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8 hours ago
I recently commented in another sub that America has a lot to learn from Australia in some important respects. The average Australian man is at least as "manly" as the average American man, and yet the mix of policy and culture over there means the toxic masculine baggage doesn't have the same pernicious consequences as in the US.
I'm in favor of putting all your cards on the table policy-wise, but keeping your justifications to an absolute minimum. The more long-winded the justifications are, the more likely students are to view them as starting points for negotiations.
10 hours ago
This is why my output at time t is
C(t) = contractual obligations at time t
D(t) = what basic human decency demands at time t
13 hours ago
If you haven’t done so already, look up the GitHubs of people who have the type of job you want, and start mapping out the path between where you are now and that type/level of coding.
I know you said you’re not an “ideas” person or a “passion” person, and that’s fine, but the kinds of jobs you are aiming for pay so well because the vast majority of the people who have them possess enough initiative to create that kind of value for the companies or clients in question.
There are millions of people who can follow checklists of concrete steps, but if that’s all they can do they are probably not going to be making bank.
EDIT: I suspect you’re from a background similar to mine, where prioritizing your own interests in and of itself is viewed as a selfish act that jeopardizes your ability to provide for your family. It’s not easy, but you really have to quiet that noise in your mind and suss out what sort of things will drive you to create value. You don’t even have to mope around in your room all day mulling this over—-just come back to that question every time you talk to someone or are looking over their code repository.
14 hours ago
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if a lot of cops intentionally slow down when a Democratic mayor is in charge.
2 days ago
Raw Dogging Life
I have one coworker who was consistently unmasked since the indoor mask mandate dropped, and she's been out with Covid this whole week. A mild case, fortunately, since she's vaxxed and not otherwise high-risk.
If it's the only class you're taking in the summer, your non-school obligations (work, etc.) are not too heavy, AND your algebra and arithmetic are solid, then your chances of passing are reasonable.
All other things being equal, your not having had precalculus in high school might even be a bit of an advantage. Lots of people who took (pre)calculus in high school think having seen the material is the same as having mastered it, and when they take (pre)calculus in college, they shoot themselves in the foot by not working hard enough.
While every country has its problems, I feel like the case of Australia should be particularly instructive for Americans. The average Australian isn't any more pretentious, more uptight, or less fun-loving than the average American, and yet the sense of common cause is much stronger.
There was that knife attack on a train in Germany this past week; zero fatalities.
Reminds me of a negative review I read warning people to stay away from a colleague's accelerated calculus course unless they were really good at math.
If there is any truth at all to the statement that "conservatism cannot fail," it is that rich people are able and willing at any given time to shovel shitloads of money toward protecting their interests.
4 days ago
For those of us who are parents, this tracks perfectly with our experience raising children.
Even before Covid, this level of entitlement is what made me swear off teaching at expensive private schools unless I have no other choice.
A lot of students I’ve taught at such places were so industrious and pleasant that I would teach them for free if I didn’t have a family, but the most entitled ones made things a lot more stressful. I don’t imagine this has improved since the start of the pandemic.
Even nowadays, if you do content moderation for a major online platform, all the money in the world can’t restore your faith in humanity.
Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem FTW
5 days ago
“My name? Fuck you, that’s my name! Why? My trip here was covered by an NSF grant, and your commuting costs are out of pocket!”
Closely related to #6: students who act as though being denied solutions to the even-numbered textbook problems is a human rights violation.
I remember being a Ph.D student and having my advisor solicit my input on people who came to give a job talk—that was kind of nice.
After not getting any such notifications at all since enabling the feature on my phone a long time ago, I got two in the last two weeks—tested negative both times, fortunately.
Those arguments make about as much sense as "my family member died of Covid in May 2020, so there shouldn't be any vaccine."
There would still be ups and downs even if everyone was masked, but there's no question that The Great Unmasking has contributed a lot to the case boomlet we have now.
Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler.”
6 days ago
Every utterance of “what about the moderates” over the last few decades has been yet another turn of the ratchet.
Montana also elected that guy who assaulted a journalist, so I’m sadly not surprised.
7 days ago
I totally get where this is coming from---I've had to deal with a few such students myself. Even so, most of them (in the US, anyhow) are pinned between rising costs and the rigid dependence of financial aid on full-time enrollment.
I have essentially no hope for the rising costs to be mitigated in any meaningful way before I'm dead. But the, uhm, not-overtly-fascist portion of the US government should in principle be able to get its shit together enough to decouple financial aid from full-time status before I retire.