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  1. Urgh that's the fucking worst. So sorry. How rude!! I've been taking a breather from dating. I did go out with a guy that I met at a barbecue, and it was nice but he's moving in a couple weeks so it was ultimately kinda pointless (except for a fun though chaste evening). I'm still kinda hung up on that guy from like 2 months ago which is dumb. I had a big like 'hey I can't talk to you because I still have feelings but you know where to reach me' moment and then like a few days later he was snapchatting me again (not anything scandalous or even personal, just sending me random shit he was doing that he is basically blasting out to a bunch of people). This basically happens every weekend now, but I can't bring myself to block him. A couple weeks ago we were talking and decided to meet up just for a no-expectations fun night and dude got lost and ended up leaving me alone in a bar waiting for him. I was pretty pissed about that (he apologized profusely). Anyway don't know where we stand right now. I muted him on instagram and snapchat so at least he isn't in my face all the time now. Basically it seems like he's still into me but also still doesn't want to date anyone so it's just kinda blah. What's really gonna suck is when he inevitably meets someone he does like enough to want to date and then I'm gonna just got cry in a corner forever. Ah well. Dying alone is a good option!
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    Ran a race last weekend! And I didn't die! And my heels feel okay! Yay. It was not my best time ever, but it wasn't my worst time so I'm pleased. Now that the race is over, I'm dialing back on running a bit and trying to do more weight lifting. Feeling sore as hell but it's nice to change things up! I've gotten a bit fluffy lately and need to rein in my eating in order to make the most of all this exercise and summer weather. Going on a 2 week trip in a couple days that will impact that for sure, but I'm bringing along workout gear and I'm sure I'll be walking a ton as well.
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    Three Californias?

    San Diego isn't even that conservative. Most of the military stationed there are not CA residents or voters, and the ones who stay after the military tend not to be the most hardcore Rs. It's conservative compared to LA or SF, maybe, but it's not exactly a red city. This is just my impression from living there, but a quick check of Wikipedia shows that it's basically the case. The county tends to vote R overall but the city itself not as much, and even the county went blue in the last 3 elections, including a +20% margin for Clinton in 2016. I mean I get the logic in trying to split it off, and when combined with the rural CA areas it might be a red state, but San Diego itself is not.
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    Cord Cutting Advice - Not the newborn type

    No streaming service is going to have 100% of everything. I went through a very extensive comparison when I cut the cord last year, a spreadsheet of all the shows I watch and what services offered them and what the cost was. Eventually I wound up with getting a small antenna for like $15 for OTA channels (I live in a dense metro area and in the top floor of my building so no reception issues) and I also paid something ~$400-500 for a Tivo Roamio OTA which has a lifetime TV guide and DVR service (no subscription or additional costs after the initial purchase). I also got Netflix. I have Amazon Prime for shopping purposes and every once in a while use it for streaming or renting. I have Hulu because it comes with my Spotify student but I almost never use it because it's mostly redundant with my OTA channels. Right now I don't have HBO, but I had it before to watch some shows until they ended. I'll probably get it again in a couple months and catch up on stuff I missed (e.g. Westworld) and then cancel again. There is a lot of flexibility in streaming services! My total cost now is about $50 a month. There are trade-offs. There are shows I don't have access to that I have to wait to come to streaming services (ie The Expanse, Doctor Who or else pay to purchase a season pass. There are some stupid reality TV shows that I used to watch in the background that just aren't really available. But I think it's totally worth it. I don't miss those things as much as I thought, and I have enough other stuff to watch. Also Hulu has older seasons of a lot of HGTV shows and I found that helped plug that gap too. Good luck!
  5. I've never worked in retail so don't have any first person advice, but the general advice I have heard in this situation is to make sure that you're not putting her in a position where she feels obligated to answer/be polite if you ask her out. So things like maybe giving her your number as you are on the way out so she doesn't have to react while you're still there.
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    Golf: The Majors and the minors too

    I thought it was way overblown. It was a moment of frustration on his part, he accepted the penalty, and it didn't really sway his score anyway. Do I think he's being honest with his "it was a calculated move" explanation? No, not really, but it's a pretty standard face-saving explanation. Thought Phil played it well with his enthusiastic cheer upon finishing that hole today. Is this something I want to see regularly happening in the PGA? Of course not. And I think there was gray area over which rule was violated (and therefore whether a DQ was called for), and perhaps that will be addressed moving forward. But this was an unusual circumstance in an unusual tournament and I think the purity of golf has not been destroyed. And plus Joe Buck is annoying af and needs to just shut up about it. If anything he has swayed me more to Phil's corner.
  7. Here's a story about the UChicago SAT/ACT decision. There's also a big push in graduate admissions against the GRE. This has been especially prominent in astronomy, to stop requiring the Physics GRE. It has been officially adopted as the position of the AAS (American Astronomical Society) that "graduate programs eliminate or make optional the GRE and PGRE as metrics of evaluation for graduate applicants. If GRE or PGRE scores are used, the AAS recommends that admissions criteria account explicitly for the known systematics in scores as a function of gender, race, and socioeconomic status, and that cutoff scores not be used to eliminate candidates from admission, scholarships/fellowships, or financial support, in accordance with ETS recommendations." Some schools won't even accept a PGRE score at all, while others have made it optional. (It is still required for UChicago for both the Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics departments.)
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    March 2018 reads: share your latest books read

    I think it's worth giving them a shot. The first couple are very short so it wouldn't be much time to see if you enjoy them and want to continue on.
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    Golf: The Majors and the minors too

    The leader (Dustin Johnson) is the ONLY person under par right now (-4). It's amazing.
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    Golf: The Majors and the minors too

    Punishing course and I think it's great! I like to great golfers get challenged.
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    Three Californias?

    The congressperson with the smallest constituency is (I believe) the Wyoming rep. WY population is ~600,000. The US population is ~330 million. Even if you just gave enough representatives so that every ~600,000 people were represented by 1 representative, that's only 550 reps. Obviously that number isn't exact because you'd have to look at how close you can get to 600k in each state, but you could make a substantive improvement over 435 without having to get to 10k reps or anything.
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    I just looked at my food tracking app and last week I averaged 278 g carbs, 103 g fats, and 70 g protein. The week before was 280 g carbs, 126 g fats, and 97 g protein. So yeah without dedicated effort I don't just casually reach 100 g of protein. (My only thing I'm targeting right now is total calories.)
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    Finally finished Three Daughters. I quite enjoyed it, although it was a little long. Reminded me a lot of The Thorn Birds. There wasn't really a plot or a story, just themes and the tale of the lives of three generation of (I think) Palestinian women in the early 20th century. Not sure what's up next, I've had a few things languishing on my Kindle. Hopefully I'll have more time to read now that classes are done until fall!
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    U.S. Politics: He's an Idiot, Plain and Simple

    Yes, because Nazis are not a protected class.