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In 1999, officials in Vienna, Austria, asked residents of the city's ninth district how often and why they used public transportation. "Most of the men filled out the questionnaire in less than five minutes," says Ursula Bauer, one of the city administrators tasked with carrying out the survey. "But the women couldn't stop writing."
- How to Design a City for Women
“I am fluent in very many different forms of English.
Yes, I know African American Vernacular English. I also know the English we speak over the phone when talking to an absolute stranger. I know how to speak Customer Service English, where smiling and nodding both count as punctuation marks.
As a matter of fact, in this painful conversation, I am speaking yet another kind of English. It is a coded format where every word and gesture has a hidden meaning or dilutes the substance of my thoughts to make it taste sweeter to you.
I recently noticed that the grout between my kitchen floor tiles was not actually supposed to be dark (shudder!), but after a good scrub, it's a floor I'm proud to use the five-second rule with. I seem to be nesting and I'm wondering what other hidden yuck I'm missing in my house.
Inside and outside chores are welcome--yucky/picky/finicky/forgotten ones especially--but nothing that requires permanently changing the structure of the house, as I rent. Thanks!
"A woman gets on a plane. She’s flying from New York to Dallas, where she lives and works as a personal trainer. A couple asks her if she’ll switch seats with one of them so that they can sit together, and she agrees, thinking it’s her good deed for the day. She chats with her new seatmate and they discover that they have a lot in common: he’s also a trainer, and a former professional soccer player. Maybe there’s a spark of attraction between them, or maybe he instigates the conversation despite her polite signs of disinterest—it’s difficult to discourage someone when you’re trapped together on a four-hour flight. We don’t really know what is going on in her head, and there’s no way that anyone could know.
The woman on the plane is unaware that the woman sitting in the row behind her is watching and recording her every move." Ella Dawson: We Are All Public Figures Now
Inside the Guild Wars 2 meeting that’s shaken gaming [Polygon]
“Jessica Price, who was fired by ArenaNet last week for arguing with fans of the company’s Guild Wars 2 MMO, said she feels betrayed by how the company “folded like a cheap card table” when confronted by toxic fandom. In an interview with Polygon, she talked about the meeting in which she was fired, and castigated ArenaNet managers for their “highly unprofessional” reaction to a social media controversy.”
Due to a combination of laziness and anxiety about money, I have what seems to be an excessive amount of money in checking and savings accounts. What should I be doing differently (besides everything)?
A lingering dry spell has exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland's Boyne Valley
... archaeologists confirmed the footprint of an ancient henge, or enclosure, that may be some 4,500 years old. Ireland is famously green... But this summer it's been gripped by an unusual heatwave and a lengthy dry spell. Crops are fading in the drought. And the unusual weather circumstances made the remarkable photos possible.
In normal weather, the difference is undetectable — that's why Murphy had flown drones overhead before without noticing it. And even in a drought, it's too subtle to see from the ground. But combine the dry spell with the aerial view, and suddenly the outline is obvious.
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I know this is very thin but I couldn't resist my urge to share. a little something to smile about in these grim times.
What are some good books I should read that fall in the thriller / suspense genre, but may be highly regarded as literature (for whatever your definition of that is).
is a US razor brand that targets its products at women. Their recently released commercial
, as it shows what their competitors always omit: women shaving – or combing – actual body hair. They have also created an image library
devoted to normalizing female body hair on the internet, to which you can contribute using the hashtag #projectbodyhair
An interesting week in the UK, with its new-but-old
national (England only) anthem
]. After Chequers
], DD (not
this one) quits
, replaced by Dominic "workhouses for the poor
" Raab, with the cabinet
and Boris being Boris
. Trump's visit [megathread
] means a police redeployment
and a large
. A civilian dies
from Novichok possibly
related to the recent
poisonings, shops continue to shutter
, the heatwave continues
], ancient sites reveal
], and water
supplies diminish. Led by Waistcoat Gareth
and Harry Kane
and followed by "supporters
", the mens footballers are doing well [fanfare
], seeds are knocked
out of Wimbledon
, while electoral law integrity struggles
to be heard. [Post title via devonian
, and explained
] Ooh I say!