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What's the worst form of data entry you've ever experienced?

Worst data entry in my life right now: The fucking dropdown menus for entering grades. Why can't I just take my CSV file that I download from the gradebook and upload that? FFS. When it's 100+ students it's a pain to do a dropdown menu for each grade, and if I mess up I have to submit grade change forms (by hand on paper). WHO DOES THIS by rowan in Random
Tue May 3 9:39 PM


Yeah, I can't imagine how to top that (and I'm pretty sure I don't want to try lol)

Last night I went to get out of the airplane and I don't even know what happened but I totally fell out of the plane and banged/scraped my knee all up. I mean... like, it's not like I don't know you have to step down onto the little step or did I just miss it and I don't even know. There's a big bruise and a scrape there now. by rowan in Ranting
Tue May 3 5:43 PM

Links to Spacefem Elsewhere


Tue May 3 3:00 PM

A very common pro-choice argument

It's a very interesting opinion! I think that woman should have a choice, after all, but she needs to weigh all the pros and cons before making it. In this case it's wise to try role-playing games to imagine how it will be to have a baby and take care of it.

Not to be flippant, but I think most of us went through this in Home Ec.

So I'm not sure the point of this exercise if just the woman who is going to be bearing the child for 9 months and likely taking on most of the child rearing duties. I'm pretty sure most can already imagine what it's like to have a kid. I really don't understand where this idea comes from where people don't weigh the pros & cons of such a decision.
by Sassquatch in Feminism
Tue May 3 11:48 AM

Counseling and religious objections

Also, it doesn't actually give choice to the client. The client could well say, "Well, I'm satisfied with this." Perhaps the care an otherwise religiously closed-minded counselor is obligated to bring is still pretty good.

Now they can't. They've effectively disempowered clients, and this disproportionately hits people more likely to be refused. by Sonic# in Feminism
Tue May 3 11:48 AM

let's list our favorite children's books

We are on little kids' books here. My favourite book as a child was Professor Wormbog's Gloomy Kerploppus, which was about a clinically depressed kerploppus. It's not in print anymore. I also liked a couple of other awesome books that are not in print anymore because of really clever language play.

I like Richard Scarry books for my three-year-old, and appreciate his updating them to make them less gendered and remove some archaic terms. They're just fun for poking around and finding the little hidden bits. No one really bears Seuss for language play. by Sassquatch in Pregnancy & Parenting
Tue May 3 11:36 AM

Mnemonic device generator

Type in letters you want to remember, we'll make up a funny sentence to help
Tue May 3 3:00 AM

young kids, consent and bodily autonomy

I think it depends on the child. Do you ask a newborn if it needs it's diaper changed? Obviously no. Do you help a 13 year old get dressed? Obviously no. Somewhere in there the child matures to the point where they should learn that they own their bodies even if they don't have all the privileges an adult does. This age is going to vary wildly between different children (by widly, I would say 3 year range). I would guess that some kids might be ready for this lesson as early as 3 while others not until they're about to go school. Actually that's a pretty good benchmark, because if you're going to put them in a group with other kids they don't know they should know the rules about touching or being touched.
by monk in Pregnancy & Parenting
Mon May 2 8:46 PM

what's the last movie you saw?

Keanu :3houses:. Not all the jokes landed but I wasn't rolling my eyes at them (looking at you Ted 2). If you like Key & Peele and you want to see the "cutest kitten ever", I recommend it. by Unvoiced_Apollo in Mixed Media
Mon May 2 7:04 PM

it gets better thread for parents

I'll come back to this but at 7 we are into feeding herself stage, she can get waffles out of the freezer and use the toaster and get her own cup of (water,milk,juice,etc) even out of the tall cupboards without dying.

Every year seems to get better (I imagine the teen years will reverse this statement) by rowan in Pregnancy & Parenting
Mon May 2 3:57 PM

10-Second PHP Tutorial

The fastest introduction I could possibly muster.
Mon May 2 3:00 PM

Criminalization of drug use during pregnancy to end in Tennessee

That's good news! I believe a woman should stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol (or smoking) immediately after she had unprotected sex in case she's pregnant. And a woman can be pregnant even if she had sex during period. So, the actions of the authorities seem a necessary measure. by Lia913 in Pregnancy & Parenting
Mon May 2 11:14 AM

Advice for surviving the last days of pregnancy?

Think about everything you would like to do with your child after birth. How you'll take care of the baby? Who will your baby look like? Think about breastfeeding, maybe (sorry that I suggested this topic if you're not going to BF): it has it's advantages, but it's still not for everyone. Or you can just read a good book! :) by Lia913 in Pregnancy & Parenting
Mon May 2 11:13 AM

Quiz: What kind of engineer should you be?

Engineering is one of the coolest jobs in the world, but there are so many disciplines it can be a little daunting to choose one for yourself! I wasn't happy with the existing quizzes, they were mostly way too direct (do you like bridges or wires? uh...) or way too career-spammy, and they were all way too serious. So with that in mind I took some personality traits and kinda did my best attempt at mapping them to engineering fields. It's not scientific or accurate because it really doesn't matter, engineers do so many things and move around so much there's no way to predict what path you'll end up on... so relax! This point of this test is to combine the fun of a personality quiz with the usefulness of a career test... hey look at that, fun AND useful? It's getting engineer-y already!
Mon May 2 3:00 AM

The Skirt Pattern Calculator

I like to sew. This calculator tells you how to make an arc for any skirt you've got the fabric for - just type in your measurements.
Sun May 1 3:00 AM

Quiz: Do you need a boyfriend?

Are you a young single gal wondering if you need a man? Take our quiz.
Sat Apr 30 3:00 AM

Do you hate men? (Split from Feminist FAQ)

So if I admit feminism is a hate movement, you win. If I deny it, you still win because obviously I'm in denial. Sounds like a great setup for you.

Last time I checked the KKK was not an academic genre of study in schools either. by Aum in Feminism
Fri Apr 29 10:09 PM

Aren't men's rights important? (Split from Feminist FAQ)

There are lots of feminists who stand up for men. Christina Hoff Sommers comes to mind.

You'll mostly find them among moderates, and non-millennials. Too many college campus feminists these days are ignorant and crazy. by Aum in Feminism
Fri Apr 29 10:06 PM

"Feminists don't have a sense of humor"

You either have to argue that all potentially traumatic lines of comedy are problematic and shouldn't be performed, or argue that rape is unique in its potential for trauma somehow, so should be given special consideration.

Both lines of reasoning are specious at best.

This misrepresents the issue with rape jokes:

Ex: Daniel Tosh's "Wouldn't it be funny if she were raped" falls under what is problematic about most rape jokes. They tend to diminish the victim & the crime.
by Unvoiced_Apollo in Feminism
Fri Apr 29 12:15 PM

Quiz: What Color Are You?

Forget the four-color quizzes, this one displays your personality as one of the hundreds of named HTML colors.
Fri Apr 29 3:00 AM

stuttering at the end of words

I don't think it's a cause for immediate concern, but my experience would lead me to talk to a doctor about it. I didn't have a stutter when I was 2. I had language delay. I didn't learn language when kids typically do. Needless to say, I was a very frustrated little kid. When my parents and my pediatrician caught on to it, I had to spend a few years seeing a speech pathologist.

I've read that stuttering is at least partly psychological, but I really can't say more than that. If nothing else, I'd just want to know that his frustration is a necessary part of development like teething and not something that can be avoided. by Sonic# in Pregnancy & Parenting
Thu Apr 28 9:21 PM

Can you be a feminist and *not* be pro-LGBT?

I strongly support self-identifying. I don't know how common it is, but there are definitely feminists who feel a conflict between trans* issues and the idea of breaking down gender barriers. I immediately think of an infuriating essay about Caitlyn Jenner, that complained about her embracement of gender norms. I don't agree with that writer, but I'm not about to try to start saying that negates the writer's ability to be a feminist. by melsbells in Polls
Thu Apr 28 8:28 PM

The Baby Due Date Statistics Survey

I wondered if due dates were accurate. 5,000+ internet friends chimed in. See the charts here.
Thu Apr 28 3:00 AM

Sexual Empowerment vs Sexual Objectification

A lot of times, it's just a sexy image with her not portraying much or any sexual thoughts/acts, or even any awareness of the "camera"/male character or his sexual whims.

I take it youre against the sexy but virginal strong female character type? by Pikachu in Feminism
Wed Apr 27 7:10 PM

Pregnancy Calendar

For geeky moms like me who need to remember not just what week they're on, but their percent completion.
Wed Apr 27 3:00 AM

Umbilical cord

There's a Bulgarian tradition about the umbilical cord my friend told me about. When the dried little stump falls off your baby, you're supposed to throw it in a place that reflects your child's future, or at least the future you want for them. My friend threw his first son's on to the pitch at a Yankees' game and for his second son he threw it at the stage during a concert!

When my son's cord fell off a few weeks ago, I put it on the counter next to his changing pad then promptly forgot about it. I've no idea where it is now. by antfancier in Pregnancy & Parenting
Wed Apr 27 1:26 AM

emasculating my spouse

these irrational masculine values are hard to shake
That's certainly part of what's going on here. There is a lot of social pressure to display stereotypical traits of the gender people percieve you to be. My spouse is not particularly gender-normative and views gender as a social construct, but he's still being bothered lately by my having taken on most of the roles stereotypically associated with masculinity (primary income earner, fixer of broken things, etc.).
by melsbells in Feminism
Tue Apr 26 8:49 PM

another strike against my working memory:

when I get stumped conceptually in math I have to remember it took thousands of years to get where we are today with it. It wasn't just one genius sat down and figured it all out in one sitting. Even Einstein had to read math books before he became prolific. by Nerd1987 in Science & Technology
Mon Apr 25 8:52 PM

Prince Adam vs Prince Adam

Adam of Eternia has better tunes, obvs.

And if this were a rock battle, perhaps he would win.

But this is fisticuffs. & I think Prince Adam has a height & weight advantage over Prince Adam of Eternia even in human form. by Unvoiced_Apollo in Polls
Mon Apr 25 2:30 PM

how does YOUR garden grow?

Ooooh! I now have two deer and a for sale sign and a floating turtle :) ... 010a8e0014 by Nachos in Random
Sun Apr 24 11:41 PM

What does Yahweh mean to you?

It's how Jews call God.
Except it's not really! It's a stand-in used to represent God's name, because the actual name is not supposed to be written down or spoken except in prayer. So yeah, it kind of appears in Jewish writings (only kind of because only in Hebrew, I've never seen the English spelling written out in a Jewish text), but that doesn't mean it's the name of God per se.

I mean, I had a somewhat lacking Jewish education but I was nonetheless steeped in (American, reform) Jewish culture and feel reasonably knowledgeable about Judaism, but I was utterly baffled when in 9th-grade world history my textbook said that Yahweh was the Jewish name for God. by octarineoboe in Polls
Fri Apr 22 1:07 AM

What would you like to change about yourself?

It'd be nice to not become socially anxious when I'm experiencing a lack of self-confidence. Or maybe kill two birds with one stone and just say I would like to be more confident when doing unfamiliar, challenging things.

Also my profound lack of organization. by Eravial in Random
Thu Apr 21 4:28 PM


Well, I have glasses. But I can't wear them when I go skiing or play softball, so I was hoping I could wear contacts in those situations instead. And IMO I look awful in them.

And I'm just so frustrated because everything is completely snowballing in my head. Like, what use am I and what hope is there for anything else in my life if I can't even manage to put in a stupid contact lens????
Oh no no no. That kind of thinking is the kind of thinking which will get you caught in a stress loop which will result in the contact thing never working for you. You've got to deescalate the situation.
by monk in Ranting
Thu Apr 21 12:03 AM

The Hedgehog Concept

...I have several mediocre passions.

Also,I will take your hedgehog and your fox and make soup.

I feel like that sums it up nicely. Also, have you ever met somebody that has one passion/purpose/love or whatever you'd like to call it? They are usually very dull. I prefer people who have lived in another country, want to learn a third or fourth language, trained horse for a living when they were young, have experienced child birth, and would like to help save the elephants and rhinos while writing a novel and learning about gemology. A great pianist is enjoyable during a recital, but the daily hours of practicing their whole life leave very little time to develop much of an opinion or perspective about things outside of that one passion. by Isabella357 in Careers & Education
Tue Apr 19 7:45 PM

I'm one of those people who needs to not read about health concerns online

no more forensic files for you lol

We had a mercury spill in our building once, they made us leave for a bit while they cleaned it up but no one was particularly worried about anything except making sure people didn't walk through it. by rowan in Ranting
Tue Apr 19 5:50 PM

Cancer clinics

Yeah my SO likes me to put my hand on her to cure her aches and pains. In my behavior modification class they talked about how "some" migraine sufferers can be relieved by not reinforcing pain related behaviors that are connected in the brizzain. by Nerd1987 in Science & Technology
Sun Apr 17 7:20 PM

Representation in Film, Visualized

I could have sworn I saw Tangled in there. Oh well, I did a search and another article had it at 52/48 in favor of women characters.

I like this article because it delves even more into the content of dialogue, again looking at Disney Princesses. Along with the mentioning of how we seem to put male as the default being a reason for the inordinate amount of male dislogue, it does note a positive trend. And it's that women in these movies are being admired now more for their skills rather than their looks. Compliments in the early era skewed heavily toward beauty but that decreased in the Renaissance, and the dynamic has now shifted with the majority being about skills.
by Unvoiced_Apollo in Feminism
Fri Apr 15 12:44 PM

Employer Education Verification

Before I became self-employed my bosses never inquired into my education, they just accepted my word. I also found this strange. Granted, my jobs were non-specific to my degree. I think if you apply for an engineering job and claim you have an engineering degree, it makes sense they check, otherwise it's "just a degree" to the employer.

It's kind of a sign of how saturated the degree market is now. by Aum in Careers & Education
Thu Apr 14 3:15 PM

Books on leadership and influence

Wow thanks a lot! I feel like influence is my biggest weakness. I am too blunt and if I can't have my message and ideas valued they won't be utilized or taken up by groups in my personal life or at work. I also talk too much and listen too little. by Nerd1987 in Mixed Media
Thu Apr 14 6:21 AM