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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Grammar/Semantics Thread
« on: February 17, 2005, 09:15:54 AM »

Lets discuss.

This was a joke, right?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Welcome to Club LSD......
« on: February 17, 2005, 09:14:06 AM »
I made up this drink once, called the johnny appleseed (I'm sure it has a real name since all drinks have been made) with 40% Vodka, 40% sprite, and 20% apple pucker.

one of my friends went to a bar and tried to order it and got a funny look. :D

I made a drink called an "acid cavity" that is equal parts fresca, coke, and spiced rum. an acid cavity kicks the spit out of your johnny appleseed.  :o

I think PresLay brings up a good point in general. What use is the expertise of the faculty unless students have access to that expertise via classes? It seemed like his rankings were more focused on rep of the proffs than the quality/depth/breadth of the classes actually tought.

You're right, his system does focus on those things.  His rankings of philosophy programs do the same.  He admits to the relative uselessness of the former for most students, which is why he includes other info (national placement, for instance, and SCOTUS clerkships).  For the latter, faculty prestige/quality correlates very highly with job prospects.

Most Nietzsche scholars don't like his work in that area, though. 

You ever take classes with him, BigTex, or was he not around at UT back then? (I don't mean that as a dig; he hasn't been at UT for all that long, that's all.)

Law School Admissions / Re: OSU-Moritz Chat
« on: February 17, 2005, 08:44:17 AM »
Yeah, I tried to do it ten times, and not once did it work.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Welcome to Club LSD......
« on: February 17, 2005, 07:07:57 AM »
No, this is Kraftwerk, and they're good.  Fine, I'll play the f*cking Humpty Dance in a minute, but I swear I am mixing with Kiss you Back before Humpty breaks it down if you come over here one more time begging for Weird Al.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: The LSD perpetual story thread
« on: February 17, 2005, 07:03:46 AM »
"I'm taking a nap, a$$hole," I said, instinctually.

Turns out I was on my sister's couch, dreaming, while her new "husband" tried to pass me a joint.

It's hard to get used to calling him her husband.  During the "ceremony," their friend Trey stumbled over a half-coherent string of garbled nonsense.  "Love is the spirituality that will bind these two hearts together once and for good," said the paint store assistant manager.  I gained a brother, officially, once they had finally lit the symbolic Yankee candle. 

"Oh, crap, man, I didn't even notice," he said through his nose. "Jesus," I thought, "I really have to . . .

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is Anyone Truly Evil
« on: February 16, 2005, 10:46:57 PM »
I don't think any of us can fully understand the concept of evil, since in the end we are all petty materialists.

I don't think materialists are petty, and I am absolutely certain that some people are not materialists.  Some are property dualists, for example.   ;)

or were you not talking about the relation between metaphysical theories and the concept of evil?

"Buying great professors" - I doubt this will make much difference. Every school claims this, and there are a lot of talented people out there.

I understand what you mean.  Lots of schools are trying to keep up with the top schools in recruiting scholarly talent.  The only reason I actually believe it in the case of Pitt is that they've actually attracted several established, tenured professors (through very generous salary packages) from places like Yale, Stanford, and NYU, among others.  I apologize for not being able to provide a link to this information (I did a search and couldn't find it); I can only say that I am being completely honest when I report that this information has a source. 

But yeah, Pittsburgh is seriously one of the most underrated cities.  It is nothing like the boring old steel town that people who haven't been view it as.  If there is a complaint with which I can sympathize, it is that the winters are long and harsh, but no worse than Chicago (and not as harsh as Boston, though Boston in general gets more sunshine throughout the year). 

I also think USD will rise, as USD is recruiting TONS of the best professors.  Everyone wants to retire in the that region, it seems.  Plus, students with stellar creds are applying because of the reported scholarship opportunities.  Many of these students will be lured into SD, so their numbers will increase substantially (as they have in recent years). 

Wups, this thread is for schools that will fall.  Hmmph.  Hastings, perhaps?  That is purely a whimsical guess, though. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Is Anyone Truly Evil?
« on: February 16, 2005, 06:39:38 PM »
Ever imagine how doctors feel when someone with no medical background gives them an obvious cure for cancer?  I kinda feel like that now, since I've struggled with questions like this for years.  I also feel like a double-feminine hygiene product for feeling that way.  It's an excellent and interesting question, but one that I think is ultimately going to be resolved only by verbal stipulation or fist-pounding.  The term/concept of evil is just to vague to answer this question.

Law School Admissions / OSU-Moritz Chat
« on: February 16, 2005, 06:34:44 PM »
It's not working for me.  Anyone else having problems?

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