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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:46:54 PM »
Just so it is clear, I was not taking a side in this debate, I just wanted to offer SGY advice as a sidenote. 

If this turns into a debate about the merits of Pittsburgh, though, I will jump in a defend just about everything SGY has to say.  :)

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General Off-Topic Board / New Hampshire
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:36:50 PM »
I love this state, and I haven't been there in awhile.  Anyone on here from there?


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This annoying fact can sometimes be overcome if you have Progressive Insurance or a membership to AAA.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:28:16 PM »
SGY:

Your concerns are probably well-founded.  You might reconsider your approach in expressing them, though.  Since you wondered about getting a certain view across to others, I'll suggest a view slight ameliorations to your approach.

Consider less moralizing; it almost never works.  The reason for this is that people don't like to be told what to do.  Yes, people respond to appeals to their moral sensibility, but they don't appeal to claims about "true suffering" (whatever that is) and extreme guilt inducing (you could have fed a starving child!).  By the way, the example of yours that I bring up is also somewhat ill-founded.  It is not by any means clear that giving $20 to a starving child in africa is the most moral option, assuming a very consequentialist outlook.  The reasons for this are complicated, as are the moral considerations involved.  The point of my mentioning this, however, is that your bold assertions, however well-intentioned they may be, are also likely to be ill-received, and possibly counter-productive.  Psychologists called "reactance" when referring to this not-so-strange phenomenon: overextending some appeal to authority or overpunishing an act is likely to intensify the behavior in question, or at least decrease the likelihood of behavioral modification (which, again, was your expressed intent, in addition to moralizing).

Does that make much sense?  


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Tulane Vs. Pittsburgh
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:18:33 PM »
Since I've been so pissy, harsh and argumentative here, I should offer a concession: Many people love New Orleans and would live nowhere else.  It is, undoubtedly, a fairly interesting place to visit.  Some people don't want to leave.  I very strongly disagree with those people, but I don't claim some authority on city-appreciation.  I just like to defend a great city that so few people seem to know about, especially in contrast to a city that I really can't stand.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Tulane Vs. Pittsburgh
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:16:18 PM »
"5. Actually, maintain your preference for NOLA and Tulane and NYC.  It will help those who share the saner view in the end"

  I suppose those with saner viewpoints have photos of homosexual men on their profiles coupled with the words "#@!* wendy" ? 

 :) I don't dispute it, but I have no reason to believe or care whether the adorable Austin Scarlett is gay.


"5. Actually, maintain your preference for NOLA and Tulane and NYC. It will help those who share the saner view in the end"

 Also, what does it mean for a city to have been built "on one of the most histroically appalling time periods"? Umm...so early colonial america was an appalling time period?


Hmm, how should I put this?  Well, let's just say the white people weren't very nice to the native americans in clearing their path to be not very nice to the african americans.  Does that story ring any bells?

But, once again, to each his own. You Pitt people stay up there, watch Flashdance ("Just a steel-town girl on a Saturday night"), and watch the Penguins lose next season (if there is a season) and enjoy that charming European culture of Pittsburgh unbeknownst to the rest of the world...

Once I return, I will likely stay.  In case you weren't aware, the diverse European culture is one of Pittsburgh's most notable traits.  So, your use of "unbeknownst" is false, unless by "rest of the world" you meant "me, and other dudes like me."

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Where should I go?
« on: April 02, 2005, 12:48:50 PM »
FWIW, when I got my LSAT score back, and it was over 10 points below my average practice score, I applied to a bunch more schools. I think I doubled the original number.

 Let's assume the OP applied to around 10-12 schools in the first place, with a certain score expected. It is not surprising that s/he might apply to 10-12 more upon learning the actual LSAT score.  With an entirely new and significantly different range in mind, doubling the amount of schools applied to makes perfect sense.  So, none of us would gasp about 10-12 schools, right?  That's roughly the recommended amount.  What makes 15 schools so much different/worse? 


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Tulane Vs. Pittsburgh
« on: April 02, 2005, 12:17:30 PM »
I've heard New Orleans smells.

This is very true.  Moreso than other cities its size or larger, actually.


Are you huffing paint or something?

Not anymore.  I have lived in both cities, though.  New Orleans is a fascinating place to visit.  There are lots of interesting things here.  As far as things concerned with lifestyle, though, there is very little to offer here beyond what I mentioned (drinking, partying).  The culture is for tourists.  Unless you mean the culture of "I ain't doin' shitt."  


3. If you want European culture, Pittsburgh has it a lot more than New Orleans.  NOLA has southern culture mixed with party culture.  The history here consists in a city being built on one of the most historically appalling periods.


Please, for the love of god dont let this person have offspring...

I probably won't.  Have you ever consider backing up comments like this with something substantive, though?  Or do you just like making entirely unfunny jokes. (I would claim that this attempted joke [assuming it wasn't an actual plea, in which case it was just stupid] wasn't funny even were it not directed at me.)


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: W&L v. Temple v. Pittsburgh
« on: April 01, 2005, 08:12:50 PM »
For Christ's sake: It's PittsburgH.  HHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Tulane Vs. Pittsburgh
« on: April 01, 2005, 08:10:30 PM »
well, different strokes for different folks, but I still maintain that just on name alone, people are going to recognize the "Tulane Law" name way the hell faster than "Pitt Law." I persoanlly find that ew Orleans has a history, has character, and the city itself just reminds me of being in Europe.  Plus I'd rather be wearing shorts in January than freezing my ass off in PA and smelling the fumes from the steel mills.  But, respectfully, to each his own...

1. Pittsburgh doesn't have steel mills anymore.  Most closed down close to thirty years ago.

2. New Orleans summers are precisely 149X less bearable than Pittsburgh winters.

3. If you want European culture, Pittsburgh has it a lot more than New Orleans.  NOLA has southern culture mixed with party culture.  The history here consists in a city being built on one of the most historically appalling periods.

4. I agree, to each his/her own.  But to most/anyone not particularly concerned with partying hardcore in a roach-filled craphole . . . Pittsburgh.

5. Actually, maintain your preference for NOLA and Tulane and NYC.  It will help those who share the saner view in the end.

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