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by KestrelLowing
Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3020137

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Somewhat related, but I think this is a cool idea: http://www.upworthy.com/move-over-barbie-8212-youre-obsolete Basically, it's a toy made for girls (goldiblocks), but encourages spacial learning as well as the more social aspects typically shown in female centered toys. Basically, there's a story, ...
by KestrelLowing
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How often do you shower or bathe?
Replies: 168
Views: 20671

Re: How often do you shower or bathe?

I've recently found that I do a lot better if I shower every other day or so - my skin does better (I've got eczema) and I don't get particularly gross as I don't work out or do sports. Also, right now I don't have much time to shower, so going every other day is good. I've gone a few times without ...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3020137

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I have an off-topic question... So I'm moving into my dorm pretty soon, and they have communal bathrooms. The showers are on one side of the bathroom, with the toilets on the other. The showers are just shower stalls, but there is a hook to put stuff nearby. I don't remember where the benches are i...
by KestrelLowing
Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Knot Tying (The string/rope kind)
Replies: 47
Views: 12270

Re: Knot Tying (The string/rope kind)

Does anyone know good knots for connecting pieces of yarn, so that the ends stick out as little as possible in a knit project? The best I can come up with is a basic overhand knot, pulled as tight as possible. I've done a little bit of knot tying, mostly for jewelry and decorative things. Knots act...
by KestrelLowing
Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3020137

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Pro: Can put it in before you even have any sort of bleeding Way cheaper (I bought my Diva cup 3 years ago. I'm only now thinking of replacing it and just because it's a bit discolored) Easier to carry a period's worth of supplies Much easier, lighter and less gross for backcountry use (treat waste ...
by KestrelLowing
Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3020137

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Yesterday I told two of my (very sheltered, very Catholic) coworkers about my DivaCup. They were shocked but intrigued, but told me that they hadn't even dared to try tampons until their 30s because the idea of touching themselves/sticking something inside themselves was so taboo. Today, they had s...
by KestrelLowing
Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 101681

Re: Radical Feminism

How can there be a compromise? If one partner wants less sex than the other, then the lesser amount of sex is the only acceptable outcome. You "compromise" is basically rape. ...your definition of rape is screwy. I don't even know how to address this. Sex should only happen when two peopl...
by KestrelLowing
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Radical Feminism
Replies: 454
Views: 101681

Re: Radical Feminism

Soooo, This is hogwash. If someone thinks the patriarchy is controlling them every time they have sex, I think they need a therapist of some sort. They've seriously had bad experiences somewhere along the line. I don't think this is a normal pattern of thinking. Sure. Very few people actually want t...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

Yeah, critical thinking is one of those things I don't think anyone actually has a concrete definition of. Basically, I was using it to say that students need to determine how to solve problems and what problem actually needs to be solved opposed to just throwing things in a formula (which, while te...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The expression "British accent"
Replies: 43
Views: 13835

Re: The expression "British accent"

I think that it's more of an ignorance with specific accents. I know what a Scottish accent sounds like. I know what an Irish accent sounds like. I know what an Australian accent sounds like. Everything else I'm just frankly not sure. I couldn't tell the difference between Rose's and the 9th doctor'...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

I took "these skills" to be algebra, thus my first statement. Apparently I misunderstood you. Literature and history, which when taught well in large part involve deducing motivation (and also the construction of narrative, whether from historical sources or from literary structure), invo...
by KestrelLowing
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 47923

Re: Some general academia rant

Arrrg - forum lost my reply. Lets try thing again... This thread is somewhat distressing - people in the midst of grad school with no apparent understanding of what universities do, or how research works. I'll try to to be to bottle up my inner a-hole, but here's how it works from both sides of the...
by KestrelLowing
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?
Replies: 24
Views: 5624

Re: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?

Given that the definition of library is not going stay same for the next century, I think an ideal library would be able to adapt easily. A mixture of different spaces and rooms, which could be easily renovated to serve purposes so something completely different that we maybe can't even imagine the...
by KestrelLowing
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Brogramming
Replies: 134
Views: 27299

Re: Brogramming

I shouldn't have taken the test - my BQ is 45, making me a Brogrammer. It tells me, however, to consume more Brotein, which I found ridiculously funny. I'd second that with the sexism. I'm a programmer in a team of 20 people, 4 of which are women, which is not much in absolute terms, however, it's ...
by KestrelLowing
Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

Another point is I bet that even though people don't necessarily need algebra for certain jobs, if they know it, they'll use it. or they won't. Or alternatively or you get the other thing which often seems to happen when bad teachers congregate in large groups to pat each other on the back: where p...
by KestrelLowing
Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

I would like to clarify something. I recognize the importance of mathematics. But sometimes we over teach. Algebra teaches things that are important to some users. My position is that everything it teaches is not useful to everybody. We shouldn't be afraid to discard portions of the whole if they d...
by KestrelLowing
Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

The thing is, one you put letters in something to represent a number, you're doing algebra. Look it up . I guess my main problem then is, for all those people who do just treat equations as black boxes, how do they know when an equation is appropriate to use? How do they know if their input data is ...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

@KestrelLowing What I mean is that Algebra lets us develop the generalization of the slope but the, that generalization is not useful to the Carpenter, the slope is. And he can measure it directly without the need of Algebra. As part of my Calculus class we derived the formula for compound interest...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Brogramming
Replies: 134
Views: 27299

Re: Brogramming

Were you cognizant that you were victim blaming when you wrote this? The right answer to someone making a hostile working environment (for any reason) isn't to tell the people who don't like it that they should've just changed jobs. Sorry, that wasn't my intent. What I meant was that before someone...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

I am curious though about the "even though they're doing something that could be represented by algebra, they're not doing algebra" concept. Ummm, frankly I think you're just 100% wrong. No matter what you call a rose, it still will be a rose. The main difference is that having that frame...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple
Replies: 49
Views: 7934

Re: US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple

I feel for the pastor. I really do. Growing up in a church (my mother's a music director), I know exactly how difficult his job can be. I've seen a church split because someone didn't like the color of the new carpet . Seriously. I've also seen pastors fired when they have worked towards doing more ...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

Massive pay cuts? What am I doing wrong with my life? It'd be a paycut, but not a massive one, if I left my current job to go teach math but only after five years of working my way through the company. It's not that teaching pays great (it doesn't, maybe 45k for high school math), it's just that hi...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"
Replies: 94
Views: 13697

Re: Opinion Piece: "Is Algebra Necessary?"

Personally, my guess is the biggest problem is unprepared teachers. There are very few self described "math people" who become teachers. A lot of teachers will likely teach by just going over example over example because they don't understand much beyond that. Obviously there are definitel...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food ideas for those that live/cook alone
Replies: 18
Views: 8335

Re: Food ideas for those that live/cook alone

To any of you who get "lunch hours," what do you tend to do for lunch? That's when I really struggle, since I don't eat lunchmeat or bread fast enough to keep sandwich ingredients around. And I don't always have the option of a microwave, or I'd just do leftovers. Other than eating out, d...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad school or industry?
Replies: 2
Views: 3649

Grad school or industry?

I was just told today that I will be getting an offer for full-time employment with the company I'm currently interning with (I graduate this December). Normally this would be cause for joyous celebration (particularly as it's still really hard to get a job in this economy), but I also have an offer...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Brogramming
Replies: 134
Views: 27299

Re: Brogramming

TLDR: 1) We should include sexist in our definition of brogrammer because that's the world sort of sees it now, even if it's not necessary. 2) There is nothing about the field of computer science itself that makes women less likely to join a priori. It's just that in this society girls aren't raise...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Brogramming
Replies: 134
Views: 27299

Re: Brogramming

I think the point that many people are trying to make is that there is a stigma about feminism that makes it out to be hungry for more than equality. This stigma is not nearly as prevalent as that against fraternities (and justifiably so--the history of Greek life is pretty horrific). That aside, l...
by KestrelLowing
Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24188

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

Well, I now own a jump rope, but due to this fun, fun weather, it's all I can do to not overheat while sitting still (I don't have air conditioning, and I live on the second floor so even if I did my downstairs neighbor wouldn't be terribly fond of me jump roping inside). Therefore I haven't really...
by KestrelLowing
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 823311

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I have a student bill of less than $2000!!! I freaking LOVE scholarships. And the fact that I'm only taking 12 credits (I graduate in December) This means that I can survive quite easily until December without working for the rest of the summer or during the school year based on what I have already....
by KestrelLowing
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 22993

Re: "The __ word"

In the direct name calling instance, I see little difference between the asterisked word and the uncensored one. But I see a big one in your quote instance. Not sure I could put my finger on it exactly. And don't d*ck and pr*ck count as the male versions of c*nt? Sure it's not the exact same, but i...
by KestrelLowing
Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3020137

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I've definitely noted differences over time with my birth control - my libido is finally starting to come back! (Although I think it may also be somewhat suppressing my appetite, but that could just be the summer) Also, I'm just excited because my potential adviser for grad school isn't as potential...
by KestrelLowing
Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7815705

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

emceng wrote:I want to see a Horton Mashup. Johnny Horton and Horton Hears a Who. Something along the lines of Horton Hear a Green Beret. Or Horton Sunk the Bismark.

And for good measure you should throw in some Tim Horton's too!
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7815705

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Zamfir wrote:All make-up, apparently.



Eh, you'd be surprised what a corset can do...

(But yes, makeup certainly doesn't hurt)
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Age+Learning and the Internet
Replies: 9
Views: 2088

Re: On Age+Learning and the Internet

I think that the main reason older people don't know how to use the internet as well as younger people is simply because it's so different from anything they grew up with. Yeah, you might have had a TV, but this interaction with a virtual space didn't happen. For example, some people have a heck of ...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Teaching Kids to Code
Replies: 90
Views: 29454

Re: Teaching Kids to Code

In my high school there were 2 courses in the math department which seemed to be near the latter end of the prerequisite tree. They were "Computer Science 1", and "Computer Science 2". Mind you, I did not know exactly what "Computer Science" meant going into that class...
by KestrelLowing
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27387
Views: 3020137

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Erg. A friend of mine just moved to a more rural area college town. She evidently was taking a walk this morning and had some man come up to her and say "was the walk of shame worth it?" WTF! Now, you have to realize that this friend is really not comfortable with sexuality and that makes ...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12010

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

I'm not really certain what the 'standards' of maternity leave are in the US, but the only guaranteed leave by the government is 12 weeks unpaid. Most corporations will do better than that. I don't know how true that is. A lot of corporations tend to do the bare minimum that is required of them. An...
by KestrelLowing
Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24188

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

Well, I now own a jump rope, but due to this fun, fun weather, it's all I can do to not overheat while sitting still (I don't have air conditioning, and I live on the second floor so even if I did my downstairs neighbor wouldn't be terribly fond of me jump roping inside). Therefore I haven't really ...
by KestrelLowing
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12010

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

You know, reading this just makes me sad. Maybe I should move to Europe!

I'm not really certain what the 'standards' of maternity leave are in the US, but the only guaranteed leave by the government is 12 weeks unpaid. Most corporations will do better than that.

Stupid Puritan work ethic!
by KestrelLowing
Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24188

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

Yes - my body weight is appropriate given my height/build (Note I'm female and 5'10", have a generally medium to small frame, and I typically weigh 145-150 lb). Basically, it's just that my goal isn't to lose weight, but rather 'get in shape'. As to exactly what that means, I don't know. Curren...

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