I started this blog just as part of an effort to learn more about how the internet works. I wanted to see if I could develop any marketable skills too. (To an extent this worked out. I’m 54. It is amazing the number of people my age that know nothing of the ways of the internet.) I’ve used what I’ve learned here in a few different employment gigs. I’ve also used what I’ve learned here to use as a hammer in a couple of other employment gigs. (I can’t stand it when someone says that it will take a while to change the “address or phone number.” When I say just give me the password, I’ll take care of it right now, it gets attention.
Over the years I’ve touched on kitchen design as a topic. (I do still hope to someday turn this URL into a business for residential kitchen remodeling.) But I think it is kinda mean to pick on others ill advised design decisions. You never know who made the decision, the kitchen designer or the client. My standard line to people was, “I’ll gladly sell you an ugly kitchen, just don’t expect to see it on my web site.”
I’ve also, since I worked in the industry, touched on higher education. The Deuce graduates from high school this spring. So next fall I’ll have two college students in the family (the Ace is a junior in college). I think I’ll pick some of that back up. There is craziness going on at college campuses right now. But then the left is always crazy. I worry about the Deuce. I don’t want to see him get caught up in some Kafkaesque moment with the Voluntary Auxiliary Thought Police and the Social Justice Warriors that inhabit most campuses.
I’ll also touch on some kitchen design since I’m back in the business. I’m working for a Euro line now. I have the best showroom in all of Texas to work from. When I had my own place I often felt like some busker singing a cappella on the street corner. With my current gig, I feel like I’m one of the three tenors with a full orchestra behind me. It is a complete joy to be in the showroom these days. What I’ll make a lukewarm promise is to show you how to use SketchUp and Festool to make a beautiful kitchen for yourself.
Oh, I’ll still post stupid shit too. I’ll never leave that behind. I will also do my best to have a little more courage on my postings. I’ve held back for fear of offending friends and relatives that know about this blog. I’m pretty convinced now that nobody reads the thing, so it’s time to get offensive.
Steve Sailer in Taki’s Magazine from a little over a year ago:
In 2010, MIT unveiled plans to expand undergrad enrollment by six percent, which would only get it back to where it was in the 1990s.
These sorts of thing catch my attention due to the age of the Ace and Deuce. The Ivies could do wonders for this country if they would expand enrollment. It’s not just the Ivies, it’s also Rice, Stanford, Chicago and Northwestern, and on and on…
Gerard reminds us that today is the 49th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home.
He also has a great little story about a Cowboy and a Cop: Horseman Passing By. Go read it.
Since I’m home alone this afternoon, I’ll probably be listening to quite of bit of Dylan. The guy has an amazing catalog, which is almost pointless to say, I know. But I’ve found that each listen provides additional reward. I am also pleased to report that my listening has produced a Dylan fan in the Ace.
I bet she drives her college roommates crazy with listening to Dylan.
One quote from the article:
Most of them are awash in alcohol. And most if not all of them are bereft of any meaningful adult supervision.” As for the risk-management policies themselves: “They are primarily designed to take the nationals’ fingerprints off the injury and deaths, and I don’t believe that they offer any meaningful provisions.” The fraternity system, he argues, is “the largest industry in this country directly involved in the provision of alcohol to underage people.” The crisis-management plans reveal that in “the foreseeable future” there may be “the death or serious injury” of a healthy young person at a fraternity function.
I read that long, and worth the time, article. The author makes a strong case that the fraternity system is deeply flawed. She also hits pretty hard on much of the problem being alcohol. Since college students can’t drink on campus at school sponsored events (most students are under 21), they will go off campus to the parties at the frat houses. The drinking age being 21, and the whole cascade of other factors the author lists, cause the crazy fraternity situation.
The drinking age should be lowered to 18. Alcohol should be deglamorized. It should be more common and less mysterious and romantic.
It is an insane public policy that will require the Deuce to register for the draft when he turns 18, but will not allow him to legally buy a beer.
It is also insane, I’m looking at you feminists, that the Deuce has to register for the draft but the Ace gets to skate on that requirement.
Go read the whole thing: The Dark Power of Fraternities – The Atlantic.
He has a terrific rant on college debt:
So he’ll amass a gigantic debt, miss out on four or five years that could be spent honing his specific skillset, and end up exactly where he could have been, and would have been, without college. Only now he’s 28 thousand dollars in the hole and half a decade behind the curve.
RTWA: Thank God I wasn’t college material | The Matt Walsh Blog.
I’m going to start sending links to the Ace. She is contemplating transferring to a school where she would have to borrow money to finance her education. It’s a bad idea, and I keep hammering on it.
From the Dallas Morning News Sports section TV listings:
Gator Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia 11am ESPN2
Heart of Dallas Bowl: North Texas vs. UNLV 11am ESPNU
Capital One Bowl: South Carolina vs. Wisconsin noon Ch. 8
Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU noon ESPN
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Michigan State 4:00 ESPN
Fiesta Bowl: UCF vs. Baylor 7:30 ESPN
Does anyone but me spot a problem here? I can’t believe we have public, tax payer supported, institutions of higher learning with sports departments. But if we are going to have these public institutions putting on minor league football games, should we have to pay to watch them play out of town games? I don’t think this will play well with the state legislatures. Someone will complain and notice will be taken.
Out of all the schools listed above, I bet not one of them has a cash flow positive sports department. Maybe LSU. But none of the others. And I do know that Baylor is a private institution.