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Old 06 November 2018, 05:18 PM
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The suburb I lived in when I first moved to Columbus had amazing trash service. They accepted just about anything except construction debris and appliances, every week. As a result there were a lot of curb-pickers, including a guy who'd pick up old bikes, fix them, and re-sell them. Ditto another guy and lawnmowers.
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Old 07 November 2018, 06:01 PM
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I went to add the Chewy.com app to my tablet, only to find that ďyour device is not compatible with this version.Ē(I have it on my iPhone.)
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Old 08 November 2018, 12:10 AM
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I canít feel anything right now. Havenít been able to in days. Iíd like to write sci-fi, but I canít. Nobody wants to imagine a future that sucks as much as the present, so itís all got to be happy. I canít feel anything and I just want to be able to go somewhere else, but I ****ing canít.
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Old 08 November 2018, 12:16 AM
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ASL, hang in there, please!

And write what you need to write. Not everybody needs to read "happy".
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Old 08 November 2018, 04:36 AM
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ASL, is there someone in your life you can talk to about this? It sounds like you could use some in-person support. If you do have someone, please let them know how you are feeling. If you don't have someone, I would be happy to try to find appropriate resources for you. Please do take care of yourself.

Also I second what thorny locust said. Write what you want, or what helps. Take what you see and make it into whatever helps. Maybe that's writing the worst case scenario, or maybe it's imagining something hopeful from something scary, but it sounds like "happy" may not be working as a writing theme at the moment.
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Old 08 November 2018, 04:42 AM
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Write what you want as long as you don't start going all edgelord.
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Old 08 November 2018, 02:14 PM
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ASL, is there someone in your life you can talk to about this? It sounds like you could use some in-person support. If you do have someone, please let them know how you are feeling. If you don't have someone, I would be happy to try to find appropriate resources for you. Please do take care of yourself.
I have a therapist. I don't want to be close to anyone in Norfolk because I want to leave. You move ten times in eleven years, and you start to wonder what the point is of developing relationships outside of work.
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Old 08 November 2018, 02:38 PM
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Dystopian and depressed is the perfect mood to write some Elric Of Melnibonť fan fic, just saying...


but seriously ASL, take care of yourself. Talk to someone if you can!
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Old 08 November 2018, 05:42 PM
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Moving ten times in eleven years sounds incredibly alienating. I know you want to move at least once more, but is there any hope of staying put once you're someplace you like better?
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Old 08 November 2018, 06:17 PM
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I intend to homestead in Amarillo once I'm out of the Navy. At the very least I won't HAVE to move again.
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Old 08 November 2018, 06:22 PM
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How far off is that?
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Old 08 November 2018, 06:24 PM
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Unknown. It should be just a few months away. It was originally supposed to be last May. It just keeps dragging on and on, which is partly why I'm so frustrated.
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Old 08 November 2018, 06:29 PM
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I also hope you can soon get to a place that fits you, and can stay there for an extended time once you do.

This society as a whole is on large part built on the theory that specific places shouldn't matter; that people should be willing to pack up and move with great frequency, and that as long as the place they're living has assorted 'creature comforts' it shouldn't matter where it is, or whether it's a different place every few months or years. This does work well for some people, who do appear to be built like that, and who often don't seem able to understand that there are many of us who aren't built like that, and for whom specific place matters a very great deal.
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Old 08 November 2018, 06:45 PM
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That sounds incredibly frustrating. I'm sorry.

I've only moved a few times, and each time it was with the idea that I was going to spend at least a few years in this new place, long enough to make it worth investing in and putting down roots. It was also my choice each time; the only time we moved when I was growing up was from a condo to a house in the same area. I knew a few "army brats" growing up, though, and it seemed to affect them, sometimes in ways they didn't acknowledge. I know it's sometimes necessary for people to move around like that, but I think it takes a toll. And I don't think it's healthy to ignore that. (Not saying you're ignoring it, more that society does, IMO.)
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Old 11 November 2018, 12:19 PM
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Would "reorganising the recruitment process" be part of your job description? It should be - or at least part of somebody's job description!
As a follow-up, I had a video interview with somebody else from the company last Wednesday.

I had a short email from the previous person I'd spoken to, again with few details, asking me to use a link to book an appointment for the video call. Again, I went through the process and picked a slot the day after next. One, optional text field in the booking form (after name, email address and phone number, because the system apparently still didn't know who I was) was called "Zoom video link". I looked up Zoom and found that it was a piece of video conferencing software, but since I have never used it before and don't have any sort of account there, I left the box blank. There was no other mention of any of the technical details of how the call would work, and I only knew what Zoom was because I looked it up myself after seeing the word.

I got an automated response confirming the details I'd entered and the name of the person I'd been speaking to, but still no details about how the call would work. I was expecting a follow-up, but nothing came through. Half an hour before the call was supposed to happen, I emailed my first contact at the company to let him know that I'd set up this interview, that I gathered it was happening on Zoom but I'd not heard any details and was wondering if there was something I should be doing to prepare. I got an out-of-office reply.

I waited a bit longer and decided to email the person who I was meeting directly, even though I'd had no previous contact with him. By this stage, it was about the time of the interview itself, and I'd been getting reminders from the automated system - none of which included any way to connect to a meeting. I was sitting at my laptop with the Zoom site open waiting. I then got a short email which did contain a meeting link. (I think this arrived before I got round to sending the direct email reminder to the person I was meeting, so maybe he remembered on his own. But it was now after the appointed start time).

I opened the meeting link (which then required me to download a piece of software that I could have downloaded earlier if there had been any indication that I needed to do so, but luckily this was quick), made sure my camera was set up and the microphone was on and so on, and waited. I could see my own video but the main video window was blank, but I could hear somebody typing and general movement. So I said "Hello? Hello? Can you hear me?" a few times, with no response. I found a chat window on the video software and typed "Hello, can you hear me? I think I can hear you typing" (or words to that effect), again with no response. The typing in the background carried on. Then I tried replying to the email that I'd been sent with the link, to say "Thanks. I've installed the client and connected - are you there?". By now it was over ten minutes past the supposed start time.

The last email seemed to do the trick, and the interviewer finally noticed I was there and turned on the camera at his end, and we got going. (He said something about being on mute - maybe he had thought he had muted his own audio, but instead muted his speakers - I don't know...)

Anyway, the interview went on OK after that, but I'm still less than impressed by their process. And again, this is a company that sells software that's supposed to make the recruitment process easier... It seems they're very engineering-led at the moment and could do with a few usability specialists and people who are good at presentation. Unfortunately I'm not sure if that's me! I would be on the technical side...

I've not heard back yet anyway. Fortunately I've another set of interviews going on, and several other applications in, so I hope I won't end up relying on this role!

(eta) On my side, the person I was meeting has an unusual name (apparently an Italian saint) and I realised I'd managed to misspell it in two different ways, once in the email I sent to the first guy (although in that case, I used a similar name correctly spelled), and I think again in something I sent to the guy himself. This is even though I've spelled it correctly in my notes. So I'm not claiming to be perfect either!

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Old 12 November 2018, 03:35 PM
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My tendonitis has been so bad this past weekend that I spent some time trying to figure out if I should walk to the nearest emergency room (I cannot drive, because my shoulder won't let me shift gears without screaming pain). I'm okay this morning, at least until the Ibuprofen wears off in about an hour or so.

I intend to call the doctor and ask for a better anti-inflammatory, if such a thing exists.

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Old 14 November 2018, 12:18 AM
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I really wish people would stop saying we live in a 'post-truth' age.

Truth still very much exists and it's as important as ever, regardless of how many people try to piss all over the concept. Saying that we are now 'post-truth' is like saying that because bigotry exists we are 'post-equality'.

If you really want to support the truth then please stop mourning it. Veritas lives! She needs you to stop writing her obituary and start being a good follower by spreading the truth wherever you find lies. As long as there are people who value accuracy then we will never have a post-truth age. I'm not even sure there was ever even a pre-truth age. There's just an ongoing battle between what's true and what isn't.
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Old 14 November 2018, 12:42 AM
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LTTAM: people who 'reserve' their parking space outside their house on a public street:



Note that they're not holding the space as a one off because they're getting a skip delivered or something, they do this every day of the year.

One of my previous housemates used to park on that sidestreet and someone from one of those houses left angry notes under his windscreen wiper so he made a point of parking in the same spot as often as he could after that.
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Old 14 November 2018, 06:58 AM
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I really wish people would stop saying we live in a 'post-truth' age.
That annoys me too. It just favours the liars by surrendering to them!

I have a friend who sometimes argues along those lines, by playing "Devil's advocate" (he actually says that himself) and basing his argument on the idea that it's impossible to know what's true.

He also seems to quite like aspects of Trump (although being English he's not a fanatical supporter), but ironically I find that Trump makes it easier to counter the "post-truth" thing because any conversation about him is usually based on something he said, and because Trump says all these things publicly there will either be a tweet or an easily-accessible video where he's said exactly the "disputed" thing in question, without any doubt or filtration by the "MSM". So either my friend has to start saying that any conspiracy goes so deep that Trump himself, and everything he says, is fake, or he has to concede the point that we often can tell what's real or true and what isn't, without simply believing anything anybody tells us.

I think a lot of people just managed to skip the bits at school where we were taught to evaluate evidence, though. I remember getting the most useful bits of that from history, which was optional, so maybe they didn't do it. Science is also useful of course, but less so when it comes to looking at critical sources rather than trying to measure physical laws, and most dispute even about scientific matters comes down to the source these days, since most of us aren't doing the research directly ourselves and can't easily reproduce it. Understanding how people gather the data is also essential, but you still need to be able to look at the sources and presentation of what you're reading.
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Old 14 November 2018, 12:00 PM
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I think a lot of people just managed to skip the bits at school where we were taught to evaluate evidence, though.
I think all schools should have mandatory Media Analysis lessons (perhaps as part of English or as part of whatever Physical and Social Education class is called now).

It should focus mainly on how to recognise 'false news' online but also look at how stories are reported across different newspapers, the type of language used and what impact this has. I think a lot of schools do stuff like this anyway, but by making it a compulsory part of the curriculum the future could be more media savvy.
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