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This is Really Good Stuff.

I keep picturing it as a cartoon. No person in this parable is permitted to have proper personal proportions.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Job Search Question
« on: January 19, 2016, 06:00:13 am »
Weekday. Make sure you go on a weekday. Ideally between 11am and 2pm when checkouts should be over and check-ins haven't happened yet. Should be the most likely time for you to actually be able to talk to someone in charge without it being a pain in their ass.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Mansplaining: Why?
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:42:09 am »
HEY GUYS I HAVE A GREAT IDEA. LET'S MAKE HALF OF THE HUMAN RACE LEARN HOW TO BE NICER PEOPLE AND THEN PRETTY MUCH IGNORE WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Mansplaining: Why?
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:40:23 am »
And now I just realized that you have me questioning how much of that is just a side effect of negative social conditioning due to constant mansplaining. Goddammit. :lulz:

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Mansplaining: Why?
« on: January 02, 2016, 07:39:09 am »
This thread might reach critical irony.

I think you should tell him but I also recognize that that's an easy thing for me to say. But if you can't get your friends to knock that shit off around you then why be friends with them?

As for the actual OP questions, well, fuck if I know. But taking a minute to think about that from the POV of the receiving end increases my already estimable respect for your ability to not literally kill every motherfucker every goddamn day.

A possibly related anecdotal observation: I find it much easier to teach women than men in the kitchen. My impression is that they're less likely to approach a genuine teaching moment (in a context in which I am above them in the professional chain of command) with the mindset that they already know better than I do what I'm trying to show or tell them. If all the line cooks were women, chefs wouldn't NEED to yell other than to be heard during service over the sounds of a busy kitchen.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:08:28 pm »
Also what is the undesirable media connotation associated with "Nikita"? I must have missed that one.

Also also, do people really avoid names they like because of cinematic or literary characters? Because that seems dumb as shit to me, and a good way to not ever find a usable name.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:06:48 pm »
Joey (current front-runner)
Jazeera
Adelaide
Calypso
Charlotte
Tasi
Isabelle
Nikita
Juno
Jazeera I would avoid because of the news network, Tasi because it's unusual enough to get the "icky I don't know this" reaction when people are looking at resumes, Isabelle normally would be a solid choice but you're still living in the backwash of people naming their kids after Twilight characters, Juno and Nikita likewise have undesirable media associations, leaving Charlotte, Adelaide and Calypso as your safest bets.

I went for boring as fuck names for my kids so they can be as weird as they want but still look "normal" on paper. Your priorities may vary.

I just realized I mistyped one of the potential choices.

"Isabelle" should be "Isabella". Like the queen. Or that one Clutch song.

Isabella Swan is the Twilight character.

I would have gone my whole life not knowing that had you not informed me. I don't think anyone I hang out with has read Twilight and I doubt that my child's peers are going to be into it. Something tells me it won't be considered a "must-read" in 10 or 15 years. :lulz:

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So, first day on the job, a mile and half up in the air.  Talking with engineers about robots the size of sewing needles that adjust fiberoptic cables for trapping images of entire galaxies, to measure their velocity with respect to one another.  The engineers know their job and they assume I'm educated on everything unless I tell them differently, in which case they patiently explain.

My boss is a fairly brilliant scientist who enjoys the ins and outs of DOE/NASA/NSF bureaucratic wrangling.  His boss is the smartest woman I've ever met, who shares my enthusiasm for the visitor program, for getting people up the mountain to look at other stars and how exoplanets are inferred from a star's wobble, and will geek out on a moment's notice, which is fucking awesome.

My crew are all professionals who genuinely like each other, and most of them seem to have taken a shine to me.

I am in charge of - among many other things - life support.  LIFE SUPPORT.  Scotty, my scabby arse!

I changed my mind.  There is a heaven.


Hot damn, man. That sounds really really awesome. I'm wicked happy for you. About 60% completely altruistically, and about 40% because it gives me hope that I might be similarly fortunate again someday.

Congratulations!

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 11, 2015, 03:54:09 am »
Joey (current front-runner)
Jazeera
Adelaide
Calypso
Charlotte
Tasi
Isabelle
Nikita
Juno
Jazeera I would avoid because of the news network, Tasi because it's unusual enough to get the "icky I don't know this" reaction when people are looking at resumes, Isabelle normally would be a solid choice but you're still living in the backwash of people naming their kids after Twilight characters, Juno and Nikita likewise have undesirable media associations, leaving Charlotte, Adelaide and Calypso as your safest bets.

I went for boring as fuck names for my kids so they can be as weird as they want but still look "normal" on paper. Your priorities may vary.

I just realized I mistyped one of the potential choices.

"Isabelle" should be "Isabella". Like the queen. Or that one Clutch song.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 09, 2015, 03:11:01 am »
She actually liked it. It's on the short list. :lulz:

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 08, 2015, 06:47:48 am »
I really, really, really wanted to name my youngest Walter.

Her father refused.

A second runner-up to the name we gave her was Phaedra.

I really like "Adelaide" and "Charlotte", as I'm a sucker for old-fashioned names, but I also like "Joey" a lot. I have classes with a woman named Gregory and I like traditional men's names for girls.

I had to think about it for a minute, but I really like Walter for a girl. Particularly, I like Wally for a girl's nickname. I'm going to run it by ECHGF. She's going to give me that look, but whatever. She already shot down Jazeera and that didn't stop me from putting it on my short list.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 08, 2015, 06:17:51 am »
I kinda like Joey.

That's my favorite so far. It leads with the all-important "J" and it honors the 2 most important role models in my life, my dad (John) and my godfather (Whitey). But we have 3 months, so I'm not trying to call a winner yet. And while ECHGF likes that one, she's by no means 100% sold on it.

I really like Charlotte because the capital town on St. Thomas is Charlotte Amalie (named after a Danish queen) but I'm afraid there's gonna be a ton of them now that there's a Princess Charlotte.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 08, 2015, 12:31:03 am »
So naming a baby girl is a surprisingly difficult thing. Do we pick a name that honors beloved ancestors (my dad, her grandpa)? Do we pick one that honors our respective heritages (Thai by way of Guam, Mainer by way of the Virgin Islands)? Or that has some meaning we like or that just sounds really cool or that fulfills my arbitrary familial alliterative tendency to give everybody a "J" name?

I mean, what the shit. How do people not spend months paralyzed with anxiety over the power and influence that the name they choose is going to have over their child's entire life?

So, this is the part where I crowdsource a bit with a target audience that I consider to be a bit more of a jury of my peers than I'd get with a facebook post.

Names on the short list so far include:

Joey (current front-runner)
Jazeera
Adelaide
Calypso
Charlotte
Tasi
Isabelle
Nikita
Juno

So I'd love any feedback or suggestions any of you might have, especially any of you who have experienced the agony of having to give your kid a moniker that they're stuck with for life and doubly especially any of you who aren't going to say some dumb shit that isn't funny in a failed attempt to be funny.

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I'll be the first and most vocal to admit that I was a much better "rebel leader" than I was an administrator/curator. And the whole "my life got REALLY busy" thing is only partly to blame, I really just don't have any natural aptitude for management and it turns out that "I have a few ideas and some semblance of charisma" is not a workable substitute and may even be wildly counterproductive in the long run.

I have thought for a few years now that the original intent of PD.com would be better served by tying it more closely to the new model of the internet - social media integration, blog posts, etc. but I have always let a combination of inertia and fear of what you all would think of that idea hold me back from voicing it.

So...I can't tell you how glad I am to see this thread. This place is and has been an amazing collection of minds and an amazing vehicle for us to develop ways to actually shape the world as we see fit, in whatever small a fashion that may be. I am 100% behind the OP.

Actually, I'm 99% behind the OP. Truth is, I hate cocaine as a recreational drug and that residue on my monitor is actually from all the cornstarch that is required to keep my balls from sticking to me legs with every step.

Seriously, though. Yes. This. I'm all for it and will be happy to help in any way I can even if that means relinquishing or restructuring whatever vague and mostly ceremonial position of authority I still hold here.

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You should go away for a few minutes and don't come back until you've shut up.

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