In "This piece explains how everything you were taught about Native Americans and the First Europeans in America is wrong."

Holy shit. That article was awesome. Also, I feel dumb now.

In "Monkey Feedback Survey"

Oh and it would be nice to be able to view your profile in non-edit mode when you're logged in. I would put having a history of comments and posts up higher than that for sure though.

Yeah, so I was reading this thread and I went to hit favorite a bunch of times. I like the idea of doling out bananas.

In "The Longest Poem in the World"

This is awesome!!

In "An All Monkey Western"

Oh my god, the creepy talking.

In "Metafilter has turned on signups for new users."

Oh, the good old days. Remember???

In "You'd think the original designers would have caught this."

uh... d'oh? I'm hoping they missed it because they just weren't thinking in those terms. Sometimes when you're up to your elbows in a project your focus narrows. Unfortunate though.

In "New York Times to Stop Charging"

Jason Kottke plucked some amazing stories from the archives including Lincoln's assassination, Custer's last stand, the sinking of the Titanic, and the confirmation of Einstein's theory of relativity. Good stuff!

In "How big is your crockus?"

Is that the same thing is as the crocodile?

In "Why Harvard Wants You To Be Unhealthily Thin."

Uh.. Paul Campos does not run Big Fat Blog. Different Paul. This article is yet another example of how doctors and scientists are dangerously supporting fallacious theories that obesity = unhealthy. It is simply not true. There is study after study that points to lifestyle being a much more significant factor in health than weight or BMI. Here's a great interview with Linda Bacon (who has her doctorate in physiology specializing in weight regulation and an outspoken proponent of Health at Every Size) that talks about how obesity research is skewed. "My experience from having worked closely with many obesity researchers who are more conventionally-minded than me is that they are so strongly mired in their assumptions, that they don't look at the evidence. Those that willingly engage, change their beliefs. The evidence is quite convincing."

In "Pursue the Passion"

Hey VictoryGin, I'm really happy that you've found what you want to do in life. That in and of itself is huge. Perhaps you could find a job working with a non-profit in your area instead of washing dishes? The pay is not great (but I'm assuming neither is a dishwasher although I've never done that) but you could build up skills in the non profit sector and possibly meet people who could give you good recommendations. Keep the faith!! :)

These are all really interesting responses. My life has changed so much recently ... five years ago I decided I needed to go back to school. Three years ago I quit my corporate job and went to graduate school half way across the country. One year ago I graduated. Six months ago, I discovered a new direction for my life. Two months ago I decided to start my own business. One month ago, I started it. It's exactly what I wanted to do even though I never knew it. I was lucky to have a wonderful husband (with health insurance) who never once said, "You're crazy." He always, always supported me and said only that he wants me to be happy. But I still had to take big risks, and there are lots of people who don't have that kind of back up system. I really feel like a big part of it is sticking to the idea that it can be done and to an insane degree. (The health insurance thing is a tough one, but there are more and more guilds and organizations for the self-employed who offer plans with membership.) And I've noticed that once I started focusing on something I am passionate about, that energy helps find ways around problems for me. It's a rush. I read the blog of a woman who is a single mother of three kids and she's sold several books so far. They're small press, some children's books, etc., but she has a passion for writing and keeps doing it in addition to her "bring home the bacon" job. It drives her and makes her feel like she has a real place in the world and I believe that one day she's going to be able to quit her corporate job. Anyway, thanks for your responses. This whole topic is fascinating to me right now.

In "[Curious George] Denver Pet Sitter & SF Tourist Attractions"

So we found a great cat sitter and we have tickets to Alcatraz. We're looking forward to doing some fun in the city things on our other free day there and eating at a bunch of these yummy places. Thanks for all the suggestions!

In "Snickers' Super Homophobia"

I too, am craving a Snickers bar right now. As for the commercial dealio, I fall squarely in the "meh" category. On a scale of "right on" to "horribly, stupidly offensive" this lands at approximately " *sigh* "

In "[Curious George] Denver Pet Sitter & SF Tourist Attractions"

goetter, I'm glad it's not just our crazy cat pack!

One of our cats defied the age-old logic: They won't starve themselves. He certainly tried and there was lots of trauma on both our parts. He wants wet food and a certain kind of wet food and that's it. Another one of our cats has questionable teeth and so that's the end of that. Wet food it is. These SF suggestions are great! Keep 'em coming!

In "Flickr"

Wow. That totally sounded like spam and/or a sales pitch written by a 13 year old. My point is I don't understand what the whole hullaballoo is (aside from maybe access issues, but will merging your yahoo account with Flickr and then logging into flickr on their site using the yahoo account actually fall under blocked yahoo sites?) Welcome to the modern age. You're either going to be logging into google or yahoo or (god forbid) MS passport services for everything. /Merger Paranoia

Flickr is still super awesome, and having a yahoo id is not a big deal at all. I have one for messaging anyway, I never actually use the email account and everything is fine. I get unlimited uploads and bandwidth on Flickr which was super handy after my trip to Europe. I remember about 7 years ago when someone I knew took hundreds of rolls of film and then couldn't afford to develop them! I got to go through my pictures and upload them to Flickr to share with family and friends. I'm glad times have changed.

In "[Curious George] Denver Pet Sitter & SF Tourist Attractions"

MmMm. They have a Stinking Rose in Los Angeles that I used to go to occasionally when I lived there. Good food, but also I found that it is possible to eat too much garlic!

(p.s. we have four litter boxes :D)

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