Re: Thanks, Past Me!

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That's awesome!


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:23 PM
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Hooray!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:28 PM
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One of the best feelings ever. Besides holding a baby.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:28 PM
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Similar moral, even if you don't strictly need the data, always put more tables in your papers because you'll want the info years later.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:31 PM
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Past me is such an asshole.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:33 PM
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If past me and future me would finally free up some time to join me for that weekend in Las Vegas we've been talking about, I might finally get to see that raunchy cirque de soleil show that nobody else will take me to.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:39 PM
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I'm not happy with past me because he didn't try to get rid of the toenail fungus.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:57 PM
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4: Doesn't that annoy reviewers?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 4:58 PM
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It's not strictly past or future me's fault; the show was sold out last time.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:01 PM
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Frightening day is when past me is too smart for current me to understand. Good reason to leave more notes.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:08 PM
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7: does the nail fungus wind up causing inordinate troubles?


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:18 PM
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Past me totally sucks. I'm trying to deal with a referee report on a year-old paper and I don't even know what the point of the paper was anymore. (Wait. It was "shut up the collaborator who keeps asking me to write a paper on topic X even though I think topic X doesn't make a lot of sense". Way to give in to pressure, past me.)


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:19 PM
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12: Forward the referee report to the collaborator and let them deal with it.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:21 PM
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of course we're all future versions of each other in a sense.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:22 PM
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11: Going to the doctor and getting medicine for a cosmetic thing seems like a waste of time, but he had whole bunches of time.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:53 PM
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I thought SEK's take was uncharacteristically unsophisticated and basically wrong.

As seen online, at least, it's a very striking picture, and the striking nature of the picture isn't modified by the words attached to it. The people who object to the picture are objecting to something real in the work considered wholistically, and aren't merely failing to notice the words attached.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 5:58 PM
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Sorry, that was meant for the RS thread.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:00 PM
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So, so many things I'd have words with Past Me about. But I need to tread carefully as Future Me is likely to have some bones to pick, too.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:02 PM
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I'd certainly like to know what Future Me would think of the idea of locking the cat in the basement for a day or two as a solution to the apparent problem I have down there with mice.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:05 PM
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Maybe glue traps?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:12 PM
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Here's what past me did not do: file my federal taxes last year. Apparently, I requested an extension and forgot about it. This despite my triumphant Taxes filed! A day early! In general, if you're later than me, you know you're late. posted here on 4/14/12. (Actually I have the evidence in e-mail which is producing a faint memory, later that day my electronic file was rejected--[t]his taxpayer or taxpayer's spouse has been claimed as a dependent on someone else's return.)

But when I got the nasty letter last week I assured my wife that it was a mistake on their part. Not sure how I feel about the whole thing.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:14 PM
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Oh yes, October is coming. Thanks, JP. (I *know* I'm late.)

I will have moved five times in eight months by that date and if I can find all the relevant papers I will be greatly relieved. My ability to put related things in the same box is just increasing the grain-size of Wrong State Errors.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:17 PM
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Six times is possible, and I would like the UC system to tell me a thing so I'll know if it's necessary. Grrrrr.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:18 PM
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The closest I ever have is making the same joke twice, or reading something that I wrote a long time ago and mentally finishing a sentence before, say, turning the page, and discovering I wrote it the same way back then.

One time a friend came up wearing red pants and a yellow shirt, and I said "You're ketchup and mustard!" and she said "I know. That's what you said the last time I wore this." Ah.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:18 PM
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Yeah. I extended this year as well (but remembered that...). Theoretically I'm going to do some work on them this evening.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:19 PM
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20: I'm super squeamish about the part where I have to pick the squeaky little pests up and put them outside... I suppose I'd feel the same way about dealing with half-eaten carcasses. Maybe I should just sell the house and move.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:24 PM
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"I know. That's what you said the last time I wore this."

"Since you learned fuck-all about fashion, I'm forced to repeat myself."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:26 PM
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26: I once had a mouse crawl into a bucket and die. He was liquid before I found him, so I just threw away the bucket.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:27 PM
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OT: I never thought much of Fr/an/k Br/un/i's writing about politics or food, but Fr/an/k Br/un/i's writing about Fr/an/k Br/un/i's personal living arrangements is really boring. On blogs, the run-on sentence that rushes over an embarrassingly lame thought and dead-ends in a cliched rhetorical question is all too common, but don't op-ed pages have editors to clap a stopper on that sort of thing?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 6:33 PM
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Yeah, Past-Me is about the only person I loathe more than Present-Me.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 8:02 PM
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Don;t forget Future-Me!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 8:07 PM
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I'm not sure what I think of him yet.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 8:14 PM
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Pity.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 8:17 PM
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Poor chump.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 8:18 PM
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Wow, past-me really screwed this up.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 8:18 PM
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35: What do you expect? Past-me doesn't have the advantage of your years of experience.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 07-20-13 11:26 PM
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Rereading my lab notebooks is sometimes like that for me. I get so excited that I recorded exactly the detail I need right now. Equally often I curse past-me for not recording some apparently trivial detail that suddenly looms important.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 6:39 AM
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"I must never forget to wear pants when mixing an acid and a base."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 6:43 AM
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Will future-me regret passing up the opportunity to try out the "Irish-Roman" spa in the weird little hotel I'm staying in for work this week?


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 11:52 AM
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Yes.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 12:59 PM
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Will future me care how good of job I did painting the ceiling of the guest bedroom?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:22 PM
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Irish-Roman?


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:24 PM
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I.e., You have to go so you can tell us what an Irish-Roman spa is.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:24 PM
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Based on Google hits, it seems to be largely a German thing.

The Irish element of this facility is the "bathing" in dry, warm air, which is harmoniously supplemented by the Roman element of damp, warm air. In 11 different stages the body is gradually warmed, cooled and purified. A soap brush massage is followed by relaxation, wrapped in cosy, warm towels.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:26 PM
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Ah yes, because Ireland is famous for its dry, warm air.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:28 PM
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I think of dry, warm air bathing as a Finnish thing.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:33 PM
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I can imagine that dry, warm air is a luxurious spa experience in Ireland. It is in Quilcene, half the year.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 3:44 PM
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I used to work for someone who said "No memory, but great consistency" every time I told him that I had already done the thing he had asked of me (usually several months or a year before -- eg "We should really have a folder called Conferences! Can you make that folder?" and then several months later he would get back from another conference with materials and... "We should really have a folder called Conferences! Can you...").

It was actually pretty endearing, probably because he didn't actually do it that often and was fairly self-aware. And then I found five dollars now I do it myself.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 5:53 PM
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44: If one's childhood is anything to go by, it's not really an Irish spa experience unless one hears oneself referred to eye-rollingly as "Himself."


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 6:04 PM
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So, so many things I'd have words with Past Me about. But I need to tread carefully as Future Me is likely to have some bones to pick, too.

Just see to it that they sit down together for a drink.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 7:41 PM
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No thanks, past me, for hanging on to so much crap. Lease from 2006? Sure to come in handy! Tax return from 2007? A must have!


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 9:19 PM
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Lease from 2006? Sure to come in handy! Tax return from 2007? A must have!

I recently found (unopened) bank statements from college.

I graduated 17 years ago.


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 07-21-13 9:33 PM
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51: Let me introduce you to my (rich) friend who has 40 years' receipts and product warranties in his attic. You should see his reaction when I leave loose change around his house.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 07-22-13 5:55 AM
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21: 2011 taxes finally filed. Future-Me is pleased.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-23-13 11:05 AM
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I should say that the oral argument in the OP went well yesterday. I didn't do anything brilliant, but the judge came in well versed on the papers and strongly inclined in our favor -- basically, the tenor of the argument was her telling plaintiff's counsel that she'd decided against them, and asking if he had anything that would change her mind. I sat there and watched her make our arguments, and sniped occasionally.

No ruling yet, but her decision seemed pretty clear.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 11:43 AM
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Yay, past (& present) you.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 3:05 PM
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The leases at least will be useful if you want a job that needs a security clearance. Need to know ALL yout past addresses. all your past employers' addresses, etc


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 5:00 PM
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My pile of unopened mail from decades ago is pretty small at this point, I think. I'd check, but I'm not sure where it is.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-13 5:30 PM
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