Saturday, November 18, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Panda the Gunner
I'm sleeping at school again tonight. People think I'm super studious and am always staying overnight to study. They call me a silent red hot because I never outwardly worry about my grades, yet I lock myself indoors outlining on my computer all night.
In reality, I'm just here chatting online and browsing the Internet. I do what I would normally do at home, except there is no TV here, so I get tiny bit more work done. And the couches are comfortable here.
The number one perk of being a law student is that people presume you are studying simply because you are typing away furiously. The only thing I need to watch out for is not physically react when I get funny IMs from my friends. Indeed.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Taiwanese People Dissatisfied with Colleges
Mou Tsung-tsan (
牟宗燦), director of the university, said that the public feels that colleges nowadays are low quality, due to the surging number of schools established in recent years.
"With so many colleges around, the quality of education plummets and there is a lack of competition among schools," Mou said. "This is bad for our country's future, because with globalization we need positive competition among schools."
The poll indicated that 42.34 percent of the public would like their children to remain in Taiwan for college, while 36.31 percent wanted to send their children to US or European colleges, Mou said.
Survey results also showed that most think the biggest problems college students face are their own laziness and lack of motivation, Mou added.
Mou said that the university has been carrying out new education plans with the Ministry of Education budget and hopes to address the problem from the beginning.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Social Psychology of 2004 U.S. Election
American Roulette: The Effect of Reminders of Death on Support for George W. Bush in the 2004 Presidential Election
An experiment was conducted to assess the effect of a subtle reminder of death on voting intentions for the 2004 U.S. presidential election. On the basis of terror management theory and previous research, we hypothesized that a mortality salience induction would increase support for President George W. Bush and decrease support for Senator John Kerry. In late September 2004, following a mortality salience or control induction, registered voters were asked which candidate they intended to vote for. In accord with predictions, Senator John Kerry received substantially more votes than George Bush in the control condition, but Bush was favored over Kerry following a reminder of death, suggesting that President Bush’s re-election may have been facilitated by nonconscious concerns about mortality in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
Lies in a Time of Threat: Betrayal Blindness and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election
Exit polls from the 2004 U.S. presidential election indicated overwhelming support for President Bush among voters who said they valued honesty, even though the Bush administration had been sharply criticized for deceiving the public, especially concerning the reasons for invading Iraq. A psychological theory recently developed to help explain memory loss in trauma survivors sheds light on this paradox. Betrayal Trauma Theory (Freyd, 1996) states that memory impairment is greatest when a victim is dependent on the perpetrator. The theory also predicts who will be “blind” to signs of deception—those who are emotionally or financially dependent on the person who is lying. Although every American is dependent on the U.S. President to some extent, religious conservatives may be more psychologically dependent than others. Because they believe their core values are under attack, they depend on powerful leaders such as President Bush to defend these values. This psychological dependence may make it difficult for them to notice the administration’s deceptions.
Taipei 101 Causing Earthquakes?
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Racist E-Card. Argh!
SFO Installing Message Screens for the Deaf
Read the full article.
Passengers with hearing disabilities will be able to read public-address announcements on dozens of large video screens at San Francisco International Airport in the coming months under terms of a lawsuit settlement announced Wednesday.
"We're hoping SFO is going to be a model for other airports to follow,'' said Kevin Knestrick, an attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, an Oakland nonprofit that claimed in a lawsuit filed in 2002 that the airport was not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The key part of the settlement requires SFO to install 80 visual paging monitors in the airport. Large plasma screens will display text messages duplicating announcements made over the airport's public-address system. The text announcements will scroll on the screen so that travelers can view recent messages, including pages and emergency messages.
Pandora - Very Cool Music Site
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
UC Berkeley Enrollment Numbers
Straight Asian Man Magazine?
I am intrigued by what SAM stands for. I couldn't find anything about this on their website, but the first thing that crossed my mind was Straight Asian Man. The website seems to only show half-naked women, so that might make sense.
Or it can just be named after the publisher/editor, Samuel Choae (an AsianWeek article on Choae).
I emailed them with this question...hopefully I'll get a response. If anybody knows the answer, please let me know.
University Law Amended in Taiwan
It is now awaiting President Chen Shui-bian's signature to be official.
I think this is great. Greater autonomy, accountability, and access is always good. I don't necessarily think a non-Taiwanese president would be better for Taiwanese universities, but presumptuous and discriminatory requirements like this must be abolished.
Read the full article.
High School Fines Students for Cursing
The tickets accuse students of creating a public disturbance and require them to appear in Superior Court. No one has yet paid the fine, which some students and parents say is excessive, especially for students from low-income families. Hartford educators said the fine was intended to be a financial burden. "If it was $25, maybe they would pay and curse just the same," Ms. Gordon said.
Modern Day M. Butterfly?
Is Cheng, in fact, a man?