…and links for how to register (state-specific)
FYI, you all are excited that it’s the month of Halloween but actually it’s the month of IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR ELECTIONS and basically voting is my favorite thing (well, civic engagement in general) and you’re all going to get spammed to hell with info about voter registration, voter education, and actual voting. ENJOY.
Also I will literally help anyone with this process so if my posts don’t get you through the entire process, message me and I will hold your hand for everything because OH MY GOD ELECTIONS.
Currently, the U.S. Congress features a Republican controlled House (234 R, 201 D) and a Democrat controlled Senate (53 D, 45 R).
In this November’s election, every single one of those House seats will be on the ballot (that’s 435 of them) and 1/3 of the Senate seats (that’s 33 of them).
Nate Silver and the team at FiveThirtyEight currently have a really easy-to-view prediction of those Senate races. FiveThirtyEight has a historically great track record (in 2008, every single Senate prediction was correct; in 2010, ; in 2010, they were correct in 34 of 37 races; in 2012, they correctly predicted 31 of 33 races). (Incidentally, 538 has also helped me win pools at work for sports. They’re good at this prediction stuff.)
So when FiveThirtyEight says…. if people voted today, Republicans would likely gain control of the Senate…. that rings true.
BUT THERE IS STILL A MONTH UNTIL ELECTIONS. Predictions are not final results.
So… here are some resources for voter registration:
(By the way, in some states you can actually cast your vote already. More info on early voting is here.)
You have an excel sheet for planning gifts, right? HOOK ME UP, FRIEND.
My dear dear child, I have a spreadsheet for everything. I actually was thinking of you the other day because I have a spreadsheet for keeping track of assignments and exam dates. You could have that if you want too.
But my Christmas spreadsheet is real simple. Basically… Nevermind. I just opened it so it would be easier to describe and realized I complicated the fuck out of it, obviously.
BUT AT ITS MOST BASIC it’s just a list of….
Once I start shopping, I add…
There are check-off lists then for
Christmas is an important time for me and my spreadsheet usage….
But I could make a template and share it if you want!
Nicki Minaj teaching the models at Alexander Wang how to do the Anaconda dance is the greatest thing I’ve seen today
homegirl with them black boots isn’t even trying
That’s because homegirl with them black boots is fucking starving to death. Nicki’s the only one with anything like the muscle mass to do that move. Thin does not equal healthy. Thin does not equal fit. And it doesn’t take Nicki Minaj to show you that thin doesn’t equal sexy.
Not that it hurts.
This is one of the most visible forms of the effects of malnutrition I have ever seen. The models are incapable of doing what she is doing, which honestly isn’t that hard of a thing to do. They are listless, tired-looking, and incapable of doing such a simple move. It is in situations of juxtaposition such as this that we see how incredibly severe it can be, but these situations are not the only ones that matter. Even without the example of Nicki, it is clear that they are unhealthy and not doing well. With that little fat content, it is uncomfortable to even sit in an unpadded chair. Sitting directly on your bones is very painful and makes it almost impossible to focus on the moves you are supposed to be doing. They can’t try because their brains are just trying to stay alive.
UGHHHH. My counseling group starting up again after a month long hiatus and I was out of town for the first meeting and then I just completely forgot for the second meeting so I set a reminder and a little alarm for myself this week and I was about to leave and I double checked for it and they changed the time so apparently I missed it because it’s going to be over in like 10 minutes. (It used to be at 3pm but apparently they changed it to 1pm and I didn’t realize.) Bah, so that’s another week missed.
Also like… I didn’t start anything at work because I had to leave but apparently I don’t so now I’m just going to sit here doing more nothing?
Comic strip artists from the 40’s draw their characters while blindfolded
You are one of the top Problem Sleuths in the city. Solicitations for your service are numerous in quantity. Compensation, adequate. It is a balmy summer evening. You are feeling particularly hard boiled tonight.
I can’t pick a favorite
My new favorite religion is Russian Orthodontic.
Amazing news: Due to me working in a library full-time, I qualified for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for student debt forgiveness. Which means most of my student loans (my Sallie Mae ones) are 100% forgiven. If you have a public service job, and you qualify, it could forgive your loans too. Below is more info on the program.
The information below describes the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. It includes the eligibility requirements and the process for tracking your progress toward qualifying for PSLF. This information can also be found in the PSLF Fact Sheet and the Dear Borrower Letter, which can be downloaded and printed.
- What is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?
- What must I do to have any remaining balances on my Direct Loans forgiven under the PSLF Program?
- What loans are eligible for forgiveness?
- What are on-time, full, scheduled, monthly payments?
- What is a qualifying repayment plan?
- What kinds of employment qualify?
- What is full-time employment?
- What does it mean that my 120 Direct Loan payments must be made while I am working full-time at certain public service organizations?
- How can I keep track of my eligibility?
- What should I do after I become eligible for PSLF?
On January 31, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released an Employment Certification Package to help borrowers track their progress toward qualifying for PSLF. The PSLF Employment Certification Package includes:
- Dear Borrower Letter (updated March 2014)
- Instructions for Completing Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Form (available only in English)
Truly a master of disguise.
In the Gwanak-gu neighborhood of Seoul, there is a box.
Attached to the side of a building, the box resembles a book drop at a public library, only larger, and when nights are cold, the interior is heated. The Korean lettering on its front represents a phoneticized rendering of the English words “baby box.” It was installed by Pastor Lee Jon-rak to accept abandoned infants. When its door opens, an alarm sounds, alerting staff to the presence of a new orphan.
The box, and the anonymity it provides, has become a central symbol in a pitched debate over Korean adoption policy. […]
In the years after the Korean War, more than 160,000 Korean children — the population of a midsize American city — were sent to adoptive homes in the West. What began as a way to quietly remove mixed-race children who had been fathered by American servicemen soon gained momentum as children crowded the country’s orphanages amid grinding postwar poverty. Between 1980 and 1989 alone, more than 65,000 Korean children were sent overseas.
[Illo by Dain Suh/NPR]