Kat

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  • Birthday 04/10/1984

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    San Francisco, CA
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    geology, physics, feminism, adorable cats, hiking, singing, playing the banjo, urban planning & transportation, bicycles, SF Giants (& NL baseball), folk dancing like a BOSS

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  1. I'd be in for a shared apartment or a group room or the like for when we inevitably convince Jukka to do the Amazing Race again. The Hostel People's Front anyone? :)
  2. Really looking forward to planning a trip around this. I had tentative plans to go on a European vacation next summer, but I think I will wait until 2017 now and end it in Helsinki. And...this may be the first time since Montreal that I will be able to attend the whole convention! Yay!   And wedding!  :cheers:
  3. Careerchat

    One of the irritating things about my field is that ideally, they would let us have an upward trajectory in pay/benefits without having us change positions. Instead, since there are few pay incentives after your first 9 years (at a certain point, the seniority-based pay increases come in 3-year steps :dunce: and there are no more retention bonuses), and there are disincentives to move to another employer after 7 years (you can only take 7 years of seniority with you to another district and you lose your tenure). So instead, people seek pay increases another way (moving to administration) or move laterally to get better work conditions (go teach at an easier school or move to a non-classroom teaching position, where you are paid the same but it's a lot less stressful.) The best thing for our profession overall would be to have better chances for people to stay in their schools and take on part-time leadership roles where they could also be in the classroom at their most effective, but these jobs are non-existent. So now I'm kind of pondering where I want to be in 5 years if I don't see myself as an administrator.   I'm also vaguely annoyed right now that the recruiting program I was in seems to facilitate principals in coming up with the worst possible jobs for new teachers. We are entering a teacher shortage time in California overall and no one can afford too live in San Francisco, and there are jobs open that no one in their right mind should take, like weird combination things like biology for English language learners for a year but you have to teach physics in alternating years and also be able to collaborate with the career and tech ed department, which sounds like a logistical nightmare. I know the person who left that position when that's what it got turned into, and I met the person taking it. I told her she was getting screwed over and no new teacher should have that job, but she seemed oblivious. There's a job open at my school that's basically unfillable: teach precalculus and geometry but you're only 40% time (which means you're paid about $20,000 for it and get no benefits- the job would be fine full time but no one should have to prep for two classes if they aren't full time.) I have no idea why principals are looking at an overall teacher shortage and making these jobs. It's insane.
  4. Fashion thread: updating classics

      I wore some Black Milk dragon scale leggings as part of my Daenerys Targaryen: Rock Star Halloween costume last year. They were awesome, although I still wore them under a miniskirt.    Those boots are awesome looking. I've never owned Frye boots (although I have wanted to) and I just don't think those ones would fit around my calves, which are pretty muscular due to Irish dancing. I dunno, it's possible that with the heel they'd fit but I'd still try to find them in a store instead.
  5. Fashion thread: updating classics

      I am eager to relive the late 90s with flare jeans. They can be ok with the appropriate shoes. Now I just need my lime green shirt with a pink daisy and "Girl power" written on it and I'll be all set. :P
  6. Fashion thread: updating classics

    I've always associated leggings more with thick tights than pants, and worn them accordingly, except around the house as pajamas. Even when I'm working out or dancing (because the kind of dance I do is highly energetic and is my workout on those days) I'll put on shorts or a skirt over them. There's something about having non-knit fabric (as in denim) that makes it ok to wear as skintight pants, while leggings cross that line into tights territory for me. But I'm also a skinny jeans lover and don't think you have to be any shape to wear them. Not sure why I draw the line for leggings.
  7. Fashion thread: updating classics

      That's the one I like as well. I pass their outlet occasionally and pick up a few, although I think their outlet version has a pocket, and sometimes I've gotten the 3/4 sleeve ones. But they are well-made and fit me well. Also, if you're of the thrifty nature like I am, they hold dye well, so after they get a stain or whatever they will turn into a navy or black shirt.
  8.   The Culture novels can be enjoyed individually, and don't have to be in order although I think reading them in publication order was nice. But it's also a series that won't leave you with cliffhangers. I just finished listening to the audiobooks over a period of about 1.5 years. I could have listened to them all in a row if I actually had them all, but 3 of the books are hard to find in the U.S. so it took me a while to track down the versions I wanted. It's a series that I wish I had read much, much longer ago, and when I started, I was wondering where they had been all my life? A lot of people recommend starting with Player of Games, and I think I'd echo that as a good introduction since Consider Phlebas is told from the perspective of someone who is an enemy of the Culture so it's sometimes a little tough to understand what the world is about. But, it's really, really good stuff and Banks is now one of my top 3 authors. There are few recurring characters in this series, although sometimes they allude to things in history from a previous book, but it takes place over a very large time span and in many star systems. Nearly everything is possible in this series and I wish Banks were still alive because it's a very fun sandbox to be in.   Malazan- well, I like the series, and I guess you could consider some of the books standalone, but it's different from Banks in that there are a lot of recurring characters between books, a timeline that matters for the most part, and an overarching storyline. Because of that, and since Malazan Book of the Fallen is completed, I think it's best to read these books without interruption. Some books were better than others, as is normal in such a large series. Yes, there are philosophizing soldiers. There's some really, really nice parts of this series as well that aren't just mega-battles. The way I describe this series to other people is that it is written by someone who very clearly has a sense of what geological/prehistoric time is like and then writes with a style of punctuated equilibrium, so you're going to get long stretches where people are talking (or whatever) and then other parts where massive things happen all at once, and then back to more leisurely stretches of the book.
  9. Cats

      I'm not really in denial about this. Pooka used to be indoor/outdoor when I first got her, since she had previously been feral and I lived in a house where doors were always open and a million people were coming and going. She has killed, among other things, a baby squirrel and a hummingbird. She hasn't gone outside in about 5 years and won't be going out any time soon since my neighborhood literally has radioactive stuff in the ground and I live pretty near a fenced-off area that is being cleaned up. My roommate got one of these bird feeders that has suction cups and he stuck it to the patio door. Now the cats watch "bird TV" all day. They are just entranced by the little flying fuckers. I don't like birds, but now that they come around all the time it would definitely be cruel to release the cats on them.
  10. Cats

    I still have my Pooka, who I think is about 12. She's a long haired black mammal who visitors frequently compare to a Pomeranian, a squirrel, a raccoon and other furry things, but she is definitely a cat. She doesn't like to be on anyone's lap, but when you pick her up she'll just lie there on her back and purr and generally be squishable, and she sleeps next to my head all night. My roommate has a cat also, Zophie, who is struggling to be on a diet right now. She and Pooka have the same size frame but Pooka is 10 lbs and Zophie is 14 and resembles a bowling ball with legs and her favorite thing to do is crawl inside my roommate's sweatshirt while he is working on his laptop and just stay there for an hour or so.
  11. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    [mod] Because the discussion of urban fantasy was better suited to the Lit forum, I moved it back there as its own thread which I'm going to tag with the up front stuff here about feminism so it doesn't turn into feminism-denial nonsense.[/mod]
  12. The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS]

    Quentin is a huge douche. It is known. My favorite parts of the books is when other characters call him on it. I think I liked this series so much because it kind of felt like my adolescent world (full of overachievers with issues) and the takedown we got in college and the real world. I don't know what that says about me.
  13. With great power comes great responsitrilitrance.

  14. [mod] If you're in a thread, you're expected to read the whole thread, including the original post, not just jump in at the end. This is derailing the thread as per the OP, so I have deleted this subthread. [/mod]
  15. Introductions

    :cheers: TitanCat