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Thoughts on the pursuit of happiness in America.http://thehouseilivein.me/2010/05/19/gross-domestic-what-part-1/ Thoughts on the... more
US News and World Report ranked the top 100 high schools in the United States.
The highest rated school in the nation, was Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. The school offers courses in DNA science, neurology, and quantum physics.
That's pretty impressive. I'm sure all of these students will attend incredible universities. And for this, I feel so sorry for all of the graduate student instructors, who will teach their freshman sections.
Students who come from great high schools, end up being the cockiest. I know from personal experience. I went to an excellent humanities magnet school (though not good enough for this list.) We studied and embraced socialism, postmodernity, and the philosophy of aesthetics. We were thus, very well prepared to bullshit the hell out of first-year TAs.
I 'd throw around words like hegemony and poststucturalism, even though I didn't actually understand them. I'd talk about Foucault and Sartre, despite only reading several paragraphs of their writing. I was very good at convincing these instructors that I understood what I was talking about.
Since TAs don't expect much from freshmen, they reward them heavily for throwing around buzzwords.
As I learned more my head grew. I became overly confident with my intellect. I attribute my high school experience to my current levels of pretension, elitism, and narcissism.
So before you consider sending your kids to an excellent school like the International Academy of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan or KIPP Houston High School, think the about the effects this might have on your kids later in life.
Because as the bard once wrote:
"Nobody likes it when homeboys be gloating 'bout their high schools."US News and World Report ranked the top 100 high schools in the United States. The... more
SEE is a short documentary that presents the growing phenomenon of surveillance through the performance art of Raul Gschrey, a young German artist who is aware of the increasing number of CCTV cameras in his hometown Frankfurt.
The film takes a look at Frankfurt’s streets and public spaces, which are under intensive surveillance, as Raul artistically attempts to communicate with the people who operate the cameras through monitoring systems. He engages in question-and-answer antics to investigate the cameras’ use. Is there anyone watching? Do CCTV cameras provide a feeling of security or are they perceived as an uninvited, intrusive observer?
For Raul, the CCTV camera offers a stage on which people can change roles: from passive observed persons to self-empowered individuals who take active part in an interaction with them. He successfully manages to raise people’s awareness of surveillance, visual monitoring and encourages the public to behave actively and self-consciously using his techniques.
SEE echoes the Orwellian alarm of a despotic regime that continuously monitors its citizens and tries to exercise thought control. This is the nightmare view of the delightfully dastardly tomorrow that, according to many sociologists, has already started.
Produced and Directed by Apostolos Gaitanis
Editing by Chris Tsatsanis
Music by DATURAH
Many thanks to Bernd Metz, Jesse Karjalainen and Miguel Samothrakis
Copyright Apostolos Gaitanis 2009
The Valley of Eordea (in English), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI0fLqmxXbY
Citizen Journalism (in Greek), http://tvxs.gr/node/41148SEE is a short documentary that presents the growing phenomenon of surveillance... more
On this day (7th January) in 1851, French thinker, and all-round clever clogs, Léon Foucault experimented with a 5-kilogram pendulum, hanging from a 2-metre cable, to prove our planet was spinning, and we along with it.
Scientists had been trying for two centuries to prove the earth was moving underneath us all, by measuring the path of falling objects, but it took Foucault's pendulum to actually prove the theory right.
As Wired.com puts it; that day, 158 years ago, the Earth definitely moved for Foucault. Sweet :)On this day (7th January) in 1851, French thinker, and all-round clever clogs,... more