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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Mostly I'd like to meet your||
Mostly I'd like to meet your dad actually. He sounds awesome. My dad was in Korea as well.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Dude||
Is it not the case that it has been 8 years or more since we defeated a top 10 team? You can wait for Muppets once a decade if you WANT, but I just want to...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Because for sure it is worse||
To be molested on one's molester's birthday than to be molested on some random day of the year.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Oh dear||
The law of averages helps only the House out. Law of averages says on average you will LOSE.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Well thanks goodness because ADELE||
I have a football fan kid and a ponies-and-rainbows-and-SINGING kid. Weds 9th I must book it out of my afternoon class and run up from A2 to the Palace for Adele. One kids gets football tickets for presents and one kid concert tickets and trips to the mall.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||But Bolt doesn't speed up in 2nd half||
The commentators on tv were going on and on about how the second half of the race is slower for everyone INCLUDING Bolt,
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Enthusiasm* Ale||
*unknown to mankind
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Val d'Orcia, Tuscany||
In particular the view from this place
|19 weeks 6 days ago||My kid is watching in Bmore||
As we speak. Harbaughs in Cal Ripken Jr and either khaki trousers or khaki shorts with khaki colored legs. Hard to tell through the fence.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Dude that is just regression to the mean||
Honest to goodness. "Poor predictions are exceeded" and "high predictions underperform" is pretty much a statistical rule of the universe
|24 weeks 6 hours ago||Zingerman's Cornman farms||
|24 weeks 2 days ago||The difference is||
White students can belong to the black students association. Women can't belong to the fox. The fox undergrads cited to "punch" some women but the slums were so put out they shut down the club rather than let a woman join.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Something about this does not compute||
Assistant Professors who take on staff jobs in football operations are no longer assistant professors
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Can we still use "Staee"||
I am rather fond of that one. No? Ok. Courtesy rules, goddammit
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Time to lose the baby weight because the baby's turning 22||
I work out with a personal trainer twice a week.
I do two spin classes and two rowing classes.
I follow a largely vegetarian diet and am cutting out a lot of dairy as well.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Brown Dog is one of the||
Brown Dog is one of the funniest books I ever read.
|30 weeks 9 hours ago||For gods sakes dude||
What is the other side of the story on calling the guy a f***ot multiple times?
|30 weeks 11 hours ago||Except||
Buzzfeed has outed him, so maybe it will hurt just a little.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Don't try to second-guess admissions||
I see a lot of parents commenting, or reporting the comments of other parents, regarding a preference for one program or another on the part of admissions officers. I would take these with a grain of salt. I have literally never heard an admissions officer claim an advantage for one over another. So much of "what school X prefers" is based on a sample consisting of "what the mom of a kid down the block told me."
With the really competitive schools, the problem is not just doing very very well on grades and tests, but standing out from the background noise. Harvard's admit pool this year might be 40,000 kids. There is really nothing your kid can do that they have not already seen.
Kids stand out to admissions because of their personal qualities and accomplishments. If you have a graduating class of 100, and you are in the top 10%, then there are nine other kids you eat lunch with every day who are as accomplished as you based on grades alone. Just imagine how many hundreds and thousands are in the pool whose grades are the same as yours and have the same test scores.
Write something more interesting, read something more interesting, run faster, be nicer and more thoughtful, than those other kids, and you will achieve a better admission results.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Bless you I agree completely||
I wrote an extended rant to the same effect below. For the record, for example, International Academy did not, IIRC, send any kids to Harvard last year, nor did WiHi, although this year's results have not been announced.
The drop-out rate of the IB programs is pretty fierce!
|30 weeks 3 days ago||OK but a contrasting opinion||
From someone who does dozens of interviews a year for an Ivy League school.
A curriculum that wears your daughter out and leaves her devoid of enthusiasm will not improve her chances at an elite school. I see a lot of kids in IB programs and a lot of kids more oriented towards APs. There are good kids in both pools. But, a lot of IB kids are pressured by their parents to chose the program, and it's hard for some IB kids to stand out from others in their school. When I ask them about their extended essay they display limited enthusiasm and do not seem to have engaged in the material the way I'm sure their parents had hoped.
Likewise, there are some kids who come into my office from schools that are AP mills actually apologizing for "only having six APs." The NUMBER does not impress me, so long as you are engaged the material your are studying. I don't see the point of taking AP Physics if you hate physics and don't plan on taking any in college. A kid who takes 8 APs is not twice as smart as a kid who takes only 4.
From either program, a kid who arrives at an interview, or who sits in front of a blank page ready to create an admissions essay, who is EXHAUSTED and depleted and has no enthusiasm for his/her task, is lost.
Please lord let that kid take 3 APs and write a screenplay, or get a good night's sleep every once in a while. She will be better off than if she takes 8, unless she decide for herself that that is what she wants and needs.
The "take it at community college" opinon works for some, but for others it detaches them from their school community and means they cannot show their passion for other things (extracurriculars) or reduce their time to just recharge their jets and read (I would prefer a kid who reads a lot over all other things).
That's a roundabout way of saying LET YOUR KID DECIDE.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||No bringing the horse into the ring by the people door...||
When the sliding barn door freezes shut we have to lead the horse through the people door, unsaddled, then put the saddle on in the ring. She does not enjoy this process. I do not enjoy it because it's my job to carry the saddle up the hill and western saddles are freakin heavy.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Alaska, Uganda||
Alaska was the best - the weather was in the 80s and the skies were perfectly clear. Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks, and road trip all the way down to Valdez, car ferry across to Kenai Peninsula, back to Anchorage. People so friendly, like Iowa with mountains. Heavily featured: glaciers, midnight sun, pancakes the size of manhole covers,sled-dog puppies, drive-up espresso booths in the middle of nowhere, car ferry snackbars with fresh salmon as the main featured item. Vehicle not memorable.
Uganda was the worst - I mean, it was a trip of a lifetime, but oh lord we were being driven around Western Uganda in a Toyota Land Cruiser when we made friends with a local intestinal bug. And it's not as though you could jump out of the vehicle and resolve the issue behind a tree because a) no trees and b) people everywhere wanted to check out what the mzungu were doing and c) lions.
Especially with the lions.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Aha, the special snowflake argument||
What does that even mean - we "deserve" it? Don't you only mean "we WANT it?"
The median team has a .500 record. We do way better than that. Would we like to do better, far far better? Sure/ Do we "DESERVE" it? Why - because we are morally more deserving?
The claim that we are ENTITLED to be better-than-most all the time is a) statistically unlikely to happen b) because it's really really unlikely to happen to ANY team, makes whoever suggests it seem pretty ignorant about statistics, and c) because it's driven by a sense of entitlement, makes whoever suggests it seem like a giant baby.
You got someone who can do better? When was the last time we had someone do better? That's right, it was a LONG TIME ago. It DOESNT HAPPEN OFTEN.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Those players are going on to||
Those players are going on to greater things through use of those brains. They aren't pro material in football but they ARE in brainpower, so it makes sense for them to avoid trauma. Those pussies are gonna be our bosses some day.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Say Yes to the Dress. Cmon||
Say Yes to the Dress.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Good idea generally that's my||
Good idea generally that's my route....but not as good an idea, possibly, as staying home. Did you get here ok?
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Just you buddy, I see adsfor||
Just you buddy, I see ads for knitting supply stores.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Because Salengers reputation||
Because Salengers reputation as a New England recluse who never talked to anybody was actually just a cover for his grand scheme to pluck a southern girl from obscurity and write a novel under her name about a part of the world he knew nothing about? Just for laughs because he was a famous prankster?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Hard to know||
How you could replace Scalia with a more CONSERVATIVE judge