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 on: Today at 04:07:22 am 
Started by larryc - Last post by fiona
I think sometimes people devote too much attention to worrying about money re retirement, and not enough to thinking about the things they won't be able to do as they get older.

Unless you really really really love your job, my observation is that it's better to retire younger. That way you'll have the energy for travel and for learning new things, such as exotic cooking.

People who've postponed travel until retirement often can't do it by then, age 65 and above--because of health and energy.

The Fiona

 on: Today at 03:41:32 am 
Started by tee_bee - Last post by benjamin_travis
Wise forumites, I've been reading various things about how and to what extent our internet activity is tracked and logged by ISPs. There's been some coverage on sites like Lifehacker about how long our browsing activity is retained in logs maintained by ISPs. I find this a bit creepy, but am not too concerned, given that my home browsing largely consists of news sites, the Chronicle, and the like.

But it sort of frosts me that ISPs can follow me around, that my IP address reveals my general location, and so on. Thus, all sort of "experts" have been advising the use of "private" VPNs like these: http://lifehacker.com/5761226/best-vpn-service-provider-witopia

Do I really want a private VPN? Will it really improve my security in things like browsing social media sites, online banking, etc.?

Any advice is appreciated.

Iíve been using cheap vpn service but very reliable such as: https://www.frootvpn.com/ Works at high speed, secure, and great for my needs and budget.

 on: Today at 03:25:10 am 
Started by barred_owl - Last post by mouseman
The other day (just before the snow came), I woke up with the Mouselet, and we were treated to the site of a Swanson's hawk breakfasting on a sparrow on the fence we share with our neighbors. Seeing this only about 20 feet away in a fairly urban suburb of Chicago was amazing.

 on: Today at 03:19:12 am 
Started by ursula - Last post by mouseman
As someone who shudders at "MRI imaging," I thank you, mouseman, for the linguistic enlightenment.

Also, don't forget the sliced radishes with your homemade cheese.

Although I do like radishes, I'm partial to tomatoes with my cheese.

 on: Today at 03:03:28 am 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by totoro
Nobody takes notes anymore like I used to do in college. So, I design my classes accordingly. Students can print out the slides and write notes on them. Mine don't have that much text. Or actually I just give my students my own lecture notes on the website for my more specialised course where there isn't any textbook. I also gave up on homeworks and there are only tests or proper writing assignments.

 on: Today at 02:57:24 am 
Started by fiona - Last post by fiona

A doctor on the pay of the NFL announces that playing for the NFL is safe.

In similar news, the Phillip Morris's pulmonary cardiologist announced yesterday that "long-term damage to the lungs from smoking is 'over-exaggerated'".

Is it possible for something to be "under-exaggerated"?

These people who claim "no harm" are disgusting. I hope there's a hell for them.

The Fiona

 on: Today at 02:51:02 am 
Started by cg_npar - Last post by bud04

Don't waste your time on ANY interactions with HR unless it involves getting your benefits.

Also, there is not benefit to you in filling out any of their forms or answering any questionnaires.

Yep.  Stay clear.

 on: Today at 02:16:04 am 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by hungry_ghost
I have just spent 1.5 hrs + listening to the recap of daughter's first approximately 1.5 yrs of college that she now feels comfortable telling me.  There is seriously not enough wine.  I am so thankful that we are having these frank conversations and am also so thankful that they are occurring in college rather than in high school or middle school, but still.   I guess next year she will be out of this thread.

You are brave.

My daughter is back from college for the first time after starting her freshman year. She is safe, sound, in one piece, does not appear to be ravaged by binge drinking, drugs, bad relationships, etc ... lalalala-I-don't-want-to-know-yet!

In fact, she has made me aware that she has a very bad roommate (and has probably also been a very bad roommate) so I heard about that. I heard about her roommate wanting to make the brownies pot brownies when the rest of the roomies just wanted regular chocolate brownies and her roommate getting drunk and barfing everywhere and bringing home various one-night hookups. I didn't hear what she had done to antagonize her roommate and I also didn't ask. Probably not pot, barfing drunk, or one night hookups but I am sure she has contributed to the unhappiness in other ways, if simply by calling her a barfing pothead slut (or worse).

On a brighter note, after dinner this evening I sat in stunned silence while she cleared all the dishes from the table, rinsed them, and put them in the dishwasher without being asked,  and then wiped her (blue) lipstick off the edge of her cup before putting it in the dishwasher, at which point I started wondering where my own child had gone. She then voluntarily helped me in the kitchen with something she doesn't particularly like doing and when I showed her how to do it she kept her hands on the task and didn't step back and let me take over and wander away, but said "oh you mean like this?" and nudged me aside and finished the job. So, at some point she has either matured a whole bunch or else she has been possessed by aliens.

MrHungry asked her what the biggest lesson she had learned living on her own was, and she said, "food is expensive."  Yeah.

 on: Today at 01:59:52 am 
Started by coldupon - Last post by hungry_ghost
No! It took me more time to prepare and publish edited volume (16 chapters) than to write a monograph...
Communication with 15 contributors, editors, copyediting etc takes a lot of time!

Yes, I'm sure it's time consuming.  But writing a monograph, from beginning to end (including research, writing, re-writing, editing with press, indexing, etc., etc.) must take far more hours, over the span of three years, than editing an edited volume.  I just find it difficult to believe otherwise.

Maybe a fairer comparison is this: in my (humanities) field, an edited volume counts about as much as a journal article on one's CV. But, the amount of time an edited volume takes is much closer to what one would spend on a monograph.
And yes, communication with contributors, managing reviews, copyediting, indexing, etc does take a phenomenal amount of time, definitely more than you can imagine. It is a different kind of energy from research, writing, and revising, but still a lot of time and energy.

 on: Today at 01:54:27 am 
Started by pollinate - Last post by hungry_ghost

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