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Pioneer League Testing in Session.

So! Exciting news: We've reached a stage where we are willing to start our first league on uniquefc.com!

A handful of us will begin playing (the crew that were playing on spreadsheets last season), and if all goes well, I will post it here and invite others to sign-up as well (not that the system won't let anyone sign up at the moment, but we haven't reached the full, 'official' beta launch yet). The reason for that is quite simple: I don't want to raise expectations too high and cause disappointment.

There are still a few issues to be taken care of, and a million improvements to slowly incorporate into the site, but as long as we continue moving in the right direction, we will eventually get there.

For those of you brave enough to face possible disappointment if the site goes t*ts up, please do the following:

Cowboy Science

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

I've been thinking about this for a while. I fancy myself a scientist, which means I use the Scientific Method to figure things out. So I make a hypothesis, and try like crazy to falsify it, and at the end maybe there's some interesting not-yet-falsified ideas.

I train myself in all sorts of science, I keep real genuine article scientists as friends and compatriots. But y'know, I probably wouldn't be called a Scientist by the vast majority of people in this day and age.

So I started thinking. What is someone who does science who doesn't have impressive scientific credentials? And I came to - a Cowboy Scientist.

Cowboy Science is trying to figure out how things for practical reasons or for curiosity, not for academic or institutional prestige.

A rancher who tries to figure out what the best mix of water and grazing and movement for his cattle by takes notes, making a guess at what'll work, and testing that guess - he's doing science. But no one would call him a Scientist with a capital S.

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