13 Most Useful and Useless College Majors

Kristen (my daughter and Carol’s best friend for those who don’t know) sent me this link last night….very interesting.

The most useful, and useless, college majors.

These are either from Newsweek, or Science Mag, or, The Daily Beast, or whatever…when it comes from Tumblr….the source is confusing.  :-)

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The 13 Most Useful* College Majors (As Determined By Science)


1. Nursing

2. Mechanical Engineering

3. Electrical Engineering

4. Civil Engineering

5. Computer Science

6. Finance

7. Marketing and Marketing Research

8. Mathematics

9. Accounting

10. French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages

11. General Business

12. Elementary Education

13. Economics

*Useful, for our purposes, is defined by majors most likely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings, and which are in industries projected to grow in the next decade according to research from Georgetown University and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)

1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(EdYour primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

UpdateOur arts critic has some words of encouragement for you.

Update 2! Here are the most USEFUL college majors.

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“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Movie Trailer

Coming in December 2011.  Looking soooo forward to this one!

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“Take Me Home Tonight” Movie Review

(fun coming of age movie)

We watched this on VUDU and really enjoyed it.  If I would have known how good this movie was when we went to see the awful “Rango”, we would have seen this movie instead.

It’s 1988, and recent MIT engineering graduate, Topher Grace (as Matt Franklin) is working at a video store while he tries to find himself.

One day, his high school “crush”  (Teresa Palmer, as Tori Frederking) visits the store and Franklin lies about his employment to impress her.  They agree to meet later that night at a party.

Franklin, his twin sister Anna Faris (as Wendy Franklin) and friend Dan Fogler (as Barry Nathan) head off to the party looking for Frederking and getting into trouble.

During the course of the party (actually, parties)….they learn about life and what is important to them.  Very cool.

Rent it!

“Take Me Home Tonight” not for kids.  One really nice boob scene, some sexual references, and lots of  f-words.  It is rated R.

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“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Movie Review

 (tense, frightening, realistic)

James Franco (as Will Rodman) is a brilliant scientist testing the effects of a drug he has developed to, hopefully, cure Alzheimer’s.   The mission is personal since his father (the brilliant John Lithgow as Charles Rodman) has that disease.

Franco’s latest breakthru is a chimp named “Bright Eyes”.  But something goes horribly wrong and Bright Eyes is lost.  In her cage, the researchers find an infant that Franco takes home to raise and care for.  His Dad names him Caesar (a digital chimp played, at least in part, by Andy Serkis (“my preeeecious…”).

Caesar is VERY smart as a result of the drug Franco injected into his mother.

Unfortunate circumstances force Caesar to be moved into a primate center where he is bullied by Draco Malfoy….err, Tom Felton (as Dodge Landon) while Franco develops a stronger drug to counteract certain limitations of the original drug.

The problem with this new drug, while resulting in extreme intelligence gains in the chimps (and other primates), is that it is deadly to humans. Oops.

Gripping, tense, realistic digital effects, great story, and acting make “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” a truly wonderful movie.  Go see it!   Don’t get up and leave when the credits start..it ain’t over for a few more minutes.

It is a bit intense, in my opinion, for younger kids (the youngest of which will probably be just bored).  But tweens and above should love it (it is PG-13, so be a bit careful). No f-words (unless I missed one), but, intense situations and some violence.

Time to watch the old “Planet of the Apes” movies that Lori loved (Roddy McDowall rocks!)

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“Crazy Stupid Love” Movie Review

“Crazy Stupid Love” Movie Review

 (terrific, funny, surprising twists)

We have seen a number of great movies lately.  When you are swept away in a world of fantasy for 2 hours while the cares of the real world drift away…that is a great movie.

This is a great movie, complete with the most surprising twists I have seen, and the funniest 7 or 8 minutes EVER where the entire cast is brought together and you are rolling on the floor.  At the end, the audience (mostly teens by the way) clapped!

The beautiful Julianne Moore (Emily) tells Steve Carrell (Cal) over dinner that she wants a divorce.  Devastated, Cal sets off on his own spending a good deal of time in a bar talking to himself.  That is where he meets Ryan Gosling (Jacob) a smooth womanizer who leaves with a different woman every night.

Jacob decides to help Cal by teaching him how to be, well, Jacob.  Soon Cal is his own smooth operator eventually bedding 9 women.  But he is still sad, and still loves Emily.

Emma Stone (Hannah) and Analeigh Tipton (Jessica) round out the major players who are ALL tremendous.  Marisa Tomei (Kate) is wild and super sexy…OMG.

One totally appropriate F-word uttered by Emma Stone as Gosling removes his shirt (and the girls / women /some of the guys in the audience gasp).  Yes, he looks Photoshopped….damn.

Small kids will not understand the sexual references, but, since it is PG-13 I would leave the little ones home (with a babysitter like Jessica!).

The TWISTS are so surprising…..they take your breath away!  And as the surprises are unfolding, you will experience the funniest 7 or 8 minutes ever put in a movie!  (Did I say that already?)

A must see….leave the action behind for a week and go see a romantic comedy that will blow you away.

PS:  I thought Gibbs offed Liza Lapira (Liz)…it is very nice to see she is alive and well and hot as ever.  :-)

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“Captain America” Movie Review

“Captain America” Movie Review

(Exciting, Engaging)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America) is a skinny, small, sickly young man trying to enlist in the Army to help his country during WWII.  Unfortunately, he is 4F.  But he never gives up.

Eventually, Stanley Tucci (Dr. Abraham Erskine) happens upon Rogers and gives him 1A status based simply on his desire.

Erskine, however, makes sure Rogers is sent to a special operations training facility where the Army is looking for the right person to become the first super soldier….Rogers is that person.

“Captain America” is an excellent movie that espouses the need to NEVER give up, be compassionate, and that with persistence you can succeed at your chosen path.  It is also a puzzle piece in the Marvel comic book series that until recently has been a mystery to me.

Stay until the very end and you will be treated to a great trailer for the upcoming Avenger movie with….hmmm, lets see:  Captain America, Thor, Ironman…who else?  See I am still learning about the Avengers.  :-)

Good for the whole family.  The fighting is more cartoon-ish violent, not real life violent so the little kids should be ok.  By the way, I have heard that the skinny kid is done with computer graphics, it is Chris Evans.  Awesome technology.

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“Johnny English Reborn” Movie Trailer

You don’t know this, but, I LOVE Mr. Bean.  I have watched the original Johnny English at least 20 times now (plus as many of the Mr. Bean stuff as I possibly can..). NOW…coming soon to a theater near ME!  “Johnny English Reborn”…you know where I will be!

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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” Movie Review

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” Movie Review

(exciting end to a magical series)

Even though we knew what would be happening, it was magical to see the vision on the big screen.  They made some changes from the book, but, it was all good.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron seek and destroy the remaining horcruxes and participate in a huge battle at Hogwarts.  Beloved characters die (very emotional) while others show powers never before seen by movie goers (kick ass Neville and Mrs. Weasley !!!).

In the end…love prevails.

Go see it…maybe twice.  Some of the battle scenes may be too intense for little kids, but, hey…if your child read the book, they probably imagined worse.

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“Zookeeper” Movie Review

“Zookeeper” Movie Review

(great family friendly movie!)

I love this scene!

The critics can take lessons in how to enjoy life.  Hey….”Zookeeper” is not an Oscar worthy high brow serious movie.  It IS a FUN family movie that kids and adults will both enjoy.  It is funny, it is FUN, and it teaches a lesson:  Be yourself.

Kevin James (as Griffin Keyes) is awesome.  He has been moving up my list of favorite actors and this movie moved him up even more.  His comic timing is perfect.

Griffin is in love.  He takes his girlfriend on a horseback ride on the beach when she spots a bottle in the sand.  Getting off the horse, she pulls out a note, and finds out it is a marriage proposal from Griffin.  She says no.  It turns out she does not like Giffin’s career as a Zookeeper (he loves his job at the zoo, is good to the animals, kind, helpful, generous…).

5 years later, the old girlfriend makes a re-appearance and Griffin falls again.  This time the animals step in and start giving him advice.

Go see it!  Don’t listen to the critics…they really need to get a life.  This movie is wonderful fun for the whole family.

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“Hitch” Movie Review

“Hitch” Movie Review

(wholesome, heartwarming, fun)

We pulled out an old DVD….I had forgotten how good this 2005 movie was…

All you need is the confidence to approach the one you like.  Hitch can help.

Will Smith (Alex “Hitch” Hitchens), Kevin James (Albert Brennaman), Eva Mendes (Sara Meles) and Amber Valletta (Allegra Cole) are terrific.

Good for the whole family.  A funny heartwarming story about true love and the value of being yourself.

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“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Movie Review

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Movie Review

 (lots of action, funny, long, confusing)

Apparently, the race to the moon in the 60’s was spurred by the crash of an alien spacecraft on the moon.  The U.S.A. wanted to get there first. Since I remember watching the landing on TV, the scenes of that historic event were really cool.  I had no idea that Armstrong and Aldrin found that spacecraft….

Shia LaBeouf (as Sam Witwicky) is having a hard time finding a job , but, has another awesome girlfriend, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (as Carly).  With a medal from President Obama, he does not understand why his first job might have to be in the mail room (after all he saved Earth twice!).  Well, get over it….

He did, but as luck may have it, one of the people targeted for extinction by the Decepticons works in the same office, and Sam soon finds himself back in the action.

The rest of the movie is action, action, and more action.  The part where the Navy SEALS pop up out of the water is scary real, and the people flying through Chicago (I saw a news report that they actually did that!) was awesome!  The special effects are likewise awesome.  BumbleBee rocks!

The only problem, for me, is that “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon” is a bit long, and the constant action is not just confusing (like who is the bad guy and who is the good guy), it is also tiring.

The ending is predictable, but, everyone clapped (hmmm, maybe they had to pee?).

Good movie worth the price of admission, just empty out before it starts. OK for kids, but, a bit intense and visually overwhelming.

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“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Movie Review

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Movie Review


We are all caught up (it only took us, what, 10 years?) after watching “Wolverine” on Blu-Ray this weekend.

Simply put, this is the story of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and his brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber)  starting when they were kids then fighting in several wars (Civil, WWI, WWII, and as Mercenaries) and finally fighting each other.

Jackman and Schreiber are fantastic, and I think this is best of the bunch. Action from the opening scene to the very last.

Worth the price of the blu-ray as I plan to watch it over and over.

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“Bad Teacher” Movie Review

“Bad Teacher” Movie Review

 (Cameron Diaz, Cameron Diaz, Cameron Diaz)

“Bad Teacher” is a better movie than the trailer suggests.

Cameron Diaz (as Elizabeth Halsey) is shallow.  The only men who interest her are rich, and she thinks that increasing the size of her boobs will help her attract those men.

As the movie opens, she is leaving her teaching job to marry a very rich man. Arriving home she makes an offer I can only dream of from Diaz, but, quickly finds out that the marriage is off.

Back to teaching, but, with a terrible attitude.

She meets clueless substitute  Justin Timberlake (as Scott Delacorte) who’s family is rich and Diaz does her best to hook up with him.  But, he has the hots for another teacher, Lucy Punch (as Amy Squirrel).  Go figure.

As the movie progresses, Diaz learns about herself, and….well, go see it if you want to know what happens.

Good movie.

Cameron Diaz is worth the price of admission.  Timberlake is excellent as the clueless substitute (I mean who could possibly ignore a flirtatious Diaz?), and Jason Segel (as Russell Gettis) is great.

Not for kids, even though some clueless parents had kids with them.  One long boob scene and appropriate (to the intent of the R-rated movie) f-words and sexual references.

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“Horrible Bosses” Movie Trailer

Believe me, I have had my fair share of “Horrible Bosses”….thus my love of writing micro-horror stories that I call “Off Your Boss” (well, some are “off-other-people”, but, bosses prevail).  Check out one of my first micro-horror stories below this cool video.  YES….I will be in the theater on opening night.

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“Zero Potential” by Mike Pihlman

It turns out I have several of these “technology / get your boss” stories floating around my yet unexploded brain.  Here is another one for your reading “enjoyment”.

Genre:  Horror

Lesson:  In electronics the point that is connected to ground is at zero potential.

Pete was called into his boss’s office one day.  He was told that the Director of the Division disagreed with Boss’s assessment of Pete’s performance saying that he thought that Pete had “zero potential”.

After many successes in his career such as developing groundbreaking test equipment for ISDN, a remote security system that is still being used many years later, and the development of several people’s careers who are now successful, thanks to Pete’s caring and support.

Now he has “zero potential”.

One day, as luck may have it, Pete was on an errand on campus driving a company car.  In his path walked Director.

Thump, Thump.

Thump, Thump.

Director was now well grounded….zero potential.


Copyright Mike “TracyReaderDad” Pihlman, March 30, 2010.  This is fiction any resemblance to real world is intentional.

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Harry Potter NEW Movie Trailer, Part 2

I AM PSYCHED.  Here is the new Harry Potter movie trailer, just out today.

The only thing better than being released on July 15th would be if it was released on July 31.  Does anyone know why?

Check out my book review of “The Deathly Hallows” here.

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“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Movie Review

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Movie Review

 (Cage is super cool, lots of action, great effects)

OK, call me a dork, but I LOVED this movie when we saw it in the movies, and then I loved it even more watching it at home in all it’s blu-ray beauty.

Nick Cage (as Balthazar Blake) was one of Merlin’s three trusted apprentices.  As the movie states, maybe Merlin should have trusted only two, because that last one killed him.  As he lay dying, Merlin gave Balthazar a dragon ring and instructions to find the Prime Merlinian.

1000 years later he found him (Jay Baruchel as physics nerd Dave Stutler).

Rent it!  Buy it!  I particularly liked the real Sorcerer’s Apprentice thing when all the brooms were cleaning Stutler’s lab).  Very funny.

Oh yeah…I loved the homages to “Raiders of the Lost Arc”, “Star Wars”, and I think (more subtle or just my imagination), “Harry Potter”.

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“Super 8” Movie Review

“Super 8” Movie Review


Take one part “Alien”, one part “ET”, and one part “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” mix, shake, add a few precocious kids, and you have “Super 8”.

In 1979, a group of kids (aspiring movie makers) being bad (underage driving, sneaking out of the house….arrrghh) late at night nearly die in a train wreck as they are filming a scene for their movie.  Running for their lives, their video camera captures the images of the wreck and of an alien escaping from the train.  But since it is 1979, they have to wait several days to see these images…

“Super 8” picks up as the Air Force cleans up the remnants of the train wreck and searches for the alien while the alien (and the Air Force) terrorize the town.

Kyle Chandler (as Sheriff Jackson Lamb) is a favorite of ours (Pure Country, Early Edition)  and the kids are amazing, especially Joel Courtney (as Joe Lamb), Riley Griffiths (as Charles), and Elle Fanning (as Alice Dainard, who is, in my opinion, a super talented actress).

Go see it!   It is PG-13 and I remember one very clear f-word.  The 1979 references are nostalgic for us old folks.  The action is terrific and the movie the kids are making is cool.

Be sure to stay for the credits so you can watch the kid’s finished movie…

Curious as to what Super 8 is?  Click this link.

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“X-Men First Class” Movie Review

“X-Men First Class” Movie Review

 (Awesome, funny, shocking, enlightening)

“X-Men First Class” is a prequel to the three original X-Men movies.  Like “Star Wars”, I am hoping there will be another prequel…maybe a trilogy?

“X-Men: First Class” shows how Raven / Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and others first meet, become friends as mutant outcasts, and how the relationships and alliances between them evolve to what we know from the first movies.

Kevin Bacon (as Sebastian Shaw) is vintage Kevin Bacon…terrific.

Lots of action, mixed with a great story of friendship and trust makes this one great f-ing movie.  Speaking of the f-word, there is one, spoken by a surprise cameo in an absolutely terrific scene…..the whole audience cheered (including me!).

Funny one liners are peppered throughout the movie, my third favorite was spoken by Charles:  “…..I might go bald….”

Awesome movie….but watch the three movies first, it just works better.

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Joleen Ruffin, Tracy Island Online

“X-Men: The Last Stand” Movie Review

“X-Men: The Last Stand” Movie Review

(Exciting. The special effects are getting better!)

We have watched all three X-Men movies now.  Ready for the new one this Friday!

xmen last standIn “X-Men: The Last Stand” there is a “cure” for the mutants and we find out that Jean (Famke Janssen) is the most powerful mutant in the world, but, that Professor X (Patrick Stewart) had partitioned her brain to control her power.

Well, that control is gone and Jean, now, is Phoenix.

Magneto (Ian McKellen) recruits Phoenix and declares “war” with the non-mutant population who are hell bent on “curing” the mutants.  Magneto moves the Golden Gate bridge to span the water between SF and Alcatraz Island. Very impressive.  Hmmmm, I must have missed that the last time we went to SF.  :-)

Very exciting movie, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) team with four others to try to save the world and bring peace.

Rent it!  But do it quick…the new X-Men comes out Friday, June 3, 2011.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Mature Audience Trailer

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Mature Audience Trailer

The question is:  Is this really an underground video made in a movie theater, or a carefully plotted marketing ploy by Sony?  What do you think?  Read what the good folks at Mashable think.

Well, the mature trailer was pulled.  Here is the regular one:

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