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Also, if he told his little brother "f**k you" and is punished for swearing, does that mean that it would have been better if he'd said "I hate you, you ruin everything"? Honestly, virtually all of the most hurtful things my... [more]
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Bloodchild is also a kind of draft of the ideas in Dawn. The more science fiction I read, the more I realize that Butler is one of the biggest influences on...well, let's say post-1990 science fiction. (Not that no one was reading her... [more]
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Homeless guy sleeping under the hedge? We (in Minneapolis, not a particularly suburban part) find people's stuff all the time. Sometimes I think it's just stuff that people abandon - for some reason they don't want it or can't carry it any more.... [more]
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Don't say "personal brand". I would infinitely rather have to recite a list containing all the usual suspects ("moist", "adorkable", etc) than have to hear people refer to their "personal brand". Every time I... [more]
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(I just want to add that part of the car-free mentality for me is never having to worry about a car. I don't have to find parking. I don't have to worry about snow days and tickets and getting towed. I don't have to worry about sudden... [more]
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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]
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Hm. I have often said things like, "I am glad you're here because I don't know how to hook up the projector!" or "I know you're going to be so helpful because you have extensive experience with this process!" In the first... [more]
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I'm a programmer too, and I don't know a ton about unions. But I've been part of one in the past, and my husband is in one now. Let's say McDonald's has a union and it's employees get $25/hour. Wendy's workers have no union and get $8/hour. There... [more]
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The extensive outsourcing of wartime logistics—first put to the test during the Clinton Administration, in Somalia and the Balkans—was designed to reduce costs while allowing military personnel to focus on combat. In practice, though, military... [more]
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(Just on the reductio "if you don't like that OitNB is about prison, that must mean that you don't want there to be art about bad things ever": To me, the tricky bit is that prison isn't just a bad thing like a typhoon (or an alien... [more]
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You're fine, but lord, don't get married. Of course you want to date other people - that's totally reasonable, and your average late teens relationship lasts for a few months or a couple of years and then ends. It's a slightly tricky thing to... [more]
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(As I was biking home, I realized that I'd said (at least one) kind of fucked up thing on this thread, and I wanted to pop back in and apologize...Far upthread, I was all "and there was this cute girl at a dinner! And I didn't know she was trans,... [more]
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That's a delightfully idealist and not at all practical idea. But it's especially non-practical when people who have the skills and time to become educated, and who have the sophistication to understand why it's kind and polite to do... [more]
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You'd think that - if what most straight guys really wanted was lots of casual sex with women - straight guys would be all like "hey, I had casual sex with this girl! Awesome! It was super nice that she was into it!" But it's a lot more... [more]
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Okay, I know this is marked "answered", but here's a thought: I worked in China for several years, speaking some mandarin and making a bunch of friends, both local and ex-pat. In a sense, I never "understood" Chinese people (in... [more]
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Anybody that lived in Atlanta through the 90s could have told you this. They doubled the size of I-75. It was congested within a week. The thing is, induced demand has been a commonplace of urban geography courses since the... [more]
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In general, can you seek out other introverts? I have had ten-gazillion housemates in my life, and I love living with friendly introverts and tend to put this in my housemates-wanted flyers. Can you seek out graduate students in intensive... [more]
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It's getting larger, right? Now is the time to visit the doctor! Not because OMG cancer! but because OMG yucky infection or fungus or allergic reaction. I mean, it could always be cancer, but it probably isn't - still, you don't want to end... [more]
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I don’t remember the last time I messaged someone to say that I was thinking about them, or the last time that I received a message of that nature, but I think about people all day. Nice thoughts. From now on, I’ll just Yo them. I don't... [more]
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I've seen this chart before - I believe it's from a book called The Tastemakers and it was in the context of trying to figure out how "taste" itself came to be a big deal in US culture and how this intersected with class. It's not a... [more]
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