Who’s the New Guy?


Conor P. Williams

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    This is all well and good but I’m waiting for the Friday Jukebox before I come to a conclusion.Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:


    Is that John Dewey the same John Dewey who fathered the progressive education movement? If so, I’m a big fan. And had no idea he espoused on broader topics. I’ll have to check them out.Report

    • Yes. His active publishing career spanned the better part of 6 decades. He wrote about nigh on everything…but not always very beautifully. Robert Westbrook has written the best book covering Dewey’s full corpus.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        Gracias! If you do nothing else, you’ve done quite a lot for me right here. And I’m sure you’ll do something else!Report

  3. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Welcome aboard, Conor. We can work on polishing up the introduction later. In the meantime, do what you do.Report

  4. Avatar Tod Kelly says:


    Also, that might be the cutest baby picture ever.Report

  5. Very happy to have you aboard on a more permanent footing. Your introductory posts have been superb.Report

  6. 1) Yay! As one of the ordinary ordinaries, I’m delighted you’re here.

    2) Always glad there’s another runner around.

    3) Your kid is really cute.Report

  7. And just like that, like the wind, I’m gone. Done breaking my “stay out of the comments section, Lebowski” rule.Report

    • Avatar Erik Kain says:

      This is a tremendously good comment section, though anyone who suffers from “Someone is Wrong on the Internet” may still get heart palpitations from time to time. I definitely encourage striking up a combox conversation often. I’ve learned lots here.

      Oh, and welcome aboard officially!Report

      • I used to have the syndrome in a more pronounced state, myself. But Erik’s right about the commenters here being extraordinarily well-informed about a wide variety of issues. I know that anticipating what some of the regulars might say has led to my writing stronger posts.Report

  8. Avatar Ethan Gach says:


    Try not to make the rest of us look too bad.

    And, I was bumbling through my bookcase for one of the many unread texts sitting there (an unfortunate (fortunate?) side-effect of “must always buy books” syndrome). I ended up with a brief manifesto of Dewey’s (I think taken from a lecture series perhaps). It’s great. Perfect insight into your posts. And making me excited for your next piece.Report

  9. Avatar Kyle Cupp says:

    Welcome, sir! Drinks are on me.Report

  10. The fire of comments-section argument never goes out here. It forever smolders, ready to be rekindled by another Ron Paul or atheism post.Report

  11. Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

    Welcome to the League! I agree with Erik on the comments. Often a lot of the real value of the League is to be found down here.Report

  12. Avatar greginak says:

    Welcome aboard.Report

  13. Avatar Pierre Corneille says:

    “Context brings forth and rules out particular elements in observation, to the degree that the pursuit of knowledge affects the content of what we know.”

    Meh, I’ve written worse.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      One of Heidegger’s sentences from Poetry, Language, and Thought is usually translated as,

      “Thinging, things are things.”

      Top that.

      Oh and welcome, Conor.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      One of Hei.degger’s sentences, from Poetry, Language, Thought is usually translated as:

      “Thinging, things are things.”

      Top that.

      Oh and welcome, Conor.Report

  14. Avatar Ryan Noonan says:

    Another Michigander! I don’t know what Erik has done to deserve us, but welcome!Report

    • Avatar Patrick Cahalan says:

      The Californians can still take you.Report

      • Avatar Burt Likko says:

        Well, I only checked games from this century, but I found that this is true 60% of the time in the regular season and 66.67% of the time in bowl games:

        9/24/2011: Michigan beat San Diego State, 28-7
        8/30/2008: Michigan State lost to California, 38-31.
        1/1/2007: Michigan lost to USC (Rose Bowl), 32-18. Them Wolverines never quite got over the season-spoiling loss to Ohio State, I guess.
        9/18/2004: Michigan beat San Diego State, 24-21.
        1/1/2004: Michigan lost to USC (Rose Bowl), 28-14. Hey, it’s an honor just to go to the Rose Bowl, right?
        9/14/2002: Michigan State lost to California, 22-46.
        12/31/2001: Michigan State beat Fresno State (Silicon Valley Football Classic), 44-35.
        9/16/2000: Michigan lost to UCLA, 23-20.

        So as long as you’re not from San Diego or Fresno, yeah, Californians can take Michiganders.Report

        • Avatar Ryan Noonan says:

          Virtually no one ever beats USC in the Rose Bowl. That’s what happens when you fly across the country to play someone in what amounts to a home game.

          How many of the games you’ve listed feature the home team losing? Also, Central, Western, and Eastern have all avoided California teams for an entire century?Report

          • Avatar Burt Likko says:

            This century. 2000-2012. You can go back to 1912 and compile the overall record if you wish.

            I found no games between either Michigan or Michigan State against California teams from the 2000 season other than as reported.

            I did not bother to check the NFL. I mean, I like you guys. I wouldn’t want to have to bring the Detroit Lions into this.Report

            • Avatar Ryan Noonan says:

              Oh God, the Lions. Let us never mention them again. Also, I think most of us should be able to agree that the meeting of minds between a Michigan Man and two different California football entities (the Cardinal and the 49ers) has produced admirable results.

              I did the full data call and posted the results down below.Report

        • Avatar Ryan Noonan says:

          Also, where’s Stanford?Report

        • Avatar Ryan Noonan says:

          Here’s a spreadsheet I made: https://ordinary-times.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Michigan-vs.-California-Football.jpg

          It’s all games played between Division I-A (FBS) Michigan teams (there are five) and California teams (there are seven) from 1869 – 2011. Read it from left to right (i.e., from the perspective of Michigan teams). Final outcome: Michigan teams are .585 all-time against California teams. The only teams Michigan schools have a net losing record against are Fresno State (weird) and USC (surprising exactly no one).Report

  15. Avatar ktward says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely like reading most everyone around here, gent or lady, leftie or rightie, ordinary or otherwise. But I have to admit, I have a soft spot for midwestern progressives. The adorable baby pic doesn’t hurt.Report

  16. Avatar Murali says: