Jello+Booze=I’m in!

December 5, 2007

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Jello Shots. They bring to mind different things to different people. For me I think of drinking them until I felt sick at Pitt with Alex, I think about 21st birthdays, I think about taking them continuously while playing board games, I think of the shore, and I think of pure unadulterated trashiness. But with a little modification, the bacchic undergrad drink/snack of choice can be converted into a holiday party favorite. Check out what PopSugar had to say:

Article

It has recipes for the classic Jello Shot (which done in red and green automatically becomes a holiday treat ), it also has a recipe for “Spiked Punch” jello shots, and my personal favorite the “Margarita Jello Shot”.

Margarita Jell-O Shots

6 oz package of Lime Jell-O
Two cups (16 oz) boiling water
6 oz tequila
2 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
1 oz cold water

  1. Empty Jell-O packet into a large bowl or container
  2. Add boiling water to bowl. Whisk together until fully dissolved. About 3 minutes.
  3. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and cold water. Whisk together.
  4. Spoon or pour into prepared cups.
  5. Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

It also has pictures to show you what they should look like, ideas about the colors, and more advanced jello shots.  It shows for all of the less technically skilled folks how you make jello shots that are orange slices.  (Hint: You make a half an orange and cut the slices after the jello sets)

Enjoy!  (Drink Responsibly)

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Shake that money-maker

October 28, 2007

facebook.jpg The New York Times has an interesting article on the business side of facebook. While I am compulsively checking people’s statuses, noting who is and isn’t dating who, oogling hot drunk chicks photos, and deeply contemplating where I should add that new badass app, people are making money. Lots of it.

The originally small scale networking site for Harvard students is expected to reach 60 million member by the end of this year. But you ask how could a free site be worth any money? While there are small features that cost money the more serious cash flow is advertising and corporate sponsorship. While the founder wants to keep it independent and is as such unlikely to sell it completely Microsoft recently bought a share in it. Microsoft shelled out something like 240 million dollars for less than 2 % share. Yeah Facebook is worth approximately 15 billion dollars.

The article goes into the future possibilities for the company, the inevitable google comparisons, and how they think facebook can benefit and be hurt by the microsoft purchase.

Check out the Article.


Dr. Breasts

September 28, 2007

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Medical school is hard.  Medical practitioner exams are hard.  Thats the point.  Would you want a doctor who couldn’t complete one of those things.  A woman at Harvard who has completed med school is facing controversy as she approaches her practitioner exam.

The student, Sophie C. Currier, 33, of Brookline, Mass., had sued the National Board of Medical Examiners after it denied her request for more than the standard 45 minutes of allotted breaks during the nine-hour exam, which she will take over two days.

She said she risked medical complications if she did not nurse her 4-month-old daughter, Lea, or pump breast milk every two or three hours.

In overturning a ruling that denied Ms. Currier the additional 60 minutes of break time she requested, Judge Gary Katzmann said yesterday that she needed the extra time so she could be on “equal footing” with men and nonlactating women taking the test.

Initially it seems understandable that she needs extra time, because it would be potentially painfully distract to not properly lactate.  Additionally you cannot go back on the test, so she would not be able to change answers as a result of the additional time.  It must have been hard enough to finish school and prepare for this test while pregnant.  But then something struck me in the article.

Ms. Currier has already received some accommodation from the board for dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She can take the test over two days instead of one, for example.

This is so typical of our “entitlement generation”.  She is already receiving a lot of help/compensation for her problems.  But she is dissatisfied and wants more.  I am not sure I want a doctor, even one that went to Harvard, that constantly needs exceptions and special treatment.

NY Times Article


Delaware State University Shooting

September 21, 2007

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The basics: A man shot two students on the Delaware State University campus. A girl who is in very serious condition and a boy who is in slightly better condition. The whole campus was shut down and classes are canceled.

The whole story: Story

The signifigance: Less than year after the horrific Virgina Tech shootings, Delaware has pulled together a solid response plan.  The school shut down, assuring residents stayed inside and stopping commuters and employees from coming in today, because the suspect has not been found yet.  There were emergency calls/texts sent to students to notify them.  It was posted around campus and in the dorms.  Anyone trying to use the phone system first heard a recorded explanation of the situation when they picked the phone up.  There were releases and updates on the website and made available elsewhere.  The dissemination of information may potentially have saved lives.  So kudos to Delaware for having a system that hopefully all schools will implement, but never have to use.

Here is the early Press Release: Statement

As a Note: what is wrong with people?  college is fun.  people need to chill out.