April 11, 2006
The Genius and his Art
I was never a genious, except once when I narrowly beat Jason Latshaw on an internet intelligence quizz. However, I was a smart kid. It's only recently that I've become average.
Anyway. I've been blessed with the strange skill of rocking on multiple choice tests. Even if I don't know the material I take the tests and pretend I'm playing a game. I try to get inside the test writers' head and figure out how they are trying to fool me, then I fool them.
Well, I did really well on all those standardized achievement tests in middle school (except I always bombed the spelling sections). One day in 8th grade I got something in the mail from the "Johns Hopkins search for talented youth" asking me to take the SAT. Me and 2 other kids I sort of knew took it just for kicks. We had nothing to lose.
Anyway, I remember sitting down at some towle school event thing with one of those kids. Jason Chu was like "Hey man, how did you do on that test."
Being the incredibly humble person I am I didn't really want to talk about it, but he did so I complied.
"Yo, I actually did really well. It's crazy, because I was mostly guessing, and I don't know how it happened but I got an 1180." I looked away, kind of embarassed. That's not really normal for an 8th grader.
"Hey that's cool..." That's all he said. And I was curious.
"How did you do?"
He shugged nonchalantly. "sixteen hundred."
For real, this guy got a perfect score on the SAT in 8th grade. He's an intensely smart dude. There were always stories about him winning science fairs and inventing equations to predict the thickness of ice in the middle of Alaskan lakes which ended up saving lives. I don't know if it's true or just rumors, but people said that National Geographic did a special on him because of how groundbreaking his stuff was... in middle school.
By the time he was 16 he had won a $50,000 scholarship for
an original idea that he innovatively translated into an experimental laboratory procedure to prove that the addition of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) antibodies retard the spread of a malignant tumor. FGF (fibroblast growth factor) is essential for the rapid growth of certain types of cancer. In his project Fibrogenesis Retardation, Jason used an antibody to block the transmission of FGF in a test cell culture, which reduced its growth rate by approximately 40 percent, showing that this antibody should also reduce the growth rate of cancer. Jason’s results could revolutionize cancer treatment and extend the life of terminal cancer patients by several months, if not years.
Anyway, you get the point this guy is brilliant. So smart I can't even understand what he did.
Chu graduated from Charter and headed over to Yale, which broke the hearts of every other ivy league school in the world.
Well, there in Yale, Chu has worked to give the world something that they can understand, appreciate, and even dance to. He's in the all Yale hip hop band 108 tongues.
They are a tough DIY rap group...
primarily composed of emcees, though there are also Tongues graffiti artists, beatboxers, live instrumentalists, producers, and breakers.
If you hate that wackass mass-produced fake-thuggin' gangsta garbage that those other bullshit rappers make... that you hear on the radio, MTV, and BET... get down with the Tongues movement today.
Check out their myspace page. (listner discretion advised)
and just a heads up in case you are interested. They are currently "on the lookout for dope emcees to spit and record with us."
Count me in!
Posted by ian on April 11, 2006 12:01 AM
dude! I did that John Hopkins thing too!
I took my SAT in 7th grade though.... I did good though because I got into the program.
I rock multiple choice tests too... on my SS regents state thing i got an 99 and such. Whoever invented multiple choice tests are amazing
Posted by: Poncho on April 11, 2006 12:36 AM
i am not shocked by this at all. I've found that generally speaking people with the name Jason tend to be very bright.
Posted by: jason on April 11, 2006 01:23 AM
ah yes... I remember Laura telling me abt. that kid... and when the science fair time came... he was everyone's worst enemy (well, not really, but if they wanted to win it didn't look bright) Hehe... but apparently he's really cool. so that rocks.
Posted by: sha'uri on April 11, 2006 08:28 AM
these guys are great! seriously. really good. i wanna play with them i think they kinda rule...i mean...f*** harvard? aweseom!
Posted by: joshua Latshaw on April 11, 2006 10:04 AM
Yo dawgz, I could rhyme with the best.
Posted by: Einstein on April 11, 2006 10:26 PM
Posted by: jaysonjaz on April 12, 2006 12:46 PM
Fort Minor - Where'd You Go
Fort Minor's MySpace Page
Posted by: Hey on April 13, 2006 02:02 PM
Hm... blog spam. Has anybody ever heard of this guy before?
Posted by: Ian on April 13, 2006 02:26 PM
Ya he is from Linkin Park. HIs stuff sounds Good
Posted by: Bubba on April 13, 2006 02:41 PM
He's got a really lame name for his album.
Posted by: Jeremy Enigk on April 13, 2006 04:39 PM
This is the best CD ever I love this Guy
Posted by: beep on April 13, 2006 06:24 PM
You people are really boring these days. I need to find a new band to like. Post, or you totally lost me.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 13, 2006 11:02 PM
When can I buy your album?
Posted by: RabidFan on April 14, 2006 12:47 AM
Fort Minor sounds better than the Jason guy from Harvard.
"Yay we are really smart and can curse to a beat" ~ 108 Tongues.
Posted by: review on April 14, 2006 10:41 AM
They're good, but not as great as CHAD LOVE
Posted by: Anonymous on April 14, 2006 03:02 PM