The entire discipline of history is extremely uncomfortable with the supernatural. It's like,
Sources: The gods did this, demons are everywhere, a spirit lives in the lake and god told me to do it.
Historians: Culture and discourse did it, it was a...uh...complicated nexus.
In 2020 the burden of proof is on the disenchanters.
McMurdo station, Observation Hill via https://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/mcmwebcam.cfm?t=1
Academic Union Stuff
Anyone ever been part of a grad student strike before? Really any advice or thought would be helpful, since the VAST majority of union members here have never gone on strike before and we're anticipating the administration to try to wait it out and break it. TL;DR it's probably going to be long and hard.
I fully intend to start using Masto again regularly soon I just haven't had a lot of thoughts to contribute recently beyond what accompanies the day-to-day tedium of driving a bus for money. It just takes a lot out of me mentally. Once my program starts up in the fall and I'm teaching again my thoughts will return (I hope!)
my friend resent me the link to that sewing page where the text keeps getting bigger
this always makes me cry with laughter idek why
student mental health, grading
I'm grading final papers and a note card dropped out of one that just said, "had a breakdown and couldn't finish". I wish I could tell him, "buddy, I'm an underpaid grad student not a cop" because I'm going to grade what he did turn in in the context of his other successful work but like damn, remember to be merciful, everyone. No artifice of academia is worth human health.
discovision (laserdisc) demo disc from 1978, showing their (less-than-sterile) manufacturing process
mention of a "psychologist" USSR
A student approached me after a review session last night to ask me if I had ever heard of solzhenitsyn and my immediate question was how a student who was struggling to remember what the cold war was knew about soviet samizdat and anyway that's how I learned the new edition of the gulag archipelago will have an introduction written by jordan peterson
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