This Is Just An Open Post

Sorry for another post without any real content, guys, but I’ve been swamped with work lately, and by the sound of things, so have all of you! What a weird, stressful time we’ve all been having. Anyway, here is a post if you just want to talk about whatever, and hopefully I’ll have time to write about fun stuff again someday soon (I’m so behind on ghost news! Terrible).

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60 Responses to This Is Just An Open Post

  1. Marlasinger says:

    I love you guys. You are my chosen internet family and I love you. That is all.

  2. gnidrah says:

    Sorry, I’ve been absent these past weeks – there must be something in the air because I am having a pretty shitty time of it too. I promise that when I can, I will return with a post about Europop or rugby players’ / cyclists’ legs. Maybe even both.

  3. This morning someone brought in fast food at like 10:30 and that fast food stink stunk up the entire office and I turned into a rage monster. Is there any fair retaliation for this? Isn’t there an unspoken rule about office etiquette?

  4. I don’t know if anyone still reads it, but Stereogum is down today and it’s making me anxious. Especially because there’s nothing on Twitter about it. I don’t wanna go to Pitchfork for my music news, guys.

  5. artdorkgirl says:

    I am so bored at work today you guys. And I bought these new glasses and while I love them, my eyes are still adjusting to the new prescription so I have a headache. UGH.

  6. old man fatima says:

    I just started renting my spare room to an art history grad student and she is my other half. I’m so pleased with her. We spent like 5 hours last night drinking wine and knitting and watching Golden Girls and gossiping about boys and we’re going to do a murder mystery party and paint the heaters all fancy.

    I’m also back on the “maybe I should go to law school” train? It was always my backup plan if I didn’t do an econ PhD, but then I looked at the numbers and only about 8% of people who start law school actually become lawyers, partly because of the high drop out rate and partly because the bar exam has like a 15% pass rate, and that is a lot of time and money to spend to NOT be something. But also, I am weirdly passionate about patent law, of all things, which is objectively the most boring type of law and also one of the most lucrative. If I am so into something that everyone else hates and that could earn me just scads and scads of dollars, what kind of a fool would I be to not pursue it? But ugh the time and money. If I do it, it will have to be next year at the latest, because I’m not going to be pushing 40 when I *start* my career, I’ll never retire! But I have a mortgage that I can’t pay without a job! Unless I also rent out my bedroom and move into the hallway or space under the kitchen table or garage. Or move into the space under the table and rent my bedroom *and* the garage. I dunno you guys. I’d better get my thinking cap out of storage and spend a lot of time introspecting in scenic places. I’ll send you all photos.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Art history grad students are the best! (not that I’m biased or anything…) My vote on the going back to school thing is you need to do it while you feel like you can. Seriously, if I had waited a year or two to start my Phd, I probably wouldn’t have done it.

      • old man fatima says:

        That’s the thing, I waited so long to go back to uni that now I’m so done school and just want to get started already! But if I need more school to do what I want to do, I should get it now rather than go “If I had gone to law school, I’d be a lawyer by now” in 5 years.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          Exactly. I waited 5 years between my MA and PhD program and part of me thinks “I could have had a decent job somewhere by now” but the other part of me knows I need this last step to get the actual job I want. Such a drag. But still, if you know in your heart you need to do it, get on it.

    • If you are specifically interested in patent law have you looked into being a patent agent or working at the PTO, or whatever the Canadian version is? You don’t need a law degree for either of those and at least compared to research science the pay is pretty good. I don’t remember the specifics because I decided a long time ago that getting a 2nd advanced degree was just crazy, but I think there may have been some time limit on the patent agent deal, like they expected you to go to law school at some point.

      • old man fatima says:

        I had not thought of that! Going to look into it for sure. I think I’m going to take the LSAT and if I do well, I will speak to an academic adviser in the law dept and see what they say…

  7. Casey says:

    Last night, our toddler couldn’t sleep so he came to bed with us. At approx. 3:15 this morning, I was awakened when he poured most of a cold glass of water on my bare back. That pretty much set the tone for my day so far.

  8. flanny says:

    Can someone explain to me how college athletic conferences work? We’re a DIII school, but I feel like we’re up against schools much larger than us. Is it just study body size? Is it just depending on your school colors and making sure they don’t clash with your rivals? Plz hlp!!

    • catweazle says:

      Judging by the fact that my school was sports rivals with Yale, it is not based on the intelligence of the student body.

    • summerestherson says:

      College conferences make zero sense. I get the impression that the conference you’re in is based partly on the team’s relative skill and how well established it is, but mostly it’s just politics, gesturing, and $$$$.

    • old man fatima says:

      While we’re on it: Americans, what is up with your obsession with college-level sports?? I feel like you get more into it than pro-level. We barely care about our school’s team during the championships when we’re crushing on the players, I can’t imagine caring *after* I’ve graduated and am no longer age-appropriate for these hotties.

      • flanny says:

        Do you want to borrow my gif?

        At my old job, the big sport on campus was men’s hockey. BUT YOU CANNOT FIGHT IN COLLEGE HOCKEY SO WHAT IS EVEN THE POINT?!?!?!??

      • mikaelajm says:

        I don’t fully understand it myself, but I am currently at a school with a VERY ardent fan-base (big SEC school if that means anything to you, which it probably doesn’t). I think a big factor is the social element. Getting together with friends to tailgate and scream is fun! And to a degree there’s something cool about watching young athletes with their whole lives ahead of them. But most of it is actually pretty gross and fucked-up, and since I teach here I’ve learned that the academic side of college athletes’ lives is generally pretty bizarre and regressive. So.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          Oh yeah. I went to a Big 12 school for my master’s and the crap the student athletes get away with is appalling. I will say, however, that coming from the south, I still follow my teams. And. when I was still in Oklahoma, I did go to games.

      • For fans, definitely the social element that mikaelajm mentioned. Over the course of my college career I went to two schools that were out in the country and one in the city–no one at the city school really cared about any of our teams because there was plenty of other stuff to do, but sports were HUGE at both of the smaller, rural schools, because there weren’t a lot of other entertainment options, and it seems to carry on after graduation. (And my brother, who’s a huge sports buff, actually prefers college sports because he says the games are more fun to watch, because at the pro level, everyone is so good and equally matched that the actual games can be boring, but that might be just him.)

        And as for the college themselves, they encourage it because $$$$$.

      • Because it’s YOUR TEAM!!! You’ve invested in the college and you’ll always be an alumnus of the school so you take pride in the school and therefore the sports team.

      • I think it very much depends where you are. I live in Chicago now and there are a lot of pro teams to root for, same with Boston. Boston has a ton of college teams but none of them are that good so people root for the pros. On the other hand, if you live in a po-dunk place with no pro team or you just have a bad pro team, you go for the college teams. This seems to take place in the mid-west/south. And also the football season for college teams ends earlier than pro, so people can cheer for both.

        I prefer college basketball because the teams change every year. Yes, teams like Duke are always good, but for the most part you can have random underdogs come out of nowhere.

    • Size of school doesn’t matter. I think honestly it’s all about paying your way into the next division.

      Your school might also be playing bigger teams because it’s pre-conference right now. Usually pre-conference is just playing local teams.

      • flanny says:

        Evidently, this college and my alma mater are members of the oldest athletic conference in America! And at both schools sports are secondary to academics, so maybe it’s just a traditional, historic conference, where all of the schools joined at the same time and then some of the schools grew in size but none of them want to move into a more competitive athletic conference.

        I am really excited for when my employer plays my alma mater. October 25, baby!! My alma mater is going to get trampled!!

  9. artdorkgirl says:

    GUYS!!! Joan Rivers passed away! I realize she was a polarizing lady, but I will tip my hat to her for making a career in a field not so friendly for women.

  10. Guys, I keep accidentally following all the videogame shit that’s been happening lately. Do yourself a favor and don’t look into it. It will make you hate the world. Apparently if someone in journalism maybe was slightly unethical it’s ok to send them death and rape threats. Cool.

    • Ugh, I know. Although it’s at least confirmed for me that I’m following some really awesome people on Twitter, who are outraged and actively fighting it.

    • martinmegz says:

      I don’t understand how it’s evidence of corruption for one female game writer to defend another female game writer even though they happen to know each other. That whole Al Jazeera article and stupid gamer gate nonsense makes me think that video games rot brains.

      • That’s also what I don’t get? Like, maybe she didn’t point out her relationship well enough? I mean there are plenty of journalists out there who know the person they’re writing about. Usually they just make a note of any connections at the beginning. I think that gaming/nerd culture journalism maybe just doesn’t have a good ethics/standards board to police this like traditional newspapers do. And by police, I mean an editor saying “hey, you forgot to point out that you know this person.”

    • Did you read this Dr. Nerd Love article about it, though? It’s great and cathartic.

    • catweazle says:

      The main thing I have learned from “GamerGate” (other than that everything is terrible and I want to jump in the ocean) is that when people say “There isn’t a problem with misogyny in ________ (in this case, the gaming industry)” it actually means “I don’t have a problem with the misogyny in ________.”

  11. nastyemu says:

    Ooof, I am way late on this thread!
    First of all, scrolling through I see some comments from people I don’t recognize and that is awesome. Welcome people I don’t know! Hopefully one of you searched for “john travolta’s read nudist” so we can get that explained.

    I took the day off at the last minute (I’m “sick” if anyone asks) to continue getting the house ready to sell. If you have a wood deck, don’t wait seven years to re-stain it. Cleaning, sanding, and staining is not fun.

    I’m drinking beer and watching football now, so everything is ok.

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