This Could Be A Very Painful or Unbelievable or Painfully Unbelievable 48 Minutes

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, April 27th, 2007

We’re skipping Telebears today (seriously, who does their schedule on Friday night? Go outside!), so normally I’d fill the dead air time with something like hamster eating broccoli and wiggling uncontrollably.

But your esteemed editor is going to Game 3 of Mavs-Warriors tonight. I haven’t been to a basketball game in 12 years (it was Magic-Heat, and Shaq blew them into oblivion if I recall correctly.), and next year we’ll probably make it more of a habit. I’m a Kings fan, but because I’ve been beaten into submission by the failings of Orlando, Sacramento, and Buffalo sporting teams, I’m pretty much rooting for Golden State to upset the 67-15ers. Brothers in misery, I must say.

Well let the misery start ending tonight. We know Baron Davis went kooky on Wednesday and Stephen Jackson displayed his typical insanity, but maybe this crowd will do just enough for this team to live them to 2-1. Plus Monta Ellis should get his Most Improved Player Award, just to pump the crowd up a little more. It’s going to be very very loud.

Should be one hell of a night. Hopefully. Unless Dirk starts driving to the hoop. Then it could be fuckage.

Mavericks-Warriors Preview [NBA]

(Image from DroppingDimes)

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There? Their? Or They’re? Telebears XIV–English

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, April 26th, 2007

English must be fun. Go to lecture, listen to absorbing thoughts about the most amazing texts ever written, write essays about those texts, and then have the professor/GSI knock you down because your interpretation doesn’t coincide with theirs. Must always be fun being an English major.

Here’s what the students say about their fickle profs. (Note: English reviews are long. So Telebears scheduling will take Friday off and return Monday.)

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David Halberstam, 1934-2007

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Pulitizer Prize winner David Halberstam, one of the greatest non-fiction storytellers of our generation, died yesterday when a car broadsided the vehicle in which he was a passenger. Kevin Jones, the driver and a UC Berkeley journalism student, was injured but survived.

I haven’t read too much Halberstam, but I always knew he was a giant in the world of journalism. I definitely recommend some of his best works in both the political and sports world. The Best and the Brightest on Vietnam, The Powers that Be on media, The Breaks of the Game on basketball, Playing for Keeps on MJ are just some of his more famous works. The man knew how to tell a compelling story, which is more than we can say about half the media populace.

Another great voice for America silenced. He will be missed.

David Halberstam [Wikipedia]
Author David Halberstam killed in crash near Dumbarton Bridge [San Jose Mercury News]

I’ll Really Wish I Had Majored in Econ: Telebears XIII–History

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

 

History is one of those subjects you try to avoid for the entirety of your time in school, simply because secondary school teachers like to ram into you many facts. Yes, that brutal bastard Christopher Columbus discovered American islands in 1492. Yes, Lewis and Clark teamed up with Sacagawea for the most successful threesome of all time. Yes, Japanese-Americans did not get the best possible breaks from Roosevelt. We got it the first time around; you didn’t need to hammer it into our heads each successive year until we leave high school.

Surprisingly, a lot of students end up back in history when they realize most other majors are too tough for them. History can be kinda boring to learn, but by this point in life it can be quite easy–we’ve been doing it for so long that there doesn’t seem to be many more tricks left. Here are what these cruising students have to say about their professors.

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You’ll Need More Than Hypnosis To Forget Your Grades (Telebears XII–Psychology)

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Psychologists. All they need are comfortable sofas and a notepad to do their job effectively. If you manage to make it into this field, you are so set for life. You don’t even have to be very good, just nod your head, offer some vague advice, and then move onto next patient. Pretty decent way to live.

Here are the people that will guide you into this field, and what students are saying about them. The information comes after the jump.

(Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Contribute them in the comments.)

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My Thought Bubbles Are Bigger Than Yours (Telebears XI–PEIS/Political Science)

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Just from the gentle imagery and message you see to your left, you can tell politicians are some of the sweetest, most well-intentioned people you will ever meet. Sterling leaders of our great nation with their heart in the right place, they will always try to lead America to the Promised Land. Literally; we’re almost there now.

Unfortunately for you, instead of choosing this noble road, you decided to become a political theorist. Prepare to become utterly useless to the world, just like our friend/madman Kenneth Waltz. After the jump, you can meet the professors that discovered how little their impact on the world really is.

(Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Contribute them in the comments.)

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Below the Mean (Telebears X–Statistics)

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, April 20th, 2007

To end our week, we’ve decided to show a correlation between the amount of money we will make off this site (ads are up now) and how quickly we will lose our grasp of reality, which is now tenuous at best.

Statistics people suffer from this problem all the time. See what they think of the profs who drained all the humor out of them right after the hop.

(Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Contribute them in the comments.)

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Sell Your Soul (Telebears IX–Business)

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Money. It’s how people in America judge how far off they are in the world. In order to compensate for their own lack of self-respect and self-worth, they make tons of this to provide solace and clothes to their families, only to cheat on their spouses with a stripper from Vegas Fargo a decade or so down the road.

Oh well, at least you’ll live with the face you’re becoming useful to the world while slowly but surely destroying the very possibility of happiness in your future. Here we see one daring young lad beginning the process early on, so he never understands what happiness is.

Here are what your fellow chaps say about the teachers leading you down the road to complete self-loathing. (If anyone has any idea what students mean about Robinson and Asian boys, leave it in the comments. We’re confused.)

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Dismal Science? How Come We Get Laid More? (Telebears VIII–Economics)

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

We think this graph above is as good a grasp of behaviorial economics as you need. But if you think otherwise, read on through the link to figure out which professor to learn your supply and demand from.

(Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Contribute them in the comments. Textbooks also listed after professors)

Econ 1
Kenneth Train, MW 12-1 Wheeler Aud
Principles of MacroeconomicsStudy Guide: Case Fair: Principles of MicroeconomicsStudy Guide: Case Fair: Principles of Macroeconomics
“Don’t take econ 1 if you already took a comprehensive econ course in high school like I did…very personable, constantly injects humor into his lectures, and extraordinarily organized…Class was horrible due to curve and incorrect approach to real economics…only bad thing about this class is that in my semester they curved BY SECTION. Needless to say this sucks if you are placed with very smart people.”

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Meet Your Future Zookeepers (Telebears VII-Integrative Bio)

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

The less-reputed cousin of MCB, IB majors take a great deal of pride (or is it alcohol?) in their work. Besides, who wouldn’t want to get the opportunity to work with cute little cuddly bears like our buddy Knut above? We’d ask them more about how much they enjoy their major, but we’re going to spend time ogling over pictures and video of our awesome little guy.At least you’ll get their takes on their profs.

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