People love to tell us that we'll need more space when the kids are teenagers. (Our house is a three bedroom, a little under 2000 square feet. Right now they all share a big room, which could eventually be split into two little rooms. )
It sort of reminds me of when you're about to have your first baby - everyone tells you there are a few absolutely essential items, but the cumulative total of everyone's essential items is enough to fill a McMansion.
I get that teenagers need privacy and that lots of space is nice. I also get that most of the world's teenage population does not have much space, for better or worse.
So: what is the truth of the matter? to what extent do teenagers need more space than elementary school kids?
I think I'm pretty adjusted to the fact that we have Trump as a president - I'm no longer daydreaming about hail-Mary situations where everyone laughs and admits there was a miscount, or any of his ethical violations catch up with him - and then you wake up some mornings, and BAMN you look at this hellscape as if you were dropped in from above. We put a pathological liar-reality TV show host in the presidency of the US.
Aside from personality, he's more or less creating a government just run as a standard Republican administration, which of course is completely depraved, although with a bit more fears of WWIII and nuclear warfare.
What are my biggest WTF moments from this week? Probably this tweet, Steve King gloating about having deported his first DREAMer. (Although Judge Curiel is hearing his case, which is a nice touch.)
So, I'm thinking about joining this fitness tracker trend. I just get so sedentary during the workday, especially over the summer.
Are these worth their money? Do they successfully nudge you to be more active? Is the data fun, after the novelty wears off? What's your favorite feature? Why are they all so ugly? (Right now, the Fitbit Blaze is the frontrunner for me, in large part because I find it less ugly. It ain't cheap, though.)
Minivet writes: Interesting piece on how we retrospectively superimpose tropes onto Star Trek in general and the Kirk character in particular.
Heebie's take: I never really clicked with Star Trek, but it's very plausible to me that we retroactively would do this to a larger-than-life character.