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  1. Ambergris, when you're born and raised in such a place, you don't know any different until you leave. In the Midwest, this storm would be one day off and then business as usual. That said, Maryland's roads are horribly designed. The civil engineers must've been smoking something interesting when they designed the highways around Baltimore. And in most other areas the highway ramps have incredibly tight curves and are often banked wrong. And there aren't as many trucks to plow and salt. To top it all off, the drivers around here are insane. It takes a lot less for all Hades to break loose from snow. It's not the roads that scare me. It's the other drivers! And let's not even talk about the D.C. Beltway. But I get some great Schadenfreude watching people scramble for supplies. There's FIVE warehouse stores within twenty minutes of my house, and people are scrambling for T.P. and batteries, etc. before the storm. There's no excuse! You can keep Florida though; the size of the roaches and other bugs... *shudder*
  2. Fine and well, here. We keep supplies on hand, and have a well-stocked drinks cabinet. I first ran the dishwasher and wash, in case we lost power. I did some other cleaning because I had some of that nervous pre-storm energy. Then I settled in to read or prepare gaming stuff for later. When the worst of the storm passed, I made cookies. And tomorrow I have no work either. Before getting out at work, everybody was asking if I had enough supplies to stay in for a while. "Dude. I grew up in Michigan."
  3. Anxiety/depression meds can be tricky. That said, some mental health issues don't manifest fully until late teens/early twenties. I deal with anxiety/depression myself; it nearly caused a crash n' burn during my college years, and some dark times later on. Vitamin D. Exercise. But don't rule out depression meds if it comes to that. This is not something to mess about with. College is a horrible environment for these issues; you've got stress and overwork and crap sleep quality (My personal discipline did not matter when my neighbors in the dorm were drunk and screaming at 3 a.m. on a weeknight), and often a suboptimal diet. If your LilDD thinks she may need more help, keep in mind that university counseling centers usually have a backlog and it can take a while to be seen there. If she thinks things are spiraling worse, she may want to err on the side of making the appointment, even if she feels a little silly doing it.
  4. External hard drives and USB thumb drives are really dang cheap now. Your bookmarks, etc are simply a file you transfer over like anything else. When you get a computer, stay away from Windows 8. d**m but it's confusing. And this is from someone who fixes computers for a living. Almost enough for me to say "screw it I'll focus on Unix stuff." Blessed are the paranoid, for they hath made backups.
  5. Right when I think I have things sorted for a while... a wrench falls into the works. I've got a good job, that I like. I've got potential for advancement/a raise. I've killed my old medical bills and almost have the car paid off. I'm maxing out my Roth. My depression is well managed. I've managed to drop some weight. Sounds like a good time to try for a baby, right? Nope, more fibroid surgery. More delay. I've been to this dance before. It is not fun. Though sometimes I wonder about the sort of world I'd be bringing a kid into. I don't see the economy really improving in the future. I hope I'm wrong. Hell, I'm not even pregnant yet and I worry about paying for college. Some days I feel like the job and house stuff is overwhelming. But I also want a daughter with hazel eyes. On the bright side, the prenatal vitamins have done wonders for my nails! I really can't do the homemaker thing, though. Nowadays once you fall off the career ladder you have a hell of a time getting back on. I just pray for guidance and ask for understanding that where I am is where I need to be.
  6. Implicit in stock valuations is the opportunity cost for holding funds elsewhere- say, in CDs or highly rated bonds. So when "the markets" think that interest rates will rise soon, the stock market dips as people sell off some holdings because the risk vs. reward has changed. If you own stock that pays a 1% dividend yield and the interest rates will exceed that soon, you might not have reason to hold that stock anymore. Especially since that translates to a rise in companies' borrowing costs and the company in question might not grow as fast because of it.
  7. As mentioned in the other thread, I'm INTP (I have taken the full Meyers-Briggs before). I am a computer nerd by trade. I spend a lot of time curled up inside my own head. Language errors drive me NUTS (I want to smack the 'I could care less' offenders with a rolled up newspaper). I'm also very quick to make or anticipate puns, and learn other languages pretty quickly. I often will debate a point regardless of my emotional view on it, or point out logical inconsistencies in other people's arguments on either side of the debate. No, I don't have green blood and pointy ears. "haunting sense of impending failure"- Let's leave this one alone, shall we? I also love complex strategy games. I run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and I am a recovering Civilization addict. My brother and I used to play all sorts of strategy games as kids. And I am definitely an introvert. As mentioned introvert/extravert defines where you get the energy. Large amounts of people DRAIN me. I have forced myself to be more extroverted at this job and it has paid off. However, I sometimes go hide in the server room (restricted access) to get rid of the edgy, drained feeling. Working for strongly extroverted people is just hell (not this job, but the prior one). However, small social gatherings are a different story. Most of my social circle is comprised of engineers/computer people/scientists. Most of THEM are INTP or INTJ types. It probably explains why "game nights" are so popular among the nerd set. Those are gatherings of maybe 6-8 people. Not a big enough crowd to feel nervous or getting your nerves frayed, and even an inveterate introvert needs social interaction. It also explains a lot of Internet forums- it is interaction at a "manageable" level. Have you guys seen the hamster ball analogy for introverts? http://stephencollins.info/a-guide-to-understanding-introverts/ INTPs are pensive, analytical folks. They may venture so deeply into thought as to seem detached, and often actually are oblivious to the world around them. Precise about their descriptions, INTPs will often correct others (or be sorely tempted to) if the shade of meaning is a bit off. While annoying to the less concise, this fine discrimination ability gives INTPs so inclined a natural advantage as, for example, grammarians and linguists. INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to almost anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves. A major concern for INTPs is the haunting sense of impending failure. They spend considerable time second-guessing themselves. The open-endedness (from Perceiving) conjoined with the need for competence (NT) is expressed in a sense that one's conclusion may well be met by an equally plausible alternative solution, and that, after all, one may very well have overlooked some critical bit of data. An INTP arguing a point may very well be trying to convince himself as much as his opposition. In this way INTPs are markedly different from INTJs, who are much more confident in their competence and willing to act on their convictions. Mathematics is a system where many INTPs love to play, similarly languages, computer systems--potentially any complex system. INTPs thrive on systems. Understanding, exploring, mastering, and manipulating systems can overtake the INTP's conscious thought. This fascination for logical wholes and their inner workings is often expressed in a detachment from the environment, a concentration where time is forgotten and extraneous stimuli are held at bay. Accomplishing a task or goal with this knowledge is secondary. INTPs and Logic -- One of the tipoffs that a person is an INTP is his or her obsession with logical correctness. Errors are not often due to poor logic -- apparent faux pas in reasoning are usually a result of overlooking details or of incorrect context. Games NTs seem to especially enjoy include Risk, Bridge, Stratego, Chess, Go, and word games of all sorts. (I have an ENTP friend that loves Boggle and its variations. We've been known to sit in public places and pick a word off a menu or mayonnaise jar to see who can make the most words from its letters on a napkin in two minutes.) The INTP mailing list has enjoyed a round of Metaphore, virtual volleyball, and a few 'finish the series' brain teasers.
  8. A library has a finite amount of shelf space, even a new, more spacious place. Payroll budget for re-shelving stuff and keeping it neat have generally been on the decline. Meanwhile the demands/expectations of the amount of titles/research materials to have available has exploded with the Information Age. Scientific knowledge updates quickly. So does technology, and therefore the textbooks that teach it are obselete ten minutes after you buy them. It is far more cost effective to subscribe to Safari to have all that stuff online. And if the lights did go out... do you think the library would continue in its current function? Or would it be co-opted for a different purpose? I read Alas, Babylon when I was in eighth grade. I admired the librarian's attitude, but I think there'd be a lot more bumps in the road if that scenario happened for real. Get your own textbooks; you can still pick up stuff cheap from Half.com and the like. You can then also make sure the book is reasonably balanced and not just doing whatever the state's "slant" is for that year. In high school I tested out of World History in summer school. I'd read the stuff on my own already, and the teacher teaching it was one of the major idiots of the school. Sitting through a class with her might have resulted in a blizzard of detentions, so I avoided the issue altogether. On mere factual basis I could've tested out straight off; I skimmed the textbook to get what bias the state wanted on the essay questions and pass by a more comfortable margin. Wrote what they wanted to hear, <bleep> you all, I'm outta here! Learning to tailor your message to your audience is also an important skill, but most history textbooks I found to be...lacking context. Definitely get some good SCIENCE textbooks. Math is often easier to approach when you have good applications for it close at hand. You can probably also assume a quicker progression than the "normal" textbooks lay out.
  9. My grandmother took it even further and said that God would have you account for each bit of waste- things like if you didn't curl the toothpaste tube hard enough, or left a couple teaspoons of milk in the cereal bowl (which just went to the cats at home, so it didn't really go to waste... Mind you, anxiety disorders run in my family and she fell pretty squarely in that camp.
  10. Thanks. Sounds like there's other anecdotal evidence the job market is picking up.
  11. Hmm, that idea I might steal for her birthday later on. See what we can scrounge up on post-season sales.
  12. Music to a girl's ears. I work as a contractor at a data center. It's a very visible position, dealing with a lot of different departments. One of them might have an opening soon to come on as a regular employee. It would amount to a serious raise. Crossing fingers.
  13. Okay. Legos are getting seriously overpriced, and the smaller niece will be outgrowing Duplos soon anyway. We could get her a Queen Elsa doll, but two year olds like to unwrap presents as much as play with what's under the paper. We'll be at the family's Hanukkah celebration, so the deadline is a wee bit earlier for finding something. I need suggestions for some small, cheap "unwrapping filler" gifts for a little girl who is a bit ahead of the curve on manual dexterity. Preferably noise-less, for the sake of her parents' sanity. Thoughts? Thanks for the help.
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