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 on: Today at 04:34:32 pm 
Started by protoplasm - Last post by valmor84
I have long wished to dine at the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill at the University of Colorado-Boulder. It features "El Canibal Mexican Specialties"!

 on: Today at 04:17:12 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by archaeo42
Their 1946-Red Velvet is my go-to red. I rarely have to reapply it, but leave lipstick prints all day long. It's also more moisturizing than  my regular lip balm. Smells nice too.

I can't wait for the Victory Red to arrive.

I'm really intrigued by their Noir Red Lipstick.

 on: Today at 04:14:17 pm 
Started by millionmilesaway - Last post by tenured_feminist
Are you at an R1?

If so, the things you need to do are the following, in the following order of priority.

1. Publish good stuff frequently in good places.
2. Don't be an a$$hole to your colleagues and students.
3. Teach competently.
4. Do the service work you're asked to do competently and without complaint.

Notice that Facebook likes and sucking up to people is not on this list.

 on: Today at 03:47:44 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by verstrickt

Man, talk about being mentored by wolves.

 on: Today at 03:27:47 pm 
Started by fiona - Last post by fiona
Did he say "books" or "novels," Fiona?

He said "books" (or probably "book's"). I think he doesn't know from novels.

Sigh again.

The Fiona

 on: Today at 03:19:19 pm 
Started by melba_frilkins - Last post by merinoblue

Great Colleges to Die at

Great Colleagues to Die for

 on: Today at 03:07:36 pm 
Started by rodentmind - Last post by merinoblue
I was back at my previous workplace.  Sylvester Stallone, dressed in an extremely dapper beige suit, was going to be a guest lecturer. However, we had to travel a short distance on the road to hear his lecture.  I asked one of my postdoc colleagues if she was bringing her laptop, because I had the impression we were expected to listen to him, not work while he was lecturing.  Not surprisingly for her, she said of course she would be bringing hers--it was no big deal.  Then I asked our center director, and she told me the expectation was that we wouldn't be working while listening to him.  My next decision was what footwear to wear. It was winter, and for the road trip to his lecture, I wanted to wear my practical, rubber-soled black boots.  But then I realized, "he's Italian and very sharp," and decided that I had to wear my black dress shoes to go with my tights and dress, so that I felt properly (and femininely) attired for the occasion.

I headed to the exit of this room to go to my car, but realized en route that I had forgotten the dress shoes, so immediately turned around.  When I went to leave again, I leapt--athletically, I thought--up onto a bookcase which doubled as a staircase out of the room.  However, the bookcase toppled back over and onto the floor.   No one was hurt, but to cover my embarrassment, I chided no one in particular out loud for placing the heavy items at the bottom of the bookcase instead of the top, where they were more stable (the opposite of what is true).    All this time, Sly was standing at the front of the room, watching impassively, deeply unimpressed with me.

 on: Today at 02:58:01 pm 
Started by protoplasm - Last post by egilson
My partner still speaks fondly of dining at Yale in the 1960s, where one of the halls had a freezer case where you helped yourself to paper-wrapped individual serving bricks of Sealtest ice cream.

 on: Today at 02:02:17 pm 
Started by millionmilesaway - Last post by mouseman
This is from extensive second-hand knowledge, so take it as you will. Having people on the T&P committee who will advocate for you won't ever hurt, and can help in a borderline case. The operative word is "borderline". If you are clearly lacking in teaching, research, or funding, having people like you will just affect how bad they feel when they decide to reject your tenure bid.

However, if you're well-liked, and you are just scraping by on, say, research the committee MAY say "well, he's great to have around, so let's keep him". However, that may only help until the file hits the dean's desk. The dean, who doesn't know you, may have a different take on the topic.

So it is always better to have a stronger tenure file than to be "the most loved faculty member". After all, there are many members of the department who are not affected by your social behavior, but all department members can be affected by your academic reputation.

 on: Today at 02:02:05 pm 
Started by merinoblue - Last post by vkw10

Why are all of those people on the same road as me?

We were born to wake each morn
Some place we've never been
Checkin' out the locals
As they watch us checkin' in
Every new encounter
In another new zip code

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