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 on: Today at 09:27:20 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by octoprof
Good night!

I made a list in the order I need to accomplish things because this week is a bear with deadlines, some external and some self imposed.
  • Case study due Sunday;
  • Email reminders to both classes about the things that are due
  • Start on Monday stuff
  • exercise 30 minutes
  • Call Bob
  • Progress on Marcellus (read that last email from M and do whatever I said I would) [when is conference submission deadline?]
  • Progress on Nigel (need to finish completely by 14th): read the editor's letter, make a to do list, do the things
  • Write lengthy reference letter for L and send it in
  • Quick read of MS 127 for known issues, then send conditional acceptance and push to copy edit pile
  • Check on progress of travel request stuff
  • Grade 303's HW 6; email 303 about looming Exam 2
  • Email 202 about all the looming things: Quiz 7, P2, Exam 2
  • Prod tardy reviewers
  • exercise 30 minutes; Tai Chi?
  • Ms 73 cite/ref check; copy edit; send to author with to do list
  • Ms 113 final copy edit check and publish
  • Maxmillian: Read editor's email and make a to do list, set aside until Friday
  • Marcellus - more progress
  • Nigel - more progress
  • Start drafting model paper - rough draft due 1/11
  • Set up 603's chapter 1 in BBL
  • Office hours - email or speak with T about 202's E2 key
  • F committee meets at noon
  • More office hours - prep exam keys for Monday
  • Nigel - get it all done or down to list of Qs and such for co-author
  • Check on early exam for 202 athlete (Has travel schedule been published yet?); make arrangements at testing center!
  • Read Case study 3; attend presentation or watch recording
  • Marcellus - more progress
  • Copy edit Ms 127 and send to author with to do list
  • Maximillian - make progress on to do list
  • Pack for camping: Don't forget: beanie; chopped stuff for breakfast things; stool; extra stove fuel; long johns; extra foil; spare batteries AAA and AA; more layers

  • Swim; Bike; Walk; MFP; LYN; language; knit; habitica; bblog; tblog
  • Call Mama; Call Bob; Call Franz
  • 201: HW 7b reminder (Sunday); Quiz 7 Reminder (Monday); P2 reminder (Monday?); Email about E2 (Monday)
  • 303: Quiz 6 reminder Sunday; Email about E2 (Monday)
  • 603: prep chapter 1 (TUESDAY)
  • Due Sunday: Case Study 20
  • Prioritize the R&Rs
    • Nigel R&R (due by 15th)
    • Maximilian R&R
    • Forrest: run new analysis; prep for presentation
    • Marcellus (write some text)
  • Ms 73 (final copy edit); Ms 113 (fix page number problem); Ms 127; prod reviewers

 on: Today at 09:14:21 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by dragon_flower
Good night!

Weekend:   computer hospital stuff, Ch.7, Ch. 8, Ch. 22, start drafting exam 2, read, exercise, work on crafts, laundry, clean , football, groceries, weekly goals, email J, weekly agenda, deal with email stuff

Class A:
Ch.8--determine learning objectives, revise lecture notes, revise PP, find supplemental readings, scan and post articles, create document

Class B:
Ch.22--determine learning objectives, revise lecture notes, revise PP, find supplemental readings, scan and post articles, create document

Search database
Begin revising chapter
Finish reading Book F
Start building bibliography for manuscript

Create annotated task list for summer and fall
Paperwork packet
Email DJB about questions

Write and mail cards; ask mama for list of addresses (again)
Request exam copies of textbooks for Spring

 on: Today at 09:10:57 pm 
Started by dr_alcott - Last post by canuckois
Telling people that statistics should somehow allay their subjective anxieties is both insensitive and, frankly, idiotic. It's also precisely what the NRA does after every mass shooting that makes the national news.

I think we have a winner for weakest argument. Yes, good point, I must support the NRA.

I didn't say you support the NRA. I pointed out that you're relying on the same kind of argument that is so often trotted out by gun apologists when innocent people are murdered with guns.

Your comparison with anxieties about flying doesn't hold water, either. You can choose to avoid that potential risk by not boarding an airplane. None of us can avoid indiscriminate, unexpected, and public mass shootings in the same way, however.

As for this...
But I actually don't think that gun violence is trivial. I just don't think that college professors are the group that suffers the most harm from it.
...yeah, I don't know what to say to this. You seem remarkably immune to the tone of your comments here, and unable to empathize with how others are responding to this latest event. Hectoring people about risk and telling them to just get over it seems downright callous. Let people feel what they feel.

 on: Today at 09:07:22 pm 
Started by dr_alcott - Last post by alleyoxenfree
The first person shooter games are designed by the same people who design combat simulators for the military.   The goal of the simulators is to quickly shoot without any hesitation.  I am not saying that there is a definite causal link but I think this should be on the table for discussion.  I don't even think it is necessarily bad to play these games in moderation however I suspect that certain people with mental illness are predisposed to act out violently after playing these games.


You may not be saying it but David Grossman, who's trained military using these games, has a new book coming out showing exactly how problematic they are. His first book had a section on this and there's now much more research and experience.  Many people don't know that the military funded design and development of virtual reality war games for just this purpose. The shooter here was kicked out of the military so may have trained on them there, let alone at home with his gun nut mother.

Last I heard (so please update me if this is out of date) is that the shooter served in the military for only one month before being kicked out, so I kind of doubt he was actually "trained" in anything while in it.

I think that yes, hyper realistic first person shooter games may not be a healthy pastime for people who are already on the spectrum for pathologically violent behavior, just as alcohol is not a healthy pastime for an alcoholic domestic abuser. That doesn't demonize those games in any way, since for the majority of players those games seem to not cause them to go out and commit mass shootings. How many violent movies have they also watched? Maybe we should ban Netflix, and boycott the whole movie industry, and re tighten the rules of the censors about violence in films.


Actually, recruits do train in virtual reality before they use real ammunition. It sure would be interesting to see if a reporter could FOIA his military records.

Actually, there are countries like Finland that do ban much of what passes for entertainment coming out of Hollywood media corporation. They ban cartoon violence in addition to more realistic violence.

Actually,  just a few years ago, in my lifetime, these kinds of films and "entertainment" didn't exist at all, and those that even approached the level of violence commonplace today got X ratings.

Actually, most of this "entertainment" is produced by global mega-corporations who do so precisely because it sells in predominantly male markets, the largest of which are India and China (U.S. sales are a secondary consideration, although these mega-corporations have found that it's most profitable to chase the 16-35 male market because they have the most disposable income to spend in this way).

Throwing up our hands and saying "that's just the way things are" or "you can't fight progress" or "these things don't cause EVERYONE to go crazy therefore they must be okay" are all specious arguments - which is why they're so often used by the PR firms employed to make anonymous viral arguments, blast fax out to the GOP candidates, and plump up the next NRA fundraising drive.

 on: Today at 09:03:00 pm 
Started by dr_alcott - Last post by hegemony
Yes, a friend/former student of mine was involved in the recent Oregon shooting.  Not injured, but in the line of fire. It doesn't make it seem so statistically distant at all.  In fact there have been two of these madman-with-a-gun mass shootings quite near my place, and another about a hundred miles away.  Now what was that about how we're overestimating the statistical likelihood?  Or doesn't it count unless we're actually killed ourselves?  At my university, we're not thinking "if," we're thinking "when." 

 on: Today at 08:43:39 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by daniel_von_flanagan
All your problems, not just the tech ones. - DvF

 on: Today at 08:42:18 pm 
Started by summerhour2007 - Last post by daniel_von_flanagan
And what happened?  Mr. DvF seemed, and still seems, quite serious about insulting me. 
No, I am (or was) serious about trying to help you.  I asked you to clarify your problem, and then I gave you some diagnostic advice.  You were unresponsive on both occasions.  I have no interest in insulting strangers, but now I also have no interest in helping you.  Good luck with your problems. - DvF

 on: Today at 08:35:05 pm 
Started by karlhungus - Last post by petunia621
I taught nigh classes (5:30pm +) for 3 years. Loved it. Most of the students worked all day, then came to class, just like I did. We all worked together and it was great.

 on: Today at 08:30:36 pm 
Started by dr_alcott - Last post by johnr
The odds that you will be affected by a campus shooting are not vanishingly small as some have suggested.  There are approximately 5000  2-year and 4-year colleges and community colleges in the U.S.  In the past year there have been 9 campus shootings.  Given that rate, and a 30 year career,  there is a 1 in 18.5 chance that your university will be involved in shooting during your career.  I don't like those odds.  Plus the number of campus shooting is increasing not decreasing. True, you might not be the one killed, but I don't give a flying 'eff about that, these are my people getting shot and in some cases, I'd rather it be me shot than them.   Not to mention that everyone of us probably knows students and colleagues at far more than 18 universities. It becomes a virtual certainty then that either you or someone you know will work at university that is involved in a campus shooting sometime in your career.  How many of us already know a friend, colleague, son or daughter that attended a university where and when a shooting took place?  I do.  Twice. So, hell yes, you can worry about it and no, it's not unreasonable that it might affect your teaching and the way you think and act in the work place.

 on: Today at 08:12:59 pm 
Started by dr_alcott - Last post by cathwen
UrbanU has mandatory active shooter training, and it is very well done.  Just a couple of months after I had done that training, we had a young man toting a rifle around campus, and the campus went into lockdown.  Fortunately, he did not fire his weapon and was apprehended fairly quickly.  But it gave some measure of--I'm searching for the word, not comfort, but maybe a sense of some measure of control--to know what to do in that situation.  I was in my office at the time, and the admins were efficient in locking down our corridor and following procedures to the letter.  I later heard that some people in other parts of the campus panicked and did not follow procedures.  So I guess we have a way to go.

PhIlly area people:  you have my fervent wishes for your safety.  I hope it's an empty threat.

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