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USC President C. L. Max Nikias identified the professor killed as Bosco Tjan, who joined USC in 2001, taught in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center.

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Dewi Sartika’s 132rd Birthday

Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:45 pm
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Dewi Sartika’s 132rd Birthday

Date: December 4, 2016

Today’s Doodle celebrates Dewi Sartika, a leader in women’s education in Indonesia during the late 1800s and early 1900s. At just 18 years old, Sartika started teaching women in a small room in the back of a house. Two years later, she opened the first school for women in Indonesia, and over the next ten years expanded her reach to ten schools.

She was awarded National Heroine by the Indonesian government in 1966 for her positive influence and public service to women across Indonesia.

Happy 132nd birthday to this educational trailblazer!

Location: Indonesia

Tags: Birthday, education, teacher

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:37 pm
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Been gallivanting in Glasgow today :)

Of the two things I had planned, I only managed the Etsy Local event at Briggait but to be fair there was a lot of stalls and sellers and I quite like buying from independent artists/sellers anyway so I was taking ages to look and also talk to some of the sellers. I have a weekend pass for VegFest so I'm away to that tomorrow, I saw some photos from it on Facebook and it doesn't look like the *extremists have been given too much breathing space. I was actually worrying that the event as a whole wouldn't be inclusive so that's a good thing to see that it is.

*extremists = animal rights activists. I'm all for speaking on something you're passionate about but are the images of cruelty actually necessary because for me the images actually detract from the overall message.

I also went to Paperchase and bought a purple pen, a stars pen and an A4 notebook for project!ambition because the exercise book I've been using for my notes, canon review and attempts are organisation is almost full. I also got Christmas cards (6 packets; all different designs) and gift tags too although I may have too many with 18 but my maths was failing me when I was working out who I've got presents for. With my spend today it took my rewards total to over £50 so I have £5 off of my next purchase, it's a reward I've had a few times already. Shiny. The only thing I never use on the perks is the free drink at Tinderbox (in store here) because it's always on days when I'm not in Glasgow.

I came across an advert for a one day art sale at Royal Exchange Square (by the GOMA) when I was walking up Buchanan Street, of course I went for a wander and the art and jewellery that was available to buy at the stalls was really interesting and all of it was original. Sadly it was, even the very small items, too far out of my price range. The seller from Ayr who did things with driftwood had some really quirky pieces but even his cheapest of £25 was too expensive for me. I may try and find if he has a online presence and order something. I only brought £110 with me and that's to see me through until I get back to Aberdeen.

In Holland & Barrett I got a new Dr Organic lip balm, this time it's pomegranate flavour/scent and thankfully isn't too overpowering, I got a money off voucher with my receipt but it doesn't start for a few weeks. I was wanting another liquorice flavour/scent because that is my favourite. Of all the lip balms the Dr Organic ones don't actually dry out the skin on my lips and make them more cracked and sore. The joys of extremely sensitive skin, can't use a lot of products even the free-from and hypo-allergenic ones.

I ended up in The Maltman and I walked in when Motherwell scored and there was also a lot of Celtic fans in so I was happy that they were getting beat at the time. Sadly they scored a few times :( would have loved Celtic to get beat. I had macaroni cheese for dinner and a pint of Tennent's, I was going to have the veggie haggis but I wasn't in a mood for it when I was looking through the menu.

One thing I left at the hotel was the necklaces so I don't have a wee trinket box for those as yet. Oops. I'll put it in my bag tonight and ask in a few of craft/hobby/art shops here and see what size will fit. The ones in Paperchase were nice but they only had big boxes which is no use.

LEGO Store was a no go because it was absolutely mental and people were queuing outside the doors to get in! I swear it, I've never seen it that packed ever and I usually pop in for my pick and mix pieces whenever I'm down here. No today. I would have been "urge to kill rising!" after less than ten seconds.

At the bus station I asked about the buses to Braehead on a Sunday and the 77 goes, they're really often (15-20 mins) as well which is strange for Sunday services, it's usually every half hour or hour. I know what stance to get that from in the morning and I also have enough coins to get an all day ticket. I think that First Glasgow also have the hoppers that don't give change (bane of my life!) been ages since I've used First down here, it's usually subway, train or the other bus companys.

I went to both Christmas Markets and I like the one at St Enoch's better than George Square simply because there was more stalls selling items and not just the food. The one at George Square is more food than anything else and St Enoch's is stalls with only a few food stalls. They are both a lot better than ours because yet again Aberdeen Winter Festival is an enormous flop. We ought to sack the council and Aberdeen Inspired and come up with something much better that doesn't create even more chaotic traffic and divert half of the buses under the Denburn for two months. One stall I did notice but didn't get chance to look at had hand carved wooden animal statues which I already have a few (rhino, giraffe, buddha) from the international market that we sometimes have. If I have time tomorrow I'll see what's there or I may just wait until I'm back here later in the week and look then. Depends.

Tomorrow I'll have to store my holdall at the hotel, shouldn't be a problem but I'll check at reception before I give my room key back. It'll save me lumping it all over Glasgow while I'm out. I do already have a single ticket for Milngavie to Glasgow anyway so I can easily get back to Central with it and then up to Queen Street for the train home. I've already checked the trains for tomorrow and they're every half hour between here and Glasgow so I know, roughly, what times I need to be at the station.

Right I'm away to watch the rest of this film even though it's rubbish and then have a shower and chill for the duration.
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Posted by Maddy Myers


Alice Drummond, veteran character actress of stage and screen, passed away today at the age of 88. She’s best known for a brief role that doesn’t even have an official name: that of the “Librarian” in the original Ghostbusters movie. She also has several other notable credits to her name: Awakenings is one of her other well-known film appearances, and in terms of stage work, she got nominated for a Tony for her role in The Chinese and Dr. Fish on Broadway, and she won a drama desk award for her work in A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.

But let’s circle back to Ghostbusters, for a moment, since it’s probably the role for which most of us knew her. There are a lot of little things that make her performance so great: Drummond manages to bring the campy comedy to a moment that would otherwise feel like a horror movie, without making it too scary, because Ghostbusters is also a comedy, and a family-friendly one at that. She’s got just the right blend of true terror and over-the-top hilarity in that pivotal scene running through the library stacks, during which the audience first realizes ghosts are real in this world.

Of course, she has to climb uphill in order to get other people to believe her. In one of Venkman’s slimiest moments, he questions the librarian and disbelieves every word she says, even asking her if she’s menstruating. Venkman soon learns that ghosts are real, and that the librarian was right–not that he ever apologizes to her for that. Instead, he gets rich off the discovery!

In any case, she plays the perfect comedic foil to Bill Murray in that famous scene:

Bravo, Alice Drummond. Feel free to haunt libraries with your winning comedic talents in future.

(via Variety, image via Giphy)

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Please observe the size differential. These are both full-grown cats.

This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school. If you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.)

Book recommendation of the week: Domestic Violets, by Matthew Norman. Hilarious family dysfunction and workplace snark — what more could you want? It’s seriously very, very funny.

weekend free-for-all – December 3-4, 2016 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:36 pm
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Title: Clipped Whispers
Rating: G
Universe: ACD Canon
Character(s): John Watson, Mary Morstan
Summary: "We have received the strangest telegram, John. I think it must be intended for someone else."
Warnings/Enticements: Hiatus Angst
Word Count: 508
A.N.: For WAdvent 2016.

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Want, take, have.

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Posted by Sarah Rowe


Warning: spoilers ahead!

“If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?”

This line, from 2016’s sci-fi film Arrival, hit me to the core. Feminists, I believe, are critical optimists; we challenge what’s wrong today to create a better tomorrow. And we’ve made strides, but whether we look at history in broad strokes or in specific detail, we still feel overwhelmed by what’s still to be achieved.

I came to feminism through witnessing domestic violence in my family. What’s more, as I learned more about feminism, I began to not only recognize this trauma in my own life but in my sister’s past, my mother’s past, my grandmother’s and even her mother’s. As your feminism develops, you begin to recognize trauma even in previously-familiar relationships like partner or father.

The more activism I get involved with—the more I see these and related traumas initiated, repeated, and normalized—the more I feel the burden of generational trauma on my shoulders.

“If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?” Dr Louise Banks asks in Arrival, a poignant sci-fi film urging communication, patience, and tolerance. As Arrival plays, its focus switches from a global scale to the individual, as Banks works out how to keep countries from each other’s throats, but also reflects on her own life’s choices. (If you want to read more about the film specifically, I recommend Jessica Lachenal’s review here on TMS.)

In the film, linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is tasked with learning to communicate with newly-arrived aliens. As she begins to understand the aliens’ nonlinear language, she also starts perceiving time non-linearly, and we discover she can effectively predict her future. We learn that Banks’ daughter (who we see die from an unavoidable terminal illness in the film’s opening) has yet to even be conceived. Banks’ question then becomes “do I go forward with having this daughter when she does not get a happy ending?”

Every Arrival review published mentions the film’s timing with the US election results. The entire election campaign barraged the world with racist and xenophobic rhetoric, the excusing and normalizing of sexual assault and the non-stop coverage of whatever content came out of an orange turnip’s mouth or Twitter feed. Arrival’s urging of communication, patience and tolerance offer a reprieve from the news cycle; however, it was Banks’ question that struck me as more important.

How do we go forward into the next four years knowing what trauma awaits so many? As so many activists and journalists like Feminista Jones and Sarah Kendzior have explained, we go forward fighting.

Then I think about the generational trauma the women in my family have faced, and the trauma so many other families and individuals have faced. How did they go forward?

“Do you wanna make a baby?” Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) asks Louise Banks. Arrival shifts from facing xenophobia on an international scale to Banks’ decision to bring a doomed child into the world.

The expectation of parenthood is something many feminists grapple with. Personally, I’ve felt excited, overwhelmed, terrified and even angry at the prospect of parenthood. I worry what kind of environmental devastation they will have to face due to my and previous generations’ passivity; I worry how, rather than whether, the government will impede their rights; and I am absolutely terrified at the prospect of my family’s trauma repeating itself yet again.

Had my great-grandmother known the trauma her daughter was to face, would she have had a family? Would my mother? Should I?

Dr. Banks can see both the bad (her daughter’s illness and difficult death, her failed relationship with Donnelly, the resulting failed relationship between father and daughter), and the good (happiness, warmth, comfort, compassion shared between mother and daughter). As hokey as Donnelly’s on-the-nose question is, Banks’ enthusiastic “yes” brings Arrival’s optimism into individual lives as well as the global crisis around which the rest of the plot revolves.

Elizabeth Logan of Glamour writes how Arrival “seems to have an underlying pro-life message, not in an antifeminist way but in a pro-living, pro-people, pro-heartbreak, pro-humanity kind of way. Literally, it is for life.” This theme is not unlike Up, as Lachenal also points out, which argues that the journey is more valuable than the destination.

Arrival poses these questions to us, and while it doesn’t deliver answers, it does offer hope and optimism that there’s life after trauma. Value your present, fight for your future, and know that there’s always hope for a better tomorrow. After all, it’s our idealistic optimism pushing us feminists to create it.

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 08:48 am
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People who live in London or know London fairly well, which suburb would you say is more ethnically diverse: Clapham or Fulham? I do have a reason for asking, but it's a rather complicated one to explain, so I figured I'd just ask the question.

How is everybody on this unusually bright Saturday morning? Well, it's bright in Vancouver, at any rate.


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