'tis a strange thing to have written the big thesis but not being able to get a degree cause you didn't do the preparatory coursework
people give you funny looks

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Pros: I finally got in to a course to get those final nibbling points required to finalize one of my degrees
Cons: in order to participate, I'll need to get zoom

"mastodon user sargoth, you're not currently at a place where you can read internal documents"
I know
I don't lie enough on my applications

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the postings for PhD positions make more sense when you read the internal documentation outlining how such postings shall be phrased and what to consider when trying to attract the right people

perhaps, I speculate, some of this info should be provided up front, so prospective applicants will know what to write

the plan for the thesis after the thesis on speedrunning 

I'm not saying that it's to show up on the first day and just hand it in
but
it is heavily implied

Sometimes I think about how I'd make all lectures about Kafka if I got a teaching gig
especially the methodology lectures

I think we seriously underestimate

The fully-automated luxury gay space communism utopia we could could be living in today

If we took that military budget and spread it around to things that were good, and not just imperialist/nationalist projects

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I posit thus:
they know what is what
but
they do not know what is what
this, I contend
is the contradiction of our time

No knowledge in useless. In fact, the knowledge you possess will be used and applied on the situations you find yourself in, thus becoming useful by default

Language learning meta 

Something I think a lot of people need to hear. If you enjoy learning something, it's not useless. I'm tired of the phrase "why don't you learn a useful language."

My answer is always the same, I'm learning these because I like to, because they're fun.

quarantine status 

I just figured out a counterintuitive and long-winded way of using Kant to justify talking about frivolous things in public, and now I'm left pondering whether I should retool to become a philosopher or just get out more

The library closed its doors months ago, but it still wants its books back. Also, after six months it no longer autorenews existing loans, so every so often I have to cart myself over there to return these books I've already borrowed

If this goes on for much longer, the library will have more books than shelves. All the books that are usually out on adventure are now suddenly all back, all at once. As the saying goes: the library lives in all our houses

every day I regret not asking about the status of sociology during the revolution in that one higher seminar on the point of sociology

bunch of trans academics: you could have been using your chosen name all along
me: WHAT
trans academics: yeah your CV and journal titles aren't legal documents
me: WHAT

so trans academics who aren't aware of this, you can use your chosen name everywhere

I don't know who needs to hear this, but there are so many applicants to each position that your merits and personal qualities are effectively orthogonal to whether you get the job or not

When reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed, be sure to pay as much attention to the oppression as to the pedagogy

application quirks 

the email that informed me that the position went to someone else was sorted into "promotions", and I can't help but think this to be an algorithmically generated comment on the current state of things

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