Thursday, May 31, 2007

The end of Adsense at UJ

Today is momentous. I've decided to remove Adsense from this blog. There are several very good reasons for this:

1) People on the internet just seem to be after money. Have you ever read those sites which have product recommendations or say something like "I will show you how to make money but first you have to send me money". I don't agree with this philosophy. I want UJ to be a not-for-profit blog which raises awareness on important issues and generally entertains :).

2) Adsense is not profitable unless your site is very successful. You'd have more success referring people to Adsense like Problogger does.

3) I try to make UJ a fast loading page which validates. However the Adsense javascript file is very large and slows down access times.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

University students and the danger of being well-informed

Why go to university? To give your ideas credibility!

Let us suppose for a moment that you believe that war is wonderful and helpful in determining strong races and civilizations.

1) If you just say that in the street or at the pub, nobody will take you seriously. If you've gone to university people will probably respect your opinion more.
2) At university you learn to argue better and sound plausible. This does not necessarily mean your argument is any better than a rival one, only that you can present it better.
3) At university you learn how to support your argument with evidence and justify your conclusions.
4) Free speech means not censoring any ideas, even when they become unrealistic, impractical or unethical.

Thus all people who go to university obtain knowledge and inspiration and learn how to structure their ideas in a presentable way and loosely connect it with other academic works, but this does not necessarily make them intelligent or wise.