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  1. Lighthouse, like a circular tower with circular walls? Where do you put your bookcases?
  2. Social deduction games, like The Resistance, Ultimate Werewolf or Secret Hitler can appeal to non-gamers because they are easy to learn, social, fun, and can be finished quickly. Also, many play well with larger groups of players.
  3. For things like this, gmail, at least, makes it easy to make a rule that automatically moves all incoming email from some source into a subfolder. This took me a while to figure out, but was so worth it.
  4. I don't know about Outlook, but in gmail, I can start a reply, and immediately save it to drafts, then archive the original email out of the inbox. This way, the original isn't clogging my inbox, but I can go through Drafts later to finish all my unfinished replies. I haven't figured out how to use flags or stars effectively. If folks have good ideas about this, I'd love to improve my email game. In generally, though, I'd rather just get emails out of my inbox, and off to another place that I can look at when I'm focused on writing replies, or whatever.
  5. I read a book about organization a while ago that suggested a "one touch" rule for email. That is, when you read your email, and you see a new one, you make a decision right then to do something quickly with it and get it out of the inbox -- either delete it, put it onto a calendar, move it to a folder or onto a todo list. I am not as good at this as I would like. I think for this to work, you need to plan now about all those annoying emails in your inbox, and try to organize places for them to go that aren't in your email, or at least aren't in your inbox. I try to move a lot of emails with dates, etc. onto my calendar, which gets rid a lot of inbox clutter. The big annoyance for me is the read emails in my inbox that I just don't know what to do with, e.g. ones that need a reply, but I don't have time to reply right now, or I don't know what to say, etc. I guess what I should do is start a reply immediately, and save it into my drafts box, and go through the drafts later. At least that way it is out of the inbox. At one point in time, conventional wisdom was that you should never click the "unsubscribe" button in spammy emails. I think that "unsubscribing" is generally worth it, many email lists honor them, and it hasn't made my email management worse, that I can tell. Anyone else got any good ideas?
  6. Without knowing more details, I'd be willing to grant the professor some grace. At some schools, especially with adjunct, or part-time faculty, teaching assignments can be given out just days before classes start. This doesn't give much time to prepare, especially if it is a class the professor hasn't taught before.
  7. I can't help but thinking of the other thread of the small business owner noting the extreme difficulty in finding workers in her area.
  8. I kind of feel badly also for the counselor, even though she may not have made the best decisions. Day camp counselors are often minimum-wage, older teens, who only hold this job for a summer or two. How much training should we expect this person to have? I'm continually amazed at how confused our society seems to be about how much responsibility teenagers should have. Where I live, 15 year olds can be swimming pool lifeguards, responsible for saving lives, but often paid minimum wage or not much more. But, 15 year olds aren't allowed to drive.
  9. While, I too, would be livid if this impacted me or my family, I understand why it happens, and sympathize with the plight of the admissions staff. My only surprise is that this doesn't happen more often. Erring on accepting too many students results in huge problems for, say, 10% of the incoming class. But, if the admissions folks erred in the other direction, and only half of the anticipated class size ended up enrolling, the lack of tuition could financially threaten the entire institution. So, I'm curious what school could do differently. As long as applicants are sending out lots of applications and can only enroll in one school, there is this potential. One could imagine having more rounds of ED at every school, but that seems to create other problems.
  10. How expired is the passport? Depending on when it expired, it may be able to be used for domestic travel.
  11. Even if the HOA says yes via email, I'd want some assurance that the decision is legally binding and holds until you get around to buying and building.
  12. Lanny: I'm going to politely ask you again to edit your previous posts to correct the name of the crashed airplane type. The name of the type of plane that has been grounded is the 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9. There is but a single digit after the "Max", not a three digit number. I know that many types and numbers sound similar, but accuracy is important here. Your errors are confusing and scaring people. Could you please make this change instead of posting the exact same link for the fourth time in this one thread?
  13. I don't have a strong opinion on this, but I do remember a friend in college whose first "real job" out of college paid monthly. This was a bit of a challenge for her, as she had a lot of expenses associated with starting out, but had to wait four weeks before her first paycheck.
  14. Lanny: Can you please get the name of the afflicted aircraft correct? Your continuing errors are confusing and frightening people needlessly. Please edit your prior posts to reflect the correct name of these planes. There is no such model as a Boeing 737 800 Max or 737 900 Max. You are confusing two different aircraft names. There do exist Boeing 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900. These are much older planes that have been in use for over a decade, are are considered safe. For example, Southwest airlines has hundreds of them, flies thousands of flights a day, and has had few incidents in the last decades. They continue to fly today, and do not have the software system that is suspected to cause the problem on the crashed planes. The planes that crashed, and are now grounded, are the 737-Max 8. The somewhat larger 737-Max 9 hasn't crashed, but is suspected to have similar problems. All of these have been grounded. Note the one digit 8 or 9 in their name.
  15. If the classroom-with-blackboard method is so ineffective for teaching, why is it the primary method for most colleges, including the super-expensive Ivies?
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