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  1. Comment on I’m writing an article about “How to hand over the reins when you leave a job.” I’d like your advice about what I should include. in ~life

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    I recently went on mat leave and was invested on my job being properly handled while I'm gone. And while I'm planning on returning to work, I think the idea is the same. I pushed strongly on who I...

    I recently went on mat leave and was invested on my job being properly handled while I'm gone. And while I'm planning on returning to work, I think the idea is the same. I pushed strongly on who I wanted to do what tasks (management had a hand wavy plan that I didn't agree with). I had people shadow me and sit in on meetings when they could on and off for a few weeks before I left and in the last week had them basically operate as if I wasn't there while answering questions and offering advice as required. I also wrote up a year long plan on long term milestones that people needed to be aware, questions /and answers that I was often asked or defended (and why), and clear cut duties (to prevent scope creep while I was gone). And for my team, I did their annual evaluations early and wrote my suggested goals and path to achieving (and sent that to management also).

    Hoping I did hand off things properly...Guess I will find out when I return.

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  2. Comment on Both sides of the abortion debate want to defend and protect in ~talk

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    Agreed and I personally think they would aim for the low hanging fruit of frozen/stored embryos. Those are literally considered property, can literally be tossed in the garbage and doesn't have...

    My position is that if pro-life people really cared about a fertilized egg in a morally consistent way then this knowledge would spread and become widely known and they'd be incensed that nothing was being done about it.

    Agreed and I personally think they would aim for the low hanging fruit of frozen/stored embryos. Those are literally considered property, can literally be tossed in the garbage and doesn't have the have the conflict of the mother's autonomy.

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  3. Comment on It’s not enough for J.K. Rowling to say her characters are queer. Show it to us. in ~lgbt

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    This article was worded very aggressively, but I do support the jist of it. While, it's better than not supporting other races and the lgbt community, I feel it's extremely lazy from a...

    This article was worded very aggressively, but I do support the jist of it. While, it's better than not supporting other races and the lgbt community, I feel it's extremely lazy from a storytelling pov. It's easy to make statements when there's no risk associated with them. And a name as famous as Rowling can take a lot of risks, so why not introduce them into the stories themselves instead if just tagging them as if they are afterthoughts?

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  4. Comment on My hospital uses reusable towels for baby diaper changes in ~enviro

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    Thanks! And lavender sounds really nice.

    Thanks! And lavender sounds really nice.

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  5. Comment on My hospital uses reusable towels for baby diaper changes in ~enviro

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    We didn't really use them in the beginning either. He was too small for the pocket ones we had and the prefolds didn't have enough capacity after him growing about a week. And we do have some...

    We didn't really use them in the beginning either. He was too small for the pocket ones we had and the prefolds didn't have enough capacity after him growing about a week.

    And we do have some disposables for occasional use too. Mostly for if I know I won't have easy access to a baby change table or water.

    The reusables really are quite bulky. It's kinda funny seeing them on.

  6. Hi, I was originally meaning to write a whole thing about my personal low waste challenges with a new born, but...Yeah the new born part is making it kind of impossible right now. So, before...

    Hi, I was originally meaning to write a whole thing about my personal low waste challenges with a new born, but...Yeah the new born part is making it kind of impossible right now.

    So, before giving birth, we did get some reusable diapers used. I really wanted to commit to them, but was honestly afraid that they would be too overwhelming. And I had no plan for replacing disposable wipes. I had some little towels, but considering a new born goes through about 8-10 diapers a day and I have used up to three disposable wipes while changing my nephew's diaper - I wasn't sure how feasible reusable wipes were. (I don't have 30 little towels and wasn't planning to run out and buy anything).

    Sometime in the last year, the postpartum ward of my local hospital dropped their disposable wipes and now use little orange face towels. And they were surprisingly easy to use. Quick wetting with warm water and they work better than disposable cloths, so you really don't need as many as I previously calculated. Using them in the hospital really encouraged me to use them at home.

    I honestly think we've grown really use to a disposable mindset, especially for sanitary items, and find it interesting and a little sad how things like disposable diapers and wipes are the default. Reusable diapers for most people aren't even a consideration. Hope to see more changes like this in the hospital amd elsewhere to remind and encourage us to evaluate out options.

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  7. Comment on Unburning CO2 in ~enviro

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    Agreed! There's always been so much about offsetting our Carbon footprint by planting a tree or something that I honestly didn't buy. It's been a while since learning of something that honestly...

    Agreed! There's always been so much about offsetting our Carbon footprint by planting a tree or something that I honestly didn't buy. It's been a while since learning of something that honestly feels it could help.

    Love your little quote too, ;)

  8. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    Rereading it today, I have to admit it is pretty obviously sarcastic. @koan, my bad. Not sure why I didn't see it yesterday.

    Rereading it today, I have to admit it is pretty obviously sarcastic. @koan, my bad. Not sure why I didn't see it yesterday.

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  9. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    Yeah...I don't mean to say it's just entertainment, just that it's not the same type of history as slavery...If that makes sense.

    Yeah...I don't mean to say it's just entertainment, just that it's not the same type of history as slavery...If that makes sense.

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  10. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    This made me smile a bit, because I was trying to point out that your phrasing is the strawperson (to me)... My bad, it wasn't clear. It's a bit hard to really accurately express my tone, but I...

    You are setting up a straw-man argument here.

    This made me smile a bit, because I was trying to point out that your phrasing is the strawperson (to me)... My bad, it wasn't clear.

    It's a bit hard to really accurately express my tone, but I honestly don't feel particularly strongly about this issue at all. I think keeping/pulling the episode doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. What I don't like is how big a deal people are making of this.

    My intention is not to trivialize your arguments, but to point out that I disagree. I appreciate you actively participating in its discussion.

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  11. Comment on The yum cha (dim sum) rules you need to know in ~food

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    Haha "designated tea pourer" really makes me smile. I remember being a bored child at yum cha and just constantly refilling everyone's tea just to have something to do. And you've listed all my...

    Haha "designated tea pourer" really makes me smile. I remember being a bored child at yum cha and just constantly refilling everyone's tea just to have something to do.

    And you've listed all my favourites - getting hungry.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    My issue with your comment is specifically the hyperbole, and honestly I don't read your sarcasm. I am also confused with your follow up. I probably am being a bit pedantic here, but choosing to...

    My issue with your comment is specifically the hyperbole, and honestly I don't read your sarcasm.

    While it can't be pulled from everywhere, it is being pulled from the viewership of the masses. It's a corporation censoring art.

    I am also confused with your follow up. I probably am being a bit pedantic here, but choosing to use the word censor is painting a pretty dire picture "corporation censoring art" - really? How about "nostalgia silencing victims"?

    My question, and not to you specifically, but for this topic in general is: how can society in one breath be so moved by a cometic TV show being pulled and almost completely silent about actual historical erasure?

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  13. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    As someone who loves this episode, I disagree with your comparison. Simpsons isn't a history book, it's entertainment. Taking this episode out is nothing like erasing the rape of Nanking from...

    While we're at it, it's kind of a black eye on the United States that our country was built on slavery. Can't we just erase that from the history books and forget it ever happened?

    As someone who loves this episode, I disagree with your comparison. Simpsons isn't a history book, it's entertainment. Taking this episode out is nothing like erasing the rape of Nanking from texts. Let's not pretend it is.

    Pulling this episode has not suddenly pulled it from my mind and in truth cannot be logistically pulled everywhere. So it's not the lost of this art that people are upset about.

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  14. Comment on How Marie Kondo Helped Me Sort Out My Gender in ~lgbt

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    This was a really interesting read. Thanks for posting. While not as profound as the author's, I had similar epiphanies while running through the process myself. When I was staring at various...

    This was a really interesting read. Thanks for posting.

    While not as profound as the author's, I had similar epiphanies while running through the process myself. When I was staring at various piles of stuff, I had to confront that there was an imagine of me I wanted that wasn't really who I was, and that's ok.

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  15. Comment on The yum cha (dim sum) rules you need to know in ~food

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    A fun little piece including stories I definitely grew up hearing. Anyone have similar etiquettes to share?

    A fun little piece including stories I definitely grew up hearing.

    Anyone have similar etiquettes to share?

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Recommended 2-player board games under 60 minutes in ~games

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    Valley is definitely way simpler and significantly shorter in my experience. The first time through is a bit longer, mostly because you have to read all the cards, but honestly the combos are less...

    Valley is definitely way simpler and significantly shorter in my experience. The first time through is a bit longer, mostly because you have to read all the cards, but honestly the combos are less creative than in Dominion. Valley also has no real set up, compared to the constant organizing and hunting for cards to set up of Dominion.

    My friends and I played a lot of Magic, so most of these deck building games are pretty intuitive for us. And we played pretty all the expansions of Dominion too, so I don't really remember the base set on its own. We've also never finished a Dominion game is half an hour...Not sure if we even really managed to set one up in that time once we introduced the expansions.