Re: Adventures in Profiling

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Oh that poor thing. I wonder if she looks like the type.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:32 AM
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cookies
google, a lot
yahoo, tastier looking imo


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:33 AM
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If the woman from the video looks like a fruitcake?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:33 AM
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You stopped drinking just because you're pregnant? Quitter.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:35 AM
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I do like that this YouTube video neatly makes the point about political participation. Even crazy people can make ads defending our Contituional rights!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:36 AM
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google's was 282 mil originally now it's like 68, where all the rest is gone i don't understand


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:37 AM
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When my (86-year-old) father was admitted to intensive care a few months before he died, I was sent out to do the family history q-and-a with the nurses. When I was asked "Is your father an intravenous drug user?" I sort of snorted and the nurse scowled and said, "It's nice when it can be funny." Fuck you, lady.

(Better though than the doctor, who, when he confirmed the DNR order, found my (nice Irish Catholic) mother to tell her that he was "an Indian fundamentalist" who thought what she was doing was "murder." My mother lost it and my aunt the nun yelled at him. Good times.)


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:39 AM
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When I take case histories there are a standard set of criminal questions that have to be gone through. We always try to be matter-of-fact because you never know who is going to answer what. The biggest surprise i have gotten so far is the Tibetan. Definitely counter to American assumptions!


Posted by: Delurking | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:42 AM
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6: the magic of capital. Presto! It's gone!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:43 AM
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Oh, I got so mad when Newt had to go to the emergency room, and the doctor asked if we had alcohol in the house. I gave her a funny look, and she said something like "Oh, we have to ask that, it's a different population down here [Harlem]." I mean, (a) it's a silly question, but (b) if you're trying to find out if parents of injured children have drinking problems, thinking that the question doesn't apply to me because I'm a drab white woman in a suit rather than a member of a 'different population' is really, really offensive.

But I didn't say anything, because she was about to stick sharp things in my son's face, and I wanted her to like me.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:43 AM
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delurking is ogged


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:43 AM
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10: Perhaps this says something about me, but what kind of people don't have any alcohol in the house?


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:53 AM
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11: Argh argh argh. Read, could you quit that? People do sometimes comment under multiple names, but it is strongly disfavored behavior and is really really really annoying and unpleasant of them (outside of special privacy-maintaining circumstances or short-term transparent jokes, or the presidential thing). Which means that accusing people of commenting under multiple names is accusing them of doing something significantly bad, and it starts fights and causes bad feelings.

I'm sure you don't mean to do this, but that's the effect throwing out guesses like that has.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:53 AM
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10: Also, I am just going to assume this incident is unrelated to your earlier revelation that Sally likes to wipe the mat with Newt...


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:54 AM
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12: Well, yeah, that's what made it a silly question. I answered something like "Yes, of course," and there wasn't a followup, which means that there was no useful information gathered.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:55 AM
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Perhaps this says something about me, but what kind of people don't have any alcohol in the house?

(some) Mormons?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:55 AM
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(some) Muslims, too.
perhaps there's a trend. M-religions aren't M-fun?


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:56 AM
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Also, I am just going to assume this incident is unrelated to your earlier revelation that Sally likes to wipe the mat with Newt...

very interesting way of keeping a clean house.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:57 AM
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an Indian fundamentalist

Seriously, what the fuck is this? Also, I heard part of a segment on BBC world news service in the last day or two where someone was talking about how there weren't any such things as Hindu fundamentalists until the Indian government created them as a counter to Islamic fundamentalists. I may have mis-heard, as this didn't make much sense to me, but I'm pretty sure that's what was said. Which makes oudemia's experience even more confusing. Maybe he's a Jain?


Posted by: washerdreyer | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:57 AM
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14: Heh. No, this was preschool bad behavior.

"What happened?"

"J. chased me into the slide and I fell down. And there wasn't any reason for him to be chasing me, I didn't throw the rock at him. I just told H. to throw it. So it was totally unfair."

One of those stories where you're very glad it's your kid getting the stitches, rather than someone else's.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:57 AM
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16: Okay, I didn't mean that completely literally... I realize that there are some people who never consume alcohol, but the percentage of the population that does either consume or simply maintains a supply for guests renders such a question, well, what Liz said in 15.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:58 AM
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21: Yeah, not disagreement with LB's point, just teasing.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 9:58 AM
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Correlate thorough abstention from alcoholic beverages with possession of little squeezy bottles of Purell.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:00 AM
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I am totally against spanking my children. So, when my son misbehaves, tell his sister that he stole her black permanent markers and let her whip up on him.


Posted by: Will | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:01 AM
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16, 17: I may have mentioned this before, but I once saw a group of women sorting items at a flea market pause in befuddlement at one item. Eventually a helpful gentleman informed them it was a whiskey jigger. Then he rolled his eyes and said "You Quakers!"


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:03 AM
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I'm already spanking my child. As I type this.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:03 AM
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26 is so dirty.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:05 AM
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I remember one time when she was in Kindergarten, a friend of Rory's came over and said something about getting spanked and I said, "We don't spank in this household," and Rory said, "What's 'spanking'?" Her poor little friend just could not make any sense of us.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:07 AM
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I'm already spanking my child. As I type this.

And. Also.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:08 AM
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19: I told this story to an Indian friend, and he told me that this is apparently how Indian fundamentalist Christians will often identify themselves. The friend in question comes from such a family. Yeah, I thought he was a Hindu fundamentalist, too, but couldn't quite square that.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:10 AM
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19: Also, I believe that Jains have a tradition of ritual self-starvation for the elderly.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:11 AM
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a friend of Rory's came over and said something about getting spanked and I said, "We don't spank in this household,"

Leaving out "At least not the kids, anyway" was probably the right thing to do.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:13 AM
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Rereading this, I'm surprised we never explored in our signature fashion the phenomenon of bosmosis.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:14 AM
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google's was 282 mil originally now it's like 68, where all the rest is gone i don't understand

OM NOM NOM


Posted by: OPINIONATED COOKIE MONSTER | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:21 AM
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That is one bad nurse. Let's pretend, just for kicks, that heebie did sometimes use illegal drugs. No way she's going to be honest after that. Someone taking patient histories should come across as super non-judgmental and open.

/disgrunted patient


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:36 AM
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35: They probably have to report you for doing harm to your baby or something.

(There was recently an immigration case or maybe it was a criminal case involving a possibly illegal immigrant defendant where a judge demanded that public health officials turn over patient data. The public health community was appropriately outraged.)


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 10:52 AM
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Yeah, the Jains I've met don't consider themselves "fundamentalist" and aren't big into berating other people for behaving in different ways. In fact, I think religious pluralism may be an actual tenet of Jainism.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 11:12 AM
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There is no real taboo against suicide in Hinduism, fundamentalist or otherwise. It is also implicitly acceptable under certain circumstances, and this acceptance is more explicit in Jain tradition. Also,
one usually would not find a hindu calling himself/herself fundamentalist (actually there is no fundamental hindu text or single core set of rules and beliefs, so in the literal sense there is no "fundamentalism" :)).


Posted by: TBF | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 1:58 PM
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hindu calling himself/herself fundamentalist

I read the previous as meaning Hindu Nationalism or something like that, rather than `fundamentalism' in a US evangelical or Islamic sense.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 2:15 PM
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Huh. The thread in 29/33 reveals a pseud switch for a semi-regular commenter. Maybe it was announced at the time.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 3:50 PM
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Ash/max? I'm not absolutely sure that it was announced as such, but what with the brackets it's transparent. I wish people wouldn't change their names whimsically even when it's transparent, but I can't get really annoyed about it when there's no deception going on.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 4:15 PM
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What is going on, if not deception?


Posted by: I have just whimsically changed my name | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 4:21 PM
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Hello! My name is Whimsical Montoya. You killed my father. I think I might kill you.


Posted by: Whimsical Montoya | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 4:22 PM
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Well, whimsy or privacy rather than deception. With the link to your email, I know who you are, which means that you're goofing around rather that concealing who you are.

Ash just got sick of his old name and felt like a Max now, but wasn't trying to shed his history or anything. M.Leblanc used to post under her very distinctive realname, and then got google-shy, but the transition was made in a way that tipped anyone who knew her before off.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 4:25 PM
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41: The funny thing is that I recall ash, but I feel like I noticed when 'max' started posting, and liked this new person a lot. Maybe ash took time off, or maybe I did. I certainly wasn't a regular at the time of the linked post, although I have a few comments in there.

Anyway, as I said in the endless thread, I'm terrible with keeping track of people here and IRL, and so continuity with people who never change their names is quite challenging enough for me.

I still kind of wish I had stuck with my long-ago pseud (the name of my blog), but, as I've said, at some point I made a few posts I liked elsewhere under this name, and I just went with it.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 4:49 PM
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Boy is someone bad at profiling. I apologize to those who look the type, for stealing the goodwill due you.

FWIW, I suspect she meant harder stuff than you (AFAIK) do. Everyone has heard about the famously imperfect asses of meth users.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 4:50 PM
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transition was made in a way that tipped anyone who knew her before off.

Somehow I was completely unaware of it, until I saw her nametag at the first DC meetup. I thought [original name] had just left.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 5:04 PM
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Well, that's kind of why I don't like name changes. That was meant to be transparent, and it didn't piss me off because being google-shy is perfectly reasonable, but even when you think you're being transparent, it's still very easy for people to miss that kind of thing.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 5:30 PM
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A few have changed names after commenting a bit but before becoming regulars. As far as I know, only one commenter noticed that I changed mine, though I did say make sure to say that I was changing it before I did so.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 5:34 PM
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Yep, I missed that one. No idea who you were.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 5:36 PM
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I suspect she meant harder stuff than you (AFAIK) do.

Oh, now you're profiling me too?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 6:08 PM
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I changed names when I became a fundamentalist Unitarian.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 6:37 PM
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I read it as meaning a ethnic indian who had converted to a evangelical faith


Posted by: yoyo | Link to this comment | 08-28-08 7:30 PM
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wait, who were you eb? can you give us a hint?


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 08-29-08 8:15 AM
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No one (except me, I guess, just now) is checking this thread, but to answer: I wrote under another pair of initials. It was pretty early on in the period when the threads started going to or over 100, and when I'd still written only a few comments of my own.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 08-31-08 11:45 PM
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