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NJ MVC

The NJ MVC (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission) does not accept its own licenses as sufficient proof of identification to get a new license. So apparently they aren't particularly confident in the quality of their licenses, despite all the clever features like holograms, etc. Anyway I showed up today with every single piece of identification I posses and it was just enough to get a new license, pathetic really. I bet it's easier for people with counterfeits, they can just make up whatever ID they need. So in conclusion, no more GDL for me, not that many of you follow it anyway.

Oh and as a side note when I renewed my car's registration I was asked if I had correctly written down the mileage of my car's odometer, nice.
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Schedule

1) Political Science (Heditsch) In L-1, unless I'm mistaken that's the closet of a room, at least it has AC.
2) Phys Ed/Health/ToK (Baglin/Slattery/Kreminds) Slattery teaching health should be amusing, and Kremins!
3) Further Mathematics (Quinn)
4) Physics "C" (Finley) A new physics teacher, and against all odds - female. I did some googling and I wonder if by any chance this is her (it is her name and the graduating year makes sense)
5) Research Methods in Psychology (Brown) Out of the library and into a classroom, crazy
6) Statistics (Acker)
7) English 4 (Kober)
8) Chemical Themes (DeBona)

So what do we have in common?
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A love story, of sorts...

They integrated from the very point of origin. Her curves were continuous, and even though he was odd, he was a real number. They both wanted to get skewed. The day their lines first intersected, they became an ordered pair. From then on, it was a continuous function. They were both in their prime, so in next to no time they were horizontal and parallel. She was awed by the magnitude of his perpendicular line, and he was amazed by her conical projections.

"Bisect my angle!" she postulated each time she reached her local maximum. They had many simultaneous solutions. He taught her the chain rule as she implicitly defined the amplitude of his simple harmonic motion. They underwent multiple rotations of their axes, until at last they reached the vertex, the critical point, their finite limit.

After that they slept like logs. Later she found him taking a right-handed limit, and that was a problem. It was improper form. He meanwhile had realized that she was irrational, not to mention square. It seemed as though she was from another dimension. Things just weren't adding up, so they diverged. That was a real plus because he needed to get her out of his domain.

She's currently reaching the limit in a relationship that is somewhat undefined. He is currently unable to afford dating because he did a cosine on a loan for his son, Ray.
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A bill to be voted on tommorow:

To provide for the common defense by requiring all persons in the United States, including women, between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

From within the bill:

SEC. 3. TWO-YEAR PERIOD OF NATIONAL SERVICE.

(a) GENERAL RULE.--Except as otherwise provided in this section, the period of national service performed by a person under this Act shall be two years.
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I haven't updated in a long time and I'm too busy/lazy to give any meaningful entry right now. However, I do want to share this:

Newsweek's 1000 Top U.S. Schools (I'm highly dubious of the value of this):

#148 West Morris Mendham 2.769 AP&IB tests taken per graduating senior
#780 West Morris Central 1.357 AP&IB tests taken per graduating senior

They rank the schools based on that ratio, and while I'm not convinced that's very meaningful it's still interesting.
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Can math tests be racially biased? Specifically ones for police entrance exams in this case.

From the article:


Between 2002 and mid-2005, about 59 percent of black applicants and 66 percent of Hispanic applicants passed the math test, compared with 85 percent of white applicants, according to the Justice Department letter.

One sample question framed a problem in the context of police work: “On Tuesday, Officer Jones worked the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift. At 10:55 p.m. he was called to the scene of an accident where he remained until 1:30 a.m. How long past his regular shift did Officer Jones work?”


I have a hard time understanding how blacks and Hispanics doing worse on a math test implies the test is biased, and additionally how that math problem is biased. It might be sloppy reporting, and it might be my fault understanding...but it seems to me that it's more likely blacks and Hispanics are less educated in math (hence where the bias exists) as opposed to the test.