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But I think what this is getting at is that...um...probably a lot of people would say "of course Shakespeare does not suck" without actually having any kind of developed reasoning or experience about why they feel that... [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by shivohum, tychotesla, GrammarMoses, NoahTheDuke, the man of twists and turns, daq
MeFi comment - 2 ¾ hours ago

It still seems strange to me, because I have zero interest in the first thing and think of the second one (caring for each other) as the basis of any relationship, but maybe I already have non-traditional relationships. Oh god the emotional... [more]
favorited 155 times, recently by RobotLunch
MeFi comment - 3 ½ hours ago

What if we had a conversation about this stuff that didn't strive to pin a social problem on a particular generation? Especially because it so quickly becomes ridiculous - there are so many "large post-WWII baby cohort" people that... [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by daq, cinchona, Rosie M. Banks, corb, ob1quixote, giraffe
MeFi comment - 4 ¼ hours ago

In this situation, isn't that sufficient, though? His work has stood for centuries and is still enjoyed around the world. Surely there must be something there that speaks to people and causes them to continue to have a genuine response to his... [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by tychotesla, GrammarMoses, Lexica, Sangermaine
MeFi comment - Almost 5 hours ago

so the government will subsidize those items....in a punitive, half-assed, still-insufficient way that allows their cronies to skim off the top and justifies endless invasive "nudging" of the lives of the poor.... [more]
favorited 37 times, recently by The Outsider, bibliogrrl, winna, feckless fecal fear mongering, Kikkoman, threeants, plep, oneswellfoop, PuppyCat, FireballForever, Proofs and Refutations, kewb, snsranch, NorthernAutumn, daq, sweltering, Mister Fabulous, clockzero, jason_steakums, ob1quixote, maxwelton, emptythought, jetsetlag, BlueHorse, johnpowell, trunk muffins, scody, metaman livingblog, thug unicorn, Blue Jello Elf, nebulawindphone, hydropsyche, You Can't Tip a Buick, bleep, zombieflanders, lord_wolf, jeffburdges
MeFi comment - Almost 6 hours ago

I think that "I would line up to dance on her fingers" is pretty blatently hyperbole. But she struck me as a truly vile human being. And just to clarify: she struck me as a truly vile human being because her ideas about what... [more]
favorited 21 times, recently by RobotLunch, junques
MeFi comment - 9 hours ago

The thing is, I have no doubt that she does experience feeling-bad-about-her-body, etc. I have no doubt that she gets the usual shit that women in media get, and that this is tough. At the same time, there's something weird about the colonization... [more]
favorited 27 times, recently by glhaynes
MeFi comment - 11 hours ago

Weirdly, this reminds me of my thoughts yesterday about the "I smack my partner lightly when he tells a racist joke" askme. [Naturally, I have no knowledge of the actual experience of that poster.] I was thinking about how women are... [more]
favorited 67 times, recently by randomnity
MeFi comment - 14 hours ago

What this says to me is that a well-intentioned organization has to have their ducks in a row before there's a call for a policy to be put into effect. I could easily see my younger, more naive self become very focused on "how can we... [more]
favorited 31 times, recently by dubitable, small_ruminant, maxwelton, magstheaxe, vickyverky, IShouldBeStudyingRightNow, stoneweaver, Lexica, schmod, Rosie M. Banks, sukeban, haltingproblemsolved, seyirci, JoeXIII007, figurant, arcticwoman, Lentrohamsanin, running order squabble fest, languagehat, ZakDaddy, Uniformitarianism Now!, dorey_oh, tavella, miss-lapin, PMdixon, LucretiusJones, threetwentytwo, allthinky, BrashTech, nooneyouknow, Proofs and Refutations
MeFi comment - 15 hours ago

She already has one of the biggest selling singles of all time, a song that surely was mainly purchased by pre-teens (did anyone here purchase 'Starships'? I actually did, but I needed it as part of a playlist for something. I thought it... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by tractorfeed, Salamander
MeFi comment - 15 hours ago

Altho, I found the graphic about what your $10 gets you a bit disingenuous. You need a kitchen to cook that shit. Like a knife, pots, pans, a working stove and or microwave, maybe aluminium foil or saran wrap, and the know how. You need to pay for... [more]
favorited 14 times, recently by winna, threeants, ifjuly, Dreidl, Proofs and Refutations, snsranch, haltingproblemsolved, daq, ob1quixote, jason_steakums, lord_wolf, sio42, rabbitrabbit, BlueHorse
MeFi comment - 15 hours ago

Also, sometimes you just get sick of what you can afford. Things are (hopefully temporarily) quite tight at home, and every once in a while I just snap and get something that's off-budget because I'm really tired of the stuff I eat day in and... [more]
favorited 12 times, recently by fraula, threeants, kagredon, FireballForever, Proofs and Refutations, keever, Blue Jello Elf, daq, SisterHavana, sio42, BlueHorse, roomthreeseventeen
MeFi comment - 18 hours ago

I mean, I really like this tumblr...partly because it feels sort of eighties avant-garde blank, and partly because it sort of conjures up a set of scenarios - it makes one hyper-conscious of language. Obviously, I'm going to say "cougar" if... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED
MeFi comment - More than 18 hours ago

Call the fucking cops and have him charged. The thing is, very often people don't want to call the cops - they don't themselves want to go through the awfulness and publicity of a trial, they don't want to introduce cops into their... [more]
favorited 8 times, recently by Proofs and Refutations, maxwelton, Jesse the K, allthinky, Lexica, audi alteram partem, evidenceofabsence, ursus_comiter
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

I notice a lot of 'received wisdom' in your comments - ideas that are floating around in advice culture that get treated as if they are deep, eternal verities, like "women aren't visual [so what I think about my partner's appearance must be just... [more]
favorited 60 times, recently by tooloudinhere
Ask MeFi comment - 2 days ago

That "hoops" quote from Levchin might be the most WTF thing I've read on the Internet today. Back in the day, when Salon had a chat thing (Tabletalk, I think?) there was this woman who was some kind of high-falutin' hiring exec in... [more]
favorited 49 times, recently by LizBoBiz, catalytics, junques
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

Why does this produce such strong feelings? And it does produce strong feelings - I see these pictures and I have a visceral reaction of despair, shame and disgust. I assume from some of the strongly-worded comments in this thread that... [more]
favorited 11 times, recently by argonauta
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

"useful in many therapeutic settings" will be the title of my memoir. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by MT
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

Something that I think I knew but did not put together with contemporary Irish history: the English penal laws prevented Catholics from basically doing anything - getting an education, living certain places, being in government, owning... [more]
favorited 18 times, recently by en forme de poire
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Also, Murmur is mumblecore now? I think I've been understanding the term wrong. Lifes Rich Pageant is the best REM album, though.... [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by Purposeful Grimace, deludingmyself, blucevalo, danabanana
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

The Green through Automatic for the People era has a lot of the band's best music. Anyone who thinks the band should have turned down tens of millions of dollars to remain somehow "pure" or I.R.S. has probably never faced a big monetary... [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by kendrak, erskelyne, corey flood
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

"Voice of Harold" is terrific. I hadn't even listened to that one in years and must immediately upon my return home. I always found it incredibly soothing, like it promises a world that is incomprehensible yet none the less benign.... [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by droplet, joseph conrad is fully awesome, matildaben
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Not snarky, I have never thought this. I can't listen to the song right this instant - and my musical vocabulary would make a cat laugh - but I feel like the song and the vocals are sort of melancholy, and in particular the way "You... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Lexica
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

As a cyclist, the idea of someone deciding that he is in fact not actually too high to drive a car scares the living fuck out of me. All that has to happen is that his reflexes are off when something unexpected happens, and I am a bloody heap... [more]
favorited 52 times, recently by oceanjesse
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Seriously, pick A Thing to do and label in in your head - "when I have done this thing (and reflected on what I did when I was fifteen) I will have made all the amends I can, and it will be okay to forgive myself". Depending on what you... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by shadowy_world
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

You have to ask yourself what you want from forgiveness. One reason I'm skeptical about later-in-life apologies - and I was bullied pretty badly, plus experienced a couple of significant friend betrayals in my teens - is that so often they're... [more]
favorited 37 times, recently by shadowy_world
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Here's a direct link to the podcast of this episode, which is worth the listen just to hear Roman Mars stand up for Murmur at the end. Wait, people have to stand up for Murmur? What's wrong with it? It was rather highly praised at... [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by erskelyne, blucevalo, languagehat
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

it may be the case that your daughter's boyfriend is considered underage and his family could press charges against your daughter Although I have no advice - and there seems like so much good stuff on here - it seems like there will be a... [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats, Blue Jello Elf, SuperSquirrel, wwax
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

I'd say, in fact, that the ideal "personal brand" is one of "adorkability" - cute, faux-unique, non-threatening, able to "geek out" about work-related stuff and golden age television in equal measure, but 100% unlikely... [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by Rosie M. Banks
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Do you object to the concept of a personal brand, or to the phrase itself? How separable are these? I mean, I suppose my "personal brand" could be the brand I use for branding my personal cattle... I loathe the idea that... [more]
favorited 17 times, recently by Rosie M. Banks
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Or consider a May 2014 report from 2020health, another thinktank, proposing to extend tax rebates to Britons who give up smoking, stay slim or drink less. "We propose 'payment by results', a financial reward for people who become active... [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by beefetish, oceanjesse, mule98J
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Weirdly, when I briefly had an OkCupid profile, I got a number of inquiries (from queer women - queer women and gender non-conforming people being the desired demographic) although I had not posted photos. I didn't have any - really, I don't... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by threeants
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

So the woman mentioned in the FPP would apparently rather starve than wash a soiled cloth diaper. I can't get worked up over this... It just so happened that I lived with a friend who was using cloth diapers and was...well, let's say,... [more]
favorited 276 times, recently by amtho
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Perhaps you could break down the thing that you're apologizing for, at least in your head. Let's say you broke up with someone via text right before their bar exam but after they had cheated on you. You might regret that you had to break up.... [more]
favorited 16 times, recently by argonauta
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

What it feels like to me is just that the Cold War was too convenient to give up. That's what has struck me again and again about US and Soviet politics since the nineties. During the nineties, all was flux, but then everyone figured out that... [more]
favorited 40 times, recently by argonauta
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

We keep almost all those things (except the eggs, salsas and cheese) on the shelf. I can testify that sriracha is fine with extended non-refrigeration, in particular, as are molasses, maple syrup, hoisin sauce, jam (throw away jam after a few days?... [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by shadowy_world, zinful, NoiselessPenguin, Too-Ticky, treehorn+bunny, whyareyouatriangle, Solomon, nadawi, fingersandtoes
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

What is suspension actually supposed to fix? Can kids that age really perceive consequences for their actions? Or is it just a day home with mom and/or dad? My suspicion is that it's mostly to punish the parents, who have to scramble... [more]
favorited 10 times, recently by Joe in Australia, ifjuly, NoahTheDuke, OnceUponATime, roomthreeseventeen, audi alteram partem, en forme de poire, sweetkid
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Speaking as someone in his early fifties, the forties are when many people start to notice the aging process on a daily level (decrease in stamina, eyesight decline, minor health issues cropping up left and right, more frequent deaths of loved... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Uniformitarianism Now!
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Angela Carter has this very interesting short essay about Rousseau and corsets - she discusses the contemporary critique of tight-lacing (which was similar to the critique of big hair only angrier) and talks about how tight-lacing both disguised... [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by NorthernAutumn, ifjuly, Lexica
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Clearly, many mefites will in future be identifiable by our West Elm pouches. I bought two, even though I am not precisely in funds, because I was so allured by their beautiful blues and because my existing old Baggu nylon pouches are too soft, even... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by almostmanda
MetaTalk comment - 5 days ago

Anderson wasn't sure where to start. He'd never heard of a priest raping a child This keeps getting reiterated in these stories, and it seems so weird to me. I mean everybody knew, when I was growing up, that priests (and ministers)... [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by hydropsyche
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

An idle thought when hiring future nannies - if one of them discovers an employer filming her secretly for unknown purposes, you may develop entirely different retention rate issues. No one I know - and I do know a couple of career nannies who have,... [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by Scram, sweltering, RobotLunch, thereemix
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

There's a line in a Margery Allingham novel about a woman who is doing very nicely in her forties, thank you: "She never had the looks to lose, and so she never lost them". Honestly, once I got over wishing I was good-looking purely... [more]
favorited 26 times, recently by SailRos
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Honestly, I think a 23,000 (not including ebooks! That doesn't make much sense as a metric, though, since people who read seriously are more likely to have an ereader IME, not that I have one myself) initial US sale of a notoriously rather... [more]
favorited 7 times, recently by pocketfullofrye, viggorlijah, sandettie light vessel automatic, tofu_crouton, Cash4Lead, latkes, saulgoodman
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

What I think he's really doing is breaking Sears up into salable pieces or pieces that can become corporations in their own right with separate stock, and sweetening those pieces by transferring long term liabilities from them to the parts he... [more]
favorited 69 times, recently by DRoll
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

It depresses me - speaking as a white person - that white people are apparently unable to deduce meaning from context clues. That Time article was kind of creepy and patronizing, as well.... [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by glasseyes
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

One problem is that no one is keeping track of what these students need and what they actually have. Another problem is that there’s simply too little money in the education budget. The Elements of Literature textbook costs $114.75. However, in... [more]
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MeFi comment - 6 days ago

If someone would like to spend a mint of money on a US-made leather bag, may I recommend Village Tannery? Admittedly, my Village Tannery bag was an entirely random secondhand score back before eBay rationalized the thrift store market... [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I have the best bag, everyone! I'm sorry, it's true. Why is my bag the best? My bag is the best because it is identical to the $295 J Peterman mailbag except that I got it on eBay used for $35, it has no brand name on it and it's in reddish brown... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 8 days ago

Think about your past close friendships - how did you meet those people? What did you talk about? What made you feel close to them? Now that you're older, you may be missing the things that enabled those relationships to grow - maybe you saw those... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 8 days ago

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