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by prosaic
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Ebola and fragility
Replies: 145
Views: 46848

Re: Ebola and fragility

So much more...no PPE for the first 3 days for healthcare workers dealing with Duncan: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/presbyterian-workers-wore-no-protective-gear-for-two-days-while-treating-ebola-patient.html/?hootPostID=c7c473e639ad2859ea04ad2773012ff1 and CDC officials possibly "conta...
by prosaic
Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Ebola and fragility
Replies: 145
Views: 46848

Re: Ebola and fragility

I get the checklist argument for standard medical issues, but this isn't a standard medical issue. This is a known disease with a 60-80% mortality rate in Africa that threatens to become a full blown worldwide epidemic. The woman: * is a nurse who recently worked with ebola patients * goes to her do...
by prosaic
Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Ebola and fragility
Replies: 145
Views: 46848

Re: Ebola and fragility

Toilet tank is good for a few gallons, too. Also, make sure any hand sanitizer you buy and use is 70% alcohol or higher. Most commercial brands are 63%. Have a well-stocked first aid kit, because we still have injuries and falls and whatnot at home, even in self-imposed quarantine. Anything that hel...
by prosaic
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Authors Guild/Hachette/Amazon
Replies: 8
Views: 2498

Re: Authors Guild/Hachette/Amazon

I self-publish for a living (and make a very healthy living at it, in the romance genre) and I lean more toward the opinion that Amazon is trying to keep prices at $9.99 or below because they use eBooks as loss leaders. If eBooks were more profitable then Apple iBooks and Google Play might become mo...
by prosaic
Fri May 30, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Straight Teeth Fetish
Replies: 16
Views: 4755

Re: Straight Teeth Fetish

jacob wrote:
Europe: Conservative, only remove if there's a problem.
US: Preemptively remove since it's easier sooner than later.
This appears to apply to foreskins as well.
by prosaic
Wed May 28, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How to win the lottery happily - NYTimes & ERE "Adjustment"
Replies: 5
Views: 1753

Re: How to win the lottery happily - NYTimes & ERE "Adjustme

I think the issue is the rate of change. My family has experienced an extraordinary 18 months or so as our income has gone from perfectly abundant to overwhelmingly huge when some writing I do took off (royalty based, so I make money per sale). The stress from the massive spike and the economic/soci...
by prosaic
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:10 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Grocery stores where I can buy 10 lb bags of food?
Replies: 19
Views: 4164

Re: Grocery stores where I can buy 10 lb bags of food?

I used to live in Amherst. Deals & Steals in NoHo has a "scratch 'n dent," expired foods section with perfectly fine food for dirt cheap. Take the bus over there (or bike the path). It's right across from Iron Horse. Look for the SALE rack. Their prices are good for organic but the recently expired ...
by prosaic
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Early Retirement Super Extreme
Replies: 92
Views: 18710

Re: Early Retirement Super Extreme

SW, I had a job with loads if free time, but not the kind of surveillance you're describing! If writing to eventually publish (i.e. fiction, nonfiction books) is a goal, consider some kind of device that (nearly) seamlessly fits in, like a NEO Alphasmart. http://www.ebay.com/itm/AlphaSmart-NEO-Porta...
by prosaic
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Obamacare is coming
Replies: 72
Views: 12696

Re: Obamacare is coming

I live about an hour and a half-2 hours from that Maine practice. We're about to go for high deductible health insurance. Thank you for posting that!
by prosaic
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: What drives the desire to travel?
Replies: 97
Views: 22244

Re: What drives the desire to travel?

For me, in my early 40s, the desire to travel hasn't diminished. The reality of three kids, one quite small and with special needs, definitely makes international travel quite difficult and expensive.

When he is 6, in two more years, we'll revisit the issue and likely get back to more traveling.
by prosaic
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is ERE a form of Anorexia Nervosa?
Replies: 29
Views: 5560

Re: Is ERE a form of Anorexia Nervosa?

If anything, orthorexia would be the more appropriate analogy, and even that doesn't quite fit.
by prosaic
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Unsurprisingly, I found this quite inspirational.
Replies: 13
Views: 2716

Re: Unsurprisingly, I found this quite inspirational.

http://web.mit.edu/jmorzins/www/C-H-speech.html The original speech in full. It has some lines that are just amazing. I grew up 2 towns over from Bill Watterson's town while C&H was at its height. He's a low-key, fairly reclusive guy who was constantly being pursued for interviews by the local press...
by prosaic
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Money is power. Never forget that.
Replies: 89
Views: 22905

Re: Money is power. Never forget that.

I could have written long stretches of that, except that I dropped out of a PhD program and then spent nearly 20 years juggling educational publishing, higher ed administrative positions, and adjuncting in an effort to maintain my "professional status" in academia. Fucking bullshit. I spent a few ye...
by prosaic
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Is Charity Immoral?
Replies: 116
Views: 22284

Re: Is Charity Immoral?

Giving *anonymously* is key to me. If you're giving out of a sense of empathy, you shouldn't need to look the givee in the eyes, or need public acknowledgement. One who requires (even non-monetary) payment for their "charity" is simply buying something. That's why douchebag celebrities who bring ca...
by prosaic
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Is Charity Immoral?
Replies: 116
Views: 22284

Re: Is Charity Immoral?

Giving *anonymously* is key to me. If you're giving out of a sense of empathy, you shouldn't need to look the givee in the eyes, or need public acknowledgement. I was "that kid" in a different sense. When I was 15 some well-meaning teacher must have put our family's name into some social service age...
by prosaic
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: How Will You Celebrate Achieving ERE / FI?
Replies: 23
Views: 3961

Re: How Will You Celebrate Achieving ERE / FI?

We are not FI, but we are now in a fairly unique position compared to our circle of friends and family, as I work from home as a fiction writer and my husband just went down to 20 hours/week + benefits, working from home as well. Our quality of life has MASSIVELY improved in the last month since his...
by prosaic
Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Kids on ERE
Replies: 130
Views: 22065

Re: Kids on ERE

$200/month is what we pay alone out of pocket for speech therapy costs not covered by insurance for my child with significant special needs.

We have two other children.

You can project and predict, but when you have a child with special needs, it all changes.
by prosaic
Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:28 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: FI/Writing Blog
Replies: 38
Views: 5524

Re: My FI/Writing Blog: Fiction Fugitive

The free Createspace ISBN is he one that lists CS as your publisher, and buyers for major bookstores turn their noses up at that. The $10 option (which is fairly new) allows you to list yourself, or a publisher's name (like Spartan Warrior Press). It's a layer of legitimacy (? wrong word) you can ad...
by prosaic
Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: FI/Writing Blog
Replies: 38
Views: 5524

Re: My FI/Writing Blog: Fiction Fugitive

@chad -- you create the account and links to sign up. Then you publish your first book with a link in it, encouraging readers to sign up to find out about new releases, sales, etc. The list should grow with each new book if your audience likes your work. Before you're published, though, it's hard to...
by prosaic
Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: FI/Writing Blog
Replies: 38
Views: 5524

Re: My FI/Writing Blog: Fiction Fugitive

I didn't realize you still have the f/t job. BIG difference in strategy, then. I think your plan is sound, with one bit of advice: if you're going for 150 pages, aim for 50K word count. When it comes time to promote, lots of places won't promote anything under that. Though if you later bundle a bunc...