He came to Wellington in the mid 1990s
My college choir, the Wellington East Girls' College Small Choir, got to sing for him, I think in the Town Hall. Nearly two decades later, when I was going to WEGC, the head of music still had us sing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika every so often during school assembly, and had a photo of him meeting the choir in the music department. It meant something more to her than I ever really understood; by the time I was old enough to know who he was, he'd stepped down as president.
I do not see those quotes as being contradictory.
Why, I do believe the National Government may be
using the same technique to ‘lullaby’ the nation…
The difference being I know the genre I'm working with is fantasy.
All the meditation apps seem to take too long, but revisiting isolated bits of simple stories one liked seems to work rather better. I’m actually not being facetious – if you can’t shut down thinking, it narrows one’s attention without provoking more complex associations.
Weirdly, the only way I go to sleep any night, unless I'm absolutely knackered, is to tell myself stories. They distract my mind from my body long enough for sleep to kick in. While I generally sleep well once I am asleep, if I can't think of a good story hook, it can take me an hour or so to get there. Trying to keep my mind blank is the best guarantee of insomnia I can think of.
I sleep well and heavily, which I know is quite obnoxious and I'm very sorry. I could quite easily sleep through someone coming into my house and removing all my furniture (don't get any ideas, you guys). These child-raising years have so far been a series of literal rude awakenings. Damn baby monitors, ruining my hibernation time.
This is normally true for me (which is good, because I'm a mess if I get anything under seven hours straight), but for eighteen months my partner was away from home four nights a week, and after the first two or three months of that, for the first time in my life I couldn't sleep when she was away. Any tiny noise woke me up in irrational panic. The only things that reliably kept me under were alcohol (problematic for obvious reasons) or diphenhydramine, which is sold as an OTC sleep med in the US - for most people it's pretty benign but it does become less effective the longer you use it.
Fortunately, she's not going to be away again on that scale any time soon, but it was really depressing to be reliant on another person just to get a good night's sleep. The *really* stupid bit was that I could sleep just fine when *I* was away from home, even if I was by myself; I even slept perfectly well through seven days of major storms at sea, even if I wasn't feeling too flash when awake. It was all psychological. Bloody psychology.
I'm impressed by how forthright and impolite the coverage has become - seems like a tipping point for at least some US journos. Let's add Esquire to the mix:
I wouldn't call it a tipping point in that case - Charlie Pierce has been in fine and apoplectic form about the Republicans in general and the Tea Party in particular since, oh, well before the Presidential elections last year.
It really does show the failings of multiple layers of FPP. Tea Party are influential enough for their candidates to win a heap of primaries (or more moderate candidates have to sway to the bat-crazy right to do so). Then because they've got republican beside their name, they beat a bunch of democrats. Enough of them do that in the caucus, and they rule the caucus so control leaders and priorities. Enough republicans are elected, they rule the house. Rule the house, shut down the government. Economy starts to falter, and we're all a bit screwed.
There's an additional layer to it. The Republican hold on Congress is largely possible because of Republican-controlled state legislatures - which can gerrymander the Congressional seats to a nicety. There's no apolitical body controlling district borders; it's controlled by whoever is currently in power in the state.
While most folks focus on the political insanity or cheerfully joke about a day off work (unpaid) this has consequences worldwide for science.
Right now I'm on a research expedition in the northeastern Pacific (well, research in the odd moments we're not getting the crap kicked out of us by that typhoon remnant lurking around up here), with some NOAA scientists. Not only do their .gov email addresses not work anymore, when we get back and offload from the ship - assuming the shutdown is still in place - they won't be able to return their equipment to their home facility, because there are guards stopping them going in there. I've also heard about other important work being done by contractors because it's legal to pay them to do it but not legal for the people who'd normally do it - direct government employees - to do so while the shutdown is happening. This is a highly ludicrous process all around.
But the idea of being slimmer at the end of the weekend? It didn't even cross my mind. On the other hand, helping starving children wasn't a big concern of mine either.
As a kid, I never really got into the 40 Hour Famine because I didn't see how me not eating for forty hours was an incentive for people to give money to hungry children - if it was that important, shouldn't they just be doing it anyway? How did whether I ate or not change that? Also, I found the process of asking for sponsorship terribly awkward - once I'd tapped my parents, there wasn't really anyone else I felt comfortable asking for money. It's really not a very efficient way of fundraising, all things considered.
Was this the one?
- Valley Wag: “Culture Fit” Is a Shitty Excuse for Marginalizing Women in Tech
Yep! Thank you for doing the Googling I was too lazy to do. :P
Is it in any way required to ever give a reason to someone when they aren’t hired? It can be polite and helpful to do so, but mostly the excuse is “we found someone better”. How are you going to know if that’s true, unless you know someone in that workplace?
It's not required, but for the highly skilled and specialised jobs we're talking about it's fairly rude not to - there may not be that many people qualified for the job and the person you're turning down might know who most (or all) of them are.