She was graduated at the top of her class at the Beatles academy

Monday, 31 January, 2011

Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy has graduated with the first ever master’s degree in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, from Britain’s Liverpool Hope University.

In 2009, the Liverpool university launched the programme The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, which examines the “significance of the music of the Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities”. Zahalan-Kennedy was one of 12 full-time students; she graduated yesterday.

Think you have what it takes to earn a Beatles’ masters? This short quiz will help you decide… I scored seven out ten, maybe I’m a chance for a bachelor’s degree?

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Degrees in ghostwriting, meet the scholar who never was

Friday, 19 November, 2010

Ed Dante*, who works as a professional essay writer crafting original papers for university students, discusses his line of work, and offers insights into an industry with a size and reach that is greatly underestimated.

You’ve never heard of me, but there’s a good chance that you’ve read some of my work. I’m a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can’t detect, that you can’t defend against, that you may not even know exists. I work at an online company that generates tens of thousands of dollars a month by creating original essays based on specific instructions provided by cheating students. I’ve worked there full time since 2004. On any day of the academic year, I am working on upward of 20 assignments.

* not his real name.

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I have a piece of paper saying I am self taught, will I be respected?

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Sometimes there isn’t a great deal of difference between those who are self taught and those who are university educated:

I’ve had kids start with bachelor’s and while they tend to have a bit more experience building useless but interesting things, in the trenches they’re about even with the kids we’ve had that taught themselves code while they were busy trying to create something else. The school bound kids are generally more polished; better work habits, better code habits, less of a language barrier when I’m laying out the structure of what I want them to pull off. But after three months or so I’ve beaten the worst bits out of them and the differences are negligible at best.

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Six degrees of separation between Mark Twain and Kevin Bacon

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Talking of Mark Twain, he features on a chart setting out social connections between some of the best known artists, actors, and writers of the last 200 or so years.

And yes, Kevin Bacon also rates a mention.

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The case for not going to writers school

Wednesday, 24 June, 2009

Susannah Breslin, of The Reverse Cowgirl offers some very straightforward advice to an aspiring writer.

Considering that the state of journalism today is like that of a bank that has been robbed, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to “break-in” to it anyway. Mostly, I think schools are for dipshits and traditional ways of going about things are for losers. You can see where that got me. Blogging. And writing to you. And ruing my life choices. Go if your parents pay. If they don’t, forget it, or you’ll end up with $50K in debt you can never hope to repay.

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