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(Theo Eftimiades) Permanent link

 Mannnnnn, so many peeple hatin’ on MSee. 

Cha cha, Haterz, step off!
If yhu engage urself, Msee is a very fun funn place mabee.
I do things like go to my blog class and do these blogs and other things like watch  Over people as they walk by me; they cannot see me when I hyde in the booshes.


I have funnnnn to go to MSEE!

They say “go to school!” I say “I am at school, SILLY!” haha!
Now who looks at who????????????
Yea me! You betch’a!
that’s always when I run, with my new sandwich, to the booshes, where I hide.
have you ever seen me?
haha, probably not!
If you’re the police who always finds me, finding is NOT the same as catching!! Haha!
I alternate to cigarettes sometimes, when I am not in the booshes.
Tobacco free? Yeah, maybe…
I wear the Advocate as a big newspaper hat.

okay okay, if you want to hate on Msee, go away. We don’t want you!
MC is good because it provides a quality education at a great budget price.
Why go to Party City when the dollar store has the same streamers!
When Harvard said “hey, get outta da booshes; come over here, lemme show you.” I said “HEY, how can you see me?” haha, I kid. What I really said is “no.”
you know why?
well
Harvard costs more money
And so, maybe I got ot Harvard later, maybe not.
My point is the point htat you should Notttt be sooo mean to MC.
MC helps more people than you!!!!
MC taught me to put DOWN the video game controller, and pick up control of my life!
You get it? A play on words! I figured those out in a book from the liberyy called hop on my pop

Don’t be a stinkbug, Cheer for Mc!
Sad n’ sully is all you B!
We are the world, you should say
not the world revolves around ME!
Leed a happie cheer!
not a cheer for less education, more beer!

RateMyProfessors.Blog

(Theo Eftimiades) Permanent link

 Emma O’Hara here, helping you to pick out your classes for next semester!


For second semester Freshmanzz, picking your classes is especially hard: Regardless of how effectively you used student/teacher testimony and RateMyProf, you probably ended up with a mix in the quality of the classes you took. Sowwy wittle fweshmanz. 

I’ve gone through that same gauntlet, I’ve taken some good and some bad classes; I’d like to do my part to help you to avoid another mediocre semester, being that you’re my audience, the reason I blog, and because I’m in love with you.

While I do feel I am qualified to identify some of the weaker classes I took, so you don’t end up taking them, I haven’t yet taken a teacher at MC who’s had their heart in the wrong place; I cant sit here and fry good people, when I am no highly-trained, battle scarred, adventure-hardened, force-wielding teacher rater-extraordinaire, anyway.
When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all” and “don’t pee on the floor in the corner of the house; that’s what the dog does.”
I’ve taken both of these messages to heart.

K, so here ya go—my must-take class list:


HS-113—19th century Utopias—John Riedl
There is more depth to this class than any class I’ve ever taken. There’s so much information and background to the topic of Utopias, you learn a lot. There’s also a lot of work, I should add. You do a group project where you and a few others design a Utopia; that’s a lot of fun. It’s the only group project I’ve ever done where doing the project is fun, so people actually do their work.
John Riedl, the prof., is a very personable and knowledgeable. His lectures are lively, interesting, and funny; he runs the kind of class that gets you out of bed in the morning.
You’ll walk away from this class not only understating the Utopian movement, but also a lot more about American Culture. Every utopian effort is tied in with intellectual currents, celebrities, and/or crazies of the time. If National Enquirer, the Economist, and Time Magazine teamed up 200 years ago, you’d get the sort of information you learn in this class. If you’re an American History fan, this is 100% a class to take; I wasn’t, and I still loved it and took a lot from it.

PS-241—Aram Hessami—Western Political Thought
This class traces the evolution of Western Poli. Thinking, from Plato to Karl Marx. Hessami tries to illustrate how every philosopher’s works were affected by his environment and how they changed that environment, which he does a good job of. What the best part of this class is, though, is Hessami’s ability to foster the capacity for critical thought in his students.  If you intend on pursuing a career or are majoring in anything that rewards logic and critical thought, take this class.
Aram Hessami is the kind of professor whose quality isn’t accurately quantified by RatemyProfessors.com. That site compiles ratings of a teacher’s ease, helpfulness, clarity, and the rater’s interest (what does that even mean? Interest in what? The class? Interest in the teacher? Like, sexually?) and gives you an overall rating. Hessami is NOT easy, tends not to meet struggling students on a level they understand, dooming him in terms of helpfulness, and, while Hessami does explain things methodically, he delves deep into topics, making what he says seem unclear if you cant follow. I loved his class, though. Hessami boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of the content, influences, and implications of Philosopher’s works. You learn so much about how classic philosophers have viewed the world, which is really perspective changing, because Hessami has so much knowledge that he makes available to you.


BI-105- Evironmental Biology (W. Lab)—Sharon Ward
I am not, nor was I ever, planning to be a Bio major. I took this class because a science w. a lab was required. Content-wise, this course offers a sufficient survey of an impressive number of fields: you’ll learn about the processes that perpetuate nature, the environmental problems we’re facing today, and about the politics behind support for or against environmental change; the course has a whole lot of politics in it. One of the things that sets this class apart from every other one I’ve taken is the field trips. Most of the field trips are for extra credit, minus one or two, which are required, and all of them are fun. She does a good job of finding interesting, topic-related events for students to attend; it can be as much of a course in DC’s Green-culture as it is Biology.
The teacher is what really makes this class memorable, though.  Professor Ward is a concerned teacher and a really nice person. I say “concerned” because she badly wants her teaching to be effective for every student and she’ll work with you if you’re not understanding something; she’ll work with you until you get it completely.
In addition, unlike the other two courses I’ve suggested you take, this is an easy class. Do the assigned reading, which never gets too heavy, and pay attention to the lectures, and you’ll get an A. Easy does NOT mean invaluable, though. If you take advantage of the depth this course offers, you’ll get a lot more out of this class than a kid who does the minimum of what he/she has to get an A.

PL-201--INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY—Robert White
Okay, so I’m getting tired of writing so much; trim down time; I have other stuff to do. You learn a little about a LOT in this class. More than give you a understanding of the history of philosophy, which he does an okay job of, he knows a lot about contemporary philosophy, which he shares knowledge of with the class. The text he uses is very dense, so you probably wont end up reading what he wants you to read. If you do manage to read the text, you get VERY interesting lectures alongside a background of the history of philosophy. If not, you’re going to just attend a bunch of interesting lectures.
Professor White is a great guy. He loves when people come by to chat with him in the office. He’s a great thinker and would be willing to chat with you about any intuition or idea you’ve ever had, but never really been able to discuss. I will note that he’s pretty disorganized, which is apparent from his occasional repeating of theories he’s already discussed.
All three of you who go to MC and have read this much already are probably more interested in learning than getting a good grade, but I should note that this is the easiest class I’ve taken at MC. It’s like listening to an interesting lecture every class period, rather than the traditional exchange of written work for more information that will go into your next piece of written work. There’s two or three graded assignments, all of which you can find ways to get the grade up for.

EN102—TECH OF RDNG & WRTG II—Ruth Dalton
I cant say enough about this teacher. Professor Dalton is so knowledgeable about everything and SO kind. Professor Dalton is like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother; that is seriously the only equivalent I can think of, which says strange things about me. If the nicest woman in the world went to the best school in the world, and then had 40 years experience with the best job in the world, that woman would be professor Dalton’s clone.
You walk out of Professor Dalton’s classes with your head hurting, having learned so much, so quickly. She condenses SO much information into night sessions. Unfortunately, Professor Dalton is SUPER BUSY, and so she teaches only one class, and it’s a night class…If SOMEHOW you’re looking for a EN102 class at night, do yourself a favor and take professor Dalton.



SO-206—Sociology of Personality—Dan Wilson
I am really tired, so this one’s gonna be short.
This class fleshes out a very way of looking at interaction between people that’s very applicable in life. The way you look at people interacting around you changes after you’ve been in this class. I walked away from this class with a different perspective on the way I carry myself, act around other people, and how other people react to me. Some of the insights you gain from this class click right in with your own experiences and resonate with you. The class combines Powerpoint lectures and videos in a way that the class is never boring. 

If Comedy is Dead, Austin Powers is the Embalming Fluld

(Theo Eftimiades) Permanent link

First of all, generic complaint about work, or exams, or something else I don’t like.

Helen is my girlfriend's name; she will never read this.

More importantly, when I was a kid, I <3’d Leslie Nielsen’s movies. Actually, to be frank (Drebin,) I actually only watched a few of his movies; a lot of them are rated R, so I couldn’t get my squirrely little paws on them.  The movies I did watch made a HUGE impression on me. Director and Writer David Zucker’s combination of clever word play and situational comedy was fresh and well-executed. Going back to Naked Gun now, I notice two things:

One, a lot of the situational comedy seems tame by modern standards.

Two, the word-play comedy in this movie is something isn’t a part of modern movies.

I’m too lazy to write about number one, sorry.
Here’s some funny clips to make you feel better:

 

  
  

 

 

 

Thinking about number two, though-- Look at the clips I have above and consider what about them makes them funny: A walk off is just the weirdest, somehow-sensical way to determine who the better model is; it’s funny because it’s ridiculous.  The Anchorman Fight Scene is just as crazy. The weapons used are so out of place and the prospect of news crews battling is so outlandish that it’s funny.

These clips, and most of modern comedy, get lauhgs because of the innovation in situational comedy.  Comedy nowadays has an obsession with the comedy of the situation and how just outrageous that can get…

The word joke is rare in comedy nowadays. A lot of the biggest recent comedies (Superbad, the Hangover, Napoleon Dynamite, Borat, Wedding Crashers, Knocked Up) are complete Sit-Coms; these movies are not clever.

                Cleverness and wit are dead, as dominant cinematic comedy forms. If not dead alltogether, they exist only in supplementary to the sit com. Anyone familiar with Leslie Nielsen movies or a Mel Brooks-directed movies knows that there is a balance between the comedy of the situation and the wit behind the jokes. 

  

                I think there’s been one great mainstream deviation from the sit-com-centric comedy scene, and that’s Austin Powers; that movie had a great balance of clever jokes and comedic situations Austin worked himself into. You’d also think, considering that movies are made with the goal of making money, that Austin Powers’ Box office success would have translated to more movies in its like being made; that never happened. Apparently movie execs don’t agree, because Austin Powers ended up being nothing more than a hilarious deviation from the sit-com norm.   

  

The comedy Leslie Nielsen, through David Zucker, and Mel Brooks championed is underground now. In the theater’s you’ll catch little snippets of it, but as the balancing ying to the yang that is the sit-com, it’s just not what movie execs put out anymore.

Here's some of what I think are the best jokes from David Zucker's Naked Gun:
(Youtube doesnt have many great clips, but it had a few)

       
     

FINALLY, for all Leslie Nielsen or Naked Gun fans, I found this compliation of extended scenes from the first movie. Alot of them are great scenes that I really think shouldnt have been taken out. Anyways, here dey are:

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Response to B.Sullie

(Theo Eftimiades) Permanent link

 B.Sully, oh B Sully, you’ve inspired me to write me own “O, you go to MC” story. I, like Ms. Sullivan, attended a private school. Being that the price tag on these schools is something to the affect of 20k-a-year, you don’t often see students attending community colleges after, unless the student didn’t have the academics to get into school.

I, myself, was a mediocre student in high-school, but I did get into schools. My parents fell upon financial hardship, and I couldn’t afford any of the universities I got into out of high school; and so I find myself at MC. I’ve done as well as any student can do at MC, but I’m still looked down upon by friends and acquaintances for going to a college with a 100% admissions rate.

I can walk away from MC knowing that the entire way I consider the world, my style of writing, any my perspective towards work has changed SO much; I know I’m getting a great education.
Others look at me graduating MC as if I’ve somehow managed to BS my way through classes, limping along the entire time, and that I’ve now gotten into a school that accepts everyone anyways.

When I go back to visit my High School teachers, they’re uninterested in me because I go to MC:
“So, theo, still at MC?”
“Yea, but I’m going to Maryland next semester”
“Oh, okay. So, (other visiting college student,) how’s school going for you? What kind of classes are you taking? You liking it there?”

To be fair,
I was not a great academic in high-school.
Like, I wrote similarly to a kindergartener pre-MC.
Here is an excerpt from my College essay:

I have attended a small school for the entirety of my high school life. Before i came to my high school i attended a public middle school. i was certainly a minnow in the pond during middle school…I am confident enough in the person that i have become to take the criticism and doubt i get in trying new things. I am a growing person and the things that will be open to me in Marylands highly valued diverse community will be like a playground to me.”

I mean, this isn’t awful, but my punctuation is pretty bad, my little sister probably understands correct capitalization better than I did, and I referred to myself as being in a “minnow in the pond.” I don’t know what kind of idiot I took the admissions officers at UMD to be, but I have been a human my whole life.

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