Category Archives: Ryan

Sharks & Recreation

In his seminal book, The Philosophy of Horror, or Paradoxes of the Heart, Noël Carroll examines the aesthetics of the horror genre, in an attempt to understand why we seem to find it so viscerally appealing. As he writes, "the imagery of horror fiction seems to be necessarily repulsive and, yet, the genre has no lack of customers." While there Read more [...]

Pong Wins Above Replacement, Part 2

Last month, I wrote a blogcat detailing the basic logic behind a computer-simulated pong game, and how we can use this logic to calculate Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for a given team. This time, I will present the results for this analysis, as performed on the data gathered during NogFest 2015. Before you read this, you should probably make sure Read more [...]

Pong Wins Above Replacement, Part 1

In case you haven't figured it out, we here at Bobcat Territory really like beer pong. Since we started the site in April 2012, we've had 8 blogcats dedicated to the subject. That's a veritable blogclowder (yes, apparently a group of bobcats is called a clowder)! In any case, this will be Part 1 of an ongoing series dedicated to trying to look Read more [...]

Beware the Dark Side

There is very little for me to say that has not already been said concerning the recent election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. It is a result that many of you find shocking, revolting, terrifying, bewildering, and any other number of emotions. There are even some of you who, justifiably, feel personally endangered Read more [...]

Norman Reedus Needs Our Help

No, but, really: I think Norman Reedus really needs our help. He needs an intervention from someone, at least. Because something has gone horribly wrong. Earlier this summer, AMC decided to air six one-hour long episodes of Ride with Norman Reedus as part of their Sunday night line-up, immediately following their new 'prestige' drama Preacher. Read more [...]

Poems

The Siege Right-angled hydrangeas blind the windowframe to the bitter rotten clot of light over wrought iron chairs perched like insects beneath constellations of coffee stains while the red eyed frenzy of the night fast implodes in steam and speed: beleaguered soldiers boiling oil for the castle walls. * Read more [...]

A Mobile Banquet

A few weeks ago, I went to Paris with three of my fellow prestigious H.O.L.P. alumni. All four of us have a creative bent and to a certain degree were all looking to be inspired by the city (in addition to hoping to consume prodigious quantities of wine and cheese ... mission accomplished on that front, at least). Paris is, after all, almost universally Read more [...]

Bellemont Mill

I have always had a bit of a fascination with abandoned buildings. There is something visceral and oddly cathartic about seeing the way our constructs crumble into the dirt. Not only is it humbling to see how quickly the structures that we take for granted as solid and permanent turn to undistinguished piles of bricks, but there is a beauty to Read more [...]

Infobesity: The Future of Sports Analytics

By the start of this upcoming NBA season, up to 20 teams will be employing wearable GPS devices created by the company Catapult, which will track player biometric data in real time. The championship Warriors were one of a number of teams to have used such devices already last season. The device, or variants on the theme, have already been employed Read more [...]

Into the Abyss

More than two years ago, I wrote a blogcat about the SyFy channel. You can read the original here. I gave that article the title the "uncanny valley," after a well-known psychological phenomenon, describing the revulsion people tend to feel when they see something that almost-but-not-quite-perfectly mimics a human being (like creepy animatronics). Read more [...]