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Cheap people bug the shit out of me. Cheap for cheap's sake. There is this dickhead in my office who travels to Chinatown and shit during lunch (borrows an unlimited metrocard) and buys stalks of corn and bulk blueberries and stuff because they are 3 cents cheaper. Makes me sick.
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

So I usually get to work a little after 6:30. There is an office suite below us getting a big install. They do the heavy drilling before 7:30. Also, the HVAC doesn't kick on until about 7:30 and it is now getting to be that time of year where it is uncomfortable in the office when that is the case.

Also I bought this grill on Amazon, good deal etc. However, I realized why they are about $150 more at Lowe's etc. I will have to spend a half day this weekend putting it together.

But what did green frog think?
post #47793 of 70145
My grandfather is cheap like that. The only expensive stuff he has are his house and his car. Very, very wealthy, but you go to his enormous, luxurious house and the soaps in the bathrooms are stamped "Holiday Inn." He drives his Jaguar to pizza buffets.

Actually, his extraordinary stinginess is one of the reasons we're not particularly close. He completely cut my mom off when she got married (she was super young and he hated my dad), and this continued when my parents divorced. My dad basically vanished, so we were teetering on the edge of Welfare while my mom worked, put herself through school, and raised two kids, and my grandfather did approximately dick to help us out, despite being wealthy enough to own luxury cars, beach houses, etc. I'm not saying he should have paid our way or anything - my mom made the decisions that got her to where she was - but it's pretty galling to look back on how little he cared to help us.
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MrG, ugh, i hate arguing with most mechanics. sucks to have to spend unneeded $ too. sorry, mang.

Thanks, Stitch. Turned out okay. We got her an appointment, and they got it done in about 45 minutes with no hassle. Not thrilled about spending the money, but at least it was taken care of pretty painlessly.
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MrG, glad to hear that brakes turned out ok. sorry that your gramps was a dick to you and your mom. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Cheap people bug the shit out of me. Cheap for cheap's sake. There is this dickhead in my office who travels to Chinatown and shit during lunch (borrows an unlimited metrocard) and buys stalks of corn and bulk blueberries and stuff because they are 3 cents cheaper. Makes me sick.

the part of chinatown that's way east (towards Allen st, etc.) is where they unload and consolidate a lot of this fruit. It's absolutely disgusting and is the reason why I never buy from those fruit/veg stands on the side of the street.
post #47796 of 70145
My girlfriend went to Chinatown to buy some fish the other day. She came back with not only fish but zucchini and squash bigger than I have ever seen in my life for like 5 cents or something. Hooray for GMO, and chemicals!
post #47797 of 70145
i've seen some gnarly looking fish in chinatown. Can't do it. same with veg.

however, supplies at one of the grocery stores is a regular thing for me. As are dumplings at Tasty Dumpling, pork buns at some place whose name I forget, and spicy beef soup at Super Taste. I'll happily risk it for those last few.
post #47798 of 70145
There are some pretty good fishmongers in Chinatown. Some really sketchy ones too. It's pretty easy to tell how fresh the fish is, though.
post #47799 of 70145
aravenl, I will be the welcoming aprty for you at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta when you arrive.
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

Link, just a question, have you educated these bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Leaders of Tomorrow into the world into the exciting world of properties of logic etc? How do you think the student in question will react to those.

In this particular class, I just introduce them to the basics of logic. They learn simple argument forms like modus ponens, affirming the consequent, etc, but not much more than that. (The course is mainly devoted to informal logic.)

As I mentioned earlier, this student has actually been doing quite well. I think he just recognized a similarity to the math he knew, and couldn't imagine how logic could be any different. I have noticed that students do that in a lot of classes: they look for similarities between what they're learning now and what they've learned in the past. Once they discover a similarity, however remote, they want to conclude that the two things are exactly the same. That has the advantage of saving them a lot of mental labor. But it has the disadvantage of making them be wrong a lot. In my humble opinion, the disadvantage outweighs the advantage, but who am I to judge?
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It is below their means, they have just decided they want to have a big house, which you can't really get in zone 1 for below like $1600 a week. They'll be spending the same amount in zone 2 or 3 as they would spend in zone 1 just for a bigger house.

Maybe they just didn't want to live in such close quarters with you stirpot.gif
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

In this particular class, I just introduce them to the basics of logic. They learn simple argument forms like modus ponens, affirming the consequent, etc, but not much more than that. (The course is mainly devoted to informal logic.)

As I mentioned earlier, this student has actually been doing quite well. I think he just recognized a similarity to the math he knew, and couldn't imagine how logic could be any different. I have noticed that students do that in a lot of classes: they look for similarities between what they're learning now and what they've learned in the past. Once they discover a similarity, however remote, they want to conclude that the two things are exactly the same. That has the advantage of saving them a lot of mental labor. But it has the disadvantage of making them be wrong a lot. In my humble opinion, the disadvantage outweighs the advantage, but who am I to judge?

I never studied logic...but I took enough math and computer science (applied math) to think that that kid must not be doing well in his math classes.

NOT, OR, and AND are pretty standard operators, and they function just like you described...

Its good that you let him go through that exercise though. Nothing worse than a teacher describing something wrong (whether because they made a typo on the board or because they had a memory lapse and mixed up a concept) and having them completely shut you down when you try to question it. Not only is this bad when they are truly wrong--since it means everyone is learning it wrong--but it is bad even when the teacher is correct since they then fail to address the issues the student is having in grasping the concept.
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aravenl, I will be the welcoming aprty for you at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta when you arrive.

ill bet 10 mil ed is a no show.
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I bet his gf will have him running errands for her. Ed does have a gf, right? I am not certain.
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I bet his gf will have him running errands for her. Ed does have a gf, right? I am not certain.

Edina has a gf? Why is this the first I'm hearing of this?

WTF, Ed? Why have you not said anything about this?
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