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Hello :) I like classical music and maps.

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This was a a good study break, thanks!

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Ahaha just the whole process of saying essentially, "Hey, can you invest 6 years of your lab's time and resources in me so that I can become a fancy researcher like you?" is a little stress-inducing.

Thankfully I have some really great mentors at my current institution who are thrilled to answer all my questions and help me with the application process, but still. UGH.

I mean I see why he only showed streetcars, and it certainly provides an interesting comparison because the street grid remains very similar over time. I just think if he's saying that their modern transit system has better service than the old one, it's worth mentioning that today's major transit system is not actually the one represented on the map.

Yeah, they didn't build highways in their city because they have a very robust transit system, but the very robust transit system in question isn't streetcars (though the streetcars are still there and do indeed reflect interesting changes)

Wow, I half-expected this to be a lot of "look! expansion!", but really there's a lot of consolidation and complete overhaul if not downsizing. Detroit and Buffalo are pretty depressing, but not unexpected given their population trends. It's neat how Montreal moved everything underground, what a massive undertaking. While I'm not super surprised at the general trend of abandonment of public transit, it's sad! Look at all our European friends with their fuctional and heavily-used public transit networks!

Also, doesn't San Francisco rely way more heavily on BART?? I feel like the street cars aren't the "modern transit network" of the city, but I get that it's cool for comparison.

I'd love to see a comparison for Boston: "Ah yes let's just keep adding stops and not bother with any standardization or anything". Cue daily delays and failures.

    Europe has always been "over there" to the Americans and the "Phoney War" to the UK while to the French it's the Maginot Line

Yes! America has always had the bizarre privilege of being super far away.

    you step outside of the funhouse for one minute and empires look like empires

So much this. Honestly one of my biggest realizations / takeaways while living abroad. I didn't realize how "American" my perspective was before I started reading more international news, and it has startled me a bit. What I'm seeing here re: Brexit is a reaction that I didn't really anticipate, it's more of a "Yeah they're shooting themselves in the foot but that's their problem" kind of attitude, accompanied by a question of concern for non-British EU citizens who have created a life for themselves in the UK and suddenly have a major citizenship question on the horizon. Of course there is interest in exactly what's going down, but the way it's being presented (and discussed between humans) isn't what I anticipated.

Interesting read! I'm currently studying in France, and I must say it's fascinating to watch this all unfold from a European perspective. I'm doing my best to consume news in French (though here I am on an English-language site, what can I say) and though I'm reading from sources that have similar political leanings to what I read at home in the States, I've been struck by how differently Brexit is being covered.

Intriguing that de Gaulle saw the UK as a "black sheep" of sorts all along...

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Hi hubski! I took a multi-year hiatus but I'm trying to come back. So I'm not really "still" here but NOW I'm here!

Name: birchbarkcanoe

Location: Usually Vermont but currently studying in France

Age: 21

Current preoccupations: practicing cello, student-ing, orienteering, panicking about looming grad school app process.

Previous preoccupations: practicing cello, panicking about other things.

Even after however long I've been gone, it was cool to recognize usernames. Missed you guys!

This is one of my favorite classical pieces - thanks for sharing!

PS hope you feel better!!

At my summer camp (where I'm now a counselor), we tell a story about a Native American princess who is banished from her tribe. She is cast away from shore in a birch bark canoe on a foggy night and never seen again. As the story goes, her ghost paddles around the lake every seven summers on a foggy night.

I created my account a few weeks after camp one year, and I was feeling campsick (is that a word? Like the opposite of homesick?) and I was thinking about this story.....and I mean, birch bark is pretty and canoeing is cool, so why not?


This is so so worrisome....

I notice this around New England, too. I've never had issues with seasonal depression, and I attribute it to the fact that I love being outside in winter. Winter hiking is beautiful, and I'm a ski racer so I get really really excited when it starts to snow. A lot of people at school who aren't from the area approach winter with the "survival" mindset instead of the "enjoyment" mindset and they're generally the ones that have trouble.

I worked on a conservation project in Alaska this summer and the whole 19 hours of daylight thing was really weird. The sun never completely set, and I often thought about how dark and depressing the winters must be if the sun doesn't completely rise. I asked one of the Forest Service people on our project about it and she said that the winter was beautiful and the Nordic skiing was absolutely incredible. Her only complaint was that she went through headlamp batteries like crazy. "Enjoyment" over "survival"!!!

That's a fabulous recording!

We played the second movement last year (Allegretto) and I just loved my part. We cellos had an exciting part throughout the entire piece, which was super cool.

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