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#91
Research & Scholarship / Re: July Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - July 13, 2024, 07:18:29 AM
Maybe some reading today? Dunno. I have family visiting for the week.
#92
General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
Last post by ciao_yall - July 13, 2024, 06:49:02 AM
Morning!

QB needed a hint for muumuu which I usually get. LB quacked-doldrums.

Happy solving!
#93
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by ciao_yall - July 13, 2024, 06:45:48 AM
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 12, 2024, 10:20:29 PMBiden brings more than donors. He brought together the right combination of voters in 2020: Suburban women and union workers in blue wall states, independents in Arizona. It is unclear that Harris, or any other Democrat, can put together a coalition like that in time for the election. Biden may not be able to do it again either, but it is not a reach to say he has a better shot than anyone else at this point.

And Biden has a point about elites. It isn't just donors, but pundits, Democratic congresspeople, and others who are declaring that he can't win, even though the data does not really indicate that voters have turned on him since the debate.

I say all this as someone who wishes he would step aside.

What percentage of donors are...

1) Genuine believers in the D party who want to see it succeed, regardless of who is on the ticket;
2) Cynically investing in a "winner" to do their bidding after they take office?
#94
The State of Higher Ed / Re: Project 2025's plan for Hi...
Last post by Diogenes - July 13, 2024, 06:23:30 AM
I wouldn't be so sure this time around. He's promised on Day One to reclassify most career public sector employees to be political appointees so he can purge them all and replace with sycophants. Project 2025 has people lined up for him and have been gathering intel on current employees! The masterminds have outright said this time around, they are prepared to do that since last time they weren't, since no one, including Trump himself, expected to win. So hopefully the courts and Congress could stop/slow that. But it's not like he didn't cause major damage to Higher Ed. He axed a huge amount of funding to NSF/NIH/etc.and Biden has not been able to get that money completely back.
#95
General Discussion / Re: What's your weather?
Last post by evil_physics_witchcraft - July 13, 2024, 05:59:59 AM
#96
Teaching / Re: The Alternate Universes of...
Last post by spork - July 13, 2024, 02:27:57 AM
Quote from: Sun_Worshiper on July 12, 2024, 06:49:47 PM[...]

As for grading, I give a much less substantive response to a paper that I suspect was written entirely by AI and with little-to-no input from the student. And a lower grade.


What criteria do you use that result in lower grades for obvious AI-generated slop?

Only a handful of my undergrad students have any intrinsic motivation to read. Previously I assigned short (no more than a half-page) pieces of writing with prompts on reading assignments, and graded them with a two-column (yes/no), three-row rubric:

  • Organized, clearly-stated argument.
  • Relevant use of assigned sources, correctly cited (i.e., must include page number).
  • Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

For the coming fall semester, I'm collapsing the three rows to two -- (1) organized/concise argument and correct mechanics, and (2) use of assigned sources. I'm hoping that this causes students who just copy/paste from ChatGPT will get a score of no more than 50% on these assignments.

Probably more importantly, I'm converting at least half of these writing assignments into annotation exercises on Perusall. I assume that students are less likely to copy/paste AI output from prompts if they are annotating a text with classmates, and Perusall already has some AI-detection ability (it flags comments that are pasted or otherwise suspicious).
#97
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Sun_Worshiper - July 12, 2024, 10:20:29 PM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on July 12, 2024, 09:54:37 PM
Quote from: ciao_yall on July 12, 2024, 06:39:05 PM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on July 12, 2024, 02:03:02 PMBiden's reference to "elites" is telling--he means donors, and the donors are shaken. They're his "base," so if he loses them he's toast. (Nobody else is a Biden tankie, unlike the BernieBros, KHive, etc.) There isn't a solid 30% out there who'll back him no matter what, unlike Trump. It's just the donors.

What percentage of R voters are voting the party, not the candidate?

I ask because there are voters who would vote D no matter what. Like myself.


That's the thing: those are voters any Democratic candidate will get. The question is what Biden brings to the table (or, indeed, who he scares away from it). Until now, it's been donors. If they desert him, then there doesn't seem to be very much left for him to contribute.

And it does look shaky on the donor front right now. I had thought he would manage to stay put and ride it out (not that I think that's the right thing, mind you), but after the grumbling from the last couple days I'm not so sure any more.

Biden brings more than donors. He brought together the right combination of voters in 2020: Suburban women and union workers in blue wall states, independents in Arizona. It is unclear that Harris, or any other Democrat, can put together a coalition like that in time for the election. Biden may not be able to do it again either, but it is not a reach to say he has a better shot than anyone else at this point.

And Biden has a point about elites. It isn't just donors, but pundits, Democratic congresspeople, and others who are declaring that he can't win, even though the data does not really indicate that voters have turned on him since the debate.

I say all this as someone who wishes he would step aside.


#98
General Discussion / Re: 2024 Elections Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - July 12, 2024, 09:54:37 PM
Quote from: ciao_yall on July 12, 2024, 06:39:05 PM
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on July 12, 2024, 02:03:02 PMBiden's reference to "elites" is telling--he means donors, and the donors are shaken. They're his "base," so if he loses them he's toast. (Nobody else is a Biden tankie, unlike the BernieBros, KHive, etc.) There isn't a solid 30% out there who'll back him no matter what, unlike Trump. It's just the donors.

What percentage of R voters are voting the party, not the candidate?

I ask because there are voters who would vote D no matter what. Like myself.


That's the thing: those are voters any Democratic candidate will get. The question is what Biden brings to the table (or, indeed, who he scares away from it). Until now, it's been donors. If they desert him, then there doesn't seem to be very much left for him to contribute.

And it does look shaky on the donor front right now. I had thought he would manage to stay put and ride it out (not that I think that's the right thing, mind you), but after the grumbling from the last couple days I'm not so sure any more.
#99
Research & Scholarship / Re: July Research Thread
Last post by Parasaurolophus - July 12, 2024, 09:48:32 PM
Wrote a few hundred and started refereeing a pile of garbage, but my workday got scuppered. Oh well.
#100
General Discussion / Re: RIP: To remember those los...
Last post by hmaria1609 - July 12, 2024, 07:53:12 PM
We've got a copy of "Tall Tales & Legends: the Complete Series" (1985) on DVD at the library. It was one of Shelley Duval's shows for kids.