The amazing thing is that our ideas only suck SOME of the time

Posted on October 2nd, 2006

While cleaning up my home office, I recently stumbled upon a folder with "COOL IDEAS" scrawled across the front in my handwriting. Inside, I found page after page of concepts, notes and scribbles I'd written back when I was an intern. Now, I've been holding on to this stuff, these COOL IDEAS, for nearly a decade so there's gotta be a Gold Lion in there somewhere, right?

Oh. My. God.

You know those high school photos where you thought you looked sooooo cool but you actually looked like a freaking idiot? It was like that, only worse ("For razor ad: a bald porcupine or Lincoln memorial (no beard)"). Yes, HeadOn bad. And that's just the barest glimpse through my personal doorway to hell.

Speaking of ads I regret, I'd like to apologize for the paper mill banners that show up from time to time. We block one the moment we see it, but we have limited control over the Google ads and it might be a lost cause. We've got a few marketing professors who visit our site and more than a few students, so I want to be absolutely clear that we don't support plagiarism and refuse to profit from it. Write your own goddamn paper on Hegel's theory of dialectic – it's the closest you'll ever come to finding work with a philosophy degree. (Having said that, I was amused to note that the first paper mill we blocked sold 2,780 essays on the subject of ethics, including 90 decrying the evils of plagiarism.)

On the upside, the subject of unmerited academic achievement inspired this week's words vs. pictures debate.

-Graham

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