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    Loric got a reaction from klcrawfo in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    Actually in English you talk about Shakespeare in the present tense because you're discussing an active analysis of the text and the relationship between the reader and the attempt to convey meaning. Which really is a bit silly because Shakespeare wrote plays.. or rather, his plays weren't even written down at first. They were simply performed. Later they were scribbled down.. so the manner of conveyance (which dictates the meaning) is often entirely left out of literary analysis of his work. Bad lit major, bad bad lit majors! *newspaper across nose* Stop trying to make theater into literature!
     
    And it was said by a character in a play.. it's not Shakespeare's voice, his opinion, etc.. Just so we're clear.
     
    But why bring this trivial difference of opinion up? Because it illustrates that different fields, departments, etc.. have different ways of seeing things. A lit department would probably be fine with such statements, but anyone who has studied Shakespeare as theater academically is not going to let that slide. The stripping down of scripts into mere words on a page is a sore point for most theater practitioners. It's generally seen as the murder of an artform and a contributing factor in the decline of public performance.
     
    So be careful of even your most innocuous statements.. though the OP would likely not be happy in a theater program who believed such things. Thus a rejection would be a favor, despite the desire for acceptance.
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    Loric got a reaction from norellehannah in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    I'm going to hastily generalize that whatever involvement you thought you had in theatre was trivial, laughable, and at best superficial.
     
    And in contrast if you'd like to go check out the books I've written from your school's library I can PM you the ISBN's.
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    Loric got a reaction from trolleyproblem in Non-philosophy applicants stubbornly advising philosophy applicants...   
    You aren't accepted anywhere - so neither are you "qualified."
     
    I have been admitted to a graduate program - multiple in fact. You have not. So you have no right to sit there and say I have no clue about academia while you claim to know everything, as someone who has not been admitted anywhere ever.
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    Loric got a reaction from trolleyproblem in What is the Upper Bound for Number of PhD Programs to Apply To?   
    So what you're saying is that you're upset you were possibly given bad advice on how to get into a program that you readily admit serves no purpose..?
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    Loric got a reaction from trolleyproblem in What is the Upper Bound for Number of PhD Programs to Apply To?   
    If the 300 people applying were, even a majority thereof, actually qualified to do higher level meaningful work wouldn't there be positions and programs to support them?
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    Loric got a reaction from DangerDave in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    I'm going to hastily generalize that whatever involvement you thought you had in theatre was trivial, laughable, and at best superficial.
     
    And in contrast if you'd like to go check out the books I've written from your school's library I can PM you the ISBN's.
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    Loric got a reaction from historygeek in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    I'll hand you tubes of paint.
     
    Now go on, tell me how you know ALL ABOUT Picasso and Monet and Manet.
     
    C'mon, from the tubes of paint. Or better yet, an account of seeing their paintings in a museum from several centuries ago that tries to explain the experience to you. C'mon, tell me how you're an expert.
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    Loric got a reaction from historygeek in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    The Kings Men wrote/published the first folio. Otherwise all there was were the foul papers which were used to produce the cue scripting.
     
    What you read today as "Shakespeare" in literature is a complete fabrication. No such written thing existed when the plays were performed.. and they were created to be performed. Acting as if the literary analysis divorced from the performance has any validity is just academic masturbation.
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    Loric got a reaction from historygeek in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    Actually in English you talk about Shakespeare in the present tense because you're discussing an active analysis of the text and the relationship between the reader and the attempt to convey meaning. Which really is a bit silly because Shakespeare wrote plays.. or rather, his plays weren't even written down at first. They were simply performed. Later they were scribbled down.. so the manner of conveyance (which dictates the meaning) is often entirely left out of literary analysis of his work. Bad lit major, bad bad lit majors! *newspaper across nose* Stop trying to make theater into literature!
     
    And it was said by a character in a play.. it's not Shakespeare's voice, his opinion, etc.. Just so we're clear.
     
    But why bring this trivial difference of opinion up? Because it illustrates that different fields, departments, etc.. have different ways of seeing things. A lit department would probably be fine with such statements, but anyone who has studied Shakespeare as theater academically is not going to let that slide. The stripping down of scripts into mere words on a page is a sore point for most theater practitioners. It's generally seen as the murder of an artform and a contributing factor in the decline of public performance.
     
    So be careful of even your most innocuous statements.. though the OP would likely not be happy in a theater program who believed such things. Thus a rejection would be a favor, despite the desire for acceptance.
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    Loric got a reaction from bchem_ala in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    Actually in English you talk about Shakespeare in the present tense because you're discussing an active analysis of the text and the relationship between the reader and the attempt to convey meaning. Which really is a bit silly because Shakespeare wrote plays.. or rather, his plays weren't even written down at first. They were simply performed. Later they were scribbled down.. so the manner of conveyance (which dictates the meaning) is often entirely left out of literary analysis of his work. Bad lit major, bad bad lit majors! *newspaper across nose* Stop trying to make theater into literature!
     
    And it was said by a character in a play.. it's not Shakespeare's voice, his opinion, etc.. Just so we're clear.
     
    But why bring this trivial difference of opinion up? Because it illustrates that different fields, departments, etc.. have different ways of seeing things. A lit department would probably be fine with such statements, but anyone who has studied Shakespeare as theater academically is not going to let that slide. The stripping down of scripts into mere words on a page is a sore point for most theater practitioners. It's generally seen as the murder of an artform and a contributing factor in the decline of public performance.
     
    So be careful of even your most innocuous statements.. though the OP would likely not be happy in a theater program who believed such things. Thus a rejection would be a favor, despite the desire for acceptance.
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    Loric got a reaction from Coaster in The sub-3.0 GPAs ACCEPTANCE thread   
    Just a note about SOP - it only helps if they read it. It can be one of the last things they do, if at all, at some programs.
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    Loric got a reaction from plainblacktights in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    The Kings Men wrote/published the first folio. Otherwise all there was were the foul papers which were used to produce the cue scripting.
     
    What you read today as "Shakespeare" in literature is a complete fabrication. No such written thing existed when the plays were performed.. and they were created to be performed. Acting as if the literary analysis divorced from the performance has any validity is just academic masturbation.
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    Loric got a reaction from Bayesian1701 in Sharing a hotel room with significant other   
    Anywhere that puts me up with someone else without telling me explicitly first gets me walking out the door, them paying for it, and me talking shit about them to every person I can find.
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    Loric got a reaction from Bayesian1701 in 1/3 making a mistake when entering grad school?   
    I just find it fascinating that people are so "hardcore" emotional and involve themselves so deeply in something they have a roughly 50/50 shot of not finishing.
     
    Think of all the people who post as if getting into a graduate program is "the most vital" step in their lives. Half those people are either making a mistake, or the school made a mistake in choosing them.
     
    I certainly think they should modify the admissions processes to cultivate completion. Survey those who complete and use those as the "standard" for admission. Also survey those who don't complete.. and use that profile as a "red flag" when doing admissions.
     
    I'm assuming there's norms in background, experience, gpa, etc.. between the two groups. You'd have to actually study it to know for sure. I have this suspicion that a lot of the higher-end of the GPA/scores people are the ones more likely to drop out.
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    Loric got a reaction from Tuesday04449 in MFA 2014 All Art ADMISSIONS freak-out forum!!!!!!!!   
    Photoshop uses DPI and PPI interchangeably. If you use photoshop's image settings to change the DPI to 72 from 300 it will shrink your image canvas size.

    And Jaques I'm sooooo sorry you might need to read a caption to understand an image when judging media that is not 2d. Your life must be so hard. I'm so sorry people expect you to do all functions of your job with diligence rather than skimping over the parts you don't like or find unpleasant. I mean, it's not like someone's future is at stake if you gloss over things and make incorrect assumptions.

    Funnily enough I suspect glossing over things, coming to erroneous conclusions, and yet still being treated like you deserve a cookie for the "good" you've done is not at all a foreign concept to you.
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    Loric got a reaction from catsareme in Sharing a hotel room with significant other   
    Anywhere that puts me up with someone else without telling me explicitly first gets me walking out the door, them paying for it, and me talking shit about them to every person I can find.
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    Loric got a reaction from Bayesian1701 in Oh god, please help/judge me (UC Berkeley Personal Statement)   
    I'm starting to think no one actually knows why everyone wants to get into Berkeley other than "it's the thing to do."
     
    Just a thought.. if you cant easily articulate why you want to attend.. you dont stand much of a chance writing it out in your PS/SOP/etc.
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    Loric got a reaction from Carly Rae Jepsen in Getting a Pet in Grad School   
    I think a dog is a bad idea - I remember days where I didn't remember to eat or didn't go home from 5am to 2am the next morning. You can't leave a dog alone for that long, or at least it's not exactly kosher. A cat would be fine as long as you feed them or, better yet, get one of those autofeeders.
     
    The pet I really reccomend for grad students is a Marimo.
     
    See how long it takes you to kill it. Then consider if you really can take care of a cat or dog while attending to your studies.
     
    I would request that if anything you not get a pet in your first semester. Wait.
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    Loric got a reaction from historygeek in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    Ugh.. Just stop talking until you take a theater history class or at least google it.
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    Loric got a reaction from maybelostinschool in Some Advice on Writing an SOP   
    Ugh.. Just stop talking until you take a theater history class or at least google it.
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    Loric got a reaction from shoupista in which major has the smartest students?   
    Well, if it's going to be a bag of nails, might as well bludgeon those who are against me with it, no?
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    Loric got a reaction from shoupista in which major has the smartest students?   
    Are most people really under 130?

    I could be way off - I barely remember my GRE scores and only know vague details of my old SAT and such... But I'm fairly certain my IQ is " officially" in the 140's. That can't be the top 5% can it? I dunno. I thought it went up to like 160 or 180, no?
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    Loric got a reaction from deactivated in Oh god, please help/judge me (UC Berkeley Personal Statement)   
    I keep seeing this topic and my mind is just a bit baffled..
     
    What is it about Berkeley that's so compelling?
     
    My primary letter-of-rec writer got his PhD from Berkeley. I mean, he's brilliant and really was a great professor.. but people seem to be very enamoured with the school. What's up with that?
     
    (Edit: There appears to be more e's in Burh-kel-lee than I had originally assumed.)
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    Loric got a reaction from deactivated in Oh god, please help/judge me (UC Berkeley Personal Statement)   
    I'm starting to think no one actually knows why everyone wants to get into Berkeley other than "it's the thing to do."
     
    Just a thought.. if you cant easily articulate why you want to attend.. you dont stand much of a chance writing it out in your PS/SOP/etc.
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    Loric got a reaction from deactivated in Oh god, please help/judge me (UC Berkeley Personal Statement)   
    You assume those who have done it before are willing to discuss the matter. Sometimes the elite clubs want to stay that way. Everest is ripe with teams who have tried to sabotage each other. Not to mention the locals have gotten plenty of press lately for endangering and threatening the lives of climbers who weren't willing to pay their blackmail/ransom.
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