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General Discussion / Re: The Venting Thread
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 09:04:25 PM »
Hope its tiny fangs stay aligned!

M.
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General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 09:02:52 PM »
Found the earlier (Ian Carmichael) D. Sayers threads on YT, watched "Cloud of Witnesses" and "Murder Must Advertise" over the past few nights.

Carmichael's OK, he has more vitality, but almost too much; Petherington has the more dimensional neurasthenic vulnerability I find makes the character more interesting and believable in the books.

No Miss Vane, so far, in the older ones I've seen; I liked EP's co-star, so I am reluctant to audition someone else in her role...mais, on va voir.

M.
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by Parasaurolophus on Today at 08:57:56 PM »
40 short, but my heart's not in it tonight.
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General Discussion / Re: The Venting Thread
« Last post by Parasaurolophus on Today at 08:33:59 PM »
The hatchling had a small accident amd wrenched a tooth somewhat out of alignment, as far as I can tell. I know it's not my fault, but man, do I ever feel bad about it. The poor love.

Hopefully it's not bad and sets itself aright. And hopefully tomorrow I can get a better look at it.
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General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread
« Last post by hmaria1609 on Today at 07:25:24 PM »
"West Side Story" (1961) on Kanopy
The movie is available for this month only. I first saw this movie in junior high so it was good to see it again.
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General Discussion / Re: The Biden Administration
« Last post by mahagonny on Today at 05:37:02 PM »
Fivethirtyeight puts him at 41.9% approval, 53.5% disapprove. Worst ratio of all presidents except Trump.
Surprising he hasn't fired anyone. Who should be first? Are there any shake-up moves that could help his presidency?
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General Discussion / Re: the "things you wish you could say" thread
« Last post by OneMoreYear on Today at 05:24:14 PM »
When my 1st year students engage in that type of reductionist thinking, I understand that it is part of their early adulthood development. But I would certainly hope that anyone who has achieved a advanced degree would be capable of more nuanced consideration. It's not black and white, people. Embrace the dialectical thinking and let's move forward.
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General Discussion / Re: Professor Votes With His Feet
« Last post by mahagonny on Today at 04:28:05 PM »
I do buy that his grad students could be suffering on the job market because of their affiliation with him, although I wonder how good/modern the training he provides really is, given that he hasn't done any real research in years.

My school's DEI staff have been doing some training that's, like real modern.
ETA: Ideas are not automatically good because they have been either recently developed or in fashion.


I never said that they are, but one cannot publish in top journals without serious methods training and an understanding of the current debates in the academic journals. I don't know about Peterson's field, his research profile, or his engagement with the literature, so not going to say he doesn't train students well, but in general celebrity advisors who write self help books and podcast all day aren't going to be very effective at getting their students up to par. It doesn't help that lots of people are put off by Peterson's philosophy, but if his grads have top pubs they will get hired regardless.
Your stern look at the responsibilities of deeply tenured star academics should be bad news for Ibram X. Kendi. He might want to cut back on his schedule of moonlighting spiritual cleansing exercises for hopelessly racist cashiers working at CVS, for example. We're going to hear a lot of protests from academics like yourself who are worried that his students aren't getting enough attention, any minute now, aren't we? Heh heh.

ETA: then again, Jordan Peterson had the lack of imagination and tactics to join an actual academic field, clinical psychology I believe it is. Whereas Kendi found a way around that. The 'field' of 'antiracism.' Just make up your own field, no history, no rigor, no serious thinkers for one to be compared to, no feet getting held to the fire. Anything goes. Well played sir!
Reminds me, That old spy spoof show, 'Get Smart' had a similar self-validating scheme: international counter-espionage was unchallengeable, being dedicated to the cause of 'niceness.'

[not sarcasm]
As well, it surprises me that people like yourself who are so capable of holding people's feet the fire don't generally have anything to say to challenge the sweeping generalizations regularly churned out by DEI staff. If they are part of university culture, why shouldn't they be held to standards?  Not to mention rock stars like Kendi who turn out to be total lightweights.

(aside: when I use the term 'rock star' it's not a compliment)
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General Discussion / Re: Professor Votes With His Feet
« Last post by Sun_Worshiper on Today at 01:44:47 PM »
I do buy that his grad students could be suffering on the job market because of their affiliation with him, although I wonder how good/modern the training he provides really is, given that he hasn't done any real research in years.

My school's DEI staff have been doing some training that's, like real modern.
ETA: Ideas are not automatically good because they have been either recently developed or in fashion.


I never said that they are, but one cannot publish in top journals without serious methods training and an understanding of the current debates in the academic journals. I don't know about Peterson's field, his research profile, or his engagement with the literature, so not going to say he doesn't train students well, but in general celebrity advisors who write self help books and podcast all day aren't going to be very effective at getting their students up to par. It doesn't help that lots of people are put off by Peterson's philosophy, but if his grads have top pubs they will get hired regardless.
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General Discussion / Re: Professor Votes With His Feet
« Last post by Parasaurolophus on Today at 01:04:33 PM »
The idiotic ideas are the problem.

Yes. Idiotic ideas like his decontextualized Jungian-Campbellite stream-of-consciousness nonsense.
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