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excellent timing... one of my favorite moments of @alyankovic' show the other night. IT'S A PARTY IN THE CIA!!!!!
excellent timing... one of my favorite moments of @alyankovic' show the other night. IT'S A PARTY IN THE CIA!!!!!
about 3 hours ago
This piece by Jeff Selingo offers an upbeat, if largely accurate, profile of students who take long and winding college pathways through multiple institutions. It implies that we’re on the cusp of a brave new world in which students wil...
This piece by Jeff Selingo offers an upbeat, if largely accurate, profile of students who take long and winding college pathways through multiple institutions. It implies that we’re on the cusp of a brave new world in which students will “swirl” from here to there, compiling a customized educational experience.One person’s “swirl” is another person’s “churn.” It’s hard not to notice that the glorification of “swirl” is coming at the exact same moment that institutions are being judged by graduation rates. A student who “swirls” through four institutions on the way to a degree counts as a dropout at three of them. It’s easy to move rhetorically from “institutions bad” to “individuals good,” without noticing that those individuals need healthy and effective institutions from which to cherry-pick.Perhaps “churn” isn’t quite the right measure anymore...---Speaking of healthy and effective institutions, this piece suggests that many small New England liberal arts colleges may not be much longer for this world. I was struck, first, by the NIMBY effect shown in the poll of presidents. Apparently, private college presidents largely believe that other private colleges are facing existential threats, but that their own college will be fine. The same dynamic applies to members of Congress. Perhaps I’ll just leave it at that.More broadly, though, I can’t help but wonder about the fate of expensive but undistinguished colleges in regions with flat or declining populations of young people. Admittedly, “undistinguished” is in the eye of the beholder to some degree, and a college that may not be considered strong across the board may have a program or two in which it’s recognized as a national leader. And presidents aren’t known for admitting that their own colleges are undistinguished.But still. I understand how the elite institutions justify their cost. I understand the value proposition of affordable, high-quality public education (hi!). I understand the recruiting methods of for-profits, and I understand the role of colleges with distinctive niches, whether by religion, program, or gender. I understand, and think that many others are about to understand, the appeal of affordable and flexible competency-based education, such as at College for America at SNHU. But I really don’t understand private tuition at a nothing-special school in a program that everybody else also offers. And I can’t be the only one.---I’m in Slate! Check it out. And thanks, again, to Rebecca Schuman (@pankisseskafka) for the initial discussion.---The Boy’s schedule, this weekend:Friday night: baseball practiceSaturday morning: 5k Lego run, followed by a trip to the Lego storeSunday afternoon: baseball gameSunday night: Weird Al Yankovic concertBaseball, running, Legos, and Weird Al. That’s how we roll.
5 days ago
"If I ever meet you, I'll CTRL+ALT+DEL you!" -- Weird Al Yankovic
"If I ever meet you, I'll CTRL+ALT+DEL you!" -- Weird Al Yankovic
12 days ago
Just a quick post to share a photo I took yesterday while visiting my local Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The reason I was there was to see "Weird Al" Yankovic at his latest book signing event. Then, while waiting in line... I saw these ne...
Just a quick post to share a photo I took yesterday while visiting my local Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The reason I was there was to see "Weird Al" Yankovic at his latest book signing event. Then, while waiting in line... I saw these new BATMAN books on a bargain sales table, POW! They're only 6 bucks! Hey, in hindsight, I should have bought a few, DOH! Oh yeah, just in case you're curious about what "Weird Al" looks like today. Check this out!
12 days ago
Kaleo Wassman knows a good tune. A native Hawaiian, Wassman’s made a career out of accomplishing the impossible-Stateside Reggae. Over the past 15 years he’s been a part of several things here and there, making good to sally forth by his...
Kaleo Wassman knows a good tune. A native Hawaiian, Wassman’s made a career out of accomplishing the impossible-Stateside Reggae. Over the past 15 years he’s been a part of several things here and there, making good to sally forth by his alt rock band’s name moniker ‘Pepper’.  Lets get one thing straight before you read a word further. Record company A&R execs are full-on full of crap. They are shiesty, filthy creatures-all of whom delight in the name of the trashy veneer: Drawing slave contracts, buying cheap eye liner, and tempting German girlfriends with Mexican Tequila from Ohio. The fact that there are so many bands out there that go unregistered really says a lot about the money people looking over return, but fate is fate, and theres just not much on about the figure if theres no room for reason, so. Good news is, every now and again you get an underdog that actually makes a difference in the dry season. In which case, see SoCal 3 piece ‘Pepper’ . Pepper is a side project fashioned in the form of a full blown rock outfit. Now based in Southern California. Pepper bring their brand of “Slack Rock” Stateside, enumerating every 6 dollar die job in their path. And the music sings. Wassman’s wears his four to the floor on his sleeve, rocking the eight legged groove machines until the sun also rises. The lyrics aren’t overblown or inaccessible. Its punctual without being asinine, lucid without being infantile. All in a pretty mince mutation of early O.A.R. meets Weird Al Yankovic. Heed the good guy manifesto of debut single ‘Mess Around’, dubbed from the original unedited title of “FKARND”, burning up request lines and downloadables coast to coast since June-and deservedly so.   The remaining 11 tracks are littered with Snarky third person melodrama. There are healthy infusions of Amnesia, Vanity, and even little comedy for good telling. David Garza like nuances of  Wassman’s machismo are a welcome complement. Think of it this way: Pepper is like the sure factor slug who dedicates its life to making sure you trip over a park bench to land in front of that hot Librarian. Unfortunately its just too bad there aren’t more Summer albums being released in September. Shame. http://pepperlive.tumblr.com   Robin Kale – robinne.gilmore@gmail.com
16 days ago
RT @alyankovic: Kids today! Whatcha gonna do?
RT @alyankovic: Kids today! Whatcha gonna do?
20 days ago
Weird @AlYankovic hears a kid singing something familiar. He doesn't like it:
Weird @AlYankovic hears a kid singing something familiar. He doesn't like it:
20 days ago
Kids today! Whatcha gonna do?
Kids today! Whatcha gonna do?
21 days ago
Weird Al Yankovic in "Like a Version" 1:53 Weird Al hears something strangely familiar. He doesn't like it. Submitted by: mhoyle Regular Keywords: weird al weird al yankovic celebrity comedy music comicgen...
Weird Al Yankovic in "Like a Version" 1:53 Weird Al hears something strangely familiar. He doesn't like it. Submitted by: mhoyle Regular Keywords: weird al weird al yankovic celebrity comedy music comicgenius comic genius matt hoyle book madonna Views: 154
22 days ago
Comedian Matt Oswalt describes his brand of humor as "very dark and painful and self–deprecating and suicidal and sad and depressing. It's just a big goop of sadness." In other words, the kind of material that's well–suited f...
Comedian Matt Oswalt describes his brand of humor as "very dark and painful and self–deprecating and suicidal and sad and depressing. It's just a big goop of sadness." In other words, the kind of material that's well–suited for uber–indie comedy festivals or late–late–late night routines at grungy, basement clubs in the Valley. Or, as it turns out, YouTube. Matt OswaltFor the last two years Oswalt has defied the notion that YouTube is mainly a haven for Beliebers looking for nail art tips or teen boys in search of video game–style fantasy sequences, by accruing a devout, comedy nerd following around his off–beat comedy series Puddin.' Amongst the shows fans––and guest stars––are Robin Williams, Christopher Guest mockumentary regular Michael McKean, David Koechner, "Weird" Al Yankovic; Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter; and Patton Oswalt, who's Matt's older brother.Read Full Story
22 days ago