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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer to work non-normal hours? on: August 24, 2015, 07:12:39 pm
Yes, but only if I get to choose them, which I'm pretty sure is the answer that most people would give.

My current gig is reasonably flexible - more than I should expect at this point in my career, really - but I'm still expected to be there for at least 8 hours per day, more or less, during relatively normal business hours, M-F. I deliberately vary my start time between 6:30 am and 9 am because having a consistent routine drives me crazy. Ideally I'd do like three 12-hour shifts, beginning at ~5 am Sun-Tues, plus maybe a half-day off-site and at my discretion.

Of course once you're a few years into a standard issue white-collar career and near anything even remotely resembling a "management track" you're expected to do your work in your free time, whenever you want, as long as you show up for 30-40 hours of meetings per week during normal business hours. Best of both worlds.
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Perry campaign, low on cash, stops paying SC staff *UPDATE* actually, all staff on: August 24, 2015, 06:52:50 pm
If Perry had anything left to lose he'd have been out of the race months ago. As long as he can afford his personal expenses (which might be down to gas, lodging, food, and laundry at this point) and people keep inviting him to stuff, does he really have anything better to do?
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: August 23, 2015, 07:07:16 am
Add my strong opposition as well. I have been posting here more than usual because I stopped posting on facebook. It is sickening how many people like things rather than any comments. I wish facebook would get rid of that option altogether. I get very very annoyed when anyone sends me a "like such and such a page request" it is altogether rude.

Sickening!
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: August 22, 2015, 09:28:52 pm
Is that what they call it? Either way, I'm a little bit disappointed to see you (apparently) glorifying squalor, particularly when it's that egregious.

Well, that's why I don't have an opinion on the policy implications. The author of the paper argued that the neighborhood hosted a community that was thriving on its own terms, and, at the time (5+ years ago), the proposed replacement was acres of parking lot for the stadium. But it's not a story that I've followed since then or on which I've sought other perspectives.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: August 22, 2015, 08:24:50 pm
Is that the Iron Triangle? Saw someone present a paper on that neighborhood at a geography conference several years ago. I won't argue the policy implications, but it is an interesting and distinctive place and it would make me a little sad to know that it's gone.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Snowstalker and Boss Tweed Memorial Courthouse of Personal Worsts on: August 22, 2015, 08:14:22 pm
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYC General Discussion - You Hear That Giant Sucking Sound? on: August 22, 2015, 03:42:16 pm
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"You could argue that those plazas have had some very positive impact," de Blasio said at a Thursday meeting during which he addressed Times Square's topless women, "You could also argue that they've come with a lot of problems. And a lot of the surrounding business community has certainly cited those problems. So we'll give that a fresh look." On the other hand, CBS Local caught a more incendiary quote from Bill Bratton: "I'd prefer to just dig the whole thing up."

How the Christ is this a real quote from the mayor of the largest city in the country?

I am increasingly convinced that New York's only real hope would be for the entire state to go through something akin to post-Civil War Reconstruction. Our governance, our political culture, and our public leaders are really that irredeemable.
8  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Papal Conclave 2015 - The Vatican on: August 21, 2015, 04:37:02 pm
Enoch Cardinal Fortunato
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich: I would ban teachers' lounges on: August 20, 2015, 06:40:23 am
I'd be perfectly happy if politicians avoided humor, actually. It's almost never actually funny and more often than not it's an excuse to distract and avoid the risk of expressing anything serious or, at best, an appeal to the cheap seats whose occupants will guffaw as your oh-so-snappy one-liner gets replayed again and again on the news and the internet, and maybe they'll even repeat it obnoxiously in casual conversation in the hopes that they can cash in on a few laughs themselves, e.g. "Obama's a big dummy because he uses a TelePrompTer" or whatever.

Anyway, if you think that this is funny - "Teachers are lazy! LOL!" cried the ex-investment banker, formerly of Lehman Brothers - you deserve a slap on the face.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What will happen to Trump when the field narrows? on: August 19, 2015, 09:05:56 pm
Anyone who's likely to drop out before Iowa is polling in the low single digits, anyway. You could lose half a dozen candidates (Gilmore, Pataki, Santorum, Perry, Christie, Graham, and probably even more) without changing the electoral landscape much for the top 3-5. By the time enough candidates have dropped out to free up a sun substantial share of support other factors will have changed the state of the race.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich: I would ban teachers' lounges on: August 19, 2015, 06:41:50 pm
Well, so much for Huntsman 2.0.

The Huntsman comparison is apt in some ways - both candidates seem like something out of outer space when they're on the stage with other Republicans - but it's always been off the mark in others. Frequently hilariously so, e.g. Jon Huntsman looks and dresses like a G.Q. model, John Kasich looks and dresses like my dad.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which forum is ran more in accordance with Christian principles? on: August 18, 2015, 12:25:16 pm
I just can't help but notice Tinder right next to the Bible... is that lust I spot? That's a sin you know.

Yes. Very odd.

For me? I wouldn't think many would find that too surprising.

If Jesus were on Tinder, and he saw you, which way would he swipe?
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker Campaign in Free Fall? on: August 18, 2015, 12:15:30 pm
I agree with Torie. Anyone with more than a few hundred posts here should know better than to write off someone with the conventional credentials of a presidential nominee because of poor polling months before the first contest, particularly in a volatile multi-candidate race in which the frontrunner polls at barely one-fifth support. Nonetheless - and whether it's intelligence or personality or management style or something else that's to blame, that's not something that any of us can pretend to know - much like Bobby Jindal or Jon Huntsman, Walker hasn't dove anything to demonstrate that he's capable of winning a national election and doesn't even seem to be doing particularly well in the state that he's most focused on winning.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Huckabee to hold fundraiser in West Bank settlement on: August 18, 2015, 12:00:07 pm
Sounds like the perfect place to hawk survival seeds on the side, and maybe even land a few speaking gigs if he's lucky.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Voting for Hillary Clinton on: August 18, 2015, 02:56:11 am
No candidate for president in either party gives a shit about "guys like you." I mean, King is right, but if what you expect is not only that you'll receive certain benefits, but that members of groups whom you resent - women, blacks, recent immigrants, gays - will be denied the same benefits, then neither Hillary Clinton nor any other mainstream Democrat has anything to offer you.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Man grows Ear on his arm (to hook up to Internet)... should this be allowed? on: August 17, 2015, 05:54:29 pm
I don't know whether I should refer to Snopes or Zizek
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which forum is ran more in accordance with Christian principles? on: August 17, 2015, 09:06:45 am
The Atlas that can be told is not the eternal Atlas;
The Leip that can be named is not the eternal Leip.
18  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st South American General Election - August 14th, 2015 on: August 16, 2015, 07:36:04 pm
Conservative
19  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should it be legal for race to be a criteria in sperm donor request? on: August 14, 2015, 07:22:41 am
I'm pretty uncomfortable with the entire idea of sperm donations, actually. Voted no.

Interesting, I don't think I've heard an argument against them before. Why?

It strikes me as pretty damn selfish given the wide variety of options that most people who wants to raise a child has, but the impulse is at least understandable. What disgusts me is the child-as-commodity approach that the process tends to encourage, and that tendency is exacerbated when prospective parents can treat the process like a build-your-own-burger station.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has the Internet resulted in people not outgrowing things? on: August 13, 2015, 11:47:54 pm
I imagine that you'd have trouble getting a lucid thought out of either of them.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Has the Internet resulted in people not outgrowing things? on: August 13, 2015, 11:41:13 pm
What exactly is new about this? Have you actually never noticed that people tend to maintain at least a few of their teenage interests - music especially - throughout their entire lives? Don't mistake cohort effects for aging.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of the following terms would you use to describe your ideology? on: August 13, 2015, 11:27:42 pm
NOTA (special snowflake)
23  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should it be legal for race to be a criteria in sperm donor request? on: August 13, 2015, 11:23:08 pm
I'm pretty uncomfortable with the entire idea of sperm donations, actually. Voted no.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you vote to lower your taxes and raise a higher bracket's? on: August 13, 2015, 11:13:19 pm
Yes, but only if it raises more revenue. Given the opportunity, I would vote to increase the tax rate for my own income bracket as well.
25  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Last Minute Poll: General Election on: August 13, 2015, 04:16:54 pm
I haven't decided.
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