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I have a ton of other backlogged goings-on that I want to post about at some point, but right now I am particularly infuriated and just want to address something.

Apparently, there is this bizarre rumor going around at work that the Big Mucking Project is just a cover for me getting the state to pay me the big bucks for working on my dissertation.

Hahahaha, NO.

First of all, there is this list of things that has to happen before I'm cleared for dissertation-writing:

- Completion of the two courses and field in progress this semester.
- Completion of three more semesters of field (or one more semester of field plus a summer placement at 4 days/week instead of 2 days/week).
- In addition, completion of 19 credits (6-7 classes).
- Taking and passing of the Practice, Policy, and Research qualifying exams.
- Writing of a Doctoral Essay/"pre-dissertation" that is acceptable.
- Selection of a dissertation committee and all that fun stuff.

The Big Mucking Project and what follows from it needs to be done by the end of this year at the latest, with the major work completed in the next couple of weeks.

The project includes a dataset that I might get permission from both school and work to do secondary analysis work on, though even that is more likely to be for my classes and/or the Doctoral Essay than for the actual dissertation.

Besides, I'd rather not publish a dissertation that is based on a massive quantitative analysis project. That's not exactly my choice of long-term scholarly direction if I can avoid it.

But why should reality get in the way of a perfectly good rumor? *sigh*
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Apparently, the Latham NY Price Chopper doesn't see a problem with stocking boxes of "vital wheat gluten" RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF a bunch of specialty gluten-free items. I took a picture with my cellphone camera and will try to properly upload it later. The picture doesn't show this particular detail very well, but yes, this IS where it's regularly stocked, not just the result of some random person putting things back in that spot.

I haven't seen this at other Price Choppers, but I haven't looked either. I just thought it was kind of common sense that this sort of thing NOT happen.
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[Rant. May be NSFW. Warnings: sexual language, people being stupid about mental illness.]

also cutting for length )
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[Trigger warnings: people being stupid about mental illness, child abuse, near-misses with suicide, self-harm, some unpleasantness related to sex.]

[personal profile] kaigou has done an excellent job over here, talking about what it's like to be the person who wants to be more like all the successful friends who totally rock the world but somehow something in their brain just keeps getting in the way - and that something is ADD. (Seriously, if you want to know what it's like to be in my head, read through the "things your daughter will probably face" part. I 100% see myself in that.)

So I'm not going to talk about that piece because it's already been done. Instead I'm going to talk about what it's like to be the partner of a funny, charismatic, creative person who lives with brainweasels that are best described as Bipolar Disorder type II.

Those trigger warnings? I'm not kidding. Last chance to avoid. )
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[personal profile] invisionary and I pretty much want to stick this judge in a room and have her watch Finding Nemo over and over again.

"You can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would EVER happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo."

[This happened in the county where I LIVE, folks. And thus is terrifying as well as enraging.]
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(This is inspired/triggered by an argument I had earlier today with someone I normally have a very high opinion of, who unfortunately had a nasty case of That Guy-itis during most of our interaction.)

ranty rant rant - also, trigger warning for content related to tragic childbirth outcomes, some of it a bit graphic, and for discussion of rape and false accusations thereof )
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I admit I got to this late, and I haven't read every last bit of every last post. I have at least read the screencaps of the Survey Of Fail itself and some of the linkspam links.

Here be my thoughts and they are cranky thoughts. WARNING for NSFW language, discussions of sex, fictional incest/fictional sexual abuse, and mental health issues. )
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Disclaimer: I haven't read all of the health care bill. However, I doubt very many people have. I just want to debunk some of the obvious nonsense that is going around.

Ranty rant rant )
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So, apparently the idea of the "emotional affair" is one that some relationship advice-and-counseling folks are really big on these days. There are actually some slightly useful concepts that could be related to this, like the idea that actual sexual contact with another person does not have to occur for someone to be unfaithful to marriage vows or other relationship agreements. (My ex-fiance, who was all kinds of dishonest and also had a serious substance-use problem, used to love to remind me that, "Hey, at least I didn't CHEAT ON YOU!" as if that somehow made the rest of his various unacceptable behavior perfectly OK.)

But...the concept as a whole is one that I find incredibly problematic for a lot of reasons.

cut for length - minor talk of sex involved as well )
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I just hope I'm not any of y'all's Ugly Girlfriend. I mean, seeing as how I'm even fatter than what they use as examples of hideousness.

('sides, is it just me, or is the blonde in particular actually really cute??)
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I'm not really sure what to say about this right now that hasn't already been said, but I'm pretty well incoherent with rage, especially because one of the affected authors is my Human Behavior professor.

Apparently, Amazon.com believes that books with LGBTQ content - even at the level of Heather Has Two Mommies - are "adult materials"and thus should not be counted in sales rank.

A list of affected works is being maintained over here.

Oh! I do know what to say! Someone ought to tell the people who made this policy that Albus Dumbledore is gay, and therefore the entire Harry Potter series should be seen as "adult materials" under this new policy.

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