Where Do I Even Begin?

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Crazy, awful year.

5 deaths, 3 of family members and 2 of friends (update, 2 more friends I just heard about this week). Dealing with an elderly relative who appears to be losing his mind. Renovated the house in 6 months and then sold it in a day (but still dealing with the fallout from a completely incompetent escrow company). Moved to an apartment downtown. Business is booming, new clients every month.


Living downtown is great. The pluses and minuses:

+ The food is awesome

- I'll be 300 lbs. by this time next year

+ No commuting, therefore rarely have to deal with traffic

- Noisy

+ Virtually anything you can imagine is available within 10 blocks of here

- No garden

+ No weekend chores

- No view of the lake, but

+ Fantastic view of the City, Elliot Bay and the Olympic mountains

+ Got rid of tons of "stuff"

- Still have more to get rid of

+ Finally got a stereo I really like, Marantz SR6008 Receiver, B&W Matrix 805 speakers, Velodyne SPL1000 II subwoofer. Clean, simple and accurate, and incredibly inexpensive (seriously, if you're thinking of getting stereo equipment check out craigslist, incredible equipment mostly dirt cheap). Haven't hooked up my old Thorens turntable yet, that's next on the list so I can digitize my album collection.


.  .  .  .  .


Also, a few other thoughts:

- It never ceases to amaze how people plan for months to shut down the government then get annoyed when the government actually is shut down.

- Related to that point, why would a party assume that their political opponents would agree on what constitutes essential government services?

- The Tea Partiers are just entering the "eating their own young" phase, where strident rock ribbed conservatives from 2 years ago are now "squishes".

- People complaining about the Obamacare rollout have obviously forgotten the rollout of Medicare Part D and also have never dealt with any company on the internet, ever. They also have forgotten how annual increases in medical insurance rates and policy cancellations have been going on for the past 30 years.

- My current (crappy) medical insurance plan is being discontinued on 12/31, but according to the Washington Obamacare website I'll be able to get better coverage for $600 less per month. Despite what you may hear on the news, my story is a lot more common than the lies Republicans are spreading. It also means that I don't have to worry about the whims of insurance companies when it comes to insuring my family until age 65.

- I'm now convinced that I'll be hearing lies about Benghazi for the rest of my adult life.

- The Seahawks are doing quite well this year, although it's funny that I still have the same concerns as I did at the beginning of last season - is the OL good enough to win in the post season?


.  .  .  .  .


Finally, I suppose I should talk about why I haven't posted here in a while. Simply put, I think that this site and the idea behind it has failed. I don't believe it is possible for liberals and conservatives to discuss issues, because US conservatism has gone so far off the rails and has such such atavistic beliefs that conversation, let alone persuasion, is impossible or difficult to the point that it's not enjoyable. It's simply a waste of everyone's time, and the old quote about wrestling a pig comes to mind.


So the question I haven't answered is what to do about it. Artificially restricting conversation is out, for both philosophical and practical reasons. We do have a community of sorts, forged by years of participation. The question is, what is it good for?


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Very nice to see you back.

aireachail's picture

I share your experiences regarding the recent loss of family members and offer condolences. I suppose that's part and parcel the cohort we belong to now.



Nice to see you as well

HankP's picture

and yes, seeing relatives and friends pass does suck.


I blame it all on the Internet

Brief reviews

Bird Dog's picture

Gentleman Jack: Surprisingly smooth.

Aberlour 10-year single malt: Really good, great value.

Bowmore 10-year single malt: Metallic and sucky.

"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."

--Barack Obama, January 2009

Thanks BD, for the brief reviews


Agreed on Gentlemen Jack, my bug is that for the price there's so much better.  Haven't tried Aberlour and honestly I was a bit shiddy when I tried the Bowmore.  I don't recall it being bad but my judgment may not have been the best.  I have to ask, did you open the bottle, or do you know if the bottle was recently opened?  When I hear metallic taste with any sort of alcohol I assume the alcohol has oxygen poisoning. 

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Yeah, the GJ was spendy

Bird Dog's picture

Even at Costco.

I broke the seals myself on the bottles. For $26 plus tax for the Bowmore, I'm disinclined to see if the next one will be better. The Aberlour was every bit as good as Gentleman Jack and it was in the low $20s for a fifth.


"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."

--Barack Obama, January 2009

Sorry to hear of your losses


Glad business is going well. Re: the state of politics today, I blame the media...

Come, my friends. 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world -- Tennyson

My condolences


And best of luck in your new life.


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Hey, email me at hankp98072 -at- yahoo dot com, I tried emailing you a few months ago and it bounced back.


I blame it all on the Internet

For all of Facebook's Captain Renault-style protestations


They're not above patenting the mechanism for feeding the NSA all those tasty morsels.  Unctuous swine.  I've never trusted Facebook.  

I've never understood

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why people have not simply gone by what Zuckerberg has said.


I blame it all on the Internet

Disgusting on multiple counts


1.  Apparently there are so many writs, warrants, subpoenas, etc coming in that they now accept them electronically through a convenient website.  I wonder if judges can log in with their usernames and password to OK the warrants.  Facebook loves convenience so I'm guessing the eJudge page has an "Auto approve all warrants in my inbox" option he can select.


2.  Software patents suck.  What this one basically says is "receive request,  interpret request, retrieve data from database,  place it in a queue for requestor to look at".   I mean,  WTF else would you do?


3.  So,  by patenting the obvious way anyone would to respond to a request for data from a database,  Facebook is trying to force every other service provider to pay Facebook royalties every time they get an NSA/FBI/TSI/whatever request.  They aren't just trying to profit from revealing their own user's data, they're trying to profit from every electronic privacy violation that happens anywhere in the US.


Unctuous swine is not severe enough.



If there was a "like" button on your comment I totally would have clicked it.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

Nice to see you back.

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I think you have misdiagnosed the problem:

... I think that this site and the idea behind it has failed. I don't believe it is possible for liberals and conservatives to discuss issues, because US conservatism has gone so far off the rails and has such such atavistic beliefs that conversation, let alone persuasion, is impossible or difficult to the point that it's not enjoyable.

I agree that conservatism has gone off the deep end, but the impact of that on a discussion site such as ours isn't really that big. It has never been worthwhile to engage with extremists and a project like this was always going to be moderates arguing with other moderates. It was ever thus and the wingnuts of yesteryear were not terribly different


I have spent a fair amount of time lurking at Ordinary Times (nee League of Ordinary Gentlemen) of late, and while their opinion skews more libertarian than here and is perhaps a bit more diverse, that doesn't help them be a better site. Most of the arguments there are sophomoric and the comments section often devolves into useless semantic arguments that add nothing. That occasionally happens here, but far less frequently.


As to the purpose of it all? It's all the benefits of a night out, but I still get to go to bed sober. Reading the Forvm for years has required me to sharpen my arguments and rethink my positions. Over the years some of my positions have evolved and exposure to moderate conservative thoughts have made me a much more effective debater when talking to real people. Ironically, I'm much more polite on-line than in person where I'm much more apt to insult people for their broken logic, indefensible positions and racist tinged attitudes.


Anyway, it sounds like you've been busy. Here's to hoping your life settles down and you can come back here to raise a (metaphorical) glass occasionally.


--- I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own.

Good to see you too

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and how 'bout them Jets? Hard to believe they're in the wildcard spot right now. Looks like Sanchez' injury was a blessing in disguise, I don't think he'll get the starting spot back from Geno Smith anytime soon.


I blame it all on the Internet

I'm trying to take it in stride

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The Jets, as ever, are merely setting up their fan base for an epic fall. I like Geno, but I think that Sanchez could have achieved what he has this year, perhaps more. Having said that, I think that Geno has a much bigger upside so I'm not going to clamor for Sanchez if Geno makes some stumbles along the way.


I didn't watch much of the Buffalo game, but the parts I did seem typical of their problems. Turnovers will get you every time.

--- I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own.

i think


the events and revelations of 2008-2009 (obama election, financial crash, iraq clusterf*** ending etc) just dispirited many good faith conservatives who had been defending bush and conservative policies for the previous 5 years. some of the more interesting ones (macallan, ken white) just fell off. 


for some folks, its easier to fight the good fight when you're the party in power. 

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

Heh, much more polite online.


So am I but the reason I'm much more apt to insult people in real life is I can't hit backspace 8 times between calling someone a d***head and hitting [save]. 

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Sorry for your losses

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Last year, Mrs. BD lost a mom, step-mom and brother-in-law (leaving behind a 7-year old girl), so I commiserate. Tough business. 

We can agree or disagree about the rest of the stuff, but the Seahawks didn't have a great OL last year and they did little to upgrade it. Okung may be a Pro Bowler, but I saw him get beat a lot. Still, I think they have as good a shot as anyone to win a Super Bowl. Even our 3rd string running back looks good.

"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."

--Barack Obama, January 2009

Of course they have a good shot

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they're definitely one of the best teams in the league. But I get worried by obvious Achilles heels. Especially after a few teams have figured out how to take advantage of it.



I blame it all on the Internet

About digitizing those albums


Why do you want to do that? Do you have music that is unavailable digitally?


sound wise, unless you have a killer A/d converter it's probably not going to be that great. Although I have actually recorded a couple of my records on to digital and I love listening to the pops and clicks. 

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

A couple of reasons

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First, yes there are a bunch that aren't available digitally (as far as I know), mostly older blues albums. Also, as was the fashion at the time, I have a ton of albums that were opened, recorded on cassette, then put back and untouched since then. Second I've noticed that newer digitized versions of songs are compressed like crazy. Third, I did some digitizing on my old stereo and got some pretty good results, I may try a better A/D converter if I hear any problems.


I used Audacity, and I found that a couple of preconfigured filters worked pretty well, but if needed I could manually edit the sound files. No pops or clicks, no hiss. Final results were that the digitized versions sounded like albums - not as much high end as CDs, but more warmth in the mids and mid-lows.

I blame it all on the Internet

Sorry about your year.


Glad to see your name on a diary though. 

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

Hank, that's a bunch of BS


You come back and don't mention sh*t about booze.  Which reminds me, I found a new one, Bulleit Rye.  And no, I won't give you the satisfaction of some jackasinine review with 'subtle hint of drywall' or 'strong finish with a note of locker room'.  It's schmoove, spicy and sweet and if you don't like it then buy something else.

WTF kind of question is that?  What is it good for?  It's good for chewing the fat and getting different perspectives on sh*t.  It was stated a long time ago by somebody better than me* that the place is like a pub, BYOB and the music sucks, but otherwise like a pub.  There's no promise I'll agree on anything anyone says but it's good (from my perspective) to see right and left just hash it out with (this is important) the place not being an echo chamber for one side or the other.   

We've got international participation.  We've got Democrat, Republican and Libertarian participation.  We've got lawyers, doctors, paramedics, professors, contractors, military, advertisement, engineers and programmers all posting here.  There's a skew toward urban but a few rural folks, or at least folks with rural roots.  Shyeeeeeet, you've got a practical biosphere on the web and you want to know what it's good for.................Hell, I don't know what it's good for but I like it enough to stick with it longer than many marriages last.


*Ok, the 'guy better than me' was just some chum I tossed out there, we all know there's nobody better than me.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

I'm a big fan of the Bulleit Rye

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I have no use for bourbon or scotch but I can drink rye and ginger until I fall down. Bulleit's been my new fav for the last year or so. It's nice when ones drink of choice is both fashionable and cheap.

--- I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own.

I'm building my experience base with rye


I think I got lucky in finding Bulleit as rye is harder to find than frog hair around here.  I can't say I prefer it to other whiskies but I'll definitely keep some of this stuff stocked.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Good rye: Sazerac, Old Overholt, Rittenhouse, Wild Turkey 101


Of the four, Old Overholt and the WT should be easiest to find. Bulleit, like a lot of modern whiskies, has a simpler flavor profile that emphasizes one distinct note (sharp, spicy rye) and does away with some of the complexity of more traditional styles. Minimalism isn't a bad thing if done well, and Bulleit does it well. It isn't my favorite though.


Old Overholt is good, and surprisingly so given the bottom-shelf pricetag and the label that looks like strop oil for a straight razor... which come to think it is kind of what it tastes like. Barbicide, shaving cream, tobacco and leather... Old Overholt tastes like a barber shop. In a good way. 


Sazerac and Rittenhouse are minty cool where the other two are warmer. Anyone have any idea why some beverages feel cool like mint and others go down warm like a lava lamp? It's been awhile and I don't have notes on them beyond that, but they are damned good. As you might expect, the Wild Turkey is the most neutral of the four, with a well-balanced mix of spicy, caramel, astringency and all that stuff. Don't get me wrong, though, it's plenty interesting as a sipping whiskey. 


I've never tried Whistlepig, but can't imagine how it could be good enough to justify the price.

"Hell is truth seen too late." --Thomas Hobbes

... to justify the price

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It's not just Whistlepig, there are a bunch of ryes that are really expensive (stupidly so IMO) like Michter's, Templeton's, Jefferson and High Creek. You can peruse this list, most of those prices are $10 - 20 cheaper than they are out here in WA. I guess rye is "cool", which raises the price for everyone.


Old Overholt is OK but doesn't taste much like rye to me. It goes down easy but doesn't have the spiciness that a Rittenhouse has.


As far as the minty vs. warm feeling, we discussed this before. Everyone has different taste buds and your heat/cool receptors are easier to fool that someone who doesn't experience the minty flavor.


I blame it all on the Internet

There are people who can't experience minty freshness?


Sometimes I forget how brutally unfair life can be, then you come along and kick my skates out from under me again.

"Hell is truth seen too late." --Thomas Hobbes

I always taste it in bourbon.


Consistent taste is my biggest issue. I never know if it's me or the inherent variables between batches. A certain whiskey, I'll call it McJames, has evidently bottled an antifreeze expression sitting in my cabinet, waiting for guests as I type. The previous bottle of McJames was an entirely different experience.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

I never taste it in any alcohol

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and variability will always be a problem when using agricultural goods as a basis for your product.


I found this chart online, very interesting for bourbon and rye drinkers.

I blame it all on the Internet

I only taste it in bourbon


It was explained to me once that the mint comes from carmelized oak sap in the barrel staves. It's gone by the time those staves are used for Scotch or Irish whiskies.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Oh yeah. Rye,


I'm glad you recovered from your crippling testicular injury

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and I hope the cast, pins, braces, stitches and Gen. Mrs. Cuddly's fingernails will come off soon.


Bulleit is too much rye for me. Apparently it was designed as a mixer, with very strong rye flavor to overcome the taste of mixers. I did try Whistlepig (when I was in Vermont, as it's bottled in Vermont). It was good, but not $80 a bottle good. Still can't beat Rittenhouse if you're lucky enough to find it.


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I'd guess it's all male, between 35 and55 yrs old, all well above median income, all college educated. Mostly white collar. All white as far as I can tell. Maybe some Hispanics. No black or female commenters.


pretty slim slice of society if you ask me.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

Hmm medium income


at $51,017 is higher than I thought.  It must be because I wasn't thinking of double-income households.


Oh, in case anyone cares, I'm a dual citizen living in Canada.  When I attended a live recording of the Colbert Report and the warm-up comic asked for people from outside the country, everybody groaned when I said I was Canadian.  Geez, occupy us already.

It's a pretty slim slice, and that's good to remember.


But at least given my social circle, it's also one place I talk to people I normally wouldn't of ages and experiences I don't regularly encounter.

Hmmm, I dunno Nilsey


Two have claimed mixed race.  Two have claimed hispanic that I know of.  Catchy is practically female.  No regular gay formites that I know of, but Vint jumps in every so often.  I really hate letting the cat out of the bag here, but I understand we have an Indian dude prowling around.  I won't reveal his identity, I'd prefer that Mannish do that himself.  Not a total melting pot but not exactly the Teutonic Knights either.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

I've been doing my best to offer a women's perspective


on your problems, but you just can't seem to get my enlightened feminine ideas through your male pigheaded skull.

Here's why you can't get through to me


I've been married for 17 years to Mrs Cuddly, so I've become conditioned.  Here's what you can do to improve communicating with me from a woman's perspective:

-Talk at me, not to me.

-Start a conversation with "there's just one thing..." that turns into 47 things

-If I appear to be in a good mood, treat that as something that needs to be corrected ASAP



In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Darth you're not LISTENING nt

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I blame it all on the Internet

I know, right. I watch and I learn though


There are only two wise responses; stop and listen or put your fingers in your ears and yell 'lalalalalalalalala'.  That's the two wise responses, I've tried others.  My personal best was 'Maybe if you'd be quiet for a minute I'd listen'.  That was so bad that the NSA called me and said 'We heard that. Dude, dumb.'

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Darth, Darth, Darth

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Just tell her that you're an idiot. She'll realize she can't agree with you (because that would be agreeing with you) so she'll end the conversation tout suite.


Just uncorked a new bottle of rye - Crater Lake Rye Whiskey. Not bad, a bit too vanilla for me. Nice sweetness and spiciness, though.


I blame it all on the Internet



Even given Manish, that's not a very demographically wide segment. I think the fact that we even entertain the notion that we represent a wide range of viewpoints speaks to the blinkered outlook here. We argue, yeah, but within a pretty narrow range when you get down to it. Many, many of our norms, rules, givens, assumptions etc are unquestioned and fall into a very conventional range of American political thought.


its fine, it is what it is and thats the community for you. I'm sure in real life you know a few hundred people that wouldn't make heads or tails of this place, just as you would be lost on a forum of, say, transgendered commenters, in terms of the topics, experiences, outlook and all that.



“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

What's the problem with conventional?

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You have to know the measure of central tendency before looking at the variation.


The only other place where I comment is on the Guardian's pages.  As for unquestioned assumptions, you would be hard pushed to find too many places where assumptions are regularly questioned.  One of the reasons to come here is for the links on the right where you can get fair slice of opinion if you want your assumptions challenging.


And speaking of unquestioned assumptions

In their secret hearts, humans believe that women need to shut up and men need to ejaculate. Or rather, that's implied by the most-commonly searched phrases suggested in Google's drop-down search menu.

The suggested search string suggested by Google are based on what's been searched for most often by others. So if you type in "women can't" and Google suggests completing the search string with "drive," that's because most people who started off with the phrase "women can't" were in fact searching for the phrase "women can't drive."

I tried "Indians should" and "Black people should" and "disabled people should".  Rather fun.

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

Didn't say there was anything wrong with it


All I'm saying is that anyone who thinks the comments here represent a wide range of viewpoints needs to get out more.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw



I don't actually claim that it's a demographically "wide" segment. Obviously it isn't.


I mean, pretty much everybody here knows how to write complete sentences and, just as important, how to read those written by others. That's a surprisingly high bar these days, but I'm not sorry for that. The place would be truly pointless if it harbored a substantial contingent of inarticulate participants.


I think the site is set in an American context but goes beyond American thought, at least narrowly defined American political thought. I think politically interested, moderately educated English speakers from around the world should be able comprehend the writing here, even if not always enthusiastically. However, the vibe is clearly male white collar. I wish we had a bit more variety, but certainly not an accurate demographic cross-section of the US or the World. That would be unworkable on a language basis alone.


There is also a degree of darkish, ironic (if not cynical) humor here we kind of take for granted but that probably puts off younger people. Most of us have witnessed the political spin cycle many times and don't have overwhelmingly high expectations of anybody really, even as we hold fast to our views.

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.



Ability to read and write English isn't limited to this demographic, by a long shot. 


As as far as wishing for a wider demo, as I wrote earlier it's not surprising or desirable, for our purposes.


i can tell you that on other forums in which I participate, it's a very different demographic and the English is just fine.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” -George Bernard Shaw

Oh, Come On...


I didn't say that all the English speakers on the planet come to the Forvm, did I? Obviously there are plenty of English speakers who can read and write, who don't come here and are not represented by any of us.


But my point was that there are millions more (and I'm including native English speakers), who write badly and are generally unable to express coherent thought in writing. This is one item that limits our demographic. Not the only one, but a significant one for sure.

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.

It's A Pub, Hank


It's a pub. It's been a pub for years.


Like any good pub people have the same arguments over and over again, but at the end of the day, nobody gets hurt (most of the time). Like any good pub, it's public yet private. This isn't effing Facebook or some other misbegotten corporate information sponge (and meme injection tool) with a billion users.


What is it good for? What's a pub good for? A pub with people from different walks of life at that. Traveller's photography, catchy's observations in Asia, M Scott's sports diaries, Manish's world view. These are things I value and would not be otherwise exposed to.


The only problem with this place is that nobody serves you an actual beer.


(I'm very sorry you lost so many friends this year. Don't really know what to say about it.)

This was clear enough to Larkin, whose patriotism rested on the notion that England was the worst place on earth with the possible exception of everywhere else.

The lack of actual alcohol is a big problem

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Funny you should mention meme injection tool, I get about an email a week asking for link placement or "sponsored content" to be posted here. The funniest was when I got a letter asking me to remove spam links from old diaries because the company "wanted to take a new direction" and that they hoped legal action wouldn't be necessary. I replied that since they had paid people to post those links, it would only be fair to pay me $100 per link they wanted removed. Haven't heard back from them.

I blame it all on the Internet

Where is Traveller, btw?


He was talking about his health not being great and then he hasn't been around for more than a month.

He had a tech issue...


...I'm not sure it's appropriate to say more than that but he was alive and well just a few weeks ago.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 



What a year you're having. 


I got exiled to Korea by the lousy academic job market if it makes you feel any better. After shipping my record collection to Korea, I think it might be time to digitize as well. Thanks for the stereo equipment recs, I'm also in the market.


There's a lot of inter-lefty discussion on the site, which I find just as or more interesting than discussion across the aisle.


You said awhile back that you cared less about ideological diversity than just regular intelligence and knowledge base. I think reading with that approach to the site is still possible.


Honestly I come as much b/c I like the personalities here as anything else, so thanks for checking in. I'd love to hear more about your experiences living in downtown Seattle, which is becoming the most liberal major city in the US, I think, even surpassing SF.



Sorry you got exiled

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but Korea seems like it should be pretty cool. At least I've been incredibly impressed with their cinema over the past ten years. Are you learning Korean, is it difficult? Do the people there treat you OK?


Seattle is quite liberal, but it's not like you can tell just walking down the street - until you see someone smoking a joint, I guess. But just like everywhere else in the country, businesses can make ridiculous demands and politicians fall over themselves serving their corporate masters. But we do still have some strong unions, and that helps make a difference.




I blame it all on the Internet

Seoul's actually a really fascinating city


Come visit anytime.


I'm treated very well here as a white foreign male professor. My high status in society catches me off guard since of course I grew up surrounded by the anti-intellectual, we hate egghead lazy teachers who couldn't make it in business thing. In contrast this is a country that couldn't take education more seriously.


Last week South Korea had its college entrance exams on a Wednesday morning and they suspended all plane flights before 1pm so students weren't distracted. I heard stories of cops who saw a student rushing to the exam and picked him or her up, turned the lights on, and rushed them to wherever their exam was.


I have a personal assistant where I work and she's teaching me Korean. I'm not trying to do anything other than be functional and get around, so I suck, but that's fine. You can get by on English here if you want.


I heard about the tax breaks for Boeing. Every region must always lower taxes, raise executive pay, and slash worker compensation, or they'll lose all their business. I'm surprised you haven't learned that by now. 


I hadn't seen any Korean cinema til I came here, but I have a good impression after going to part of two film festivals. Do you remember anything you've seen that you liked?


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I think I may have talked about them already.


The Vengeance Trilogy -

  Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Boksuneun naui geot

  Old Boy - Oldeuboi

  Sympathy for Lady Vengeance - Chinjeolhan geumjassi


I Saw the Devil - Akmareul boatda

The Chaser - Chugyeogja

A Better Tomorrow - Moo-jeok-ja

The Host - Gwoemul

New World - Shin-sae-gye

The Man From Nowhere - Ajeossi




BTW, the union just killed the deal that was described in the newspaper article. Now Boeing is threatening to move production. The only problem is, the latest production figures show that the non-union locations are lousy at making airliners.


I blame it all on the Internet

Korean movies are the best...


Korean movies are the best...  I'm sure there is a hot new kid on the international cinema block but I'm not hip enough to know about them.


I'm jealous of the Elliot Bay and Olympics view.  I dream of a Southwesterly view from Magnolia.  That would be my ideal -- sunsets, Ranier, Olympics, ship/ferry traffic, rolling fog, the shipyard...  Love all that stuff.  Sadly I am relegated to a view of Beacon hill.  


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isn't that Dr. heet? You'll be buying and selling guys like me a dozen at a time in a few years.


Some of the Thai movies I've seen have been very good, especially if you like martial arts.


Let me know when you'd like to meet for that drink ...


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Resident-soon-to-be-fellow heet.  Yes, I'll make more eventually but it has been a long road and there are bills racking up.  Not that I ask for pity (like too many entitled residents/new physicians), I knew what I was getting into but thems just the facts.

It takes a good ten years

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for physicians to forget what it was like to be struggling and get to the point that they feel that they're smarter, more hard working and just generally better and more virtuous than everyone else. Give it time.


I blame it all on the Internet

Yeah, I see that everyday.  I


Yeah, I see that everyday.  I like to think I'm better than that, though.  I was a barely scraping by working stiff for 10 years before going to medical school.  That experience is hard to forget.

I'm sure you'll be fine

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and I wasn't kidding about that drink.


I blame it all on the Internet

Thanks, I haven't had time


Thanks, I haven't had time for much socializing beyond the family unit lately...  I'll let you know if that changes.