Will Addazio’s BC ever win more than 7 games a year?

Steve Addazio

If the Eagles do stray from the seven-win script in 2018, bet the under.

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I spend a lot of time, both in this preview series and on Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody, setting bars for different types of FBS programs. That’s strangely difficult for Boston College.

On one hand, it’s hard to create a winner in the Northeast. The talent isn’t as deep as in other areas of the country, as evidenced by both recruiting rankings — per the 247Sports Composite, the Eagles haven’t signed a top-50 class since 2011 — and by BC being neighbors with some of the worst G5 (UConn, UMass) and P5 (Rutgers) programs.

Plus, the Eagles were doomed by randomness and stuck in the ACC’s hard division. Nobody but Clemson or Florida State has won the Atlantic Division since BC did it in 2007-08. (BC fans should be among the nation’s biggest pods advocates.)

On the other hand, BC bowls damn near every year. The Eagles have only been home for the postseason three times in the last 20 seasons. While they stumbled in Frank Spaziani’s final two seasons as head coach, Steve Addazio quickly engineered a rebound. He’s been to five bowls in six years, and it took horrible close-games luck and countless QB injuries in 2015 to miss going 6-for-6.

You’d like to see improvement, though. While Addazio has established a physical identity and beaten plenty of blue bloods (USC, Florida State, Miami), his Eagles are what they are. They have finished between 53rd and 73rd in all six of his seasons on the Heights. They have flashed higher ceilings, spending parts of early-2015 and early-2018 in the top 30, but they haven’t sustained it.

Typically, in fans’ eyes, if you’re not rising, you’re falling. But BC home attendance has risen 25 percent since 2015’s odd stumble. It improved dramatically in 2017, with a home schedule that included Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and FSU, but in 2018, without this trio, it improved even further.

So to summarize: BC should expect bowls every year but should never even dream of a division title. The Eagles are stagnating on paper but rising in attendance.

None of that makes sense, and it makes it awfully hard to evaluate how Addazio is actually performing. He quickly dragged BC out of the post-Spaziani muck, and his teams at least slightly punch above their recruiting weight class. But he hasn’t improved recruiting, and while he’s bowled nearly every season, he still hasn’t cleared the bar set by Tom O’Brien (7.6 wins per year) or Jeff Jagodzinski (20 wins in two seasons).

Chances are, then, that we know what BC is going to end up doing this fall. S&P+ projects six wins and another ranking in Addazio’s typical range, after all.

The nature of BC’s returning production, however, is intriguing. The Eagles bring back quarterback Anthony Brown and maybe the most intriguing skill corps they’ve had in quite a while, one that includes 250-pound, 1,100-yard rusher AJ Dillion and a couple of true home run hitters in receiver Kobay White and utility man Ben Glines.

At the same time, they have to replace two star defensive ends (Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray combined for 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks), their leading tackler (linebacker Connor Strachan), and almost all of last year’s starting secondary. The offense is projected to improve, but the defense is projected to regress considerably.

Over the last four seasons, BC has averaged a 103.3 ranking in Off. S&P+ and a 21.0 ranking on defense. Returning production suggests this could be the Eagles’ best offense in a while, and if the floor for the defense is high enough despite the turnover, this could be a top-40 team. At the same time, if the ceiling for the offense remains low and the defense collapses, this could be a barely-top-80 team.

So maybe there’s some change coming, one way or the other?

Nah. I’m just going to assume BC ends up with seven wins until proven otherwise.


BC might end up in about the same place every year, but last year’s journey to Same Old, Same Old was circuitous. The offense spent much of the season hinting at something far greater before succumbing to BC-ness.

First 3 games (3-0): 52.7 points per game, 7.6 yards per play, 79 percent offensive percentile performance Next 6 games (4-2): 29.5 points per game, 4.9 yards per play, 34 percent offensive percentile performance Last 3 games (0-3): 16.3 points per game, 4.2 yards per play, 24 percent offensive percentile performance

Granted, the schedule had a role there. The first two games were against UMass (124th in Def. S&P+) and FCS Holy Cross, while Clemson (third in Def. S&P+) showed up in the last three. But the percentile performance figures above are opponent-adjusted — there was still a clear downward shift.

Both run and pass struggled. Dillon went from averaging 7.5 yards per carry in the first three games, to 4.5 in the middle six (in which he missed two games with an ankle injury), to 3.2 in the final three. Brown’s passer rating went from a Heisman-level 240.2 in those first three games to a miserable 109.2 the rest of the way. (He battled a hand injury late in the year, but the slide began long before.)

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BC ended up 114th in marginal efficiency and 27th in marginal explosiveness. Being so all-or-nothing, so reliant on big plays, makes you volatile and gives you a high ceiling, a low floor, and little consistency.

In theory, continuity at quarterback could create a bit more consistency. Brown is a two-year starter, and even if much of his 2018 success came against the Holy Crosses of the world, he still improved as a sophomore.

Brown loses tight end Tommy Sweeney and a particularly all-or-nothing target in Jeff Smith, but White had emerged as BC’s best all-around receiver by the end of the year, and in Glines and Travis Levy, he’s got a pair of security-blanket options, when they’re in the backfield in place of Dillon.

BC needs a new explosiveness option with Smith gone, but there are some exciting candidates between sophomore tight end Hunter Long (four catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns), sophomore wideout Noah Jordan-Williams (three catches for 74), and Penn State tight end transfer Danny Dalton.

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BC had two different offenses: one when Dillon was in the game and one when he wasn’t.

The Eagles were extremely predictable with the bruiser in the backfield. His rushing success rate was only 39 percent (Glines: 52 percent), and he was in no way a receiving threat (41 yards in 12 targets).

If you couldn’t stop Dillon, you had no chance of beating the Eagles (he averaged 5.9 yards per carry in wins), but if you could (3.2 per carry in losses), BC was reluctant to go to Plan B. When forced to change the script in Dillon’s absence, the Eagles averaged more than 30 points per game.

With quite a bit of turnover up front — those responsible for 41 of last year’s 60 line starts are gone, and Miami grad transfer Hayden Mahoney will likely be asked to star immediately — there’s no guarantee that Plan A will work even as well as it did last year.

When coordinator Scot Loeffler was somewhat inexplicably hired away as Bowling Green’s head coach, it gave Addazio a chance to modernize a hair. He chose against it, instead hiring Mike Bajakian, Butch Jones’ former OC at Cincinnati and Tennessee who spent the last four years as a Tampa Bay Bucs position coach.

Don’t expect much change. That’s unfortunate because some more early-down passing, and some more chances for Glines and Levy, could work wonders.


Addazio made an interesting change atop his defensive coaching staff this offseason: coordinator Jim Reid, a nearly 50-year coaching veteran, took a demotion to defensive ends coach, and linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, a former NFL coordinator for the Giants and Bucs, got promoted to DC in his second year in town.

BC’s defense had regressed since former DC Don Brown left for Michigan — the Eagles were fifth in Def. S&P+ in his final season and were between 24th and 32nd in three seasons with Reid. Still, 32nd ain’t bad, and I’m assuming this move was at least in part because of Reid’s advancing age.

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Sheridan has some turnover issues to deal with in his first year in charge, and while turnover in the secondary tends to have an especially direct impact on your Def. S&P+ rating, I’m almost as concerned about BC’s front.

By the Eagles’ standards, they were mediocre against the run last year, ranking just 48th in Rushing S&P+. Reid only felt comfortable playing his starters — only four linemen had more than 11 tackles, and only one of those four (tackle Tanner Karafa) now returns. Regressing, then losing most of your contributors, makes for a scary double-dip situation.

The linebacking corps could pick up some slack, even without Strachan. Sheridan has to hope so, anyway. Juniors Isaiah McDuffie, Max Richardson, and John Lamot all return, and Richardson was even more of a play-maker than Strachan. Plus, redshirt freshman Vinny DePalma looked fantastic in run defense in a three-game audition, and incoming freshman Shitta Sillah was maybe the jewel of the 2019 signing class.

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If the front seven can at least hold steady, that’ll give BC a chance to address the OTHER concern. BC usually boasts an excellent DB or two, but corner Hamp Cheevers, now a Tennessee Titan, was particularly strong. He and another departing cornerback, Taj-Amir Torres, combined for 10 interceptions and 18 breakups, and safeties Will Harris and Lukas Denis are gone as well.

Sophomore cornerback Brandon Sebastian is back, at least, and there’s still a veteran presence at safety with senior Mehdi El Attrach and junior Mike Palmer. But with any injury, BC will be dipping pretty heavily into a large pool of true and redshirt freshmen. Again, the floor for the BC defense might be high enough that the drop-off is manageable. But there will probably be a drop-off.

 Special Teams

Addazio has done himself no favors with special teams. The Eagles were ninth in Special Teams S&P+ in his first season but fell to 69th in 2014, 90th to 91st each year from 2015-17, and a dismal 118th in 2018. And that was with an excellent return man in Michael Walker, now gone. Punter Grant Carlson was 102nd in punt efficiency, and he’s the most proven of BC’s returning ST personnel.

2019 outlook 2019 Schedule & Projection Factors Date Opponent Proj. S&P+ Rk Proj. Margin Win Probability 31-Aug Virginia Tech 30 -7.4 33% 7-Sep Richmond NR 24.8 92% 14-Sep Kansas 107 15.3 81% 21-Sep at Rutgers 108 10.5 73% 28-Sep Wake Forest 62 0.1 50% 5-Oct at Louisville 87 0.9 52% 19-Oct N.C. State 47 -3.1 43% 26-Oct at Clemson 3 -31.7 3% 2-Nov at Syracuse 56 -6.4 36% 9-Nov Florida State 28 -7.7 33% 23-Nov at Notre Dame 12 -20.9 11% 30-Nov at Pittsburgh 59 -5.6 37% Projected S&P+ Rk 72 Proj. Off. / Def. Rk 81 / 63 Projected wins 5.5 Five-Year S&P+ Rk 3.0 (62) 2- and 5-Year Recruiting Rk 63 2018 TO Margin / Adj. TO Margin* 7 / 4.8 2018 TO Luck/Game +0.9 Returning Production (Off. / Def.) 53% (69%, 38%) 2018 Second-order wins (difference) 6.2 (0.8)

S&P+ sees BC’s defense regressing more than its offense improves, and the Eagles are projected to slip from 63rd to 72nd overall, and from seven wins to closer to six. To believe something more ambitious, you have to believe that either the defense is slip-proof or that the offense has a much higher ceiling than it’s shown over the last four years.

The order of operations is interesting, though. After a season-opening visit from Virginia Tech, BC is a projected favorite in each of its next five games ... and then an underdog in the last six. There are some relative tossups in there, but the odds of a fast start and tough finish are solid. (The Eagles are used to this: they started 7-2 last year, hosted GameDay, and then collapsed, after all.)

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Airline tries to obtain injunction to prevent strike backed by 93% of pilots The travel plans of hundreds of thousands of British Airways passengers face the threat of disruption from mid-August after pilots at the airline voted to go on strike over pay.In the ballot, 93% of BA’s 4,000 pilots voted in favour of taking industrial action after rejecting a three-year pay deal. No strike dates have yet been announced by pilots’ union Balpa, which must give two weeks’ notice of any action. Continue reading...
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Are the original Sugababes getting back together?
A photo posted by original member Siobhán Donaghy has prompted rumours of a second reunion with Mutya Buena and Keisha BuchananLast Friday, the singer Siobhán Donaghy popped a picture on Instagram stories of her and two friends. “My girls,” read the caption. Obviously, it should have said “babes”, considering the picture included Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena, AKA the other two members of the original (and best?) incarnation of pop’s most turbulent girlband, Sugababes.The picture immediately caused a stir in the more nostalgic corners of the internet, despite this marking the trio’s second reunion attempt since 2012. Back then, the reformed band was dubbed Mutya Keisha Siobhán, or MKS, because of a rights issue over the name. It ended with a No 50 single, the prophetically titled Flatline, and a leaked album called Sacred Three. Continue reading...
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Robert Morgenthau, longest-serving Manhattan district attorney, dies at 99
Robert Morgenthau, who became the scourge of New York's white-collar criminals over three decades as the longest-serving Manhattan district attorney, died on Sunday at the age of 99.
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Trump is expected to drop in on White House tech meeting with Broadcom, Intel CEOs -sources
Chief executives from chipmakers Intel and Broadcom will attend a Monday meeting at the White House to discuss Huawei's blacklisting and other topics, and President Donald Trump is expected to drop in even though the meeting was not on his official schedule, according to two people briefed on the matter.
The Rest Will Be Familiar to You from Cinema review – flesh-and-blood take on the Oedipus curse
Avignon festivalMartin Crimp’s version of Euripides’ Phoenician Women is sly and violent, while its sphinx’s riddles read like exam questions from hellHe might recently have been haunting the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, but playwright Martin Crimp seems more at home outside Britain. His translations of French classics are justly celebrated, while certain German theatres treat him almost like a house dramatist. His latest appearance at the Avignon festival, The Rest Will Be Familiar to You from Cinema, a version of Euripides’ little-performed Phoenician Women, is appropriately transnational: a French version of a script that debuted in German in 2013, translated from English, itself adapted from Greek.Focusing on the tragedy of Oedipus, it narrates a part of the tale we don’t often hear, the catastrophic fallout for the hero’s family. We encounter his mother Jocasta – who, catastrophically, he has married – her long-suffering daughter, Antigone, and their sons, Eteocles and Polynices, together locked in conflict. Oedipus himself only appears at the very end, blinded and befuddled. Centre stage in this version are the Women, halfway between a conventional Greek chorus and Macbeth’s Witches, administering malign fate and purring sphinx-like riddles: “If Anna has two more ponies than Miriam / and Miriam’s cat Bobby has seven kittens / then what is it like to kill?” Continue reading...
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This website uses AI to turn your selfies into haunted classical portraits
A selection of portraits produced by the AI Portrait Ars model. Bored of using AI to age yourself into a desiccated husk? Why not use it to turn your selfies into harrowing but artistic portraits instead? Head over to, home of a fun little widget built by researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, and upload a photo to try out an artistic transformation for yourself. The site uses an algorithm trained on 45,000 classical portraits to render your face in faux oil, watercolor, or ink. There’s a huge number of styles included in this database, covering artists from Rembrandt to Titian to van Gogh, with each input producing a unique portrait. The algorithm doesn’t just copy the lines of your facial features, but it uses them as a base to generate an entirely new portrait. As the researchers point out, unlike earlier AI methods that created similar AI portraits, the algorithm here is not merely “painting over” your face in a new style. Instead, it uses what’s known as a generative adversarial network (GAN) to generate new features from scratch. Certain elements within any selfie may prompt the algorithm to use a specific style. In the images below, for example, researchers say the algorithm “decides upon a Renaissance style, highlighting the elegance of the aquiline nose, the smoothness of the forehead.” If you try a few different selfies, you’ll certainly get different results. An example of’s handiwork. Before you get worried about the privacy implications (as some have warned with face-aging app FaceApp), this does all seem above board. Your photos are sent to the creators’ servers in order to produce the portrait, but the researchers promise they won’t use your data for any other purpose, and any images you send are “immediately” deleted after use. But know this: once the AI paints your portrait, your youthful features will be frozen forever, while your digital rendering ages day by day in your downloads folder. Yeah, it will become a foul ledger of your life, a record of every sin and vice you commit. Its very existence will wrack your conscience and corrupt all pleasure and joy you had once hoped for. But, I’m told, that’s fairly standard for this sort of privacy policy and nothing to worry about.
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Rashida Tlaib says she’s not going anywhere until she impeaches Trump
​Rep. Rashida Tlaib ​–​ one of the four members of the squad that President Trump said needs to “go back” to where ​they came from — returned to her hometown Monday and insisted she’s not budging. “I’m not going nowhere,” Tlaib said to cheers at the NAACP convention in Detroit. “Not until I impeach this...
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Britain to seek European maritime mission to counter Iran's 'piracy'
Britain will seek to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel in what London said was an act of "state piracy".
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She Didn’t Act Like a Rape Victim
Rape victims must yell, cry and fight, says the Army that trained us for years to be silent, strong and obedient.
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Microsoft invests $1 bln in OpenAI
Microsoft said it's investing $1 billion in San Francisco-based OpenAI to develop artificial intelligence supercomputing technologies on its cloud computing service. Fred Katayama reports.
This eagle snatched a GoPro and took it for a ride
James Williams just wanted to capture eagles feeding on fish on a beach in Canada. He got quite a surprise when one of the eagles took his GoPro and flew away.
Wall Street mixed ahead of major earnings, key central bank meetings
The S&P 500 index pared early gains to tread water on Monday, as investors awaited key central bank meetings for direction on the path of interest rates and earnings from marquee names including Facebook and Amazon that are set to report this week.
By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries | Mohammad Khatami
The US president should resist the pressure from his advisers and de-escalate the explosive tensions in the Persian Gulf• Mohammad Khatami was president of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1997 to 2005Twenty-one years ago, on my recommendation, the UN general assembly named 2001 the year of “dialogue among civilisations”, and signalled its commitment to peace and its rejection of war and violence. The Iranian people, despite their own historic grievances and troubled history, opened a hopeful new chapter of engagement and dialogue with the Great Powers (US, UK and Russia). These hopes, however, were dashed by the terrorist atrocities of 11 September, 2001 and their tragic aftermath in devastating wars in west Asia. The catastrophic wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and other interventions in the region exacerbated already extant problems, and paved the way for the growth of international terrorism, civil wars in Syria and Iraq, and the depredations and war crimes still unfolding in Yemen. These conflicts have made the region unsafe and have impinged on security around the world.The Middle East once again faces a crisis not of its own making; a crisis which was both unnecessary and avoidable Continue reading...
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Etsy buys music gear marketplace Reverb to expand its reach
Etsy is expanding its online shopping empire, albeit not in the way some would have expected. The company plans to acquire Reverb, one of the largest marketplaces for musical instruments, for $275 million. This is a chance to expand into a "new ver...
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In the country where mukbang was invented, this YouTuber is pushing the genre
Yammoo ASMR + mukbang + supersized foods = content gold If the point of mukbang is to provide viewers with the secondhand satisfaction of watching someone else eat delicious food, then the ASMR mukbang videos of South Korean YouTuber Yammoo satisfy a craving you didn’t even know you had. Toward the stranger spectrum of the “food” she’s eaten: stones (made of chocolate) or light bulbs (made of candy). The video where she eats balls of air pollution (made of cotton candy) is a perfect example of how the creator is pushing the decade-old mukbang genre into its next evolution. With air pollution levels at a record high, Seoul citizens have had to incorporate face masks, air quality apps, and home air purifiers into their daily lives. “This is a mukbang everyone can join in together,” Yammoo tells her viewers. “If you’re home, open your windows — if you’re outside, you’re already participating.” She removed her black face mask and began eating the grayish cotton candy balls, her chewing sounds amplified by the microphone. “The air quality levels were good today because you ate all of the pollution ^^♥,” wrote a commenter. The video, which has over a million views, was part of a series in which Yammoo makes supersized foods from scratch, with product packaging designs re-created faithfully down to every last detail. So far, she’s made giant versions of McNuggets, packs of chewing gum, shrimp tempura, sausages, and chocolate bars. She’s also re-created franchise favorites that speak to the country’s current food trends, like an oversized cup of brown sugar bubble tea from Taiwanese boba chain Tiger Sugar and KFC’s fried chicken skins, which are sold exclusively in Korea and Indonesia. “Mukbang is already well-known globally, so I wanted to create something that was unique to me,” Yammoo told me in Korean. “Then I thought, ‘Let’s make huge versions of all the foods.’ Now whenever I see something at the grocery store, I think, ‘How can I supersize this?’” Mukbang, a portmanteau of the Korean words for “eating” and “broadcasting,” first popped up on Korean live-streaming sites like Afreeca in 2010. Mukbang hosts provide company for viewers dining alone and, in some cases, act as their avatars, eating whatever the audience wanted them to eat. If the menu of the day was samgyupsal, or pork belly, a viewer could ask that they wrap the meat in some lettuce along with lots of grilled garlic and take a big bite for them. Yammoo’s twist on the genre makes her videos feel more like a comedic art project, but everyone is in on the joke together. She recognizes the inherent ridiculousness of what she’s doing — like in the boba video where she laughs as it takes all her strength to inhale bubble tea through the giant straw — but it doesn’t stop her from dreaming up even more absurd concepts. Many have tried to jump on the mukbang bandwagon, but the genre has had some bad PR as it grew beyond Korea and expanded into platforms like Twitch. In 2016, Twitch introduced a “Social Eating” category, but it quickly devolved into news like “Twitch Streamers Are Eating and Throwing Up on the Air” a week after it was introduced. Americans who were quick to capitalize on the trend misunderstood that mukbang was never about gorging to make yourself sick; it’s about growing the connection between broadcasters and their audience over a meal. Yammoo has cultivated a relationship with her devoted viewers, who she’s lovingly nicknamed yamm-baechus (her “cabbages”). It’s strong enough that they’ll likely stick around even if the mukbang trend were to ever die down. She’s even let them “be” her in an experimental video where she turns the tables and lets viewers experience what it’s like to be a mukbang streamer. “Whenever I see something at the grocery store, I think, ‘how can I supersize this?’” Though she studied music in college, Yammoo’s personal interest in food led to her earning culinary certifications in Korean, Japanese, and Western cuisines. She started sharing recipes on her cooking blog in 2015, which featured step-by-step photos on how to make simple meals for beginners, appealing to an emerging generation of young Koreans who were living on their own for the first time. Eventually, she felt there was a limit to sharing recipes through photos alone. She turned to YouTube in 2016, and she’s amassed over 672,000 subscribers since. Her channel name is derived from her childhood nickname, which sounds similar to her real name that she’s asked to keep private. “My first three subscribers were my family members,” she says. Her dad didn’t know what YouTube was when she told him she was going to be a YouTuber, but he trusted her instincts. View this post on Instagram 엄청난 것을 준비중입니다. #대왕 #신라면 A post shared by 얌무(YAMMoo) (@yammoo00) on Jul 15, 2019 at 7:51am PDT “There’s nothing better than having the freedom to make a living from doing what makes you happy, while making others happy,” he told her. Her mom is extremely supportive as well, and has been known to help create some of the packages, like in the video (above) featuring a giant bag of potato chips. A big part of earning views on YouTube is a game of who can make the most click-worthy thumbnails. But Yammoo doesn’t need to make the “YouTube face” or slap on some hyperbolic text in the image to get clicks; her supersized creations, already exaggerated in size, are enough to pull viewers in to learn more about the food and the kind of person who would make such a thing. Her channel has evolved over the years, and she now uploads a regular mix of videos, from straightforward recipe tutorials (like how to make tteokbokki using only a microwave) to delightfully offbeat mukbangs where she eats edible copies of Harry Potter books and iPhones to product reviews of Korean convenience store items. The speed at which new products enter and leave convenience stores across Asia makes for prime YouTube content. Reviewing novelty 7-Eleven foods is a common video template, a kind of service journalism along the lines of Trader Joe’s review blogs. The life cycle of a limited edition ramen or ice cream flavor makes it so that creators can try out and highlight which products are worth buying and which ones won’t last the summer. Yammoo’s reviews are honest and thorough, with real criticism coming from her cooking background. In a video titled “Two steaks for 10 dollars!,” she explains how a brand tried to pass a certain cut of meat as another with some sneaky knife work. (No one should be buying steak from a convenience store, but at least now we know why.) Yammoo doesn’t make traditional mukbang videos in the binge-eating sense. She usually looks defeated by the end of the supersized mukbang videos, which are over when she gets full or tired of eating. (She gives the rest to her friends to reduce food waste, though she jokes that her friends have steadily stopped answering her calls.) No matter what she’s eating, whether it’s an actual meal or a small portion of the supersized food, she chews slowly and contemplatively like she’s taking in every bite and studying the flavors. In Korean, she has a measured way of speaking that’s clear and concise. “I usually don’t watch YouTubers because they’re so obnoxious and gluttonous, but you’re different,” a commenter gushes. According to a 2018 survey by the Ministry of Education, Korean kids ranked “YouTuber” in fifth place on a list of dream jobs. (Athlete was number one, followed by teacher.) But it’s not just kids who want to be YouTubers, Yammoo tells me. “A lot of office workers want to do YouTube in their free time now. Cooking videos, mukbangs, and vlogs used to be popular. But these days, more people are creating more diverse content,” she says. In a country obsessed with food, “food creators” are treated like celebrity chefs. The most popular ones have meet-and-greets at food festivals, compete on reality shows, release their own line of products (from frozen pork cutlet rolls to packs of braised beef) or go on to open restaurants. But Yammoo has written before that she won’t do TV appearances or accept money for sponsored videos because she can get by with support from her fans. When I ask her about this, she tells me she’d be open to certain opportunities. In the meantime, she just wants to focus her energy on her videos, which have become her full-time job. In her experience, setting subscriber count and monetization goals just left her wanting more, so she’s chosen not to get hung up on those aspects. “I just try to focus on each moment, on whatever’s right in front of me,” Yammoo says. “I just want to take things one step at a time. I think that’s the best way to see the big picture.”
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Massive protests held in Puerto Rico after governor refuses to step down
Thousands of protesters are expected in a strike across the island over the governor's group chat scandal.
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Young Dro arrested for allegedly attacking girlfriend with banana pudding
They were allegedly fighting about money.
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Microsoft dumps $1 billion into 'artificial general intelligence' project
Microsoft announced a $1 billion investment in OpenAI, a lab co-founded by Elon Musk to develop "artificial general intelligence." The investment is the start of a long-term partnership between the two organizations. OpenAI will ensure its services work on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, and the companies will collaborate on new supercomputers.  OpenAI's stated mission is to develop "artificial general intelligence," or AGI. In layman's terms, AGI is AI that can think like a human (possibly even better) while carrying out complex tasks autonomously. Whether or not an AGI would immediately decide to incinerate humanity a la Skynet remains to be seen, but OpenAI at least claims its artificial intelligence would be safe and beneficial for the human race. Read more...More about Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Ai, Azure, and Openai
Wildfire Blazes Portugal, Injuring 32 People, as Firefighters Work to Stop the Flames
(COLOS, Portugal) — More than 1,000 firefighters on Monday were battling a major wildfire amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. About 90% of the fire area in the Castelo Branco district, 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon, was brought under control during cooler overnight temperatures,…
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