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Law School Admissions / Re: Best type of sandwich?
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:23:28 PM »
french dip with au jus!

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:21:27 PM »
They're not grounded in scientific methodology however broadly you're using the word 'grounded'. Sometimes, as in Pinker's case, certainly, scientists write popular books just to take the piss. Except they're not taking and its not piss.

We will have to agree to disagree about this. The application of the scientific method is fairly cut-and-dried, and the furor around these books nearly always came from political and social spheres. The science itself was rarely attacked because the attackers didn't want to legitimate it by having an open discourse about it (though both books have a fair amount of pontificating that is obviously moralistic/ philosophic and lacks scientific proof.) I will say that this thread asked what we were reading now, which is why I mentioned Pinker's book. I agree with the basic concepts of these books but not with all the arguments in them, of course. However, they aren't my books to defend. Anyway, I haven't heard of Hilary Mantel. Perhaps I'll check that out sometime. What I really like is good southern fiction, contemporary and classic: Shelby Foote, Tom Franklin, Barry Hannah, and Faulkner, of course. Fiction prompts in me a response wholly unlike that prompted by nonfiction, and, as such, it will always be closest to my heart. Awe...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Houston Law Center vs. Tulane
« on: November 10, 2009, 05:16:09 PM »
You and I share similar numbers (3.49, 162), and I am also in Texas and looking at those schools. One of the main factors that I noticed was cost. Even out-of-state costs at UH are much lower than the 38 thou that Tulane charges. In terms of ranking, I think Tulane is higher but negligibly so. One thing's for sure:I'm already sweating thinking about living with the humidity of either place. Have you looked at texas tech or smu, and, if so, what are your thoughts? By the way, good luck in the process.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.50/166
« on: November 10, 2009, 03:45:50 PM »
I wouldnt say that your chances at Texas are slim-to-none. Being in-state helps, and your numbers aren't exceedingly low: you are above the 25th percentiles in lsat and gpa. Give it a shot, man, and good luck.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 10, 2009, 01:42:28 PM »
What trend is that?

psychometric bukkake.

To each his own as they say. However, it is too bad that books that make empirical claims grounded in scientific methodology and statistical probabilities are seen as "bukkake." I would even wager that you haven't read either.
Of course, this isn't the place for a flame war, so I will just add that I enjoy all kinds of books whether they be nonfiction or fiction. Do you have any good suggestions, luke?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 09, 2009, 04:14:45 PM »
What trend is that?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are you reading right now?
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:21:09 AM »
The Blank Slate: the modern denial of human nature by Steven Pinker. Excellent non-fiction reading with plenty of scientific analysis and witty humor.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Scholarships and AA
« on: November 06, 2009, 09:04:34 PM »
For an interesting analysis of the claims about culturally biased tests, you guys should read The Bell Curve. It addresses a good number of the questions regarding what these tests (standardized exams) actually test, how ses plays into that, and the statistical truths about the importance of ses and intelligence.

There is no posturing. You either know grammar, or you don't. You either offer good criticism, or you don't. You treat other posters with respect, or you don't. You can go around spouting off about a person's lsat score, but, if you do so with amateurish writing that belies a shallow intellect, no one is going to think you are any smarter. By the way, I'm assuming you did read it since you responded, ass. Don't bother me any longer with your trifles.

I personally think that correcting the spelling error was the proper thing to do. Clearly the OP did not know how to spell Columbia and he spelled it wrong three times. Such a mistake would be a kiss of death if replicated on an application.

I agree that spelling is important. Unfortunately the guy trying to be a smart-ass left himself wide open to attacks because of his ignorance of geography and his misuse of a comma. His snideness coupled with his mistakes makes him look like a jerk unqualified to criticize people. Maybe he will check his own writing before trying to get a laugh pointing out the errors in others'.

You have at least 1 missing comma as well. The point was not to be snide, it was to point out a CRITICAL error...anyone can make a spelling or a grammatical error, but because the OP made the same mistake more than once, it appeared as if they didn't know the difference.

Please get over yourself!  ::)
Shall I point out that you once again misused a comma by splicing together two independent clauses? Shall I point out that you misused the ellipsis? I ommitted a comma between two independent clauses joined by a conjunction ( which is common in informal communication) while you committed two kinds of comma errors that a fourth-grade English teacher would commonly see. "Central America" is a noun chain (proper noun) and thus cannot have a comma, and my ten year old cousin doesn't even use comma splices in her writing. Don't get into a grammar dispute with me, boy. (See how the comma sets off "boy," the derogatory term I'm applying to you?) Also, don't try to act like you were helping someone when no part of your post offered constructive criticism. You were trying to be funny, and, in the process, you revealed that you think Colombia is in Central, America (see that comma? That's a joke aimed at your ineptitude.) What else don't you know?   "Because the OP made the same mistake more than once, it appeared as if they didn't know the difference," you said. I won't point out that "OP" is singular and "they" is plural. I will just say that since you are making gross grammar and comma errors repeatedly, it appears as if you don't know the difference between writing that is appropriate for a little kid's diary and writing that other people will actually read.

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