• Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    That is ridiculously cool. Thanks for sharing!

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    I loved Phil Plait’s final thought: “So if you want to feel smug and superior about the TV hosts, hey, that’s your choice. But people in glass planets shouldn’t throw asteroids.” Mainly I love it because it kept my smugness in check.

    My love for Jessica Williams knows no bounds. I love everything she does. In contrast, there are few things I h…[Read more]

    • Haha, I know, I try not to be too smug because I have plenty of moments like that myself. But the part where the host was so convinced that the moon was a star still made me laugh 🙂

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    The egg freezing article was interesting and brought up some points I hadn’t thought about with regards to pressure to use the egg freezing as a way to be able to work without pregnancy/child rearing. I guess as someone who has had the luxury of delaying childbearing by choice so that I could focus on my career, I hadn’t thought of the pressures…[Read more]

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Ah! I should refresh before posting.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Not sure if serious about 2 but it’s librarians…

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I don’t know what this says about me, but when I read Ken Jennings’ tweet I was really confused. I kept thinking, “why is being hot in a wheelchair any worse than not in a wheelchair? Is he making a bad joke about getting to an air conditioner?” I was in the middle of making dinner when it dawned on me: “Oh! He means attractive. What an ass.”

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks, Julia! Another great piece. When FWP is used to silence an argument, it’s often made by someone who enjoys the status quo. The problem with this is that it’s essentially saying, “It is more important to me that I enjoy this thing without it being criticized than for you to enjoy it in a way that feels safe and welcoming to you.” I really…[Read more]

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Amy, this is brilliant. Thank you for doing this and for forcing people to acknowledge the reality of being a woman on the internet. I don’t live anywhere nearby but I wish I did so that I could view the exhibit. I’m sorry that you and so many have dealt with and continue to deal with this harassment. I hope revisiting some of the more vile…[Read more]

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I’m glad someone is talking about this because I could really use your help. My output plate stays smooth while I stroke it until I get to 5, then gets sticky at 5 every time. So all of my knobs are set to five. Ten minus five is still five so my counter frequency is the same as my current frequency. Does this mean my wishes won’t come…[Read more]

    • Ah hahaha. I lolled at all the fives!

      • That’s because of Quantum. You have Schrodinger’s money (or happiness or whatever you wished for.) It both exists and doesn’t exist at the same time. He wants it back. Give to him or not. (There is no try…)

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I learn something new every time I watch one of Anita Sarkeesian’s videos. They really are so well researched and well prepared.

    • Very true. Warning, though: this one is particularly disturbing. I don’t really play these kinds of games, so I was a bit shocked.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Nicole- articles like the Salon one you linked to are important for providing context for the anger people are feeling with regards to Ferguson. It’s not one incident, it’s a disturbing pattern.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    You pretty much nailed it. It’s a good listen and includes an interview with the magic book author’s daughter. I’ll probably listen again since my first listen was done while trying to simultaneously get work done, so I’m sure I missed something.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I see where we differ: I believe that police officers should be trained to deal with people who are physically larger than themselves and unarmed and you don’t think you need that to determine how to respond. We fundamentally disagree. Let’s leave it at that.

    What I would do doesn’t matter. I’m not going to answer that question, so stop asking…[Read more]

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I don’t know what I would do, but I don’t have any police/force training. If the training police are receiving for that scenario includes “shoot him in the head”, I think that’s a problem of excessive force. And if the training doesn’t include that but he did it any way, I think that’s murder.

    It’s true that we don’t have all of the…[Read more]

    • “I don’t know what I would do, but I don’t have any police/force training. If the training police are receiving for that scenario includes “shoot him in the head”, I think that’s a problem of excessive force.”

      What scenario do you mean?

      Just to be clear, I don’t claim any special knowledge about what happened either, but let’s assume th…[Read more]

    • I see where we differ: I believe that police officers should be trained to deal with people who are physically larger than themselves and unarmed and you don’t think you need that to determine how to respond. We fundamentally disagree. Let’s leave it at that.

      What I would do doesn’t matter. I’m not going to answer that question, so stop asking…[Read more]

    • “What I would do doesn’t matter. I’m not going to answer that question, so stop asking me.”

      ?? I only asked you once.

      “I believe that police officers should be trained to deal with people who are physically larger than themselves and unarmed and you don’t think you need that to determine how to respond. ”

      Bullshit. I never said cops…[Read more]

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I think enough facts are known to be discussing “police brutality”: unarmed teen shot in the head. That’s enough for me to have a discussion about brutality.

    • The recent treatment of protestors is also police brutality, but it’s what happens when you treat the police as if they’re the military. (There is a place for SWAT teams, but it’s for dealing with terrorists and such, not peaceful activists.)

      • Throwing Molotov cocktails and looting are not the typical activities of peaceful activists. I might be convinced, given the right arguments, that throwing a Molotov cocktail is a defensive tactic, but not looting.

        There’s plenty of blame to go around. None of which will help solve the immediate problem of Ferguson residents cowering in their…[Read more]

    • All I’m saying is we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Frame of mind and intent are important. Do you know what Darrin Wilson and Michael Brown were thinking in the moments leading up to the shooting? If you had a gun and a man as large as Michael Brown made it clear he intended to harm you what would be going through your mind? What would you do?

      • I don’t know what I would do, but I don’t have any police/force training. If the training police are receiving for that scenario includes “shoot him in the head”, I think that’s a problem of excessive force. And if the training doesn’t include that but he did it any way, I think that’s murder.

        It’s true that we don’t have all of the…[Read more]

        • “I don’t know what I would do, but I don’t have any police/force training. If the training police are receiving for that scenario includes “shoot him in the head”, I think that’s a problem of excessive force.”

          What scenario do you mean?

          Just to be clear, I don’t claim any special knowledge about what happened either, but let’s assume th…[Read more]

        • I see where we differ: I believe that police officers should be trained to deal with people who are physically larger than themselves and unarmed and you don’t think you need that to determine how to respond. We fundamentally disagree. Let’s leave it at that.

          What I would do doesn’t matter. I’m not going to answer that question, so stop asking…[Read more]

        • “What I would do doesn’t matter. I’m not going to answer that question, so stop asking me.”

          ?? I only asked you once.

          “I believe that police officers should be trained to deal with people who are physically larger than themselves and unarmed and you don’t think you need that to determine how to respond. ”

          Bullshit. I never said cops…[Read more]

    • It’s ok to have a discussion ABOUT police brutality given the context you mentioned. It is not ok to flat out LABEL the original incident as police brutality given what little we know about the investigation so far, especially without even hearing the officer’s official side of the story. I just don’t understand how doing so is taking the skeptical route.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Just read the New Yorker piece- wow. Tamarro set up a pretty clever scam that even most skeptical people could fall for in the beginning. It definitely makes a case for working with a realtor.

    • I know! I was amazed that he got to live in that apartment for decades without paying rent. Poor landlords.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Thanks for posting this, Nicole. I’m watching from afar and am filled with so much emotion that I really can’t add anything of substance to the conversation. I just want to thank you to you and everyone up close taking part in these protests- it’s really important work that’s being done.

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Medical school is crazy expensive. I was lucky because I went to a state school with in state tuition AND I received 10k/year in scholarship but I still walked out with almost 200k in debt.

    But there are alternatives for your friend.* These include physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and APRNs. Or if your friend were interested in…[Read more]

  • Displaced Northerner posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    I’m sorry that I didn’t reply to all of your post. I was reading/responding from my phone while in line at the DMV so I don’t think I was at my best.

    I also apologize for coming off as defensive. Reading my post I can see how it would sound that way. I’ll try to include a more comprehensive reply here, but I am very open to a dialog about…[Read more]

    • I, too, am open to dialog. I have very strong feelings about doctors. I have been fortunate enough to find one (a GP) who listens to me, and respects me as a woman and as a person. That’s how I know how bad the bad ones are; finding a great doctor makes lesser doctors pathetic. He has recommended plastic surgery to me (blah) because my problem…[Read more]

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