I just bought tickets for the Goo Goo Dolls at Roseland in December because I am a child of the 90s. The tickets were $50 each including fees. Fees were $12.50 per ticket. 25% of the cost of this concert is going to the company that emailed me a PDF of a general admission (no actual seat assignment) ticket.
I have been singing with Zamir in some capacity since I was 14, joining my father, who has been a member since 1974. Every few years we re do a big mega-performance in Carnegie Hall. A few tickets are still available!
If you listen to the election noise, you will hear Republicans say they are better for Wall Street. Yet in the last 82 years, the Republicans have controlled the presidency for 40 years and the Democrats for 42 years.
If you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 index for each of the Republican years, you would now have $10,044.81 - virtually no gains over a vast amount of time. But if you’d invested $10,000 during the 42 Democratic years, you would now have $440,711.80 as of a few days ago - giving you extraordinary profits of $430,711.80.
Pearl Jam - Alive First Show Ever, Offramp Cafe in Seattle WA October 22nd, 1990, 20 Years Ago Today!
Happy Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary! Thank you, Pearl Jam, for still being Alive!
Check out Music for Rhinos, a very thorough (fan-made) history of the early days of Pearl Jam, from Andy Wood’s death to Stone and Jeff sending a demo with a few songs to a surfer named Eddie in San Diego, to a few days in Seattle writing what would become the album Ten, and then the first show at the Offramp 20 years ago today.
I consider myself lucky that the band I fell in love with when I was a teenager is still around today, touring like crazy, giving me the opportunity to see them dozens of times. The first 20 were great, looking forward to the next 20!
I’m back in school getting my MBA part time at NYU. A lot has changed in the world since I was last in school in 2004… personally, I’m more aware of how I learn and what I want to learn. More generally, the way that we (people, students, whoever) find information and how we collaborate with…
Simon is an old friend (we met in 1992 or 1993), we are the same age and now both go to NYU’s Business School part time. He’s right in saying that the classroom/lecture experience doesn’t seem to have changed much, but if you zoom out a little bit, you can see that a lot about the education experience has changed.
I go to class and sit with the same four guys that I met on the first day. We have a little study group, and we communicate through a Google Group email list. We often have group work and we use Google Docs to manage that, so we can all sit in a room and edit a paper together in real time. We all use Gmail. None of these things existed when I started college.
The university is pumped with super fast WiFi (not such a new development, but I don’t think UPenn or Columbia had ubiquitous WiFi when we started in 2000), so I can follow along with the powerpoint slides on my iPad in front of me, and hop over to my Wikipedia app if I want some clarification on a point (particularly useful for basic economic principles like solow growth model, modern portfolio theory, etc. which have wonderfully thorough Wikipedia entires) The iPad is also my book reader, letting me purchase my books digitally with Amazon’s Kindle App and save my back the strain of carrying around textbooks.
Occasionally I miss a class (like last night, as I’ve been a bit sick for the last few days), but no worries: every classroom has a video camera mounted to the ceiling and it automatically records every class and puts them on a website system called Blackboard. The video records audio and video of the professor speaking and has a second view for those pesky, archaic slides in the powerpoint.
I feel like the student experience has actually changed quite a lot over the last decade. But there is something that is perhaps timeless about a person standing up in front of a group of people and just explaining a set of ideas. I don’t expect this to change. I also don’t expect the act of going to a place of centralized learning (school, university, etc) to be replaced by watching videos from home. The videos are nice — I’m watching a Stanford iPhone Development class on iTunesU right now — but they are substitutes for (and dependent on) the real thing.
That said, my dear wife is contemplating getting another masters in a certain field, and the prerequisites for the program are impossible to find in Manhattan, so she’s probably going to take five classes online, which is pretty futuristic. Also, the Khan Academy is amazing.
“As the characters around him chatter and amble about, Mr. Zuckerberg is often seen looking away, into a future that only he can see. And when people don’t come around to that vision, he runs them over or blows past them. Whether you see those people as victims or impediments probably says a lot about whether you are looking at life in the rearview or through a front windshield rife with possibilities.”—Film Version of Zuckerberg Divides Generations (nytimes)