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    Barbarism and Decadence, Fuck Yeah.
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  1. Careerchat II

    Job application whisperers, what do you think is the protocol/good form/etc for multiple - different - positions advertised by the same organization, each of which one could conceivably apply to? Is it ok to apply to several different ones...with appropriately different CVs, cover letters, etc? In this instance, it seems to be two roles within the same group, one more senior than the other. I'm slightly overqualified for the junior one, a little less slightly underqualified for the senior one. Apply to one? Both? Neither?
  2. Looking for WWI or WWII Book Recommendations

    Definitely read it. I think I need to re-read it - its got everything from the starvations policies of the Third Reich in Eastern Europe to British logistic chains throughout the empire to class and national tensions over food allowances in allied armies to how the French countryside retreated into medieval farming practices for self sufficiency with lots of thorny hedges. Speaking of Max Hastings, All Hell Let Loose is an enjoyable one-volume social history of WW2. (I think it was called Armageddon or Inferno or something like that in the US.)
  3. Nobel Literature Prize Speculation - 2016 Edition

    Nobody but Dylan (or someone of very similar ilk in this context - and I'm not sure a person like that exists, RIP David Bowie) could be doing this rather glorious slow rejection mystery dance either. Any writer - who isn't backed up by massive independent celebrity - not picking up the phone for the Nobel prize would just be seen as unspeakably snobby, or politicizing the prize.
  4. china mieville

    Speaking of arrested development, have you ever read Adam Robert's Wheel of Time reviews?
  5. Looking for WWI or WWII Book Recommendations

    Sean McMeekin has some readable writing on the Ottomans in WW1 - The Berlin-Baghdad Express is my personal favorite for having, you know, a train in it, but also a lot of detail on a bunch of other oddball side theaters throughout the Middle East in particular. David Fromkin's Peace to End All Peace is a somewhat older book in a similar vein, looking at Ottoman politics and entry into the war. There's some new writing about the Brits in the mid east as well, focused Lawrence of Arabia (Lawrence in Arabia, Scott Anderson) or Gertrude Bell (Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, by Georgina Howell.) (All of this is pretty light, at least, lightly and readably written, not super-academic stuff.) The Orientalist, by Tom Reiss, is another good biography that gives a different human perspective on WW1 as well, though more tangentially. For WW2, I really enjoyed Ivan's War, by Catherine Merridale, and Leningrad, by Anna Reid, for the Russian front - both are more social histories, not so much military ones - the former of the experience and memory of front line soldiers, the latter of civilian Leningrad during the siege. Both well written (Merridale is a little more methodology-focused, since she's working from fairly recent interviews and that's a part of the story, not just straight-up narrative of the war.) Since they're about Russia, they're both also, well, appalling and grim. But that's kinda it for Russia. Lizzie Collingham's Taste of War is about all aspects of food in WW2 and is unbelievably fascinating in about nineteen billion ways. It's a weirdly radical perspective to take and it delivers a completely different and new narrative and set of information from anything else I've ever read about WW2. If you're looking for fiction, I was oddly impressed by A Sailor of Austria, by John Biggins, about the Austro-Hungarian Submarine Corps during WW1, which is a weirdly dry tragi-comedy, and, as far as I can tell, meticulously in terms of historical detail.
  6. china mieville

    He seems to have been doing some graphic-novel writing and shorter stuff, but, yeah, I miss having new novels from him.
  7. Mathematicians vs. Philosophers: Cage Match

    Only I want this as a dating app.
  8. Nap Rooms for University Students - Good Idea?

    I'd agree that it depends on the campus - some are like mini-towns or neighbourhoods, and quite isolated from anything else. They have health facilities and housing and swimming pools and so on, reasonable enough to add prayer room/institutions/whatever. A smaller campus that's a regular building in a city though...I'd agree there's no automatic justification just because it's a university.
  9. May be a base of negative bias - a good roomate is like a functioning piece of public infrastructure. Your base expectation is that this will be ok and it only gets talked about when the bridge collapses and the road floods. I've had a few ok ones, and I think they were defined by particularly laissez faire personalities and, especially, a very low involvement of money. I had a two month sublet that was totally chill, civil and friendly with absolutely zero dramatics of any kind...probably because I had no financial involvement at all with the two people I was living with. It was also an ex lawyers office or something coverted to an apartment, so a slightly labyrinthine layout that kind of ensured we didn't see each other that much. The living room on that one was really abandoned. I did once acciddentally overhead one of them having sex on the shared balcony, but that's where the laissez faire personality - mine, in this case - comes in. The third roommate on this particular debacle was also great to live with, actually, but he's a radical anarchist protest drummer.
  10. A Single Country in the World

    Since at the moment Africa is subsidizing New York, London, Alabama, etc with the exploitation of its resources and labour, that seems par the course.
  11. Nap Rooms for University Students - Good Idea?

    Also a campus isn't a workplace (for students) and being a student isn't quite like a job and today's typical campus and typical student is probably nowhere near wherever it is they live/sleep. You don't get paid to be there, you don't necessarily have anything to do all day (but also can't always leave whenever you like) and you don't have a designated spot to be (your desk/office/station/counter/whatever as you do in a workplace.) I don't think it maps all that well onto an imagined standard 9-5 job.
  12. I am definitely not attempting to a. foment an Anarcho-Marxist revolution, b. fill a gaping emotional void with passport stamps, c. collect material for a scandalous epistolary memoir structured as internet forum posts.
  13. I made a pumpkin!!! I mean, carved a pumpkin. Made a carved Jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Whatever. I made a pumpkin! I'm really please with the way it came out and think that more things should be carved. Carving is not a typical mode of production any more and that is wrong. But pumpkins with faces are great and I'm pleased about that. +1 America. -1 America for rural-suburb type places where there are more deer than people and no one will pass by on foot, opportuning them to see my pumpkin, but still. Also, America is weird. People smile a lot and there's a great deal of parking spots.
  14. I think it is - your whole login/profile is based on your facebook account. I don't recall a way to create an 'independent' account, though that was when I used it, which is going on a year ago now.
  15. Nap Rooms for University Students - Good Idea?

    You could also approach this from two different directions - take somewhat arbitrary blocks of time (20 years, 25 years) and ask what's meaningfully different about people born in each one. Or take substantial event or shifts of paradigm or praxis of some kind (WW2. The sexual revolution. The end of the cold war. 9/11. Social role of the internet) and figure out if they 'form' generations in some meaningful way. Maybe someone who's 16 now and someone who was 16 in 2000 (and is 32 today) are really pretty similar in whatever way (their voting preferences, for example) but really different in another one (the amount of time they spend on social media.)