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|1 week 2 days ago||I could be mistaken, but my||
I could be mistaken, but my impression of the twitterverse is that you could find a cure for cancer, and you'd still get a dozen people telling you that you're a vagina that rhymes with "punt".
Which is not to say that York hasn't earned some vitriol.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Whatever. Facebook is rightly||
Whatever. Facebook is rightly horrified at Swift's suggestion:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Before or after the game?||
Before or after the game?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The success of autodidacts||
The success of autodidacts doesn't mean that schools are useless. And I think we may have to agree to disagree on the interpretation of my experience; in my view, there is vanishingly little danger here, and the use of (very modest) university resources to encourage students to be less shitty than I was at times in undergrad seems reasonable.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So if I'm Roma, and I'm kind||
So if I'm Roma, and I'm kind of bummed out that my ethnic identity is used as a shorthand for fucking people over (an association that has been used as a pretext for my ancestors' systematic extermination at various points in history), I should realize that I'm part of the problem. Got it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The thing with a simple "be||
The thing with a simple "be considerate" message is that many people (and I would place my 20-year-old self firmly in this camp) have no idea that some of the things they're saying actually are deeply incosiderate.
I would regularly call things retarded, and I would regularly admonish my friends to not be such fags when they wouldn't want to go out in the cold and such. I don't do this anymore, not because I'm such a better person now, but because I realize now that I was being demeaning and shitty.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Self-control vs. understanding of context||
In requesting that people not say certain things because other people find them hurtful and demeaning, the university isn't providing a nudge to exercise self-control so much as it's letting people know that some of those things actually are hurtful and demeaning to others.
I used to say a lot of things in friendly conversation that I now consider socially unacceptable and, with the exception of the occcasional slip up, rarely use. It's not because I'm so much more in possession of myself, but because I now realize in ways that I didn't before that I was kind of being an asshole.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Free thought||
There is an enormous gap between 1) censoring ideas, and 2) requesting that people be civil to each other.
The notion that my ability to formulate and openly argue for ideas is somehow compromised because Big Brother has asked that I not call anyone a fag is...not particularly compelling.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||An onerous task: don't be an asshole||
"98% of what people angrily claim is “Political Correctness” is just manners. Politeness. If something I were saying at a dinner party offended another guest and my host explained why, I would stop saying that thing, in all likelihood. I myself used to call things “retarded” all the time when I was a kid, and I carried it into adulthood, and then people on the internet made it clear that they found this hurtful and demeaning, so I stopped. I explained to my children, I have a left-over bad habit in that I will occasionally call something retarded and it’s not an appropriate thing to say; will you please correct me when I do it? Thinking about what I wanted my children to say helped me here. Likewise, although I don’t know that I said anything particularly unpleasant about it ever, I was comparatively ignorant about issues facing trans people until some years back. Does this make me angry because the word “cisgender” exists now? No, because I’m not an asshole."
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'd actually disagree about||
I'd actually disagree about Westwood village being awesome. It's kind of like a scaled-up South U, except with more douchebags in Maseratis and 50-year-olds with plastic faces.
Other things of note: CTools is a lot better than UCLA's course computing website, and people get ticketed for jaywalking on campus all the time, which totally sucks. Let the negative recruiting commence!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Another thing to not click on||
Burt and Ernie did MOP's Ante Up:
|3 weeks 5 days ago||As a current UCLA grad||
As a current UCLA grad student, that is absolutely true. I went to the Oregon game this year, and most of the stadium seemed to not completely realize that a football game was happening. The campus in general seems pretty detached from football.
That said, the university is not without amenities...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Statistics||
Article is paywalled, but you can get the gist from the abstract:
Auto insurance 'redlining' is an empirically verifiable thing. To your initial point: this isn't to say that insurance companies are extracting excess profits from people in affected neighborhoods. But it does demonstrate that a lot of (potential) drivers take a huge hit on premiums through no fault of their own.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This raises an interesting||
This raises an interesting point over what counts as "political". I'm assuming that you're objecting to the comments on race and racism because they cross the no-politics line. But I'd argue that discussing the stability of Grosse Pointe's elite status without acknowledging that the form of segregation from which it draws its status represents one of the biggest moral failings of 20th Century America is, at the very least, a tad political.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Let's not drag Harbaugh into||
Let's not drag Harbaugh into this.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The point is that "grown men", as used in the||
The point is that "grown men", as used in the initial comment, refers to the stage of life development at which dudes are likely to be not so into being led around on a string. Yes, 22yos are often asked to bear tremendous military burdens, and we should all solemnly introduce this point in as many threads as possible. But the relevant sense of "grown men" has a lot more to do with not getting care packages from mom, making solo trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe it's the case that the||
Maybe it's the case that the attributes that make a person well-suited for infantry do not overlap precisely with the attributes that make them resent being dragged to cocktail parties?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Option for posting unsavory links||
I came across this site the other day: http://www.donotlink.com/
It allows you to link to a page you'd rather not support without that link affecting the page's standing in search engines (I think). The page still gets whatever marginal benefit from the extra views, but presumably that benefit is fairly small.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I remember seeing McGuffie at||
I remember seeing McGuffie at the CCRB right before he transferred and being struck by the fact that he had a tremendously unironic mustache, a really hot girlfriend, and could benchpress way more than me. Everything seemed right.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Politics != ideology != moral||
Politics != ideology != moral reasoning. Criticizing a movie because of what you perceive as its moral or ideological failings is entirely reasonable. As this is not at all the place for the discussion, I won't offer my own opinion on the merit of specific critiques. But, regardless of your own commitments, it would be a mistake to write off a critique simply because it addresses what it takes to be the underlying ideological commitments of the movie.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I take it as a positive sign||
I take it as a positive sign that Harbaugh and Clark exchanged pants before the picture.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||So you were right.||
So you were right.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||The people who don't get why||
The people who don't get why it's so fucked up for an athlete who's been accused (very plausibly) of raping one of his classmates to yell sexually aggressive obscenities, in public, at other classmates, clearly have no idea what "rape culture" means. But boys will be boys.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||The lesson I take from this||
When people self-select into taking an IQ test on a football blog mid-season while their team is doing poorly, the IQ test will not go well.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Concussions||
I have no special insight here, but if he's "researching the neuroimmunological, physiological and biochemical responses of elite contact sports athletes to training and competition", then I'd have to assume that a lot of his work is going to be focused on studying and working to improve players' brain health, short and long term. This seems like a very smart move by the University, both in terms of protecting the wellbeing of students and in terms of limiting future liabilities (though again, I have no expertise in terms of legal-type things).
Also, has anybody seen that Rippetoe article? /s
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Harumph||
|29 weeks 2 days ago||MSU sign||
I've been on a bit of an Eastbound and Down kick lately, and the thing that strikes me about the MSU sign isn't the carelessness with spellcheck or the unfamiliarity with "whereas", it's the fact that the whole sign is written in straight-up Kenny Powers prose. Not in the sense of explicit references to genitalia or intoxicants, but in the sense of being a pompous impersonation of some made-up narration of a virtuous warrior on a solemn quest, or some bullshit.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Analysis and reflection vs. the reading of recruiting tea leaves||
I'll admit to not following Brandon's posts very closely, but I'd agree that both the content and style of his writing seemed quite a bit different than those of Brian/Ace/Seth. This is obviously very subjective, but I just don't care much at all about predictions about where a guy might end up committing in 6 months. Which is not to say that I don't care about recruiting -- I love reading scouting reports, seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the guys who are coming here or going elsewhere. But when it comes to psychoanalyzing tweets or terse phone interviews with16yo kids who would rather be doing something else, I'll pass.
Aside from my (again, very subjective) disinterest in the content of recruiting speculations, I don't think that they lend themselves to the sort of prose that makes this site really extraordinary. It's that prose that I think is really indispensible to this site, and I'm more than OK seeing the task of bugging teenagers take a back seat to it.