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"Untamed Humans" on the Roof of the World
Ah, the familiar rage when you get to the section where it's revealed that half the population is effectively subhuman and outside the scope of the author's view.

There is one thing more expressive than a Kyrgyz yurt. And that is a Kyrgyz woman. Men dress like they’re perpetually on their way to a funeral. Women are Kyrgyz works of art.
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The women perform endless chores—milking the yaks twice a day along with sewing and cooking and
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posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:06 AM on January 22, 2013

Not the Ending, but an Ending.
I think I am one of like two people on MeFi who like Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series.

Three. Cnaiur! The sexism bugs, though.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:04 PM on January 17, 2013

Knitting Behind Bars
previously.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:22 AM on January 4, 2013

The Mites That Eat, Crawl and Have Sex on Your Face
Kill it with fire tea tree oil?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:00 PM on September 5, 2012

Thoughts about women and homemaking in the 21st century
The tactile creativity element is key, at least for me. In occupations where no tangible evidence of your work generally exists, the concrete evidence of accomplishment that comes with cooking, cultivating food, knitting, or even home decorating is a refreshing psychic boost. I also find that many of these activities are conducive to "flow states," which are psychologically beneficial.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:24 AM on September 5, 2012

The 'Donorsexual'
So ... this is me.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:05 AM on February 6, 2012
I thought people might be interested: "Metafilter's own," and all that jazz.

The brief submitted to the FDA is available here, if anyone wants to delve into the legal issues.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:18 AM on February 6, 2012

How Knitting Behind Bars Transformed Maryland Convicts
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-behind-bars
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:30 PM on December 7, 2011

"Save The World" by Swedish House Mafia
Yeah, it was cute, but I wanted more doggy retributive violence. Like, Game-of-Thrones-direwolf-style attacking.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:19 AM on May 28, 2011

knit two, purl two
I have a giant ball of roving and want to try this RIGHT NOW.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:45 PM on March 17, 2011

"She signed up a year ago, under the old privacy policy, and hasn't logged in since 2010. And now I know what dildo she uses."
Yeah, I cannot understand why they would disable search for item descriptions (even Ebay has that!) and then introduce "circles" and people searching and all sorts of extraneous garbage. I find a lot fewer cool things now, which presumably Etsy wants me to share with everyone in my address book ... good luck with that.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:19 PM on March 14, 2011

Steampunk and its discontents
The N.K. Jemisin story from the second link, which features a Haitian lesbian spy who takes an airship to New Orleans, is actually pretty decent. So is her recent fantasy novel series.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:56 PM on October 27, 2010
You might try Banewreaker.

For the love of all that's holy, please don't.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:24 PM on October 28, 2010


What Is It About 20-Somethings?
Since a lot of college students are technically in their twenties, how is it especially exceptional that people in their twenties have short term (semester? summer?) jobs, move back in with parents (again, is this in the summer? short term?), and move to new residences every year?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:20 PM on August 18, 2010

Tripmaster Monkey
Texas Young Log Cabin Republicans, maybe.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 5:59 PM on June 3, 2010

I think it's time for debate.
Are there any other instances where a state has set up a regulatory and taxation apparatus from something that's explicitly illegal under federal law?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:15 PM on April 21, 2010

The Last Protestant Justice?
JackFlash, Kagan's a lesbian. So are Karlan and Sullivan, for that matter.

It's going to be Kagan, she's been groomed for this for years.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:27 AM on April 9, 2010
Actually Scalia and Thomas disagree fairly frequently, it's just not on the high-profile culture war cases that get lots of attention. There have been actual studies of the Supreme Court voting records and they are not the twosome most likely to agree.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:48 PM on April 9, 2010

To Kill a Predator
The chance for a lesser sentence is entirely in the DA's hands, I think. A plea bargain to a lesser charge is up to him to offer, as is whether to bring a lesser included charge for the jury to settle on as an alternative to nullification or convicting Vargas of murder in the first. And the DA sounds like a hardass.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:31 PM on March 25, 2010

Women hold up half the sky
Calling this a gendercide is like following the logic of calling US abortions a "black genocide."

No, it makes perfect sense. It's not as if the racially disproportionate rate of abortions in the US is a result of black women saying to themselves, "Gosh, I was all set to have a kid but I don't want a black baby." This is a case of fetuses being aborted because they are female.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:12 PM on March 9, 2010
Throughout human history, young men have been responsible for the vast preponderance of crime and violence—especially single men in countries where status and social acceptance depend on being married and having children, as it does in China and India. A rising population of frustrated single men spells trouble.

The crime rate has almost doubled in China during the past 20 years of rising sex ratios, with stories abounding of bride abduction, the trafficking of
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posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:24 PM on March 9, 2010

'A slice of bread seems an unimportant thing.....'
So why did the pork, mutton, and beef get shipped across the sea if peanuts and beans would have done as well and been easier to transport?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:09 AM on March 4, 2010

The Impact of Diversity
The interesting part of the YLJ study, which is five years old, is that not only do female judges rule differently from male judges (even controlling for political affiliation), but male judges on mixed-gender panels rule differently than they do on all-male panels.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:20 PM on February 10, 2010

Ad Vocal on My Ass! WTF?
I'm pro-choice, and I'm sort of glad that Planned Parenthood isn't shelling out $2.8 million for a counter-ad during the Super Bowl. That's $2.8 million that could have gone to pay for health care (including abortions) to women in need. Why FotF would rather pay for commercials than try to help, say, poor pregnant women who might not be able to afford another kid, is on their heads.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:10 PM on January 28, 2010

No Department of Agriculture blood subsidies?
So he's showing them True Blood, basically?

Yep, as it says in the second paragraph of the post: "The scenario was broadly organized around the motivating concept of True Blood."
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:22 PM on January 12, 2010

Movies with Grandma Joy
Reminds me of these blog posts.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:27 AM on January 6, 2010

Vere You Vant To Go?
I benefited from the Turkish propensity for cabbie backscratching on my trip there. My friend and I stayed for several days at a hostel in Istanbul and were flying out. Instead of hailing a cab, the desk clerk offered to call one for us, which was of course driven by his cousin or something. Halfway to the airport (and on a relatively tight time frame) we realized that my friend had left her passport at the hotel. We had no cell phone, and no phone number for the hotel, but of course our cabbie... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:20 AM on January 6, 2010

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200
Would the people bashing women who buy expensive handbags instead of knock-offs say the same about someone who bought paintings instead of posters to decorate his home? When you buy fashion, sometimes you are purchasing both a work of art and a functional item.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:10 PM on June 27, 2007

Standardized cheating
At the risk of being pilloried: shouldn't kids be able to identify whether something is alive? And since when is buying a car something that kids don't care about? I'm sure the test prep is mind-numbing (I took TAAS in school and no doubt it's at least that bad), but the cheating problem would exist absent standardized testing; it was endemic at every school I attended after 5th grade and it's a lot easier to tell that there's cheating with TAKS than determining if one kid's been copying another... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:02 AM on June 4, 2007


"I wanted to rip off their heads and tear out their hearts ... "
In Chile or Nicaragua, this woman would have died. Not all of the "pro-life" policies make an exception for the life of the mother.

If you read the comments ot the post, a lot of people share personal stories. There's an example of a woman who could have carried to term, at the cost of losing kidney function and having to go on dialysis for the rest of her life. That should never have to happen. That is why a health exception is necessary.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:15 PM on April 26, 2007

Mommy what will I look like?
Double.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:31 PM on April 22, 2007

Goodnight, sweet horse prince.
Why didn't they give him a prosthesis?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:24 PM on January 29, 2007

a woman alone on the appalachian trail
I found usage of the "pink blazer" term from 2003.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:19 PM on August 28, 2006

How do you solve a problem like Gerard Manley Hopkins?
I prefer Hopkins's earlier poems. They can be hard to find, since some of them were about his love for another Oxford student and he didn't want them distributed. An example:

The Beginning of the End

My love is lessened and must soon be past.
I never promised such persistency
In its condition. No, the tropic tree
Has not a charter that its sap shall last

Into all seasons, though no... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:44 AM on August 22, 2006

"There's a game of water Quidditch going on in the swimming pool." Harry Potter, fandom, and academia.
Re: Cassie Claire: she's also attempted to purge her NC-17 Harry/Draco slash (1, 2) from the internet now that her Young Adult fantasy novel is being professionally published.

I agree that the reporter should have done some research on fandom and read more of the books beforehand instead of going for the cheap, context-free "look at the freaks!" angle. That would not have necessarily yielded a positive spin to the piece, but at least it would have been more... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:08 AM on August 13, 2006

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was on vacation.
Menstruation might cause part of the gap between men's and women's earnings! But there's hope: the Liberation may come.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:54 PM on August 3, 2006

So, who's got wood for my sheep?
Here is a great Catan t-shirt.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:48 AM on July 8, 2006

Dragging The Third World Out Of The Stone Age
I wish the men who prey on young girls were the ones the mothers went after with hot stones.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:35 PM on July 7, 2006

In Praise Of Loopholes, Part II
There was some interesting litigation dealing with the establishment of an eruv in New Jersey. The town selectively enforced an ordinance so the eruv could not be attached to utility poles, while lost dog posters and the like got a pass. The Third Circuit said that violated the First Amendment. Here's a link to the opinion (pdf).
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:30 PM on July 7, 2006

Isolation in America
Living somewhere conducive to "building community spirit across class and race lines" is not the same as having close friends. Friendships with people similar to yourself are not worthless.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:19 AM on June 23, 2006

Anonymous Law Firm
Here is a review of the Anonymous Lawyer book by someone who actually knows something about law firms. He's not impressed.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:36 PM on June 3, 2006

Just how important are law clerks?
esquire, Saucy is mostly right. Only a few of the clerks hired for next term are not recent law school grads, for example. There has been a trend toward hiring more mature and experienced clerks in recent years (Professor Orin Kerr clerked for O'Connor in OT 2004, IIRC), but the stereotypical bright-eyed Ivy grad with little legal experience remains the rule, not the exception.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:51 PM on February 15, 2006
Wow, one whole year of legal experience counts as more than a little? Especially if that one year is at a firm, where you're probably doing monkey work and training, color me unimpressed.

You do have me on Kerr's clerkship year. He took me on a tour of the Court, but I forgot which summer it was.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:04 PM on February 15, 2006
esquire: I admit to having totally flubbed re: Kerr. However, you haven't produced any evidence that my generalization about most clerks having "little" legal experience beyond clerking is false. A year or two = little, in my view, especially if the experience is as an associate at a law firm and doubly so if you're considering the experience level at the time the clerkship starts, not the time of hiring. People who completed an appellate clerkship in summer 2005 and are hired by a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:39 PM on February 15, 2006
Profiles of Scalia's current clerks are here. "All four are conservative white males."
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:53 PM on February 15, 2006
subtle-t, A3G's characterization was based on their feeder judge pedigree, and Kozinski does not only hire conservatives (he hired Heidi Bond from Michigan, and she's pretty liberal). Maybe you have unmasked a counterclerk.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:09 PM on February 15, 2006
You said some. I said little, because I thought your description overstated the amount of legal experience most Supreme Court clerks have. You said little was wrong. I tried to define little, and you now say you're not interested in what little means. You don't care about looking at data, and you refer to previous years' classes of clerks but refuse to provide citations. Based on the OT 2005 and 2006 classes, I stand by my characterization of the legal experience level of most Supreme Court... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:01 PM on February 15, 2006
A non-dickish response would be to say "Scott Martin is a current counterclerk." (If that's true.) Or even: "Gil Seinfeld was a counterclerk in OT 2002." Both have the virtue of being clear and more than marginally informative. You keep insinuating that you know more than the other people in this thread, but you haven't been backing up anything with specifics.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 5:32 PM on February 15, 2006

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