Category Archives: Columns

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 [...]

Nognarok

If I think about this website's library, I invariably land on one particular topic that's woefully underrepresented. It's sort of like, when you got a fever, and there's only one prescription. It's time, once again, for Pong analytics. Welcome to Nognarok. Premise The format for this spring's beer pong tourney was different than prior Read more [...]

La Familia

On February 4, 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a pledge of Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died after a night of drinking and being hazed. The particulars of this happening are certainly disconcerting, but this all became especially close to home when I learned that a graduate of my alma mater Niskayuna High School was involved, and is now Read more [...]

Moron Mountain

There's been an elephant in the room for a long time. Something we've all known about, but none of us have been willing to address. In today's post, I'm finally biting the bullet, speaking out on what everybody's been thinking for the past twenty years. This needed to happen. For all of us. Over a decade ago, sports & media mogul Bill 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 [...]

Green for Green

Two years ago, my wife and I were scheming for ways to eat healthier, and she challenged me to go vegetarian for a whole month. Pulling this off ended up being incredibly easy - other than, of course, the four times that month I caved and ate meat. To be fair, I'm not the only one who struggles transitioning to a no-meat diet. Of the 320 million Read more [...]

Cups for Ants

I went to Five Guys earlier today for lunch, and ordered my go-to Cheeseburger with Fried Onions, Mushrooms and Hot Sauce. The cashier asked if I wanted any fries or drink to go with that, and I countered with a request for a cup for water. This lilliputian shot-glass is what she gave me: After putting in some ice, it took less than 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 [...]

NogFest 2016

Entering the second annual NogFest, one player in particular was flying under the radar. After famously squandering a 15-2 lead, then following that performance with an unsurprising yet still demoralizing defeat in the Brother Pi semifinal - to the same team, no less - some questioned whether he or his partner could ever come back, mentally. When Read more [...]