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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 10 largest US cities would you rather live in? on: Today at 08:42:53 am
The people who talk sh**t on Los Angeles and then go ahead and rank it ahead of San Diego are absolutely hilarious. It's quite easy to see who hasn't been to San Diego.

Also, can someone explain the appeal of Chicago. It's cold as hell, has some big buildings inside the loop but is mostly a sprawling metropolis much worse than Los Angeles or San Diego (actually most eastern cities are but the east coast people don't like to acknowledge it) and it's famous foods consist of diabetes and heart disease. So what am I missing here? What is there to like?

The question is asking about the cities one would wish to live in, not which cities' suburbs.  Yes, the Chicagoland suburbs sprawl worse than LA, but the urban fabric within the city itself is better and that's what matters here.

Also some of us like "cold as hell".  I would be disoriented and asea without my yearly dose of snow.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: 2014 New York Gubernatorial Primary on: August 19, 2014, 07:28:24 pm
This will be a bloodbath and deservedly so.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the weirder assumption out of these options? on: August 19, 2014, 12:59:56 pm
Eating vegetarian for some length of time would be no big deal.  Going vegan is an entirely different kettle of fish.
4  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Rank Northeastern and Midwestern metros from most liberal to most conservative on: August 19, 2014, 12:35:15 pm
I'll believe it when I see it, but I'd have to believe the SUBURBS of Chicago are more GOP-friendly than the suburbs of Baltimore...

I was thinking the same thing; Chicago's suburbs are not like they were 20-30 years ago in friendliness to the GOP, but I definitely think they're a lot more friendly to the GOP than Baltimore's surrounding environs.

The Baltimore suburbs are not exactly Democratic, especially not at the federal level.  Carroll and Howard are more Republican than any of the collar counties, and my impression from a distance is that they are still kinda "Southern" in many ways, moreso than the DC suburbs..

I think you meant to say Harford.

Howard County is the most Democratic county in the Baltimore metro area; Romney at least broke 40% in Baltimore County. Last time a Republican won Howard County was in 1988; same time when the suburbs of Baltimore last went Republican. I agree that Carroll and Harford are extremely Republican on every level and way more Republican than any county in Chicagoland currently.

Compare that with Chicagoland which, until 2008, Republicans were winning every county in the metro area (save Cook and Lake, Indiana).

Yes, I did mean Harford.  Oops! 
5  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Rank Northeastern and Midwestern metros from most liberal to most conservative on: August 19, 2014, 11:21:49 am
I'll believe it when I see it, but I'd have to believe the SUBURBS of Chicago are more GOP-friendly than the suburbs of Baltimore...

I was thinking the same thing; Chicago's suburbs are not like they were 20-30 years ago in friendliness to the GOP, but I definitely think they're a lot more friendly to the GOP than Baltimore's surrounding environs.

The Baltimore suburbs are not exactly Democratic, especially not at the federal level.  Carroll and Howard are more Republican than any of the collar counties, and my impression from a distance is that they are still kinda "Southern" in many ways, moreso than the DC suburbs.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you wish we had opebo's insight on the Ferguson, MO situation? on: August 19, 2014, 11:11:31 am
No. Honestly I wish we had less "insight", and instead could let the dead RIP and wait for a formal investigation to determine if the officer in question should be charged with a crime and if so, wait again for a jury to decide to convict him or not.

While I agree with you regarding opebo and his one-note "insight"... good God, do you really so blindly trust the authorities here so much that you'd take a "formal investigation" (ran by many of the same people that got Ferguson into this mess) to produce any sort of transparency or justice?  Especially without the klieg lights of outrage and scrutiny that you seem to be scorning?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 10 largest US cities would you rather live in? on: August 18, 2014, 08:03:02 pm
Guess I can rank all of these:

1) Philly
2) NYC
3) Chicago
4) um... Los Angeles?  Really?  Yeah, LA by default.  Ugh.
5) San Jose
6) San Diego
7) San Antonio
8: Houston
9) Dallas
10) Phoenix
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 10 largest US cities would you rather live in? on: August 18, 2014, 05:46:43 pm
How did Atlanta not made the cut?

It's based on cities proper, not metro areas.  Atlanta's city boundaries are fairly closely constrained (much like San Fran, Boston, etc.) while the metro is particularly sprawling and low-density.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Associate an abstract painting with the previous poster on: August 18, 2014, 04:19:59 pm
Oh, man, I love The Large Glass.  You should check it out if you're in Philly and you have some free time- they have the world's best collection of Duchamp there, including this piece of course.  I'm honored (seriously).

SKIP
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: People who are both FFs and HPs (at the same time) on: August 18, 2014, 04:12:11 pm
LBJ is the canonical example of this.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Music Megathread on: August 18, 2014, 02:27:02 pm
Spoon's newest They Want My Soul is... pretty good.  A little disappointing given the heights I know they're capable of (Gimme Fiction and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga are both firmly in my top 10 albums all-time), but it's good to have them back, and it's better than 2010's Transference at least.  Honestly, I think the problem is that in some ways it's a little too slick and polished and overproduced, which is the exact opposite of Transference, which felt like an album of incomplete demos.  Pendulum, swinging, etc.

Hopefully they hit that happy medium again next time.

For my taste, the opener "Rent I Pay" and the menacing "Knock Knock Knock" are the best cuts.  Not a fan of "Outlier" at all; they don't even sound like Spoon on that track to me, too much distracting electronic backing there for my taste.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Associate an abstract painting with the previous poster on: August 18, 2014, 02:15:07 pm
This is the best thread.



Robert Delaunay, Saint-Severin #3
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Associate an abstract concept with the preceding poster on: August 18, 2014, 01:20:14 pm
Post-structuralism, natch.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Montgomery County, Maryland on: August 18, 2014, 12:51:42 pm
Some of the least objectionable postwar suburbs in America.  FC.

Rich bureaucrat hive, HC

Montco is majority-minority.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: August 18, 2014, 10:58:37 am
Besides, I'm annoyed by the unstated assumption that "bureaucracy" in itself is some sort of boogeyman. Bureaucracy certainly can degenerate into a very flawed and harmful system, but it has also been a critical agent of development and progress throughout recent history. Modern society can't do without a strong bureaucracy.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 17, 2014, 09:39:05 pm
Option 2, though I am under the impression that this forum has a disproportionate number of people having mothers who kept their name.

I've always been under the impression that this forum has a disproportionate number of people having mothers who moved the position of their original surname to become their middle name.

Those are the only two options in my family.  Like, if your name is Joan Alice Taylor and you marry Steven Walter Smith, you can still be Joan Alice Taylor or you can become Joan Alice Smith.  Those are pretty much your two options in my family.  Some choose to keep their original surname and some choose to change it.  My mother changed her name.  My wife kept her original surname.  My sister changed her surname in one of her marriages but kept it in another marriage.  None of them moved their original surname to the middle-name position.  That just isn't done in my family.

What always struck me about this forum is that there seems to be a large number who make their original surname their middle name after they're married.  Like, if your name is Joan Alice Taylor and you marry Steven Walter Smith, then you become Joan Taylor Smith.  As far as I know, no one in my family has ever done that.  They either stick with their original last name or they co-opt the husband's surname.  Nevertheless, it seems fairly common based not only on this forum but from what I've seen in general society.  I have always found the concept of co-opting the husband's last name and moving your original surname to the middle position very strange.  In fact, I'd never even heard of it till I was a teenager, and my mother explained to me that it was somewhat common in society.  Since I've been posting here, it seems to me that it is the norm on this forum, even though to my knowledge no one in my extended family has ever done that.  They either keep their last name original or they change it. 


Yeah, my mom did that.  I've never had a good sense as to how common or uncommon it was.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 17, 2014, 06:38:34 pm
I know multiple couples who decided to mash their two last names into one new Frankenname, which is an option I have a quite favorable opinion of, actually.

Really? That sounds absolutely dreadful to me.

These fine folks have a Frankenname, and it's a perfectly fine one.

Sure, not every combination will "work" aesthetically.  But I like it as an option anyway.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 10 largest US cities would you rather live in? on: August 17, 2014, 06:15:10 pm
Philly, easily.  (NYC is second, Chicago third, and it goes south rapidly after that.)
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 100 Largest US Cities Series: Norfolk on: August 17, 2014, 04:18:53 pm
The best part of Hampton Roads.  FC.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TTS1996 on: August 17, 2014, 03:58:50 pm
At first I thought the outburst towards muon was sarcastic... but even if so, it's pretty crappy and classless sarcasm.  And if it's not, then hoo boy.

Generally seems to be a nasty and bigoted individual even if he is right in a stopped-clock way about the hypocrisy and ahistoricism that underlies a lot of "anti-Zionist" thought.  HP.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 17, 2014, 11:39:32 am
My mom changed her name.

My GF's mom kept hers, though.

I know multiple couples who decided to mash their two last names into one new Frankenname, which is an option I have a quite favorable opinion of, actually.  (But realistically we'll both just end up keeping our names if/when the time comes.)
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 15, 2014, 10:13:35 am
If that's him on the video,  expect the controversy to go away quickly.

It still leaves a lot (if not all) questions about the shooting itself unanswered, though.

Agreed, but no one is going to care anymore. Most people will support the policeman now.

It doesn't excuse more-heavily-armed-than-Iraq SWAT teams and tear gas and media blackouts and such.  Such military response to the protests is still a scandal and a horror, no matter what bad things Michael may have done. (And, of course, gunning him down like that isn't justified or proportionate even if he did commit a crime anyway.)
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Onion has a new clickbait site, and of course it's genius on: August 14, 2014, 11:28:44 pm
Is that legal? Tongue

US copyright laws are draconian and terrible, but even they recognize 1851 as being in the public domain.

Also worth sharing all over the internets: this amazing Buzzfeed listicle from November whose style must be feeling seriously bitten right now.
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Onion has a new clickbait site, and of course it's genius on: August 14, 2014, 10:31:03 pm
http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/time-i-spent-commercial-whaling-ship-totally-chang-768
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Fantasy Football 2014? on: August 13, 2014, 10:09:30 pm
I might be interested, depending on how much free time I have the next couple weeks and when the draft is scheduled for.
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