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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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China Mountain Zhang is canonical, of course, but I find it kind of creepy - I am uneasy about a white woman who seems to get way too into writing sexually violated and socio-sexually vulnerable male bodies writing a story with a gay male Chinese... [more]
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And I should add that the next step knows no party lines, either, which is that the indulgence of the fantasy is (to crib a term from Zizek) always-already part of the system, always-already coopted by the reality from which we wish to escape.... [more]
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For a bit more on phages, here is Pub Med link to a short history/review of phage therapy. Phages are actually pretty neat (I work with/for someone who works on phages, although I'm a secretary and not a scientist) and my impression is that... [more]
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Honestly? At this point it's just played-out mockery - I think we've reached peak fedora and in a year or two people won't reference them much. I think it started on feminist blogs as shorthand for "nerdy and unselfaware dude who thinks... [more]
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We weren't terribly close, but we were friends, and we worked together daily for almost 10 years. He wasn't the most chipper guy in the world, but no one–no one–in his large circle of friends and family had any idea that he was thinking about... [more]
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Now, I say this lovingly, and I say it as a person who regularly struggles with the same feeling, but: it is very easy to assume that 'difficult' or 'uses specialized language' is the same as 'bad'. Texts are for different audiences, serve... [more]
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Apparently anyone who decides not to reproduce is a man-child, according to her definition. I know a lot of (dumb) people who share this view, but somehow I don't think the author is as forward looking as she proclaims. I would be... [more]
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I notice that many of these folks seem to be wearing fedoras that don't fit - markedly too small or large. I also notice that the fedora is either worn as a "wacky" fashion item totally out of keeping with everything else (fedora and... [more]
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Also, I add that okay, yes, the debonair sysadmin type in the fedora does exist. I, a queer person of indeterminate gender, have always been attracted to the non-sexist and regularly-bathed variant of debonair sysadmin, regardless of headgear. So... [more]
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I wouldn't want to know. I don't want to know every time my partner does something less than awesome but that does not impact me in any way. I don't want a confessional relationship with my partner, or to be my partner's moral keeper. My... [more]
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(It would have been better grammar to write "book, The Iron Dragon's Daughter, by a kind of....") Also, I think Moorcock's work is worth a revisit because fantasy and science fiction are having a moment again - certainly there's... [more]
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"Not perfect" != "shitty person til the day I die". Holding yourself up to the "unquantifiable and the unhackable" as you put it, and judging yourself "not perfect" on that basis, well if it's not... [more]
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Wow. That sort of self-loathing is, as they say, problematic. Although I suspect this may be a feature, not a bug. No, it's not! I don't loathe myself. Honestly, I think I'm pretty great in many respects - I'm funny, I'm a great... [more]
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I don't know. I think the article makes a pretty good argument. I also think it's an argument that does not apply to all social circles on the internet, and so it describes one thing really well but maybe suggests that this one thing is the only... [more]
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(A thought: if you are in fact dating girls in their early/mid-twenties in a progressive college town...well, I know a couple of guys about your age who date much younger women, and the type of much younger women who want to date a... [more]
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