Evidence Why the RPI is Garbage for Determining March Madness Seeds

The Rating Percentage Index, or RPI, is the biggest aid for the NCAA March Madness Selection Committee to determine which teams make it in March Madness, where they rank, and which teams are left out (ESPN). The RPI is also the simplest of the many ranking indices out there (ESPN), like:

  1. Basketball Power Index or BPI by ESPN
  2. Sagarin Index by Jeff Sagarin
  3. KenPom by Ken Pomeroy
  4. Massey Ratings

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My New Winged Running Shoes

I need to be faster this summer to be racing the buses in Halifax, so I enhanced my next pair of running shoes with a little customization to help my cause. 🙂

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My adidas winged running shoes (please click to enlarge)

That is silver duct tape used, which pretty much means it ain’t gonna be going anywhere! 🙂

Semi-perishables

Semi-perishables (n.) – food that perishes but which’s edible lifespan can be extended beyond the typical period of two weeks of perishables.
[semi-perishable is adjective]

The conversational definition would be “food that can last more than 2 weeks if taken care of, but is perishable”.

I’ve been stocking up on a lot of food so far this calendar year due to some massive sales I found of non-perishables I know I will be consuming. Along the way, I also came across savings on food that lasts, or can last, a fair amount of time if taken care of properly or on its own. Examples of the former would be meats in the freezer, and an example of the latter would be soy milk which tends to have a two month best before date. To describe these foods, I came up with the term semi-perishables, to include in descriptions of stuff I stocked up on this year.

As of now, I have enough of some semi-perishables stocked up to last me till spring, so they weren’t a negligible part of the conversation. 🙂