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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:14:23 PM »
I wouldn't get all bent outta shape and think that whoever said that is saying that all guys are slobs.

i would argue that because of historical power disparities, disparaging comments regarding women are more harmful.

EDIT: i know i'm going to regret engaging in this thread.  i'll probably withdraw momentarily.

+1 for Stan. Thanks for the backup.

Ant, I don't think you should parse it that closely. To me, there was a strong strain of, "I'm a girl, I like pretty over functional when it comes to major electronics purchases, la la la." You'll gather soon enough that most things can be read in any way you like. And, fwiw, Teg didn't say that she didn't mean it that way, she said it was a joke. So.

Fair enough.

I mean, now she's recanted and backed up your reading. But...see my other post, re picking a laptop because it's cute.

Oh, I don't disagree with you at all there; I have a thinkpad and couldn't care less how it looks. She could always spray paint it  8)

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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:10:07 PM »
I wouldn't get all bent outta shape and think that whoever said that is saying that all guys are slobs.

i would argue that because of historical power disparities, disparaging comments regarding women are more harmful.

EDIT: i know i'm going to regret engaging in this thread.  i'll probably withdraw momentarily.

+1 for Stan. Thanks for the backup.

Ant, I don't think you should parse it that closely. To me, there was a strong strain of, "I'm a girl, I like pretty over functional when it comes to major electronics purchases, la la la." You'll gather soon enough that most things can be read in any way you like. And, fwiw, Teg didn't say that she didn't mean it that way, she said it was a joke. So.

Fair enough.

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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 19, 2008, 10:03:12 PM »
Let me ask you this then. Let's say instead that you said, "I can't help (my poor decision making skills). I'm African American."

Can you see this would be offensive? If that's offensive, why isn't offensive to generalize about women that way?

But she didn't say anything about poor decision making skills, she said this:
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I KNOW. But I'm a girl! Give me some pretty and affordable alternatives and I'll be happy. The recommedations in this thread fail at least one of those standards. I'm offended by the ugliness of the thinkpad and the price of the Sony. What can I do?

I read that as "I'm a girl, thus my requirements are different. The dell seems to be the only computer I can think of that suits them." Nowhere do I see "I'm a girl, so I can't make a good decision." Just because you (or I, for that matter) think it's a bad decision according to our standards doesn't mean that it is for hers.

reading comprehension.

she said she might buy a dell anyway (after long thread within which are several suggestions to not buy a dell), someone else says "nooooooo" she says she can't help it because she's a girl.

if she buys a dell because she's had good experiences with them and likes them, more power to her, its her money. i don't care.

see the difference?

You're totally mischaracterizing her "i'm a girl" statement. It wasn't "I'm a girl, thus I can't do anything but make bad decisions," it was "I'm a girl, thus your reasons for ruling out a Dell are weaker than my reasons for ruling out all the other choices."

She said this: "I KNOW. But I'm a girl! Give me some pretty and affordable alternatives and I'll be happy. The recommedations in this thread fail at least one of those standards. I'm offended by the ugliness of the thinkpad and the price of the Sony. What can I do?"

Note, that isn't "I'm a stupid girl, what can I do?", it's "I need a pretty and affordable computer, thus I can't consider a thinkpad or a sony." The whole "i'm a girl" part is totally irrelevant - it's simply background info for her real criteria. You could change her sentence to say "I'm a rabid panda, thus I need a pretty and affordable computer," and it would still reach the same conclusions with regard to her purchasing decision.

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Law School Applications / Re: Question about phone calls
« on: February 19, 2008, 09:52:24 PM »
I sounded like an idiot on my Penn call. It was approximately this:

Dean: congratulations!
me: omg omg omg omg omg

-- 2 mins later --

me: sooo....uhhh.....whens ASW?

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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 19, 2008, 09:49:06 PM »
Let me ask you this then. Let's say instead that you said, "I can't help (my poor decision making skills). I'm African American."

Can you see this would be offensive? If that's offensive, why isn't offensive to generalize about women that way?

But she didn't say anything about poor decision making skills, she said this:
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I KNOW. But I'm a girl! Give me some pretty and affordable alternatives and I'll be happy. The recommedations in this thread fail at least one of those standards. I'm offended by the ugliness of the thinkpad and the price of the Sony. What can I do?

I read that as "I'm a girl, thus my requirements are different. The dell seems to be the only computer I can think of that suits them." Nowhere do I see "I'm a girl, so I can't make a good decision." Just because you (or I, for that matter) think it's a bad decision according to our standards doesn't mean that it is for hers.

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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 19, 2008, 09:15:05 PM »
I don't think it's bad to want a $1000+ investment to look ok while working well.  But, I'm a guy, so what do I know?

"while working well"

I don't either, however, I do take offense at a woman, unless of course you are under 18, saying she's going to make what has been said to be a bad decision, "buying a dell" because she's a girl. If she decides, against all advice, to make a "bad" purchase, its because she can't take advice, not because "she's a girl."

And yes, you think its a joke now. But when you are making 2/3 what a man makes because you don't have a penis, it won't seem very funny.

Seriously, go spend some time on some other threads where the "boys" want their women to be soft and fuzzy, and think all female big lawyers are arrogant and ugly, and that men married to confident career woman are "househusbands."



Oh, if you just told saradsun that her fiery criticism needs to be extinguished, I don't care if you ARE a Phillies fan, you're on the list.

OK, OK, i'll amend. Forget the extinguisher, here we go:



friends?

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Law School Applications / Re: Updated Graphs on LSN
« on: February 19, 2008, 08:59:32 PM »
The biggest difference (and certainly self interested) is the growth of high lsat splitters. The middle height, far right part of the graph has many more dots this cycle than it did at this point last cycle. We're not nearly so unique as we were.

We are legion.

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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 19, 2008, 08:57:55 PM »
I don't think it's bad to want a $1000+ investment to look ok while working well.  But, I'm a guy, so what do I know?

"while working well"

I don't either, however, I do take offense at a woman, unless of course you are under 18, saying she's going to make what has been said to be a bad decision, "buying a dell" because she's a girl. If she decides, against all advice, to make a "bad" purchase, its because she can't take advice, not because "she's a girl."

And yes, you think its a joke now. But when you are making 2/3 what a man makes because you don't have a penis, it won't seem very funny.

Seriously, go spend some time on some other threads where the "boys" want their women to be soft and fuzzy, and think all female big lawyers are arrogant and ugly, and that men married to confident career woman are "househusbands."


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Law School Applications / Re: The Law School Laptop
« on: February 18, 2008, 12:30:18 PM »
Related question: I have a thinkpad X series that I got the summer before college started; I've never had a problem with it and it's still fast enough to do word processing/internets/watch movies and whatever. Any reason to spend the money for a new one?

One thing you should keep in mind is that schools (at least generally) will only increase your student loan for laptops in your first year.  My computer is not quite 2 years old, but I don't think for one second that it will last for three years after school starts.  I will buy a new one and give this one to my wife for playing around with at home.

It's not unreasonable to expect a Thinkpad T or X series to survive 5+ years.  They are very well built and designed.  In fact, you can find mid-1990s vintage Thinkpads that work perfectly still.  It was part of the design that they should work until a business was ready to upgrade again.

I've been going back and forth between these two arguments. On one hand, it's been great. Problem is, at the end of law school it'll be 7 years old. That's awfully old for a laptop. I'm thinking about compromising and just buying  more ram, a new battery, and a new hard drive. More space, faster, and more reliability for less than $200.

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Law School Applications / Re: Outcome after a request for fall grades?
« on: February 18, 2008, 01:33:21 AM »
Bump. Got the UVA fall grades request and haven't heard anything.

Same

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