I just wanted to get this out there. MS needs better Civil Engineers

Just looking at the way the new Academy Sports store’s street access is being set up it should be obvious to anyone that has to use Old Fannin or Flowood Drive during rush hour that it’s gonna royally screw up the flow of traffic. The amount of traffic that backs up on Flowood during the evening rush can ALREADY back all the way up to the light for Lowes, now they want to put a left turn right in the middle of that? Pretty obvious that someone is going to want to turn left on Flowood during rush hour (Instead of going to the light on Old Fannin to turn? Why would they do that Berial? Because of course they are. People don’t think while driving. They are too busy talking on their phones.) Once that ONE CAR decides to turn left against a sea of oncoming traffic everything behind that car is STUCK. And you get a logjam with NOBODY able to move. THANKS CIVIL ENGINEERS!

Look I appreciate that the Engineers in the area know HOW to make a road. I do. But didn’t they ever take some higher level classes that taught them traffic FLOW?  Hell just they way they’ve set up Old Fannin right now with 2 turning lanes works great during NORMAL traffic. But the evening return traffic has to have a police car blocking one of those lanes just to give traffic a CHANCE at working because they put a damn traffic light at Olympic Drive JUST as they decided to push the lanes together, AND the light favors the people coming out of the subdivision. It is a COMMON occurrence for traffic at Old Fannin and Flowood to NOT BE ABLE TO TURN AT THE GREEN LIGHT, because the light at Olympic is Red and preventing all the HUGH TRAFFIC coming onto Old Fannin from moving.

Oh, and speaking of Old Fannin, I know you aren’t done but you’ve put about a 1 inch difference between the concrete of the curb and the road itself. I’m no civil engineer but I’m pretty sure that means water will stack up in low places up to an inch BEFORE it can even START to hit the drains. THAT IS NOT GOOD GUYS!

Jackson area civil engineers. DO BETTER GUYS!

Had a fun vacation, in spite of Delta.

First the story of my first day of vacation.

8:30 AM: Awoke a bit later than I would for work, but still with plenty of time to get to the airport for my 1:05 flight to Atlanta and on to Manchester.

11:30 AM: I was all checked in and through security. Nikki was on her way to Columbus for a nice week with her family.

1:05 PM: Discover there is a mechanical problem with the plane. I use the 1-800 number handed out by the Delta staff to get put on the 3:05 flight.

2:20 PM: Finally get to the front of the line to get my new boarding pass.(In retrospect I should have gone to the other gate to do this.) Get new boarding pass printed, but the clerk tells me the original 1:05 flight is working and boarding. She helpfully puts me back on the original flight, and prints out ANOTHER boarding pass for the 1:05.

2:50 PM: Told to get off the plane because the ‘fix’ wasn’t approved by the FAA.Call the 1-800 number again, but told the 3:05 is full and I cannot change to that flight.

3:30 PM: Told the part to fix the plane is being flown into Jackson and the flight should launch at 5:30PM. I had a VERY long layover in Atlanta but this is really pushing it. I get second flight changed from Manchester to last Boston flight.

5:30 PM: Given two slices of semi-warm pepperoni pizza. There really isn’t any place to eat in the Jackson airport past security so I feel we’ve earned it.

5:50 PM: Told the ‘part’ they flew in from Atlanta is the wrong part. Flight delayed till 8:30. No hope of making any connecting flights. I ask for my luggage back. My luggage, however, made the 3:05 flight and is now in Atlanta. Having no keys to get into my own home I call Nikki to make the 3 hour drive back to Jackson to take me home. Delta helpfully puts me on the first flight out of Jackson the next morning.

9:00 PM: Nikki picks me up from the airport and we have an exhausted dinner.

5:35 AM (Friday): I wake up get my carry-on and Nikki takes me to the airport…AGAIN.

7:30 AM (Friday): I’m finally on a plane ready to go to Atlanta. But wait, there is a problem! Luckily</sarcasm> there are two Delta technicians that had flown in last night on the plane (I WONDER WHY!?) and they are able to fix the problem in 10 minutes. My vacation finally starts. I’m already stressed out and miserable. Thanks DELTA!

The ‘enjoyment period’ of MS State football gets shorter every year.

So, as a MSU alum and fan, I watched the first game of the season and enjoyed the game for about a quarter. After that everything went to shit, and if it continues this way we can look forward to a 3-4 win season. After the first drive, which I understand is scripted by Coach Mullen and looked good, they go back to normal play calling. I haven’t seen play calling that bad since Rocky Felker[Mr. Up the middle, up the middle, up the middle, PUNT himself]. Speaking of “up the middle”, am I wrong, or did MSU call three DIVES in a row only to punt at one point in the game? WTF? This wasn’t just ‘conservative’ play calling, it was STUPID play calling, and if it’s what we can expect the rest of the season, then the season is already over. We can call it a season being proud of beating our powder-puff non-conference opponents, and rail against the sports gods about how unfair the sound thrashing we got from EVERY SINGLE SEC OPPONENT was.

You’ll notice I’m not berating the defense or special teams. That’s because those teams played well. Met expectations. The defense eventually broke it’s true, but that is what happens when your coaching staff is so BAD at their jobs that the offense keeps going 3 and out. If you are only giving the defense a 3-5 minute break they WILL tire out and the opponent WILL move the ball on you.

As for Ole Miss, they’ll be fine. They won a close one against Vandy (who will also do well). Neither team gave up, and while mistakes were made the team is young and will learn and improve. High marks for Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews. He got hit so hard in the gut that it made him lose his lunch, but he STILL came back to help his team. I’m sure that last turnover weighs heavy on him but it was a great effort and there was no blame to be put on him for that loss.

 

Beginning to believe that profit based athletics have no place in education

Saw this linked from BigJim. It’s an apt title: The NCAA Has Truly Lost Its Mind. I don’t have much to add except perhaps the NCAA needs some whistle-blowers to come out and let the public know what they are actually up to, because it certainly doesn’t seem to be whats best for college athletes.

So much for the integrity business.

Really wish I could believe that SOMEDAY those responsible will pay, but I don’t.

Just read Matt Taibbi’s latest piece about the ratings agency’s complicity with the financial crisis.

A ‘money’ quote:

2008 was to the American economy what 9/11 was to national security. Yet while 9/11 prompted the U.S. government to tear up half the Constitution in the name of public safety, after 2008, authorities went in the other direction. If you can imagine a post-9/11 scenario where there were no metal detectors at airports and people could walk on carrying chain saws and meat cleavers, you get a rough idea of what was done to reform the ratings process.

 

He ends with this:

But we know now that it was no accident. What happened to the ratings agencies during the financial crisis, and what is likely still happening within their walls, is a phenomenon as old as business itself. Given a choice between money and integrity, they took the money. Which wouldn’t be quite so bad if they weren’t in the integrity business.