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More by Lillian Ross:

Workouts -- her interview with Robin Williams (I think 1989).

The symbol of all we possess -- the Miss America pageant, 1949.

Come in, Lassie -- Hollywood and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (1948)

The shit-kickers of Madison Avenue. (1995)


The strange techtonic coincidences of the recent Mexican earthquakes.

The closing of the Dictionary of American Regional English.

The dying art of disagreement.

How many times does it need to be said? Puerto Rico is American. Now can we get going and fix things up for six million Americans dealing with water, low on food and without electricity for the foreseeable future? And here's how you can help. If you need to explain how badly the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, quote from this.

Lessons from Rolling Stone.

Throw the little old lady down the stairs! An interview with John Huston. (1952)

How did women fare in China's Communist revolution?

Will Mark Zuckerberg 'like' this column? Facebook, social media, Russians and the election.

How did marriage become a mark of privilege?

3 ways the Republican anti-health bill differs from previous anti-health efforts.

Remember Anthony Weiner, who not only couldn't keep it in his pants but felt he *had* to send phone photos of it to underage girls? He's going to prison for 21 months. An ignoble end to what once was a very promising political career.

Women need to rewrite/update the New York state constitution. Were women involved in writing the state constitution in your state? Or wherever you are?

The truth shall make ye fret

NSFW Sep. 25th, 2017 05:57 pm[personal profile] petra
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Sep. 25th, 2017 05:25 pm[personal profile] nanslice
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I'm not making it to Spanish tonight but I got in touch with psychological resources requesting an evaluation, so that's something. I've never talked to mental health professionals before but better late than never, right?

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Dean Melissa Nobles and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences recently announced the newest members of the SHASS faculty. They have diverse backgrounds and vast knowledge in their areas of research, which include counterfactual economic models, philosophy of mind, educational gaming, and global media. They are:
Martin Beraja is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 2016. Upon graduating, he spent one year as a postdoc at the Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics and the Department of Economics at Princeton University. Beraja is a macroeconomist who studies economic fluctuations and growth. In his dissertation, he developed a method for evaluating counterfactual policy changes in a way that is robust across models whenever researchers are uncertain about features of these models that are difficult to distinguish in the data. In other work, he has focused on bringing theory and micro-data together in order to discipline quantitative exercises that shed light on how the aggregate economy responds to shocks. He is currently studying how forms of technical change that complement certain types of skills shape the dynamics of inequality and productivity growth in economies where workers with such skills are scarce.

Dave Donaldson is a professor of economics. He obtained an undergraduate degree in physics from Oxford University and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is a co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and a program director at the International Growth Centre. Donaldson’s teaching and research specializes in the fields of international trade, development economics, and economic history. He and collaborators have investigated topics such as the welfare and other effects of market integration, the impact of improvements in transportation infrastructure, how trade might mediate the effects of climate change, and how trade affects food security and famine. This research was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2013 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 2017.

Amah Edoh joins the MIT faculty as assistant professor of African Studies in the Global Studies and Languages section (GSL), having completed a postdoc in the section in 2016-2017. She received the PhD in 2016 from MIT’s Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS). Edoh’s research focuses on how “Africa” is produced as a category of thought through material practices across African and non-African locations. Her current book manuscript is a multi-sited ethnography following the transnational trajectory of Dutch Wax cloth, a textile designed in Holland for West African markets since the 19th century. The manuscript examines how ideas about Africa and its place in the world are negotiated through visual and material forms and practices along the cloth’s path from design studio to dressed bodies.
E. J. Green earned a PhD in philosophy along with a cognitive science certificate from Rutgers University in 2016, and was a Bersoff Fellow at New York University from 2016 to 2017. Green’s research addresses topics at the intersection of philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a particular focus on perception. His papers have examined the perceptual experience of shape properties, the nature of perceptual reference, and the structure and function of perceptual object representations. His research interests also include foundational issues within the philosophy of cognitive science, such as the format of mental representations and the border between perception and cognition.

Simon Jäger is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He studied economics at the University of Bonn and the University of California at Berkeley and received his PhD in economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining MIT, he spent a year as a postdoc at the Institute on Behavior and Inequality in Bonn, Germany. His research focuses on topics at the intersection of labor and public economics as well econometrics and combines experimental and quasi-experimental methods with large, administrative datasets to shed light on the functioning of labor markets and the origins and consequences of inequality.

Eric Klopfer is professor and director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. He is also a co-faculty director for MIT’s J-WEL World Education Lab. His work uses a design-based research methodology to span the educational technology ecosystem, from design and development of new technologies to professional development and implementation. Much of Klopfer's research has focused on computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. His lab has produced many software platforms for others to create games and simulations. He recently completed a book, “Resonant Games,” about the design of educational games along with others in his lab. He has a PhD in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and a BS in biology from Cornell University.

Justin Reich is a learning scientist who received his EdD from Harvard University in 2012 and served as the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow before coming to MIT. Reich is the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab where he investigates the complex, technology-rich classrooms of the future and the systems that prepare educators to thrive in those settings. He a faculty associate of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and his writings have appeared in Science, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Educational Researcher, The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications.

Lisa Parks is a global media scholar whose research focuses on: satellite technologies and media culture; critical studies of media infrastructures; media, militarization, and surveillance; and experimental methodologies. She earned her PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was senate faculty and department chair of film and media studies at the Univerity of California at Santa Barbara before arriving at MIT. Parks is the author of "Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual" (Duke University Press, 2005) and the forthcoming "Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror," and is co-editor of "Life in the Age of Drone Warfare" (Duke University Press, 2017), "Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures" (Illinois University Press, 2015), "Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures" (Rutgers University Press, 2012), and "Planet TV: A Global Television Reader" (New York University Press, 2003). She is director of the new Global Media Technologies and Cultures (GMTaC) Lab.

Miriam Schoenfield studied mathematics, neuroscience, and philosophy at Brandeis University as an undergraduate and received her PhD in philosophy from MIT in 2012. After spending some time at the University of Texas at Austin and New York University she is excited to return to Cambridge as faculty. Her research is focused primarily in epistemology, but she also has interests in metaethics and decision theory. Some recent projects concern the nature of rationality and its relation to accuracy, the prospects of using sets of probability functions, rather than single ones, to describe an agent's belief states, and some work on the question of how we should respond to the realization that many of the beliefs we have, we only have because we've been subject to certain social influences (in schools, religious communities, and political environments).


Sep. 25th, 2017 03:44 pm[personal profile] merikuru
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Obviously I did not get the writing challenge finished this year.

It's...irritating, in a way, really. I don't even have the excuse that I wasn't able to be productive - I have been, thanks in part to certain muses *side-eyes PSO2* deciding plot has to be forcibly progressed. (Though to be fair, they are correct.) I just apparently lost the necessary muses for the challenge after getting one-and-a-bit fics done. Still haven't managed to drag back my interest in my 15kinks pairing either, so I might go ahead and change it. I'm just afraid I'll end up noping out on whatever else I pick too. *sigh*

(You'd think I'd get used to PSO2 eating my soul, but it seems I never do.)

Aside from that, though, not a whole lot happening on this end of the internet. In the midst of a heat wave which is seriously fucking with my ability to not feel like a million miniature porcupines have decided to breakdance quills-first on my every nerve ending, sleeping like utter balls again which is also probably partly due to the weather, tired of trying to chase people down for plot related to long-stalled RP which was supposed to be restarted yonks ago, and stubbornly drowning myself in mass amounts of games so I feel like I'm actually doing something minorly productive. So, basically, just about the usual.

Teaching myself to draw again now that my wrist is fixed though. So, there's that.

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Sep. 25th, 2017 01:40 pm[personal profile] martianmooncrab
I got some cleaning inside done yesterday, unloaded the dishwasher, and reloaded it, cleaned out part of the fridge, just puttering, but it helps reduce the mass of things to be done.

Today, diabetic eye appt per my doctors request.

Take a video of a birthday cake's candles sparkling in an Instagram story, then tap the sticker button. Near the top of the list you'll see a slice of birthday cake.

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My dad bought a painting at the thrift store today, and I was hoping to get more information about it. Anything you guys could tell me would be appreciated!

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Remix revisited

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:38 pm[personal profile] el_staplador
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A very nice surprise this morning: a remix of my La Forza dell'Amore in which Victor and Yuuri and Yurio actually go to see the opera in question:

A Gala Performance (They're Playing Our Song Remix) (1577 words) by Gramarye
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri & Victor Nikiforov & Yuri Plisetsky, Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov, Yuri Plisetsky
Additional Tags: Operas, Post-Canon, Invisible fandom, Remix Revival

It's pure coincidence that the Mariinsky's current opera season happens to include Enrico Bruni's La Forza dell'Amore, with its well-known aria Stammi Vicino. It's anything but coincidence that Viktor Nikiforov has bought out an entire box for its opening night performance.

Posted by Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory

Christine A. Wang, a senior staff member in the Laser Technology and Applications Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has received the 2017 American Association for Crystal Growth Award for "seminal and innovative contributions to epitaxial crystal growth of III-V compound semiconductors and the design of high-performance OMVPE [organometallic vapor phase epitaxy] reactors." Wang accepted the award and presented a plenary talk during the 21st American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy this summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Christine Wang has been long recognized as a world expert in the field of OMVPE growth of III-V semiconductor materials and the design of OMVPE reactors," said Craig Keast, associate head of the Advanced Technology Division at the laboratory. "Her early work at Lincoln Laboratory on gas flow visualization in OMVPE reactor growth cells led to some key understandings of the proper design of OMVPE systems, and the results of her work were subsequently incorporated into the design of commercial systems."

Wang's design concepts are used today in virtually all large-scale, rotating disk OMVPE reactors. OMVPE reactors are used to deposit III-V semiconductor materials on wafers. These wafers are processed to make solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, transistors, and other high-power, high-speed electronic switching devices. Wang's pioneering studies of OMVPE reactors for highly controllable and reproducible epitaxial growth have impacted the multibillion-dollar industries these technologies make up today. 

Beyond her earlier work on OMVPE reactors, Wang led the investigation and use of nonconventional chemical compounds to enable epitaxial growth of high-quality metastable antimonide-based III-V semiconductors and advanced the state of the art in the epitaxial growth of gallium arsenide-, gallium antimonide-, and indium phosphide-based optoelectronic devices, including diode lasers, quantum cascade lasers, and thermophotovoltaic cells. Her current research is focused on the development of high-power, continuous-wave quantum cascade lasers emitting in the long-wave infrared wavelength region. 

"I was completely surprised and overwhelmed to learn that I would receive this award. I know the work of the folks who have received the award in the past, and I never expected that my work might be considered in their league," Wang said. "As I reflect back on my work at the laboratory that led to the award, I am truly grateful for the opportunities to work on hard problems and the freedom to pursue solutions with independence along with the contributions of many outstanding collaborators." 

Throughout her career at Lincoln Laboratory, Wang has authored or coauthored more than 170 publications, has been granted eight patents, has given numerous invited talks at national and international conferences, and has edited one book. She has chaired and organized numerous national and international conferences related to epitaxial crystal growth and mid-infrared materials, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the American Association of Crystal Growth, Electronic Materials Conference Committee, and International Advisory Committee for International Conferences on Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy. She has also served as a mentor to many staff members at the Laboratory and to numerous MIT undergraduate and graduate students. Wang will serve as the program cochair for the next International Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy in 2019.

Wang earned bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering at MIT.

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Whoops, remix has been revealed!

Title: A Little Gossip Goes a Long Way (the Only Good Things Remix)
Captain America, rated G
Beta: mlraven
Word Count: 1255 words
Summary: Everyone in the building had noticed that Steve Rogers seemed happier ever since his new roommate moved in. A lot happier, actually.
Author's Note: Written for Jain for Remix Revival 2017

A Little Gossip Goes a Long Way (the Only Good Things Remix)

My Inspector Lewis story, Lessons and Limitations, was remixed by elrhiarhodan into "Truth and Clarity (The Deep Dark Ocean Remix)"and it's really quite good. If you're familiar with Morse or Lewis you really should check it out.

All art is claimed!

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:19 pm[personal profile] spnreversemod posting in [community profile] spn_reversebang
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All art is claimed!
Congratulations to our artists & authors with all these exciting collaborations:)

Keep an eye on LiveJournal for the reveal!

Doomsday Clock #2 cover

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:30 pm[personal profile] cyberghostface posting in [community profile] scans_daily
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“Some really good people are working on Before Watchmen and it saddens me to see that. I won’t be supporting it in any way. I just can’t. And in all honesty — I can’t help but feel a little bit less for every creator who works on these books. Have you no decency?” -- Erik Larsen

Cover under the cut... )

Researchers are constructing a device "inspired by the brain to generate the properties that enable the brain to do what it does."

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