Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Snippets

Please excuse the funky fonts and perhaps lack of links...these were quickly posted.
Turks
Turks are to Germany what Mexicans are to the USA, though it's not quite the same. In Germany Turks were specifically invited as foreign workers in the 1960s, when the economy was booming and workers were greatly needed. However, times have changed, and whereas Turks formerly assimilated well, they now (in many cases) live in Turkish enclaves, go to Turkish schools, read Turkish newspapers, and don't even make an effort to be German. It saddens me when I see little Turkish children who can't even understand the people around them though they were born in this country...
Want to go to Harvard?
please excuse my funky punctuation as i a mwriting from germany and the keyboard is weird!I hate Harvard, but not because i did not get...but if you want a taste of life at Harvard, Yale, my alma mater Penn or any other elite American institution of higher learning, you need not plunk down $40,000 per year for your education. For merely $1 at a time, you can purchase lectures from world renowned professors at iTunesU - so now I can finally make up for all of those lectures I slept through or missed for reasons that in retrospect are quite bad!


Democratization of Talent
In America, it's all about who you know - that's it. You can write the best script in the world, but if you are a random nobody sending it to an agency on spec, it will probably never make it beyond the mail room. I've been pretty impressed with the UK's efforts to recruit talent through the various talent schemes that the BBC and Channel 4 operate. As I now qualify for UK residency, I submitted a few ideas to the Channel 4 TV Pilot competition. I'll know in a week whether or not my pilots are worthy of being considered acceptable for a British audience. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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