I saw a fancy fold-out ad on the inside front cover of November 2013 Vanity Fair magazine. It’s an ad for the 2014 Acura MDX. It has problems.
The ad reads, “With 99.9993% of the body reimagined to be stronger, lighter and faster.”
First problem, it’s not a sentence it’s only a dependent clause. But let’s look past that.
Second and vastly more important problem: 99.9993%?? Do they have any idea how high a percentage that is? No they do not.
They are saying that 0.0007% of the body was not “reimagined”. If the body weighs 1,000 pounds, then the “unreimagined” portion of the body weighs 0.007 pounds, approximately one tenth of one ounce. That is the weight of a single sheet of paper! The only unreimagined part of the body is the magazine ad we’re looking at. Ooph!
I for one welcome our new semiliterate MBA overlords.
I saw this billboard on BART.
The headline makes no sense whatsoever.
In case you’re wondering: advanced degrees don’t inspire advancement. One might argue that advanced degrees are advancement or that they help the advancement of the person with the degree. But no one would ever say, “After getting my MBA, I was inspired to advance in my profession.”
I just mailed off the applications for 2 of the 3 schools I’m applying to. This is the culmination of 2 full years of work. If I’m accepted, I’ll have another 2 1/2 years of school before receiving a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
This is the second time I’ve sent applications. This time my application is much stronger:
* I have completed all of the prerequisite courses
* I raised my “last 60 units” GPA from 3.67 to 3.87
* I raised my GRE score to include a 4.5 on the writing: 160 Verbal, 150 Math, 4.5 Writing. (previous attempt was 161, 156, 4.0)
* Starting at having 100 hours at a private pediatric clinic, I added another 78 in a (hardcore) non-public school for non-verbal autistic kids
* My Personal Essay kicks ass! Thank you Megan, Alexis, Bean, and Tami for writing help!
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA
Almost Done: (not due for 4 months)
Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
I joined Megan on a diet called Vitaliti. It’s got great fundamentals. It doesn’t feel like a diet. I’ve lost weigh, gained muscle, feel great, look great, and don’t feel like I’m being starved at all. The fancy Tanita TBF-300A scale at the weigh-ins says that over the last 4 weeks I’ve lost 5 pounds of fat and gained 3 pounds of “fat free mass”, most of which is water. All this has been happening during a very stressful (and binge-worthy) time in my life, applying to grad school. What keeps it working so well? I get to eat food like this!
Almond crusted tilapia with spicy southwest roasted kabocha squash and baby peas
I’m more impressed that Megan helped me get to a place where I made this dish from scratch — on my own — for no other reason that it tastes good, gives me energy and is filling.
What, you might ask, do I get to eat for the rest of my day? Plenty! I am not hungry on this diet at all. I’ll tell you about it sometime!
But now, back to writing my Personal Statement for my application to grad school!
I felt a tiny earthquake just a minute ago at 1:08am. Maybe a 2.9. It felt like the whole room shook east-west a tiny bit like 3 times. Like a big truck on the street below had jammed on it’s brakes a couple times and wiggled the whole neighborhood.
Ha! I got the magnitude right!
USGS says it was a 3.2 with an epicenter between Berkeley and Concord!
My friend Ben is running a Kickstarter to do a run of totally awesome custom belt buckles and bottle openers. Get some!
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