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Title: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 17, 2019, 10:11:39 AM
I always wanted one of these on t'other Fora, but never got around to starting it. So here we go! A thread for things you just wanna say or share that don't necessarily fit in other, dedicated threads.

For instance, the Arctic's first-ever lambeosaur (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/alaska-north-slope-lambeosaur-fossil-1.5081491) was found recently.

Also, summer grading hell begins.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2019, 12:48:18 AM
Cerium is the only element that has a solid-solid critical point (https://www.pnas.org/content/108/23/9342  an open-source article with which I have zero affiliation).
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on May 18, 2019, 12:55:59 AM
W. E. B. Du Bois has a ggplot theme: https://www.statswithmatt.com/post/ggplot2-meets-w-e-b-du-bois/ (https://www.statswithmatt.com/post/ggplot2-meets-w-e-b-du-bois/)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2019, 06:59:49 AM
W. E. B. Du Bois has a ggplot theme: https://www.statswithmatt.com/post/ggplot2-meets-w-e-b-du-bois/ (https://www.statswithmatt.com/post/ggplot2-meets-w-e-b-du-bois/)

That's a really cool plot at the top of the page.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: fast_and_bulbous on May 18, 2019, 07:29:43 AM
The last thing to really jazz me in the sciences was the discovery of a fossil site that most likely captures the hours during the KPg extinction event (the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs). Science article (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/astonishment-skepticism-greet-fossils-claimed-record-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-impact),  PNAS article (https://www.pnas.org/content/116/17/8190), and an article in the New Yorker (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died). I was floating a few inches above the ground for a couple days after reading this. Imagine, finding a smoking gun that captures the violent event itself... just mindblowing, and I hope Robert DePalma has the best friggin' academic career from here on out...
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 18, 2019, 08:34:38 AM
W. E. B. Du Bois has a ggplot theme: https://www.statswithmatt.com/post/ggplot2-meets-w-e-b-du-bois/ (https://www.statswithmatt.com/post/ggplot2-meets-w-e-b-du-bois/)

That was really cool, thanks for sharing it! I'ma distribute it more broadly.

(Also cool was the graph for Napoleon's invasion of Russia, which I'd never seen.)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: hesitant on May 18, 2019, 09:41:18 AM
Listening to Innovation Hub as I browse the Fora... a species of ants in Latin America dedicates time and effort to farm a small beetle in proximity to their colony, so that they can harvest a special fungus growing in the hairy parts of its legs which then they consume because it makes them incredibly slow. Since the substance has no nutritious or other value, they dedicate time, resources and effort to growing the beetle, just so they can  slow down... super industrious ants need a drug to take a break! Fascinating!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2019, 10:37:16 AM
a species of ants in Latin America dedicates time and effort to farm a small beetle in proximity to their colony

I love the mental picture of ant farmers with a beetle.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 18, 2019, 12:30:40 PM
Listening to Innovation Hub as I browse the Fora... a species of ants in Latin America dedicates time and effort to farm a small beetle in proximity to their colony, so that they can harvest a special fungus growing in the hairy parts of its legs which then they consume because it makes them incredibly slow. Since the substance has no nutritious or other value, they dedicate time, resources and effort to growing the beetle, just so they can  slow down... super industrious ants need a drug to take a break! Fascinating!


Whooooaaaa!


For my part, today I'm grading my class' first test. So far, the results are... well, disastrous. It was a very easy test, and I even told them what one of the five questions was going to be ahead of time. I'm about 25% of the way through them all, and at this rate I'll be lucky if more than ten earn passing grades. Oof. (My department head did tell me to expect that half or more of the class would fail outright, but I cockily thought I could do much better.)

The adjustment period continues!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 18, 2019, 02:17:28 PM
So, you don't think they need help slowing down, unlike the ants, then, hunh?

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: hesitant on May 18, 2019, 02:42:57 PM
(I thought Mamselle's comment was addressed to me, which it wasn't...and now I can't delete my response...so here is a version of it, anyway)

The reason I posted about the ants needing to slow down is that I thought it was hilarious, coming from a culture that glorifies the industrious ant; I am not kidding: every person my age had to,  at the age of 5 or so,  memorize a poem, a version of the Aesop's tale about the grasshopper and the ant,  and  recite it on all kinds of weird occasions. To make things worse, the grasshopper is a musician in this version, so it tells you a lot about the status  of the arts and the humanities in my culture of origin...

Now, imagine me hearing this bit about ants farming beetles for the sole purpose of getting high on their foot/leg fungus!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2019, 02:43:58 PM
I can see why you really needed to share and thanks for doing so!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 18, 2019, 02:55:23 PM
Yes, I was commenting on what I thought might have been the intended but unstated connection with your post (which I also enjoyed) and the next post after it...as in, students doing that abysmally on a test, unlike the ants, probably need a pick-me-up instead!

I should have used the quote function to clarify...

Sorry if it seemed confusing!

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: hesitant on May 18, 2019, 03:06:52 PM
Mamselle,

Your post was crystal clear...I just read it the way I wanted to; you, see I can't really stop posting about those ants! May be I should go and finally score all these placement essays I have signed up to score! Sigh! Scoring placement essays is so much less fun than discussing hardworking ants on drugs...C'est la vie!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 18, 2019, 04:42:37 PM
C'est vrai...

;--}

If Octoprof were posting, I suspect she'd say something like, "Get going on that grading, youngster."

<stern look.>

M.

Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ex_mo on May 21, 2019, 06:36:47 AM
I am endlessly amused by this fact:


Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States, who shot his friend in the face by "accident" and then that friend went on TV and APOLOGIZED TO DICK CHENEY, doesn't have a heartbeat.

He is alive, but his heart does not beat.
https://www.livescience.com/33035-is-it-true-that-dick-cheney-has-no-heartbeat.html

Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: namazu on May 21, 2019, 09:26:49 AM
We can write "class clown" without it being censored!  Will wonders never cease?!

(I was going to post this in the One-Offs thread, but there doesn't seem to be one, and given how the old one turned frequently passive-aggressively nasty -- or sometimes even aggressively nasty -- I've opted not to start one for the moment.)


In other news, I saw my first monarch of the season yesterday, and also some turkey vultures and watersnakes.  Hooray!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 21, 2019, 10:23:31 AM
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In other news, I saw my first monarch of the season yesterday,

Did you bow or curtsey properly?

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: namazu on May 21, 2019, 11:59:29 AM
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In other news, I saw my first monarch of the season yesterday,
Did you bow or curtsey properly?
Mais oui!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 23, 2019, 09:05:15 PM
I just found out about tayberries--a cross between blackberries and raspberries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tayberry
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 06, 2019, 02:55:32 PM
About time Warren came out with some kind of environmental platform. Jeeze.


Also: had one of my two mandatory peer class evaluation visits today. Surprisingly, the students were entirely undaunted--which I know, given my other posts, sounds like it isn't saying much. But actually, they were much livelier today than they usually are. Maybe some of that was the topic, which I suspect is of particular interest to them. Or maybe they just knew I needed to look good today. Either way, thumbs up!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on June 07, 2019, 06:27:14 AM
Read Getting to Yes, do your research, and make a principled negotiation for new positions, even acting positions.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on June 08, 2019, 11:31:08 AM
Read Getting to Yes, do your research, and make a principled negotiation for new positions, even acting positions.

This reminded me of something that has always stuck with me.  One of the books we were assigned during a mini-MBA course is Getting Past No.  The chapter that stood out to me is about building a golden bridge for the person you're negotiating with.  It opens with a quote from Sun Tzu: "Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across."  I sometimes find myself on the more aggressive side of negotiating, so this was a good lesson to learn and one that I have used many times since.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: AmLitHist on June 12, 2019, 08:09:32 PM
Holy cow!  My Blues won their very first Stanley Cup!!!!!  Play Gloria! 😁😁😁
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 12, 2019, 08:16:28 PM
I pulled out the binocs and had a good look at Jupiter last night.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on June 18, 2019, 04:55:44 AM
How long is it still visible?

I think maybe I saw it, walking home last night...

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: backatit on June 18, 2019, 09:12:30 AM
I just got my home office set up and I am gloriously happy, as are the dogs. I'd been working in the bedroom or the living room, but with TWO of the adult children moving home at once, I need a nice space to work. I have bookshelves, lots of bookshelves! And a view of the garden from my desk (just a glimpse, but it's nice!). I wasn't loving my house lately, but this could help.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: filologos on June 20, 2019, 06:49:38 PM
I am endlessly amused by this fact:


Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States, who shot his friend in the face by "accident" and then that friend went on TV and APOLOGIZED TO DICK CHENEY, doesn't have a heartbeat.

He is alive, but his heart does not beat.
https://www.livescience.com/33035-is-it-true-that-dick-cheney-has-no-heartbeat.html

That article is from 2011. He had a heart transplant in 2012 (https://newsarchive.heart.org/dick-cheney-to-recount-longtime-battle-with-cardiovascular-disease/), so he no longer has the VAD.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 27, 2019, 07:46:56 AM
How long is it still visible?

I think maybe I saw it, walking home last night...

M.

I dunno, but I'm pretty sure it's still visible, though less so.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: namazu on June 27, 2019, 09:16:45 AM
How long is it still visible?
I think maybe I saw it, walking home last night...
I dunno, but I'm pretty sure it's still visible, though less so.
Yup!

Stargazers: June 26 - July 2 (http://www.pbs.org/video/the-sky-on-the-4th-of-july-june-26-july-2-5-min-oxjb8l/)  (5min PBS video)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on June 29, 2019, 05:59:07 AM
Repeatedly, for years, people asked about the original Blue Rhinoceros Triangle post and sighed heavily over not being able to find it.  The CHE Posting Hall of Fame has it on the first page.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on June 29, 2019, 09:37:21 PM
I was looking for something else and encountered again "The Top 100 Things I'd Do if I Ever Became an Evil Overlord".

I post the link here in case anyone else needs to remember to run all plans by a small child to look for flaws that can be corrected prior to implementation.

https://www.chaosmatrix.org/library/humor/evilovl.html
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 29, 2019, 11:06:29 PM
I was looking for something else and encountered again "The Top 100 Things I'd Do if I Ever Became an Evil Overlord".

I post the link here in case anyone else needs to remember to run all plans by a small child to look for flaws that can be corrected prior to implementation.

https://www.chaosmatrix.org/library/humor/evilovl.html

Oh! Yeahyeah! I'm so glad that's still available!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on July 02, 2019, 08:12:27 AM
Either one workman, or several in succession, have whistled the following tunes outside my office window this morning:

1. The sad mopey Luke theme from Star Wars
2. The Quantum Leap theme song
3. Yankee Doodle

A certain invarience in tone quality and intonation leads me to believe it is the same performer for all three tuens.

In between musical interludes we have heavy machinery.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Conjugate on July 02, 2019, 02:48:26 PM
I was looking for something else and encountered again "The Top 100 Things I'd Do if I Ever Became an Evil Overlord".

I post the link here in case anyone else needs to remember to run all plans by a small child to look for flaws that can be corrected prior to implementation.

https://www.chaosmatrix.org/library/humor/evilovl.html

Oh! Yeahyeah! I'm so glad that's still available!

It's also at the original site (though Malwarebytes warns me that it has a trojan, which I find... dubious).
http://eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html (http://eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on July 04, 2019, 04:27:38 PM
Repeatedly, for years, people asked about the original Blue Rhinoceros Triangle post and sighed heavily over not being able to find it.  The CHE Posting Hall of Fame has it on the first page.

There was also a later thread, with a link to a photo album site that Pry or Voxy put up with several options, possibly to have been voted on? (I think...)

I saved each of them separately as picture files and continue to use them for greeting placards at meetups.

I also still have one done, I think, for the Paris meetup in 2009, with a classical Greek building and a small biting insect as a pun, saying "Bien venue, 'xxx' + 'guy's, but I never uploaded it.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on July 27, 2019, 05:27:01 AM
I just love this Slate article that can so easily be substituted to be "Every Conversation With A Mentally Stuck Individual".

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/low_concept/2015/10/every_conversation_between_a_parent_and_a_child_in_four_conversations.html

Around my house, the joke has become "I have new information: I need it" when we see a mentally stuck person.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 01, 2019, 07:06:27 PM
I took the path through the woods down to the ferry this morning, stumbled, my ankle rolled, and I landed right on it and then nearly tumbled the rest of the way down the hill head over heels. 'Twas rather painful, and for a few seconds I thought I'd broken it and would have to crawl back up the hill to get to the road. But then I checked my mobility, and it was fine, if painful, so I hirpled the rest of the way down to the ferry, by which point most of the pain had dissipated.

Also, the other day, the car was parked in such a way that when I opened the door, gravity assisted me and I smashed myself in the face with it. So. I'm winning this week big time.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on August 02, 2019, 02:57:00 PM
Hirple.

Thanks!

It was used not too long ago here, or one the CHE threads...glad to see it again, now that I know what it means...

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 02, 2019, 03:02:17 PM
Hirple.

Thanks!

It was used not too long ago here, or one the CHE threads...glad to see it again, now that I know what it means...

M.

It may well have been me. I stole it from Robert Low's viking novels years ago.

Then again, I think it's more commonly used in the UK.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: aside on August 02, 2019, 07:31:38 PM
Please don't "reply all."
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on August 03, 2019, 05:31:42 AM
Please don't "reply all."

I prefer the amended version of:

Please check your recipient list and compare it to the point of your message. 

A group bigger than 5 people?  Reply all is probably the wrong choice.

A group that was only a couple people and we're making plans?  Please reply all, not just the last respondent on the chain, so we're all in the loop.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: aside on August 03, 2019, 06:22:02 AM
Please don't "reply all."

I prefer the amended version of:

Please check your recipient list and compare it to the point of your message. 

A group bigger than 5 people?  Reply all is probably the wrong choice.

A group that was only a couple people and we're making plans?  Please reply all, not just the last respondent on the chain, so we're all in the loop.


Amended version is agreeable, of course, though the size of the recipient list matters less to me than the purpose of the message to which one is responding.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on August 03, 2019, 06:36:36 AM
Please don't "reply all."

I prefer the amended version of:

Please check your recipient list and compare it to the point of your message. 

A group bigger than 5 people?  Reply all is probably the wrong choice.

A group that was only a couple people and we're making plans?  Please reply all, not just the last respondent on the chain, so we're all in the loop.


Amended version is agreeable, of course, though the size of the recipient list matters less to me than the purpose of the message to which one is responding.

I mention size because the conversation at work recently was whether we could get an email feature that checks the size of the recipient list and pop up a "2562 recipients.  Are you really sure you want to send this message?" after someone yet again replied all with personal information to a general announcement and the personal information was not flattering to the sender--think along the lines of clearly didn't read the syllabus or the last four related announcements, but now is really concerned that this thing is happening tomorrow and it conflicts with personal, important plans.

The next most annoying aspect is the person who then replies all yet again to apologize to the big list.  No!  Just quietly complain offline to your neighbor about failing at email and let it be.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: paultuttle on August 03, 2019, 12:05:00 PM
The rabbits in our back yard are becoming bolder. They'll stay right there, nibbling on grass, while you drive up and park about 10 feet away.

(warning: 80s phrase approaching in 3, 2, 1 . . . .)

What's up with that?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Juvenal on August 03, 2019, 12:21:11 PM
The rabbits in our back yard are becoming bolder. They'll stay right there, nibbling on grass, while you drive up and park about 10 feet away.

(warning: 80s phrase approaching in 3, 2, 1 . . . .)

What's up with that?

Parking zero feet away might begin to solve that problem.  If it is a problem.  Maybe you have a yen for lagomorphs grazing nearby?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 09, 2019, 03:16:27 PM
There sure are a lot of spammer signing up today.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on August 28, 2019, 06:48:35 PM
I was two houses down from my own door when I saw the small, black-and-white furry rug-like creature trundle up my steps.

I'm hanging out under the eaves of the convenience store at the end of the block for a bit before I try again...

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Thursday's_Child on August 29, 2019, 07:23:17 AM
I was two houses down from my own door when I saw the small, black-and-white furry rug-like creature trundle up my steps.

I'm hanging out under the eaves of the convenience store at the end of the block for a bit before I try again...

M.

Glad you saw it in time!  How long did you have to wait for it to trundle off?

Also, we do need a wildlife thread, don't we?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 14, 2019, 10:58:31 PM
On Monday, one of my courses starts a four-week climate change module. I'd forgotten how reviewing it, and prepping the few new additions, makes for a grim night filled with abject despair. Jeeze.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: miss jane marple on September 15, 2019, 06:43:48 AM
This is something I want to tell one specific person, in the odd event that they are reading this fora.

Background: last December a college student in my family suddenly became very ill and was hospitalized for a week undergoing diagnostic tests and treatment for the severe symptoms. It was also finals week. Because this excellent student had mostly As going into the final, all but one of the professors involved agreed to record the grade already earned. The holdout was the professor of the required course for the student's major; this professor insisted that a make-up exam be completed. The student did sit for the make-up exam in January. During spring break, the student flew to another state to undergo brain surgery by a specialist in the rare condition that had caused the illness. No class work was missed, and the student successfully finished the spring semester. Now a senior expecting to graduate in May, the student has learned that the professor who insisted on the make-up exam has STILL not recorded a grade for the course.

Dear Professor,

I have no idea what the circumstances of your life are or what private hell you may be inhabiting. Perhaps your spouse of 20 years has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Perhaps your house has burned down. Perhaps you are in the early stages of dementia. I have no way of knowing. What I do know is that you have a professional responsibility not the screw over the people you are paid to teach. Record the grade so that this young person, who has done everything possible to fulfill their responsibility as a student and member of your college community, can complete a degree in your department and enter the work force. DO IT NOW.

Thank you.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Anselm on September 15, 2019, 09:52:47 AM
Please don't "reply all."

I prefer the amended version of:

Please check your recipient list and compare it to the point of your message. 

A group bigger than 5 people?  Reply all is probably the wrong choice.

A group that was only a couple people and we're making plans?  Please reply all, not just the last respondent on the chain, so we're all in the loop.


Amended version is agreeable, of course, though the size of the recipient list matters less to me than the purpose of the message to which one is responding.

I mention size because the conversation at work recently was whether we could get an email feature that checks the size of the recipient list and pop up a "2562 recipients.  Are you really sure you want to send this message?" after someone yet again replied all with personal information to a general announcement and the personal information was not flattering to the sender--think along the lines of clearly didn't read the syllabus or the last four related announcements, but now is really concerned that this thing is happening tomorrow and it conflicts with personal, important plans.

The next most annoying aspect is the person who then replies all yet again to apologize to the big list.  No!  Just quietly complain offline to your neighbor about failing at email and let it be.

Do you folks remember what happened in the old days of 1997?  Emails would be sent out to 15,000 students and employees on campus.  Then many of the recipients would reply to all with "remove me from your email list".  Then others would reply to all to explain that replying to all was counterproductive and only making the problem worse. 
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 15, 2019, 10:52:34 AM
Please don't "reply all."

I prefer the amended version of:

Please check your recipient list and compare it to the point of your message. 

A group bigger than 5 people?  Reply all is probably the wrong choice.

A group that was only a couple people and we're making plans?  Please reply all, not just the last respondent on the chain, so we're all in the loop.


Amended version is agreeable, of course, though the size of the recipient list matters less to me than the purpose of the message to which one is responding.

I mention size because the conversation at work recently was whether we could get an email feature that checks the size of the recipient list and pop up a "2562 recipients.  Are you really sure you want to send this message?" after someone yet again replied all with personal information to a general announcement and the personal information was not flattering to the sender--think along the lines of clearly didn't read the syllabus or the last four related announcements, but now is really concerned that this thing is happening tomorrow and it conflicts with personal, important plans.

The next most annoying aspect is the person who then replies all yet again to apologize to the big list.  No!  Just quietly complain offline to your neighbor about failing at email and let it be.

Do you folks remember what happened in the old days of 1997?  Emails would be sent out to 15,000 students and employees on campus.  Then many of the recipients would reply to all with "remove me from your email list".  Then others would reply to all to explain that replying to all was counterproductive and only making the problem worse.

I knew my uni was behind the times!  We've done that as recently as... 2015, maybe?  Possibly even more recently.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 15, 2019, 11:10:30 AM
On Monday, one of my courses starts a four-week climate change module. I'd forgotten how reviewing it, and prepping the few new additions, makes for a grim night filled with abject despair. Jeeze.

+1

To make things worse, start here      https://xkcd.com/1732/    and then point out the conditions under which all of our major crops evolved.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 15, 2019, 05:37:26 PM

To make things worse, start here      https://xkcd.com/1732/    and then point out the conditions under which all of our major crops evolved.

Oh! I totally forgot about that, thank you!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: kaysixteen on September 15, 2019, 06:57:20 PM
Wrt the prof who will not record the grade for the senior with the brain tumor, even after said kid completed required work whilst dealing with his condition, can't the department/ university admin just force him or override him and do it themselves?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 18, 2019, 07:28:57 AM
Sent my first report of a violation of the Elections Act to Elections Canada this morning. My first report of the election campaign, I mean. My first-ever report was when I worked at a polling station and discovered people had been called and deliberately sent to the wrong stations.


Forumites may be interested to learn that it concerns an improper use of quotation: a candidate faked a "celebrity" endorsement by quoting something he said and appending "Conservative" to his exhortation to vote--but there's only an opening quotation mark, no closing one. So: a libellous instance of personation, and yet another instance of D-C students incompeting in the world.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: miss jane marple on September 18, 2019, 11:28:27 AM
Wrt the prof who will not record the grade for the senior with the brain tumor, even after said kid completed required work whilst dealing with his condition, can't the department/ university admin just force him or override him and do it themselves?

I'm sure the Dean of Academic Affairs can get involved if the problem continues to that point. My vent is that this is part of the professor's ordinary responsibilities and it shouldn't take a jolt from a Dean to make them do it. On the up side (she said sarcastically) the family is not shy about insisting, and knows how to use all available resources. It just in my opinion should not be necessary to do all this just to make someone do their own job.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: fishbrains on September 22, 2019, 10:34:16 AM
Wrt the prof who will not record the grade for the senior with the brain tumor, even after said kid completed required work whilst dealing with his condition, can't the department/ university admin just force him or override him and do it themselves?

I'm sure the Dean of Academic Affairs can get involved if the problem continues to that point. My vent is that this is part of the professor's ordinary responsibilities and it shouldn't take a jolt from a Dean to make them do it. On the up side (she said sarcastically) the family is not shy about insisting, and knows how to use all available resources. It just in my opinion should not be necessary to do all this just to make someone do their own job.

Huh. I had a very hostile mother yell at me once because I hadn't changed her daughter's grade. I was a bit surprised because I had turned in the paperwork to change the grade, but it had landed at the bottom of the pile on someone else's desk--and stayed there for well over a month. I emailed her the scan I had made of the grade change form (not my first time at this rodeo, bro) and sent her up the line. Apparently, she chewed some folks a few new buttholes. Anyway, sometimes you just gotta shake the monkey tree.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: fishbrains on September 22, 2019, 10:51:56 AM
I could have used the same response for every email from every student last week: "Your missing my class, again, should not cause me additional work. Check the syllabus, and come to my office hours if needed."

Also, the powers-that-be must be suggesting to students that they should ask for professors' notes when they miss. I have had an unusual numbers of requests this semester. I had to show my notes to one student, who was upset at my refusal. They said the following on a sticky note: "1) Go over 'A Rose for Emily,' Homer Barron, 2) Modernism, 3) 'Journey of the Magi,' 4) Harlem Renaissance with IceT 'If We Must Die,' Hughes/Cullen, 5) Hurston/Larsen/female poets 6) Hand back graded work." I've taught this class every semester for 20 years. I told him he could take a picture on his phone if he wanted. Got an eye roll there. Fun times. 

That said, I am having a very good year with students so far.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 27, 2019, 10:51:11 AM
Off to join the protests! I have a new whistle that sounds like a train whistle
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 28, 2019, 07:02:13 AM
Off to join the protests! I have a new whistle that sounds like a train whistle.

Not a bad turnout, in the end. Crushed Toronto's, although my native Montréal crushed us, and everyone else in the world to boot. Makes me awfully homesick, I have to say!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Thursday's_Child on September 28, 2019, 08:20:36 AM
It's too early for Halloween decorations - take them down!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: aside on September 28, 2019, 08:24:39 AM
It's too early for Halloween decorations - take them down!

So true!  It's not even October and it's hotter than hell here.  How can anyone think about Halloween?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: wareagle on September 28, 2019, 06:23:06 PM
Ha!  Local department store started with Christmas decorations today!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: hmaria1609 on September 28, 2019, 06:52:40 PM
One of the neighbors already has put up outdoor Halloween decorations!  Others have scarecrows and fall foliage wreaths.

Costco has Halloween and Christmas stuff available.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on October 01, 2019, 12:30:52 PM
If they don't tell you by Oct. 1 (when they said they'd tell everyone...) that your paper proposal was accepted, does that mean it was?

Or it wasn't?

Existential stuff like that is so very worrying...every year!!

;--}

M.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 12, 2019, 11:54:29 PM
I wish my conference friends were my everyday friends. They're just so great.

And so far away. Sigh.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: backatit on October 13, 2019, 07:12:35 AM
I wish my conference friends were my everyday friends. They're just so great.

And so far away. Sigh.

I totally agree. Went to an awesome symposium a couple of weeks ago. Want to hang with those people all the time.
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Post by: Wahoo Redux on October 13, 2019, 10:34:19 AM
The last thing to really jazz me in the sciences was the discovery of a fossil site that most likely captures the hours during the KPg extinction event (the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs). Science article (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/astonishment-skepticism-greet-fossils-claimed-record-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-impact),  PNAS article (https://www.pnas.org/content/116/17/8190), and an article in the New Yorker (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-day-the-dinosaurs-died). I was floating a few inches above the ground for a couple days after reading this. Imagine, finding a smoking gun that captures the violent event itself... just mindblowing, and I hope Robert DePalma has the best friggin' academic career from here on out...

The New Yorker piece was a great read.  Absolutely fascinating stuff.  Thank you.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 26, 2019, 07:04:05 PM
Four months ago, I got new gym shorts. One month ago, they disappeared. What gives?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: fourhats on October 27, 2019, 12:35:18 PM
Quote
The rabbits in our back yard are becoming bolder. They'll stay right there, nibbling on grass, while you drive up and park about 10 feet away.

I was thinking of this the other as I walked to my car at home, and saw a large, very healthy looking fox staring at me (I'm in the US, but when I lived in London I used to encounter scrawny, mangey looking ones). This may explain why I haven't seen any rabbits around the house lately.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 28, 2019, 10:00:57 AM
I age today.

To mark the occasion, I have interrupted my normal reading schedule to read a new viking novel, since these tend to come out around this time every year.

*contentment*
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on October 28, 2019, 01:09:49 PM
I age today.

To mark the occasion, I have interrupted my normal reading schedule to read a new viking novel, since these tend to come out around this time every year.

*contentment*

Just today? Lucky you! (sorry to inflict a dad joke on you on such a day) Have a great aging day and enjoy your book! If my mother aged (which, of course, she does not), today would be one of those for her as well.  Wishing you continued contentment.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 28, 2019, 02:11:18 PM
I age today.

To mark the occasion, I have interrupted my normal reading schedule to read a new viking novel, since these tend to come out around this time every year.

*contentment*

Just today? Lucky you! (sorry to inflict a dad joke on you on such a day) Have a great aging day and enjoy your book! If my mother aged (which, of course, she does not), today would be one of those for her as well.  Wishing you continued contentment.

Hehe. I choose my days!

I'm a sucker for dad jokes. Keep 'em comining!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: wareagle on October 29, 2019, 07:07:51 PM
Apparently today is National Cat Day.

That explains a lot around my house.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on October 29, 2019, 07:37:12 PM
Four months ago, I got new gym shorts. One month ago, they disappeared. What gives?

Did you find a green marker in their place?

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: aside on October 30, 2019, 04:38:18 AM
Four months ago, I got new gym shorts. One month ago, they disappeared. What gives?

Elastic.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on October 30, 2019, 08:33:53 AM
Multiple Choice: A mass email has gone around that obviously got sent to a much larger list than intended. Do you

a) quietly notify the sender that their list is messed up?
b) hit 'reply all' and tell everyone else on the list that you shouldn't be on it?
c) hit 'reply all' and tell people not to hit 'reply all'?
c) Hit 'reply all' and take the opportunity to invite people to your Finnegan's Wake reading group?

All of these happened* today, but only one made me scream.

*I only assume (a), because I blessedly did not witness it
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Anselm on October 30, 2019, 10:05:24 AM
Most of us are here alive today reading The Fora because of this heroic man.  I just figured that I would mention him here instead of starting a new thread.  I read about him years ago but forgot his name since then. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Arkhipov_(vice_admiral)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 30, 2019, 10:07:57 AM
Four months ago, I got new gym shorts. One month ago, they disappeared. What gives?

Did you find a green marker in their place?

M.

Four months ago, I got new gym shorts. One month ago, they disappeared. What gives?

Elastic.


You guys win today! :D
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Juvenal on October 30, 2019, 10:54:42 AM
I age today.

To mark the occasion, I have interrupted my normal reading schedule to read a new viking novel, since these tend to come out around this time every year.

*contentment*

I'd have thought, what with the obligatory raiding and pillaging, Vikings would have little time to sit down and write a novel.  Live and learn.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Anselm on October 30, 2019, 02:11:30 PM
I age today.

To mark the occasion, I have interrupted my normal reading schedule to read a new viking novel, since these tend to come out around this time every year.

*contentment*

I'd have thought, what with the obligatory raiding and pillaging, Vikings would have little time to sit down and write a novel.  Live and learn.

It's an ongoing saga with them.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on November 01, 2019, 06:19:58 PM
Four months ago, I got new gym shorts. One month ago, they disappeared. What gives?

Did you find a green marker in their place?

M.

Sometime Wednesday or Thursday, my neon green gym shoes were taken from the gym. So... I guess that's the opposite of a green marker?

I'll scour the seas and put my low cunning to work until vengeance is mine!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on November 04, 2019, 08:21:10 AM
Totally unrelated to any of the above (probably)...

I found an interesting quote.

"Cash alone won't breed passion" - Brecht

May explain certain things about teaching, generally....

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on November 17, 2019, 08:02:25 AM
https://www.aip.org/fyi/2019/academies-panel-delve-critical-questions-facing-us-rd

Another entry in "we're really, really, really short on people who can do the research we need done in specific areas and that's contributing to a lot of foreseeable problems that will affect the average American in the next 10 years or less".
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on November 17, 2019, 10:32:03 AM
Most of us are here alive today reading The Fora because of this heroic man.  I just figured that I would mention him here instead of starting a new thread.  I read about him years ago but forgot his name since then. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Arkhipov_(vice_admiral)

Wow.

I missed seeing this.

Thank you for posting it.

I don't recall any references to it in the news at the time (obviously, some dimensions were unknown.

I do recall the news about the Bay of Pigs more generally, then, but as a kid, didn't understand much.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on November 21, 2019, 07:37:13 PM
Strikes are inconvenient, but they don't amount to extortion.

Also, they only work because they're inconvenient.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on November 22, 2019, 02:41:58 AM
I realized this AM....no wonder I was tired after teaching last night.

In the course of three music lessons with a 5-year-old, a 13-year-old, and a twelve-year-old, we literally discussed and wrangled with issues of epistemology, aesthetics, and jurisprudence.

These in the course of tears over insisting that she KNEW she hadn't skipped the 1st ending of the song, confusing her brother, who was singing it (she had), both of them in terms of keeping the music going instead of stopping to discuss the issue, and the middle-schooler in terms of my NOT letting him get by with uneven speed drills "because telling me not to do it makes me want to do it more."

I hope their passion, curiosity and good humor stick with them throughout their lives.

(I also hope I survive their explorations and use of me as a sounding-board!)

But it could be so much worse.

I'm...wryly...grateful.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on November 23, 2019, 06:45:17 PM
PSA: secretions are not super secret. To 'secret' a thing is to hide it; to 'secrete' a thing, however, is to exude it.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on December 08, 2019, 07:19:20 AM
A very readable explanation of mean, median, and mode and why they might matter to the average person reading a newspaper article: https://slate.com/technology/2019/12/starbucks-pay-equity-claim-reasons-for-skepticism.html
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on December 08, 2019, 10:21:43 AM
OMG THERE'S GOING TO BE A TV SERIES (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wheel_of_Time_(TV_series)) OF THE WHEEL OF TIME!


I worry I'll find it unwatchable, though. Just like Game of Thrones, which I couldn't stand.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Wahoo Redux on December 12, 2019, 11:33:49 AM
I know it is late in the semester and grades are coming due.  I know you are hassled and stressed out.  But please, when you pick something up off the printer just do a quick scan of the documents and make sure you have not picked up something someone else has already printed.  Not a biggee, just annoying.  And we've been told to hold our printing to a reasonable quantity----when you just snatch up the 3 papers I just printed and disappear that doesn't help.  Maybe even run them back to the printer; our hallway is very short.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on December 12, 2019, 06:35:47 PM
Kwell. The grades are in (uuuuugh!) and I'm taking off for a week. I'll only check in intermittently, so be good!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on January 08, 2020, 04:05:13 PM
In the weird coincidence (?) category...

Many years ago (around 20?), I was good friends with a woman from VA.  She told me about a person she knew (maybe worked with) who had a rather particular and probably unique name that I thought was really neat and that I have never forgotten (not going to say what, obviously).   At the time, I lived on the east coast as well, but I moved most of the way across the country a couple years ago.  I had told my spouse and others about this person's name because it has always delighted me, and I even named one of my printers with that name as its mapping.  Today I decided to look the person up to see what the person might be up to.  Guess where the only person listed with that name lives? My current location.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: larryc on January 09, 2020, 12:03:07 AM
Honey, I love you and I love the road trips we take together. But why on Earth have you developed this habit of slowing down at the top of the entrance ramp to freeways? You slow and edge your way into traffic, forcing whatever poor sap is behind you as you enter to brake. It is dangerous, and you never used to do it. "I want to be careful," you say, but it is anything but careful.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on January 09, 2020, 03:27:24 AM
Eeek.

Yeah.

Tell her.

(Is it eyesight/hearing issues, maybe? If she can't see/hear clearly who's coming she might be slowing up out of fright or a sudden loss of nerve to get into the flow of traffic.....)

But, yeah, a bit scary to be in a car when people do stuff like that...

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on January 16, 2020, 12:51:15 PM
The lounge is all out of non-knife cutlery, so I'm eating my pasta with pencil-chopsticks. Move over, Klobuchar! Combs are so last year.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on January 16, 2020, 02:33:28 PM
The lounge is all out of non-knife cutlery, so I'm eating my pasta with pencil-chopsticks. Move over, Klobuchar! Combs are so last year.

You could go for the middle and use hair chopsticks! I can't figure out how they actually work to hold hair in place (probably my own lack of coordination at play), so they have to be good for something.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on January 16, 2020, 06:09:19 PM
It works best with long, thick hair.

First, twist the hair above your head until it's pretty tight.

Wrap around itself several times and tuck the end under the knot.

Snag some of the hair in the knot from the right, point down towards the skull, lightly scrape along the skull to get leverage, then raise the point within the knot by lowering the larger end; catch and hold with one hand while you repeat with the other.

Criss-cross the two either high on your head, if you can, or lower down , if necessary.

Repeat in about 5 min. when it all falls out and you have to do the whole thing all over again...

M.

Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: alto_stratus on January 24, 2020, 12:16:45 PM
Long time no see! 

I just eating my kimchi with chopsticks.  They are much more satisfying when used for eating than coiffure.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on January 24, 2020, 01:07:11 PM
Especially if you don't try to do the one right after the other...

;--}

M.

(Good to see you!)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 01, 2020, 03:47:39 PM
InDesign and cleaning in the morning.

Now for the dreaded referee report.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 02, 2020, 10:05:39 AM
Palindrome day!

(02/02/2020)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on February 02, 2020, 11:18:48 AM
Palindrome day!

(02/02/2020)

I sent one of the articles to my sister...it's her birthday, too.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 13, 2020, 01:17:45 PM
At today's faculty-wide meeting, I learned that we're the lowest paid faculty in the country (by tens of thousands of dollars). In the most expensive city.


Yay!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on February 15, 2020, 11:04:24 AM
I can't recall who it was, now, but someone was interested in medieval African studies. This series is still continuing and there's an online post of a recent presesentation on the topic here:

   https://medieval.fas.harvard.edu/news/africa-medieval-world-latest-lecture-available-viewing

Enjoy!

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 16, 2020, 09:31:22 PM
I took the day completely off, and now I'm bored.

I need better ways of killing time online. (And in real life, too. But especially online. Teh intarwebz just isn't as much fun as it used to be.)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on February 17, 2020, 05:49:21 AM
Teh intarwebz just isn't as much fun as it used to be.

Agreed.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 18, 2020, 06:32:38 PM
I'm so heartened to see that the Wet'suwet'en, with the help of the Mohawk and others, have managed to bring the federal and provincial governments to their knees. The shadow of Oka looms large these days, but I'm pretty optimistic that we'll get a better outcome this time--and that we'll see some real change in how governments approach resource projects. In particular, consultation can't keep being approached the way it is, with the project a fait accompli, and it certainly can't keep being offloaded onto resource companies.

(On that note, this morning's agreement between the James Bay Cree and Québec offers a powerful statement of how to go about doing these things in the era of reconciliation.)


And finally, because I need to get this off my chest: holy shit. Fuck Andrew Scheer. What a disgrace--and to think he came relatively close to being prime minister! I shudder to think.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2020, 03:28:03 PM
Hand sanitizer is flammable, even with just static electricity.  (https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/05/keven-moore-when-hand-sanitizer-may-not-be-safe-what-you-should-know-to-use-it-appropriately/) Let the sanitizer dry and then go about your day.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 18, 2020, 03:40:06 PM
Hand sanitizer is flammable, even with just static electricity.  (https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/05/keven-moore-when-hand-sanitizer-may-not-be-safe-what-you-should-know-to-use-it-appropriately/) Let the sanitizer dry and then go about your day.

Eeek!

Who knew?

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2020, 03:41:24 PM
Hand sanitizer is flammable, even with just static electricity.  (https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/05/keven-moore-when-hand-sanitizer-may-not-be-safe-what-you-should-know-to-use-it-appropriately/) Let the sanitizer dry and then go about your day.

Eeek!

Who knew?

M.

The chemists among us knew, but it's worth sharing for those who don't know.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 18, 2020, 03:46:30 PM
Oh! Oh! I wanna play that annoying FB game where everyone describes their research in one-syllable words! Me too me too! Ok, here I go:

Shrug.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2020, 03:49:09 PM
Oh! Oh! I wanna play that annoying FB game where everyone describes their research in one-syllable words! Me too me too! Ok, here I go:

Shrug.

Is this really "The Post for Stuff You Wanna Tell People" or is this "Things You Wish You Could Say"?

Even when I use lots of one-syllable words, people tend to glaze over when I explain what I am paid to do.  However, people seem much more enthused about my hobby of watching higher education.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 18, 2020, 03:49:24 PM
Dance.

(Hmmm....should we start a new thread for this?)

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 18, 2020, 03:51:23 PM

Is this really "The Post for Stuff You Wanna Tell People" or is this "Things You Wish You Could Say"?


Good question! I'd attempt to answer, except that doing so would mean procrastinating even more on today's writing and bookshelf organizing.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2020, 03:52:58 PM

Is this really "The Post for Stuff You Wanna Tell People" or is this "Things You Wish You Could Say"?


Good question! I'd attempt to answer, except that doing so would mean procrastinating even more on today's writing and bookshelf organizing.

The talk that I will give on Wednesday for an international virtual conference was officially approved for public release as of an hour ago.  I've met my quota of productivity for the day.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 18, 2020, 03:54:21 PM
Sleep well (kidding...I know it's not going to be as immediate as that!)

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 18, 2020, 03:55:23 PM

The talk that I will give on Wednesday for an international virtual conference was officially approved for public release as of an hour ago.  I've met my quota of productivity for the day.

I should take lessons. I woke up early and made a randomized quiz for one of my classes, but then rested on my laurels for a few hours and twiddled my thumbs.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2020, 03:58:42 PM

The talk that I will give on Wednesday for an international virtual conference was officially approved for public release as of an hour ago.  I've met my quota of productivity for the day.

I should take lessons. I woke up early and made a randomized quiz for one of my classes, but then rested on my laurels for a few hours and twiddled my thumbs.

Ideally, the talk would have been in the system for official approval last Monday, but I spent a good part of today hounding people on my last-minute need for the approval process to go quickly.

This particular talk is very different from the talk we discussed in January, but my funder approved it and therefore my manager is happy with a talk that has zero results.  The conference is happy that anyone is still speaking and attending, so we're all good.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 21, 2020, 02:28:05 PM
It took three hours for me to split the videos into uploadable chunks, upload them to YouTube, and then get the links up on the LMS. Whew.

Most of that time is just waiting for things, but it's hard to do real work while you're constantly being interrupted by various processes and having to start new ones. But it could have been worse! And now they're up and I can just reuse them in the fall and winter.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on May 22, 2020, 05:50:57 AM
Hand sanitizer is flammable, even with just static electricity.  (https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/05/keven-moore-when-hand-sanitizer-may-not-be-safe-what-you-should-know-to-use-it-appropriately/) Let the sanitizer dry and then go about your day.

Hand sanitizer left in a hot car can catch fire and will be less effective (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-hand-sanitizer-left-in-hot-vehicles-can-explode-experts-warn/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=89203842). The flash point is 100 deg. F.  Store your hand sanitizer at under 75 deg. F.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 23, 2020, 04:15:58 PM
Just found a tick crawling on my laptop screen. Sigh.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on May 23, 2020, 04:50:51 PM
Flame me if you want.

I'm in love with Baby Yoda.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Vkw10 on June 05, 2020, 03:39:00 PM
A meeting on contingency planning today opened with The Mississippi Squirrel Revival official video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K16fG1sDagU (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K16fG1sDagU)

The meeting closed with another video by Ray Stevens, one my Grandma Ethel loved. Virtual cookies to the first person to identify the song.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on June 05, 2020, 04:08:17 PM
The meeting closed with another video by Ray Stevens, one my Grandma Ethel loved. Virtual cookies to the first person to identify the song.

The Streak with "Don't look, Ethel!"
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Post by: mamselle on June 05, 2020, 04:26:47 PM
You beat me!

I just started listening to try to figure it out.

I was about to guess "Blue Cyclone because of the stalwart 83-year old grandmother in part 1....

Thanks for the nuttiness!

Just what I needed at the end of a tightly-packed week.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Vkw10 on June 06, 2020, 01:50:04 AM
The meeting closed with another video by Ray Stevens, one my Grandma Ethel loved. Virtual cookies to the first person to identify the song.

The Streak with "Don't look, Ethel!"

Virtual cookies! Pinwheels, whoopie pies, shortbread, raspberry thumbprints, gingersnaps, chocolate chip, peanut butter, cheese wafers, snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin, or pepper snaps, all baked from Grandma's recipes.  (Personally, I'd avoid the pepper snaps, but my brother loved the heat, so I made a few.)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on June 06, 2020, 06:11:03 AM
Can we get some (interthreadual) bake sale donations, Polly?

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 15, 2020, 08:13:51 PM
I got a large tax return and I've decided (unwisely) to sink a chunk of it into a mail hauberk. So there. You can't tell me what (not) to do!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on June 15, 2020, 08:23:47 PM
Do you need an under-kirtle to go with that?

Or a houppeland to wear over it?

;--}

You'll be the best-dressed knight at the ball!

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 17, 2020, 11:23:33 AM
Tonight is the first French debate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Two of the four know no French, and the other two... struggle. I can't wait.

(CBC is streaming it for free, btw. 19h00 EST.)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: quasihumanist on June 17, 2020, 12:27:29 PM
Tonight is the first French debate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Two of the four know no French, and the other two... struggle. I can't wait.

(CBC is streaming it for free, btw. 19h00 EST.)

Well with my bad French I understand bad French better than properly spoken French...
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 17, 2020, 04:17:53 PM
I tuned in 10 minutes late. The livestream features an empty stage and energetic muzak on a loop.

I think that says it all rather eloquently, really.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 17, 2020, 05:24:14 PM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: marshwiggle on June 17, 2020, 05:31:44 PM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

I'm sad in the whole discussion how many people describe it as "maple syrup". Alimental appropriation?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Cheerful on June 17, 2020, 05:41:55 PM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

I'm sad in the whole discussion how many people describe it as "maple syrup". Alimental appropriation?


Mrs. Butterworth and Uncle Ben are next.  And the Cream of Wheat chef.

Earlier this year, the Land O'Lakes butter Native American woman was removed from the butter packages after almost 100 years.

Is Betty Crocker safe?

Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on June 17, 2020, 07:11:23 PM
I tuned in 10 minutes late. The livestream features an empty stage and energetic muzak on a loop.

I read this as an energetic mask on a loop, so...
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on June 17, 2020, 07:15:22 PM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

I'm sad in the whole discussion how many people describe it as "maple syrup". Alimental appropriation?


Mrs. Butterworth and Uncle Ben are next.  And the Cream of Wheat chef.

Earlier this year, the Land O'Lakes butter Native American woman was removed from the butter packages after almost 100 years.

Is Betty Crocker safe?

Yeah, she's white....

A timely article discusses this:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/new-racism-museum-reveals-the-ugly-truth-behind-aunt-jemima/256185/

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 17, 2020, 10:07:37 PM
I tuned in 10 minutes late. The livestream features an empty stage and energetic muzak on a loop.

I read this as an energetic mask on a loop, so...

Would have been an improvement.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 18, 2020, 07:12:52 AM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

I'm sad in the whole discussion how many people describe it as "maple syrup". Alimental appropriation?


Mrs. Butterworth and Uncle Ben are next.  And the Cream of Wheat chef.

Earlier this year, the Land O'Lakes butter Native American woman was removed from the butter packages after almost 100 years.

Is Betty Crocker safe?

To be safe, I think we had better go with plain gray packaging with the word "syrup" written on it.  Like in the Soviet Union!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mahagonny on June 18, 2020, 07:41:03 AM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

How to tell a rooster from a hen: put some food on the ground. If he eats it, its a rooster. If she eats it, it's a hen.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: jimbogumbo on June 18, 2020, 03:07:13 PM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

I'm sad in the whole discussion how many people describe it as "maple syrup". Alimental appropriation?


Mrs. Butterworth and Uncle Ben are next.  And the Cream of Wheat chef.

Earlier this year, the Land O'Lakes butter Native American woman was removed from the butter packages after almost 100 years.

Is Betty Crocker safe?

In fact, Mrs. Butterworth, Uncle Ben and the Cream of Wheat Chef are all being removed from branding.

You do know the Cream of Wheat Chef is actually named Rastus? Just because we grew up with these images does not mean we as individuals are racist (yes, I know writingprof was being sarcastic) but they all are certainly racist images.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: dismalist on June 18, 2020, 03:50:01 PM
Apparently, Fanta has a Naziesque past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanta (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanta)

Time to re-brand such a racist symbol. Change the name or paint it green, maybe.

There are many, many more skeletons in the closet, obviously.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on June 19, 2020, 07:48:59 AM
Apparently, Fanta has a Naziesque past.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanta (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanta)

Time to re-brand such a racist symbol. Change the name or paint it green, maybe.

There are many, many more skeletons in the closet, obviously.

I actually knew about Fanta, because they released an ad a year or two ago celebrating their long history, and people dunked on them for trying to present their founding during WWII as something to be proud of.

That said, there's a difference between retaining a brand with a racist past, and continuing to engage in actively racist branding in the present. Fanta does not have swastikas in it. Aunt Jemimah, on the other hand, literally uses a 'mammy' stereotype. The difference is not that hard.

Anyway, the flavored corn-syrup product is not going away, just the brand. It's not going to taste any different without the racism on the label, so people writhing in the throes of FOMO can settle down.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on June 19, 2020, 01:19:02 PM
Just for a fun Friday afternoon summary of life:


   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

at 4:38 is the coronavirus line of the century!

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: namazu on June 20, 2020, 09:03:20 AM
My neighborhood decided to go ahead with a planned multi-family garage sale today.

I was wildly successful at "freeing" 5 old suitcases and a box filled with about 40 empty lidded tins from hot cocoa mix ("for crafts or storage!") by putting them out by the curb with a large "free -- please take!" sign.  No direct contact, no flaky Craigslist people.  Hooray!

And now I am gathering other stuff to donate / take to the e-waste recycling place.  Out with the old, in with...less clutter.  This is a big victory for me.  :)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Cheerful on June 20, 2020, 09:47:34 AM
I have never had Aunt Jemima syrup, and now I never will.  Because I am obviously a racist, this saddens me.

I'm sad in the whole discussion how many people describe it as "maple syrup". Alimental appropriation?


Mrs. Butterworth and Uncle Ben are next.  And the Cream of Wheat chef.

Earlier this year, the Land O'Lakes butter Native American woman was removed from the butter packages after almost 100 years.

Is Betty Crocker safe?

To be safe, I think we had better go with plain gray packaging with the word "syrup" written on it.  Like in the Soviet Union!

After 100 years, Eskimo Pie ice cream bars will be re-named.

Which product is next?  Are Klondike bars safe?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 20, 2020, 10:33:13 AM
After 100 years, Eskimo Pie ice cream bars will be re-named.

Are they renaming them Inuit Pie ice cream bars?  I'm seriously asking.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: marshwiggle on June 20, 2020, 10:56:23 AM
After 100 years, Eskimo Pie ice cream bars will be re-named.

Are they renaming them Inuit Pie ice cream bars?  I'm seriously asking.

It seems to me "pie" is kind of Eurocentric, so that doesn't sound good. (I'm not sure if the Inuit had any pastry originally; it seems unlikely but I'd be interested to hear toherwise.)

Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 20, 2020, 11:40:47 AM
After 100 years, Eskimo Pie ice cream bars will be re-named.

Are they renaming them Inuit Pie ice cream bars?  I'm seriously asking.

It seems to me "pie" is kind of Eurocentric, so that doesn't sound good. (I'm not sure if the Inuit had any pastry originally; it seems unlikely but I'd be interested to hear toherwise.)

After a brief tour of the Inuit cuisine page in a Canadian encyclopedia, I humbly propose:

Inuit Predigested Plant Foods Found in the Stomachs of Caribou Ice Cream Bars

Was it racist of them to eat predigested plants? Or is it racist of us to know about it?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Economizer on June 20, 2020, 02:29:34 PM
When I arrive to a destination, turn off my vehicle, and get out, my horn makes 3 short, loud beeps. I do not know why it does this but I want to assure those that hear it that it is not a "heralding" signal.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 20, 2020, 05:09:44 PM
Not all the people who used to be referred to as 'Eskimo' are Inuit. There are also the Yupik and the Aleut, although it's basically accurate to call all of the these people in Canada 'Inuit' (but not the Innu, who are a different people in Québec and Labrador). The Yupik strongly object to being called 'Inuit', and rightly so.

In Canada and Greenland, 'Eskimo' is generally considered offensive, and should be avoided as a name to designate those peoples. It's still in fairly wide usage in Alaska, although the relevant peoples unsurprisingly tend to refer to themselves using their people's actual name.

I think that 'Eskimo pie' and its marketing is pretty offensive, actually, and entirely of a piece with Aunt Jemima and the rest. And so are the Edmonton Eskimos.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 20, 2020, 05:24:06 PM
I think that 'Eskimo pie' and its marketing is pretty offensive, actually, and entirely of a piece with Aunt Jemima and the rest. And so are the Edmonton Eskimos.

Are you white? If so, you should know that it will one day be considered a form of colonialism for white people to be offended on behalf of people "of color." You have been warned.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Economizer on June 20, 2020, 05:25:31 PM
Is not Nunavut still around?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 20, 2020, 07:57:49 PM
Is not Nunavut still around?

Yes. And?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Economizer on June 21, 2020, 06:07:27 PM
Is not Nunavut still around?

Yes. And?
Are the citizens of that province Inuit or, perhaps, Dutch?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mahagonny on June 21, 2020, 06:15:11 PM
I heard a guy on CNN today saying 'really, do we need pictures of people to identify products?' And I thought 'do we really need somebody on the radio telling us we can't have them?' I mean, it doesn't break my heart never to see Aunt Jemima again, if it makes someone unhappy, but is this guy ready to tell them they can use Paul Newman's face on the spaghetti sauce jar, reminding you all proceeds go to charity, and maybe you'll buy that brand cause you liked old Paul?  And BTW, pretty good sauce.

apropos of:

Quote
To be safe, I think we had better go with plain gray packaging with the word "syrup" written on it.  Like in the Soviet Union!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 21, 2020, 06:49:36 PM
Is not Nunavut still around?

Yes. And?
Are the citizens of that province Inuit or, perhaps, Dutch?


Territory. Some are Inuit, yes. Others are Métis, and others non-Indigenous.

(If this is what you're asking: a white resident of Nunavut does not thereby become Inuit.)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Economizer on June 21, 2020, 07:19:49 PM
WOW! Who knew it. I'll go away now.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on June 22, 2020, 03:21:27 AM
I think that 'Eskimo pie' and its marketing is pretty offensive, actually, and entirely of a piece with Aunt Jemima and the rest. And so are the Edmonton Eskimos.

Are you white? If so, you should know that it will one day be considered a form of colonialism for white people to be offended on behalf of people "of color." You have been warned.

Meh--I'll take my cues from the people who are actually harmed by offensive marketing. If they want me to use my privilege on their behalf, then I will. If they want me to shut up and go away, then I will. Not that hard.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: San Joaquin on June 22, 2020, 07:28:02 AM
I wanna tell people that wearing your mask draped across your chin, rather than over your mouth and nose, only makes it look like you need a drool bucket.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on June 22, 2020, 01:33:52 PM
Going through some other websites, I ran across this aggregated list of writing helps for humanities writers on the Louisiana State U. site for medievalists.

Some may be outdated (can't find a "last edited date" on the page,

   https://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/jgellri/sample-page/quick-help-for-writing-essays/

but it could be useful, even so.

M.

ETA: found the date: 2017, so a bit outdated, but I'll leave it up just in case.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on June 23, 2020, 01:44:11 AM
I wanna tell people that wearing your mask draped across your chin, rather than over your mouth and nose, only makes it look like you need a drool bucket.

I want to tell people that not covering your nose with your mask is like, well  like this (https://showmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/wearing-your-mask-like-this-is-like-wearing-your-underwear-like-this.jpg). (NSFW, sort of in a cartoony way, if that even matters anymore.)
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on June 23, 2020, 07:32:00 AM
I wanna tell people that wearing your mask draped across your chin, rather than over your mouth and nose, only makes it look like you need a drool bucket.

I want to tell people that not covering your nose with your mask is like, well  like this (https://showmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/wearing-your-mask-like-this-is-like-wearing-your-underwear-like-this.jpg). (NSFW, sort of in a cartoony way, if that even matters anymore.)

Hahahahaha! I needed a laugh.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 23, 2020, 03:16:14 PM
I want to tell people that I knew the NASCAR "noose" story was a hoax, dammit, and was too lazy to say so on Twitter.  I judge myself. 
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on June 24, 2020, 12:47:57 AM
I figured this out last week: When you 'go out for a run' you don't actually have to run the whole time! You can walk when you get tired!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: jimbogumbo on June 24, 2020, 03:10:00 PM
No doubts now. You are a troll.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on June 24, 2020, 03:41:41 PM
No doubts now. You are a troll.

Since the word "you" in your post has no antecedent, we can only assume you're talking about the author of the previous post, Ergative.
 On the merits, we must conclude that you are incorrect.  The fact that Ergative sometimes slows to a walk while jogging does not necessarily make him or her a troll.  Beings other than trolls occasionally engage in such behavior.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on June 25, 2020, 01:58:14 AM
No doubts now. You are a troll.

Since the word "you" in your post has no antecedent, we can only assume you're talking about the author of the previous post, Ergative.
 On the merits, we must conclude that you are incorrect.  The fact that Ergative sometimes slows to a walk while jogging does not necessarily make him or her a troll.  Beings other than trolls occasionally engage in such behavior.

In principle, you are absolutely correct. In this particular case, though, it is true that I live under a bridge, and my massive, stocky, knobbled and hairy physique does sometimes interfere with lissome movement. Jimbogumbo may well be on to something.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: jimbogumbo on June 25, 2020, 09:40:52 AM
No doubts now. You are a troll.

Since the word "you" in your post has no antecedent, we can only assume you're talking about the author of the previous post, Ergative.
 On the merits, we must conclude that you are incorrect.  The fact that Ergative sometimes slows to a walk while jogging does not necessarily make him or her a troll.  Beings other than trolls occasionally engage in such behavior.


If you assumed that it is on you, and in a meaner spirit I would call you out for a logic fail. The name of this thread is "The Post For Stuff You Want To Tell People", not "The Post You Want To Tell The Poster Directly Above Your Post".

It in fact has nothing to do with ergative. I do though in want to say this to multiple people.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on June 26, 2020, 02:51:10 PM
My high school class Facebook page had a very exciting couple days of very odd rants from a very odd classmate.  But because of that, I found out that one of my friends is friends with an award-winning musical artist and actor who was very popular in the 90s.  The brouhaha started on my friend's personal page, and musical artist chimed in at some point.  Another friend replied and added "And hey, is that really [artist]?"  Artist replied "Hi, I'm [artist].  I'm [friend]'s friend." It was a high point in a rather disturbing set of circumstances. 
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on June 27, 2020, 07:06:44 AM
Science by press release is not reliable.  Good general audience article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/27/health/science-by-press-release-gupta/index.html

Now, if only the rest of the outlets took the lessons to heart...
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on July 01, 2020, 09:28:47 AM
Happy Canada Day, Fora!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: polly_mer on July 01, 2020, 09:32:22 AM
Happy Canada Day, Fora!

Happy Canada Day to you, Parasaurolophus!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on July 01, 2020, 11:01:43 AM
Happy Canada Day, Fora!

Happy Canada Day to you, Parasaurolophus!

+1! More wishes for a Happy Canada Day, Parasaurolophus.  Do you do anything in particular to celebrate?
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on July 01, 2020, 12:21:52 PM
Thread started here:

   http://thefora.org/index.php?topic=1507.0

Bonne journee; bonne anniversaire!

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 01, 2020, 12:26:53 PM
(Unrelated)

No, cult family member, you CAN trust the FDA, CDC, WHO, etc. (basically anyone who isn't Fox News). Do not try to make my potentially sick sibling take some conspiracy-theory pushed garbage that could make them sicker!!!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on July 01, 2020, 02:43:49 PM

+1! More wishes for a Happy Canada Day, Parasaurolophus.  Do you do anything in particular to celebrate?

Nope. When I was a kid we went to see the fireworks on St. Jean (June 24), and only occasionally went to see them on Canada Day. Since it's moving day in Québec (the day when everyone's lease ends and starts), there was a lot of moving of friends, family members, etc. for a solid chunk of my teenaged and adult years. So I never got into the habit.

I ritually moved some books from old shelves to the new one, though. So there's that!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on July 01, 2020, 03:18:09 PM

+1! More wishes for a Happy Canada Day, Parasaurolophus.  Do you do anything in particular to celebrate?

Nope. When I was a kid we went to see the fireworks on St. Jean (June 24), and only occasionally went to see them on Canada Day. Since it's moving day in Québec (the day when everyone's lease ends and starts), there was a lot of moving of friends, family members, etc. for a solid chunk of my teenaged and adult years. So I never got into the habit.

I ritually moved some books from old shelves to the new one, though. So there's that!

It is interesting to hear about those celebrations.  I feel like I know very little other than the basic outline.  Well, I hope you enjoyed the ritual! We will probably be doing something similar for July 4th this year.  Plus ritually turning the sprinklers on to try to prevent the house from burning down due to neighbor fire works during extreme fire season.  I guess that's the main ritual for us.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on July 02, 2020, 06:14:17 AM
I could probably just look it up, but isn't the liturgical celebration of St. John's day either June 15th (midpoint of the month) or the 21st (equinox-related date)?

So how did it shift to the 24th?

Or is it a Monday-holiday sort of thing?

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on July 04, 2020, 08:56:29 PM
Banned my first spammer in a good long while today. I think it's been months, actually.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on July 04, 2020, 10:46:57 PM
May the feeling of doing such a good deed stay with you!

Thanks for all you and the other mods do.

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on July 22, 2020, 03:50:51 PM
I recently intervened on a friend's FB feed to help him out in an argument by confirming some facts which I'm pretty well-placed to know. I've known him for almost twenty years now.

The response is hilarious, but also pretty (darkly) telling:

Friend's "Friend" (FF): "This is me throwing the bullshit flag. Look at that, she thinks anyone asked her opinion."
Friend (F): "who are you talking about? Who's "she"?"
FF: "[Parasaurolophus] is she and I was done this conversation days ago."
F: "k, first. He's a guy...so...."
FF: "First off Naaa, she not..."

*facepalm*
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: writingprof on July 22, 2020, 03:55:21 PM
I recently intervened on a friend's FB feed to help him out in an argument by confirming some facts which I'm pretty well-placed to know. I've known him for almost twenty years now.

The response is hilarious, but also pretty (darkly) telling:

Friend's "Friend" (FF): "This is me throwing the bullshit flag. Look at that, she thinks anyone asked her opinion."
Friend (F): "who are you talking about? Who's "she"?"
FF: "[Parasaurolophus] is she and I was done this conversation days ago."
F: "k, first. He's a guy...so...."
FF: "First off Naaa, she not..."

*facepalm*

At least "Friend" didn't call you a Karen.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Economizer on July 22, 2020, 05:11:46 PM
An a/c unit in my apartment had been replaced. There was a bit of construction work involved and I had stayed in to monitor re security. As I sat, my eyes became focused on a single outlet appliance plug. The face of the cover was off and the plug was out of the socket. What I saw was that the socket and its generally uncovered area gave the appearance of THE GRINCH! So that must have been the inspiration for the Seuss character. So, some good is sitting alone in your room!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 22, 2020, 07:48:41 PM
For the love of all that is holy (and not)... put. all. classes. online.

Teaching ftf 1/4 of a class at a time, ONCE a week, is absolutely ludicrous.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ergative on July 29, 2020, 08:31:11 AM
The following drink is really very good:

1. Espresso (from an Italian espresso maker)
2. Sweetened condensed milk
3. Shredded sweetened coconut (or dessicated, for less sweetness)
4. Hot foamy milk

The coconut floats to the top, so you get a sweet coffeeful mouthful and then something interesting to chew on--like boba, but without the awful squishiness.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on July 29, 2020, 09:47:16 AM
An a/c unit in my apartment had been replaced. There was a bit of construction work involved and I had stayed in to monitor re security. As I sat, my eyes became focused on a single outlet appliance plug. The face of the cover was off and the plug was out of the socket. What I saw was that the socket and its generally uncovered area gave the appearance of THE GRINCH! So that must have been the inspiration for the Seuss character. So, some good is sitting alone in your room!

I think the research has shown that Dr. Giesel's characters came from this strand of work:

   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utrecht_Psalter

Here's a close-up:

   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utrecht_Psalter#/media/File:Utrecht_Psalter_(cropped).jpg

M.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: apl68 on July 29, 2020, 10:37:04 AM
Nothing quite like medieval art.  Some of it has a lot of energy!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 06, 2020, 09:35:03 AM
It's raining extremely hard, so I decided to try working outside on the covered porch/lanai, using the teak chairs and tables we got a few weeks ago and which I finally finished restoring last week.

It's pretty glorious, actually, even though the view of the ocean and mountains is completely obscured.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 23, 2020, 12:13:46 PM
Oh, so 2020 might bring an asteroid strike (https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-the-real-truth-about-that-election-day-asteroid) the day before the US election, too. And another (https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:qs0DbJl_Wk0J:https://www.space.com/election-day-asteroid-flybys-2020.html+&cd=16&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca) (larger, but farther out) on election day itself. What a year!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: aside on August 24, 2020, 06:04:56 PM
It's not about comfort level with risk, it's about risk.
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: ab_grp on September 04, 2020, 01:54:50 PM
We were just sitting out on the back patio after lunch when some huge racket came from down the street.  We turned in time to watch a small dust devil throw a bunch of stuff around at a site where a house is being built.  It left before I had time to get the video going.  That was a first for me!
Title: Re: The Post For Stuff You Wanna Tell People
Post by: mamselle on September 04, 2020, 05:24:00 PM
I saw its watery equivalent on a lake at the church camp we attended as kids.

I was in Jr. Hi and about to get a canoe down off the rack when a scruffy, leafy little waterspout just blew up in front of us.

Came out of nowhere. Scared the living daylights out of us.

I don't know about my canoeing partner, but I was definitely praying.

Hard.

Then it left.

Weird.

M.