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I think it all goes back to Romney's joke about being "unemployed." Describing yourself in terms of people who are struggling to survive while raking in 10 figures is worth ridicule. Maddow may not have made this link explicit, but I think she's in line with a lot of the conversation I've seen in other places that does explicitly mention the joke.
TJ -- I don't find it hard to imagine at all, perhaps because I am such a person. Law school was a third option for me, after I realized that neither mathematics academia nor secondary teaching was my cup of tea. As you can guess, then, I was a math major. I did social science coursework in my early college years, but it happened to fall in economics, law, and cultural studies, all areas I was much more interested in at the time than government. This is putting aside the huge number of people who never considered law at all while they were in college and who only decide to go to law school ten years on, after having, say, worked in theater or finance. Lawyers self-select, certainly, and I won't venture a guess about how many do so at 18 or 20 years old vs. 25 or 30, but the number of those in the latter group is not insubstantial.
I think western blends well with a lot of other genres. Wild Wild West and the amazing TV show The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. are both steampunk westerns, though the latter perhaps a little more subtly than the former. Stephen King's Dark Tower books are fantasy-westerns. The insanely good comic book Preacher might be called a religious-epic-western. The wikipedia page for "dramedy" cites Chekhov, Ibsen, and Shaw! It seems to be a popular tone these days on TV. I think Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Californication and Entourage might all qualify for the label. Ally McBeal is another, older, one. Star Wars is arguably sci-fi-fantasy, which isn't a natural blend (advanced tech & magic require two dimensions of suspension of disbelief) even though both are shoved together in what I lovingly call The Nerd Section at the bookstore. One more: the Scream movies are the best example of the comedy/thriller (or "scary movie" -- I don't want to say "horror" because that implies to me a supernatural element) blend.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2011 on Genre Bending at The Faculty Lounge
I do it in the morning when I wake up, but that's more about, as you mention, just picking a consistent time and going with it so I can measure a realistic gain/loss over time. Anyway, I'm not sure what measure you're going for when you say "accuracy." If you want to know how your waistband will feel after a big lunch, you should weigh yourself at around 1:00 pm every day, but that's presumably not feasible. Unless you want to put a scale in your office?
I'm a little surprised you didn't mention "Awake" (NBC), which is the show I'm most excited about for the coming season. It's by Kyle Killen, whose "Lone Star" looked great for two episodes until horrible ratings killed it, and I love the "which reality is real" premise. (Everyone says it's "Inception-like", but I'm not buying that, even granted some similar themes.)
I don't think I understand how curves ensure that low-performing students are noticed. Shouldn't those students get poor grades anyway? Is the point that without a curve, grade inflation occurs and even the worst students end up with a B? (But if so, isn't the presence of a large number of B's on the transcript the signal, instead of C's?)
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