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September 30, 2013 3 minute read

Do Politicians Vote for What Their Constituents Need? An Interactive Map on Food Stamps

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

A week and a half ago, in the name of fiscal responsibility and fraud prevention, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion dollars from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), which provide funding for food stamps for low-income Americans.

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September 25, 2013 7 minute read

Scoring Your Fantasy Football Draft, Before It’s Too Late

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

The League

Three weeks ago, I came out of my (predictable) fantasy football draft confident that I had a team destined to steamroll its way to the championship. Today, after being shocked and humbled by three straight losses, doubts are creeping in. Have I just had an unlucky run? Did I have it all wrong and it’s time to desperately look for trades? Or should I just fold and wait for the Fantasy Playoff Challenge? These are important questions - fives of dollars are at stake.

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September 21, 2013 6 minute read

Has YouTube (and Miley Cyrus) Peaked?

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

Two weeks ago, Miley Cyrus released her newest single, Wrecking Ball, on YouTube. The video, like her previous single We Can’t Stop (which was analyzed in an earlier post), was greeted with poor fan reviews. But after the video became the most instantly popular YouTube video in history, I couldn’t help but wonder about the future of YouTube.

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September 18, 2013 6 minute read

How to Create 100,000 Parking Spots in San Francisco

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

oops“If all the planets are properly aligned, if you’re holding your mouth right and if you avoided walking under that ladder, you might, just might, be able to find a parking space in San Francisco.”- Someone named Jay

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September 12, 2013 5 minute read

How Much of Your Fantasy Football Draft is Predetermined by League Projections?

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

Two weeks ago, we kicked off our fantasy season with a player draft. ESPN’s draft center provides fantasy owners with an overwhelming amount of information on each player, but time and again, only one data point seemed to matter: how many points ESPN projected that player would score. Pick after pick, teams would choose the best available player at each position. By the end of the draft, we were all wondering the same thing: How much do these projections affect draft results?

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September 9, 2013 5 minute read

The Agony, Ecstasy, and Odds of a (Nearly) Perfect Game

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Benn Stancil

President & Co-founder

On Friday night, I was (un?)lucky enough to attend Yusmeiro Petit’s near-perfect game in San Francisco. After Petit retired 26 Diamondbacks in a row, pinch hitter Eric Chavez hit a soft line drive that fell inches in front of a flopping Hunter Pence.

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