Monday, April 26, 2010

Was Ada Lovelace a looper for the Dalai Lama?

- 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
3. Marjorine
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.

1 comment:

Randal said...

Today I just finished Season 4 of my daily History of South Park Tour (next episode, 5x01, is my favorite - Scott Tenorman Must Die). A pretty close second is Simpsons Already Did It, which I think is funnier than Professor Chaos. Then there's AWESOM-O, wherein Butters actually gets a win, and Go God Go gets special recognition for the Buck Rogers opening.

I like what one of South Park guys said...something along the lines of, "We hate Republicans, but we really fucking hate Democrats."

If you haven't listened to the Ghostbusters DVD commentary (I don't know if it's the same on the new edition that came out a couple years ago...I have the 20th anniversary one), it's worth it. One of the things that Dan Akroyd talked about was that in the original concept, the earth was overrun by ghosts, and the Ghostbusters were essentially vigilante heroes...and that the Stay Puft scene was in the first ten minutes as a kind of was supposed to get BIGGER than that...but then they looked at the budget and realized that they had to tone it down a the opening, offhand scene became the big money climax of the film.

And yes, this man has no dick.