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June 21st, 2002


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06:26 pm - Carleton
vermonster asserted, after a couple of days here, that we have had very different college experiences. I can not, now, disagree. On the location, I had heard it was:


  • 40 minutes from Minneapolis
  • Mostly flat, some rolling hills
  • A pretty, well equipped Campus
  • In the middle of nowhere


I can not disagree with any of these facts. I wish I had had a chance to check out their tunnel system -- a system designed around the snow-bound campus, which had been accessible in my father's day, but no more. Or so they say. Apparently it is well-painted.

I'd kind of like to see the campus in the snow, now.

Otherwise, I did not get much of a chance to see Minneapolis. Went in for dinner... Uptown? Felt like the Mission... with some of my sister's roommates. Good Thai restaurant. I think I want to learn Thai, and I don't know why.

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From:ex_trurl
Date:June 21st, 2002 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Learn Thai cooking? I thought you already knew some? There was this great article on a guy that decided to go into the cheese business in the Globe. Sometimes I wonder whether I should get into more real profession.

How does one define "well equipped"?
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From:daemonv
Date:June 22nd, 2002 08:04 am (UTC)
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No. The Thai language. And yes, cooking school still draws... as I was discussing with bucy at dinner, neither of us would like to be in the same kind of position we are now in 10 years. Cooking might be different.
From:ex_trurl
Date:June 22nd, 2002 09:56 am (UTC)
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Ahh. Yeah. I should learn some languages, but I am not sure how I will get enough practice speaking them. I can certainly practice reading easily enough.

I can see you cooking in ten years. I don't know what I can possibly imagine Bucy doing in ten years.
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From:daemonv
Date:June 22nd, 2002 08:09 am (UTC)
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Oh, and well equipped means it was obvious that the college spends its money on making the undergraduates happy (things like a recreation center that is at least as well stocked -- plus augmented with a climbing wall, indoor tennis and track -- than the UC... for a school that's an order of magnitude smaller). Things like that. All new clusters of P4s and G4s (though naturally their infrastructure is no comparision). Etc. They are not a research university, just an undergraduate college.

It appeared that most, if not all, of their biologists are classical. They have an astronomy lab (with telescope), and geology department. CMU's last semi-classical biologist was the former Dean...
From:ex_trurl
Date:June 22nd, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
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Ahh. Yeah, well, when you don't have to spend money on research facilities, you gotta put that huge tuition fee to work somewhere :-)

I would have to say that I have yet to see a university where the computing infrastructure comes close to CMU.

What makes a biologist classical?
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From:daemonv
Date:June 24th, 2002 07:05 pm (UTC)
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In contrast to molecular. Entymologist: classical; Geneticist: molecular.

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