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Sep

19

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"Yo Where's the Party At?!"

“Yo Where’s the Party At?!”

Bwog’s coverage of things that only freshmen do continues with the story of the Beta brother who built partycast, the most popular partying app at Columbia that died after about a week of sporadic use. A naive Bwog writer who usually avoids any kind of Columbia party went to learn how exactly technology can lead to a better partying experience.

Through a long chain of coincidences, Bwog befriended the Beta brother who built the popular (at least during NSOP) app “Partycast.” And by befriended we mean telling him to his face that the idea was stupid and that no one would actually use it. He decided to try to set the record straight in an anonymous interview.

The first rumor he wants to put to rest is that the app was in any way trying to promote Beta’s parties. He had worked over the summer as a software developer and in his spare time, started coding his own apps. Around June he realized that he had a pretty solid idea for something that might be useful for people’s “partying needs” at Columbia. He devoted more time to working on what would come to be called “Partycast”. He took it upon himself to run the marketing campaign for his app–posting flyers up in freshmen dorms and waiting for people to start downloading the app from Google Play. Within the week of NSOP, the creator claims that nearly 300 people signed up, equivalent to “almost all of Carman.”

He never planned the app for longevity, justifying the rapid decline in usage after NSOP by saying that that “the scope of this was mainly for NSOP, and the purpose was to have big parties with random people.” He also adds that “I’d interview some freshmen who’d come to the beta house and they’d say, “I don’t know it’s a little sketchy”.

Read more about partycast and its sequel after the jump

Mar

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No, I’d rather analyze this

After seeing Bill Kristol’s talk at the J-School, Adam Shapiro reached out via email with a few questions.  Kristol was kind enough to respond and has some great words of advice:

Bwog: What’s an unpopular political opinion of yours that turned out to be right?

Kristol: That we should send more troops to Iraq (argued from 2003-2006, against both the Bush Administration and the left), and then, in 2007, that the surge (when the Bush administration finally did it) could and would succeed.

B: What’s an opinion you were once sure of that that turned out to be wrong?

K: That political correctness, academic trendiness and intellectual close-mindedness at universities couldn’t get any worse. It’s managed to do so for three decades.

B: Thoughts on Columbia University College Republicans endorsing marriage equality? Should more Republicans follow their lead?

K: People should make up their own minds on this, and not be shaped by bigotry on the one hand or intimidated by political correctness on the other.

B: Thoughts on Froscanity?

K: The worst thing about “daring” academics is how stupid and unimaginative their stunts are.

B: During your lecture, you said it is a particularly “fun time to be young”. What’s your idea of having fun in college?

K: I don’t think 20-year olds will or should take advice on “fun” things to do from me. But–to return to a theme–nor should they slavishly follow peer pressure, or the conventional wisdom that dominates the often very small and cramped world of today’s colleges. There are more ways to have fun and to live a satisfying life than than are dreamt of by academic liberals.

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