MWC “wins”. Their two conference wins include none other than Stanford and Oregon State, and their four losses are against some pretty great teams: LSU, Oregon, USC, and Arizona.


    1 – Notre Dame (8-0) (34.2265625) (1)
    2 – Ohio St. (9-0) (29.02734375) (6)
    3 – Alabama (8-0) (28.328125) (3)
    4 – LSU (7-1) (27.0625) (4)
    5 – Oregon (8-0) (26.67578125) (8)
    6 – Florida (7-1) (26.5546875) (2)
    7 – Kansas St. (8-0) (25.41796875) (5)
    8 – Stanford (6-2) (23.07421875) (9)
    9 – Georgia (7-1) (23.0234375) (18)
    10 – Oregon St. (6-1) (22.921875) (7)
    11 – Louisville (8-0) (21.93359375) (11)
    12 – South Carolina (7-2) (21.6796875) (14)
    13 – Arizona (5-3) (20.28125) (22)
    14 – Texas Tech (6-2) (18.80859375) (10)
    15 – Mississippi St. (7-1) (17.32421875) (12)
    16 – West Virginia (5-2) (17.15625) (15)
    17 – Clemson (7-1) (17.1030578613281) (20)
    18 – Nebraska (6-2) (16.54296875) (NR)
    19 – Louisiana Tech (7-1) (16.51953125) (21)
    20 – Southern California (6-2) (15.91015625) (19)
    21 – Washington (4-4) (15.85546875) (NR)
    22 – Texas (6-2) (15.8291015625) (23)
    23 – Iowa St. (5-3) (15.724609375) (NR)
    24 – Oklahoma (5-2) (15.505859375) (17)
    25 – Texas A&M (6-2) (15.490234375) (NR)
    dropped out: Rutgers, Florida St., Michigan, Ohio


    Directed graph.

  • college football poll - week 8

    Not much movement at the very top. ’Bama moves up to #3 after pounding the Vols as the Fighting Irish and Gators hold on to the top two spots.

    1 – Notre Dame (7-0) (27.71484375) (1)
    2 – Florida (7-0) (26.59375) (2)
    3 – Alabama (7-0) (25.25) (4)
    4 – LSU (7-1) (24.421875) (7)
    5 – Kansas St. (7-0) (23.529296875) (3)
    6 – Ohio St. (8-0) (23.4755859375) (5)
    7 – Oregon St. (6-0) (23.4453125) (6)
    8 – Oregon (7-0) (22.66796875) (8)
    9 – Stanford (5-2) (20.58984375) (11)
    10 – Texas Tech (6-1) (19.146484375) (9)
    11 – Louisville (7-0) (17.89453125) (16)
    12 – Mississippi St. (7-0) (17.7900390625) (18)
    13 – Rutgers (7-0) (17.37890625) (10)
    14 – South Carolina (6-2) (16.5625) (13)
    15 – West Virginia (5-2) (16.5546875) (12)
    16 – Ohio (7-0) (16.416015625) (15)
    17 – Oklahoma (5-1) (15.8076171875) (17)
    18 – Georgia (6-1) (15.4140625) (22)
    19 – Southern California (6-1) (15.099609375) (20)
    20 – Clemson (6-1) (14.7895812988281) (24)
    21 – Louisiana Tech (6-1) (14.4775390625) (21)
    22 – Arizona (4-3) (14.203125) (NR)
    23 – Texas (5-2) (14.125732421875) (NR)
    24 – Michigan (5-2) (13.663818359375) (NR)
    25 – Florida St. (7-1) (13.4229125976562) (23)
    dropped out: Western Ky., Texas A&M, Iowa St.


    Imgur’s starting to compress these images to near-illegibleness, here’s the directed graph.

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