Thursday, October 26, 2006

Get Your Read On

Music right now: Rhapsody in Blue, motherfucker. After this, Marriage of Figaro. Go band!

My fury cannot be fully expressed with words, or italics, or bold, or even bold italics. Here's the infuriatory reason for my lividity: word is Toolmaster of Brainerd has been removed from the ballot for class song. I don't know if it was Class Cabinet (I doubt it) or administration (likelier), or if it's even true, but if so, I plan to raise first a ruckus, then Hell, then the roof tomorrow morning.


My hopes for getting into Princeton are entirely too high. I'm setting myself up for a big let-down.


Whoo-hoo, I'm a Questbridge finalist, whatever that means to you. Seriously though, despite its stupid name, Questbridge will be sweet if it comes through. Basically, I filled out an insane application and sent it in to QB. Q-Bridge liked mine enough to make me a "finalist," so I'm now elligible to participate in the "College Match Program." I give them my list of schools (from among their 15 parnter colleges), they send out my app to all the schools on my list, and if I "match" with any of them, I get a full, 4-year scholarship. Plus, even if I don't "match," the colleges will still accept my application like any other undergrad app.

The only catch: if I "match," it's a binding agreement, so I only ranked schools I'd definitely want to go to if I matched. I'm not going to straight up disclose my list, but let's just say that it is one school long, and Princeton appears somewhere on it.

Here are a few numbers on Questbridge from last year:

# of applicants: 2200
Finalists: 935
Participants in College Match: 451
Matches: 46
Overall acceptance rate for finalists, including both College Match and regular admissions: 36%

So 36% isn't great, but it's better than nothing (or 10%, in Princeton's case). I guess it's lower for Princeton, and probably not so great for those who ranked only one school, but I'm keeping that hope alive. I could have ranked other colleges to increase my chances, but I just don't want to enter into a binding agreement to go somewhere I haven't even visited.

Oh well, I guess I can always just be happy about the other advantage of Q-Bridge; I'll find out December 1st if I've matched.

In conclusion, Questbridge: probably not worth all the work, but we'll see.

Cross your fingers 'til they dislocate, y'all!

P.S.: Space Elevators; Crazy? Discuss.



At 8:15 PM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Kara said...

Bravo for completing it. All I know is that I took a look at all of that work, and said screw that. I'd rather be poor.

Good luck getting into Princeton. I know, I remember my stage where I went through my stage where I had to get into Columbia. The time elapsing will make it less important; trust me. I've pretty much accepted that I'll most likely but at the U and I'm more than okay with that.

Good luck though! I'm rooting for you for both because either would be pretty awesome.

At 8:27 PM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Hillstorm said...


At 9:05 PM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Houley said...


At 10:34 PM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Tay said...

ditto houley...

anyway, max, you still haven't answered if you got my e-mail regarding sat stuff. also, good luck with princeton. Chances are low, but whatevs. also, if you go there, i will either be expecting a full apology submitted personally to me and then expanded upon and posted on your blog, explaining, amoung other things, how you were so blind and callous in making fun of me about deciding to go to an ivy league college. or, i will just make fun of you for going to an even more pretentious, douchbagish, toolish, and overall piece-of-shitier school than dartmouth (which, by the way, rocks princeton's socks off).

At 10:58 PM, October 26, 2006, Blogger Josh said...

max i don't know. i was really into space elevators when i was in chemistry in 10th grade and always read popular science instead of listening. i just don't know.

At 12:28 AM, October 27, 2006, Blogger Samwalkertron said...


At 12:30 AM, October 27, 2006, Blogger Samwalkertron said...

Space Fountains, however, are pretty crazy. Stil cool though.

At 9:46 AM, October 27, 2006, Blogger Pelk said...

go ahead and raise a ruckus, you'll still fail.

At 2:05 PM, October 27, 2006, Blogger Tara said...


At 4:48 PM, October 27, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

The centripetal force is the external force required to make the body move in a circular path with uniform speed and directed towards the center. Hence it is a force requirement, not a physical force in its own right. Any physical force (gravity, electrostatics, tension, friction, etc.) can be used to supply the centripetal force.

At 11:14 PM, October 27, 2006, Blogger Tay said...

uhh... point jason?

At 10:53 AM, October 28, 2006, Blogger Tara said...

i'm probably going to believe my physics professor with a phd on this one.

At 12:37 PM, October 28, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

Aaaand I'll believe Jason. I mean, how you gonna argue with 36 over here?

And tay, we weren't making fun of you for applying to an Ivy League college (at least I wasn't); it was more because you were so fucking into it.

Now then, to undermine myself: P rules, D drools.

At 1:22 PM, October 28, 2006, Blogger Tay said...

still haven't answered whether you got my blitz yet max. and you can make the judgment call over whether princeton is better than darmouth (its not) if you get into princeton. but if that happens, i can see it now...

*wavvy diddleedee thing*

"ah maxwell, glad to see you could come to our eating club meeting"
"mmmm, yes sir pimbington, i would not miss tying my cardigan around my neck in a loose fashion and wearing deck shoes to meet with you fine gentlemen for the world"
"oh come now maxwell, surely you would miss it for the world. truly, i would miss this for simple a small fortune. well wait, we all come from families with small... well, reasonably large fortunes, so make it a large fortune."
"touché my good sir, i would miss this for a large fortune, as i care only about myself an no one else. would anyone care to kick a hobo?"
"a hobo you say? well that is a splendid idea. capital! i shall have pressly fetch my stretch limo that runs on the crushed dreams of the underpriveleged, as well as another pair of deck shoes. i wouldn't want to soil these by kicking some homeless person."
"spot on good sir. i shall have to get other shoes as well. perhaps a baseball bat. much better for blugeoning. shall we meet on the noon?"
"yes maxwell, indeed. we will all meet here at noon. don't forget to turn the bottle as your pour!"
*snorty laughter*
*wavvy diddleedee back in*

uh huh, and at darmouth?
"hey you guys want to play some pong and make fun of princeton kids for being douchebags?"
"fuck right!"

and you thought this was the tool shed...

At 8:52 PM, October 28, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

uh huh, and at U of M?

"hey you guys want to play some pong and make fun of dartmouth kids for being douchebags?"
"fuck right!"

basically, tay, you have no more right to say that Princeton kids are douchebags than we do to say that dirtmouthers are. in fact, the only known douchebags around are the ones at Carlson.

At 9:32 AM, October 29, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

Wait, what blitz are you talking about? Blitz?

I got your email if that's what you mean.

At 10:51 PM, October 29, 2006, Blogger Tay said...

actually jason, its more like this at the u of m:

"hey same guys from high school that i still hang out with in college, do you want to get together and play wow and make fun of dartmouth students for having a real college experience?"
"eh eh, sure. i'll bring the orange juice"

and blitz=e-mail for dartmouth students. sorry for the confusion.

At 10:48 PM, October 30, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

"eh eh"?

I didn't know rammsdale was at teh U.


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