I am an administrative staffer at a University. I do a relatively thankless job that, if it was not done, would cripple our educational mission. The idea that a faculty member would want to do my job is laughable, and even if they did, they are probably making 3 to 4 times my salary, so it would be a massive waste of money for my university. I understand that there is certainly a great deal of waste tied up in university administration, but it's not as simple as this article makes it out to be. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:28 AM on October 8, 2013
Well, I work at a Vet School, so the professors are all board certified veterinarians. I make a decent salary, but yeah, the faculty is making at least 3 times what I do. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:16 AM on October 8, 2013
I work at a State University, and all of our salaries are public records, so I did check it for myself. A couple of the lowest paid assistant professors dip slightly below 3 times my salary (and there may be some benefit differences when comparing exempt and non-exempt or whatever), but all of the tenured faculty are at least 3 times my salary. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:35 AM on October 8, 2013
R. Schlock: It's ironic and perhaps a telling statement about our cultural moment that you can describe people who have spent years in school pursuing advanced degrees and then devoted their lives to intensive research and careful pedagogy as "dilettantes" while lionizing the work of a (sometimes) MBA-trained managerial class.
They might be amazing physicists and poets and pedagogues, but they are dilettantes at running a... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:02 AM on October 8, 2013
I don't understand your point. Because an administrator didn't listen to the recommendations of other administrators and it ended up being a mistake, we should let the faculty run Harvard's endowment? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:10 AM on October 8, 2013
R. Schlock: But suggest that there might be too many deans and middle managers and people start going nuts.
I don't think anyone is disagreeing with you here. At any given institution, in any given department, there may well be too many deans and managers. We are saying (or at least, I am saying, I hate to speak for others) that there might also be many other factors at play that this article seems to be making a point of ignoring.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:27 AM on October 8, 2013
RogerB: As an aside, the "no faculty would deign to do this staff job" arguments being marshalled here are ludicrous and clearly responding to cultural slights from the already tenured rather than to the economic reality of the academic world. There is a vast army of adjuncts, under- and unemployed PhDs out there right now, many of whom would jump at the opportunity to work at a university in any stable salaried capacity.
anotherpanacea: In the modern university, there is a class of people who have authority over the faculty, tenured or not. These people, who we call "administrators" are not the same folks as the janitors and cashiers.
The article that this thread is ostensibly about not only explicitly conflates them, but it goes so far as to reduce support staff to mindless drone status:
These “other professionals” are not... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:21 AM on October 9, 2013
Fuck, anything not The Dark Tower runs together in my mind.
I genuinely think that's what he wants to happen now. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:03 PM on October 8, 2013
stavrosthewonderchicken: I am not a fan, to put it mildly, of how the invasion of marketing and advertising into our culture has twisted it into an evil consumer dystopia, and I am horrified how people have gotten so deeply sucked into the scam that they're keen to jump up and defend the debasement. I loathe it like I loathe cancer. Not cancer in general, but a Very Personal Cancer, one that might, for example, be eating my ass from the inside out.
Wait, is this your child's school you are volunteering at? If so, I mean, you should still quit, but come up with some convenient excuse as to why you can no longer do it and wish them the best. You don't want to burn bridges if your kiddo still has to show up there every day. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:57 PM on October 8, 2013
I tried a system of my own devising in college whereby I would sleep from 8pm until midnight and then from 4am until 8am. It didn't work, chiefly because I couldn't get myself to fall asleep quickly enough at 8pm. I've always had a hard time falling asleep, so if you can conk out on command, it might work better. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:43 PM on October 8, 2013
LastOfHisKind: It's always sad when you find out that somebody you otherwise find appealing smokes.
It's true, but I still feel like I would really like to hang out with him. He just seems very, I don't know, interesting? I mean, NFL, Jeopardy! and Diet Coke? It's like we are already friends. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:57 AM on October 3, 2013
The sound guy is acting like a jealous lover. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:07 AM on October 3, 2013
IAmBroom: Almost every Disney & MGM child star: fucked over.
Among the more recent Disney Teen Stars, Selena Gomez seems to be managing the transition to adulthood pretty smoothly, but I guess it is still early days. Maybe it helps that she seems to be abandoning acting for the music biz so far? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:41 PM on October 3, 2013
Veronica Mars used to be on Netflix. I never made through a re-watch of the first season before it disappeared, though. My brother recently wanted to show his young padawan the Star Wars movies, and he was kind of shocked he had to resort to searching out a functional Blockbuster location to do so. Did you know it's only $0.99 for non-New Releases for 5 days? And late fees are only $0.10/day! It almost makes Blockbuster seem like a viable option again,... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:23 PM on October 7, 2013
Drinky Die: Well, HBO has their own streaming service you can probably borrow a password for
Holy shit, I never thought of that. My parents have HBO, I think... posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:23 PM on October 7, 2013
The otherwise good library system here in Wake County, NC (Raleigh and suburbs) does not carry any DVDs or even CDs. Just books. When we first moved here they looked at me like a crazy person just for asking where the videos were. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:01 PM on October 7, 2013
To sum up their most important findings, the average purity of heroin and cocaine have increased, respectively, 60 percent and 11 percent between 1990 and 2007. Cannabis purity is up a whopping 161 percent over that same time.
I agree that the War on Drugs is pretty much an abject failure, but it seems weird to try and quantify just how bad a failure it has been by looking at drug purity. I don't think one of the goals of the WoD was to "Keep... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:43 PM on October 7, 2013
We used the Motorola CS1504 for basically the exact use case you are talking about and it worked great. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:57 AM on October 7, 2013 marked best answer
Kreiger: Rock Steady and primethyme, I've actually come across those in my Googling, but I was a little leery of buying something without a pistol grip on it.
The one I've used sits really well between your thumb and forefinger, so ergonomics really shouldn't be a problem. It's also got a little ring on the back that you could attach to a wrist strap or other lanyard-type situation.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:14 PM on October 7, 2013
Illegal drugs are a cash only business. The users pay cash to the dealers, who pay cash to the distributors, who pay cash to the manufacturers. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:46 PM on October 5, 2013
For what it is worth, the units of currency often seen on Breaking Bad are straps. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:13 PM on October 5, 2013
Based on that, I would guess that large banks do actually sell/buy huge amounts of cash so frequently that it isn't a big deal.
I just toss my iPhone in a ziploc bag when I am cooking with it. Bonus tip: The gallon size bags will fit an iPad and now you can read ebooks in the bathtub! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:45 AM on October 5, 2013 marked best answer
I'm not even a huge Avengers fan, but I love this so damn much. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:10 AM on October 3, 2013
I haven't seen it yet, but from what I've read, I feel like there is potential for some of this stuff to actually happen in the Agents of SHIELD TV show, yes/no? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:26 PM on October 3, 2013
You could actually introduce differing canons into this world by realizing that there would certainly be comic books, novels, video games, etc. about these real life superheroes. Does Tony Stark endorse the Iron Man Saga video game series or the Armored Avenger movies? Maybe Natasha Romanoff stars in her own "based on the true story" biopic that takes some major liberties with her early career? How realistic is the Timely Comics... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:44 PM on October 3, 2013
If I'm understanding this correctly, you didn't actually see anyone driving intoxicated, and you had no info about the vehicle, its driver, or where it was headed. I'm not sure how helpful a call that goes "An allegedly drunk driver just left from 123 North St. That's all I got." would be. Certainly you could have more strongly suggested your neighbor (who had much more info than you and was actually a witness) make the call, and if you had more info you would certainly want to make a... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:21 PM on October 3, 2013 marked best answer
Even within the bounds of "he has a good, solid relationship with his parents" there are so many reasons why he might intentionally or unintentionally delay telling them about an SO. I do not think you are even close to the timeframe where I would start asking questions about it. Maybe at one year, or at a major relationship threshold (cohabitation, engagement, house buying, etc). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:28 PM on October 3, 2013
I call my depression the "Yeah, but..." disease. This is because when I get depressed, any help, any solution, any idea anyone has gets met with a "Yeah, but..." response. Viz:
"It's OK, Rock Steady, you'll find a job soon."
"Yeah, but then we are going to have to pay for child care, and I'll barely be earning more than that is going to cost."
"You should try to sell your art, Rock Steady.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:05 AM on October 3, 2013
forkisbetter: I have had MUCH better luck with temp agencies by calling them.
In general, you are going to have about 200% more success getting casual/informal/entry-level jobs with phone calls over email, and about 500% more success with showing up in person, relatively well-dressed and groomed. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:24 AM on October 3, 2013