Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I hate hurricanes

As of right now, Hurricane Rita is being forecast to make landfall somewhere about 150 miles soutwest of Rice. Rice now has an "emergency website"with updates about it all, but I've come to appreciate the National Weather Service, too, especially since Rick Santorum threatened to kill it. I definitely think www.weather.gov beats the pants off a site like www.weather.com. If nothing else, there are no ads!

Wouldn't it be ironic if Texas got badly hit and we had to evacuate to Louisiana?

To recap: I'm not a fan of hurricanes.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Fun with standardized tests

So Kaplan (the test preparation company) handed out fliers at Rice's career fair Friday advertising a "free practice LSAT" at their Houston center yesterday. So I go, take the test, and get a 148, which is apparently about the 48th percentile. (I think this is the first time I've been in the 48th percentile of anything.)

Though I do feel compelled to point out that the flier told me to show up at 6 (I rolled in about 6:05) but when I got there, they told me the test had begun at 5:00! They said I must have remembered wrong, but, uh, no. (I pulled out the flier which clearly said "6:00" and I think they felt a little silly for having printed a flier with the wrong time.) Anyway, they told me to go ahead in and take whatever part of the test that was still left, so I wound up missing really all of sections 1 and 2, and taking 3, 4, and 5.

So, for having missed 40% of half the test, I guess 48th percentile isn't that bad--but ideally I wouldn't do quite that poorly on the real test. Or wait--maybe that's part of Kaplan's plan--to make us think that we are terrible and need to take their courses. What a strategy! Or should I say, strategery?

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