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I just want to say that thanks to the "Americans don't know enough geography" turn in a recent thread on the blue, I did a bunch of geography quizzes, I can visualize Mali on a map and I know where it is in relation to various nearby… [more]
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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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I actually have been looking into probabilities and dementia - sadly, a close relative has an early-onset form of Alzheimer's. It seems like family history is a huge determinant. In certain small populations, I suppose nationality might serve as a… [more]
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Oh, and I add: what about the politically necessary work that is controversial and ruffles feathers? This academic dude is doing work that the middle class social consensus agrees is valuable. What if you're a sex worker organizing sex workers to… [more]
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I add that the fiftysomethings and the millenials should not fight but should join forces - they have even more in common than the rest of the working class. The millenials have nothing, the fiftysomethings basically stand to lose everything if Even… [more]
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What a pity that in order to "save" this remarkable building, it will have to be returned to its status as luxury hotel for the 1%. You probably have a better shot at seeing it now, in its decay, than you will in ten years when it's been… [more]
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And it weirds me out so hard that "kids today" are looking back to that era as a vanguard era of authenticity. I don't wanna crush nobody's dreams, but while there was some truly great great great music being made and publicized, I… [more]
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One thing that is happening when you have more calories/carbs - you're retaining water. It is unlikely that you are gaining several pounds from a day or two of a few hundred calories over normal. For me, if I eat a bunch of wheat or salt (say, if I… [more]
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The difference between we Gen Xrs and you Millenials is that while we both got screwed my generation never expected anything better. I don't know if that's good or bad. Oh, things were WAY easier when we were coming up. They were pretty… [more]
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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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I just don't know how we're going to get past slavery and Jim Crow in this country except by the passage of another four or five centuries, either. You just end up with all this entrenched bullshit that poisons every aspect of our collective… [more]
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If you read to the end of the article, it says that she has a low ACT score. She comments that when she went to an ACT-prep program with kids from the white school, the kids from the white school had simply learned a lot more prior to the test… [more]
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What I'm trying to say is that Ringworld (which I don't even like!) hangs together because it's written in a specific SF register. Saying that we need a "high culture" version of Ringworld is like saying we need a chibi style… [more]
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Oh, I think Margaret Atwood's science fiction is quite good. It's just not super embedded in the rest of the genre and not very concerned with the rest of the genre. In that sense, when she says she "isn't writing science fiction",… [more]
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I add that no one needs to like science fiction. Science fiction is a genre that does some things really well and does other things not so much poorly as not-that-often. Like, when I want to read a really dense novel with complex prose,… [more]
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Frowner: I think it's telling that you mention a bunch of 60s, 70s and early 80s authors. The truth was that late 80s to the early-mid 00s were a pretty bleak time for SF. Writing in the style of the 70s just felt dated, and earlier tropes… [more]
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Could you link to some pictures of these trails? It might be that people who ride a lot will be all "eh, those are not so bad, once you've done them a couple of times you'll be fine" or maybe people will be all "yes, those are eleventh… [more]
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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]
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When we lived with a baby, Unacceptable Tiny Human Smells were an issue for our little cat. Where is her food? Is it Very Far from the baby's haunts, and particularly from any diaper pails? Is your house large enough that there can be a Cat Room… [more]
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It's all fun to laugh at the prudes of the past, but for anyone who was of age in the 1970's, today's world has many elements of a new puritanism. For example, there were no cubicles in men's changerooms in swimming pools in the 70's (and a… [more]
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Jezebel is a Gawker blog. They are absolutely people who are thinking about niche and brand. What we kind of haven't gotten into - and what is suggested in beginning terms in the post - is the way that anti-oppression is recuperated by… [more]
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This one has sleeves, is knit and is on sale. Also, their return policy is good so you could conceivably order several sizes. [more]
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Why not a dress from Lands End? They have a variety of dresses besides that one - this is a knit floral that is $69 and floral. [more]
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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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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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(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]
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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]
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