Mlle. Zabzie

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  • Birthday 08/25/1977

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  1. Colleague and I got lost on a corporate campus today and had an impromptu nature walk around an (artificial) lake. They had up a bunch of bluebird boxes (and we saw the inhabitants). There were also a ton of red-winged blackbirds.
  2. So "shell companies" aren't really a thing. It's something that people talk about. A lot of people invest through corporate vehicles (e.g., limited companies, etc.) to limit liability, to have privacy (which honestly isn't a bad thing - property ownership is publicly registered, so anyone can go online and find out my address....which is a bit....unsettling), and, well, mais oui, for tax reasons (though that is a lot harder than it was in the 1970s). And if the person is investing with multiple people, it makes sense to have a company to define each investor's rights and obligations vis a vis the investment. The US is relatively unusual in my experience in the limited amount of information required to form a company, the ability to hide the ownership form the public, and the limited amount of information required to be made public by private companies.
  3. Anyone else read The Hill or The Guardian? Apparently they have figured out why Sean Hannity was talking to Michael Cohen. Surprisingly, this only smells like garden variety corruption and money laundering. "Fox News host Sean Hannity is linked to a group of shell companies that have spent $90 million buying hundreds of homes across the U.S through the help of foreclosures and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Guardian reported Sunday." (from The Hill).
  4. I will tell either "That Time I had Breakfast with Ralph Nader and Shook Bono's Hand" or "That One Time in Myrtle Beach that I Half Remember But I Am Told Was A Lot of Fun."
  5. I'm listening......
  6. So, I had laptops all the way through college and law school (late 90s early aughts). I 100% did all my writing on a computer (though we still handed in hard copy). Also, did all my writing in high school on a computer (mid 1990s). My older sister had a word processor her first year of college and then a computer (mid/late 80s). She had to go to the computer lab to print though. The big difference for me was that in college, up until senior year, no phone (though we used AIM on our computers - how quaint). Senior year I had a phone, but only really for emergencies. The very next year, phone plans had become ubiquitous and affordable enough for a student, so I got my first cell phone of my own (flip phone). I had my first blackberry 4 years later.
  7. Fantastic show. My husband and I saw it earlier this winter. We were both in NY on 9/11. We were both openly sobbing - such a great show.
  8. Which is why generations = not a thing!!! I'm I guess in X, but I've had a computer and access to at least bulletin boards for most of my conscious life. I grew up with a dad in tech who is an early adopter. I mean, I remember getting a computer with a mouse, and colored screens, and using dos (and also having a pine email account) BUT it's not like I'm that different from a person born in 1981 or 1983 or 1985 in terms of how tech has impacted my life. NOT A THING.
  9. Tammie Jo Shults sounds pretty awesome. Was at a women's thing today. There's a famous "unconscious bias" story about a woman confronting her own unconscious bias while on an airplane. She is at first really excited to hear a woman pilot up front. There is turbulence, and then she has the reaction "I hope she knows how to fly this thing." This story was told at this event, with the follow up of, well, now we have Tammie Jo.
  10. Yes - your ETA was my point. I don't think commodity money continues to make sense on any level, anywhere.
  11. Well, we abandoned the Witches. I can add however: 11. Death on the Nile 12. Taste of Marrow 13. The Westing Game (I forgot how good it is - kids adored it. They made me read pretty much until I had no voice. Interestingly my husband didn't like it, but read it - it's way, way, way ahead of its time). 14. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Currently reading: Girl of Ink and Stars (to the kids: hopefully this takes - I've never read it either....); Down Among the Sticks and Bones; Last Days of Night. Next up: The Invasion, Gnomon, History of Wolves.
  12. Well, out of the top 50, Rowling (x2), Jemisin (x2), Morgenstern, Bardugo (x2), Orkorafor, Pierce, Moriarty, Turner, Hale, Anders, Taylor, Skrutskie, Valente, Novik, Hartman, Rutkoski, Walton, George, Clark, McKinley, Chakraborty, Tahir, Rowell - all women. That's 26 books by my count. Seems....way more balanced than I might expect from a list like this.
  13. It is a list. It is therefore meant to be debated and shat on. I personally like that it takes YA novels and women authors/women's stories seriously in the category. I too have concerns about some of the selections (Lev Grossman is a hack and his trilogy is derivative bull$hit, and All the Birds in the Sky is way less than it pretends to be). And I definitely don't agree with the rankings (NotW was great fun, but not the best fantasy novel of the past 17 years - not even close). But, frankly, I've seen worse.
  14. His clerk hiring is apparently decent and interesting as well. He seems to be looking outside the "white male graduates of Harvard and Yale" pool. That is worth something. I mean, maybe not much at the end of the day, but from a court watching perspective it is interesting.
  15. I would say that specie currency had the following virtues: 1. Relatively rare material that was relatively difficult to extract. 2. Relatively easy material to forge if you have the required expertise into a portable means of exchange. 3. Relatively easy to create a multi-jurisdictional monetary system because value could translate by weight. 4. Relatively easy to debase by alloy (though see above re international exchange).