Medical School

February 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Video | 2 Comments
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We always wondered why SLU students were so intense academically and how they seem to be able to hold so many drinks?  This clip from SLU22, Saint Louis University’s student produced closed circuit channel, offers one explanation of both questions for students from their medical school.  It is lovingly titled “Pancakes Every Day”.

Actually this clip raises more questions than answers to both questions.  Especially following the creepy advertisement we highlighted yesterday, we’re still scratching our heads about exactly what happens on that campus.  Maybe some of us will never understand the higher reaches of academia. 

Or maybe we need more writers from a greek campus.  Any students from SLU interested in writing on this blog, if only as a guest contributor who can answer these questions, is welcome to write us – hwy 61 revised at gmail dot com .  At least one of our writers is from a greek campus, and they go to school in another town.  We hope you can enlighten us and all our readers by sharing your perspective as a student (and not just one representing your school), and the same should be said for interested students around Saint Louis.

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Hwy61 Sports

February 28, 2008 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Sports, Spring | 5 Comments
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It could rightly be pointed out that the etymology of STL stems not from an airport or an abbreviation, but maybe from the baseball Cardinals logo who where such an abbreviation is found on their hat.  Of course it’s that time of year again when grown people obsess over young men and it’s not called pedophilia – Spring Training in the Cardinal nation.  It seems like even your most anaerobic geek (like me) even gets a little giddy talking about world series prospects, so I can only imagine what actual fans of that sport and “our team” must be going through this time.

Every once in awhile I get a glimpse into this vast world of online sports forums, but only recently did I discover one of the most popular blogs – Future Redbirds.  I asked my usual friends who keep up with these kind of things for some (ahem) inside baseball info, and found a friend who used to work with this uber-popular site’s founder; he tells me that writer is actually within the Cardinals organization. So I shouldn’t surprised when I found this incredible story there.

It turns out the Cardinals are asking their fans to help them out by recommending prospects for their scouts this year.  Which is great news for all those baseball fans online who love talking about prospects anyway.   Hey, it beats all the bad news bears we’ve heard about those players lately.

In related news another friend of ours, albeit with more “Sporty” inclinations, decided to write about another local sports team.  Unfortunately he did not necessarily have uplifting news from the SLU Women’s basketball team.  With so much attention having been paid to SLU’s fancy new basketball arena being built down the street, it’s interesting to consider what will happen to this old sports palace.  And speaking of college basketball, it’s almost that time of year again…

One more for the road

February 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Rants | Comments Off on One more for the road
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Earlier this week I tried to sum up all those groups that meet up in watering holes around town, if only so that I wouldn’t bore regular readers with drink specials they wouldn’t like.  I find it remarkable that so many groups of professionals choose to meet around bars, but I don’t like repeating myself.  I promised myself I wouldn’t write about it again any time soon.

So when I found this flyer, for a Guitar Hero Tournament taking place tonight, I decided to break my own moral expectations.  It turns out nothing on the front or back of this flyer indicates that you should drink at all.  And with the exclusion of a registration fee and “no cover charge” we get the impression that adults under the legal drinking age may indeed be allowed entry and participation.  Although this neatly does coincide with their happy hour.

Although public Guitar Hero competitions are pretty common these days, this free competition is unusually exciting because the winner will receive a Free Xbox 360, and the best performance will garner a copy of Guitar Hero 3 and Remote.  Those prizes are probably being put forth by the event’s sponsor MovingOffCampus.com, which is new to me (so expect a full review of the site soon).  Those who wish to give this off campus competition a shot can do so  at Lucas Park Grille on Thursday night February 28th from 9pm until (near) the break of dawn at 3am

Asking Archy

February 28, 2008 at 1:48 am | Posted in Editorial, Matthew Hurst, Video | 2 Comments
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We’re getting really excited for the Lo-Fi Saint Louis Reset Party on March 8th; excited enough to write another post about the night.  But since it would be impolite to repeat ourselves, maybe it’d be more fun to share one of our favorite clips from LoFiSTL.com.  You might call it the official promo for Lo-Fi’s original launch party:

And then we remembered that Lo-Fi has had trouble in the past with off-site coping of their original work.  So we wondered if it was something in the name of the site that might make it hard remember to link back and give them credit, but it has never the less been a successful website.  So we asked the best source for answers on the Internet, Archy, if “does adding STL in your website name make you more successful?”  For some reason Archy didn’t have any answers.

Almost all of the more successful sites that focus on Saint Louis, or at least those without a major media outlet to launch them with, use the prefix “STL” in their title: LoFiSTL.com, InsideSTL.com, STLPunk.com, and even STLToday.com.  Television station KTVI even went so far as to rebrand their website under the moniker myFoxSTL.com.  That isn’t to say that “STL” is synonymous with great (or poor) content, and we can think of a few notable exceptions to this rule, only that websites with a local focus tend to gravitate towards using that prefix in their names to attract their civic minded readers.

This three letter prefix, which is nearly indecipherable to those from outside the metro area, has sufficed where other local references are rarely attempted.  That is to say why not use an area code or that giant monument in the middle of a park instead?  Saint Louis city alone has 78 neighborhoods, which in any other urban area would probably factor into a few website names.  You don’t see an ORDToday.com or UrbanReviewLAX.com from their respective communities, although to be fair the density of those metros might contribute to a greater neighborhood orientation.  Gabe Bullard says that Louisville in Kentucky treats their neighborhoods like we treat our high schools, with the same fierce rivalries; growing up in and around Saint Louis can be a bit disorienting.  I’m not even going to bother with the etymology of making an abbreviation out of an abbreviation.

Highway 61 (revised) is in the process of obtaining one of those .com names, but not without some name change.  Hwy61.com is even a site that sells domain names. 
We were kind of hoping to unveil our own new name and new look around the same time as the Reset Party, and a couple other notable blogs (without STL in their names no less) have made similar transitions lately.  As our site transitions from a blog back into an online magazine again, something as simple as remembering the address and what is going to be important.  So far our name is a big part of forming the identity of what our site has been about, but we wanted to ask our readers first, especially since Archy doesn’t seem to have any answers for us – Just what’s in a name anyway?

(anti)Corporate Puppets

February 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, politics, Theater | 1 Comment
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Since last weekend one puppet show, a touring production of Avenue Q, moved on to the next town from a successful run at the Fabulous Fox Theater.  This upcoming weekend another puppet show intended for mature audiences will come into town, albeit of a more altruistic intentions than the corporate denizens of Broadway producers.  The Boxcutter Cabaret, who describe their pupper act as “a ragtag association of cardboard wigglers, horn tooters, meat chompers, and a bell-strapped human xylophone,” will put forth their activism-inspiring art in Saint Louis.  That show, which is being brought into our community through the Community Arts & Media Project, will play this Saturday March 1st, starting at 7:30pm.  Of course the show, which will “convey a general dissatisfaction with post-modern convenience and promote a return to old-timey difficulty,” might not be condusive to audiences that learn about their community through online magazines, so the $5 admission fee for adults need not suffice for a mention of where you heard about it *nudge*.

You’ll get another chance to shake your corporate puppet masters the next week as Codepink invades the Saint Louis area begining Wednesday March 5th through International Women’s Day March 7th. Maybe conquest is the wrong word for these people working to achieve social, racial, economic, and gender equality, in which egalitarianism seems within reach.  To help that happen they’ll host a round table discussion in Legacy Book and Cafe that Wednesday, followed by a seminar on Thursday March 6th in the Morris University Center Maple/Dogwood Room at SIUE.  The week is capped off that Friday the 7th with conquest of Washington University, when they’ll host an Actvist Training Campstarting at 9am (with refreshments from Black Bear Bakery) with a grassroots media workshop, continuing with peace art training from Laurie Meier, and culminating in an action workshop from Codepink/Global Exchange founder Medea Benjamin.  There they’ll shake the institutional shackles of that educational organzation whilst learning how to organize themselves without their puppet masters.

KWUR Week

February 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst | 2 Comments
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Dividing by Zero has the rest of the info about these shows at the Gargoyle this week, which is brought to us by KWUR.  The shows at the Gargoyle are free to students of Washington University (with student ID), and will cost at least $5 to the general public.

Shows include:

  • Wednesday 2/27: Nato Caliph, Serengeti, DJ Crucial, Earthworms, and Twilight Sentinels
  • Thursday 2/28: Elsinore, Berlin Whale, and Jumbling Towers
  • Friday 2/29: Water Bears and The Zydepunks
  • Saturday 3/1: Say Panther, The Octopus Project and Pattern Is Movement ($10)
  • Monday 3/3: Classical show at the 560 Building (Delmar and Trinity)

That last show, which will take place off campus of Washington University, might actually be free.  Hope we’ll see you out during midterms week, that is because all these shows are 18+.  And since KWUR is Washington University’s college radio station, you can almost be sure to hear something special if you tune in to 90.3 FM this week (or any, for that manner).

Mid-week Lush

February 26, 2008 at 11:51 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst | 1 Comment
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Highway 61 (revised) does not wish to advocate the practice of binge drinking, but some weeks (like midterms) almost compel Saint Louisans to drown in their sorrows.  We commented last week that it seems like every social meeting in town takes place over a tall glass of beer, and this week’s Press Releases and Blog Posts do little to refute that notion.  Here’s a short list for your mid-week lush.

Wednesday February  27th

Thursday February 28th

Friday February 29th

  • Paul Newman Wine Dinner, at the Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Frontenac. In which an unreleased wine label will be sampled.

Highway 61 reminds you to drink responsibly.  Please don’t drink and drive (or ride the Metrolink drunk for that matter).  And if you get lost, use the Highway 61 Roadmap, which already includes all of these watering holes!

True-False quiz

February 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, Movies | 4 Comments
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With there being an extra day this year (this Friday to be exact), we know you’ll be looking for something to do with all your new found time.  So in preparation for this upcoming Film Geek Weekend, in which the 5th annual True/False Film Festival will take place in Columbia (Missouri), we made a little True-False quiz of our own for you to take.

We’ll wait for the class to put your pens down before we grade papers.

For those who failed their quiz (or those not interested in taking it), let’s have a quick study session about this film festival.  True/False is an annual Film Festival taking place for the 5th year in Columbia, MO.  Unlike other film festivals this one is just for documentary films, attracting filmmakers from across the world.  This festival isn’t so much juried, but sometimes films show up here before making it to a larger release – past examples include films like Murderball, The Corporation, and last year’s breakout The King of Kong.

This year’s festival is going to be a little bit different since their largest venue, the Missouri Theater, is closed for renovations.  Also passes for the festival have already sold out, and ticket reservations have ended online, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be waiting in line to see films if you haven’t made plans already.  Even the events’ organizers consider this years’ fest a leap of faith.

In spite of these inconvenient facts, at least about 15,000 people make the trip each year.  We suspect attendance might be a bit higher for this year’ festival, which begins this Thursday February 28th and will continue through Sunday March 2nd in 2008.  Check their schedule for the details too numerous to list here.  And unless you’ve already made reservations for lodging, or have arrangements with a friend in Columbia, you’ll be losing your whole weekend in Columbia rather than gaining a day because of your own leap of faith this year.

Extra credit?  Check out the organizer’s blog, add your pictures to the group’s FlickR photo pool, or add this event (and others we cover) to your calendar.

Pyramid Schemes of the Future

February 26, 2008 at 1:40 am | Posted in Chris Maue, Editorial | Comments Off on Pyramid Schemes of the Future
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Pyramid SchemeI’ve been on Facebook for a few years now, but I just recently realized that all this time, I wasn’t part of the St. Louis, MO network – only the Webster University one.  I figured that since I’m about to graduate in May, I should probably join the St. Louis group – although perhaps in spirit, I will not be staying at Webster University come this May.

In any case, after browsing the main page for St. Louis, I came across something odd.“Yuwie – ‘Social Networking with a Twist” was posted by someone on the city’s wall. And after a terribly made, low quality video explaining how you might in some unlikely case make 50 cents a month by signing up everyone you’ve ever met (and anyone within your range online), I was LMAO.   If the url http://2url.us/2594  doesn’t seem sketchy enough, the terrible video of a guy explaining how to get 50 cents for every 1,000 page views (with income like that, Highway 61 couldn’t afford to park downtown for more than an hour) was too much. 

Sort of like running headlong into a brick wall, with a sign hung on it that says ‘break this for a penny!’  In any case, it’s sort of reassuring to know that even in this day and age, some of the people out to steal your time and money (or in this case, probably just sell your information to advertisers)  are willing to be so obvious about it, that you’re basically asking for it if you fall for the pitch.

Corrections

February 25, 2008 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Editorial, Matthew Hurst, Video | 1 Comment
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Not so much a correction as much as an addendum to a previous post, in which we had claimed that Highway 61 (revised) had a monopoly as a student-written blog in the Saint Louis area.  Although this is patently wrong when including online publication of school newspapers, besides 52nd City’s newest contributor, PubDef.net has taken up a few new interns to offer young peoples’ perspective on politics.  Antonio French even went so far as to post a YouTube highlighting their newest contributors.

I should probably apologize for this and other comically misleading remarks written due to my poor sense of editorial judgement, such as this post last week in which I use sarcasm to mischaracterize an article written for STLToday.com .  We hope students and graduates alike will consider us as a (mostly) reliable source of information online in the future.

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