November 30, 2006

Taking it In at the Reunion

POST #    2323

There are times when I don't feel like being social. And after being so social on Saturday at my high school reunion, I took some time to take in the whole scene. It was fun watching people talk and catch up. Honestly, it was.

Posted by tien mao in Education, Photos at 7:40 AM



November 27, 2006

"I better be on your webpage tomorrow."

POST #    2319

I recognized less than 50% of the people at the Woolworth Tower Kitchen Saturday night at my 10 year high school reunion. It seemed like there were about 200 people crammed into the space mingling and asking the question, "what are you up to these days?" My standard answer, "you know, not much." Perfect when you haven't seen most of the people in 5 years.

I didn't take out my camera until Sue (pictured in the center and with a fun name) demanded I take her picture.

Posted by tien mao in Education, Friends/Family at 8:24 AM



September 14, 2006

Those Funny OSU Computer Dorks

POST #    2235

Because only a computer dork would go to a unix bathroom.

Posted by tien mao in Education, Travel at 7:59 AM



March 12, 2005

Dead Money Shows Signs of Life

POST #    1608

I am admittedly a pretty bad poker player. Maybe not all forms of poker, but when I play no limit hold ‘em, I'm pretty damn bad. It's that whole, good hand, bad hand, community cards thing that is taking some getting used to. Yet somehow, this past week, I actually won! Not just one hand (that was few and far between), but the whole game! Shocking, I know.

I'm not sure why I suddenly won. Perhaps it was the quick lesson that Johnny gave me a few weeks ago, or maybe it was all that poker comment SPAM I've been getting. It was probably the cards, yes the cards. Or was it the lack of cards. Hmm. Unless, it was all an elaborate ruse to get me all happy and somewhat confident so I would just play some more. Yes, that must have been it.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 4:55 PM



June 3, 2004

Defalcation ≠ Defecation

POST #    1082

Did anywone else get Merriam-Webster's word of the day and think, "Defecation is the word of the day?!?" Because that's what I thought. But apparently, it was "defalcation" and not "defecation". As you can see, the two are not close at all. Whoops!

Posted by tien mao in Education at 12:01 PM



February 3, 2004

Thank God For 113 Years of Editorial Freedom

POST #    743

So I was checking out and saw this little piece on something that happens at the University of Michigan, "The Michigan Hookup". I wanted to mention it, for it's an interesting article, but I don't want to get too crude. There is apparently a phenomenon where girls dispense oral pleasures as a method of hooking up. As an alumnus of U of M, I should get all old and curmudgeonly when seeing this article, but you have to love it when your old school newspaper covers such fine humane acts for all the world to read. I liked Janet's booby, and I like this. I guess I have a few years until I actually get to be curmudgeonly. I guess there are worse things to be known for.

- The Michigan Daily: The Down Low on The Michigan Hookup

Posted by tien mao in Education at 5:15 PM



November 26, 2003

Kids These Days

POST #    595

Cheat sheet on a water bottle? Now that's cheating.

With a day of thanks tomorrow and the NY Times, I've been reminded of high school. Okay, only because of the NY Times, I started to think about high school. In Westport, CT, at Staples High School ("Yeah, we got that") there was a big hubbub about cheating after an editorial in the school paper about cheating and after two students were caught cheating. One of the two students started a test early, while the other looked at someone else's test book. Oooh. What boring ways to cheat! Others print cheat sheets inside water bottles label (above), text message answers, or use their fancy calculators, which are all much better cheating methods in my opinion.

The reason for cheating Staples High? High expectations of the community and increased pressure for good grades. They believe that the majority of people aren't cheating to beat the system, but cheating to keep up with the system. If only a few people cheat, everyone else cheats to keep up with those people so they don't be the bad grades. I'll buy into everything stated in this article. Not that I ever cheated (it was the system, dammit!), but I would say that at a certain high school that I went to here in the city, there was some definite cheating. Despite being a public high school, pressure there was similar to that at Staples High. A lot of people were out to get those A's. I, on the other hand, was happy with my B's and above.

- NY Times article: Exposing the Cheat Sheet, With the Students' Aid

Posted by tien mao in Education at 5:29 PM



August 29, 2003

changes at michigan

POST #    330

yesterday, to abide by the supreme court's decisions on affirmative action (read original post), the university of michigan has changed their admissions policy. once in place, the changes will cost $1.5 - $2 million, which is an increase of about 33%.

president coleman says, "our fundamental values haven't changed. we believe that in order to create a dynamic learning environment for all our students, we must bring together students who are highly qualified academically and who represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences."

university provost paul courant says, "there is nothing duller than a classroom of people whose backgrounds and training are identical," in regards to diversity in higher education.

read more about the changes in the times or directly from the university.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 9:34 AM



August 19, 2003

learn to be gay at u of m

POST #    307

since 2000, the university of michigan, which happens to be my alma mater, has offered a class on how to be gay. this year, the class has come under fire again, with some hokey "family values" lobbyist campaigning against the class. the university, of course (no pun intended), has no intention of canceling. i guess that fool doesn't understand the concept of learning. you don't go to college to lead a sheltered existence, you go to expose yourself to new things. and it's not like students are forced to take the class. if they disagree with it, they can take other classes, it's that simple. that is what some people call course selection, which wouldn't happen if there weren't courses spanning a diverse range of subjects. next thing you know, this guy is going to start criticizing other areas of study too. he'll probably start with "african american social thought" or the "psychological aspects of the black experience" because we can't have any of "that kind" of learning going on either.

read the whole course description on "how to be gay: male homosexuality and initiation" here.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 10:58 AM



August 18, 2003

the end of class, the beginning of cramming...

POST #    305

tonight was my last night of GMAT class, hopefully leaving me with more knowledge than i started with. with the test 10 days away, i will now utilize all the cramming skills i learned in high school and honed in college. now if i can only find those skills...i swear they are around here somewhere.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 10:12 PM



July 19, 2003

adding to expenses

POST #    237

as if the $1249 for GMAT test prep isn't enough, the actual GMAT itself costs $225. i think my parents are paying for it, so it's all good. hmm, maybe i can cajole them into paying for the actual education part.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 10:54 PM



July 17, 2003

practice GMAT

POST #    231

so apparently my english is pretty good and my math isn't as good as i thought. my arithmetic is horrible and i have issues with data sufficiency. on the plus side, i'm good with quantitative word problems. verbally, i am a critical reasoning whiz, am surprisingly capable at comprehending reading passages (despite my claims of a.d.d), but i can't correct sentences worth crap.

i guess kaplan will help (they better for $1250). i think the major issue was math that i've never seen or haven't seen in ages. i mean, negative exponents? i don't remember those existing.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 10:41 PM



July 15, 2003

$1249 down the drain

POST #    221

i just threw down a cool $1249 on some gmat classes with kaplan. thankfully, it isn't my money, but my parents' money. gotta love how asian parents want their children to be successful. "S-U-C-C-E-E-S. that's they way you spell success." i'm going to be the bestest student ever.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 5:50 PM



June 24, 2003


POST #    20

so it's pretty big in the news, but there was a huge supreme court decision yesterday on affirmative action. you can read my alma mater's statement on the decision here.

Posted by tien mao in Education at 11:45 AM


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