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By gzt (Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 12:01:22 PM EST) gzt, shower length, school, chess, opera, handel (all tags)
means "Bless all the operas".


So we went to the opera last night. It was Handel's Rinaldo. There were some pretty good songs in it. The countertenor was quite good. The first act was a little slow and Baroque opera isn't quite the most entertaining (are you ready for a harpsichord solo?). I'm more of a Mozart opera fan for serious operas.

Every restaurant, especially international ones, has at least one dish that's kind of crappy that nobody will actually order except the one guy who knows what he's doing or has a taste for that particular dish. We've all been a victim of this. We had Greek food last night and the wifing unit ordered the smelt, not realizing that it's one of those dishes. She basically got a plate of about two dozen really small fried fish. You know, it's okay, if that's what you want, but an entire dinner of it and only it can be a bit much. I remember one time when we went a Persian restaurant and everybody else ended up with some great dishes with like meat and sauce and vegetables and other awesome stuff and I ended up with a small log of meat on top of a pile of rice. The meat tasted good, but the whole thing was underwhelming. Etc etc.

Apparently somebody in our chess league died. Truly an American icon.

Work is going okay. Getting rid of a lot of the crappy aspects of the job, which is cool.

I am enjoying Early Retirement Extreme. He has a very systematic approach to philosophy of stuff and things. Not quite for me, but there is quite a lot of value in being exposed to radical ideas and reconsidering where you are in relation to them. For instance, I see that as one of the great values of the libertarian presence in American political discourse. I almost completely disagree with libertarians about everything, but I am generally quite supportive of having them around. Much better than having only ideologically similar but separated by class and demographics political parties.

I'm thinking about the future pending move. There are a lot of logistics to hammer out. I can wait a little bit, however, as I still don't know where I will be.

I'm just curious, but what is your average shower time? And what would you say qualifies as a short shower? A long shower? I think for me it's like 8, 5, and 10, but I might have to time this just to see - I could be way off. I'm asking because I saw conversation elsewhere where somebody was routinely taking 25 minute showers and a 10 minute shower was suggested as short. I may sometimes take a 25 minute shower, but only when I feel particularly wasteful and need to relax. It's a looong shower.

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tetrahedra problem, yet, but by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 12:38:23 PM EST
what about my Lernaean Hydra problem ?

The early retirement extreme guy, which one is this ? Mefi I think linked to several. One was interesting, a guy with 2 kids, about 40-ish, did software, and lived on ~$25k/year. Was a former dot-commer/software dude, who I think was deluding himself thinking he could go back to work anytime he wanted to ..

Now, I can live cheap, but there are a lot of things I wouldn't want to give up to live cheap like that.

this one is a physicist... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 01:11:51 PM EST
...who lived on around 5K/year, but recently went back to work as a quant because he was bored. Probably makes about 150K/year before bonuses right now.

the guy you're thinking of is "Mr Money Mustache". He's okay, but not terribly radical.

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Baroque opera by Captain Tenille (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 01:19:18 PM EST
Interestingly, many of them can't be performed anymore, since there is no one living who can sing the main parts. 


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i don't follow. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 11:09:36 PM EST
why is there nobody alive who can sing the parts? puzzled look
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No castrati. by Captain Tenille (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 11:31:10 PM EST
There are presumably a few natural castrati roaming around, but they in turn aren't trained in the proper singing techniques. A castrato's voice was qualitatively different than a woman's, so you can't just plunk a woman into the role and get the same effect.

There's a few men out there who can sing in that range, but the they didn't grow up with the extreme training the castrati did. That singing tradition is extinct (which is for the best generally). Also, those men who went through puberty naturally but managed to retain the ability to sing in a soprano register still lack the unusual physical characteristics of a castrated man, so they lack the additional power in their voices.


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I read a book about it once by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 01:10:23 PM EST
Called The Alteration. It was pretty mediocre, really, but it certainly agreed that it was generally for the best that the tradition had died out.

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update: got in ISU by gzt (4.00 / 2) #4 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 01:28:03 PM EST
maybe I should've aimed even higher, in retrospect. so i have some choices. they're a very good program.

congratulations, man. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:15:47 PM EST
i'll resist the urge to say i told you so and say only that i'm resisting the urge to tell you i told you so.

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i also had the constraint... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:26:04 PM EST
...of having to apply to schools with a late enough deadline because i started the process late enough. there were a couple higher ones that i could have applied to subject to that constraint, though.

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ya. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:39:03 PM EST
if you get there, wherever that is, and it seems like you could do better and it's worth trying, no reason you can't go another round. good thing about a second round is you don't have to worry about safety schools. you'll probably have a better position from the perspective of recommendations then too, if you go that route.

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There's the novelty thing, too by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:13:00 PM EST
sometimes I'll go to a restaurant and pass on something I know I really like, say bangers and mash, to try something I've never tried before. It's usually not as good.

I've given up on this by garlic (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 01:32:40 PM EST
if you're not going to the restaurant more than once a week, why ever order anything but the thing you love the way they make?

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agreed for the most part by gzt (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 02:47:57 PM EST
possible exceptions are if you saw something else they made and were like, "hrrm, that looks good," or if it's an ethnic restaurant and you typical order dish X at this restaurant, but also like ethnic dish Y which you haven't tried at this restaurant. this often happens to me with thai restaurants. there are a handful of thai dishes i like, but some restaurants suck at some and are good at others. usually, at least, the pad thai is edible (or i would not go there a second time - bad pad thai means everything else is suspect).

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showers by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:42:11 PM EST
Everyone I've lived with has commented on my short showering. I'd say they've all been in the 10 minute camp, where 5 is a long relaxed shower for me. I think this comes from growing up with a 2 gallon camp shower, when you're soaping up the water's off so I've got a pattern and when the pattern's done its time to get out.

The related question I always ask: do you wash/shampoo your head first or last?

Shower survey by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #18 Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 04:42:18 PM EST

"One-half of Canadians (51%) limit their shower time to eight minutes or less, while fewer than one-in-three Americans (32%) do so."

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short showers by gzt (2.00 / 0) #19 Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 05:09:27 PM EST
or wearing sweaters means the terrorists have won.

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Ten minute shower is average by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:46:32 PM EST
5 is short. 25 is very, very long, though sometimes I do stay in the shower that long, for medicinal purposes (achy muscles, stress, don't wanna get ready for work, that sort of thing).

LoppEar's related question interests me. I wash my hair first, because the shampoo drips downward, and I want to make sure all that is washed off. That said, I condition my hair also, and I leave the conditioner on my hair while I'm washing the rest of myself, and I don't feel the need to re-wash myself after rinsing the conditioner out.
The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin

same by gzt (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 02:59:30 PM EST
I don't condition my hair right now - I've been buzzing it and there's no point unless there's at least an inch or two - but I do shampoo, condition, soap up while conditioning sits the recommended 3-5min, then finish it all off.

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My showers vary pretty broadly by lm (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 06:22:51 PM EST
Some mornings, two minutes might one minute two long. Other mornings, I might take half an hour.

There is probably a healthy correlation to the length of my morning workout on the morning before.

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