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General Off-Topic Board / Re: foreign language roll call
« on: April 29, 2006, 11:09:42 PM »
any idea how hard chinese is to learn?

much worse than spanish/french/italian?

It depends which language. Cantonese it more difficult than Mandarin because it has 6-9 tones depending on who you ask.

Mandarin only has 4 tones. The trouble is that since Chinese is really sounds/tones rather than distinct words, the listening comprehension takes some time. Memorizing characters takes time but is not very difficult, it gets easier as you go along.

If you really want to learn Chinese, the best thing to do is to go to Taiwan or Mainland China for some time.

I still have not heard anything either. I heard they are behind this year. It makes sense. Early in the cycle USC's dean of admissions went to duke law school.

Fair enough. So this is the prequal to the introduction. Is that better terminology?

Indeed, you have now made my day :)

When will the new season start?

the miniseries was the prequal.

The mini-series was aired before battlestar galactica came out, so it wasnt a prequel. However, the new show will be a prequel :)

Yeah...they are going to do a prequal to the prequal.

The original BSG was not a prequel.

I like both, hard to say which one is better. I think the last season of Enterprise was great.

I read that they are going to make a BSG spinoff series.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: How long to pay back $150K in loans
« on: April 29, 2006, 03:16:32 AM »
I don't get the allure of NYC either.  It was too dirty and expensive for me and I admit I'm a big city person.  Also the intensity of law firms out there is insane - people work around the clock.  The atmosphere difference between my firms Chicago (Headquarters) and NYC office vs. LA office is HUGE.  West coast is MUCH more laid back which is why I'm headed out there. 

I certainly don't think i would say "much" more laid back. My sister is a USC law alum, and her job afterwards in LA had a good salary but was far from being much more laid back than an NY job.

My cousin and his wife went to Harvard/BU law respectively and both work in LA. When they were first year associates a couple years ago they were both working til midnight.

Granted NY is probably the most intense, but if you want to make 125k in LA when you graduate, you will still have to put in almost as many hours.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: grade the bush administration
« on: April 26, 2006, 04:19:41 AM »
Under the guidance of Commissar Karl Rove,

 :D :D :D  Ok, that is enough to make me stop reading Ireland's article.

Thank you for pointing out that SOME republicans are racist and that SOME are homophobic.  I will agree that you are correct on both accounts.  Now will you agree that the majority of republicans are decent folk who have no ill will toward any particular group?

Were you not just talking about painting with a broad brush?

Fair enough.  How about...that is usually the charge used by democratic/liberal/leftsist talking heads?

Majority have NO ill will toward ANY particular group? "Decent people", ok. I think most people in this world are actually decent. It has nothing to do with ill will. I do believe that the majority of republicans do oppose gay rights. To me that IS ill will.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: grade the bush administration
« on: April 24, 2006, 06:16:13 PM »
because the republicans have told people a vote for a democrat is a vote against god.

alot of people belive that.

Sad but true...

Erox, I am a big Georgetown fan.  I love DC.  I'm currently considering going there.  But the Dean of Georgetown himself would tell you that you would be crazy to turn down the full ride at UCLA, an incredible school.  Look, I am prestige conscious too, I know about the T14, but saddling yourself with almost 120,000 in debt is not worth it, not for one spot on the ranking, not for any school's specialty program.  Look UCLA is a national school T20 (and #15 at that!!).  Study there, place in the top half (as I'm sure you will based on your scholarhship), and you'll be having your pick among international jobs in the capital.  Now when you say you've already placed a deposit down at GTown does that mean you've accepted?  If so, I would recommend any friend of mine to either cut losses with the deposit and go to UCLA, or inform GULC of the incredible opportunity that you have been awarded and allow them the chance to match it (phrased as politely as possible).  But don't be too polite so that you don't get an answer before the UCLA scholarship expires.

I don't think the OP mentions 120k in debt. He said 18,500 a year and his parents will cover the rest...

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