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2013-09-26 12:03:31 PM
FARK to hell websites that automatically start loud video in windows you can't close! DRTFA and won't click on that site again.
 
2013-09-26 12:13:51 PM
data.whicdn.com
 
2013-09-26 12:21:46 PM
mymarblerye.files.wordpress.com
And there's a picture of a train!
 
2013-09-26 01:03:26 PM

Speaker2Animals: FARK to hell websites that automatically start loud video in windows you can't close! DRTFA and won't click on that site again.


Didn't happen to me.

Might I suggest Flashblock?
 
2013-09-26 01:11:33 PM

Speaker2Animals: FARK to hell websites that automatically start loud video in windows you can't close! DRTFA and won't click on that site again.


This.
 
2013-09-26 01:14:07 PM
melclaireharrison.files.wordpress.com

You will be a useful Engine
 
2013-09-26 01:59:55 PM
Came looking for the Simpson's Valentine card, left satisfied.

/Not really, I wanted to post it. :(
 
2013-09-26 02:31:14 PM
Why is this news/scandal?  If you don't agree with exploiting young men for entertainment, you don't watch college football. It's that simple.

I've seen lots of well educated football players be successful both academically and athletically. They are not at division one schools.
 
2013-09-26 02:41:22 PM
How do we know he wasn't specifically talking about train engineering?

/was he going to the Lanley Institute? They have an intensive 3-week course.
 
2013-09-26 02:44:17 PM
You people complain, but these students are getting a free education.  It would cost you literally $100,000 to get the same degree in Communications that these kids are getting.  Clearly, they should just take these extremely valuable degrees that they don't want and shut up.
 
2013-09-26 02:46:33 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-26 02:47:03 PM
cdn.static.ovimg.com

I'll take an A, or a C, whatever. I'm not going to tell you how to do your job.
 
2013-09-26 02:55:14 PM
Whoever wrote that sounds like he played college football at UNC.
 
2013-09-26 02:56:31 PM
 
2013-09-26 02:57:00 PM
It wasn't a college football player, it was Peter Venkman.  He studied engineering in college for 2 years before he found out it didn't have anything to do with trains.
 
2013-09-26 02:58:25 PM

Speaker2Animals: FARK to hell websites that automatically start loud video in windows you can't close! DRTFA and won't click on that site again.


Back when Java had a security problem, I changed the setting so I had to click something using it before it would load/run. Haven't had an autostart video or ad since then. Can't remember exactly what I did, but I liked the result so well, I left it that way when Java was fixed.
 
2013-09-26 03:07:17 PM
I got a degree in nuclear engineering because I like nukie.
 
2013-09-26 03:09:21 PM
Give us names, pussy, or shut the hell up.
 
2013-09-26 03:27:20 PM
That future NBA baller told my Prof friend he was illiterate, and "your class is an ocean of words. You're throwing me directly into the ocean and I can't even swim." Rather clever, especially for a guy that couldn't read or write.

Am I the only who read that and thought of this?:

jillsbooks.files.wordpress.com

/sometimes calls random dogs "Tock"
//don't judge me.
 
2013-09-26 03:43:24 PM
Interestingly, these problems reach into schools and sports you might not think.

A number of years back when I was in grad school at (Very prestigious top 10 undergraduate school) one of my research group members was a TA for a well known Olympic athlete.  (Well known as in won a medal in a very popular sport and had multiple "Get to know her" pieces on TV)   Said Olympian was often mentioned as a straight A premed student.

She was straight A since (VPT10US) had a policy of simply eliminating any failed course from your transcript with no note that you'd ever taken it.  She was on her third attempt to pass organic chemistry- she'd failed the first two attempts, but those never appeared on her transcript and she kept her 4.0.

She was hardly the only person to take advantage of that policy (Virtually everyone (ab)used it at some point), but it was noted how often athletes used it.

/A few years later I worked at Virginia Tech.  Friend of a friend had Michael Vick as a student.  His comment on Vick's work?  "Yes, he came to class.  Once."
 
2013-09-26 03:57:11 PM
In High School, I was on the tennis team and in AP classes. I was a B student in the AP classes - not extraordinarily smart but smart enough to not study and still make decent grades. I learned from a brother of a friend in Junior High that nobody would ever care about my GPA in High School so I only put in enough effort to pass.

Anyway, one year I get my schedule all set up and see that due to a conflict with the busing schedule for tennis, I wouldn't be able to take the AP history class. I'd be in a new class, one taught by a coach, attended by the football team. Our first day it was clear that this was not a class where we would be learning anything - we were asked what country we lived in and if we knew all the continents. Our first exam was 20 questions, open book, and we were given 45 minutes to complete it. Half the class failed. I ended up tutoring two guys who I'd generously say read at a 5th grade level so that they could pass their open book tests. I got 109 in the class and the next highest grade was an 83.

So, yes, I agree that schools make a lot of concessions for football players. Not to say that there aren't smart ones, but they do make it easy to "go to school" without actually "going."
 
2013-09-26 03:59:45 PM
I was talking to an engineer buddy of mine who had a 4-5 year old that looooooved Thomas the Train.  I asked my friend one day if his son though engineers drove trains..."No, he thinks they drive themselves"

/So this guy has a leg up on the 4-5 year old crowd
 
2013-09-26 04:02:44 PM
I just want to point out that being smart does not stop one from being gullible and/or confused by words with dual meanings. Indeed, it can actually make you more gullible because you tend to take things far more literally than you should.

Here is an example taken from my real life:

The smartest guy in the high school I transferred to in 10th grade (he got a 1580 on the SAT back when 1600 was perfect) wore a Railroad Engineer's costume to the first day of school and for Halloween, as well as a couple other random times throughout the ensuing three years. He and I were 2 of 11 people in our school that were national merit scholarship finalists or semi-finalists and since that was a very high percentage for a school our size there was a small announcement and ceremony for us during a class assembly. During that assembly he was asked what he wanted to be when he graduated and he said he wanted to be an engineer.

I, being smart but simple-minded at the same time, immediately associated his wearing of a railroad engineers costume on a regular basis with his statement that he wanted to be an engineer and became confused about why the hell such a smart guy wanted to do such a mentally simple job.


I won't even get into my confusion over what "all nude dancing" meant when I was in the army. I interpreted it way too literally.
 
2013-09-26 04:03:26 PM

Glockenspiel Hero: Interestingly, these problems reach into schools and sports you might not think.

A number of years back when I was in grad school at (Very prestigious top 10 undergraduate school) one of my research group members was a TA for a well known Olympic athlete.  (Well known as in won a medal in a very popular sport and had multiple "Get to know her" pieces on TV)   Said Olympian was often mentioned as a straight A premed student.

She was straight A since (VPT10US) had a policy of simply eliminating any failed course from your transcript with no note that you'd ever taken it.  She was on her third attempt to pass organic chemistry- she'd failed the first two attempts, but those never appeared on her transcript and she kept her 4.0.

She was hardly the only person to take advantage of that policy (Virtually everyone (ab)used it at some point), but it was noted how often athletes used it.

/A few years later I worked at Virginia Tech.  Friend of a friend had Michael Vick as a student.  His comment on Vick's work?  "Yes, he came to class.  Once."


And Virginia Tech has one of the best graduation rates in the country for its football palyers.  Think about THAT.

/Loved that their punter for a few years was an Architecture major
 
2013-09-26 04:17:03 PM
I guess my interaction with D-1 football players is different.  In the Engineering courses I took (early 2000s), I had the pleasure of having the starting fullback in my lab group.  He was a giant, no neck, hulking beast of a man.  When he was first assigned to us, me and the other person in the group kind of did the eyeroll to each other as to say "great, we're going to have to carry his dead weight".  He ended up doing more work than the both of us combined and rightfully earned his grades.  He finished with an engineering degree in 4 years, while being a starter on the team for 2 of them.

A year later, I had wide receiver in one of my groups for an elective (intro to music theory).  He was at every class, did the work, and was able to complete all the assignments when we worked as a group in the commons with ease.

On the flip side, I tutored the quarterback in the late 90s in basic business math, and god help him if he ever had to add single digits.

/ went to a state school well known for its engineering and football history
// and it's paedophile ex-defensive coordinator
/// The QB probably couldn't report the rhythmic slapping cause he couldn't find the "9" or the "1" on the phone
 
2013-09-26 04:17:34 PM
*clicks* ... DAMN: thought for sure it would be an Aggie
 
2013-09-26 04:44:11 PM
D-1 basketball and football was completely different from the others at my school. But you also didn't want the prof to find out you did a sport regardless.

Noticed the graded assignments were starting to get a lot more red ink on them than my hw group after someone let it slip in my digital circuits class.
 
2013-09-26 04:51:34 PM
www.thelostogle.com

That's ridiculous! I have one of the great minds or our generation. I work on a level so rarefied you couldn't even imagine it.
I said stop looking at my cool train!
 
2013-09-26 04:51:58 PM
I went to a school you've all heard of that won at least one National Championship in basketball while I was there. One semester in the last week of class, English 200-something probably, I noticed our point guard and small forward's names on our roster. I think they were both All-Americans that year and one of them is still in the NBA. But they never came to a class.

/doesn't mean they didn't read a dozen novels and write a half-dozen papers
//LOL yes it does
 
2013-09-26 04:58:15 PM

bighairyguy: I got a degree in nuclear engineering because I like nukie.


Mmmkay. But did you do it all for the nukie? 'cause if not, you know what you can do with that cookie...

/That page has black type on a dark blue background? Who had that brilliant idea, colorblind Joe?
 
2013-09-26 05:40:20 PM

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Came for Mongo.

/where choo choo go
 
2013-09-26 05:44:27 PM
To be fair, it's not just the athletes that are "graduating" from high schools and getting into colleges without fundamental reading and writing skills.

/don't even get me started on rithmatic.
 
2013-09-26 07:21:35 PM

Uzzah: How do we know he wasn't specifically talking about train engineering?

/was he going to the Lanley Institute? They have an intensive 3-week course.


Maybe a Purdue player?  They've got a train for a logo and everything,
 
2013-09-26 07:28:32 PM
Either last year or the year before, there was a French Canadian on our hockey team majoring in... French.

I mean, c'mon, do more than that!
 
2013-09-26 08:33:08 PM
And I was sure that would be a story about Purdue.  But then they do bring a train to every football game.
 
2013-09-26 08:58:59 PM

video man: Either last year or the year before, there was a French Canadian on our hockey team majoring in... French.

I mean, c'mon, do more than that!


Mexican Americans love education, so they go to night school, and take Spanish,

And get a B!
 
2013-09-27 12:53:28 AM
UNC is one of the NCAA's "untouchables".  As long as that sweet Nike money keeps coming in, they can (and will) do whatever they please without repercussion.
 
2013-09-27 01:15:55 AM
I get a sad kick out of watching college athletes play with balls like they're hot shiat. Then most of them don't know what state they're in or what history means short of sports stats.

Don't these footballers have to memorize 100 complicated plays? I was hoping that was some sign of brain power.
 
2013-09-27 06:30:10 AM

Fubini: Why is this news/scandal?  If you don't agree with exploiting young men for entertainment, you don't watch college football. It's that simple.

I've seen lots of well educated football players be successful both academically and athletically. They are not at division one schools.


I went to a D1 school. I worked for the math department in a freshman level course. The order of how hard the kids worked:
1) any ex-military
2) the athletes
3) the sober kids
4) the drunk kids

Generally had wrestlers set the curve.
 
2013-09-27 01:18:11 PM
Also, it isn't just athletes and D1 schools.  A good friend from high school (who is now the Principal trumpet player in one of the premier American symphony orchestras) was all the same AP classes I was. When he got to a famous conservatory, he was shocked to find that his "academic" classes were: "math" (1 year), "science" (1 year), "English" (1 year), and "history" (one year).

Of course, the music classes were extremely rigorous, but they're really the same as football practice for a D1 football player.
 
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