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by Enuja
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 156
Views: 100638

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Yes, that's it! And, unsurprisingly, I remembered it a bit wrong. Namely, that gender is marked for the drawn characters, in some way: it isn't. However, what is true is that "male" is not the default. The character quoting Star Wars references a grandmother (not father), and both characte...
by Enuja
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 156
Views: 100638

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

I can't find this one because I'm shaky on the actual content, but the symbolism of the art really struck me. Usually, Randall depicts gender with hair (long hair is female, the no hair default head circle defaults to male), which annoys me. But, one time, in a comic about the future, gender was com...
by Enuja
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I have one OnePlus 2 invite!
Replies: 12
Views: 5648

Re: I have one OnePlus 2 invite!

ooooh, you're right! And the website also claims that the OnePlus 3 is "shipping immediately." Wow, oh wow, I might buy this thing. (The OnePlus 2 is $300, while the OnePlus 3 is $400.)
by Enuja
Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I have one OnePlus 2 invite!
Replies: 12
Views: 5648

Re: I have one OnePlus 2 invite!

So, I just broke my phone ... does anyone happen to have a a OnePlus invite? (I guess since they expire, no one will, but it seems worth a shot.)
by Enuja
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2976210

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

It's cooler in the morning. In Florida, at least (and in a fair number of places in the summer), that's really important. Getting started by 6am at the latest, and being done before 2pm, is much, much, much smarter than getting started at 8am and trying to work between 2pm and 4pm, which usually the...
by Enuja
Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7669126

Re: Inspirations

Never, ever, ever, use "hey" as the opening to an email. If you're doing something so informal so as to fit with "hey," either don't put it in an email, or skip the introduction entirely. "Hey" sounds to me like "Hey, you. Hey! You! You're ignoring me! Pay attentio...
by Enuja
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 61580

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

What is childhood? Beyond straightforward physical growth and development, human childhood is essentially about learning. We learn from our parents and from our culture, and about our family and about our culture. The scaffold of information we have previously learned affects our current and future ...
by Enuja
Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2969449

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I am so extremely happy that you finally got your uterus out! And also very happy that you finally found a doctor willing to really listen to you, take your problems seriously, and suggest a hysterectomy. After my mother had her hysterectomy, I stayed at her place to help her out. And the surgery re...
by Enuja
Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I asked my friend, and got this back: Yeah I got a bug report from someone about that today. I've updated the app and it should be fixed. If they want a quick workaround, have them go to settings->security and uncheck "verify apps" and check "unknown sources" A quick work around ...
by Enuja
Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Yeah for the good news, ClockworkSky! (Although June sounds like a long ways away to me, you seem excited by the speed, so, yeah!) Wonderbolt, I hope you're feeling better. For trans folk in transition, or anyone else trying to alter and therefore judge the perceived gender of their voice: a friend ...
by Enuja
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you vomit out your nose?
Replies: 68
Views: 27781

Re: Do you vomit out your nose?

I have never vomited out of my nose. In fact, I was unaware that it was even possible, before I read this thread. Logically, it makes sense, but it was a possibility I'd never considered. I am horrified that it is possible. I am one of the lucky ones, for whom vomiting (when, say, seasick) can be an...
by Enuja
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2969449

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Oraiste, your question about vagina mental mapping is a really interesting one. I don't think of my vagina as a "hole" most of the time, just as I don't think of my asshole as a hole most of the time. That's because, most of the time, both of them are not holes, because both of them are cl...
by Enuja
Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

*hugs* Do not feel guilty about coming here. Do not feel guilty about "taking" attention that other people need. This forum is actually quite quiet, and you coming here with your problems is a way of building community. People see your post and read it. Some readers feel empathy with your ...
by Enuja
Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7669126

Re: (F)leeting (A)nd (R)andom (T)houghts

addams, the fact that the coldest time of the year comes after the winter Solstice (and the warmest comes after the summer solstice) is called " seasonal lag ." It's because we have a lot water on earth, and water has high thermal inertia: it takes a lot of energy to change the temperature...
by Enuja
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2976210

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

addams, that .pdf is from 2006. (On the first page, the .pdf quotes a 2006 speech it describes as being from "earlier this year.")
by Enuja
Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

natashatasha, have you tried shopping at thrift stores? I adore them! You have to be open to possibility, and not require that you find exactly what you're thinking of, on this single trip to one thrift store, but it's a great way to get cheap, interesting clothing. Glad you've found tank tops and b...
by Enuja
Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

natashatasha, your current plan sounds great! When I was a graduate student, my usual attire was slacks, a tank top undershirt, and a button up shirt. I bought the button up shirts from the men's, women's, or boy's sections (I usually look in all three sections for shirts, and in the women's section...
by Enuja
Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should everyone learn to code?
Replies: 47
Views: 9746

Re: Should everyone learn to code?

We seem to be talking about three different things here: exposing all children to coding (to see if they will like it and will specialize in it), coding being one of one hundred or so things that adults should be competent in a large subset of (but not everyone needs to code), or all adults being ab...
by Enuja
Wed May 21, 2014 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49917

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Sorry, Chen, I didn't mean to sound anti-condo. A big part of the reason that condo fees here are comparable to my rent is that, for the most part, condos are in nicer buildings, with better upkeep, than the type of apartments I'm renting. Personally, I think that buying isn't usually a sound invest...
by Enuja
Wed May 21, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49917

Re: What is your current housing situation?

In the market I live in (Chicago), the "condominium assessment fee," what you pay for your share of building upkeep, a reserve fund for major expenses (new roof, ect), heat if there's just one boiler in the building, maybe a door person, and other things, is often a good fraction of what r...
by Enuja
Thu May 15, 2014 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49917

Re: What is your current housing situation?

I just did some searches, and found evidence that supported my position that home ownership is often a bad financial investment. But they weren't the type of convincing, primary source research that would be likely to convince other people, just "experts" expounding in ways that I agree wi...
by Enuja
Thu May 15, 2014 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49917

Re: What is your current housing situation?

I don't agree that owning a home is a good safety net. Even if you own a place, you have to pay taxes, you have to pay insurance, and you have to keep paying upkeep. My mom bought a house. And then a hurricane came through and put a tree on her roof. Yes, she had insurance, but homeowner's insurance...
by Enuja
Thu May 15, 2014 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49917

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Did humans live in larger groups before because that's what they liked better or because it was necessary? Eventually the standard of two adult humans (generally in a relationship) living in a home themselves became more prominent. The question becomes why? I'm sure tradition is a large factor for ...
by Enuja
Thu May 15, 2014 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49917

Re: What is your current housing situation?

⋅ "Your own" here means to include any spouse or significant other and any children or dependents of your own, any kind of nuclear-family-like structure with you in a parent-like role. As opposed to, say, you and some friend rent a 2bd apartment and each get one bedroom with a s...
by Enuja
Tue May 13, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2976210

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

It also seems to be avoided in the vast majority of cases, even at peak times of the day, by having the conveyor belt push the groceries into an area with a divider that you move back and forth. As for paying and bagging at the same time, that is indeed hard. You could bag as you wait for the last ...
by Enuja
Tue May 13, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2976210

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I am a huge fan of both the social pressure to reuse bags for groceries, and the method of charging customers at the checkout a per-bag fee to incentivize the customers to bring their own bags. I'm old enough (and young enough, too) that when I started buying my own groceries, bringing my own bag wa...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 26013

Re: Definition of Marriage

The details of particular historical situations where more children make things worse is not relevant to the larger point: in some circumstances, a society benefits from less procreation, not more. There is not a universal need for societies to incentivize procreation, much less incentivize marriage...
by Enuja
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical basis for environmentalism
Replies: 69
Views: 16306

Re: Ethical basis for environmentalism

I have only read the first part of it (it's not held by my public library system), but I liked what I read, and my sibling enthusiastically recommends Sunflower Forest: Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature by William R. Jordan III. It is, in many ways, about restoration, but for ...
by Enuja
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 26013

Re: Definition of Marriage

I just started re-reading Christopher Bram's Exiles in America (excellent novel, by the way), and noticed that it is prefaced with a quote A sort of friendship recognized by the Police The first chapter of the novel starts with this paragraph: Zachary Knowles and Daniel Wexler had been together for ...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of Marriage
Replies: 132
Views: 26013

Re: Definition of Marriage

To me, the institution of marriage is a formal arrangement for organizing property and building ties and interactions between groups (between families), which has recently (in the last few hundred years), been co-opted by the ideal of romantic love (one true love, soul mates, ect). I don't like eith...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

If you don't want to take the time and energy to fill out an OkC profile, then don't, but ... if you identify yourself as "bisexual" or "gay," you can check a box "I don't want to see or be seen by straight people," which means you don't have to get messages from straig...
by Enuja
Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Oh, natashatasha, I'm so sorry to hear that you're not seeing big differences between how you looked with makeup before hormones and now. But I think that you should consider how powerful makeup is. Stage makeup can change people's apparent gender, and make them into "aliens," age them 50 ...
by Enuja
Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I saw two great trans related links on Facebook this morning, so I'm sharing them with you all.

A stream-of-consciousness style celebration of trans diversity

And three transition montages
by Enuja
Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2969449

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

For an interview, I think it makes sense to go more formal. And having your hair down is more formal. Having your hair up is more utilitarian, but an interview is about making a positive impression, not about getting things done. Except for being sideways, you look very nice and professional with yo...
by Enuja
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 26074

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

There is a science fiction novel on this subject: Mother of Demons by Eric Flint. (Available for free here ) The intelligent aliens in Mother of Demons are r-selected mollusk-like creatures. They don't value their young, and only start teaching and raising them once they enter adolescence. It's an i...
by Enuja
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2969449

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I tried boyshorts: they don't work for me. My ass is too big, I think. I get very bad wedgies from boy shorts. The only thing that seems to work for me are bikini-cut underwear. They actually stay put, don't fold and sag like briefs or ride up like hipsters and boy shorts. But the size of the elasti...
by Enuja
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8218
Views: 1252786

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

socktopus, I'm so glad you posted in this thread! *hugs* It's OK to be confused about your gender. It's also OK to be straight, but be friends with, and get support from, LGBTQ folk. And questioning is part of that Q. So, because you're not sure what label fits you, you fit securely under the LGBTQ ...
by Enuja
Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2969449

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I'm sorry, I didn't understand that the problem was rain jackets that didn't fit: I thought you could find short jackets that fit, but you would prefer longer jackets, and most of the longer jackets (except one whose colors you didn't like) rode up. I didn't understand that the short jackets were al...
by Enuja
Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2969449

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Alternate suggestion: get both a rain jacket and rain pants. That way the jacket doesn't need to be long, and the whole of you actually stays dry. But if you need your jacket mostly for in-city, short-trip type use, it is a lot easier to not have to bother with the pants. Personally, I usually use a...
by Enuja
Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What did you get for christmas?
Replies: 27
Views: 7264

Re: What did you get for christmas?

Fifty bucks and a wide open town! And I'm only now posting this here because I only now came up with the suggestive description. I try to avoid gift exchanges, especially on holidays and birthdays. But my mom really likes presents, so we exchange gifts. She gave me the $50, specifically earmarked to...

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