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Seems like American students are piercing their faces less than they did 10 or 15 years ago.
Almost is the keyword. I'm thinking Paulie Gaultieri velour track suits or maybe the full Hefner.
A sense of autonomy is a key ingredient in high level teaching or advanced research. That sense of autonomy is reflected in varied clothing styles. Autonomy is also a main reward for a successful academic career. Freedom from social norms is exercised as a prerogative of successful academics and as a status marker (i.e. the red sneaker effect is strong among professors). The dynamics of dress style (on and off campus) have been driven by the changing status of tech...
I'd never considered that. You are probably right, though it would be so much worse if that is so. I just assumed it was some random dumbness to kickstart a pretty cool action scene. If supposedly the criminals thought it was a good idea to arrange a mass killing on an LA street in order to derail a go-nowhere investigation into nothing, then that would be dumbness on a much higher level. They say the cover-up is always worse than the crime, but thats a little much.
The shootout scene was great, but the rest of the episode was a disaster. The biggest problem through Ep. 3 is they were moving too slowly on the case. The whole point of a show like this is the impact that interacting with some particularly intense bit of evil has on the character of the detectives, but there has been practically zero plot progression to generate character progression. Then, their desire to have the drama at the end of the 4th episode meant they spent...
Unfortunately, many young people get the idea that the corporate world must be an "Office Space" dystopia and go into academia as the only available refuge. This mistake leads to a lot of unhappy people. I think people should get a job in the private sector or government before they get a Ph.D. because they often discover the many rewarding things you can do. It seems like you have your eyes open. W/o being too specific, I work in a non-science, kind of...
The main appeal, to me, of being a professor (beyond the intellectual satisfaction, I mean focusing on the working conditions alone) is the unique blend of independence and security. In both teaching and research, nobody is looking over my shoulder on a day to day or even year to year basis offering guidance/supervision of the basic work product. Ultimately, if the students complain too much you might have a hard time and you don't get raises or promotions if your...
How about a John Hamm cameo on The Americans as Matthew Rhys' unamed EST trainer?
I liked this last season a lot, but the finale was underwhelming. I don't think this show really needs a final chapter as such, since its always tried to capture the reality of change and life does go on. But at the same time, Mad Men has had some great season finales, and even as a season finale this is at the bottom of the pile. Both the Pete and the Peggy story-lines felt legit, but they were too rushed to feel powerful. I didn't see the Coke thing at the end as some...
That song does have a great arc for an end credit tune, I will stick with "Never Had a Dream Come True,"though since Stevie Wonder is kind of an intrinsically upbeat singer and I think they will leave on an upnote.
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