@stuffisthings Oof. I spend lots of time thinking about this as I'm currently in a graduate program that both requires internships as a credit of the program and is split down the middle with folks who want to go into the non-profit/CD/service-provision fields, and other looking at more technical-centric/private/consulting fields. As someone who is currently working an internship + a job because the internship can't pay me, I'm staring around at the field and getting itchy about how many interns are doing things that you're right, probably don't NEED to be done but are being done to keep things viable for the future? I guess it just becomes disheartening because I think the work I'm doing this summer will be useful in some way, but on the other hand I also see how many people I know are doing legwork, unpaid, and these could be the new "entry-level" jobs that won't be available because let's just fill all the data-miners up with interns? I don't know. (Also I may or may not just be tired of all the tone-deaf jokes about "you're really earning your pay today!" I get on a weekly basis/people thinking I'm still in undergrad, so, salt it up.)
@stuffisthings We actually did this for a class/internship in college before we were working with women in the community who were affected by domestic violence. Used the average income, got a physical newspaper to choose apartments, used avg for utilities and then while we were figuring out the budget the instructor would occasionally come by with "surprises" which could be "daughter invited to birthday party and you need money for a gift" or "your car broke down and requires $100 of repairs." It forced us to think about the financial decision making of women in the community for awhile rather than just saying, "oh they could easily stop buying x or doing y" and it's an exercise that I think about often.
@stuffisthings You live in D.C., right? This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to plug the classes my employer, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, runs. Confident City Cycling has your name on it: http://waba.org/education/adult.php
Mike, if you could elaborate on the salad bar, that'd be great.
@stuffisthings Clicking around the rankings changes can lead to a lot of strange (and/or wonderful) conclusions. For example, did you know that "Just Prunes" organic baby food in a squeezy bag is up 997% and Kryptonite bike locks are up 19,000% since yesterday? I'm just saying. Something's going down, and I don't like it one bit.
@stuffisthings Good thing he waited till after the May jobs report.
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@stuffisthings It sucks that although the Oakland PD is badly underfunded (we don't even have a functional crime lab), the officers who haven't fled the city are the ones who give the PD its bad reputation.
The box is really sturdy and handy. We loved ours. There are also companies that sell leg sets for the box so that it turns into an actual rocking crib, and special lacey sheet sets that make it even cuter.
Reading this was so amazingly soothing. Like text-based ASMR.