@jfruh It's an interesting conundrum! I'm a postdoc in the biomedical sciences and I can't overstate how many times I've heard variations of the following conversation: Q: How do you feel about open access journals? A: Oh I feel like making literature widely available is incredibly important! Elsevier is the worst! I am committed to making research accessible to interested taxpayers as well as to those supported by institutions! Q: Would you submit your next paper to one of the current OA publications? A: Hahahahahahaha. MOLECULAR CELL OR GTFO MAMA NEEDS A JOB.
I can kind of see Logan and Mike as a gender-swapped Fry and Leela from Futurama. Which means I love everything about them and their friendship.
Mike, you would totally be Ben on Parks & Recreation - the one who runs around budgeting everything and putting it in financial order!
@questingbeast The other thing that makes academia more stressful than it seems - and again, it all depends on what exactly stressed YOU out - is that your "work" is basically your self-worth while you are there. At a job, you may be good or bad at it, but in many if not most industries, it is just a job and you are assumed to have other worth and having hopes and dreams that don't match those of the people around you is pretty standard and just fine. As a graduate student I often felt like the entire point of my life was to get the PhD and get a professorship, and any other goals were worthless, any other skills I had were beside the point, etc. This is an experience I think a lot of people working on PhDs share. Even in my worst jobs, one in companies with horrible toxic environments that kind of mirrored that attitude, I knew that at the end of the day, I went home and was myself and had other things that mattered about me.
@questingbeast: Because it's absolutely nothing like the way you describe it.
Thanks for the concern, Modern Aphrodite, but I'm not going to have children and no one in my family was/is interested in this stuff. We have pictures, etc. that remind us of people. This happened when I was in my early 20's and I'm in the my early 30's now, and there is no regret.
By thatgirl on A Money-Challenged Person Advises a Young Person How to Avoid Being Money Challenged (Ha)
A pretty good option is an on-campus job. By my sophomore year, I was getting paid to be a stitcher in the costume shop, and also a peer writing tutor. It was like, $60 a week at most, but it paid for lots of my fun. And it was very easy to work around my class schedule since I was already on campus.
Mostly I hate the way I don't hate you, not even close, not even a little, not even at all.
By jfruh on Three Bus Tickets
@Sue Anne Reed@facebook Yeah, just came here to say this! Did you ever hear from this person again? The "I'm stranded in a strange city and have lost my wallet/passport and need money" is a classic scam people do when they get access to someone's email address book, though I've never heard of it happening over chat before.
The first one was probably a scam. It happened to me a few years ago where the hackers took over my email account and then used that to access my Facebook account. They opened up chat windows with anyone online and said that I had been robbed, and that I didn't have access to my computer or my phone and I needed money right away to get "home". It included a bunch of details that sounded fishy, so thankfully no one sent money, but I know a lot of people who have been on the receiving end of that scam (both as the ones being hacked and as the ones getting requests for money). I think it's really important in cases like this to get in some sort of non-electronic contact with a person before sending more than $20 someones way.