March 30th, 2005


American Office: better than the original?

Ok, we've now seen 2 episodes. So is the American Office better than the original?

David Lidsky, somewhat ignorant (he's only seen the UK pilot), contends that it is:

Having actually seen the UK version, I maintain that while the US Office is showing potential - the 2nd episode was definitely better than the pilot - that the UK version is still far superior.


Freedom is a dangerous thing

Here are some choice quotes:

"Students who believe their professor is singling them out for “public ridicule” – for instance, when professors use the Socratic method to force students to explain their theories in class – would also be given the right to sue."


"But Baxley brushed off Gelber’s concerns. “Freedom is a dangerous thing, and you might be exposed to things you don’t want to hear,” he said."

The article is full of them, unfortunately. To sum it up, Rep. Dennis Baxley sponsored the Academic Freedom Bill of Rights (AFBoR), which is the sort of Orwellian doublespeak we're used to getting from the Republicans by now. The AFBoR basically gives students the right to sue their teachers if they feel their views/ beliefs/ etc. are not being accepted and encourages professors to teach alternative theories. In (alternative) theory, this could be good, but there are already systems in place to preserve academic and intellectual freedom, and when being asked to explain your view in class is considered punishment and is the stuff of lawsuits... well, you do the math. (And if your teacher doesn't like the way you do the math, just sue their ass.)

Let me close with a quote I actually like:
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin
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(18:42:49) him: Larry page gives you a hummer, I think
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(18:43:33) him: [friend] got a google clock
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(18:44:05) him: Yeah, I guess so
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(18:44:28) him: laser reconstructive surgery?
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(18:44:38) me: maybe botox and a gym membership