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Day 4 of Project 1

Day 4


I’m Blue Da Ba Da Ba Ba Dee


November 14, 2010 Posted by | projects | , | Leave a comment

Day 3 of Project 1

Day 3


November 13, 2010 Posted by | projects | , | Leave a comment

Day 2 of Project 1

Here’s day two:


November 12, 2010 Posted by | projects | , | Leave a comment

Intelligence verses Knowledge

Ever wonder what the difference really is between knowledge and intelligence?  While we go to college supposedly to gain both, I believe that one is more of a guarantee than the other.  I believe that one causes the other.

I believe that knowledge is simply a state of having or not having, while intelligence is something more abstract.  Intelligence is an ability, something that is multidimensional and able to grow, almost like a seed grows into a tree.  Knowledge of a subject does not necessarily translate into intelligence; knowledge will simply allow you to state things that are, while intelligence will allow you to go beyond the here and now and make actual inferences, create new knowledge from your own abilities.  Intelligence enables knowledge.

Learning is a process of transferring knowledge, however that transfer will only occur to the degree of intelligence that you possess.  To a certain extent, if you are less intelligent, then you will absorb less, because there is less capacity to facilitate the knowledge transfer.  If you can’t play around with something that you learn in your head, then you won’t have a chance to actually learn it.  It’s the same process as practicing.  Someone can tell you how to drive a stick shift, explain the process, and point out what a clutch and shifter is, which is a transfer of knowledge.  However, if you don’t actually mess around and try it, which is your intellect kicking in and is the process of you using your abilities to take that knowledge and make it your own, then you won’t be able to drive a stick shift.

Follow me?

The ACT is a measure of not only how much knowledge you possess, but more importantly, a measure of how well your intellect can apply and manipulate that knowledge.  The more critically and abstractly you can think, the more knowledge you will have picked up in your life, and the more knowledge you will pick up.

This debate happened as I was showering today, when I thought to myself that I can’t identify, off the top of my head, one particular area that I am extremely knowledgable in.  I can’t ramble off random facts about ionic bonds, T testing and Z testing equations, or the GDPs of the top 10 richest countries by memory.  However, I do consider myself to be a decent learner, and a better abstract thinker, someone who is able to look beyond the here and now and consider what could be.  Yet that requires a level of knowledge, which starts a sort of strange cycle in my mind, where I could go on for days and days wondering and contemplating and reaching further levels of deep thought…

I also believe that it takes less intellect and more knowledge to create a new product, whereas the opposite is true for creating a new service.  Care to debate that fact?

November 11, 2010 Posted by | musings | , , , | Leave a comment

Day 1 of Project 1

Here is day number one of my miniproject to wear a different color every day.  No particular reason, just for fun; I wanted to do something unique, something that people don’t normally do.  Maybe I’ll do something new next week.


I was pretty excited.


November 11, 2010 Posted by | projects | , , | Leave a comment

Broad 2009 Graduate Statistics

Interested in seeing what semi recent, 2009 graduates from MSU’s Broad College of Business are up to?

Check this link out and download the PDF document.

Having just taken a quick look through the document, I want to point out a couple of facts:

60% of graduates are employed, and only 12% are unemployed.  25% are continuing education, 1% are starting their own business, and 2% are unsure of plans?  I’d sure like to know what that means.

Surprisingly, finance had the most graduates with 1,352, followed by accounting with 1,086, followed by a close 3rd marketing with 929.

The highest starting salary ($51,303) belongs to Supply chain management as well as the highest signing bonus ($4,153).  Marketing received the lowest ($44,539) starting salary and the third lowest signing bonus ($3,853).

Should I have been a supply chain management major?

To answer that question, I think back to supply chain management 303…  Bixby Cooper…  I knew from that moment that it just wasn’t meant to be.

I’m sorry Professor Cooper, but the biggest teaching you taught me was that supply chain management puts me to sleep.

November 11, 2010 Posted by | statistics | , , | Leave a comment

“Dead Drops” – Random flash drives in random buildings

Dead Drops, is project started by Berlin, Germany artist, Aram Bartholl.  Aram’s project involves sticking USB flash drives into walls, buildings, etc. all over New York, where people can access them with their laptops and view the files, data, pictures, music, and so on that other people have left and even leave their own contributions.  The flash drives come standard with a read me file that explains the dead drops project.

I like the unique factor of this artist’s project, and applaud him for trying to bring something trust-based and creative into a world that seems to be dominated by misgivings, crime, and strife.  I question his location for the project – NYC, though.  Sure, NYC is a very artsy, underground city, but there are also a lot more people who would be likely to harm the project, by nature of the city’s giant population.  I would have chosen a college town, myself.

Anyone down for starting up an East Lansing Dead Drops?

Current NYC ‘Dead Drops’ Locations:
87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

Info Source


Aarm Bartholl‘s site

November 10, 2010 Posted by | Inspiration | , , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook now covered under US “Freedom of Speech”

This just in: Facebook material has just been voted in, by a “federal agency,” to the realm of protected articles under freedom of speech.  This includes negatively phrased posts, statuses, etc, and criticisms.

This Mashable article details an incident involving an employee who used her own computer and time to put a disgruntled post on Facebook regarding her employer, whereupon several other coworkers joined and voiced their opinions.  The employee was terminated by her employer, however the National Labor Relations Board declared that firing the employee was a violation of labor relation laws that allow employees to talk about things such as wages and workplace conditions.

This obviously doesn’t include every instance or posting, but is, in my opinion, a step towards making online communities more American, freedom-friendly venues.  When you need to get something off your chest, shouldn’t you be able to do it via your virtual voice channels if you so see fit?  I see the answer as a clear yes.  They are, after all, an online extension of the social interactions that take place in person every day.

On the flip side, the internet is written in pen, not ink (great quote from the Social Network- go see it!!) and though something may not be illegal, an online action still usually carries some form of consequence.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Social Network

What a movie.  What a movie indeed.  The Social Network gets a 9/10 from me.  Since I can’t think of one movie that I would give a 10/10 to, the Social Network has done damn good by me.

The opening scene is one of intellectual conversation led with masterful flourish by the lead actor, Jessie Eisenberg.  After seeing the entire movie, I don’t think that anyone could have put on a  better performance than Jessie.  Oscar anyone?  And funny fact, he’s 27.  I never would have guessed.  Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the movie, but it takes place in the present and past simultaneously as the story of the founding and subsequent explosive expansion of Facebook (previously named thefacebook).  Overall, quite a legendary movie, in my humble opinion.

Here’s what IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes had to say.

IMDB has it rated at 8.4/10, which is pretty respectable rating from the internet movie database, and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97%, which is excellent no matter who you are.

My advice?  See the Social Network, and then buy it when it comes out on DVD.  I know I plan to see it once more in theaters and then buying it the first day it comes out.

November 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Time. Is. Infinite. You can’t run out of it.

It never ceases to irk me when people use the excuse, “I don’t have time.”  Although the idea behind the statement may align itself with some measure of truth, or more specifically credibility, it is incorrect to say, “I don’t have any time.”

Yes you do.

Allow me to offer my humble explanation.  It’s quite simple, really.

There are 60 minutes in an hour.  There are 24 hours in a day.  There are 7 days in a week.  There are 52 weeks in a year.  That’s 524,160 minutes in a year.  How can you stand there and tell someone that you, “don’t have time?”  That is absolutely false; you can find enough time for whatever it is that you want to do, that is no problem because time is infinite, just like the energizer bunny.

However, when we take a deeper look at the motivation to say that you don’t have any time, we can get down to the nitty gritty.  When people say, “I don’t have time,” what they really mean is, “I don’t have time for you.” Yes.

Sure, you may have to go pick up your cousin from the airport, take a midterm in two days, work from 5 PM until 4 AM, go to class from 8 AM until 3 PM, et cetera et cetera, but since when are you physically unable to break any of those obligations?  Sure, you may be morally, contractually, ethically, or otherwise bound to carry out whatever other tasks you have planned, but plans are never written in stone.  They can and do change as your evaluations of what you want to do change.

Remember when you skipped class to go to Starbucks with that high school hottie, Claire?  Yep.  So you did have time on that one occasion, which means that you do have time on this next occasion; you just don’t want to rearrange things again.

Remember when you told your family, “I don’t have time,” when they asked if you could come home the next weekend to take care of the family pets?  Guess again; you did have time, you just didn’t deem the act of taking care of the pets more important, or in other words, worth your time than that party you went to, or even to study in the comfort of the Law Library.

You can be “busy” or “not willing to break existing plans/intentions,” but not literally out of time.  Even, “Sorry, I’ve got shit to do,” would convey something more to me than “I don’t have time,” does.

To wrap this little rant up:

Nobody really doesn’t have “time” to do things; we all have 24 hours in a day, even Barack Obama does.  We just don’t “want” to rearrange whatever pre-existing plans we had to accommodate whatever new plans or intentions that come up. And that’s what I have to say about that.

Next week: Correct comma usage.

November 7, 2010 Posted by | opinion | Leave a comment