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2013-02-06 09:06:17 PM  
The college I went to had a Hotel and Restaurant Management school.  Students in the school ran the hotel that was on campus, and worked in the restaurant.  They also allowed non HRT students to take classes.  So my final quarter there I signed up for Wine 101 (don't remember the real name).

45 minutes of learning about varietals, regions, how to read labels, etc.  30 minutes of drinking wine with various foods.

Our two field trips to wine growing regions were magical.
 
2013-02-06 09:07:44 PM  

WordyGrrl: dericwater: abfalter: Central Michigan University used to (and perhaps still does) teach two courses with whimsical names; Physics for Poets and Armchair Chemistry.  Both were math-light 100 level courses on their respective topics.

For 99% of the population, that's really all you need to know in regards to physics and chemistry. I mean, if you're not a chemist, why the heck do you need to know anything about the difference between an ionic bond and a covalent bond? Or the energy levels of electrons? Or what happens when atoms are squeezed into very, very tight conditions like in a star?

There are plenty of reasons to know more than just the basic Three Rs. Sheer curiosity. To know when you're actually being sold snake oil or a budget proposal that's complete BS. The ability to intelligently argue a point on Fark.  That's why a GED in with double majors in Law/Political Science is required for the Politics tab.


And that's exactly where a math-lite version of physics and chemistry -- armchair physics/chemistry -- is perfect for. It's like watching episodes of NOVA or listening to a few TEDTalks. No need to do the heavy math pencil-on-paper number crunching, but get enough of the gist to understand basic laws of physics and chemistry. Took chemistry in freshmen year, got A, A, A- and physics sophomore year: A, A, A-. All towards my engineering degree. Hardest engineering class was electrical engineering class. For one thing, it was 1.5 hr lecture by a very hard to understand asian professor at 7:30 - 9PM at night.  Sleepy time.
 
2013-02-06 09:10:53 PM  

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2013-02-06 09:10:57 PM  
Most of these sound fairly interesting.
Not a fan of daytime tv tho.

Read the comments?  There's some seriously disturbed folks there.
 
2013-02-06 09:52:17 PM  
Another example why colleges and universities are not worth the money people are WASTING on them.
 
2013-02-06 10:30:50 PM  

dericwater: WordyGrrl:
There are plenty of reasons to know more than just the basic Three Rs. Sheer curiosity. To know when you're actually being sold snake oil or a budget proposal that's complete BS. The ability to intelligently argue a point on Fark.  That's why a GED in with double majors in Law/Political Science is required for the Politics tab.

And that's exactly where a math-lite version of physics and chemistry -- armchair physics/chemistry -- is perfect for. It's like watching episodes of NOVA or listening to a few TEDTalks. No need to do the heavy math pencil-on-paper number crunching, but get enough of the gist to understand basic laws of physics and chemistry. Took chemistry in freshmen year, got A, A, A- and physics sophomore year: A, A, A-. All towards my engineering degree.


Those classes relate to how materials react to each other chemically and physically, which will make you a better engineer when you start designing things. Much like a stint at doing assembly work will remind to you make sure your design is something that can actually be assembled. [Yes, I have actually seen a prototype drawing by an engineer that did not take into account the room needed to maneuver a screw into place.]
 
2013-02-06 10:49:25 PM  
They sound like expensive alternatives to having a hobby in your free time.
 
2013-02-06 11:03:08 PM  

p51d007: Another example why colleges and universities are not worth the money people are WASTING on them.


Yeah, construction and plumbing are growth industries.
 
2013-02-07 02:21:52 AM  
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2013-02-07 06:44:48 AM  

vudukungfu: thorthor: Lady gaga has 300 cds? WTF?

Yeah, I was equally surprised at how much total crap Phish was able to put on CDs.
I should probably enroll in the Phish as a Counter Culture course.
I'd have to bootleg the text books, of course.


I think the real issue here is a professor who has an obession and is not far from being a stalker...
 
2013-02-07 07:58:22 AM  
A friend of mine is faculty at Potomac State College in West-by-god-Virginia.  She has a course - Stepping into Grapes and Grains for wine and beer making.  They team up with Topics in Fine Dining and have a party at the end of the semester.
 
2013-02-07 09:38:32 AM  
Blink:

But then, I guess if I signed up for a bowling class, I imagine I'd be more serious about it -- so who knows.

Bowling was one of my PE credits. Assistant soccer coach taught it. He basically said your grade will be based on how well you improve. We'll set your base score during the second week and average the two days.

Sandbagging was encouraged.
 
2013-02-07 08:46:33 PM  
I got a B.S. in physics. When asked what fun optional classes I wanted to take I just laughed.

Philosophy is an absolute joy of a class though. It's not a wasted experience.
 
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