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  1. Something I've been thinking about after seeing last night's protests at airports around the US in defiance of the Muslim ban: when cities have reliable and affordable public transportation where people of all ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds mix together daily, do communities tend to be more supportive and inclusive? Does a car culture promote cultural disconnection between neighbours? On the whole, bigger, more diverse cities tend to be more tolerant - does that tie into *how* we get to work as well as *who* we work with?
  2. UK Politics: The Overton Defenestration

    It took Canada seven years to get its trade deal with the EU, and it applies only to trade. Canadian exporters still have to meet specific EU standards, too. While CETA might be a model for a future UK-EU deal, it wouldn't allow the big banks to hustle in and out of the EU the way they can now from London. In her speech, May discussed sector-specific deals to placate certain industries: how likely is that really to happen? Relying on the Trump administration for a UK-USA deal is laughable: it'd be some weird and wacky setup where all sides lost out but both May and Trump swore it was bigly for everyone.
  3. Wow to being the PCA to his brother. That's a major commitment. Good for him for stepping up. Sounds like he thinks things are going well enough to bring up cohabitation once your roommate moves out. It'd still be good to revisit the conversation and update expectations on all sides, changed or unchanged. I wish you the best whatever happens (and lots of cookies).
  4. MMM... long time no read. *tips hat* Through experience, my advice about moving in with someone has become: know upfront whether you're both doing it because it's convenient or whether you actually want to live together, ie are you consciously moving the relationship forward. So pretty much what MMM said.
  5. Careerchat II

    Nice to see you back, Ep! Congratulations and best wishes for everything! Liff, have you done any aptitude tests to narrow down the possibilities? The Things have to choose GCSE subjects soon, and a friend recommended this one which was quick and fairly accurate, at least in my case. After a lot of depressing searching, I have finally found two jobs which sound exciting, one in Birmingham and one in London. Changing mental gears from a part-time editorial job to graduate student to next-level job hunting has been far more challenging than expected: when I first started looking for post-degree work, I still felt very unqualified for anything more than basic. These two, though, make me feel like I could use what I've learned instead of just hitting reset to a previous existence.
  6. I have about 3 minutes before this Dell Latitude E5450 locks up again, as it has been doing for several days since I installed Emsisoft anti-malware (uninstalled the next day and I checked to make sure there's nothing left of it on the system). I get this error every time: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Am running Windows 10 on a forced update from several months ago and have been having memory issues ever since too. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can diagnose what the fuck the problem is then fix it? Thankfully have important files backed up but I really really really need to get some actual work done on a functioning machine. Thank you in advance.
  7. Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    @Xray the Enforcer- I haven't tried Urban Decay lipsticks but @kairparavelrecommended Bite Beauty lipstick to me upthread and it is really lovely. Ordered it from Sephora. I'm suffering from dry skin even without being in Canadian Siberia, and can't spring for a facial right now. Any suggestions as to cheap skin rehydration? Drinking more water and getting more sleep & exercise would probably also help.
  8. Stephen King is only relevant in this thread if he's writing about dating, and if he's doing that it's ending really badly in a not-funny way, so can we move on so I can retain some hope here without imagining every date ending like Carrie? Thanks. @Starkess, one reason I hated hormonal birth control was the side effects (including, in my case, dreadful depression and inability to function one week out of four). I could well believe that's what's going on for you here.
  9. @Datepalm: >90% of guys I get along with super well are gay or married/seriously-coupled. It's always a surprise when they're single and straight. I am probably doing something wrong except that >90% are wonderful people. Not sure if this is the demographics where I am or what. @Lily Valley: his knowing circuits when needed is worth giving him extra time to de-Stephensonize.
  10. Fashion thread: updating classics

    I love smartwool socks so much, I follow them on Twitter. McGregor too. Oh yes. Yesyesyes. La Canadienne manufacture in Canada still, I think.
  11. Thanks for the updated thread, Ormond! I have a follow-up question to Baita's genealogical query, which maybe other people can help me with too. Ages ago I created a family tree on Geni and the site sends me notices of possible matches between my family tree and others, often based on names and similar dates/places. Sometimes the names will be a little different: is that more likely to happen because of inconsistent records or from family use of nicknames? eta: I love the name Eleanor and am glad it's back! Seeing The Lion in Winter on Saturday afternoon tv when I was young left me in awe of both queen and Kate Hepburn. Ormond, have you ever written about the name Mark and its variants? I searched the newspaper's site but couldn't find anything.
  12. Fashion thread: updating classics

    What Xray said about trousers and shoes. If you get a pair of ankle boots, Chelsea or something, you can wear them in a bunch of settings as long as they're polished. The sweater over collared shirt is practically an Oxford uniform, just make sure they're clean and tidy without any pills or holes.
  13. Special request

    Thinking of you and holding a space for the best outcome for you and your family.
  14. Careerchat II

    Good luck with the deposition. Can you get The Good Wife costume designer in on your side as well as Alicia? Hope you hear good news soon!
  15. Remember the like button on posts? I miss it sometimes ^^^ Owen Ellickson, one of the few highlights of this election along with every appearance by Michelle Obama. He liked a tweet of mine last week and it made my entire, flu-y day. And speaking of FLOTUS: what a speech. People pop up and talk about her running in 2020 or 2024, but I'd prefer to see her and Barack free of the White House to do their own things.