- Perhaps you have heard of the term "South Park Republican"? It's really just another way of saying someone is a libertarian. Since libertarians tend to lean more towards conservatives than liberals, Republicans like myself flock towards the libertarian South Park TV show. Here is a list of my top five favorite South Park episodes:
1. Chicken Lover (respect my authority!)
2. Professor Chaos
4. Woodland Critter Christmas (unbelievably twisted.)
5. Imagination Land (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
Use the comments section to add your favorite South Park episodes to the list.
- Computer science enrollment in U.S. universities is up 9% this year. Computer science tends to get more students when the economy is bad, and CS enrollment drops when the economy is good. However, U.S. colleges still aren't providing enough CS graduates. I can attest to this first-hand...
A few weeks ago I spoke to a member of the computer science student council at my university. He said there are roughly 480 computer science students at my university. He said 60% of those students will drop-out and never complete their degree. Given these statistics, approximately 200 of the CS students at my university will at some point get their degrees. It seems reasonable that 1/4 of these CS students are seniors (it's probably even lower, but let's use 1/4 since it helps generate round numbers.) That means my university will graduate around 50 CS students this year. There are over 60,000 undergraduates at my university, and it's one of the largest colleges in the country. My school will only graduate 50 CS students this year!?!? That seems really, really low. Now you know why the business sector so desperately wants computer scientists. Here is an article with more information about national computer science enrollment:
- The first computer programmer was a woman. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, was born in 1815. Ada had an amazing mind for mathematics and logic. She worked with Charles Babbage (also a famous computer scientist) to create algorithms to use on Babbage's theoretical analytical machine. A popular computer programming language, which flourished during the 1980s, was named after Ada. Now Ada is coming to the silver screen. Zooey Deschanel may play Ada in a movie helmed by the same people who made Driving Miss Daisy (a movie in my top 30 list.)
- Is Bill Murray the greatest comedic actor of our generation? I will say yes. I put Murray just ahead of Steve Martin. Is Bill Murray the greatest comedic actor ever? Hmmm. Not sure I can give him the nod. Chaplin and Jerry Lewis were insanely popular for their time. A few tid-bits about Bill Murray you may not have known:
1. At the age of 20, Bill Murray was arrested for drug-smuggling. The dumb-dumb tried to transport several bricks of marijuana on a flight home. During the flight, he foolishly made a joke to a passenger about a bomb. Naturally when the plane landed, the authorities searched his luggage and found the pot. He served probation and was kicked out of college. He never completed his college degree.
2. Bill Murray has six kids, all boys, with two different wives. The odds of having six straight boys is 1 in 64.
3. Bill Murray agreed to do Ghostbusters only if the movie studio agreed to first fund his pet-project, The Razor's Edge. The Razor's Edge tanked at the box-office, and Murray avoided almost all movie roles for the next five years.
4. Bill Murray replaced Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live. Chevy Chase was on SNL for only one year. The second year of SNL, Chase returned to host an episode. Literally moments before the live show started, Murray and Chase got into a full-blown fist-fight.
A wonderful article about Bill Murray:
- Americans are shifting back to U.S. made automobiles. Ford seems to be leading the way back.