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mondaypickle 09-24-2003 08:47 PM

Computer Science Colleges
I figured that quite a few peole here a computer gurus and might be able to help me out. Im trying to decide on a college. Im looking to major in computer science and am looking for a good school in tennessee. Just looking for a few recomendations.

J.W. 09-25-2003 01:36 AM

Bro, if it has to be in Tenn I can't help, but if you can go a few miles north, Purdue is your best bet. Guaranteed. West Lafayette is a lame college town, the football team sucks, the basketball team always seems to make it into the NCAA's but inevitably loses in the second round, the weather is wildly erratic, but you *will* learn CS, you *will* be working with some seriously sharp professors (and fellow students), your degree *will* open doors, and maybe I'm biased because I went there myself, but dude it was seriously worth it. No question about it. Honestly I don't think I'd be where I am today (which seems like a pretty decent place, I think) if it weren't for Purdue. Heck, the first company I worked for had more recruiters go to Purdue than any other campus they visited. Why? The company's experience was that PU grads knew their stuff. (What their opinion might have been of me might be another story) Check it out: Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, went to Purdue, and in the tech geek world, I'd challenge anyone to top that. F*n A, that remains the best and highest achievement ever of combining engineering, science, rocketry, comp sci, physics, aero, astro, logistics, seriously hard core math, you name it. Clearly you need to give serious props to the guys at Caltech, MIT, RPI, etc, etc, for everything they did, but bottom line, Neil landed that puppy and steered it back to Earth safely. It really doesn't get any cooler than that.

Anyway, obviously there are many other people who can say equally positive things about their alma mater, but in the "My 2 cents" dept, check out Purdue. Plus, when Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys sang "The Midwest farmer's daughters...." he knew what he was talking about. Sorry for the aimless rambling and the accidental trip down memory lane but I'd encourage you to at least check it out. Good luck with whatever your decision is -- J.W.

Brain Drop 09-25-2003 08:22 AM


Neil landed that puppy and steered it back to Earth safely. It really doesn't get any cooler than that.
i really want to believe that. i wish i could. but fox made that show that showed errors and nasas response to it really was weak. i mean how many of you have seen the footage of the lander blasting off from the moon, from the dusty, sandy moon, and yet theres like almost no disturbance under the lander when it takes off? what about when it landed? there should be a decent sized depresionunder/around the lander. even considering the moons gravity is one sixth earths, i still have a hard time thinking that looks right. but maybe it is, im not a physics major.
and then you have jfk, i for one seriously do not believe the theory of the bullet bouncing around. people get shot every day and how often does the bullet bounce out of one person into another and into yet another? they dont. and here now is a strong reason for his death: he made the challenge to get to the moon to beat the russians but they couldnt get there in time and suggested to jfk faking the lunar landing. he said 'no, we will have to tell the people we cant make it yet.' they said 'we dont think so sir' and shot him.

im not saying all the landings are fake, but definately in the beginning at least.

oh and dont go to uncfsu like i have to:cry:

aaa 09-25-2003 09:12 AM

I was wondering, why do the flags on the moon stick out like that? They look like they're fabric, but somehow they're fully extended.

J.W. 09-25-2003 01:16 PM

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Well this is pretty far OT, but if you're a conspiracy buff, then you probably won't be swayed by anyone's comments. That's cool with me, and to each his own, and more power to you. But I would say that in terms of the minimal disturbance when the lander took off, well, there isn't any atmosphere on the moon, ie, it is in a vaccuum, so it doesn't seem unexpected that there would be a lack of a decent sized duststorm kicked up like you would see on Earth when a helicoptor takes off from a field. (To say it another way, if that same helicoptor were in a vaccuum, no matter how dusty the field, the rotors wouldn't kick up any dust when they were spinning, because there is no atmosphere to blow the dust around.) As for the flag being extended, it just had a rod in its sleeve to keep it out straight. Again, no atmosphere, therefore no wind, so to keep the flag from just hanging there limply, the rod keeps it extended. (On Halloween a few years ago, there was a guy who dressed up as "Chicago guy" and ran a wire through his tie to make it look like it was being blown backwards. It's the same principle.) Regards, -- J.W.

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Brain Drop 09-25-2003 03:35 PM

i here what youre saying jw and its true that you wouldnt see the dust swirl around but i would expect to see it follow a natural arc more. and when the module landed the exhaust from the rocket engine would be blowing on the ground and should i think create a sizable depression while landing.

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