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Harvard, Yale, Stanford, take your pick. $44.95 for a BA $74.95 for a PHD
It's easy if you use the right institutions to punch up your
The Harvard Institute of hand truck and pallet jack studies.
Earn your BA in the box stacking sciences in as little as 15
The Yale University of locks and doorknobs.
The Stanford school of whittling.
are not diploma mills. These are real diplomas made
intellectual grade 100% high quality card stock. Imagine
the look on that
hot lady's face when you casually mention that you're a Yale
man. She'll be even more impressed when you tell her you
don't like to talk about it. (shipping not included)
||Wow! That had to set a record for fastest bone.
Wasn't even finished writing it.
||[-] If you have to name-drop your university, you
have already failed to live up to your early
||Or you could, you know, realize that studying is
worthwhile, and actually earn the degree and try
to make a difference or be excellent at something.
||The sticker price of college, while high, is only
~50% of the true cost -- you're also studying when
you could have been working for money. And even
at that price, it's still worth it in terms of
increased earning power.
||I want to see an entirely test-based college, that's
essentially free. With the Internet, all knowledge
is out there, free. In a better world, students
could study independently (read, watch videos,
etc.) and take rigorous (incredibly hard) tests to
pass. Basically, do what the CFA exam does now --
a few tests, a (relatively) small fee, and a (financial
analyst) degree without paying for a bunch of
lectures and buildings.
||I have sat through HUNDREDS OF HOURS of SHITTY
LECTURES by teachers who were UNINTERESTED
and MEDIOCRE. I learned nearly everything from
reading textbooks and doing example problems --
most professors would rather be doing research,
and most non-professor teachers don't know much
more than what's in the textbook. I have been
lucky to have learned from some good and
inspiring people, but I have also seen the dark side
of education, where a professor who doesn't really
know the topic insults the students and gives
unfair tests because it's easier than actually
teaching. It could be SO MUCH BETTER -- if every
class cost only $50 and had as much content
(examples, analogies, practice problems,
leaderboards) as a big-budget computer game.
||Also, I resent that most people would rather meet
attractive partners than build things that improve
the world. The birds that live outside my house
and the local raccoons are ALSO into meeting
attractive partners, since I keep seeing baby birds
and baby raccoons. Do you want to be an animal,
||The moral horror of this world is that people have
chosen: not the basic research and scientific
worldview that have improved our lives year upon
year for the last few centuries -- but have chosen
instead to be cool, watch sports and chase //hot
ladies//. This failure to act will probably kill me, as
many of the over 100 people who die each minute.
I try to keep perspective and appreciate the
subtle beauty of cheap beer, college fraternities,
and American football. One day, I might give into
the nihlism and chase popularity instead of
meaning, but not yet.
||Please, go learn something interesting. If you're
feeling ambitious, imagine a world where people
figured out new medicines that let people stay
young and healthy forever.
||I get the sense - primarily from the Yale / lock pairing - that this idea is based on some culturally specific puns.
||If the idea is fake degrees it's WKTI. If the idea is real
institutions offering real degrees you'll have to add
admission requirements, general education
requirements, requirement for a certain total number
of study hours, and you'll end up with an almost
worthless degree that took the same amount of effort
and money to attain.
||I'm afraid the future of this idea is rather grim. I'd
give you a pity bun but I'm not in the mood today.
Today is Mother's Day and I can do as I damn well
please, thank you. So no bun. Sorry.
||Honestly if would have been a bit weird of this had
gotten any buns.
||You could always give a fake bun?
||Sort of did this, I was teaching computer stuff back in the 1990's, told the students to design and print their own certificates, as if they can't do that, they aren't that handy with a pc...I used the college stamp on them, and their names were in the database already...
||[marked-for-deletion] WKTE, not necessarily as a scam; the courts are there to weed those out leaving ones with a valid claim to a name, and isn't it somebody else's turn to be mfd'er this month ?
||What's WKTE again? Didn't find it in the HB ops manual. Not denying it's WKTE, I'm sure it is, I just don't know what WKTE is.
||baked - a snarky way of saying "widely known to exist".
||I'm not sure this is WKTE because I don't know of
any diploma mills that are infringing Harvard, Yale
and Stanford's trademarks. Diploma mills are baked,
and fake diplomas are baked, but diploma mills
that give you what look like a fake diploma are
probably not baked. Still a terrible idea, but this is
arguably the place for it.
||This should also stay because of the discussion
that's occurred, and because it belongs here more
than some racist non-idea let's-alls that have not
been deleted yet.
||Yeah I think we accidentally scared a productive newbie off :(
||I called wkte because I've seen the meme used in a TV show or book or something a few times. I also attended a school which initials, by which it was usually referred to, were the same as a famous school, which also used its initials. Your mileage may vary; it's an opinion or at least a string of letters strung together: feel free to kick at it.
||[sinctown]'s rant is a bit scary. I understood most of
it and agreed up until the last sentence. URGH, could
you imagine living forever? This is like a Twilight Zone
episode where there are so many people alive, they
would have to find places to live, work, and live
again. Forever and Forever more. They would
continue to meet attractive partners because they
would all be young, but how young? What if everyone
stayed 5 years old? Too weird.
||Vote changed to [+] in hope that this user will
post more ideas.
||I agree this is probably WKTE.
||Thanks for reading my rant. I signed up for cryonic
preservation for added peace of mind, but I get that
it's not for everyone.