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On August 30th seven current and former faculty members of the University of Rochester's Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, as well as one graduate student, filed an 111-page complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the university for "failing to act appropriately against a faculty member who has engaged in sexual harassment and has created a hostile environment for graduate students, and for retaliating against those of us who filed and pursued a complaint through university procedures." From the complaint: For over one year since we first discovered the behavior of the faculty member in question, we have acted in good faith to follow the existing University procedures for filing a complaint, exhausted all appeals, interacted with every level of the administration, and hoped that in the end the University would do what the law requires it to do: ensure the safety of our students and the respectful treatment of our female colleagues. [...] after an incomplete investigation, internal examination, and attempts to force us to "move forward," the University chose to filter, distort, and cover up the facts, to deny the veracity of the complaints of 7 faculty members and 11 students, to disparage those of us who brought forward the complaint, and then to further retaliate against us when we refused to back down – all with the purpose of protecting a serial harasser... Nature summarizes: Among other things, the complaints allege sexual encounters with graduate students, parties with students involving illegal drugs and sex, and remarks Jaeger made about the sexual attractiveness of students in front of other faculty members. Jaeger is also accused of pressuring a female student into sharing a house with him and professionally isolating students who would not sleep with him. Many of the complaint's co-authors, including former dean and vice-provost Richard Aslin, have resigned their positions at the university in protest. Students have also been protesting the administration online and on campus, with one student entering her fourth day of a hunger strike. Further coverage: Mother Jones: She Was a Rising Star at a Major University. Then a Lecherous Professor Made Her Life Hell. The New York Times: Sexual Harassment Charges Roil Elite University Department Jezebel: University of Rochester Compares Sexual Misconduct Complaint to Discredited Rolling Stone Report

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Looking to bring another dog into the family and seeing quite a few but not familiar with the breed.My husband and I are looking to adopt another dog. We've seen a lot of Plott Hounds. We live in a rural area so that's not surprising. The only info I could find on metafilter was suggestions for pet trackers because a mefite had an escapee Plott Hound! How are they as family dogs? We are interested in this particular guy. He seems to be slightly smaller than males tend to be, he's 2 years old so I don't know if he'll grow much more. He also looks a little bit like he may be a mix? Not sure. His description sounds like he's a great dog but I want to know more about his breed. We have a 13lb yorkie/border terrier mix right now. He's 10 years old. He's super chill and totally ignores other dogs. We spend time with my husbands mother/father and sister/brother in law regularly. They both have rescue dogs. They're rescued hound mutts. We currently live in a farmhouse without a fenced in yard. There is a huge field behind our house and when we're outside our dog is on a 50ft/100ft leash and he wanders. Otherwise we take walks, play fetch. We also have 13 acres of woodland 5 minutes away that we'll be building on in a few years time. We will have a fenced area then. My husband works from home and occasionally travels. I work just over 20 minutes away Mon-Fri. I'm mostly wondering... Are they affectionate? Are they good with other dogs? Can they be destructive? Will he try and escape? He's nearby so I think I'd like to meet him anyway but it's important to do your homework when rescuing a dog so I want to make sure we're right for each other. Thanks!

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A good friend and I hooked up a few times here and there and he didn't try to hide the fact that he doesn't find my body to be that attractive.I would like to consider this a foot in the mouth situation. However, some of these comments are very insensitive. My favorite is when he told me that I needed to do some squats a few minutes after I put his genitals in my mouth. (!) Another time he told me that it could be worse that at least I'm not overweight. Both of these times I was naked in his arms. He never seemed especially moved when I took my clothes off and it seemed like he was very indifferent to it. He is a very selfless lover otherwise, which is why I tried to overlook the comments. I had very strong feelings for him because he's always been a good loyal, supportive friend. I've been able to talk to him about everything and he's always been there for me. When I confronted him about these comments, he told me that I always take the negative before the positive. Yes, he has told me before that I'm attractive but after those comments I'm not so sure he ever did. I've been feeling very insecure about my body and questioning everything I've known about men. I don't want to get physical anymore with anyone because I'm afraid that they'll be disappointed by my body. I've been obsessing over my flaws and have even gone as far as taking nude pictures of myself (with my face covered) and getting strangers online to critique my body. I just want this madness to stop. I want to stop thinking about my body. I've always been told that men can see past your flaws and love you despite your imperfections. Now I'm not so sure anymore. I want to add that I am attractive in the conventional sense. I've been told that I'm really pretty fairly often. However, I'm thin and not really curvy and lack muscle tone.

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Dear pen and ink experts: I'm trying to find a refill for a ballpoint pen and am having no luck. All I know is that it's definitely not a D1; the pen is by Sanrio, made in Japan, probably '90s. The refill shaft is smooth with no nubs or anything and looks very generic. It attaches to some kind of base and the entire length of the refill is covered by a spring. Photo attached- about 62mm in length, plastic.

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Ross Macdonald is now being published by the The Library of America, an accolade. The main link has an very nice article about him and his Lew Archer novels. And I fully agree that he's a fine writer. However, I want to present some reminiscences about Ross Thomas, equally as good as Macdonald but sadly overlooked. The first link from the LA Review of Books is Are the Fools in Town Still on Our Side?, which is the title of one of his best books about politics and crime and corruption and sleaziness and chicanery with wonderful dialogue and sarcastic humor. The second link is a remembrance by Lawrence Block, no mean purveyor of crimes of nastiness himself: Remembering Ross Thomas. Block gives us a personal look into Thomas' character and life, not just the official biography (which would be enough for several people). The lunch at Lutece restaurant still makes me laugh out loud. Sadly, he died in 1995 but I'm glad I found him early enough to have collected all his novels before they went out of print.

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I believe the brand is Tarte, the tube is a light blue. I loved it, I dropped it in a water fountain at the mall, and I want to buy it! The girls at Sephora said it was Tarte Rum Punch but I tried that one and it looks wrong. Can someone check for me please?

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Kinji at Cheetah Experience likes meerkats but they don't like him back. However, he gets good scritches anyway. Another meerkat makes a brief appearance (as does a serval and an African wild cat) in this cheetah video from VolunteerSA. [h/t Miss Cellania]

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You don't even need a Spotify account to listen to the score to the Ken Burns film The Vietnam War.

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I'm looking at getting a cordless electric weedeater, but reviews are pretty mixed on all the ones I've looked at. I'm hoping to keep it around or less than $100, since I wouldn't use one very often even if I liked it. Anyone have any recent experiences, good or bad, or recommendations?I looked through older questions but didn't see anything in the past few years, and battery technology seems to change fast. I have had a corded electric weedeater for six years now, but I hate the thing and current cordless versions are lighter. My yard is pretty small but I would like to be able to edge and cut some patches of weeds. I really do not want a gas weedeater at all because I hate the noise.

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EEYGAAH!! WHEEEEOOH! HRROOGA!

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I'm a massive 1980s fan. I'm seriously considering getting a unique 1980s themed half sleeve tattoo. I want it to contain loss of 80s images. Pacman, a space invader, Rubics cube. Maybe a wslkman. Any one come up with some other suggestions? Also I want to add a 1980s or 80s in a nice neon type script in it. Any pointers?

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The Secret History of Dune - Islamic theology, mysticism, and the history of the Arab world clearly influenced Dune, but part of Herbert's genius lay in his willingness to reach for more idiosyncratic sources of inspiration. Leslie Blanch - nomad, journalist, Russophile, author, considered The Sabres Of Paradise her best work. Kirkus: Now with The Sabres of Paradise it is the scholar that is paramount, for here is a difficult area, a relatively unknown central figure, Shamyl the Avar, religious fanatic and military genius, and the confusing, contradictory history of the interrelationship of Russia and the stubborn, almost unconquerable Caucasus. It was the Time of the Shariat, the religious law, that motivated Shamyl, who dedicated his being to holding off the infidel Russians, sustaining Mohammed. What is done in the name of religion causes one to shudder today. (After all, the world marches.) The central biographical theme is sometimes lost in the immensity of her canvas, the richness of her backgrounds, the meticulously detailed descriptions of Russian life, at court, in the armies, even in the Siberian wastes -- and the vivid setting of the Caucasus, region of extremes. There is romantic drama here- there are revealing glimpses of successive rulers, there is the intricate interplay of complex politics, ambition, fanaticism on both sides. Guest Review | Philip Marsden | The Sabres of Paradise, Lesley Blanch The Sabres of Paradise was first published in 1960, a hundred years after the story it recounts had ended, after the Russian conquest of the Caucasus was at last complete. Nikita Khrushchev was in the Kremlin. President Kennedy was running for the White House. Soviet power was at its height. The republics of the Caucasus were just another comer of the vast Soviet empire cowed into conformity by the brutalities of Stalin. The episode of Imam Shamyl's thirty-year resistance to Russian expansion − perhaps the most dramatic story ever to emerge from the Caucasus (where dramatic stories are hardly in short supply) − had receded to its rightful place in ancient history. The days of small bands of mountain guerrillas raiding, hostage-taking, hiding up in the thick Chechen forests were long gone; whole divisions being tied down by such tactics was unthinkable in an age overshadowed by nuclear weapons. Forty years on, the story looks a little different and a lot more relevant; now − post-Vietnam, post-Afghanistan, post-Soviet Union and post-September 11. Leslie Blanch (a "Grand and eccentric writer who charted her worldwide adventures in travel and cookery books, and a single literary classic", a "wildly unconventional woman", "one of the last true grand dames of the 20th century") passed away in 2007 at the age of 102.

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The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1

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Actress Amber Tamblyn: I'm Done With Not Being Believed (SLNYT)

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D&D 5e tomorrow, last session with these characters, and the DM has said that he's come up with a """"fun""""" and """""really challenging""""" final dungeon. I assume this means he is going to do his level best to murder us all. Help me come up with a legendary-level item to make him work for it.Details: - I'll be a 12th level elf ranger who went the animal companion route and therefore got hilariously, ridiculously nerf'd by 5e. But I did get an awesome blink dog animal companion!!!!!! Who may be the second-smartest member of our party. - Our other party members, all 12th level: a half-elven bard, a half-elven Paladin who is fucking taking Raise the Dead because of course he can do that, and a halfling barbarian. - My current armor is a hide +1, and I have a +2 longbow, along with a +1 sword. I also have a handful of regular potions of healing, and am thinking of ditching food in favor of extra arrows because I can cast Goodberry and feed myself and the blink dog with that. - We're each authorized to come up with one (1) legendary-level item/equipment piece for us to use. We're not supposed to use a named artifact, but it sounds like everything else is on the table. - My goal is to get the most awesome and stealthily overpowered item I can without getting DQ'd for being ridiculous/being cursed with lycanthropy in retaliation. My first inclination is to get a really awesome bow, since we don't know exactly what kinda dungeon we're gonna be dropped into, and I feel like elemental damage bonuses/the versatility could come in handy. On the other hand, since we don't have a dedicated healer, would something like this come in handy, especially since I'm not particularly buff? Or better armor? Or would some kinda awesome magical animal barding for my blink dog, especially since he gets multi-attack at 12 and the idea of the blink dog dying with the rest of the party makes me kinda fucking upset? Bonus points for something that a bunch of middle-aged geeky-as-fuck lawyers and/or an old-school D&D-playing DM might get a chuckle out of.

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What's the movie I watched a few years ago about an old depressed professor who took steps to bring a bomb to school? I believe he taught film and I recall the students mocking him behind his back. Google isn't helping.

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After the current bump in online chatter regarding Natalie Imbruglia's 1997 hit "Torn" actually being a cover of a relatively obscure song by relatively obscure group Ednaswap from 1993, I'm curious just how many of the songs I know and love are actually covers by popular artists of unknown/obscure bands/songs.Tell me about the awesome original recordings nobody knows about that got lost in history, only to come to prominence as performed by entirely different artists (and generally no acknowledgement of the people who wrote/performed it first). I'm not looking for the reverse, so please don't recommend great covers of already-popular songs or the like. That's a whole other ask. No offense meant if you are the world's biggest Ednaswap fan--but your average FM-listening Joe hasn't heard of them, and that's what I'm after. Hit me!

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I'm currently getting by with a 4S, but TMobile has dropped support; I now get 2G speeds at best for data, and cell coverage is spotty now, too. I am not a heavy phone user, so I could limp along and make it work for a little while -- I mostly need text/email/music functions -- but since a refresh seems unlikely to happen until at least Spring 2018, am I frustrating myself needlessly? Obviously, I keep phones forever, so being as futureproof as possible is an important consideration.

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This is her first year of middle school in a new district. She's mostly nervous about dancing, so I've been looking for some beginner's tutorials she could be comfortable with, but they look either dated or too advanced. Can you point me to some current, cool, beginner's dance tutorial videos? Bonus: How do kids generally dress for casual dances? Does the dance theme matter for that? Any other tips?We've got a week, and I don't see her throwing a bunch of time and effort into learning fancy moves. She mostly just doesn't want to be embarrassed. I could throw a step-snap video at her, but that's the kind of thing I'm afraid is super dated/uncool.

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Looking to buy a bag as a surprise gift for my wife. It's worn by the character Chris in the Amazon show "I Love Dick." You can see it at the start of episode six. A couple of screen caps here and here. Any leads greatly appreciated!

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Cuphead Reignites the "Game Journalists Should Be Good at Games" Debate by Paul Tamburro [Game Revolution] "A video uploaded by the tech website VentureBeat shows one of its employees struggling to do just that [YouTube] ['Dean's Shameful 26 Minutes Of Gameplay']. Taken from Cuphead's Gamescom 2017 demo, the video sees GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi struggling with just about everything the game throws at him: he experiences difficulty in attempting to jump onto a high platform in the opening tutorial; he routinely bumps into enemies running towards him; he falls down a hole to his death. The resulting footage is hilarious, playing out like a 26-minute slapstick comedy sketch in which poor Cuphead is forced to meet his demise over and over again. But rather than being viewed as a funny half-hour struggle experienced by one writer, the video has instead been used to undermine games journalism as a whole." • The DeanBeat: Our Cuphead runneth over by Dean Takahashi [Venture Beat] "The more people looked at my poor gameplay, which I myself labeled shameful, the angrier they got. I played the tutorial so ineptly — failing to read the onscreen instructions to jump and dash simultaneously — and then went on, failing to conquer a single level. I said it was hard, and the fans saw my gameplay and decided I was a poor judge of difficulty. By a ratio of more than 12-to-1, the ratings on the YouTube video are negative. It wasn't just the troglodytes of the internet who hated it. Most people hated it. [...] Another game journalist (and some say "shitlord") saw my video. He clipped it to the 2.5 minutes of the most damning inept gameplay, and he posted it to his followers. He used me to condemn all game journalists, raising the smoldering issues around Gamergate and its focus on game journalism ethics. His post was political propaganda for the disenfranchised gamers, the sort who went from Gamergate to the alt-right and elected Donald Trump as president. Before he got to it, my video had maybe 10,000 views. Afterward, the Gamergaters, or hardline reactionaries — or whatever we would like to call them — believed this narrative fit into their views about game journalists just fine. They called for my head. They said I should fuck myself. I should be fired. I had brain damage. I was retarded. I should kill myself. A couple of comments were racist. I'm not trying to overplay my victimhood, but you get the picture." • Videogame Culture Needs to Stop Fetishizing Skill by Dante Douglas [Paste Magazine] "Games criticism moves in cycles. This isn't new. It's sort of a natural occurrence since the medium is still relatively young , so when notable events occur that the entire sphere is concerned with, we end up having the same debates. It's... frustrating, as a critic, to have to rehash the same argument about once a year, but in a way it helps keep your thoughts fresh. With that in mind, it looks like we're talking about skill level again. To be more specific, the conversation about the role that skill has in critically analyzing and reviewing games has started up again. In a recent video by Venturebeat, journalist Dean Takahashi struggled to finish the first level of upcoming title Cuphead. While this incident is new, the debate about the position of skill and challenge in games is far from recent. It was arguably the center of the conversations surrounding Dark Souls. It still is a debate whenever someone mentions older videogames—especially those from the 8-bit or 16-bit eras that, in comparison to more modern titles, can be tough-as-nails. Games have a long and sordid history of difficulty and the balance of challenge to satisfaction." • Yes, Games Journalists Should Be Good at Games by Sam Aberdeen [Screen Critics] "Dean Takahashi has had over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, but after the Cuphead gameplay, one has to question if all of his criticisms in the past were completely valid or trustworthy sources of opinions on games. After all, if he can't play games, why listen to his opinion on games, right? To get to the point, the answer is quite simply yes, games journalists should be good at games – it's a requirement. In an age where games are tailored best to your preferred style of gaming, such as changing difficulty levels or having auto-assists on, it makes it difficult to judge which opinions from games journalists are trustworthy these days, including ours at Screen Critics. It's opened up a can of worms that has caused the public to now view games journalism as a whole with furrowed brows. It makes it difficult to prove yourself as a games journalist these days when your experience doesn't measure up to your qualifications or theoretical knowledge of gaming – which may sound like a lot, but rest assured, understanding games is quite simple if you're passionate enough for it. But, to call a spade a spade, a games journalist who's bad at certain games has no right to judge those games on a fair or professional level..." • If You're Still Berating Dean Takahashi, You Don't Understand How Games Journalism Works by Auverin Morrow [Game Skinny] "It's easy to nod your head and proclaim that a games journalist should be good at games. It seems like common sense, right? After all, it's their job to embed themselves in this industry -- so clearly, they can't be trusted as reliable sources of information if they aren't masters at every game on which they work. But before you can actually argue what does or does not qualify a games journalist to do their job, you have to first define what that job is -- because it's a hell of a lot more than just playing games all day. Games journalists are responsible for providing accurate and entertaining content for their audiences. They're industry insiders who must leverage their connections to answer questions and get exclusive information that fans wouldn't have access to otherwise. They're investigators that have to get a feel for new games or create sprawling guide content to help players through recently released games. And above all that, they're intended to be objective liaisons between industry figures and the public -- hound dogs who peek behind the curtain and try to keep fans informed about what's really going on with the games in which they're interested." • Do We Have To 'Get Good'? by Grace Hester [Player Attack] "However the full context behind the video, as you can see from the title above, is that they knew it was bad. It was posted as a joke. But unfortunately, a statement from the PC Gaming Editor of VentureBeat, Jeff Grubb had to be issued to address the entire situation [Jeff Grubb's Response on Reddit]. The full statement can be found in the video description of the above gameplay demonstration. [...] So with this in mind, it raises a question that comes up every now and then within game culture and journalism. Do we need to 'get good'? And is the notion of being good at video games a toxic one within not only the games journalism industry, but in various online communities and societies surrounding video games as a hobby? Really, this is a complicated issue and one that I suppose comes down to opinion. Which is, in essence, a part of games journalism. While reviews do discuss things like mechanics, graphics, gameplay, all of that, a large part of how we feel about any given game does come down to our own personal experiences and the types of games we like to play. Someone who doesn't like platformers, for example, isn't going to have a good time with a platformer and may not give the same score or review that a dedicated platforming fan might give. And that's a good part about being able to see so many reviews, we can combine a range of opinions and thoughts on mechanics to help influence our own decision, or view differing opinions on games we may have already enjoyed."

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I got myself into digital photography in 2009, and I did it for a few years. I bought a DSL and two lenses, and used them happily for a few years (about till 2013). I'd like to get back into photography, but I'd like to upgrade to a better quality base camera. More info inside!I had a Canon EOS Rebel XS (a.k.a. 1000D) SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens. If i'm looking to replace the body (and i'm okay with spending around $500 or so - new or used) which Canon body should I get? Can I reuse the lenses (all in good condition) with a new body?

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I have an optometrist appointment today (in about 2 hours) to get a new prescription for my glasses. I was up really late last night working on my computer and didn't get much sleep. My eyes are so tired now they actually feel tired, which hardly ever happens to me. Will my eyes being so tired corrupt or negatively influence the results of the testing? Or maybe it'll make my prescription even more accurate? Or have no effect at all?I'd call and ask the office but I'm sure they'd err on the side of not having me miss my appointment. What does the hive mind think?

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I'd like to build a budget-range gaming PC capable of Twitch streaming some low-medium fidelity games (more Stardew Valley than PUBG). What's a good target?I am really enjoying playing Stardew Valley and would like to start streaming a few times a week via Twitch or a similar service. I'm also a resource-strapped grad student. I'm currently playing SV on a 2013 Macbook Air, which works great for the game itself, but I'm guessing it would start to chug noticeably when doing any kind of streaming (even, I presume, with some kind of external capture card -- or am I wrong here?) Plus I think it would be helpful to have another PC so I can use the laptop for chat and moderation. What level of build should I be shooting for on Logical Increments or similar sites? Any specifics you'd recommend I grab? I would likely want to stream similar types of games in the future, and it would be neat if I could at least handle a moderate level of 3D gaming too (stuff like the Life is Strange prequel, possibly Overwatch). I would love to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $300-500 with as close to the lower end as possible. Also I'm using this as an opportunity to teach myself new things (going to install a Linux distro in addition to Windows) and I would especially like to find build that is likely to last a while and gives me the option to upgrade in the future to a turbocharged graphics card or whatever. Thanks!

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Hey sci-fi fans: I'm looking for quotes from one of these shows/movies where a character has the realization that something is really off about their reality, that something just feels 'off', that things are somehow not as they are supposed to be. This could be a Twilight Zone episode, the movie Donnie Darko, or a movie made from a Philip K. Dick story. Bonus points if you can tell me the time point of the quote, or where it occurs in the video.

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