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izzy417  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 26, 2020

    Why are they paying a child all this money, anyway?!

I say this every 2 weeks.

izzy417  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 26, 2020

Job continues to go well. I've been investigating a couple of the shadier entities in the vastly under-regulated supplement market, set to publish results in a couple weeks.

In the process of moving my savings into a credit union. Appeals to my sensibilities, and my wallet. 5% APY on savings account for the first 2k with .25% on everything else, meaning that I will be earning about 166 times the interest on 2k, and about 6 times the interest above that. Plus, I currently live a 6 hour drive from the nearest branch of my bank, so I'm about done with that.

Have been going to the gym almost every day. Feels good, have lost a lot of the gut. I don't like being fat in my 20s. My partner shares my membership and goes frequently, and the accountability is helpful. Because of my area, the gym caters mainly to septuagenarians, so I don't have to worry about unsavory gym folk, although their taste in treadmill-view TVs is lacking. A friend of mine is a cross country running/track and field coach and gives good advice, but the other day he joked "You asking more for advice now will end with you asking for advice on your first half-marathon in 6 months." As much as I don't want him to be, as I hate running with a passion, I'm afraid he might be right.

galen is planning a visit at the end of next month. I am excited to show him my neck of the (literal) woods, catch a baseball game, and maybe go clamming...? We'll see. Also I need to brew beer so he can try my shitty beer when he's here. Hubski meetup in New England?

izzy417  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 12, 2020

    The best part of each being those qualities aren’t centerpieces of their campaign.

Big mood. I still get "Isn't It Time?" Hillary episodes.

izzy417  ·  111 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 12, 2020


New job continues to be ridiculously good. I jumped yesterday when my desk phone rang with the name of the paper I was currently reading.

My partner and I are changing life plans. We're no longer planning to move to Chicago for her to get a graduate degree, but instead are looking to stay local. Decision is 1/3 to keep this job I've landed, 1/3 economic, and 1/3 emotional (family, including the old and dying, are all local). Cost will be less than half that of the other degree.

The snafu of US Democratic primaries is frustrating, but I think overall it is a good thing. The post-2016 rules, largely instituted by the progressives, lead directly to a wider field (specifically, 15% threshold, more and more-populated debates), and gave voters the ability to express their first-choice preference, even if it's Marianne Williamson the Earth Mother like it was for 91 people in NH. In Political Science they talk about the primary cleavages between parties, the single thing that mostly decides which side of the aisle you fall on. I think the Dems are positioning themselves well to be the party of democracy, as opposed to the Rs, actively and vocally suppressing non-white votes. I'd love to hear others' views on it.

galen and I have been talking, only slightly jokingly, about writing music reviews/having an album listening club on here. If there's interest, we can do a thread this weekend. If not, we'll probably just continue to text each other our pretentious opinions about Coltrane.

izzy417  ·  118 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski, February 5, 2020

Mornin’. Merry Pubski!

After quitting my lackluster sales job, I managed to land a position with a non-profit near me. Now, instead of peddling some ironically “shady” solar panels door to door, I spend my days researching misleading or false advertising, compiling examples, and helping our legal team will to file complaints with the relevant agencies. Other roles: filing all of our media mentions, reviewing the legislation we are asked to endorse, adding to our website (WordPress HTML, but unlike the last project I had to do on WordPress this one wasn’t first coded by a stoned radio DJ), and more. In short, it’s kind of a dream job, and my partner and I are shifting other dreams to various back burners in order for me to keep it. Edit: My big project right now entails going after MLMs for misleading/false income claims. There’s a big one I’m working on right now that targets young men all across the developing world. It entails infiltrating their social media and marketing by pretending to be a struggling young man in need of direction (what a stretch...) and saving everything I can. In a couple months, we’ll file our complaint with the FTC.

The Superb Owl happened. But maybe more importantly, pitchers and catchers report in 7 days!?

It’s been my first winter in New England, and we have avoided winter almost entirely. Rhode Island had sharks because of how much warmer the waters were last year. Global warming is wild, and it is so frustrating sometimes to be an American in the midst of this (as well as the bigger headline news these days). Part of the reason I am so appreciative of this job is that it has given me new drive to try for elected office in the next few years. Hopefully that won’t be too late.

Oh yeah, and galen gave me a copy of The Art of Fielding, which I’ve been tearing through. Highly relatable for any young man who grew up in the rural US, I think.

izzy417  ·  123 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Republicans defeat Democratic bid to hear witnesses in Trump trial

A more apt headline would be “Republicans Defeat America”.