I love mine. We did break one a few years ago, but I was happy to replace it. I think I've been using them for five or six years now.
If it's a thing, this can be class-based discrimination. I never took the SAT, yet I have both a BA and an MA. I dropped out of high school ('87ish, should have been class of '89) screwed around for a while, and then took an equivalency exam and enrolled in a junior college, and then transferred to USC. No SAT requirement for transfer students. I don't believe that has changed - my husband is currently trying to transfer from a junior college to a Cal State school and there's been no mention of it. I went to Mills College for grad school ('04-'07), and they never asked about it either. I think I got 1500ish on the PSAT in 1986 and scored 98% on the ASVAB at some point before I left high school. The only other big test I ever took was the CBEST (California's exam for teachers).
My horrible boss was horrible in a pretty typical way - he treated me like his secretary when that wasn't my job description. I was actively looking for another job to get out of there when the company was purchased by a bigger one. New company kept me and let him go, and new boss was awesome. Win for me! Except, in one of those incredibly awkward coincidences in life, last fall I boarded a completely packed flight from Paris to New Jersey, and guess who was sitting in the next seat! We made small talk for about three minutes and then aggressively ignored each other for the rest of the flight.
@CubeRootOfPi Yeah, I agree. It's also true that the class of people with the most means have a vested interest (literally) in the failure of the lower classes and the massive amounts of debt we are in as a country. The money has to go somewhere, and better to them than the poor people who deserve what they're stuck with.
@EvanDeSimone The English speaking countries have really tight immigration policies. If you look at Australia's list of jobs that they will allow you to immigrate for they are highly educated positions - engineering, medical, dental, etc. The skilled trades are around construction and contracting. Most of the people that Australia would accept still have decent opportunities somewhere in the states and if they need to relocate it would be a lot cheaper to stay in the states and be closer to family and friends, even if they make a coastal jump. http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/
Egad. This is, unfortunately, relevant to my interests. It isn't just the 60-something set that has to think of this stuff. My ovaries are coming out next month and I'll be immediately in menopause at 42.
While I agree that most of that stuff is pointless and just really nerdfun at this point, my nerdy husband designed my engagement ring and had it 3D printed. It is awesome, personal, and sooooo much less expensive than it would have been to buy something from the jewelry store.
I'm a big fan of slow cooking large batches of things and freezing them for later lunches, and usually by lunch time they'd be thawed out and easy to nuke at work. The thing to do is get a rotation going so you've got a variety of things in the freezer so you're not eating 13 servings of the same soup in a row. We keep the pint size containers that come with Indian takeout and freeze things in them (but reheat them in glass/ceramics). When I had an office I kept a bowl, a fork, and a spoon that I would just wash. I had a chicken version of this for lunch today: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/02/original-taco-soup-crockpot-recipe.html Pro-tip: If you want to try this with something that you'd put over rice, put the curry/stew/whatever in the bottom of the bowl and then the rice on top. So when you invert it in your bowl the meal is right side up. I might be a little bit obsessive.
@Lily Hudson@facebook Agree, it would make a good series. My dad was an astrophysicist and head of his department at a major university. My mom got her first job ever when I was the 4th grade and was out-earning him within a couple of years. I learned a lot about relationship dynamics and office/academic politics watching them.
KeePass or KeePassX (for Mac)! I literally have no clue what my passwords are for anything on the web except my master KeePass, email account, facebook, and a couple of sites where I comment regularly. Everything else is randomly generated and encrypted. I keep the KeePassX file in dropbox so I can access it from anywhere, and it's got a cool feature where you can copy and paste your username and password from the entry list in KeePass, which means if you're in public, or on wifi you don't trust, or a computer you don't trust, you never actually have to type your user/password combo into the machine, which saves you from keyloggers, spying eyes, that sort of thing. I keep all my wrong hints in there as well.