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Set wrote:

Simmons seemed more sympathetic when it was Donnie Gill developing superhuman powers. Maybe Chloe would have gotten a pass if she was a cute boy?

And his supper powers resulted in his reported death after he almost killed her and people she cares for. She even rants about how everyone who has had powers attacks them.


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Mark Hoover wrote:

Shrinking... flying... energy blasts... Is he Iron Man or the Wasp? Anyway good times.

I just wish they'd resolve him and move on. The whole rest of the show is gritty and filled with angst, and then there's Ray. Kind of like The Flash, only backwards. The whole Flash show is a lighthearted romp, and then there's Dr Wells.

Honestly, I hope they leave him a fairly open aspect of the show. I hate it when shows continuously write off people and characters that they could instead use to flesh out the world. Its my biggest complaint with Supernatural - every potential ally has to be killed off to keep the feel of 2 people on their own static, rather than letting the show evolve and giving them new people they could occasionally call for help.


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memorax wrote:
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Hypocrisy is a very human emotional reaction to shock.

So, while I am not fond of the direction they are taking the character, her actions are entirely realistic.

It's not a major issue. I'm glad they show how much a hypocrite Simmons is. I just wish their would have been a buildup. While realistic it does feel like they tacked it on simply to push Inhumans.

How do you build up response to a sudden traumatic event?


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TOZ wrote:
Sometimes the dub improves upon the original product.

...

I loved you once, Toz. ignites beam saber

We have already had this discussion in this thread. It is rare, but it is true.


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I have a really hard time with the claim porn reduced sex and not the reverse of lack of sex increased porn. How are they able to justify a causal relationship?


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thejeff wrote:
Lemmy wrote:
BigDTBone wrote:
Lemmy wrote:

I still find it funny how the "but it influences people!" crowd never seem to inude themselves in their claims... Nope. It's always everyone else who is too stupid to separate fantasy from reality. "Porn influences people negatively... Not me, because I'm Oh-So-Enlightned, but everyone else, because they are obviously not nearly as smart as my brilliant self!".

Can we stop assuming that people are stupid? They aren't. Most of them might be uncultured, but they aren't stupid. 99% of the world can (and does) tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

I'm so f!@@ing tired of this holier-than-thou atittude...Saying porn causes body image issues and sets unrealistic expectations about sex is like saying The Matrix sets unrealistic expectations for learning kung fu and makes young martial artists feel bad about themselves because they don't look like Hollywood stars and can't dodge bullets!

And if are going to mention Japan, let's remember that even though rape is a very common theme in Japanese pornography, it's one of the nations with the lowest number of actual occurences of the crime in the world.

I posted a peer-reviewed scientific paper that disagrees with you on this very topic in this very thread.

Do you have any thing to backup your claims or is it just a gut feeling?

Tell me... What do you think is more likely? That those people were (consciously or not) speaking what matches their spiritual beliefs and whatxthey thought the scientists wanted to hear... Or that they actually measured how much satisfaction they felt and how judgemental their partners were?
"Bah. My gut feelings and anecdotes refute your peer-reviewed science."

I didn;'t bother to read the study in question, but unless they did some brainwave scans when people were watching porn, there is most likely enough bias that any results they got are junk. Plenty of other studies have found that surveys of how people feel are almost never honest and accurate when the thing in question is controversial.


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Greylurker wrote:
of everything coming in the Spring season this is what I am looking forward to most

Wow the art quality in the preview varied so much.


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So I watched Samurai Flamenco this weekend. If you are a fan of Sentai shows and Gurren Lagann, you will love it.


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Caineach wrote:
I have some friends who do convention panels on terrible anime. I will have to ask them about Mahouka.

For those who may be interested they record their panels


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I have some friends who do convention panels on terrible anime. I will have to ask them about Mahouka.


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I just discovered this album and really hope it is the soundtrack. It wont be, but it would be perfect.


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God I want one of these systems


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Honestly, it reminds me of Evolution


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Ivan Rûski wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
I would feel more reassured if there was more Dinklage and less Sandler in the trailer...
Alex Martin wrote:
The concept is novel and the Toru Iwatani sequence had me laughing. That being said, I am little concerned that is a Sandler/James movie.
Sandler isn't that bad. You just have to be willing to turn your brain off.

Sandler is amazingly hit or miss for me. He can do highbrow comedy, he can do slapstick, and he can do things that strike a solid balance of the 2. A lot of his things go too far into the slapstick end for my tastes. Like Ben Stiller, he is a comedian I will wait and see what the reviews are before watching. That is a lot better than I will give Will Ferrell, whom I can't stand to see on screen.


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This seems like it will be amusing.


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Ross Byers wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Not being familiar with Puerto Rican food, I honestly have no idea what to expect from any of the dishes on your menu except the last one. I don't mind experimenting, but if I went with my friends I would not be surprised if half the conversation before ordering is about what things on the menu are.
I'm curious, are my revised versions better?

I think your Asopao sounds boring, but for some of the other items it is a big help. Most notably, Tostones being added to the title and telling me they are plantains makes me want to try them. Plantains are delicious.


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Not being familiar with Puerto Rican food, I honestly have no idea what to expect from any of the dishes on your menu except the last one. I don't mind experimenting, but if I went with my friends I would not be surprised if half the conversation before ordering is about what things on the menu are.

Your prices seem higher than I would expect for a lunch menu by $1-2 and $1-2 lower than I would expect for dinner, but that is definitely a regional thing. I expect lunch to be 7-10, with the occasional thing going up to 14, and dinner to be 12-20, with the occasion thing going to 25.

1. Churassco.
2. Because not being familiar with the menu I am going with something hard to mess up. It is hard to mess up steak, and if you do I will never return.
3. Pollo Guisado
4. Because it sounds boring.


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Gu Family Book: not an anime, but a Korean fantasy television series now on Netflix. I just blitzed through it yesterday on a sick day. Its a good combination of a love story and political drama with decent fight scenes with only the occasional wire-fu. Clearly defined good vs evil. They do a great job of developing side characters while keeping the cast manageable and interesting.
A warning for those interested, it is labeled as PG, but I think that rating is a lie. The fighting is PG, with blood almost comically missing from most fights, but they don't shy away from a number of adult themes like someone being sold into a gisaeng house (a Korean equivalent to Japanese geisha) - with the sexual implications followed through, murder of family memebers, and a few people even committing suicide on screen. The first 2 episodes are a prologue with some of the worst parts happening then, so I recommend watching them before showing to children.


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mechaPoet wrote:
Krensky wrote:

For most of mechPoet's posts, it appears to be.

See their above comment about grammar being a tool of oppression for an example.

If someone uses "they" pronouns, dismissing that by saying "you can't use 'they' as a singular pronoun, because it's not proper grammar" is oppression.

Would you like to argue that "words are just words" to excuse the use of slurs, next?

This type of dialog only makes enemies and bystanders out of potential friends, in my experience.


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mechaPoet wrote:
Malachi Silverclaw wrote:
TanithT wrote:
Why does anyone need to know my gender or treat me in gendered ways or use gendered language to describe me? The whole thing just weirds me out. I have no answers to give about my gender identity that fit into a binary, and that makes life pretty uncomfy in a world that is so intensively focused on gendering everyone and everything.

Do you think that part of it, part of it, is that humans are sexual creatures, constantly and subconsciously assessing everyone they meet to see if that person is up for it, assuming that they are attracted to that gender?

Given that most people (there are exceptions) limit themselves to one particular gender, then knowing the gender of the person you meet is crucial information when it comes to how you interact, both consciously or subconsciously.

Thoughts?

Thoughts: humans are sexual creatures, but almost no one is looking to have sex 100% of the time? When I go to work, I'm not eyeing my co-workers, most of whom are old enough to be my parents, thinking, "Hm, yeah, that's the right gender presentation, I should pursue reproduction with them."

The obsession with gendering others is, perhaps, in some small part, sexual in nature. Perhaps even born of the fact that humans reproduce sexually. However, gender is a social construction, and acts much more like a social class presented as an inherent reality. If the urge to gender people was a largely sexual one, rather than a social process we're taught to enact, then I'm guessing there would be a lot fewer children asking, "Are you a girl or a boy?" to anyone who fails to conform strictly to the socially constructed gender binary.

I have to disagree. I think it is a huge part for some people. One of the first things that goes through my head any time I meet someone is a sexual assessment of them. It doesn't matter what age or gender, though I am only personally attracted to women. I'm also constantly re-assessing people as I interact with them.

Just because people don't think about sex 100% of the time doesn't mean it doesn't interrupt their other thoughts with regularity and change their behavior.


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I know a number of people who use Ze.


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Kthulhu wrote:
Caineach wrote:
I think the most chemistry they have shown on screen is when she was jealous of him.
That was my first hint that the actress, who I don't think I've ever seen on anything before, might actually have some degree of talent. Specifically, the moment where Barry cancels something with her because of Linda, and she manages a look that just screams "Why is he not hanging on my every word?!?!?"

Yeah. I think the actress can act, but she hasn't had much to work with. She can do subtle emotions and doesn't come across as overacting like she is in a soap. The problem is that aside from Barry's crush and obsession with the Flash, she isn't being developed as a character on her own.That changed some these last few episodes.


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Aberzombie wrote:
sunbeam wrote:

I actually like Iris. She and the actor playing Barry really don't seem to have much chemistry though.

This.

I think the most chemistry they have shown on screen is when she was jealous of him.


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LazarX wrote:
Charlie Brooks wrote:

The mutant prejudice doesn't make a lot of sense in the Marvel Universe, but it is what made the X-books so popular.

Personally, I think they'd work better if they were shunted into their own universe where other supers didn't exist, but that would mean no more Wolverine publicity for the rest of Marvel's lineup.

For a good deal of their comic history, especially the early years, the X-Men were for all intents and purposes in their own universe. They had their own specific Rouge's Gallery, their own set of issues, and they hardly ever interacted with the rest of the Marvel Universe, nor it with them.

This is a major reason why I don't mind the mutants not being a part of the cinematic universe. X-men continuity broke for me when they tried to combine them.


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Considering this is coming from a culture that used to have the death penalty for going over your superior's head to report his abuses (for both the accuser and the accused),it does sound like it could be a very different cultural thing.


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Kthulhu wrote:
I've never had it, but Little Baby's Ice Cream has some really creepy commercials.

I don't know what I just watched...


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Movin wrote:

*shrug*

Well if Axe Cop can get a season on TV why not. Could be fun.

Saw an episode. It was pretty fun.


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Limeylongears wrote:

I've got beer. Ice cream can go and **** itself.

Unless knobbly bobblies are still available, in which case WHOOPEE.

The other thread just mentioned Guinness ice cream...


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thejeff wrote:
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thejeff wrote:
magnuskn wrote:
Quite honestly, you get that "OMG squicky" dynamic with every immortal character who dates someone who inevitably is younger than her/himself. So the best you can do is gloss over it, because you want those people to remain sexless for your comfort?

For me it gets a lot squickier when they're interested in people who are still pretty young by their own standards. Even if legal.

Much like the 40 year old dating the 19 year old is squicky. Legal, but squicky.

considering that my father is 20 years older than my mother and that issues of squickiness in this vein are very much a modern day taboo- one that I would even go so far as to say is a particularly virulent example of privilege- I hereby encourage Wolverine to have sex with as many willing people over the age of consent as he wishes.

Not sure how old your mother was when they met, so it might not apply. As I said, age matters less as you get older.

And back in the day when no one thought anything about old men marrying young women, the girls usually weren't given a whole lot of choice in the matter. If you want privilege, I'd say the real privilege comes with actually being able to pick your partners.

not much older than Jean was...although that might be my grandmother's disapproval talking. dad thought mom was hot, and dad was the local badass. Everything was quite consentual.

Meanwhile, my dad received s+$& for joining the welcoming committee as a junior to pick up incoming freshmen - and his old college buddies still make fun of him for it. Amusingly, he ended up with a transfer student his own age.


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Sissyl wrote:

I don't agree. If there are cases (and there are) where a 15-year-old gets thrown in prison with a serious sentence for having sex with a 14-year-old the day before her 15th birthday, you can't honestly make a case for these limits being fluid when it comes to sex.

And if they are not fluid when it comes to sex, why should they suddenly be when it comes to relationships?

EDIT: Hmmm. No need to further derail this thread. Bowing out, giving you the last word if you wish.

Yeah, but those rules and limits change with geography greatly, both in what they are and how they are prosecuted, so trying to say they are somehow static or rigid is also a fallacy.


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thejeff wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
So long as both parties WANT the relationship and are able to consent to it, I fail miserably to see the squick in it. If it's important to you that nobody has sex that would squick you out, well, you have a pretty massive job in front of you.

Bothers me less in fiction of course, unless it's being obviously done for fantasy material.

But still, even with normal, non-peudo immortals, I would be bothered by a 45 year old dating a 16 year old - even though that's legal in most places. Even if they both appear to want the relationship, there are serious maturity imbalances. In fiction, it's possible to make that work, but it would have to addressed, not just glossed over.

Since seeing this, I have always felt it is a good rule of thumb


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Personally, I think Stewart's, an upstate New York chain, makes the best hard ice cream. Their Raspberry Fudge Torte frozen yogurt is my favorite.


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MMCJawa wrote:
Gendo wrote:

Here's my take on school in general:

K - 8th grade, everyone taught same thing. In 8th grade you decide whether or not you want to go onto College.
If Yes, then you are sent to High School for 9 - 12th grade and begin College Prep and some College Courses toward the career and degree of your choosing.
If No, then you are sent to a Votech to learn a trade, have an apprenticeship, and learn life skills for 2 or 3 years. At the end of which you are ready to employed in the "real world".

This would free up money so that Colleges would not have to be tuition based.

Would require a much larger societal shift though than just restructuring the education system. How many people have decided what they want to do in life at 9th grade? And how many of those people, even if they are not really interested in college, would get the parental/peer pressure to take the college option?

I feel like a lot of kids don't really get what college really is. Even decent students can flunk out when presented with the absent of parental oversight and being placed in charge of their own education.

I don't disagree with your proposal, just think it might be difficult to apply now

Hell, I think the majority of college students change major.


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Skeld wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Ok, at the 1 minute mark there is someone who in the darkness looks like they have Wolverine claws. Any idea who it might be?

I'm going to guess that it is

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Doesn't look much like a sonic disruptor.

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Ok, at the 1 minute mark there is someone who in the darkness looks like they have Wolverine claws. Any idea who it might be?
At first I thought it was T'Challa popping claws, but replaying the trailer in super slow-motion makes the "claws" look more like some technological device. I can't make out out who is holding the device.

Yeah. Discussions in the youtube comments seem to think it is a quiver, but it looks nothing like what is in the very next scene with Hawkeye.


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Ok, at the 1 minute mark there is someone who in the darkness looks like they have Wolverine claws. Any idea who it might be?


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As for actual use of a degree from University of the People, I'm not really sure how I feel about them. I could see a lot of people with the CS degrees stuck in the same position as people graduating from ITT tech, where they are in a hard spot to get a position outside of basic tech support. Business Administration degrees are not really valuable on their own for getting you a job past administrative assistant. That being said, for someone who is on a limited budget, those jobs could very well be a solid step up.
I could also see both of these being useful for professionals looking to expand their education inexpensively. CS knowledge is becoming more important for other engineering disiplines and BAs will definitely help small business owners, even if those degrees will not lead to immediate employment.


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Coriat wrote:

Well look, if you're using a different definition of diploma mill than the rest of us, I'm not going to argue that it isn't a diploma mill by your definition. In fact if I had understood that that was the kind of debate that I was going to be drawn into I never would have entered it. I will voice a complaint that you in no way indicated prior to my discovering it that you were using a definition of 'diploma mill' so different from the commonly available one, though.

I feel mildly disgruntled that you weren't clear about any of this to start and that it's only after a page and a half of discussing all this that that it emerges, "Oh, I didn't mean it was THAT kind of diploma mill, you know, the kind indicated by ordinary usage of the phrase."

:/

Actually, until you brought it up, his definition of diploma mill was pretty much the only one I have been familiar with. University of Pheonix, DeVry, ITT Tech are more or less the standard-bearers of the title from what I understand.


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Krensky wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Krensky wrote:

Transfer of credits from one regional accredited school to another regionally accredited school is not guaranteed. Even when it's the same regional accreditor.

I've seen classes taught by the same professor at different colleges not transfer.
Out of slightly morbid curiosity, do you mean different colleges within the same institution or two different institutions?
2 different institutions. An adjunct taught the same class at 2 different colleges and the credits did not transfer.

Meh, adjuncts.

Seriously, though,.... there are a lot of (legitimate) reasons this could happen, because the courses themselves may not be equivalent. Adjuncts are often not responsible for course content (they're handed syllabi and textbooks and told to learn their lines and hit their marks) and, depending upon the institution, two identically named classes could have radically different content.

There could even be issues with course scheduling, if University of Y has a quarter system and X College has a semester system.

Some other potential problems:
History classes that cover different periods (where does "western civ" start and stop)?
World lit classes with a different focus (what do you mean "world lit" is only European at that school?)
Calculus-based vs. non-calculus-based physics, or finance
Mandatory lab vs. non-mandatory lab.

et cetera, et cetera, world without end, selah.

I've seen it for Calculus 1 and Physics 1, which people could get AP credit for but not always college transfers, and Photography, which as a 1 off art class will rarely be taught by a non-adjunct professor and is the kind of specialized field adjuncts are really for.

Not to mention 2 tenured professors from the same university can teach the same course completely differently.


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Krensky wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Krensky wrote:

Transfer of credits from one regional accredited school to another regionally accredited school is not guaranteed. Even when it's the same regional accreditor.

I've seen classes taught by the same professor at different colleges not transfer.
Out of slightly morbid curiosity, do you mean different colleges within the same institution or two different institutions?

2 different institutions. An adjunct taught the same class at 2 different colleges and the credits did not transfer.


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Coriat wrote:


If Quest comes through with the accreditation stuff, it's not even the first time in this thread I will have been wrong about something.

Here's an example of some of the problems of "national" accreditation.

Quote:


In 2001, a 23-year-old woman, Latesha Gonzalez, enrolled with Crown College in Tacoma, Wash. At the time, Crown College was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

Gonzalez was assured when she enrolled with Crown that a local, regionally accredited school, Gonzaga University, would accept Crown courses as the equivalent of its own.

But when Gonzalez later attempted to transfer her coursework from Crown to Gonzaga, she was told by Gonzaga that it would not recognize credits earned from ACCSCT-accredited colleges.

Gonzalez sued Crown in 2004, as did a number of other disgruntled students. She eventually won the suit.

Note: The ACCSCT changed its name to the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) in October 2009.

I should point out that the ACCSC is in fact, "recognized" by the Department of Education and has been since 1967. That didn't stop it from being, in the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction, fraudulent.

From UofP's own mission page, it pledges itself to "Providing educational and occupational information to guide students’ career and educational planning and to develop their understanding of the world of work"

Are they "providing" the important information for "educational planning" that this program is not regionally accredited and hence not likely to be accepted as a stepping-stone for further information? This seems to be a rather key aspect of their product, especially as they do not offer any vocational or technical programs.

And it's not like regional accreditation is a high hurdle to clear. I think there are...

Question:

Can a online university with no physical location get regional accreditation, and if so what region would it get?


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Krensky wrote:

Transfer of credits from one regional accredited school to another regionally accredited school is not guaranteed. Even when it's the same regional accreditor.

I've seen classes taught by the same professor at different colleges not transfer.


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Hama wrote:
HE'S STEALING BATMAN'S GIG

Honestly good. Not everything awesome needs to go to the most over the top superhero ever.


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Quark Blast wrote:
Coriat wrote:

Quark, "diploma mill" would typically be used to refer to an institution without accreditation or with fraudulent accreditation, which it does not seem is the case here. Similarly according to Wiki they tend to lack personnel and often not offer actual teaching (or if so, from teachers with bogus degrees from the same place). Also does not seem to be the case for this university, which, according to Google, has teaching standards and partnerships with major physical universities.

What makes you think it is a diploma mill or similar to one?

Because no one proxies the test assuring that the one who receives certification is the one who sat for the exams.

The amount of money being made limits the ability to formalize the degree earning process. Lack of formality is a hallmark of bogus degrees.

The degrees are extremely limited and "meh" degrees at that (cf BTDB's latest comment above).

That makes it Diploma Mill-esque (thx BDTB :), no?

Uh, sorry to break it to you, but it is very easy to cheat in college. A lot of professors never learn the faces of their students, especially with some students never going to classes, or professors not even showing up to exams and just letting their TAs run them. Not once did I see a professor check ids.

Not to mention colleges and universities that offer degrees entirely online.


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meatrace wrote:
Krensky wrote:

Per his war stories, when asked why you can't divide a number by zero the response he got from someone applying to teach college mathematics was "Because it would anger the Math Gods." Not "it's undefined", not "you can't take X things and divide them into no piles". "Anger the Math Gods".

I'm amazed he doesn't drink more.

To be fair, that's what my friend tells his students, and he teaches AP Calc. Math teacher humor is an acquired taste.

Yeah, to me that sounds like the standard response you would get from any math major I knew in college. Just because the guy has a sense of humor and would rather show that than answer a question that is quite frankly beneath someone applying to teach math, does not mean he is dumb.


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houstonderek wrote:
meatrace wrote:

Or just make college free here to citizens and aliens alike, then you'll massively brain drain the rest of the world as all the smart folks come here.

Germany did something similar recently and I'm sure they're working the same strategy.

Germany is also very selective about who they admit into a regular university type setting. They don't let just anybody get free college. If you don't have the academic chops you don't get to go. Period. No remedial classes for illiterates in German universities. That seems to be an American thing exclusively.

Any halfway-decent school in the US is just as selective.

I mean, sure, any old boob can get into University of Nebraska at Bumf$%#, but you'll probably get about the same level of education as a community college.

I've never heard of classes for illiterates at university though, so you'll have to elucidate me.

I've heard of them. Some colleges do remedial HS stuff. They just count towards certificates and not degrees.


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Who is floating in the background with a yellow cape?


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Readerbreeder wrote:
I'm currently working my way through The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson. Between that and Elantris, it seems that Sanderson can create magic systems like nobody's business. Is this constant throughout his writing, or does it flare up at some times and not others?
Sanderson's hallmark is rigorously defined magic systems. In fact, he coined "Sanderson's Law" of fantasy writing, which states that the ability of magic to resolve conflict is directly proportional to how well the reader understands how that magic works.
Furthermore, I'd say that the magic systems in Elantris and The Rithmastist are among his weaker ones. For the magic system that is absolutely the best, I'd check out Mistborn.

I just finished reading the Mistborn trilogy. I have been recommending to most of my friends. It is so excellent. I will need to pick up more of his stuff. I love how well he can layer things, and how no one plays idiot ball, they just get legitimately outplayed.


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A couple days ago my friends an I were discussing Gurren Lagann and came to the conclusion that the hero should have been a duck. Nothing in nature beats the male duck's spiral power.


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Set wrote:
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I personally don't like a Peggy Carter match up. There are too few episodes to waste time on this.

If they don't tie her life up with a bow in the final episode, it leaves room for future segments, such as another eight episode run next year during the Agents of SHIELD winter break.

No reason to shut all the doors, after all. She could have had many years of adventures as a founder of SHIELD before settling down, and I for one am not watching Agent Carter to find out who she plays housewife with or the exciting adventures of her learning how to cook and sew and vacuum floors.

What makes you think she would choose a man who would make her do any of those things?

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