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A Q&A Interview With Film and TV Critic Troy Patterson
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A Q&A Interview With Film and TV Critic Troy Patterson

Troy Patterson wears many hats, though he'd hate that cliche. He's a book critic for NP, TV critic at Slate.com and the film critic at Spin magazine. He also written for a host of other publications including The New York Times Book Review, Men's Vogue, Wired, and Entertainment Weekly. Patterson, who calls Brooklyn home, is a wickedly funny and nimble writer who crafts sentences like this one about Jon and Kate Gosselin, the feuding couple at the center of "Jon & Kate Plus 8": "She is a moaning 34-year-old harpy with highlights as wide as mountain-bike tires sporting an asymmetrical haircut suggestive of a wounded stork.

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Understanding Delphi SET Type

One of the Delphi language features not found in other modern languages is the notion of sets. Delphi's set type is a collection of values of the same ordinal type. A set is defined using the set of keyword: Set types are usually defined with subranges. In the above example, the TMagicNumber is a custom subrange type allowing variables of the TMagicNumber type to receive values from 1 to 34.
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Parataxis (grammar and prose style)

Definition Parataxis is a grammatical and rhetorical term for phrases or clauses arranged independently-a coordinate, rather than a subordinate, construction. Adjective: paratactic . Contrast with hypotaxis . Parataxis (also known as the additive style ) is sometimes used as a synonym for asyndeton -that is, the coordination of phrases and clauses without coordinating conjunctions.
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12 Careers for Political Science Majors

Political science majors are popular for a reason: they're interesting, they're current, and they open a lot of career opportunities for graduates. Fortunately, political science majors can apply their academic and, often, their political training in a wide range of jobs. 12 Careers for Political Science Majors 1.
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French Passive Constructions

Passive constructions are those in which a verb's action is performed on the subject, rather than the subject performing the action as in active (normal) constructions. The passive voice is the most common French passive construction, but there are a couple of others to watch out for as well. Other French Passive Constructions Passive Infinitive: Even though the French infinitive translates as "to + verb," the French infinitive sometimes needs to be preceded by a preposition.
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Requisitos y Visas en Estados Unidos para Médicos Profesionales

El deficit de profesionales de la salud que existe en Estados Unidos se compensa cada año con un ingreso promedio de 6.000 profesionales de la salud extranjeros, entre médicos, enfermeras, dentistas y farmacéuticos. Cada uno de estos international medical graduate (IMG) debe cumplir una serie de requisitos para validar sus estudios, obtener la residencia y sacar la licencia profesional en estado en el que desean trabajar.
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¿Cuánto Hay que Esperar para Solicitar la Ciudadanía Americana?

Después de obtener la residencia permanente hay que esperar, en promedio, cinco años antes de pedir la naturalización. Existen otros factores que se deben considerar como son el número de meses que se lleva residiendo en el lugar donde se solicita el proceso y el número de meses de presencia física en Estados Unidos.
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Understanding Primary and Secondary Groups in Sociology

The study of social groups is the main focus of many sociologists because these groups illustrate how human behavior is shaped by group life and how group life is affected by individuals. The two groups on which social scientists mainly focus are primary and secondary groups, called "primary" because they are a person's primary source of relationships and socialization or "secondary" because they are of less importance but still significant to the individual.
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Idioms in Context: The Road to Success

Here is a short essay on how to succeed in today's challenging economic environment. Try reading the selection one time to understand the gist without using the idiom definitions. On your second reading, use the definitions to help you understand the text while learning new idioms. Finally, a short quiz on some of the expressions at the end of the story.
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Fireside Chats, Franklin Roosevelt's Iconic Radio Addresses

The fireside chats were a series of 30 addresses by President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast nationwide on radio in the 1930s and 1940s. Roosevelt was not the first president to be heard on the radio, but the way he used the medium marked a significant change in the way presidents communicate with the American public.
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'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' Essay and Discussion Questions

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" tells the fictional story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher who competes with another suitor for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. However, instead of getting the girl, Crane ends up experiencing a very strange and spooky event. Written by Washington Irving, the short story was first published in 1820 and continues to be a popular Halloween tale today, especially because it includes a ghost story about a mysterious headless horseman.
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Kanarazu: Translation and Pronunciation

The Japanese word kanarazu, pronounced "kah-nah-ra-zoo", is translated to mean "certainly", "without fail", "by all means", or "certainly." It a word intended to provide emphasis or accentuation. Japanese characters: 必ず (かならず) Example of Kanarazu in a Sentence Juuji made ni kanarazu kite kudasai.
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Beginner German Mistake der Freund

The word Freund in German is at times ambiguous since it can mean either friend or boyfriend. The same with Freundin , which can mean either a female friend or a girlfriend. The use of der Freund/ die Freundin relies on contextual cues to give you an accurate meaning. Consider the Following Sentences Er ist mein bester Freund Mein amerikanischer Freund Mein Freund Heinz Er ist ein Freund fürs Leben Wir sind Freunde Er ist ein Freund von mir Er ist mein Freund Er ist ein Freund Einen festen Freund haben Ein echter Freund Mein echter freund Hast du einen Freund?
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Daily Mandarin Lesson: "Don't Have" in Chinese

没有 (Méi yǒu) in Mandarin means haven't, hasn't, doesn't exist, to not have, and to not be. Pronunciation 没有 is pronounced ►méi yǒu. 没 is in the 2nd tone, whereas 有 is spoken in the 3rd tone. This can also be written as: mei2 you3. Chinese Characters Traditional Form: 沒有 Simplified Form: 没有 The first character 沒 / 没 (méi) is a negative prefix for verbs.
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Dracorex Hogwartsia

The full name of this pachycephalosaur, or bone-headed dinosaur, is Dracorex hogwartsia (pronounced DRAY-co-rex hog-WART-see-ah) , which is Greek for Dragon King of Hogwarts), and as you might have guessed, there's a story behind this. After it was excavated in 2004, in South Dakota's Hell Creek formation, the partial skull of this dinosaur was donated to the world-renowned Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which invited visiting kids to name it as a promotional stunt.
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What Is Lexical Diffusion?

Lexical diffusion, In historical linguistics, is the spread of sound changes through the lexicon of a language. According to R.L. Trask: "Lexical diffusion is phonetically abrupt but lexically gradual…The existence of lexical diffusion had long been suspected, but its reality was only finally demonstrated by Wang [1969] and Chen and Wang [1975]" ( The Dictionary of Historical and Comparative Linguistics , 2000).
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Definition and Examples of Evidence in Argument

In argument, evidence refers to facts, documentation or testimony used to strengthen a claim, support an argument or reach a conclusion. The evidence isn't the same as proof. "Whereas evidence allows for professional judgment, the proof is absolute and incontestable," said Denis Hayes in "Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools.
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MYERS Surname Meaning and Origin

The surname Myers or Myer is usually either of German or British origin, depending upon the country of the particular family. The German origin of the surname Myers has the meaning "steward or bailiff," as in the magistrate of a city or town. ​ The English origin of the surname has three possible sources: A patronymic surname meaning "son of the mayor," from the Old English maire ( maior ) meaning "mayor.
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How to Discuss Charts and Graphs in English

The language of graphs and charts refer to the words and phrases used when describing results depicted within these formats. This language is especially useful when making presentations because charts and graphs measure various statistics and are helpful when presenting large amounts of information that need to be understood quickly, including facts and figures, statistical information, profit and loss, polling information, etc.
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Examples of Confidence Intervals for Means

One of the major parts of inferential statistics is the development of ways to calculate confidence intervals. Confidence intervals provide us with a way to estimate a population parameter. Rather than say that the parameter is equal to an exact value, we say that the parameter falls within a range of values.
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Evolution of Hair Color

Imagine a world with only brunettes in it. That was the world when the first human ancestors first started to appear as primates adapted and speciation created the lineage that would eventually lead to our modern-day humans. It is believed the very first hominids lived on the continent of Africa. Since Africa is directly on the equator, sunlight shines directly down throughout the entire year.
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