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Re: Wah.

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You don't even have lows below freezing, You don't need layers, just regular clothes and a coat.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 8:15 AM
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I feel you, heebie. I've been wearing my thermal shirt and underwear all week, and I don't like it.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 8:21 AM
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We've had lows in the TEENS and TWENTIES since last Friday! Except for Monday. It's been just frigid.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 8:27 AM
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3: Same here except of course those were our highs. And actually it didn't even reach 20 for a few days. Anyway, it's all relative, as Einstein would say.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 8:37 AM
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If it was really all relative, why did he only marry one cousin?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 8:50 AM
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5: Don't you know that Einstein proved we are all related????


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 8:53 AM
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Yeah, I had to wear long underwear to bike to work today. It's cold.

I'm ambivalent about the weather. There's almost no snow here. There was a little ice on an athletic field in the park last night and the astroturf looked cool with frost on it, but you couldn't skate or do anything else fun on it, it just looked cool and felt frigid. Snow is fun to play in, it's relaxing to get a free work from home day, and I'd like to see Atossa get the ability to properly play in the snow. On the other hand I can't bike in the snow and that's basically my only exercise, and commuting by bus takes noticeably longer.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 9:29 AM
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I'm glad the zero-degree weather is gone for a while. (We went from frozen hellscape to 50 and rainy about a week ago and wow it was nice to not have the air trying to kill me every time I stepped outside.)


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 10:21 AM
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Also this thing where my torso is warm but my feet are still icicles can go suck it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 10:44 AM
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9: Are you wearing thick socks and boots?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 10:56 AM
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Surrender Dorothy!



Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:04 AM
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Doh!


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:05 AM
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In case you were wondering.


Posted by: Somewhere over | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:05 AM
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Double D'oh!

Banning myself.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:10 AM
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A couple of weeks back I managed to slip and fall on the ice going down my front steps to get the mail like a bona fide old retired person. Bruised and scraped shin and self-image the only casualties.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:12 AM
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11: Does anybody else remember the graffiti along the Beltway, just when the Mormon Temple comes into view?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:13 AM
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Unless that graffiti said "Surrender Dorothy" I feel that you are asking for an alarmingly specific feat of memory.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:21 AM
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17: It did!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:27 AM
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Substitute teachers give the easiest quizzes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:30 AM
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Also this thing where my torso is warm but my feet are still icicles can go suck it.

Dude, I've been wearing double socks even in the house for weeks. I only have like one pair of shoes into which I can fit the double-sock-clad foot arrangement. Grr. Meanwhile wearing the same three (warmest) sweaters over and over again. Either no-one has noticed, or they're not saying anything.

Plus cracked skin on the right hand, still. My partner recently brought home some freshly steamed shrimp for dinner noshing, and I had to pass: he was disappointed that I expressed no interest. It finally dawned on me that it was because peeling the shrimp would totally trash my hands, again. Sorry!


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:39 AM
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Our lows are in the 30s/40s; I haven't turned on the heat all winter. I'm clearly becoming a dad.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:42 AM
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16: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/surrender-dorothy-painted-on-a-beltway-overpass/whats-the-story/2011/06/23/AGduf6kH_story.html


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:45 AM
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According to the Washington Post, it is so cold that the Gulf of Mexico is steaming like a fresh dog turd in the snow.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 11:48 AM
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I feel your pain. I actually had to wear long pants on a Saturday a couple of weeks ago.


Posted by: DaveLHI | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 12:01 PM
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You're now sans culottes.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-18-18 12:17 PM
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I basically live for winter clothes, I find it so boring not to be able to layer and do contrasts of colors. It's always a relief to bring out the sweaters. I hate winter itself, especially the crap job people do in shoveling the sidewalks around here, but give me my sweaters, moleskin trousers, overcoats, and scarves


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 01-19-18 3:26 AM
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I'd like it if it would just get cold (40F) and stay that way for a while. We've been having cycles of near-zero, 50F, rain, 30F, freezing rain, repeated with random variations. It was almost enjoyable to have a full week where it stayed cold, though as usual around here it overdid it by going below 0 a few times.

I have all my coats and sweaters out, but what I wear in the morning hardly ever is good for all day.

Dear Mother Nature, please make up your mind: above freezing or below, pick one, and stay there a while.


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-19-18 7:19 AM
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Lots of greater-thans and less-thans were demolished in 27. That'll teach me to preview, I guess. Or it won't.


Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 01-19-18 7:30 AM
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I have a down jacket that squishes down to the size of an unusually large orange stuck to a normal sized apricot. I got it for hiking, but I use it for days when it starts cold and is expected to finish warm.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-19-18 7:34 AM
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SI doesn't even have regular-sized oranges.


Posted by: Mossy Character | Link to this comment | 01-19-18 7:49 AM
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26: I do love sweaters and layers that show. I'm really enjoying having a long sweater season this year.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-19-18 7:53 AM
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Can I ask this lovely community for advice? Right now I have a decent, relatively prestigious campus job (MA thesis advisor) with OK (v. good for grad school) pay. I can do it again next year if I delay formally graduating (plan to defend this spring), and it will be easier/less work the second year. After that year, I'm the obvious candidate for a 3-year postdoc with the MA program, for better (but not amazing pay) pay and more work but looks good on a CV.

I'm debating applying to a 1-year postdoc at top school, in super expensive area with more (but not amazing) pay but after moving costs + living expenses would equal less actual money. I don't really want to move somewhere for one year and then move somewhere else, plus if I don't get anything after 1 year, I'm sort of out of luck, whereas here I have 4 years of employment basically guaranteed.


Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 2:57 PM
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32: This sounds to me like a risk-tolerance question. I am a coward, and I take the safe route every time. This has served me well, but my talents lie in convincing people who already know me that I'm not awful. I'm less good at convincing strangers of this. Also, when you have kids, as I do, discretion is the better part of valor.

On the other hand, is there any harm in applying and turning down a post-doc offer? And on the other, other hand, I know that academic prestige is a hugely important currency for scholarly types, so if there's a big prestige difference in the one-year post-doc, it might be worth rolling the dice.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:15 PM
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Can the posteoc be extended, or is it something like covring a maternity leave? One year is kind of short.

I don't know your field, but I bet you've maxed out the connections and advantages you can extract from your current position. A new position and new place will offer you a bunch more opportunities to make connections, and really, I regret terribly not having been snobbier about being at top institutes. I think it would have been a lot better for me careerwise to have the prestige brands on my CV/resume.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:18 PM
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Um, +d and relocate that e. And probably other stuff. I went to state schools.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:20 PM
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My current institution is arguably more prestigious than the postdoc institution, though they're roughly equivalent. I'd benefit from doing the postdoc version of my current job mainly because then I'd be a postdoc and not an ABD on the job market, but it's true I'd have more chance to make new connections at the new place. It's also in a field slightly adjacent to the one I'm in, but with significant overlap.

It's 1-year, non extendable, and the pay would be the same as the postdoc I would get at current place, except my rent would be 4x as much + I'd have to move cross country.

There's something to be said for shaking things up and getting more CV brand diversity, except if I strike out on the job market after the 1-year postdoc, I'd be much worse off than if I stayed put.


Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:30 PM
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something something puppy something other animal


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:37 PM
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I don't even have enough of an idea to offer obviously bad advice.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:40 PM
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I didn't let that stop me.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:45 PM
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I was afraid of accidentally giving good advice.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 3:47 PM
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One year postdocs are almost useless. You're only there like two months when you have to start applying for jobs again. What are prestigious schools doing offering them?

What about staying one more year but aiming to land a longer postdoc elsewhere then if you can (and taking the local one if it's the best option).


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: “Pause endlessly, then go in” (9) | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 4:20 PM
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Isn't being a postdoc a *disadvantage* on the job market relative to being a graduating student? Clock has been running one year so expectations are higher. Many postdocs want people who just graduated.

Staying out for a postdoc is arguably a bad idea, but putting off graduation as long as you can is a good idea!


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: “Pause endlessly, then go in” (9) | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 4:24 PM
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So my being ABD since 1996 must be genius.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-22-18 4:37 PM
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