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General Discussion / Re: Looking for uplifting teaching movies
« Last post by dismalist on Today at 05:25:09 PM »
Not the white saviour into black neighbourhood movies, but a decent film where a teacher makes a difference. I'm really struggling with my mental health and the (still currently online where I am) teaching at the moment. Need to remind myself why I do this.

How about a black teacher in a neighborhood of white kids, working stiffs? To Sir with Love, 1967.

How about a white female teacher in a neighborhood of white boys, losers? Up the Down Staircase, 1967.

Can't be that the genre ended in 1967.

Best  of luck.

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General Discussion / Looking for uplifting teaching movies
« Last post by pedanticromantic on Today at 05:12:10 PM »
Not the white saviour into black neighbourhood movies, but a decent film where a teacher makes a difference. I'm really struggling with my mental health and the (still currently online where I am) teaching at the moment. Need to remind myself why I do this.
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General Discussion / Re: Movie Thread
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 05:08:05 PM »
Speaking of book-to-film transitions, I liked what there was of Gaudy Night (spread the watching of the 3 episodes over a couple of days) but....oh, dear.

Several sub-plots were omitted, and the ending...no "Placetne, Magistra"???

What were they thinking???

(Actually, the male lead went on record as having been dissatisfied with the omissions as well...)

But the screen work and other aspects were satisfying. Several of the comments noted that had a fourth episode been done they could have included most of the omissions; the earlier version (haven't found it yet) was apparently better in that regard.

Sigh...

I'll still watch the others, though.

M. 
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ab_grp on Today at 04:00:09 PM »
My husband sent me this article from Deb Amlen (from the NYT crossword column) about Letter Boxed that has some tips and tricks for solving.  I would suspect we already use them but FYI: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/crosswords/letter-boxed-tips-and-tricks.html

I still don't have a 2fer yet, but I have some ideas toward it.

ETA: Got a 2fer!
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Oh, I have hobbies, too.

You should see what I do with those!

;--}

M.


No, that's OK. Have a blast. It's probably white supremacy shit anyway.

Excuse me????

Reported.

M.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by Puget on Today at 03:13:50 PM »
Things have definitely turned to corner now both in my state and on my campus. The campus test positivity rate has dropped from a high of nearly 8% a couple of weeks ago (when it was mostly just faculty, staff and grad students being tested) to 2% this week, even with many undergrad students moving back in (we are remote for the first 2 weeks of classes, but students can move back any time in there).

 I do somewhat suspect that a lot of those positive PCR tests from early January were picking up prior rather than current infections, since most people hadn't been PCR tested since the semester ended at that point. The amount of routine PCR testing on campuses and other major employers around here makes me wonder if that didn't distort the rates a bit, with a holiday lull in those tests followed by everyone getting a read-out of several weeks of possible infections all at once.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by Caracal on Today at 03:13:09 PM »
With masks less and less effective..



I don't think there's any reason to think that's true. Let's pretend that the chance of catching delta in a room where one person is infected, with 10 people for an hour was 25 percent if everyone was unmasked and only 5 percent if everyone had a mask on. . Imagine Omnicron made the chance of infection for both the masked and unmasked go up 3x. It would seem like masks were less and less effective, but their effectiveness would have actually remained the same.

Probably, the numbers don't work this way and the risk actually goes up for the unmasked more. We haven't suddenly heard lots of reports of classroom spread, for example. If you do the pretend numbers again and imagine that its still 5 percent for the masked room if there's one infected person, it would seem like masks were less effective because you'd see more people getting infected. After all, more people are getting infected when everyone is wearing a mask. But, actually, its just that there are lots more infections so there are more chances for that 5 percent to happen.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by dismalist on Today at 02:54:58 PM »
Rationed tests [seven per person per day] are free at the pharmacy in the UK and cost less than $1 per test in Germany. Have been readily available for a long time, over a year.

Why not in the US? Thimk.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by apl68 on Today at 02:03:37 PM »
We distributed another 180 COVID test kits yesterday.  This time it took us a whole hour, instead of not quite half that.  Sounds like maybe people aren't as desperate now, although demand continues to exceed supply.  The county health nurse said that she noticed that they weren't as desperately busy yesterday either.  Maybe that's a hopeful sign?  The state's hospitalization figures have just hit a new record, but there are at least significantly fewer ventilator and ICU cases. 

We just got word from the county nurse that we probably won't have kits available tomorrow either.  Must be some new snag in the supply chain.  Right now the state distribution is having to fill the gap before the new federal distributions start coming through.
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General Discussion / Re: What have you read lately?
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 01:47:27 PM »
I am working my way through the audiobook of Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War".  Those Greeks sure love their rhetoric.  It seems to contain all the speeches given about the war.  The monologue in favor of the Spartans supporting Plataea took 15 minutes, the battle description only 2.

I am reading the Black Cauldron series to Smolt.  She is loving it.

Lloyd Alexander was one of the early male JP-ish writers to put young women in charge.

I have always loved him (from afar) for that...

;--}

If Smolt is enjoying Alexander's mythical series, she might enjoy his other works, as well as Avi's...

M.
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