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Walmart sells a timer for $5.94 plus tax. It has a numerical keypad so you don't have to press the minute buttom 35 times.
To disarm the alarm all you need to do is unscrew the back (the screwdriver in an eyeglass repair kit will do the job and you can get those for like a dollar or so), and clip one of the green wires connected to the "speaker". The speaker is a silver circle about the size of a nickel.
It works fine and is a lot cheaper than anything else around.

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0-2. I majored in philosophy and religion.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: buying a car
« on: September 12, 2004, 02:31:50 AM »
I heard that Saturn has good deals on used cars, and they have maintenance plans.  I don't know anything about Saturns or what kind of quality they tend to have, but my friend loves hers.

I am on my second Saturn and have not had any major problems. They're solid, inexpensive cars. If you decide to buy used avoid the dealerships. Saturn has a "no haggle" policy and sets the price upfront. You either take it or leave it. While this will prevent you from being screwed you won't get a good deal either. (I bought my second Saturn from the dealership and realized I could have bought more car for less money if I had bought from a third party).

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Law School Applications / Re: Alcohol Poisoning
« on: August 29, 2004, 06:34:28 AM »
and dude, 7.0 alcohol...unless you're injecting everclear into your arm, it ain't gonna happen...

No, you're right. You would have to inject Everclear to get a 7.0.  I wrote the number like I would say it "seven-oh" when I should have put the decimal in the correct place- ".7"
If you're disputing .7... I know that sounds crazy, but I think I heard right. I know I was told at least a .6.  There are some screwed-up people out there.

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Law School Applications / Re: Alcohol Poisoning
« on: August 28, 2004, 11:44:19 PM »
I think that a 3.0 is a little low to kill you. I've heard stories from doctors that have worked in rehabs of people that could get up to a 7.0 and survive. I think that a lot of hard-core alcoholics routinely walk around blowing 3.0's.
Of course, a lot of it would have to do with how much and often you drink. Someone that never drinks can get hammered off of six beers, while heavy drinkers might consider that a warm-up. Obviously, if you are hammered after six your body cannot handle the alcohol level of someone that can drink twenty. So a 3.0 might kill a lightweight but be par for the course for someone else.

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LSAT horror stories / Re: LSAT TAKERS! DO NOT USE KAPLAN
« on: August 13, 2004, 10:23:46 AM »
      I took Kaplan two years ago during my first year of grad school but did not test because I could not commit the time to prepare as much as I would have liked. I am at the point in my studying that if I were to go through the course now I would find it too basic and pretty useless like many of the other posters have. But you have to put the course into perspective...
     The people on this board (mostly high scorers) are not representative of the population as a whole. Keep in mind that the mean score on the LSAT is 150 (right?). Kaplan probably serves its purpose for the majority of students out there. Yea, it's pretty basic for someone that has the capacity to score in the high 160's but most people won't score that no matter how hard they try. Kaplan teaches some useful and effective strategies that help the majority of test takers.
    I think that is also relevant to point out that were Kaplan to make its strategies any more in-depth it would be counterproductive to most of the people in the class. Just like strategies that are too basic are useless, so are strategies that are too complicated. Going into the complex subtleties of If-Then statements would be over the heads of a lot of people and they would gain nothing from it. Someone that desperately wants to pull his score up to a 150 needs help overall and getting overly complex would be a waste of his time.
     I do think that Kaplan was some of the best money I ever spent. Had I not taken the class and instead picked up a study guide or two I would have had no idea how difficult the exam really is. Nor would I have discovered that while ability plays a big role in your score, there are a lot of strategies out there that can help you out a hell of a lot.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Extreme Generosity for October 2004 LSAT-ers
« on: August 11, 2004, 02:08:48 PM »
I downloaded it without a problem. You are very kind. Thank you.

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Studying for the LSAT / Another LR Question
« on: August 10, 2004, 09:24:49 AM »
Please help me with this one too.

Preptest 27 Section 4 #25 (page 307 in 10 More...)

All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has said. Therefore, if the press agent told every reporter everything about the accident, then no reporter knows any more about it than any other reporter. If no reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter, then no reporter can scoop all of the other reporters. However, the press agent did not tell every reporter everything about the accident. It follows that some reporter can scoop all of the other reporters.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument fails to recognize that which one of the following is consistent with the facts the argument presents?

A) The press agent did not tell everything about the accident to any reporter.

B) Even if some reporter knows more about the accident than all of the other reporters, that reporter need not scoop any other reporter.

C) Some reporter may have been told something about the accident that the reporter tells all of the other reporters.

D) The press agent may not know any more about the accident than the most knowledeable reporter.

E) No reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter.



Answer: E

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Studying for the LSAT / LR Question
« on: August 10, 2004, 09:09:24 AM »
Please explain this to me.

Preptest 27 Section 2 # 7 (page 302 in 10 More...)

If you know a lot about history, it will be easy for you to impress people who are intellectuals. But unfortunately, you will not know much about history if you have not, for example, read a large number of history books. Therefore, if you are not well versed in history due to a lack of reading, it will not be easy for you to impress people who are intellectuals.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument overlooks the possibility that

A) many intellectuals are not widely read in history

B) there are people who learn about history who do not impress intellectuals

C)it is more important to impress people who are not intellectuals than people who are intellectuals

D) there are other easy ways to impress intellectuals that do not involve knowing history

E) people who are not intellectuals can be impressed more easily than people who are intellectuals

Answer: D

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     I know plenty of people that been arrested for DUI's and kept on drinking and driving. I lived with a girl that was arrested three, maybe four times (at least once while we were together) and still drove around shitfaced. Two days after picking her up from jail she was swerving home from the bar.
     I don't think jail, or license plates, or any of that is going to do much good because anybody that can afford it can buy their way out of a DUI. Every time that girl got arrested she called her mom for money and hired a good lawyer. Out of all the people I know that have been charged with DUI's I don't think one was convicted. They just plead down to reckless driving, lose their license for a few months (but still drive), and go on their merry way. It's so routine that it's funny.
     As much as people like to female dog about the system I don't think most people that have influence over the system want it to change. Sure, they want to eliminate drinking and driving but they also want to leave an out for themselves. Everybody has extenuating circumstances, everybody is sorry, everybody learns from their mistakes and does not need to be punished for a lifetime by having it on their record. So they plead down and keep going.
     It's just the way business is done.

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