Re: But they say such stupid shit!

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Math teachers who post stupid student answers get less attention, because everyone who reads them thinks to themselves "Wait, I think I know why that answer is wrong...maybe."


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 2:48 PM
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Can I unprofessionally make fun of the FBI? In connection with a case I'm working on, I have an FBI record on this dude (nothing at all dramatic). Elsewhere in the record is a passport showing he was born in Bangladesh. His name is [Stereotypically Muslim] [Even More Stereotypically Muslim]. The FBI? Thinks he's Native American.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 3:01 PM
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Bangladesh, South Dakota.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 3:03 PM
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Sometimes I want to move to England so I never have to argue with students about their grades again.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 3:09 PM
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2: Mohammed Bin Mohammed?


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 3:20 PM
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Well, Mohammed Bin Eagle Feather, but close enough.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 3:23 PM
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Sometimes I want to move to England so I never have to argue with students about their grades again.

Really, you just need worse students.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 3:42 PM
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His name is [Stereotypically Muslim] [Even More Stereotypically Muslim]. The FBI? Thinks he's Native American.

For all you know, Muhammad Ali could have significant Native ancestry.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 4:16 PM
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It's possible, but having been born in Bangladesh makes it unlikely. I wouldn't say there are definitely no people with stereotypically Muslim names and Native American ancestry who come from Bangladesh, but I'd bet a fair amount of money that if there are any, there aren't many.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 4:24 PM
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Can I unprofessionally make fun of the FBI?

You'd think the feds would be all high speed and shit but often you get just about what you'd expect if you gave guns to a bunch of accountants.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 5:18 PM
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10: how I wish I could relate my tales of "whoa."


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 5:21 PM
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I know two people who became FBI agents and each of them is a former elite* college athlete who is non-dumb. So I guess that is the type I have in my head -- jocky and smart-ish -- but I've no clue how accurate that is.

*Elite here is modifying "college athlete" and not "college."


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 5:34 PM
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but I've no clue how accurate that is.

There's definitely some of those. A buddy of mine who currently has an app in with the feds will likely be one more. Smartish, 6'5 college linebacker. Dude's built like Thor.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 5:50 PM
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Shorter first dozen comments: Islam McMuslim of Hindustan was an elite athlete at a middling institution.


Posted by: Econolicious (all internet traditions, etc) | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 6:08 PM
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Damn. Does that mean I have to redact all my comments about the grad student applicants, like the one who lost his virginity to science?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 7:27 PM
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Is that like losing one's virginity to a song, or to a person?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 7:52 PM
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Can I hijack this thread and ask if there are any big Asian-ish supermarkets in, uh, southern New England? Some chain around Boston has come up in comments here before (many years ago), but that's too far. Google hasn't turned up much except smaller stores and people saying drive to Queens or New Jersey.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 8:04 PM
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I guess that wouldn't actually hijack the thread so much as have an off topic subthread. Or nothing.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 8:05 PM
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17: H-Mart in Burlington, MA.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 8:05 PM
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That place looks good, but it's even farther than Boston from here.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 8:12 PM
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There's a joint in boston. Give me a minute. Ah, this one. Not nearly as good as H-Mart, which isn't open yet.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 8:39 PM
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Maybe when I visit Boston, I should bring a cooler. The problem is that I don't do a whole lot with Asian (mainly Chinese) food and most of what I buy is frozen. There are smaller stores around here that probably have what I want, but at higher prices.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-28-13 9:00 PM
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Shit my students write tumbler.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 3:17 AM
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H mart opening in Cambridge soon.
I think all the 88 markets have closed- they used to be in Allston, Malden, downtown Boston, South Bay Center mall. Malden might still be there. The one in Allston was replaced with another Asian chain, don't know if it's any good. Obviously there are several medium and small ones in Chinatown.
Well, reading the thread again this comment is totally useless since these are all in Boston.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 5:35 AM
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I like Reliable Market in Union Square better than the one linked in 21. (More Boston-centered uselessness.)


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 6:07 AM
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His name is [Stereotypically Muslim] [Even More Stereotypically Muslim]. The FBI? Thinks he's Native American.

Oh, God, I really hope that this isn't the result of a conversation along these lines:

"So, Mr Mohammed, you were born in [reads slowly] Bang..la..desh?"
"That is correct, sir."
"And are your parents from Bang...la...desh?"
"No, sir, both my parents are Indian."
"They're both Indians?"
"Yes, sir, both of them."
"Thank you." [writes] "Subject is Native American".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 6:36 AM
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I went looking for Szechuan pepper. My choices were $30/oz at a fancy yuppie store, or ship from Thailand via Amazon for $5/oz delivered, usually excellent local asian markets did not have it.

Chain supermarkets have such awful produce-- basically any ethnic market that manages basic hygeine will have the chains beat on ripeness, quality, selection, and price, all at once.

And don't even get me started on the price of spices; what gets me about those, the local chain markets, all of them, have a hispanic ghetto aisle, where spices are 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of the same stuff two aisles over in the anglo spice rack.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 6:39 AM
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I went looking for Szechuan pepper. My choices were $30/oz at a fancy yuppie store, or ship from Thailand via Amazon for $5/oz delivered, usually excellent local asian markets did not have it.

That seems very weird. The generic mass-market spice company Schwartz sells it for roughly £4 an ounce here.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 6:52 AM
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$30/oz is taking the piss, even for fancy yuppies. The problem with ethnic markets here is they tend to overstock, so the stuff is fantastic when it arrives, but then it sits on the shelf until it basically dies and they don't chuck it out till much too late.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 6:54 AM
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Oh, partly portion size-- I could either go to the spacious, well-lit local store with browsing hotties and pay $15 for two meals worth of spice, or pay $10 for a year's supply shipped, which will hold up if I keep it sealed.

There's that one Chengdu style chicken dish, dry-roasted with three kinds of pepper, strong enough to bleach tattoos. Mmm.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:04 AM
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26: This is clearly how we differ. I hope that's exactly how it happened.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:06 AM
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I am rooting for political correctness. The FBI agent wrote Indian and then an edict came down from the PC police that all references to Indians had to be changed to Native Americans.


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:13 AM
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PC isn't impossible, but I think it would have to be impromptu volunteer PC rather than a policy. The FBI may not be flawlessly alert, but they have to have heard, at a policy level, about the existence of the Indian subcontinent.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:15 AM
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Hey Cosma, what's up with your homepage?

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Posted by: Tiny Hermaphrodite, Esq. | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:18 AM
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31: Sire, because you're gathering material for writing novels in the whimsical law genre when you retire.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:18 AM
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31: admittedly I am finding it difficult to think of an alternative way in which it could have happened.

The FBI may not be flawlessly alert, but they have to have heard, at a policy level, about the existence of the Indian subcontinent.

Only if, like oral intimacy, it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/j_edgar_hoover.html


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:27 AM
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35: I realize my exalted position here entitles me to a certain amount of deference, but Sire really isn't necessary. Calling me ma'am occasionally is sufficient.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:30 AM
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There's a joint in boston. Give me a minute.

Leave some weed for the rest of us, Tweety. Sheesh.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:32 AM
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37: Your Transparency is most kind.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 7:35 AM
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Sure ma'am. My God, I'd mistype my own mother if given half the chance.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 8:08 AM
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ok, teachers shouldn't report conversations from students online. But maybe presidents can just report conversations overheard on their estate.

Person 1: So yeah, when I was military, I was assigned to play basketball with this vet in a wheelchair. And he was really bad. Like, I scored a basket once by jumping over him.

Person 2: Dude, you are supposed to let the cripples win.

Person 1: Hey, its is fault he has no legs. He didn't have to join the Army.


Posted by: George Washington | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 8:10 AM
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Ogged was in the army?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 8:18 AM
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88 market is the chain that came up before. In California, 99 market is fairly good, but some locations are better than others. I thought it was interesting that 99 and T&T in Canada at one point had some of the same ownership - some conglomerate in Taiwan. I think T&T is now owned by the Real Canadian Superstore.

Anyway, I guess I'm stuck with higher prices for regular shopping. Or maybe a drive to the amusingly titled A Dong.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 3:34 PM
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Just don't go any lower than 77 market.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 1-13 3:48 PM
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