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Find a job and then think about that job - even if it's a terrible job or obviously unsuitable or just a temp gig. Start thinking about what you like, what you hate, what you do well. Sit with that a while. I am embarking, late in life,... [more]
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The whole choice versus genetics thing seems like such an odd orthogonal question I don't think it's orthogonal at all - I think that one reason that the language "we" use about gender and sexuality is such a complicated question... [more]
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Chains of Love by Erasure - all that stuff about "remember once there was a time" seems to me to be about pre-AIDS gay communities. Red Hot + Blue was a benefit album for HIV research that came out in 1990 - it's not precisely what... [more]
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Most of those surprises and so on are not that pleasant - I was perfectly willing to suspend a little disbelief, for instance, when listening to that song that references the Kray brothers - but they were not nice to know. There's a certain kind of... [more]
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Technical fix for the laundry - put his laundry in the dryer. Tell him that you're going to do so if he doesn't. Set it at low/medium. Get a cheap laundry basket. Dump his dry laundry into it. I've been in this very situation both as the owner... [more]
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You don't have to give a laundry list about why you don't want kids. In fact, giving a laundry list just gives people the impression that if Magic Kidney Cure was invented, you'd be off to have children and isn't it tragic that there is no Magic... [more]
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1. I am pretty much past the age where I could easily have a child. I, like you, have always viscerally not wanted a kid - as soon as I realized the girls did not have to have babies, I knew that was the route for me. Everyone I have known... [more]
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I'm a little surprised by the hostility expressed over my opinion. People are hostile because you sound like a right-wing talking point, and because the monstrous poor person who doesn't use their food stamps right is a propaganda... [more]
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I never received government assistance or asked for it. I want to point out that it would not exactly have been the world's greatest tragedy if you'd gotten some food stamps and bought some groceries here, nor would this have turned you... [more]
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Honestly, I'm about as liberal as a person can get, but when I see items being purchased like this with funds that are meant to be feeding people who actually need assistance, it boils my blood a little. As if poor folks - and how many of... [more]
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It is all about pushing back because of the massive increases in SNAP since 2008 Yep. What they want is a large body of people who are very, very poor - barely able to feed themselves - and they also want these people to have as little... [more]
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I have a friend who wears socks with Sperry-ish shoes. My friend is a lovely person and their practicality and accompanying slight eccentricity of dress are two of the many characteristics I like about them. That said, it is an eccentricity,... [more]
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Take the class! I mean, unless it's a tiny seminar. Do you think that you are going to bring bad energy to the class, or do you think that you'll have an awkward first half hour and then everything will be fine? Is he the kind of guy who will... [more]
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I don't have "excuses" for most of the way I live my life. I have "excuses" for when I hurt other people, break promises or replicate systems of oppression. I don't have "excuses" for things that are not moral... [more]
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Also, almost every time I've heard this line of reasoning, it has turned out that "pedantic moralizing" involves either a complicated understanding of history or pointing out that white dudes even on the left don't always know how it needs... [more]
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And Cole Carter is what, ten years old? Okay, which left? I'm pretty sure that I'm not part of what Carter thinks of as "the left" - which seems to be the lefter half of the Democratic Party, such as it is. Now, I don't mind him... [more]
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A concern I'd have: if he is withdrawing from the children, for whatever reason, will he treat them acceptably when they visit? Is he the type of man who would neglect or be cold to them for five weeks when they're visiting him in a foreign... [more]
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We Love Colors has tights in a lot of colors. I've found the quality to be quite good. They also have plus sizes, but I assume that since that dress doesn't run too large you are probably looking at regular. I would wonder if baby blue would... [more]
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You seem like a person who would enjoy Montaigne. [more]
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(If I may add - I would like it very much if those of us who actually are secretaries were not treated in crappy, sexist ways either. This conversation very often has a strong undercurrent of "it's so sad that women who are smart... [more]
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I think my favorite thing about this is that it's aggressively post-war. It's a grocery circular for an alternate universe where the 60s never happened and everyone just kept liking Apple Pan Dowdy. No arugula. No fair trade coffee. No artisanal... [more]
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Columbus may have been an awful person (sounds like it), but him being less awful wouldn't have saved 90%+ of the Native Americans, who died of disease. Well, of course. And if it were merely a series of accidental pandemics like... [more]
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You could read And The Band Played On (paying attention, of course, to subsequent criticism of the book). It's not perfect, but I do actually know an HIV researcher with a pretty solid professional career who feels that it is well worth reading.... [more]
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My sense is that a lot of the faculty don't think that most of what I do has a lot of value, mostly because they think that students either should be able to figure things out themselves or don't belong in college. It's not that they want to do... [more]
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Garlic lemon pasta sauce: Boil your pasta. In the latter half of the pasta process, scoop some pasta water out of the pot in a measuring cup - make sure it's at least 1/4 C of water. Chop up a LOT of garlic. In a small pan, cook the garlic... [more]
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The Bible is literally RPF. You know, I think that's a really specious argument. Very little is known about the historical Jesus. It's not as though the various writers were sitting around in Gethsemane nudging each other about whether... [more]
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The thing is TFA happened because the teacher-training system isn't very good. I went through it at a fancy private school that boasted about how special and rigorous its program was, and it was one of the worst mistakes of my life*. The... [more]
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Let's just go back to lionizing DFW, would that make you all happy? We will ignore the end of Infinite Jest where people are ya know, tortured, and maybe ignore the fight at the halfway house where someone gets stabbed in the eye with a high... [more]
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And yet, and yet, and yet - everyone has such faith in themselves as readers. Like we can all read books (and heck, watch movies) about horrible, horrible violence against women (or about how women are horrible chthonic sexual things) and read and... [more]
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I own a house which is a group house and I have more experience with seeking housemates than you can shake a stick at - I've lived in group situations for eight years with a couple of roommates leaving/coming in every year. (And also a couple of long... [more]
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The River In Reverse is really good. Of course, that's because it's about something other than internal romantic bullshit. It's funny, Elvis Costello's juvenile vaguely misogynist romantic bullshit is so good - normally I... [more]
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It's tempting to fear that we really are wading into a Guns of August (perhaps Guns of November) scenario Honestly, what this reminds me of is France before WWII. If you read Janet Flanner's coverage of the various political and financial... [more]
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So, uh, should I be buying a lot of canned food and gallon tanks of water or something? What the hell is your average citizen supposed to do in the event of economic collapse? I'd expect the problems to be more... [more]
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Upthread, someone was talking about how an administrator of equipment should be under the "shared authority" of research faculty. I would be interested to know how this could work, since a few scenarios come to mind: 1. The best one,... [more]
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Fascist? I found it fascist. For these reasons: the shape of the space, the monumental contours of the furniture, the block-y architecture without details reminded me of the kind of architecture held up as ideal by Mussolini - everything... [more]
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I have been fairly satisfied with my "genius experiences," for what it's worth See, I don't ever want to blame the worker for what is a corporate problem - and, I assume, a social problem as well, since most people really... [more]
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I add too that the business about "rich kids get enrichment at home so poor kids need a lot of homework to catch up" is....well, that's rich. I don't know a lot of actually poor kids who get a lot of homework that is actually expected to be... [more]
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When people have asked "what is she doing until 8pm", my guess would be "school lets out around 4pm, she has a sport or an extracurricular until ~5:30, transit home, dinner" with an extra half hour or forty-five minutes in there... [more]
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A thing that I wish we could stop having in metafilter threads: the part where people who due to highly unusual circumstances, skills or preferences can do something that is difficult/complex/messy/time-consuming try to convince people... [more]
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I also feel like the hundreds of hours I spent watching Stargate have been wasted. Someone put it on a list so I can feel justified. Shows I Have Never Seen But Have Opinions About Anyway Because Of Their Ubiquity In Fandom Shows For... [more]
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I believe that the Mexican drug war is a lie. But that doesn't make it a capitalist adventure. You're conflating capitalism with greed and exploitation, but they're not equivalent. In any case, although VikingSword chose that pullquote to put... [more]
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Never post to the internet immediately when you are upset! (Absent the need for people to do something right away, ie "this terrible thing happened and I need [help getting home/etc]) Honestly, I wouldn't apologize to the group - if there's... [more]
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In the moment, in a novel situation, you might do something like sit on someone's lap even though you don't really want to or are freaked out or whatever - especially if they have more social power than you do. It's such a weird request, right?... [more]
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When you see the NP, ask her if she has ever seen a case of IBC. Tell her that you know it is rare but that because you also know that asymmetrical pain is concerning, you would like to rule it out. (Ruling it totally out is, as you know, difficult... [more]
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This book about Afrofuturism in science fiction seems to have just come out. I really like this essay, Further considerations on Afrofuturism. It has a sort of SF story metaphor as its organizing principle - future archaeologists. Weirdly, it... [more]
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(Or rather, totally pwned and exceeded by symbioid) [more]
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Just idly, on the burger front - we had homemade hamburgers probably three times a month when I was growing up because they were pretty cheap and I can't get over this idea that the Frowner family burger is identical to that at McDonald's.... [more]
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Perhaps you might want to consider what you want to achieve when you break out the celestial teapot business. Is the thread actually one where people are going to be convinced by your argument because they are looking for a new perspective on... [more]
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There was that made-for-TV zombie movie a few years ago where the dead all came back...to vote the Republicans out of power. I feel like the movie had European funding. I think the whole "it's easier to envision the end of the world than... [more]
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Also, I think zombies are popular because they encompass a lot of concerns rather than because there is one primary explanation for their appeal. (Om nom, encompassing!)... [more]
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