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  1. this was how i understood things when i studied moral philosophy in college. "morality" and "ethics" are largely interchangeable in common usage, but mean different things in an academic sense. ethics involve a law-like process that brought about the rules that govern human behavior and could even be subjective or due to custom alone. however, moral facts are considered to be objective and as such could perhaps even be perceived through a moral sense akin to our physical senses.
  2. iron maiden - "alexander the great"
  3. ...ask for thyself another kingdom, for that which i leave is too small for thee.
  4. falafels are delicious and versatile. they can be used as meatball replacements with spaghetti. you can make a sandwich out of them, or just serve them with rice. falafels are also very easy to make from falafel mix. no, it just slightly pickles.
  5. the hapless grad students, postdocs and adjuncts in general do some of the labor of full-time faculty for a fraction of the costs, thus allowing more of the budget to go towards opening up more administrative lines. you can't have a bloated administrative bureaucracy without the adjuncts. something else i've noticed is that a good chunk of the upper echelon of administrators come from the humanities. we're talking about people with doctorates in history, languages, philosophy, etc. doing administrative work instead of work in their chosen fields. it's how some folks were able to stay in academia when jobs in the humanities are scarce.
  6. you are brave for opening up to us here! it's not your fault if your husband left you while you're pregnant; that's on him. you don't have to feel obligated to protect his image and maintain the illusion that everything is perfect. there's very little in life that's perfect and everyone will understand. your family will love you regardless. you should feel ok with opening up to them and they will support you, emotionally, financially, and in every other manner because they are family. the baby's well-being should come first and the baby is going to need his/her mother and a good home environment. please don't be afraid to ask for help if you feel overwhelmed. please do it for the sake of the baby.
  7. johnny cash - "wayfaring stranger"
  8. in the link you posted, there's an explanation for what all the fees are used for. the matriculation fee sounds like it's what we know as "tuition" under another name. the differential tuition fee is used to "support undergraduate educational programs and services" above what is funded from tuition (matriculation fee) alone. i think most universities would just increase the basic tuition rather than bake in the extra cost as a tuition differential fee like this. also, this differential structure would allow the school to charge certain students more/less based on various things. according to this link, some of the tuition differential fee goes towards scholarships for financially needy students, for example. the capital improvement fee is used to pay for campus maintenance and improvement. by the way, $2,586 for a 12 credit load is actually relatively cheap! what you're paying for a 4 year undergraduate education is less than what some students pay for a single year! ...... added to this post 30 minutes later: the administrative roles became more and more specialized over time. i'm not sure if anyone really knows what everybody does now! at my institution, there are a lot of titles like "director of x" and then they use adjectives to distinguish the various levels at which these roles are performed. so there are "assistant directors of x," "associate directors of x" and "director of x," mirroring the structure for professorships! you also have the adjectives "associate" and "vice" thrown around a lot in general. and when someone is above a certain level but not quite reaching the next level, you use the extra adjective "senior" as in "senior associate director of x," for example. i'm looking at an entry in my school's directory for a "senior associate director of social media and events" as i type this. at one point we even had a "senior vice provost," as another example. i wouldn't be surprised if there are actually more administrators than full-time faculty members here.
  9. yikes, the broken teaching units problem has evolved and a teaching unit name-calling problem has emerged as an offshoot. we are going to need an additional assistant to the vice associate special liaison to the office of the provost to help contend with this developing situation, at least for the time being. later on we will call in an external team of the best consultants money can buy to get to the root of the problem and figure out how many more administrative roles will have to be created to truly nail this issue once and for all.
  10. uh oh, this teaching unit sounds like it's complaining again. better nip this problem in the bud before it grows too big. the school is going to need to invest in a vice associate special liaison to the office of the provost to remedy the broken teaching units problem.
  11. juno reactor - "playing with fire"
  12. thanks for the tips! 1) maybe the modern is really just a sneaky way to tranpose into the sicilian, the king's indian or the hippopotamus, but in a way that confuses the opponent in a sometimes hilarious way. 4...c5 is a good move to keep in mind. i mostly play 4...a6 out of habit now and should really look at alternatives. 2) i need to keep this plan in mind too, aiming for a reversed queen's gambit type setup on the queen side. as you can tell, sometimes i play too passively and get into cramped positions (heh). as soon as white plays f4, i almost expect the full-on austrian attack setup coming and just mentally prepare to curl up into a ball rather than hit back early. that game my plan was to overprotect f7 because i could imagine the white onslaught that was coming, having seen it many times in the past. this is really not the proper way to play the modern, i know. 3) an early ...e6 is usually how i handle an early Bc4 when i calmly play against the computer, but last night i was facing a human opponent and always seem to play worse somehow. after a little while, it felt like ...e6 was just too late to play because f6 looked so vulnerable in light of white's pawn on d5.
  13. i sent you a message and a game request last night, but i guess you didn't get it. no worries, i'll catch you another time. having not played timed chess against humans in a very long time, i forgot how panicky i feel in these games! @Major Chord take a look at the following blunderful game i played (as black). you'll get a laugh at how black swindled a victory from white here. at one point, there were two white knights, a rook, a bishop (and then the white queen) all pointed at black's f7 pawn! there's good reason why you stopped playing the modern defense. i'll never be a serious tournament player if i get positions like this yet still keep playing this funny opening! 1.e4 g6 2.Bc4 Bg7 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 a6 5.e5 Nc6 6.d4 Bg4 7.h3 Bd7 8.O-O Qc8 9.Ng5 Nh6 10.c3 O-O 11.Nd2 Nd8 12.Nde4 c6 13.d5 b5 14.Bb3 dxe5 15.d6 Nf5 16.dxe7 Nxe7 17.Nd6 Qc7 18.fxe5 Nd5 19.Bxd5 cxd5 20.Qxd5 Bc6 21.Qd4 h6 22.Nge4 Ne6 23.Qd3 Bxe5 24.Nxf7 Rxf7 25.Rxf7 Qxf7 26.Bxh6 Rd8 27.Qe3 Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Qf5 29.Qe3 Rd7 30.Re1 Kh7 31.h4 Rf7 32.Bg5 Nxg5 33.hxg5 Bf4 34.Qh3+ Qxh3 35.gxh3 Bxg5 36.b4 Bd2 37.Re6 Bxc3 38.a3 Rf6 39.Rxf6 Bxf6 40.Kf2 Bb2 41.Ke3 Bxa3 0-1 (also, i know 6...Bg4 was a big blunder and falls into the old bishop sacrifice on f7 followed by knight check on g5 trick. i regretted it right after playing it.)
  14. slade, my previous answer is only for the loops question. i've edited my previous post to reflect that. kisai, you might be confusing the questions you want to answer since there are several here. the path that you show will work for any nxn square so in general a chessboard will have a path that covers every square. however, slade is also asking about picking an arbitrary start and arbitrary end square. in the 3x3 case, if you pick the starting square as a2 in chess notation, then you won't be able to find a path that includes every square. lastly, slade is also asking about whether there is a loop/cycle that will include every square.