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When I was in high school there were these two punk girls - one in my grade and one a couple of grades down - and their mom let them have their hair however they wanted. Their mom did some stuff with my girl scout troupe back when I was in girl... [more]
favorited 19 times, recently by quincunx, Lexica, disconnect, ohcanireally, black_lizard, Narrative Priorities, mon-ma-tron, wats, EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, Dynex, cardinality, gatorae, queensissy, limeonaire, Vaike, nanook, Space Kitty, Blue Jello Elf, Sara C.
Ask MeFi comment - 11 hours 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 39 times, recently by litleozy, Kadin2048, RakDaddy, lunasol, WidgetAlley, sidesh0w, you must supply a verb, polychora, zinful, Proofs and Refutations, Blazecock Pileon, Hey Dean Yeager!, lalochezia, moonlight on vermont, sneebler, bpt, punilux, MillMan, spbmp, arcticseal, orrnyereg, good in a vacuum, merocet, Renoroc, mordax, littlecatfeet, lord_wolf, lesbiassparrow, lenny70, methinks, fings, languagehat, Ber, threeants, Pope Guilty, ThatFuzzyBastard, mstokes650, dhoe, rbellon
MeFi comment - 13 hours ago

One thing we've done in the past: set up an expectation that X amount of time is free (or at whatever discounted rate) but that rent goes up to (whatever rent we require) after X amount of time, so that the person has the choice of becoming a... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by Beti, FirstMateKate
Ask MeFi comment - 13 hours ago

I will respond totally differently! I think that the discourse of "creepy", like the discourse of "fedoras", has become so formalized, crystallized and formulaic that it is no longer a useful thing to talk about in this type of... [more]
favorited 36 times, recently by Herr Zebrurka, keep it under cover, weston, bunderful, hapax_legomenon, whistle pig, Juliet Banana, mon-ma-tron, mild deer, rhooke, tomboko, stoneandstar, 3fluffies, human ecologist, Poppa Bear, Chairboy, treese, segfault, vickyverky, Rustic Etruscan, misha, metaBugs, ecsh, Rock Steady, ghharr, ocherdraco, pretentious illiterate, Wolfster, Nyx, tsh, GenjiandProust, miorita, Catseye, gaspode, Ruthless Bunny, Salamander
Ask MeFi comment - 15 hours ago

Honestly, despite the fact that I know someone who is a good parent to a girl adopted from abroad, I think international adoptions in general should be halted. We know that they create a "market" for babies and that as a result, children... [more]
favorited 32 times, recently by xarnop
MeFi comment - 15 hours ago

If it was the female version in underwear wouldn't we just be doing a riff on objectification? Perhaps. As far as I know, though, there isn't some kind of forced choice where "sculpture of a white person in underwear, choose male or... [more]
favorited 13 times, recently by wats
MeFi comment - Yesterday

It's not even so much that "oooh, everyone will be triggered every time they walk by the statue". It's that when you place a statue in a public space, you're making a choice of that particular statue instead of others. You're... [more]
favorited 13 times, recently by magstheaxe
MeFi comment - Yesterday

Also this kind of sorta-squick realistic/parody art bugs me because I think there's this assumption that everyone everywhere always needs to be made uncomfortable in public spaces. That's one reason I'm not into this kind of exhibit - it... [more]
favorited 84 times, recently by magstheaxe
MeFi comment - Yesterday

The percentage of Americans who have a valid passport, according to the most recent statistics issued by the State Department in January of 2014, is about 46%... I think we've had this argument on mefi before, but international travel is... [more]
favorited 89 times, recently by taichiofthedamned, misha, Lexica, Drinky Die, neushoorn, janey47, heatvision, iamkimiam, oneswellfoop, ob1quixote, scrump, Lapin, randomnity, Polyhymnia, oceanjesse, Timmoy Daen, augustimagination, fermion, jason_steakums, Proofs and Refutations, methinks, gucci mane, a fiendish thingy, pushing paper and bottoming chairs, BlueHorse, MrBobaFett, gatorae, Smart Dalek, almostmanda, crush-onastick, vickyverky, brokkr, haltingproblemsolved, kiki_s, mstokes650, yertledaturtle
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

I think that on some level, I've made the unconscious decision that I don't think I want to have a child that matures inside of an increasingly unhealthy body, who's going to be passively eating processed crap because of his/her mother's poor... [more]
favorited 12 times, recently by showbiz_liz
Ask MeFi comment - 2 days ago

I could take Frowner's Scotland trip for half her quoted price. And I probably wouldn't choose Scotland as a destination, when a flight to Central America is half the price. But Frowner doesn't have to travel the way I travel. How? I... [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by misha, Lexica, randomnity, Timmoy Daen, oceanjesse
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

I love William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, but I wish they didn't have to be so goddamn right all the time, the future is here and it's scary and weird. I was actually just thinking that I loathe Neil Stephenson with a red-hot fiery... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by SeanMac
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

While I'd say that covering airfare is not the hosts' responsibility, it's also important for hosts to accept that guests may not be able to afford airfare and not get upset. That's the thing that frustrates me about expensive weddings - not so much... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Uniformitarianism Now!
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Wow, 100 grams of sambal oelek contains about 48 fucking percent of one's recommended maximum daily sodium intake. On the other hand, your average sambal oelek jar contains 221 grams - and while I'm sure some enthusiasts could consume half... [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by peacheater, small house, jgaiser
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

On another note: perhaps I'm just feeling my age, but it's weird to look at this article (these dudes are only about four years older than me), see the photo from 1996, think "yes, that's just how everyone looked, I think I even had that... [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by Kattullus, Proofs and Refutations, yoink, betafilter, saucysault, vitabellosi, invitapriore, muddgirl, libraritarian
MeFi comment - 3 days ago

It occurs to me that this dude is getting what he wants - he has sex with you, he has the kinds of conversations that he enjoys but does not have conversations he finds difficult or boring, he can tell you that you are "too emotional" if... [more]
favorited 50 times, recently by taichiofthedamned, thischarmingirl, BlueHorse
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Gentrification is a funny thing, and I feel like it can only be tackled at the structural level. I assume that there's a small number of people who have enough money that they have a very wide range of choices in housing and food - people who can... [more]
favorited 59 times, recently by metaman livingblog
MeFi comment - 4 days ago

If this were me, I would fudge the truth a little bit and - the next time she starts advising you - I would say, "Oh, I don't want to talk about nutrition, I think about it all the time anyway" and then change the subject. Don't make it... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, PuppetMcSockerson
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Here's a thing: at certain times of my life, I've been successful with a "Six days of the week are No [Thing] days but one day of the week is a [Thing] day". On Thing day, I buy only so much Thing as I can reasonably consume that day,... [more]
favorited 8 times, recently by kestralwing
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

I interpreted that as "being very concerned with searching for motive is a Western thing" not "motive itself is a Western thing", which would be pretty silly unless you meant "everything is Western except the Dao" - like,... [more]
favorited 14 times, recently by yohko, remixnine, kaspen, Sara C., Naberius, thegreatfleecircus, onehundredand80, rabbitrabbit, cajalswoon, sio42, stebulus, pravit, mskyle, Ziggy500
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Oh, you should read Nicola Griffith's novel Ammonite (adventures of anthropologist on The Planet of Women Only Due To Mysterious Past Event). And Peter Beagle's incredibly, insanely, unjustly underrated The Folk of The Air (adventures... [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by spacewaitress
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Yeah, 'cause governments have consistently proven themselves much more trustworthy than corporations throughout history. And they have guns. The thing is, government-funded research works differently than corporate research - the... [more]
favorited 12 times, recently by lalochezia, daq, haltingproblemsolved, filthy light thief, en forme de poire, maxwelton, oneswellfoop, zombieflanders, mordax, grubi, straw, Serf
MeFi comment - 5 days ago

My cat went through a phase of doing something similar - she would attack my feet if they were bare (sometimes I sleep in socks) and stuck out from under the blankets. I have no idea why, but she got bored after a while and stopped. I think that... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by shadowy_world
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

Are you going on actual dates? I feel like there's two pieces here: First, the idea that self-worth is both highly contingent and consistent across milieux - ie, the idea that when you were fat and had no career you obviously... [more]
favorited 26 times, recently by rhooke
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

You're getting older, and as you get older a lot of people around you will get wiser. That whole "I am only into you as long as you don't love me back" thing is much more common among younger folks with less relationship experience,... [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by yohko, celtalitha, chaosys
Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

Leaving all conversations aside, I spent perhaps on hour playing with these world map quizzes and I feel like it really sorted out some geographical confusion for me. Am I totally sure exactly which is Lithuania, which is Latvia and which is Estonia... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by naju, jessamyn
MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I would feel like "so you had an awkward series of interactions which caused her to write a passive-agressive poem on her blog knowing - apparently - that you will read it....wow, you dodged a bullet there, buddy." Look, it's not... [more]
favorited 24 times, recently by nooneyouknow
Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

(I add that if I wanted to go to Scotland with a partner - so that it wasn't just me alone - that would be, like, a $5000 minimum, otherwise known as several months' gross wages. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's a pretty frivolous... [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by gucci mane
MeFi comment - 7 days ago

In Western Australia, Bali has been the traditional bogan holiday as long as I can remember. Considering this is a city with only 1.6 million people in it those passenger numbers are god damn astounding. Perth to Bali is in the region of US$160... [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by BlueHorse
MeFi comment - 7 days ago

You interest me strangely, Sara C. Trip insurance on a five day trip to a safe anglophone country is for chumps, and booking six months out is ridiculous. If I were desperate to go to Scotland, I'd start planning this in early October for a... [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 days ago

Well, in the past couple of years I've gone from dressing in a really sort of hopelessly depressing baggy shirts and uninteresting pants way wherein I felt (I now realize) bad and hopeless and sexually unappealing to dressing in a sort of... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 days ago

London sounds like a hell pit. It's the weirdest thing, since I'll be reading some novel - old Margaret Drabble, say, something set in London sometime before or at the very least during Thatcher, and it's very startling to realize that now it's all... [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I remember your previous question and I stand by my answer from that one: break up with this girl and make some women friends before you date again. Your problem here and your problem there seem to be rooted in Not Knowing Enough... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I love the moderation here. I used to do a little part time moderation on a small site and it was goddamn hard and I wasn't very good at it, so I find the smoothness and grace of the moderation on metafilter extra impressive. Why, just this morning... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 9 days ago

(People - including me - say "I don't care, I'll be dead by the time climate change is really terrible" because we're fairly sure that there is nothing on god's green earth we can do to prevent it and almost nothing we can do to protect... [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 days ago

What kind of shoes do you want? For shoes to be truly resolable, they need to be welted (there are ways to resole some other kinds of high-end shoes if you have the original last, but for the purposes of this question...). Most of the time, I have... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

I mean, call him if you must - but I am afraid this relationship may be over. Not through your fault, even though texting people is a bad way to communicate emotional stuff, but because you were dating a guy who did not respect your time or... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

IIRC, the only really, indubitably working class wizard we actually see is the guy who drives the Night Bus, and he has a comic prole accent and spots. And the actual shit work is all done by the happy house elves - so happy in their servitude that... [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 days ago

Women's shoes? You want to figure out how to get shoes made by the old UK shoemakers - Tricker's and Crockett Jones in particular, both of which have women's lines that are hard to find in the US. If you have biggish feet and can wear the fancier... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

I much, much prefer to hang out with friends one-on-one, and I find threes especially difficult to deal with (in bigger groups, there are usually several conversations going on at once). I don't think there's anything wrong with saying... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

Because this is such a downer thread, I want to say that you can be a historian outside of academia. It's more difficult to do real history this way, but it's not impossible. I have a friend, for instance, who has a Real Serious Academic... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

It occurs to me that if large percentages of the population really could break their metabolisms through variable but basically healthy/non-processed diets, we'd have some evidence from history - various nomad/gatherer populations whose diet... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

I know, as I say, lots of anti-vaxxers. Nice people, engaged in the community, smart, creative. Generally people who have had a lot of bad run-ins with the medical establishment or the law or both - people who have been treated very... [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I surmise that the vast majority of small children I know socially are not vaccinated - my circles have far more than their fair share of anti-vaxxers, which depresses me. But I've gotten into so many arguments where I am the lone person saying... [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I have had this problem! And it's a two-fold problem, not just yours. Especially when one is young (and it's likely that you are, since the whole "you are so condescending with your big words and everything" bit is something one is more... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I think you should take the job. There were two points in my young day when I turned down "unsuitable" jobs and each time, it made things harder. (And that wasn't in the recession.) It didn't destroy my life or smash up my relationships,... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

My salad days have only begun!
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Ask MeFi post - 12 days ago

I'd be interested to hear from anyone in the know about where/whether people were rehoused and whether the privatization of the flats (in 2002 - well before they were knocked down) affected anything. In the US, at least, when social housing is... [more]
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MeFi comment - 12 days ago

Believe me, it's horrible. My mother has a rare form of early onset dementia. We've been very fortunate in terms of my family's ability to care for her, she has suffered far less than many people do - and it's still unbearably bad. Whenever... [more]
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MeFi comment - 12 days ago

I should add here that I've a problem with anxiety - I've seen therapists in the past though I've never stuck through with treatment, as bad a reflection on my character as that is. Why don't you stick with treatment? What could be... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 13 days ago

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