Trubisky and the Bears O again put the Bears D in great field position! #MNF
28-3 at the half—Imagine what the score would be if the Bears had a good offense! #CHIvsWAS
“He’s gotta throw it where [his receiver] is, not where [the defender] is.” - professional NFL analyst Booger McFarland, explaining an interception
The Bears are gonna blow this aren’t they.

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I have a 1/2-baked theory about a Van Halen song.

When It’s Love opens with Eddie on synth and Alex tapping drumsticks w/ nearly every note. The combination adds a mechanical sound to the synth, like the tapping is part of the synth keys themselves. (1/)
My theory: Eddie was using Alex to mimic the key clicks that accompanied older keyboards. For ex., early Hammond organs clicked this way, and though it was a defect, some musicians liked the sound and later organs included a feature to replicate it. (/2)…
Less likely, but more interesting: Eddie—a classically trained musician who named his son Wolfgang—was trying to create an exaggerated version of the click that harpsichords made, due to the wood jacks that moved inside of them.

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I have to disagree with @TimAlberta here. When I think critically about how Goldberg describes his sources, they smell fishy. He’s often vague about what knowledge they have, or the connection between that knowledge and what they say. For example,... Image
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You know how singers will occasionally say things like, "I think you know what I'm talkin' about" after a line? It's a simple way to both vamp b/t lines and to establish a connection between the singer and listener. In one song, Donny Hathaway does the opposite...
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"I just gotta say much obliged to you, Master'cause the walls of my room was not the walls of my grave  *My bed was not my cooling board (y'all don't know what I'm talkin' 'bout)*."

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One of the many frustrating aspects of French's argument is that even as he spends paragraphs discussing last term's case striking down a Louisiana statute regulating abortions, he suggests that overturning Roe is the only way SCOTUS could affect abortion law. 1/
That permits him to say that because only because 1 justice is on the record vs Roe, there’s no hope in overturning it. But as he says, the case under discussion *wasn't about overturning Roe* and came down to a bad opinion from Roberts (who reversed himself from ~2 yrs ago). 2/
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