Re: Crabs and Crabgrass

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Hey you kids, get off my shaggy field of native plants!


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 8:49 PM
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What is this post, Megan-bait?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 8:56 PM
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2: I was wondering how many comments in I would earn that accusation! Well done, sir.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 8:56 PM
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The average well-manicured green-grass lawn is super boring anyway. Xeriscaping 4eva! See also this old thread.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 8:59 PM
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In that spirit, I have a leaky toilet valve that I'm not going to fix until Megan starts commenting again. This has nothing to do with my laziness.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:02 PM
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In addition to the thread neb linked, this post seems relevant.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:16 PM
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6: ... I read the comments. Never read the comments, I know.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:18 PM
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That right there is a pretty interesting post.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:20 PM
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Also this, via JRoth on Facebook.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:20 PM
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7: Tell me about it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:20 PM
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Man, look (in picture in the link in 9) at all that boring fucking grass! Couldn't they at least plant some fruit trees or vegetables, or something marginally interesting if not useful?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:22 PM
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8: Thanks.

11: That's nothing. You should see some of the subdivisions in NJ. Huge lots, covered with nothing but grass and McMansions.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:26 PM
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Also this lovely picture I that a commenter at Ballon Juice linked today, showing red state water conservation at its finest.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:30 PM
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12: Have they considered adding some bison?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:32 PM
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14: Those places are already totally bullshit, Mobers.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:34 PM
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13: the golf course probably uses a hell of a lot more water than the fountain.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:34 PM
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Call me crazy, call me biased, but I think the original one is nicer.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:38 PM
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Have they considered adding some bison?

We're working on it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:38 PM
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13: Also note the huge parking lots in the background.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:38 PM
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Things like the picture in 13 make me not really all that sad to see the water level in Lake Mead hit record lows.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:40 PM
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Nicer, plus the Swiss have water to spare. Arizona, by contrast, is pissing away their scarce Colorado River water so they don't have to give it to the Mexicans downstream.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:40 PM
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Lake Mead is a Trapper Keeper.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:44 PM
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And it's not like there's that much extra evaporation. Most of that plume goes right back into the lake and flows all they way down to Marseilles.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:45 PM
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Mexico wears America like a double-beer helmet that doesn't want to share.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:45 PM
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And it's not like there's that much extra evaporation. Most of that plume goes right back into the lake and flows all they way down to Marseilles.

Yeah, Sifu's probably right that the golf course uses more water than the fountain, but that lake must lose huge amounts to evaporation.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:51 PM
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In the spirit of putting the Mineshaft to good work, you can vote up a good friend's T-shirt design here.

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Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 9:53 PM
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I see Yglesias also linked to the post in 9.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:16 PM
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On OKCupid I recently saw a profile whose author wrote "if you're dying to know, here's a two-for-one window into my soul: recently, I've been getting a lot of my musical cues from reading Matthew Yglesias."

She also assented to the proposition that the world would be a better place if people with low IQs were not allowed to reproduce, "except for the atrocious coercion that would have to go into the implementation", and believes that "wherefore" means "where".

So, you know.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:19 PM
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Is she cute?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:21 PM
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I can't remember!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:21 PM
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But it was easy enough to relocate her profile. Yes, she is.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:22 PM
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And you don't remember exactly wherefore her picture may be found.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:23 PM
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I met someone via OKCupid who corrected my grammar in a rather cute way (and not on the first date). No, it wasn't nosflow.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:23 PM
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I only correct grammar on the third date.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:24 PM
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Ah, but Stanley said "not on the first date", so my comment is stupid.

Very clever, Stanley!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:24 PM
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Whereas I correct grammar only on the third date.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:25 PM
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What I do to grammar on dates after the third goes far beyond mere correction.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:27 PM
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Only correct.


Posted by: E. M. Forster | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:27 PM
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It was the further/farther distinction in my case, and I should probably shut up about it, since I did sort of absentmindedly point her in this blog's direction. Hello, date!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:35 PM
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It seems as if one can basically dispense with "farther" and simply always use "further".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:38 PM
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39: Yay.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:39 PM
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It seems as if one can basically dispense with "farther" and simply always use "further".

This is what I've done.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:40 PM
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Stanley is dating ()?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:42 PM
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28, 31: I'm tempted to login to OKCupid just to see if I can find this profile (and then we can compare how well we both match with her). Maybe I can get them to accept my password, even.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:45 PM
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Just happy for Stanley.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:45 PM
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45: Thanks.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:46 PM
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45: Good, because that would have been weird. And I am also happy for Stanley.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:47 PM
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Also, woo hook 'em Stanley!


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:49 PM
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So the water/grass threads become dating threads? This place is weird. (And thanks, teo and Josh. It's all very early for me to be yammering about much. But yeah, dates. Fun. Woo. Good times.)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:50 PM
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So the water/grass threads become dating threads? This place is weird.

Beats the hell out of the comments to the post I linked in 6.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:52 PM
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It's all very early for me to be yammering about much.

Sorry, I got carried away!


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 10:55 PM
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It's all very early for me to be yammering about much.

Just be thankful that nosflow wasn't surprised to find that you've actually had a date.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:02 PM
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Or that teofilo didn't tell you that it would be weird for someone to date you.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:05 PM
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Right now top and center on the NYT front page:

When President Obama, who spent part of his boyhood in Indonesia, visits Jakarta Tuesday, he will find a country that has somewhat changed beyond recognition.

Do they get a first blurb, late night version exemption?


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:08 PM
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Or that teofilo didn't tell you that it would be weird for someone to date you.

Hey, I just meant it would be weird for you and Stanley specifically to be dating, what with the vast geographical distance and everything. I have no opinion on the weirdness of either of you dating other people.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:11 PM
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Do they get a first blurb, late night version exemption?

They do often seem to put up articles without fully proofreading them these days.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:12 PM
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55: Oh, I know! Sorry, I should have made it clear that I was just using your line to make a joke.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:13 PM
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57: No worries. I'm hardly one to be casting aspersions on other people's love lives in any case.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:15 PM
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I like having a lawn and am desirous of a bigger one. But I've never used a fertilizer or weed-killer, and have only rarely watered. But a house should have a big open space around it. A good field of fire is important.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:24 PM
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But, but.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:25 PM
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Surrounding your house with a field of fire seems unwise, Chopper. But, hey, gusty bus, yo.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:26 PM
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Ugh. I just logged in to OKCupid (mostly to see if I'd figured out the precise bug in their code that caused them to accept my password - which I did!), and boy does the prospect of going through the dating ringer again not thrill me at the moment.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:27 PM
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Dating sucks.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:32 PM
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Word.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:34 PM
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I was dabbling a bit with OkCupid for a while over the past few months, but lately I've had little to no interest in it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:35 PM
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OkCupid's really pushy. It's sort of annoying.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:36 PM
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Of course, the waning of my interest in online dating did coincide with the beginning of the school year and the appearance of a bunch of cute girls in the first year class of my program, so.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:36 PM
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66: Until tonight I hadn't logged in since... April? May? I found the increasing urgency of their automated messages as the time since my last login got longer and longer amusing.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:47 PM
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They did send me notification that I'd qualified as attractive. That was confidence-boosting.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 8-10 11:58 PM
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Well, perhaps you could get "An American" on side with 40% more cheese.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 3:13 AM
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I'm always curious about it but I'd have to lie about my location, but what location would I pick? and then also have a chat with my husband about it first. I know some people fill out this huge thing and find...zero matches!!

even assuming there is a narnian okcupid I'm certain I'd get zero matches, because narnian dudes are a) concerned about the race and/or religion of their potential date b) can often be sexist pricks--surely no moreso than anyone else, but in a characteristic way. there's all those american guys who complain about feminism ruining american women such that a true man must strike out for sex slavery arranged dating in ukraine, right? so, many narnian men think that narnian women are excessively troublesome and demanding (when they are actually painfully demure despite bringing in near-equivalent salaries) and sometimes need to bring in economically chastened brides from china/india/malaysia as needed.

not that I don't know lots of great guys; this is just a subset here. and of course, it's not as though wives from india don't start riziping things up once they get here. but I know quite a few narnian women who are resignedly unmarried because they are unwilling to put up with bullshit, especially from in-laws. being the new, youngest daughter-in-law is famous the world over for being a cesspool of misery.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 5:07 AM
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I am the only house along my row with a yard. All the other houses have fully paved areas, with some bits having perforated pavers through which some grass can grow and some trees at the side. we are lucky in having four spaces with dirt in which there are very nice plants, and a sort of + left-over for parking. my landlady must have paid hell of money for those frangipani trees; they have to be 15 years old. since we don't have a car, we have let the greenery encroach somewhat. we did stop the plants that were trying to eat the house, sort of. there is a humorous root from the giant ficus in the neighbor's yard (at the edge) which has gone under the house and discovered the pool. it's been sending messages back "dudes, there's a giant pool of water here!!" thus, despite repeated attempts to patch it, there is a finger-thick root growing inexorably from the bottom of the pool. even though the rainfall is so heavy and constant, everything also dries out very quickly. the government has invited us to schedule a meeting with someone from the national environment agency to talk to us about reusing rain and waste water responsibly, and how to cut our power usage. I guess I'll do it, what the hell. I feel "don't have a fucking pool and a clothes dryer" are going to be high on the list.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 5:16 AM
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humorous root

A root sticking up in the swimming pool does sound kinda funny.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 7:14 AM
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mostly to see if I'd figured out the precise bug in their code that caused them to accept my password - which I did!

Why would there have to be a bug in their code for them to accept your password?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 8:54 AM
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AWB's philosophy prof roommate would miss out on a lot of excellent candidates with those policies.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 8:57 AM
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Why would there have to be a bug in their code for them to accept your password?

Er, to *not* accept my password.

Tip for developers: if your backend code will choke on a particular kind of input from the frontend, VALIDATE THE INPUT ON THE FRONTEND. Otherwise your users will just get frustrated.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:16 PM
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Now I want to know what your password is.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:20 PM
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backslash dollar "password"


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:21 PM
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re: 75

Yeah, but the point is to eliminate as many possible, early, no? As far as I can tell, just about every fact about my life/career/degree-path rules me off of some bastard or other's list.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:22 PM
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Well, maybe. But one of the darlings of the philosophy market a few years ago (nine offers—not interviews, or flybacks, but offers) had no publications at all.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:23 PM
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80: What made this "darling" so desirable?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:37 PM
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re: 80

Yeah, I have (one) not-very-good publication, and a reasonable amount of teaching experience, some decent ancillary stuff,* but I'm also old [30s, but not for that long], haven't done a huge amount of conference presenting, and don't have a 'name' prepared to go to bat for me in the refereeing process. That last job I applied for was one for which my research and other experience was VERY well-suited, and they had 160 applicants. I didn't even get an interview. I'm willing to bet that there were a few dozen people on that list with really excellent publication records.

* I co-ran the O [c]k ham, and also the Glasgow equivalent as an undergrad, among other similar things. I've been peripherally involved with some academic publishing stuff, organised events, refereed papers/submissions, and so on.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:37 PM
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77: You only care now?

Anyway, it's not so much a password as a passphrase; apparently OKCupid has a bug where they'll accept an arbitrarily long password when you set it, but it gets mangled when they save it and so when you attempt to type it in again later it fails. I ran into the same problem with Amazon.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 9-10 12:41 PM
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