Lion of the Blogosphere

Too old to write about college

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Commenters said I am too old to write about college admissions, I should write about old-people stuff, which I guess would be things like over-55 communities, the best dentures, where to get a good early-bird special, etc.

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Is it true that the early bird special is dying?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

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  1. People saying that were wrong. Was Tom Wolfe too old to write Charlotte Simmons?

    My only point was that it’s not productive thinking — for Lion or anyone else — to live with regret about lost opportunities from not going to the best college and starting on the best career track. Going to a directional state school does not doom you to being a peasant. And if you are a peasant, there are many sources of satisfaction in life besides career.

    Wency

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • “Was Tom Wolfe too old to write Charlotte Simmons?”

      Some people actually do earnestly think that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Wolfe didn’t really noticed social medial and internet there . But he saw the social Awokening. That Universities values is rapper culture : muscle, sex, money, lazyness, anti-intellectualism, ruling the place. He saw what Eallis hadn’t seen.

        And it’s all the more important that Universities are the greatest Status giver in society and they shape the media discourse on what is important and right or wrong.

        Attacking and mocking the liberal temple has he did was really a salubrity work. That’s why the critics were quite mean …

        Probably to understand the values in society that are pushed into the first line, Steve Sailer is the real master . But a great piece of fiction stands forever.

        Bruno

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

    • I agree that going to a state school doesn’t doom one to being a peasant. However, I disagree that older people shouldn’t concern themselves with university issues. Parents with high school children should definitely be on top of these things.

      I also agree that there are many sources of satisfaction besides career. I’ve been at odds with the “self-actualization through career” stuff since the beginning. The primary purpose of career, business, etc is to make money. For anyone who disagrees, would you still work at your career or business if you weren’t making money?

      destructure

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Top-out-of-sight people work at jobs, and they don’t need the money.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • The TOOS didn’t work until it became shameful for them not to work. Now, most of them just play at work in make-work jobs that the rest of us couldn’t get because we’re not TOOS. That’s why you rarely see a rich person go into STEM unless that’s how their family made their money or something.

        destructure

        September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “would you still work at your career or business if you weren’t making money?”

        Maybe. But, I work in a position where I can stymie Lefty bureaucrats once in awhile by getting to their bosses and given that the newest generation of bureaucrats are out and out SJW stalinists I’m afraid retiring will give the crazies more free reign.

        I’d probably take less and still work.

        Curle

        September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Jobs are not suppose to give you any meaning if they don’t pay you accordingly. So self actualization through work isn’t a thing, if you can afford not to work.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • I probably would work my job if I weren’t paid and so would a lot of people whether they know it or not.

        Do something long enough and it becomes part of you, part of your routine. It gives you structure, focus, and purpose. You NEED it otherwise you fall apart.

        My dad always said I should be paying my employers, not the other way around. I finally get his point.

        fakeemail

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • “I’d probably take less and still work.”

        Is that not true for nearly everyone still working?

        destructure

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • JS — Mother Theresa was an obvious exception. But she was bat sh*t crazy.

        destructure

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • “It gives you structure, focus, and purpose. You NEED it otherwise you fall apart.”

        I don’t need an employer to give me structure, focus and purpose. I do those things for myself.

        destructure

        September 11, 2019 at EDT pm

    • “Commenters said I am too old to write about college admissions”

      That’s idiotic. You are totally justified in writing about college admissions from the perspective of a parent who has to foot the bill!

      370H55V

      September 11, 2019 at EDT pm

  2. I find the college admissions discussion timely because I have kids who will be going to college in the near future. I gather that you don’t have kids, Lion, but do you have any nieces, nephews, or cousins around that age? What advice are you giving them and their parents?

    Kosher Kowboy

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • There’s no one in the real world who wants my advice. My advice would be to go to a top school if you can get into one, but don’t waste money on a crappy private school like Monmouth “University.” It would be much better to go to Rutgers.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Good advice.

        Go to the best school you can afford. There are lots of state universities that are higher on the prestige ranks than private schools.

        University of Virginia is technically a public school as is Berkeley & UMich; also Binghamton University is good.

        If you are going on to grad school, (and in this day who is not?) those schools are higher than crappy private schools.

        I expect Lion will nitpick at my answer and find some petty flaw. Bring it on.

        gothamette

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • “Go to the best school you can afford.”

        At the undergrad level, it’s an issue of what parents can afford, no 18-year-old can afford any retail-price tuition on their own.

        I don’t recommend taking out massive student loans unless it’s for an Ivy or near-Ivy school. Borrowing out the wazoo to go to a place like Monmouth University is a route to lifelong financial disaster, the student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • You never disappoint.

        I thought that “you” was taken to mean parents.

        gothamette

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • It’s so much easier in Canada where the universities are all the same. You go the closest one. Students try to get one in commuting distance so they can live at home and not have to rent, Few undergrads don’t live at home. The universities have a few dorms but they’re mostly for people who live in remote areas where there are no universities, like the Yukon. At least, this was the case in the 1970s.

        Those with the aptitude can go graduate school or career programs like medicine or law. This often means moving from their hometown.

        The ones who are both ambitious and have the marks can apply to US schools. I’ve noticed that going to the US is no longer as popular as it once was. My daughter decided not to write an extra exam to give the option of moving to the US. She’s not interested.

        Actually my brother-in-law was born in the US because his father was in the military. He got to pick once he was 21 or some such age. He had no interest in moving, given that he couldn’t even remember living in the US.

        Frau Katze

        September 12, 2019 at EDT am

    • Yeah. Lion’s advice is great for people with children. People in their teens are too naïve to really be capable of finding it on their own and using it, but middle aged adults mentoring young people aren’t. There’s really no major outlet teaching you this stuff.

      How valuable is advice you would have given yourself at 15? I say pretty valuable and needs to be repeated even after people get sick of hearing it.

      MoreSigmasThanYou

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • lion gives terrible parenting advice. He has encouraged parents to hustle their kids as instagram influencers and said if he had a daughter he would do the same. And his obsession with wealthy people, and belief that attending school with the children of wealthy people will yield fabulous results, is dumb (well the former is kind of cute, the latter is the dumb part).

        It’s funny an HBD writer spends so much time moaning over his upbringing and education. If genes are mostly (70%ish?) destiny, chances are he’d be brooding and bitter no matter what his background since it’s in his nature.

        in lion’s defense, most people without kids give awful parenting advice.

        toomanymice

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • For the record, I am not toomanymice.

        Here and there I’ve said everything tmm has just said.

        To be fair to Lion, I think he’s playing a role here and doesn’t believe half the shit he says.

        Here’s my advice to parents. This goes for boys AND girls.

        See that your kids have as many skills as possible. From top to bottom. Have them learn as much science as their brains will accommodate. (That means some people will go far; others not, but your kids should know as much as they can.)

        A foreign language. How to knit, sew a seam, fix a tire, change a washer. Play a musical instrument.

        Basic astronomy: why the seasons occur, that there is a far side of the moon (I didn’t know that until recently; my best friend, a very bright woman, didn’t know).

        How electrons flow into the house to turn on electricity; solid, practical stuff as well as the highfalutin.

        I think Heinlein’s list is really stupid. But the idea is good.

        Upshot: people need SKILLS, the ability to communicate with others.

        Last but not least, they need to learn boundaries. When you have that, you have self-possession and know your worth. With boundaries come self-respect.

        That’s my advice.

        gothamette

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • Digital signal processing is where it’s at. If a teenager can understand how music gets from a recording studio to their earphones they’ve understood the age we live in. Best if they know the mathematics (good luck finding anyone outside of a EE department to explain it)

        A Dilettante

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • @Gothamette Sensible advice. I remember my mother saying I should take touch typing (then taught in high school), She said it was a useful skill to have. It turned out that I needed no typing skills to get a Math degree but it came in very useful for my eventual career in computer programming.

        Most men didn’t take typing in those days, It was seen as a female skill, such as for secretaries. As it turned out, even men who went onto to grad school (like my ex) found that computers were now everywhere. And they’d need to use then. My ex spent years hunting and pecking and never learned touch typing AFAIK.

        So my mother was right.

        Frau Katze

        September 12, 2019 at EDT am

      • “in lion’s defense, most people without kids give awful parenting advice.”

        But they are the ones who seem the most sure of their advice and think that people who are actually raising the kids are clueless.

        Mike Street Station

        September 13, 2019 at EDT am

    • Exactly. Some of us have children.

      123 jump off

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. I read recently that John Updike wrote his first novel “The Poorhouse Fair” when he was only 20-something, and it featured a 94-year old main character. That would be really challenging to write! Writing younger characters (or nonfiction about young people) as an old person is much easier because at least you’ve lived it once.

    ack-acking

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • You don’t have to know what it’s like to write about someone 94. Because none of your readers will know either.

      destructure

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  4. dennys has great early bird specials and a lot of their food is surprisingly low calorie, try the slow cooked pot roast with red skinned potatoes and broccoli, around 600 calories if you don’t eat the garlic bread

    gm

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • You shouldn’t skin potatoes, especially not red ones. Pot roast is rare at restaurants. I wonder if they do it well.

      Here’s an update on the book I’m reading, “Ghettoside.” The first South-Central murder the featured white detective is tasked with solving is of a kid whose father is himself a black LAPD homicide dick. Despite making over $100k, the guy chose to settle his family (wife from Costa Rica) in Watts to avoid a long commute downtown to work.

      Marty

      September 11, 2019 at EDT am

  5. I find the college entrance discussion interesting, My kids are to old and my grandkids are to young for it to be relevant to me personally , besides which I am in Canada. But it is still relevant to discuss the state of the world. I worry that admission on anything besides merit might lead to bad things–certainly in the stem fields. Do you want your country not to be able to keep the lights on? Corruption in college admission, corruption in awarding grades and corruption in hiring is the road to “can’t keep the lights on”.

    Rosenmops

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I second that. Info on US college admissions is valuable information on the state of things.

      Frau Katze

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  6. Now that there are gamer grandpas, you’re never too old to write about video games!

    Hermes

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  7. Adult topics are not necessarily old-people topics.

    Adult topics include: money, politics, real estate, sex, money, history, women, war, cars, divorce, vacations, religion, investments, clothing, film and money.

    I really liked those backgrounders you used to publish about the privileged lives of reporters.

    Justice Duvall

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • A lot of us may be old but have children and grandchildren. Naturally we are concerned about what kind of world those grandchildren might face.

      Plus I’m a news junky (I’ve cut back lot though).

      Frau Katze

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • My favorite posts are when he writes about what he had for lunch. hint, hint?

      toomanymice

      September 11, 2019 at EDT am

    • “I really liked those backgrounders you used to publish about the privileged lives of reporters.”

      That was actual “reporting” and useful information. I wouldn’t mind an occasional return to reporting on the reporters.

      Mike Street Station

      September 13, 2019 at EDT am

  8. I’ve got an idea for you to write about: Streetsblog and NYC “streets” politics.

    This one is interesting. A loutish pro athlete is seemingly taking the side of bike geeks and SWPLs: https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2019/09/09/streetsblog-interview-sean-avery-loves-saying-fuck-you-to-the-man/

    Liquorbike

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  9. A topic you might write about is Donald Trump’s mother. She came from a very poor family in Scotland. She seemed to be somewhat ashamed of her background, and was drawn to ostentatious displays of wealth, such as mink coats, or so some have said. But maybe fur coats were just what was in style in the 40’s and 50’s. She was born in 1912 in a croft on the Isle of Lewis. There were 10 children in the family. They spoke Gaelic. She came to America as a legal immigrant in 1930.

    Open border types have pointed to Trumps mother–using her as an example. Personally I think there is a big difference between poor people from northern Europe and poor people from, say, Central America.
    The main difference that I see is that poor people from places such as Scotland have already demonstrated that they can immigrate to places such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand and create a first world country from scratch. There is absolutely no evidence that people from other parts of the world can do this, and plenty of evidence that they can’t. Maybe it is culture (northern Europe tends to be high trust/ low corruption) or maybe something else.

    Rosenmops

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Also, there were no social programs in 1930. A not insignificant number of people returned to Europe.

      It’s the social programs that are attracting the third worlders.

      Frau Katze

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Write something up with photos if possible and we can put it on Blazing Cat Fur. He’s not concerned if posts are always really intellectual. I’d say his readers would find it interesting,

      Not sure if it’s up Lion’s alley.

      Frau Katze

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • @Rosenmops,

      Mama Trump may indeed have been attracted to ostentatious displays of wealth (like mother, like son) but wearing a fur coat was de rigeur for her time and place. You had a little money, you bought your wife a mink coat.

      Not surprisingly, this has been turned into another black female grievance point.

      Yup, the anti-fur movement (which I think is mostly but not completely silly) was designed by eeevil white women to demean black women.

      Not making this up.

      gothamette

      September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • The NYT’s has lost the plot completely.

        Rosenmops

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • This morning the NYT’s tweeted : “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center.”

        So some airplanes did something.

        Rosenmops

        September 11, 2019 at EDT pm

      • @Frau,

        I’ll send something to blazingcatfur at gmail.com. Be on the lookout for something from gothamette!

        gothamette

        September 12, 2019 at EDT am

      • Self-driving airplanes!

        gothamette

        September 11, 2019 at EDT pm

      • @Gothamette He used to have his email on the sidebar.

        I have it after my nightly post, at the end. Readers are invited to send me photos. They send to blazingcatfur@gmail.com and he forwards them to me. Once I know it’s not some random nut I communicate directly.

        He must get a great deal of email. Sometimes he doesn’t respond. It’s just volume and you resend.

        He has been blogging for years. There are several of us who help.

        Frau Katze

        September 12, 2019 at EDT am

  10. The Eater article in the early bird special links mentions the Boynton Beach restaurant Mamma Mia. I’ve been there several times, as my mother used to live not far away (she died in 2016 and I sold her house in late 2017). It’s a very good restaurant and the portions are indeed enormous.
    One thing with which I disagree is the way the article portrayed Boynton Beach as full of old people. While there are a large number of elderly in the city there also is very large number of young people too.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  11. I’m so Manhattan I didn’t even know what an earlybird special is.

    gothamette

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  12. Any way you find out your readers’ demographics? I’d be willing to give mine.

    Frau Katze

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

  13. “Is it true that the early bird special is dying?”

    I hope so. Fewer restaurant meals means fewer jobs for illegals which means more tax savings and cultural preservation in the long run. Someone should start an NGO dedicated to organizing boycotts of restaurant eating.

    Just say no to restaurants!

    Curle

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I’m reading a book about farming in San Joaquin Valley in California. (Water is a main focus of course.)

      But I also found it interesting to learn how few people are required to harvest almonds and pistachios.

      This one farm the writer researched is huge. It has millions of nut trees. Harvesting is automated, A special machines shakes the trees and most of the nuts fall off. The number workers is only a few dozen.

      He is hiring Mexicans but he does not need many.

      The top country in world in food exports by dollar amount is the USA, by far. The top state is California.

      Frau Katze

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Walmart has recently filed for patents on agricultural robots, including drone bees. Other interesting recent patent applications from Walmart:

        — APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ELECTRICAL ENERGY WITH SHOPPING CARTS
        — PIZZA COOKING DELIVERY DRONE
        — SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A SWARM OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES
        — SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR DELIVERY OF ONE OR MORE PACKAGES
        — SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEFENDING AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE FROM GROUND THREATS

        So the future slavery will look like this: You (slave) will be pushing carts to generate electricity, while Walmart (master) drones will feed you Walmart pizza.

        The last patent application describes this: The UAV may perform distracting or deterring measures to prevent the threat from coming into contact with the UAV such as releasing a package attached to the UAV, so that the UAV may escape unharmed.

        My 2¢

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • Frau: I would like to send you an email but it’s not on your blog.

        gothamette

        September 11, 2019 at EDT am

      • @Gothamette You can send an email to Blazing Car Fur, saying it’s for me and he will forward it.

        Frau Katze

        September 11, 2019 at EDT pm

      • @Frau,

        I looked everywhere on BCF and could find no contact info for anyone. I won’t put my details on a Disqus comment.

        gothamette

        September 11, 2019 at EDT pm

      • @Gothamette Did you get my message to send to blazingcarfur@gmail.com? I think I answered the wrong post yesterday. I didn’t know he had taken off his site. It’s still in my nightly post.

        Frau Katze

        September 13, 2019 at EDT pm

  14. Lion,

    Why don’t you write about BAP (Bronze Age Pervert)? I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned his book.

    Secondly, why don’t writer about Sascha Cohen in “The Spy” on Netflix? It’s all about the Mossad, which should be right up your alley. Been enjoying it myself.

    SWPL2

    September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I started reading the book (BAP), but found it stupid.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 10, 2019 at EDT pm

    • The family in Israel is not too happy with the way they depict the family, they complained it is too SJW, they try to show as if the family was discriminated against because they were sepharadic, the daughter said everybody was treating them great and that her mum was not a servant like depicted in the show but rather a nurse. She said her dad was not an underdog but rather appreciated within the Mossad and got all the support he needed right from the beginning. It seems like they can’t make a decent TV show in the US anymore without some redemption story and blaming white people for everything.

      Hashed

      September 12, 2019 at EDT am

  15. You don’t have to be a tailor to talk about the suit. The young people are the least qualified to talk about admission because they lack objectivity.

    This is one of your best subject, so I recommend you don’t follow the bad piece of advice. Youthism is a plague in morally dying western world.

    Even if I have never played video games and don’t have an interest in it, your tragico-comic experiences in it are quite interesting. Once I noticed two old men in Spain (average height was 161 cm) complain about their being short compared to the young guys (178 cm). In Spain, almost nobody was 6 feet tall. Now it’s 20% of young males. Only the old have the memories and insight of the gone past.

    Bruno

    September 11, 2019 at EDT am

  16. Lion you should do a survey monkey of your readers, it would be interesting to see you analyze the demographics, education credentials, political views, “prole” attitudes of your readership.

    Jjbees

    September 11, 2019 at EDT am

  17. Here’s an article from The Atlantic in which the author interviews an NYU professor who gets things exactly backwards: she claims that college used to be more affordable because the government paid for it, but then Ronald Reagan and the conservatives came to power in the 1980’s and privatized it, making it more expensive.

    Hermes

    September 11, 2019 at EDT am

    • It’s more expensive now, because of cost disease. You need to pay for the college’s bloated bureaucracy, the upkeep of new facilities, many of them are recreational in nature, the high salaries of tenured professors and the SWPL/Bobo class of administrators with their over-inflated salaries so they can pursue a life of positional goods. It’s a form value transference.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      September 11, 2019 at EDT am

  18. I greatly benefitted from this blog’s advice on schools, colleges, university, and academia. The blog’s influence prompted me to discuss these issues with others including advising someone to ace the LSAT and attend law school. They ultimately got into Georgetown Law, interned during the summer at a US attorney’s office, and now have a very desirable, lucrative, prominent, and powerful job at a major US government executive branch agency in Washington DC.

    Thanks.

    redarmyvodka

    September 11, 2019 at EDT pm


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