boards weight into getting into wanted residency

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by asdf, May 9, 2006.

  1. asdf

    asdf Guest

    how much do the board scores weight into getting into a wanted
    residency ?

    the reason i ask is for a friend who is going to a school - but withen
    the school
    there is a lot of cheating on exams. basically there are a lot of A's
    that are
    not true A's b/c of exam cheating. will these marks weigh or will the
    be the biggest decision maker ?
    asdf, May 9, 2006
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  2. asdf

    Bill Guest

    asdf wrote:

    "asdf" -- a cute handle, obviously obtained by running a finger along
    the row of keys on the left of the keyboard.

    It reminds me of the old signature, "etaoin shrdlu."

    Perhaps that dates me, but does anyone else remember the origin of
    "etaoin?" I can remember because when I took print shop in junior high,
    we often signed off the daily projects with that byline. The teacher
    didn't appreciate it. :)

    - dentaldoc
    Bill, May 10, 2006
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  3. Bill wrote:
    No. Were any regulated substances involved?

    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, May 10, 2006
  4. asdf

    Bill Guest

    Bill wrote:

    No. Were any regulated substances involved?


    Nope, no regulated substances! (Unless you consider the lead and
    antimony alloys in cast type as regulated substances.)

    Before the advent of computers, newspapers and print shops used to use
    a machine called a Linotype. It resembled a typewriter in that it had
    old-fashioned manual keys to hit on a keyboard, but there the
    resemblance ends.

    Hitting a key on the Linotype caused a tiny mold of that letter to drop
    into a slot which held it in place. The size of the mold was exactly
    the size of the letter to be printed.

    Hitting subsequent keys would cause those additional letters' molds to
    drop into line after the first mold. The net result after a line of
    typing was a line of molds of all the individual letters that had been
    typed -- spelling out exactly what had been typed.

    When the line was full, the operator would pull a lever which caused
    the entire line of tiny molds to be filled with molten typesetting
    metal. The metal cooled into one piece, forming a full line of type --
    thus the name, Linotype.

    Instead of a printer setting type one letter at a time, the way Ben
    Franklin had to do it, an operator of this ingenious machine could
    obtain a one-piece mold of an entire LINE of type just by typing on the

    It was much faster for the printing industry to assemble entire lines
    of type instead of handsetting one letter at a time. For most of the
    twentieth century, newspapers were printed with type from Linotype
    machines. It was the only way to set type quickly and efficiently.

    Now for the origin of "etaoin shrdlu."

    Unlike the usual layout of typewriters, often known as "qwerty"
    keyboards, the Linotype keyboard was laid out according to the
    frequency with which letters appear in the English language. In order,
    that is e-t-a-o-i-n-s-h-r-d-l-u. If I can remember correctly after so
    many years, the "etaoin" was in one column, and the "shrdlu" was in the

    So if you just ran your finger down the first two columns of keys, the
    Linotype machine would set "etaoin" and then "shrdlu" in the blink of
    an eye. In junior high, that was way cool -- just go zip, zip! and you
    had a line of genuine, finished metal type in a jiffy. Put it in a
    printing press and it read, "etaoin shrdlu."

    Webby sent me a link that mentioned that when typesetters (Linotype
    machine operators) made a typing mistake, it was faster to finish that
    line of type and throw it away, then type the correct line.

    But discarding a partial line required hitting the "pour-molten-metal"
    lever, and if the line was short, the extra molten metal would splash
    on the operator! So if a typing mistake was made, the operator learned
    to fill out the line with nonsense before discarding it, so he wouldn't
    be burned.

    The easiest way to fill out the line was by running a finger along the
    keys. That would produce the letters "etaoin shrdlu."

    Sometimes these "discarded' lines of type were accidentally left in the
    newspaper story and printed on the press, thus puzzling the readers of
    the day with news articles interspersed with the message, "etaoin
    shrdlu, etaoin shrdlu."

    And to think that back in the fifties, I had thought it was just due to
    fun and games for curious junior-high kids! Those big industrial
    Linotype machines were irresistable toys, when the teacher wasn't
    looking. ;-)

    - dentaldoc
    Bill, May 12, 2006
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