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July 29, 2016

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Kyle

I've put a token of esteem in your tip jar. Keep up the good work.

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Ping.

Mike

"Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics's American Time Use Survey from 2003–2014, full-time college students average 1.18 hours in class per day and 1.53 hours studying for a total of 19.3 hours per week. By contrast, they spend 31 hours a week on socializing and recreation."

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/239947/

Mike

Oops. Wrong thread.

Mike

* hits tip jar, runs away*

David

* hits tip jar, runs away*

[ Shakes fist. ]

Ooh, what’s this?

[ Rubs money on nipples. Stares into middle distance. ]

...

What was I saying?

R. Sherman

I paid to not see the nipples, thanks.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Ping

Daniel Ream

I paid to not see the nipples, thanks.

I'll see your tip and raise you three quid.

Damn Yankee

[ Rubs money on nipples. Stares into middle distance. ]

[ Falls about laughing. ]

That's worth an infusion of filthy lucre. Here, have some.

David

That’s worth an infusion of filthy lucre. Here, have some.

May your bathroom tissue never lose its structural integrity at an inopportune moment. Even if it’s single-ply and heavily discounted.

Lurker #4023

Tipped.

David

Oh my word.

Joan

Snort!

Also, tipped.

John D

That's disturbing.

Tip jar hit.

Fred the Fourth

Good thing I just switched my Amazon link to go through here. I'm gonna need another case, at least, of Brain Bleach, after seeing that image.

sk60

That's disturbing.

Somewhere a slash fiction forum is on fire.

Fred the Fourth

"full-time college students average 1.18 hours in class per day and 1.53 hours studying for a total of 19.3 hours per week."
Lessee...
UC Berkeley, c. 1978.
Typical second year schedule:
- Physics, 3 hr/week + 1 hr tutorial + 2 hr lab
- French, 3 hr/wk
- Math 3 hr/wk + 1 hr tutorial
- Chem 3 hr/wk + 1 hr tutorial + 3 hr lab.
20 hours classes/wk.
Study time estimate 18 hr/wk
Total 38 hr/wk
Fourth year:
- Computer Science 3 hr/wk + 1 hr tutorial
-- CS Teaching assistancy 5 hr/wk
- Math, 3 hr/wk + 1 hr tutorial
- Philosophy 2 hr/wk + 1 hr tutorial
- CPU Hardware design 3 hr/wk + 1 hr tutorial
20 hr/wk
Study time estimate 21 hr/wk
Total 41 hr/wk
And I'm sure those study times are all serious underestimates.
(In 1975, I think the requirements for a 4-year Physics degree from the UCB College of Letters and Science still included 4 years of a foreign language, one of (IIRC) German, Russian, French, or Chinese, PLUS for advanced degrees demonstrated competence in a second foreign language. PLUS all of the other L&S breadth requirements: History, English, etc.)
Gee, one would not have had time for the mandatory Diversity On Campus class. How Sad.

Jeff Wood

An Amazon.it link might produce a faint income stream...

Ian

"…and the comments are where much of the good stuff nightmare fuel is waiting to be found."

David

nightmare fuel

I think what tips it over the edge is the look of glee on Sam Neill’s face.

Fred the Fourth

Y'all are missing the point, here.
The Special Sanctions Committee (bis) has, up to now, failed to advance any workable technique, nay, not even a good theory, on how to restrain and/or subdue certain leading members here. (No names, of course, but the initials are David Thompson.)
Now, as if by divine revelation, we have a solution. A PROVEN, DEMONSTRATED solution.
Drinks are on me!
(signed)
Fred the Fourth, SSC(bis) third asst. vice provost (acting)

PiperPaul

Hey, look, Fred 4 is revolting!

Fred the Fourth

No drinks for PiperPaul.

SumDumGuy

Hey, look, Fred 4 is revolting!

That's not a very nice thing to say...

me

A pittance comes your way. Thanks for the ice cream.

svh

I think what tips it over the edge is the look of glee on Sam Neill’s face.

He's found a giant Jeff Goldblum. Of course he's happy.

Andrew

the reheated series is a pretty good place to start.

Been reading the academia stuff for over an hour. I keep sending links to my kids, who start uni this year. Have a drink or two on me.

David

I keep sending links to my kids, who start uni this year. Have a drink or two on me.

Thanks. And likewise to all who’ve chipped in so far, or subscribed, or done shopping via the Amazon links. It’s much appreciated and makes a big difference to how much time I can spend poking through the Guardian and gassing with you lot.

Meanwhile, in whip-cracking news.

Rafi

Tweet of the day?

https://twitter.com/Holbornlolz/status/759297013842403328

McN

Been reading the academia stuff for over an hour. I keep sending links to my kids, who start uni this year.

My son sends them to me. :-)

Tip jar hit.

bverwey

That barn scene was worth the visit and a hit on the tip button although I have to say I prefer blonds myself ;)

Kerry

De-lurking just to tickle the tip jar and say a long-overdue thanks!

Fred the Fourth

Re: Reheated
David, perhaps as a service to the frailer among us, you could recommend a maximum daily dosage of such material.
After only a half hour, I found myself having painful flashbacks to my UC Berkeley years, when I had to contend with e.g. a girlfriend / fellow engineering student with 2 kids and 2 jobs, vs. a friend of a friend, studying some poetry-related thing while simultaneously bragging about how easy it was to get state $ for his deliberately fabricated "mental disability", while I was living in a hovel in the prostitute-and-liquor-store district and spending down a tiny loan my ex-boss had given me because he hoped I'd come back to work for him after my degree.
It's bad for my blood pressure. So I'm going to look at cat pictures for a while. (Now, THERE'S concrete value in art.)

Liz

He's found a giant Jeff Goldblum. Of course he's happy.

Nearly choked laughing. :-)

Your tip jar has been hit, David. Thanks for hours of fun.

PiperPaul

"living in a hovel in the prostitute-and-liquor-store district"

That's not considered 'services and shops located conveniently nearby'?

Fred the Fourth

Piper: Ha! I see it clearly now. Perception IS reality, amiright?

T

*de-lurks*
*hits tip jar*
*lurks*

David

And then there’s this.

Via Damian.

Fred the Fourth

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Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...while I was living in a hovel in the prostitute-and-liquor-store district...

OK, the hovel part doesn't sound good, but the location sounds like it had distinct advantages.

Hal

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Ehn, more animated gifs, with photoshopping for that first one . . .

---It's David's update of the Flower Sermon.

[a]

Thanks for some good reads on long commutes, David. Love monetised.

witwoud

Money is the root of all evil ... enjoy!

Sam

Guardian versus self-awareness.

https://twitter.com/Daniel_Sugarman/status/759810914199613441

David

Guardian versus self-awareness.

Heh. But this will happen if you regard your leftist politics as a way to signal some imagined moral elevation and personal status. It leads to contortions like this. Those who won’t play that game, or who disagree, or point out errors, tend to be framed as callous, selfish or simply evil, and often in colourful ways. As when theatrical luminary Jonathan Miller sneered at his non-leftwing inferiors, with their patriotism and suburbia and their “commuter idiocy,” likening them to “typhoid.” While expecting the people he was insulting to go on handing over their taxes to fund his theatre projects.

To the extent that modern leftism is an exercise in self-flattery and social positioning, which is to say, an affectation, the need to signal contempt is pretty much baked in.

John D

Tim Worstall:

"The Labour Party is in fact the drippingly right on middle classes deciding what would be good for the hoi polloi. The membership among the AB classes is higher than their representation in the population - and lower among the working classes. Not that anyone who both reads The Guardian and has also talked to an actual working class person would be unaware of this difference."

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/young-owen-meets-the-democratic-problem

Em

Romantic dinner, anyone?

https://twitter.com/kidd_kong78/status/759862715615588353

David

Romantic dinner, anyone?

Oh dear. Is it dinner and a show?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Something didn't go to plan.

Regarding the women-only lounge at the student union of Michigan State University, apparently the plan is to reopen it as a gender neutral facility.

Whining ensures:

“Now our lounge, the only room on campus where women could relax and just be around other women, is being taken away.”

Oh well.

David

We can’t allow you to talk on campus about the importance of free speech because we’re worried that our students will try to assault you.

I’m paraphrasing, of course. But only just.

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We can’t allow you to talk on campus about the importance of free speech because we’re worried that our students will try to assault you.

First they came for Milo...

David

First they came for Milo...

And bear in mind the above is arguably the more flattering construal of their position. The obvious alternative being that the university administrators are every bit as dogmatic and intolerant as the students – the ones who by implication will pose a threat to a speaker’s safety.

Captain Nemo

Romantic dinner, anyone?

I think I see a crack in the glass...

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

The obvious alternative being that the university administrators are every bit as dogmatic and intolerant as the students...

That, alas, is not the alternative that is the default. Any other position is a freak of nature.

Fred the Fourth

NPR this morning was interviewing a panel of "experts" on the problem of (mostly) white rural poverty. Much was said about class and race and keeping communities from becoming wastelands (because of evil capitalists, natch.)
However, what struck me was the subtext that some serious government and societal programs were needed to help with the problem. I immediately wondered "Gee, are these the same sorts of programs that have been so successful at solving the problems of poor urban (mostly) blacks in the US?"
Modern definition of terror: The crawling sense that somewhere, a government and an NGO are turning their helpful intentions in your direction.

Fred the Fourth

Of course, the not-so-subtext was "why do those benighted rural whites persist in voting against their class interests?" i.e. the whole "What's Wrong With Kansas?" thing all over again.

Spiny Norman

Fred,

The left is always complaining that conservatives want to return to 1950 (or whatever mid-20th century time period they think is "nightmarish"), yet they appear to assume an imagined rigid class society of 1850 still exists today.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Fred,

Out of curiosity, and because I live in a (mostly) white rural area in South Flyoverlandia, how did they define "white rural", and "poverty" ? One of the things I have marveled at is the often flakiness of of leftist definitions, one of my favorites being "food desert" defined as being X miles form a decent supermarket. By that metric, some of the folks in my neck of the woods fit that definition (and the nearest supermarket is in a - gasp - WalMart) though they are surrounded by chicken, cattle, and other farms.

OTOH, if they are talking about Appalachia, the poverty there is largely a result of government intervention, particularly in the coal mining areas.

Trevor

... food desert ...

I've not heard of those for a few years. According to Guardianista folklore these phenomena blighted the inner city and its impoverished denizens, causing all manner of physical, social and psychic trauma. As far as I could make out, it signified an area where it was necessary to walk past half-a-dozen grocery stores (usually Indian- or Pakistani-owned, selling fresh food cheaply) in order to reach a fried-chicken establishment.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Romantic dinner, anyone?

For some reason, that made me think of the movie The Ritz.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

You've probably all read this since it's from The Guardian but I didn't see it posted:

OMG! My partner voted for Brexit!

WTP

OTOH, if they are talking about Appalachia, the poverty there is largely a result of government intervention, particularly in the coal mining areas.

Well in areas further south in Appalachia, where I have some experience with the poverty and such there, it seems to be far more driven by laziness, drunkeness, meth, and out of wedlock births than anything we can blame the government for.

WTP

Also...a tuppance for you and the monkey. Hope to resume more substantial Guild of Evil, LLC dues when that damn ship finally shows up.

dicentra

Read about Appalachia here, by Kevin Williamson at NRO: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367903/white-ghetto-kevin-d-williamson

Most conservatives see welfare abuse not in the inner cities (where we don't live) but in rural areas, where we do.

So, you know, RAAAAACIST!

far more driven by laziness, drunkeness, meth, and out of wedlock births than anything we can blame the government for.

Gubmint welfare enables that behavior. People don't starve to death if they make bad decisions, so bad decisions will be made. QED

Fred the Fourth

Farnsworth, sorry, I didn't catch the first part of the show. If you are really curious, there's probably a podcast or similar on their website.
Meth was mentioned, as was the phenomenon of Appalachian poor moving to cities in clusters, forming "hillbilly ghettos".there was a lot of talk about "wastelands" which seemed to mean a non-urban area which had once been dominated by 1 or 2 factories but which was now broke because the factories had shut down. the "rust belt" was mentioned. Really, I think by "rural" they meant "not NYC or Silicon Valley or Dallas or NOLA or LA or Chicago or a college town".

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Fred - thnx - Really, I think by "rural" they meant "not NYC or Silicon Valley or Dallas or NOLA or LA or Chicago or a college town". I kind of figured that was where they were going.

Meanwhile...

Nazis Are Bad, and the SJW Political Spectrum Chart.

Spiny Norman

Oleg Atbashian might be the best thing the US ever imported from the former Soviet Union. ;-)

Spiny Norman

Oh, yeah and... PING.

Spiny Norman

I immediately wondered "Gee, are these the same sorts of programs that have been so successful at solving the problems of poor urban (mostly) blacks in the US?"

Speaking of same, the jolly fellows of "Black Lives Matter" have now presented a list of their demands.

Their wish list of "free shit" is quite extensive, as is a big section on "reparations", including a "lifetime minimum income." Somehow, they managed to miss demanding the location of the Big Rock Candy Mountain. An oversight that will be corrected, I'm sure.

Neil

Great blog. Tipped accordingly.

Joe

Small donation from a big fan. Keep it up.

Nikw211

A small token of appreciation left in an envelope tucked behind the ornament on the mantel.

H

Coin inserted.

W

*hits tip jar*
*waits for nipple-rubbing*

Hedgehog

Ok, ok. This thing has now appeared for a while and has finally worn down my resistance, so a token of esteem is on its way. And given that my unit of account is the US dollar and the pound has weakened since Brexit, I feel like I'm getting more for my contribution. No doubt many other market participants are getting the same boost, thus improving Great Britain's current account and putting paid to the overwrought concerns about the consequences of the British electorate's bloody-mindedness. Well done.

David

This thing has now appeared for a while and has finally worn down my resistance,

[ Strokes white cat, smiles cruelly. ]

Simen Thoresen

I've added my coin. Please ensure that it is spent on quality wine and chocolate.

-S

David

Again, thanks to all who’ve chipped in, subscribed or done shopping via the Amazon links and widget. It’s much appreciated.

GV

Been reading this blog since 2010. Tip jar finally hit. Better late than never. :-)

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