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Two opinions: I think the monarchy is a disastrously archaic institution that needlessly clings to a brutal past. I also think, as far as monarchs go, that Queen Elizabeth II was among the best we could wish for, who did work worthy of respect and admiration.

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Day six. I now understand that what I have in my possession is not a baby but a highly advanced projectile weapon. Rather than take this stunningly destructive technology to market, I shall hoard its power for myself. I may require additional wet wipes.

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This Labor Day, I’m thinking about my Great Grandpa Dave, who was the PA Joint Branch manager of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union of America. Unions are strong in my family; I learned early about why they’re vital. I’m excited to pass those values to my son.

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This week I’ve met two absolute wizards: an insanely great labor and delivery nurse, and a lactation consultant. Both were able to be so good because they were obsessed with the ongoing science and practice of their work while also being deeply empathetic. Grateful.

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Happy “how can it possibly be September already?!” to everyone who celebrates.

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A quick reminder that there are millions upon millions of religious people who aren't fundamentalists or nationalists, and that you don't need to embrace bigotry or hate to be a believer. In fact, I think empathy and love are normally discussed as core values?

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Naming a human is really hard. Maybe I should pull an Elon Musk and let 1Password do the heavy lifting.

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I went to university for free and also had free, socialized healthcare for the first 31 years of my life, and both things worked really well, and I'd quite like my child to enjoy them too. (They can: but in Europe.)

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Still learning a lot about living in America, but it certainly seems cool and normal that parents often start saving at birth to allow their children to get a higher education 18 years later.

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I'm struggling with how to think about gender and assignation in the context of parenting a new baby. If you have a child, how have you thought about assigning and talking about gender?

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It seems unnecessarily cruel that I'm having a child that my mother will never meet, and who will never meet my mother.

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When the Guardian moved to a visible patronage banner it was a huge success. I'm curious if it's continued to work as well over time? (Personally: I love this approach.)

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Every Sunday night I get a group mail from a friend who writes in brief about things she’s grateful for from over the last week, and it’s one of the best things I read.

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Spending a lot of my weekend thinking and learning about the numinous and how to convey it, which is in itself a magical experience.

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It's really hard to find sustainable prescription glasses. I was going to write a whole blog post about this, but no need, really. It just doesn't seem to exist as a thing.

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Trains are pretty great. Public mass transport is amazing. Can we please have exponentially more of it?

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A sad day. Tell the people you love how you feel about them, as often as you can.

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You might have a dysfunctional company if: you're asking people to rank their teams on how likely they are to work on a weekend. Very glad to not work in an environment like that.

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It’s been four years since I was last in my hometown / the country I grew up in, and I’m not sure when I’m going to make it back. It feels really weird. Feeling some kind of homesick tonight.

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Tired: Vaccinations
Wired: Polio

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Kicked off my day with a really lovely, energy-giving chat about something I'm really excited about, which is always nice. Onwards!

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I wish I could plaster a ten foot flaming message on my LinkedIn profile that says: "I am not looking for offshore development". Subheading: "Or to buy enterprise software."

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If you were a senior looking for a remote office administrative position or similar, where would you look?

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What's the difference between America 2022 and DALL-E 2?

One generates increasingly grotesque nightmare fuel, and the other oh you get the idea

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If a site is implementing Do Not Track, what else should it consider implementing?

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