February 29, 2004

Sunday Updates

All right, so I haven't posted since Thursday. I needed a break from blogging. I don't know if I'll be back to a regular schedule before the end of the week, but we'll see.

Until then, I'll post a few completely random updates just because I can.

First of all, college is still hard. Can someone please explain to me why I was able to pull off a B+ average in 11th grade "Pre-calculus and Trigonometry," but I can barely pass a test for "Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts" in college? I think I'm getting dumber from reading Democratic Underground too much.

I'm also having a slight problem with housing for next year. I was assigned a really high number (which is bad because low numbers get first choice), and I have to deal with the fact that I can't fill any rooms because I don't have any friends. Stupid social skills...

Life isn't completely f'ed up, fortunately. I have been working more on Infiltrating the Liberal Mediaâ„¢. Again, I'm not really infiltrating much right now. I'm basically just working with 'em to make sure I have connections when the real opportunities arise.

I'm actually going to be in a sketch for the next episode of "Syracuse Live." The sketch is about a "rock, paper, scissors" tournament, and it's actually pretty funny. In one of the segments, we did the RPS version of the Nancy Kerrigan thingy. I play a guy who was hired to smash a girl's hands so she can't play. Heh. It's funnier when you see it (I'll link to it once it's online).

(side note: if my roommate keeps talking on his cell phone when I'm trying to write, I'm going to hurt him. I don't know why you should care, but still...)

In other ITLM news, I am starting to see the liberal element of it. At the meeting this afternoon, our producer informed us that we need to recruit more minorities for the staff (all but 2 of the SU Live members are white). Someone suggested that we go to a party hosted by a black fraternity and try to get people interested. So, in case you were wondering, college sketch comedy shows DO use affirmative action. At least they're trying to.

Also, in one of the sketches for the next show, the basic premise is that one of the hosts (who is Catholic) is mad at the other host (who is Jewish) because he saw "The Passion of the Christ" and thinks the Jewish guy killed Jesus. The sketch somehow progresses to a sequence where the Jewish guy fights Jesus and takes his power or something.

However, the guy who was originally going to play Jesus actually saw the movie, and now he doesn't know if it's appropriate. The producer also saw it, and she told us it was one of the goriest things she's ever seen. Sounds like a great idea to spoof, morons.

I'm also trying to come up with some ideas of my own. I'm thinking that a sketch called "Idiot Quiz" would be funny. It's a trivia show, but the point is to give the dumbest answers imaginable while still sounding like you answered the question. So, for example, if the question is, "What is 2+2?" You could say "7" and get a point, or you could say "the square root of thirteenty-billion and negative six," and you'd get more.

However, if you said "two giraffes and a bagel," you'd lose points because you obviously didn't listen to the question. Since this is college, I came up with some more...uh...well, "mature" answers as well. Nothing too weird, but still...I may just write a sketch where the character I came up with is on a normal game show, but he keeps giving stranger and stranger answers.

Again, it's college humor, not my usual style (I have a sick mind most of the time). I've got three specific jokes in mind. I don't think they're appropriate for this particular blog, but let me know if you want to hear (read?) them.

I also think a sketch about the gay marriage thing would be funny (I want to have a guy trying to marry a toaster), but I don't know if I want to pitch that for a college show. Maybe I'll just write it for the blog and stick to more generally funny topics for the TV show.

So, that's what's happening now. To summarize: College math is dumb, housing is hard, I'm in a sketch where I smash a girl's hands with a (plastic) club, HillTV is trying to implement affirmative action, and I'm trying to write more PG-13 and/or R-rated humor just because I can.

More political stuff later (not necessarily today).

Posted by CD on February 29, 2004 05:06 PM
Semi-Intelligent Comments

Actually, the point of college math classes is for professors, or disgruntled TAs to make simple concepts exponentially more complicated than necessary. This leaves the student pounding his head into the desk, and the instructor confirming their feeling of superiority. The student's frustration increases when compounded with an instructor who speaks in incoherent 'English'.

Posted by: Katherine at March 1, 2004 01:17 AM

Heh. That makes sense. It's actually the TA who has problems with English. The professor just has a rather...interesting style of seemingly improvising most of his lessons. It's like he's teaching himself the material while he teaches us.

Is it any wonder the average grade on the last test was 59 percent?

Posted by: CD at March 1, 2004 01:29 AM

Syracuse - that explains it. The prof who taught probability and statistics in the business school (pardon me, School of Management Science) retired and was probably replaced by somebody who spends the lecture period speaking at the blackboard in an indecipherable language. Of course, it helps to be out of the military, 10 years older than your classmates, and serious about the course. Married is good, too - I got an "A"

Posted by: Mark at March 3, 2004 03:53 PM
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