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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Dr. Medulla » 11 Sep 2015, 5:22pm

I am currently sitting in my classroom with about half the students here. They're scary ass young!
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Wolter » 11 Sep 2015, 5:46pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:I am currently sitting in my classroom with about half the students here. They're scary ass young!
My yardstick for scary ass young since 2003 or so has been eumaas, and now he's almost 30. God damn it.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Dr. Medulla » 11 Sep 2015, 7:38pm

Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I am currently sitting in my classroom with about half the students here. They're scary ass young!
My yardstick for scary ass young since 2003 or so has been eumaas, and now he's almost 30. God damn it.
Pretty much everyone here could be my kid, assuming I got married right of college.

I asked everyone to name their favourite song and band, and damned if two-thirds didn't pick stuff from the 60s or 70s. Very surprising. Only a couple people into distinctly comtemporary music. Generally, a pretty enthusiastic group of kids.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by eumaas » 11 Sep 2015, 7:48pm

Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I am currently sitting in my classroom with about half the students here. They're scary ass young!
My yardstick for scary ass young since 2003 or so has been eumaas, and now he's almost 30. God damn it.
The kids in my classes are often ten or so years younger than me. This was particularly obvious today, when the kids in my class didn't have real memories of 9/11 happening. We're talking four to six years old when it happened. Maybe up to seven or eight, but not many.

The TA in that class is my age. I may even be older by a few months. Oy.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by JennyB » 11 Sep 2015, 8:01pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I am currently sitting in my classroom with about half the students here. They're scary ass young!
My yardstick for scary ass young since 2003 or so has been eumaas, and now he's almost 30. God damn it.
Pretty much everyone here could be my kid, assuming I got married right of college.

I asked everyone to name their favourite song and band, and damned if two-thirds didn't pick stuff from the 60s or 70s. Very surprising. Only a couple people into distinctly comtemporary music. Generally, a pretty enthusiastic group of kids.
Ooooh...tell us the bad ones!
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Dr. Medulla » 11 Sep 2015, 8:27pm

eumaas wrote:The kids in my classes are often ten or so years younger than me. This was particularly obvious today, when the kids in my class didn't have real memories of 9/11 happening. We're talking four to six years old when it happened. Maybe up to seven or eight, but not many.

The TA in that class is my age. I may even be older by a few months. Oy.
I'm ten years older than my supervisor. She isn't an especially forceful personality and I know my being so much older than her makes for a weird dynamic where I tend to dominate our conversations.

Also: I have a kid in my class who's from Durham, NC. Small goddamned world.
JennyB wrote:Ooooh...tell us the bad ones!
To the good, no one mentioned Nickelback. But one kid named Rush as his current favourite band (sigh—there's always one). And a girl who got an incomplete in my class last term is in this one. She's a Smiths fan, so that's redeemed her a bit.

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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Dr. Medulla » 12 Sep 2015, 9:00am

Because I'm a compulsive record keeper, I entered my notes from last night on students' favourite bands and songs. Some that stand out:
Bowie (in case Wolter is interested, "Life on Mars" and "Word on a Wing" were favourite songs), The Band, and Pink Floyd each got two mentions.
Other mentions: Beatles, Van Morrison, Sam Cooke, Zep, Eagles, Jonathan Richman, Queen, Rush, New Order, Simple Minds, The Smiths, Radiohead, Bon Jovi, Pavement, GNR, Crue, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Strokes, The National, Arcade Fire, The Killers, Sigur Ros, Weezer, Beck, Magnetic Fields, Usher, 3 Doors Down, Lady Gaga.

What surprised me is how many of these bands existed and/or their career peaked before these kids were born. (Maybe Simon Reynolds has a point in bemoaning the fact that there's nothing "new" for young people to get excited about.) Also, no one mentioned Elvis or Broooose or any punk bands (unless you want to put Nirvana in that camp). And other than one guy who said he was into metal—GNR and Crue—no metal bands either. Plus only one hip hop fan.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by eumaas » 12 Sep 2015, 4:21pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:What surprised me is how many of these bands existed and/or their career peaked before these kids were born. (Maybe Simon Reynolds has a point in bemoaning the fact that there's nothing "new" for young people to get excited about.)
Definitely falls in line with what Mark Fisher says in Ghosts of My Life as well.
"The only thing that really occurs to me that I can say on this is to point out how fascinating it is that the Hassan-i-Sabbah archetype keeps turning up over and over again ... He disappears up into the mountains and is never seen again. Believe me, he'll never be seen again. He'll live forever because of that."

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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by JennyB » 14 Sep 2015, 12:22pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:Because I'm a compulsive record keeper, I entered my notes from last night on students' favourite bands and songs. Some that stand out:
Bowie (in case Wolter is interested, "Life on Mars" and "Word on a Wing" were favourite songs), The Band, and Pink Floyd each got two mentions.
Other mentions: Beatles, Van Morrison, Sam Cooke, Zep, Eagles, Jonathan Richman, Queen, Rush, New Order, Simple Minds, The Smiths, Radiohead, Bon Jovi, Pavement, GNR, Crue, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Strokes, The National, Arcade Fire, The Killers, Sigur Ros, Weezer, Beck, Magnetic Fields, Usher, 3 Doors Down, Lady Gaga.

What surprised me is how many of these bands existed and/or their career peaked before these kids were born. (Maybe Simon Reynolds has a point in bemoaning the fact that there's nothing "new" for young people to get excited about.) Also, no one mentioned Elvis or Broooose or any punk bands (unless you want to put Nirvana in that camp). And other than one guy who said he was into metal—GNR and Crue—no metal bands either. Plus only one hip hop fan.
3 Doors Down? They are like the American Nickelback.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Dr. Medulla » 14 Sep 2015, 12:45pm

JennyB wrote: 3 Doors Down? They are like the American Nickelback.
Huh. I've heard the name before, but that's it. I think he's also the Rush fan.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by tepista » 14 Sep 2015, 5:51pm

I have some sort of learning disability that doesn't allow me to comprehend a single post on this thread. I tried like 6 times.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by BostonBeaneater » 14 Sep 2015, 5:53pm

tepista wrote:I have some sort of learning disability that doesn't allow me to comprehend a single post on this thread. I tried like 6 times.
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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by Dr. Medulla » 14 Sep 2015, 5:56pm

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Re: Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School

Post by revbob » 17 Sep 2015, 6:42pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I am currently sitting in my classroom with about half the students here. They're scary ass young!
My yardstick for scary ass young since 2003 or so has been eumaas, and now he's almost 30. God damn it.
Pretty much everyone here could be my kid, assuming I got married right of college.

I asked everyone to name their favourite song and band, and damned if two-thirds didn't pick stuff from the 60s or 70s. Very surprising. Only a couple people into distinctly comtemporary music. Generally, a pretty enthusiastic group of kids.
What's the name of your class again?

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