2. Lack of agenda. We should not be having meetings for the sake of having meetings.
2. Lack of agenda. We should not be having meetings for the sake of having meetings.
F* you to cabdrivers who want to make small talk and chit-chat at 4am on the way to the airport. I hate this guy so much. Who wants to tell a stranger about their hobbies and politics at 4am? You just lost all my future business for your company.
F* you also to cabdrivers who don’t know how to get places and have to ask me. Ask Siri, use GPS, f*ing memorize an atlas in your free time, I don’t care. If I could get there myself I wouldn’t have to pay you. Do your job.
Related f* you to all people who are incompetent at their jobs! Also f*-you to the awful Mexican place in the Denver airport, you know the one, with the extremely uninspiring food and the slow-ass service.
Shout-out, though, to the awesome Vietnamese place in Silver Spring, MD, who had delicious food and brought all our complex orders right, and fast, the first time. Yum yum yum! A+ would eat again.
#2 doesn’t mind chatty cab drivers (in fact, in her profession, cab drivers are the only regular people that many of the top folks in her field ever talk to…so she hears about their views at conferences as if they’re the “man on the street”), but she would mind them at 4am.
Shout-out to the grandparents who came to visit even though we don’t live in a big interesting city. And even though you had to miss an important football game.
Do you have any travel-related shout-ats or shout-outs?
I’m having a problem with Terry Pratchett’s Dodger. And I say this as a huge fan of his.
Does Dodger HAVE to run into EVERY famous person ever?
#2: he does NOT run into Jack the Ripper
#1: Charles Dickens, Sweeney Todd, Disraeli…. it takes me right out of the story. It would be more believable if the names were made-up. Let’s just name-drop Babbage and Lovelace while we’re at it, no reason at all, they don’t even have lines, we’ll just put them in this scene because Look How Much I Know!
#1: (wow, I didn’t know that) is there ever anyone who DOESN’T run into charles dickens?
#2: I’m just proud of him for not running into Jack the Ripper
#1: did Dickens seriously know every single person in London? It’s just…. it’s cheap. Were Dickens and Disraeli really friends? I mean, really? It’s cheap.
it’s like it’s saying, ha ha, in the book.
The things Disraeli does… the whole thing would be more believable if it were someone made-up. And Dickens is always stopping to make a note of some turn of phrase that is the title of one of his books…. STUPID!
#2: Yes, he could have had thinly disguised nods to famous people like he does in his Discworld series; however, I thought of Dodger more as a YA fiction, and those often have famous people in them. Pretend the book is for 12 year olds.
#1: I thought about that, but then there’s [SPOILER ALERT] domestic violence and miscarriage and baby-killing….
#2: but not graphic or overt
it’s even discussed in a YA sort of fashion
#1: but does a 12-year-old know who Disraeli is? Like, there’s no REASON to have him in there. If you’re old enough to know who he is, you’re old enough to think it’s disingenuous to have him in there.
#2: The 12 year old learns about Disraeli from books like that.
#1: I dunno. I’m just not… I don’t feel very forgiving about this book. I feel like he’s written much better things.
#2: He has. It’s called Discworld.
#1: he could do Dodger in Discworld though, and it would be better, with all the same themes. I mean, Good Omens was fantastic.
#2: Oh, yes.
#2: he’s not as good at children’s fiction, except when he’s not aiming it at children (see: Tiffany Aching). Diggers is terrible, and Johnny and the bomb is totally mediocre.
#1: Dodger is just… cheap. It’s like he’s saying, look how clever.
Readers, what makes you mad?
Ok what is it with this idea that you are getting enough sleep when you can wake up without an alarm? Who does that? Maybe if I set my alarm for 11am! Even when I go to bed early, and set the alarm for 8 – 9 hours later, the alarm always wakes me up. What is WITH you people and your freakish lack of need for alarm clocks? That’s why they make alarm clocks! Because we need them! Perhaps if I never had a class or meeting before 2pm then I wouldn’t need an alarm clock. But seriously! Getting 8 – 9 hours of sleep is NO guarantee that I will then wake up at the right time. Ha ha. I laugh upon your alarm-clock-not-needing! [#2 does not usually use alarm clocks, and even when she does use them, she usually wakes up before they go off.] [#1 sticks out her tongue at #2.]
I *always* feel groggy when I get up. And there is nothing wrong with my thyroid [#2, using her armchair internet skillz, suspects it's a difficult to diagnose thyroid problem], I get plenty of vitamin D, I exercise several times per week (which only makes me MORE exhausted, but that’s a separate post). If I was pulled over on my way to work, I would fail a field sobriety test because I am uncoordinated and usually sleepy at that hour. I can’t even reliably touch my finger to my nose when stone-cold sober, and I do drive sleepy. I know I shouldn’t. But there’s no other way to get to work! Or, if I’m awake when going TO work, I’m very exhausted when coming home, which leaves the same problem.
Who’s with me?!?!?!?!?
My employer switched health insurance companies/networks recently and a service that used to cost $75 with the old network’s discounts now costs $175 with the new network, apparently there is no discounted price. It’s the exact same service and a month apart, so it’s not like prices went up in the meantime. I told the benefits department at my company this and they gave me a bunch of bullcrap about how the new network is supposed to save us money and unfortunately my case is one where it costs more than twice as much. There’s a distribution list and I asked and there are other people seeing similar increases in service costs.
While I can absorb this, it is rather annoying and I now have the high deductible plan, so it is 100% my cost. I did finally get the bill in the mail from the provider and sure enough, it is $175 like the insurance company’s website said it would be. Do you think that I can call the provider and try to negotiate my own discount since there was such a large discrepancy between back to back visits? I really wish my employer would do something like this since we as individuals have no pull with the insurance company, but they have enough employees that they probably would…
Well, the only time we’ve ever had luck negotiating with an insurance company is when we’ve been in the right. And even then it has sometimes taken multiple phone calls. Still, it’s always worth a shot, if you think your time is worth it– you can report back to us.
What do our readers think? Have you ever had any success negotiating with an insurance company? Any thoughts for L?
With the market recovering, assorted PF bloggers are getting into the details of stock investing. They all have some system that they think is going to beat the market. Most of these systems take a lot of time, but they say the time expense is worth it if they can make higher returns than the market.
On average, once fees and transaction costs are considered, people who try to actively manage their portfolios make LESS than people who just stick money in diversified target-date funds and sit.
That means that the majority of people who sink time in with whatever system they’re following are making less money in the market than the people who just set and forget. On top of that, they’re making less money than they would be if they were spending that time doing something that actually earns money. (Cynically, some of these folks are getting advertising $ from their blogs for misleading people into becoming active investors.)
What can you control:
1. The amount of money you put in
2. The diversification mix of your portfolio
3. The fees you pay
What can’t you control:
1. Market returns
2. The random walk down WallStreet
And what you might have difficulty controlling:
1. Man’s (and to a much lesser extent, according to Greg O’Dean, Woman’s) tendency to trade too much and at exactly the wrong times
If you want to invest like Buffett, then buy some Berkshire Hathaway funds.
Even better, pick a target date and buy a Vanguard Target-date fund. (If you’re not sure about when you’re going to retire, pick a late date.)
Why do I put projects down and not pick them up forever?
I spend so much fricking time trying to figure out what I was doing a year, two years, five years ago.
A lot of this is my coauthors’ fault. I hate nagging and other coauthors don’t, so I’m often low on the queue. And sometimes there will be something they have to do that I can’t do. And months will pass.
But… that doesn’t explain why I do this to myself on single-authored papers too.
And I always swear to myself that this time I will leave myself better notes. More complete files with better comments. Ugh. Unfortunately whatever it was that caused me to put something down often keeps me from putting it away neatly too.
One benefit of having to figure out what the heck it was I was doing– I often find mistakes. But really, I’d prefer to find those mistakes in a faster way.
#2 chimes in:
Cripes, I do that too! I have so many things that are around 85% done. All the hard part is done! If I just put in a few hours, fewer than 10, I can send this stuff out for publication by the end of this month. But yet, I don’t do it!
There are various reasons for this. Sometimes, I stall out when I don’t know what to do next. Instead of asking for help like a reasonable being, I try to pretend nothing’s wrong. I have some fear that the project somehow isn’t right, in some way (not rigorous enough? stats not correct?), and that reviewers will, I don’t know, laugh at me. This is silly because peer review, whether through a journal submission or just asking colleagues for informal feedback, will catch existing problems and make the paper better. Maybe those problems aren’t even there and I’m just imagining them!
Maybe I have a fear of success. If this article is great, I have to keep producing great things! What if the next one isn’t as good, or I can’t get the next one done? I better hold on to this one in case I need a submission for next year. (??!!?!?!?!?)
Sometimes, I get distracted. For example, I have to get my RAs started on data collection for the next project, and that takes a lot of time and energy, and I don’t make it a priority to finish writing the previous paper. I’m dumb like that.
Sometimes, it’s just hard work and I’m tired. In my head, I have found great results and know what they mean. Or found not-great results and I’m already working on a follow-up study that fixes this one’s limitations. Taking the extra time to explain complex results for an audience can be tedious.
Sometimes, I can’t face the thought of all the work still to come. I can submit for publication and forget about the paper for a while… yay! But then I might get a revise-and-resubmit, and have to do YET MORE work on this project that I am mentally done with, and that would be tedious. Or I could not do the revisions, and send it somewhere else. This works a surprising number of times.
On the upside: A pre-tenure push to clear the backlog has really paid off for me. But I need to try not to get such a backlog in the first place.
Grumpy readers, please smack us upside the head and tell us to stop being dorks, ok? Also, send cookies. (Do you do this kind of stuff too?)