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On “Harsh Your Mellow Monday: Miseducation Edition

We're a nation of toddlers. The 'Rona has exposed this.

On “Weekend Plans Post: On Running A 5K

That was the military pace for humps (what jarheads call hikes), but it's much easier without all the gear (flak jacket, helmet, harness, pack, weapon), and it's easier when you stop after an hour instead of 5 or 6 hours. There's a trail by my house that has some landmarks with the mile distance, so I've timed myself and it seems accurate. I haven't quite worked up to jogging yet, but the walking is working for me.

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Congrats! I've been walking since the Rona started and I'm at the point where I'm getting around 200 minutes in every week. I think I get about three miles in an hour, and I have a route I can take with a major hill. I usually walk on weekday mornings and take the weekend off. I'll have to walk fewer days/longer each time once school starts again, but that's okay. I think I'm at the habit stage by now.

On “There Are No Better People

Don't forget the skill of removing perfectly good paint and repainting it. Isn't that a skill? Heh.

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You're oversimplifying the grunts a bit. It's not just shooting a rifle--it's also unit tactics (such as urban warfare), multiple weapon types, climbing, climate specialization, etc. It's still a weird kind of MOS as far as the "skills" are pretty much "ways to kill people."

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Gotcha--and that model makes sense for the reserves.

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There are career infantry--they advance to positions such as platoon sergeants (which could be E5-E7), company gunnery sergeants or first sergeants. There aren't as many of those, as many that stay in would either choose to switch their MOS (because grunt life sucks) or many just intend to do their time and get out. Those additional specialties will often be infantry related (or administrative). In the reserves, maybe they have more specializations, but that's not the case in the fleet (at least for jarheads). And infantry "rifleman" can be machine gunners, mortar men, etc, so there's some variety. But there are long term infantry marines (though they may have a break with DI duty, recruiting duty, sea duty-guards on ships, or embassy duty), they're just not the majority of an infantry company or platoon.

On “Weekend Plans Post: Making a Homemade Fancy Schmancy Pizza

I guess we'll be okay as long as it's under the FDA limit for eldritch horror particles.

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Are we SURE that there isn't any mummy dust in the cloud? Like, really sure?

On “Wednesday Writs for 6/24

I think we agree on bloated administration, but I don't know that tuition would have HAD to go up a lot. The state probably should have increased its funding level, right? Prices go up--schools have to pay electricity, water, etc and these aren't trivial costs, especially in a large school. Even my small uni has about a 200 grand water bill every year (we should really do some xeriscaping). We're going solar to save some costs (partially through some grant funding). While I agree that bloated admin is a problem, I'm not sure about buildings because that comes from a different state fund. I suspect tuition increases are exacerbated by rising costs and the lower state funding. I think of the expansion of technology from 2000 to now--instructor work stations, projectors, whiteboards, wifi on campus, better internet connections, etc. Those were all improvements being made with less state funding. You can make an argument that none of that is necessary, but it would be hard to attract students without such technology.

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I think this quote is important: "Tuition in Colorado already makes up on average 71% of total educational revenue at public colleges, leaving little room for increases. "
Also the graph is "state funding per student" vs. "tuition revenue per student" and not "how much tuition has gone up", so I think that article supports my point.
I do think some of the things I mentioned may play a role, but I'm not sure how much. I think state money usually amounts to about 16% of my uni's funding (at least that's what we've heard from admins).

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At least at my institution (here in CO) college cost increase has several causes. One is a reduction in state funding over many, many years. Most of our funding comes from tuition. Administrative bloat is a thing--it seems like we're constantly creating new offices and titles for administrators. Of course, ask an administrator and they'll say we don't have enough of them (based on studies made by other administrators, I'm sure). The highest administrators and coaches have six figure salaries, and any new office/administrator will require an administrative assistant and other staff. We have to have a Title IX officer, who does little but schedule the mandatory online training. The last one we had botched the first big case to come to his office and had to leave. Really, the state should have a small Title IX office and send them out when needed--it would probably save some cash and eliminate potential biases in decisions (because the resident person would also be on other committees). There is also more stuff in colleges: climate control, computers and internet access, things to attract students, grass and the water that keeps it alive, etc. Colleges are about to be hit hard, but that's mostly a demographic thing: there are fewer college-age people and that's going to be true for a while.
As for your "full investigation," it's not hard: reduced funding (at least in "state" schools) is the main culprit for higher tuition. At least this is true for regional comprehensive schools like mine. You want low cost state schools? You're going to have to pay for them. (Colorado's constitution also means that many budget elements are hard to cut, except for higher ed)

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I actually agree with Aaron: southerners used force to enact their racist morality and erected statues as a symbol of that morality. Jim Crow law and valorizing the confederacy was what one set of politics decided, sans democracy. They changed people's minds with the barrel of a gun.
That has now led to our recent violence. Yeah, I see that. I supposed if southern blacks had just reasoned with the whites, all of this could have been avoided.

On “Collections

Lol, yeah books, board games, and an assortment of Stars Wars crap. and funko crap. We never grow up.

On “The Shark Still Works: 45 Years of Jaws

I saw it at the theater five years ago for the 40th anniversary, but I first saw when I was really young on HBO. I had to be in first or second grade because it was before the divorce when we could afford cable and a movie channel. The head scared me as did Quint's demise. It's one of my all time favorites. My childhood friends and I still throw Jaws quotes at each other.
"That's some bad hat, Harry."

On “Saying Something Important: The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot

I had this forever before I finally watched it. It was good. It's not the action movie or absurdist movie the title suggests. You're right to say that it's a more serious movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

On “Weekend Plans: Lime Cilantro Rice, After Multiple Attempts

Sometime in the last year (don't really remember when), I tried a chicken tikka masala recipe. It called for Basmati rice. I think that's the only rice I want to eat now. Soooooooooooo good.

On “Weekend Plans Post: A Breath of Fresh Air

The first, I think. It's a kiddy pool. Just me and the wife--it's good couple time and you know Colorado--nice blue skies, music, cool water, and some drinks help ease the week's tension.

(it's a kind of cross shaped pool, not more than 20 inches deep)

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Tomorrow we're going to do our inflatable pool for the first time this year. We get out out early and drink and chill and listen to music until the early afternoon (which is supposed to be windy). It's relaxing and we need to blow off some stress. I have some window applications (curtain replacements for smaller windows--light gets in but you can't really see inside) that I'll probably put up on Sunday.

On “100 Favorite Films To Recommend Part 9: The 2000s

O Brother is one of my all time favorites. I think it's Clooney's best performance. I can, and will, watch that whenever it comes on.

On “Saturday Morning Gaming: Monster Train

for some reason, I started Fallout: Shelter again on my ipad (I had played it years ago). I spent about eight dollars to get a head start, and now I'm just cruising through. The missions are new, but also geared to get you to buy speed ups. That's disappointing, but it's not bad for a mobile game. You don't really need to spend any money.
Also, I bought Maneater for my xbox, and it's pretty fun so far (you are a shark trying to eat things to grow and evolve).

On “100 Favorite Films To Recommend Part 9: The 2000s

Interesting. I love No Country, and can watch it any time.

I didn't like Unbreakable--Shyamalan just doesn't do it for me. The Sixth Sense was good, but the rest of his movies are just meh (or not even meh) to me.

On “Weekend Plans Post: Air Conditioning Weather

I really lucked out in the hair department. I got a haircut the day before our state shut down barbers and salons. I have a flat top (mostly for the low maintenance factor). By the time they reopened, I was pretty shaggy (I was a few days from not being able to get it to stand up without major mohawk-level gel) by the time they reopened, but not horrible.

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In Pueblo we tend to have the (possibility of) afternoon thunderstorms in June, and then our monsoon season in August. It all depends on the dryness level of a particular year. Do you remember just a few years ago when we had cool weather and rain through most of June? Good times. It's definitely AC weather down here.

On “100 Favorite Films To Recommend Part 8: The 1990s

I like this list. I don't know that I could argue against any of them.

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