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Thu Nov 27 4:57 PM by detral in Pregnancy & Parenting

7 weeks along. I was looking for stats on miscarriage and everywhere just says it is high throughout the 1st trimester. I was so happy to find the graph here that shows at this point it has dropped dramatically already. I find there is a lot of misinformation out there, or information that is jumping at safety without evidence (my pregnancy app recently told me that to be safe, I should limit computer/phone use throughout). I am interested in stats and research without rampid opinions.


Thu Nov 27 7:49 AM by Mathmo in Random Weirdos

First, humor me a bit. You see the word code-meshing. What do you think of?
Source code integration! Especially where you have different developers working on the same bit of code and you have to be careful to accept the right combination of changes ... (it's really called merging, I think).

I've been long-winded enough. What are your thoughts? Are there places where you have noticed code-meshing in action?
Can I count times when I accidentally use a kiwi (i.e. New Zealand English) word in my otherwise-British-English without realising it? Since NZ english is so close to standard British English I definitely used to have a blind spot for words (like 'jandal', i.e. what you would probably call a flip-flop in the UK - a sandal with a toe post between the big toe and second toe and a strap either side) which were distinctively kiwi, or had a different meaning (e.g. 'togs' in NZ means 'swimming costume' whereas in the UK it means 'clothes').

how can we spread the word on the touching thing?

Wed Nov 26 8:02 PM by melsbells in Pregnancy & Parenting

I almost never had to deal with this. I was living in a remote area and not interacting much with others. Also, the culture here doesn't seem conducive of interacting with people by touching them.

One of my spouse's young nieces touched my belly and I didn't know how to tell her not to do it. She was immediately corrected by her mother about not touching people without permission.

Then my parents arrived. I mostly just dealt with their touch, but probably not with much class.

Profile updates

Tue Nov 25 4:17 AM by cwbyrvr in Random Weirdos

My occupation used to be "college student/bum" which made it an interesting answer to what I wanted to be when I grew up for sure. Glad to see I wasn't the only one. I changed it, but I already forget what to... probably that I still don't know.

books vs. movies the showdown!

Mon Nov 17 6:49 PM by Sonic# in Random Weirdos

Sometimes I try to see whether the film and the book each stand on their own. If they both do, I don't worry as much about which is better.

When I like the book more: usually it has to do with being so in love with the worldcraft and the descriptions of the book that the film can be entertaining and even moving but just doesn't have the form to develop those things I otherwise loved. See LOTR books (loooove) v. films (love). Sometimes the books are just better, usually because they're in the hands of an author much better than anything the film produced - see Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov, or Dune compared even to David Lynch's version, or the ill-fated attempt to make an Earthsea miniseries.

When I like the film more: when there's something to the film that is brilliant and well-done in its own light. If I come away from the film really liking it, and think the book adds some things but isn't necessary, I like the film more. I'm thinking of Howl's Moving Castle as a good example, since I like the books but love even more its combination with Miyazaki's animation style and storytelling. This also goes for a lot of films that are novelized, like Star Wars. And sorry to the book The Princess Bride, but the film is the first to come to mind.

Food restrictions in pregnancy

Thu Nov 27 1:26 PM by spacefem in Pregnancy & Parenting

I'm kinda anti-food restriction. especially with my second... we're always so careful, right? then I got food poisoning at a hotel wedding (along with everybody), had to go to the ER for fluids and everything, and was like what's the point? most of the stuff they tell you to avoid like sushi, salad bars, deli meats, are because they *think* that might help you avoid foodborne illness. well obviously there's no way to avoid it, and the babies just take take take what they want anyway.

I found that if I paid attention to everything I read I'd go crazy with new articles out every week on what to avoid or not avoid, so decided to trust the mayo clinic and basically ignore everything else: ... t-20043844

and even then, I threw some of it out. I ate raw sushi from restaurants I'd been to a lot and trusted. honestly I think the sushi thing is more us being squicked out by a weird "foreign" food.

favorite movie about anyone having a baby

Thu Nov 27 12:38 AM by Meperidine in Pregnancy & Parenting

^ ha!

I had to say Saved!, because I saw it before I had observed and become sick of the "teenager gets pregnant but is eventually happy about it" narrative. (I did a book for work this month about a virgin teenager who gets pregnant through immaculate conception; it's the only book I read for them that made me think "this book should not exist.")

I didn't care for Juno, which came out when I was about 16. It might just have been my perspective at the time, but it all seemed too precious and too much like an adult's obnoxious idea of what teenagers are like.

dealbreaker opinions

Wed Nov 26 5:29 PM by Storage and Disposal in Random Weirdos

really you guys? I unfriend all the time!

why mute someone? that means they're still going to be seeing your posts, commenting on your photos, getting to be "in" your life, and never know anything changed. what good is happening by keeping them around?

My former art teacher is quite conservative, but I still like his comments on my artwork.

I put people I think are otherwise perfectly delightful on mute because they flood facebook with useless crap. I don't want them to get the idea that I hate them, but I don't feel like seeing pages of what they have to say.

I think a lot of people have opinions I don't care for. Rather than offending someone I know and respect in person, I choose to just not see it. Facebook has a knack for showing sides of people I don't want to see, but it's just small sides of them. To me, it's not worth shutting out the person completely. After awhile, I occasionally take them off mute to see if they stopped with their nonsense.

What's up?

Mon Nov 24 9:26 PM by DWH in Random Weirdos

Yooooooooooooooooo I keep forgetting to tell you I'm in LA until next Saturday and we should grab lunch if you're free!

Wait whaaaaaaaaaat, okay, I'm leaving town tomorrow for Thanksgiving but I'm going to move this discussion to Facebook.

And MFS, of course you should be scared. BAHAHAHAHA

stars by your name

Sat Nov 15 7:20 PM by rowan in Random Weirdos

*nibbles purple stars*


Thu Nov 27 8:11 AM by Mathmo in Random Weirdos

We've been decluttering / organising gradually for months now (and have got rid of lots of things! Lots have been recycled, or cleaned up and donated). I kind of like organising but only when there is enough space to actually put everything in. We've just moved house, so getting the volume of stuff to move down as low as possible for that was a big motivator. I read "The life-changing magic of tidying" by Marie Kondo a couple of months ago and rather liked it. She has a whole philosophy about tidying that I think makes a lot of sense (a practical approach which involves actually handling each item and seeing how you feel about it and saying goodbye gracefully to things).

I find it hardest to get rid of things I no longer want/need but that aren't in great condition - i.e. where I can see that there's still a lot of potential wear in them, but I don't think anyone would buy them from a charity shop. I really don't want to send things to landfill when they could still be used - but I can't keep all of them (current example: slightly stained but otherwise totally functional drawstring cotton laundry bag that I'm not super-fond of and don't need - bought in 2007 when I did need it for Uni ...).

Christmas gifts for small children

Wed Nov 26 10:06 PM by Sonic# in Pregnancy & Parenting

When I was little I remember getting a few toys. My parents didn't have that much money (I learned later), but even getting a few things (some clothes, a bucket of duplos) was plenty. The family gifts were the big ones - things like a computer (OMG a Commodore 128) and two very nice sleds.

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Wed Nov 26 2:12 PM by spacefem in Random Weirdos


I fixed the chat pages, sorcery does have a web-based client that's working. next chat day is tuesday!

I forwarded the whole /chat to the wiki so we have one place to edit.

Are you prepared?

Thu Nov 20 12:25 PM by Aelwyn in Random Weirdos

No, not at all. I have nothing stocked in my place.
However I do live less than 2 minutes from a subway which doubles up as a bomb shelter. Handy.

when do you have to introvert?

Wed Nov 12 8:33 PM by melsbells in Random Weirdos

I've had a bit of the opposite reversal of Meperidine. I have always been extremely introverted, but for the past two years I have grown to crave social contact. My spouse is the most introverted person I have ever encountered and my primary social outlet. I think he'd like me to make friends just so I'll leave him alone sometimes. I'm in a class to learn the language now and sometimes I think I could be friends with one of the other foreigners. We can barely communicate with each other, but my current standards for friends-in-the-flesh are fairly low.