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For US focused stuff it can be interesting to understand how history works, like how we know what we know about history. Many people who are not that into SJ stuff can get into and understand books like A Peoples History of the United States. I… [more]
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[comment removed - if you can't talk about roux without calling people idiots you need to come back to AskMe when you can be decent to people.] [more]
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Then lose the defeatist language Kids will pick up their cues from you. Me and my sister are below-average short (I'm 5'2", she's an inch and a half taller) and this was never presented as a problem in our family (even with much… [more]
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Your job sounds a lot like my SOs who runs a few small departments at an Ivy League school in the Northeast. It's basically high level admin and the main things are that you have to be detail-oriented (to help get grades in on time), able to deal… [more]
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File, and then make sure you have your story straight. They will be asked what happened. You: I was trying to open a conversation about transitioning out of this position and was fired effective immediately. Them: They quit, we told them to leave… [more]
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The Mary Russell books by Laurie King. The stories are set between 1915 and the late 1920s, mainly in England but extending to Scotland, Wales, Palestine, northern India, California, Portugal, and Morocco. They begin with fifteen year-old Mary… [more]
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There's also a greater-than-zero chance that his phone will also get his mail and other things and has a password (a kid's birthday, a wedding anniversary?) that is less secure than his laptop so I'd consider that route if you have it as an option. [more]
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I am sorry for your loss. A wills and trusts lawyer will help and is pretty necessary for this sort of situation, the rest of my suggestions are presuming that this is the first and non-optional step. A call to HR at the company will help w/r/t… [more]
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I put a reminder for myself in my phone for before our next meeting I find it really helpful to remember why it's important to the other person and have that be impetus for me to work harder. Like, my partner is notorious for… [more]
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[Folks, please take a moment to read the article and/or think about whether the comment that you want to make will actually help or hinder the conversation in this thread and with this community. Thank you.] [more]
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I actually think the extent to which this is Yelp's problem versus the city's problem versus a self-exacerbated problem versus "it's a problem that kids aren't taught to navigate these situations more effectively" is totally fair to… [more]
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How do any of you night-bathers wake up in the morning without a morning shower? I don't even think I understand this question. I'm not only a night bather, I'm an only some nights bather. But I also basically don't do that get… [more]
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Are these people friends? Friends would try to compromise on this sort of thing. And is hundreds like $200 or $800? Is Bob's house otherwise lovingly landscaped or is this him trying to maybe make a buck on Jim's mistake? In my own head, because I am… [more]
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Seriously, it's a damned tiny piece of lawn. The kind of people who get that worked up about a tiny piece of lawn are people who seriously need bigger issues to worry about. There are a lot of sorts of people in the world. I live in a… [more]
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I would bet cash money that something about the story is wrong or twisted or dramatized and that you will not ever get accurate information about her actual condition. The people who call your work and tell them your mom is dying and you're not… [more]
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There's never been a professional librarian in this position before? Just not since 1974 and most of the appointees have been non-librarians. And yes, I am over the moon at this news. I found out because I saw it on facebook and it's… [more]
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But the fact of the matter is that it does bug me that in the last four years she's made zero effort to pay me back. She mentions it from time to time, but it's hard for me to avoid thinking that if she'd just put 50 or 100 bucks aside every… [more]
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What's the benefit (for jessamyn)? It harkens back to a simpler time before everyone was awful and Adam Curry wrote me back when I emailed him about the mtv.com gopher server, but really it's just shits and giggles, like playing 8-tracks.… [more]
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I use classic plain and I need the thing I use to stay white and am fine if other stuff gets colored up. Hi five to anyone using classic theme with no post titles. o/*\o [more]
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I am an innocent victim; you made some foolish choices; she totally deserved it Agree with a lot of what you said, Frowner. I think part of the problem here too is an interpretation slider in our heads which reads "she made some… [more]
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I'm going back to the dead Quakers. Say hi to the other Jessamyn West if you see her. [more]
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Can we keep it? There's a "Make it Start" link at the bottom of the page. [more]
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if it's serious I definitely don't want to underreact. It could be? The big thing is basically determining if there's an underlying organic cause (i.e. carbon monoxide, meds that are off, high stress, lack of sleep etc) and if not,… [more]
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I like how you said "no" and totally did it which means I will never take you seriously when you say no again. This was...an alternative to the www? Sort of a precursor. A way to browse directories through a text interface… [more]
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Your assumption isn't right, exactly. The income is taxable. It doesn't matter what you paid for that stuff 20 years ago, the money you make from it now is income. Moving forward as a business you can also have business expenses that can… [more]
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Well now you've made one. [more]
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This appears to be a list of working gopher servers. Yay. I installed OverBite for Firefox and I am off in 1993 again. [more]
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if you're a US citizen, get an account at your local library and it'll hook into a country-wide version of SAILOR that gives you access to a ton of databases. Every librarian wants this. Every database vendor does not. Right now… [more]
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She was one of my top three picks and I was worried she'd be "impractical" because she wasn't a fusty old white dude, so I am really pleased & hope she gets confirmed with no trouble. [more]
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Or making edited text visibly a different color or something? the thing that I remember from when I was working here pre-edit-window was that there was a subset of users who were extremely agitated about typos or formatting issues. That… [more]
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We like a lot of the same things. Concur with: Community, Parks & Rec and Party Down. I've also enjoyed Brooklyn 99 for the dysfunctional friend group. It's light but there are a lot of good jokes. What We Do In The Shadows is probably the… [more]
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The CIO got appointed right before Billington left which I assume was some sort of favor appointment because the guy seems fine with procurement and computer-counting but not that visionary otherwise. Senator Leahy says he's on board with… [more]
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I think boingboing definitely overstated the extent to which she is a copyfighter but she is NOT someone who is likely to get in bed with Big Copyright. The RIAA are being a bunch of whiny babies about this which i think says she is doing something… [more]
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Again I think how you hear these things is also really important because I totally understand what you are saying Mayor West, but those discussions often look like this to me.... Person 1: Here's a glaring social problem which is mostly… [more]
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Yes, hire movers. Don't accompany them. But unless this piano is special for some reason, consider if it is worth the effort. Exactly. I am someone who has arranged to move pianos and unless it's a special piano I concur that pianos are… [more]
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The MPAA's response sounds a lot more normal-dickish (since they are a corporate rightsish organization) the RIAA's sounds like a threat. [more]
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Do not visit Death Valley. If you're super risk-averse, this is good advice, but otherwise there are ways to at least see the place relatively safely if not go noodling around there. I've driven through there a few times and I've even… [more]
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Where do you live? In a lot of states a single vote has very little sway and you'd do better off getting politically involved and not just limiting your involvement to the ballot box. [more]
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I do basic computer instruction though not in Arabic. If you're not going to be their ongoing support person for this, give them an operating system that most people in their community will know their way around so that they can get help from… [more]
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It can look like changing the meaning when it's really just trying to correct a word that screwed up the communicated meaning. I think what you're saying is that it's not changing the meaning that was in your head the whole time, but to… [more]
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Is lower back pain common among yoga newbies? Is it a harbinger of possible damage to the spine, however minor, or am I overthinking this? I'm just about where you are in picking up yoga again and my yoga teacher is ... somewhat… [more]
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Pictures pictures pictures! Some of this depends on how big your department is but think about what the goals are of the newsletter, why do you have it? Do people have to read it? What is the information that you want them to get out of it? What… [more]
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I glow, you perspire, he sweats. [more]
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is there a similar rubric for contract work? The rule of thumb I use is to presume that 25% of whatever you earn will go straight to taxes. This is an oversimplification of the fact that (in the US) you pay your own social security if… [more]
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We would run ours over with the car and then put lighter fluid on them and set them on fire to get that lived in look and feel. Then again, that was in high school. [more]
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the traditional plural connotation of they/them/their is making this confusing to read. I'm a librarian who did her undergraduate work in generic pronouns and semantic analysis. It sounds like you're trying to do the right thing here,… [more]
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569 miles, 8 hours 30 minutes I've driven across the country on major highways fifteen times, most recently two years ago and I basically presume that I'm never going to get more than 60 miles out of an hour of driving, on average. I… [more]
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I use one called Independent Publisher, it's new and responsive but also doesn't have a lot of crap in it. You'd need to switch the fonts to serif or comment the stuff out that does fonts, but I think it's doable. A lot of places are going for a… [more]
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Nature is helpful for me because nature doesn't give a shit about you. So I would sometimes just be all "You have to be outside for an hour, I don't give a shot what you do. Leave your phone at home" and then go outside. I'd see things, I'd… [more]
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