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  1. I lost my cat....inside the apartment

    Woo, glad to hear it! Thirding the request for pics
  2. Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    I'm in NWS (Sydney) for the next two-ish weeks -- any can't miss things to do in the Sydney area? I am working during the week but have mornings and weekends free
  3. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    Theda, I feel very much the same way, and it's totally frustrating It doesn't help that I didn't come to terms with or even start thinking about my sexual orientation until a couple of years ago. Now I'm 24, still struggling with identity (bi? pan? gay?) and the whole "coming out" process seems so strange, like I've missed the opportunity. I went through all of my high school years and almost all of my college years thinking I was straight (or not thinking about it at all), and everyone I know from those years also thinks that. I came out to my mom as bi/uncertain-but-definitely-attracted-to-women about a year ago, and while she was supportive, it was sort of awkward and we've never spoken about it since. No one else in my family knows. At my new job where I'm far away, I'm pretty much out and I think most people know it and assume I'm gay, but talking about it openly and participating in LGBTQ spaces and events feels so strange and awkward and makes me very self conscious. The split between my new life and old is sooo weird and sometimes hard to keep track of, like what I post on Facebook vs what I post on Twitter. It's a pretty tough place to be in, and I'm really sorry that you're kinda stuck in the same boat Hang in there!!! I think it will get better, and I'm looking forward to finding out
  4. Your Trekking/ Hiking experiences

    I haven't done any hiking/camping trips since I was a kid, but I have been to Iceland, and it's pretty incredible. June/July is definitely the time to go for camping, although it will be a little more touristy. Renting cars is expensive, but from what I understand, you can pretty much camp anywhere you want at any time. You can also drink water right out of the streams without worrying about quality. Another big plus (for me) was -- no bugs! Or hardly any. Great for me as an arachnophobe Good luck with whatever you decide, and happy (and safe!) camping
  5. What to look for in a new bank

    Thank you for the advice everyone! I have decided to go with the time traveling serpentine overlords credit union, and I'm pretty happy about the decision. Good to know to stay away from WF and BoA because I was sort of considering one of the two haha thanks again!
  6. Board, your collective wisdom is required! I am a pretty recent college grad and have thus far only done banking through my teeny tiny hometown's bank. This had been fine until I moved out of state and cannot find a fee-less ATM for the life of me. I am now looking for a new bank, but don't know what to look for at all. The main things I'm concerned about are: 1. Having a brick and mortar store in my current city so I can pick up quarters without having to cajole the teller because I don't have an account 2. Widespread availability -- I would like to travel to far off places and continue to not have to pay ATM fees because my bank has one available. I also am not sure where I'm going to be living in a year and half, and would prefer not to have to change banks again. 3. I guess...decent interest rates on savings accounts and other investment options?! (money management is hard!) I can get into a major credit union because of my employee, which has good savings interest rates (1%) and tons of ATM availability, but no local branch. I've considered Chase bank or one of the big national branches because that just seems convenient. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? Is there anything I should be wary of or that I may not have considered in my quest for a new bank? Bestow your collective knowledge upon me! ***Important note: I am in the US and currently live in Michigan, if that makes a difference
  7. Coming out of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do but was pretty sure it was going to be in the arts and humanities (college was never not the equation for me). So I go in undergrad undeclared, toy around with History, Classics, Anthropology. Take a Geoscience class just to get the science requirement out of the way -- hell, rocks are pretty cool, right? Fell in love with it! Who knew? Declared for Geoscience my sophomore year and couldn't be happier, despite the chemistry/physics/calculus requirements - ugh. Unfortunately, I never got into research and was too burned out on school to move onto a graduate degree, so I crossed my fingers my final semester and applied to 50+ geology/environmental consulting jobs, hoping someone would take me with just a piece of paper in my hand and good intentions in my heart. Heard back from two. Unfortunately, you have to be a man (sorry, it's true), have a Masters, or have 3 years of experience to get any job I was "qualified" for, so I burned out hard and fast trying to follow my dreams. Instead, the part time job I had in technology and customer service during my four years in undergrad paid off like crazy. Applied to a big tech company, got insanely lucky and passed each interview stage, and now I'm working for a tech giant and walk into work every day thinking how surreal my life is. The pay is pretty good for where I'm starting, the perks are amazing, and my coworkers are great, and I don't love it even a little bit; it's mostly just tolerable. I think that's called settling, but I'm okay with it. For now, at any rate.
  8. ASOIAF ruined other fiction books for me.

    Robin Hobb and Daniel Abraham. 'nuff said
  9. Edge of Tomorrow [Spoilers]

    A sequel? Damn. Should've been an Angel of Verdun prequel Interesting to see where they will take this!
  10. Of dreadlocks and cultural appropriation

    While the woman in the video did not handle that situation well at all, this discussion has also seemed a little dismissive of cultural appropriation re: dreadlocks, because I think there is more to consider here. I want to preface this by saying that I am white and do not want to be stepping on any PoC's toes here, but... isn't the current culture in the U.S. around dreadlocks pretty well rooted in music, specifically rap/hip-hop culture? Music that African Americans developed as a way to to affirm their identity? I don't know a lot about Rastafarianism, but isn't it also heavily tied to black identity in the face of racism? (i.e., dreads in modern western culture have a lot more to do with black identity than with viking/Jewish/ancient egyptian/Indian/whatever other cultures and religions have used dreadlocks in the past) More practically speaking, dreadlocks are something that are functional for anyone with that kind of a hair texture, so it's something more like a necessity than a choice. But when black people actually wear dreads or cornrows or similar hairstyles, they are seen as dirty/dangerous/unemployable. Recently it seems, dreads have become popular among white people, and while the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation can be really fuzzy, I think in many cases at least, it has become appropriation, because a hairstyle that is seen as an intrinsic part of black culture and identity in the U.S. in modern times BUT that black people are often derided for having, has been taken by white people who can turn it into a a fashion statement (being edgy, rebellious, urban) and then discard the style whenever they want. There are lots of great articles and videos discussing this from the perspectives of PoC, but Amandla Stenberg has a really great take on this issue (which I borrowed from heavily here). I guess to sum up, my understanding of cultural appropriation in relation specifically to dreads is that it's more of a U.S. thing (not only, but maybe more relevant here), and it has little to do with what ancient white or other religious cultures were doing with their hair, and more what it means now, in modern western culture, from the perspective of the black community. There are a lot of black people who feel strongly about this, so maybe there is something for non-black people to consider here? Just some thoughts, I'm really tired.
  11. Star Wars VII - The Spoiler Menace

    That bothered me as well -- there was no previous connection between those two characters, so why did Leia go out of her way to hug Rey? It was a jarring moment, because from what the audience has seen, it doesn't make sense. However, after thinking about it a little, I like it and think it works well: 1) I think it helps show how motherly Leia is. Here's this girl that she has heard about, who has no family, a lonely past. And she (Rey) is lost and hurting, and there is no one there for her. BB-8 doesn't show (surprising to me), Finn is out of the game for awhile, and with him Chewie, so Rey's alone. Leia immediately sees and recognizes that, and her motherly instincts take over and she goes to comfort her. Then they end up comforting each other 2) As others have mentioned, it solidifies the idea that Rey is Luke's daughter, a theory to which I am a strong subscriber. Even if Leia doesn't consciously realize the familial connection, she senses it anyway 3) A force connection. Rey and Leia are the only two force sensitive people around, so they may be feeling each others emotions more strongly and/or are just innately more drawn to each other? I don't know, that one is a stretch.
  12. Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    ehhhh, you're probably right. It doesn't seem as long as some of the other books so I'll think I'll just work though Silver Spike before moving onto the next four books. Saves me some money now too haha. Thanks!
  13. Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Question about the reading order of this series, which seems to have been slightly addressed at the top of the page but I'm afraid of delving too deep into this thread for fear of spoilers, BUT: So it seems I've already screwed up the reading order. I'm reading the omnibus version of this series, and I've wrapped up the Books of the North (original trilogy) and am 2/3 of the way through the Books of the South, when all of a sudden I'm taken back north with the Silver Spike? Nuh uh, not cool! I need to see what happens with Lady's daughter and Soulcatcher and Longshadow and the Stranglers etc etc! My question: can I skip the Silver Spike (which I probably should have read right after the original Books of the North trilogy, but we'll blame the omnibus editions for that) and read the Glittering Stone sagas I and II and THEN go back to the Silver Spike? Or do I really need to read the Silver Spike before tackling the final four books? My biggest fears here are that I'm going to slog very slowly through Silver Spike because I'm so disappointed at the switch in story focus that I'm a) not going to really enjoy it and b ) I won't remember as clearly what's going on down south when I finally get to the Glittering Stone sagas. Thoughts?
  14. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    I would say it should be addressed, but I think it's good that you want to address strategies for dealing with it. Sexism is still deeply rooted in a lot of STEM fields. From my own experience - I majored in Geology, and while I am now pursuing a career in IT, a lot of my female peers got jobs in the oil and environmental consulting industries, and the stories I hear from them....really disheartening. There are some truly toxic-to-women workplaces in the sciences, and I don't think that should be glossed over, because it was definitely not something any of my professors talked about, even the women professors -- and they doubtless experienced it firsthand. I think it should be brought up, along with (again) ways to help mitigate it and the positive spin of "you can help make it better!" (sorry, I don't really have any ideas about how to mitigate it though) I think it's good to be braced for the sexism that you will encounter and have ideas on how to handle it, even if it can be extremely discouraging to hear about.
  15. TLPQ is definitely more about character and world building, but there are world-shattering events/threats that come into play in the later books, and the intrigue starts to hit home in more dangerous/exciting ways as well. The first time I read the series, I got really bogged down in A Shadow in Summer and set it down for months. Came back to it later and got through it over a couple weeks. The second-fourth books I read in about one week total, so it definitely speeds up. On my recent re-read this summer, I really, really enjoyed A Shadow in Summer. I think it's much easier to appreciate when you have the full story and how everything fits together. Anyways, I'd definitely recommend sticking with it! I would say that it is very rewarding for the readers who do finish the series.