The 21st-century 20-something

Monday, February 24, 2014

Go to prison, get a free education? Not cool, Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo announced the other day that he is planning to launch an initiative to provide college classes to inmates in the NYS prison system.

Before I go any further, I would like to say that I do understand the general idea behind this plan. Educate prisoners, and they're less likely to become repeat offenders. In theory, the intent is admirable and in an ideal world, this would benefit society greatly in the end.

With that said, I would also like to say that this is one of the most asinine things I have ever heard in my entire life.

Not only is it insulting to those of us who chose to get an education and are on our own to pay for it, but now what is the motivation going to be for the upcoming generation? Go to college and be thousands of dollars in debt for the better part of your life, or go to prison and get to go to college for free? It doesn't take an educated person to see where the imbalance is here.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Mixtape Challenge

Ha, it's funny to say 'mixtape' even though people haven't used tapes in ages. For anyone born after 1995, a  mixtape is a compilation of your favorite songs by different artists that people used to put on cassette tapes, but can now be put on a CD or in an iTunes list.

I'm not an online dater, although I've been encouraged to do so for many reasons, but I can't seem to bring myself to trust what people write about themselves.

Sidebar: They should make an online dating site where your friends have to describe you, so when people read about you, it's probably more accurate. Hey, that would actually be an excellent site. I'm copyrighting that right now. Don't steal my idea, jerks.

So I decided that since I can't trust what people write about themselves, I would be more open to meeting someone and posing The Mixtape Challenge to them right off the bat. This could work with people you meet online or in person, and I truly believe it will give you a better idea of your compatibility with them than what they thought would sound good in their OK Cupid profile.

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