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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Damn you @marilove! That’s the FIRST thing I did *shakes fist*

    I did giggle at this though:
    “There are plenty of men out there that went home with a sex goddess and woke up with an Ork in search of a ring.”

  2. I love the Maine Arts Commission, and now I just have another reason to add to the list. I feel so bad for the artists who’ve gotten scammed. Sadly artists are an easy target for scammers sometimes, especially artists who are less than web savvy.

  3. They’re asking for digital photographs, which aren’t “graven images” anyway, are they? I mean, they’re images, sure, but they’re not graven. If they’re literal about one thing…

  4. “The Natural Basis for Inequality of the Sexes” has to be one of the most interesting things I’ve read on natural differences between the sexes. Just wow… Its freaking awesome to see a social side of all the science.

  5. “Women are becoming more beautiful…” or standards are dropping. Because it’s all the same thing, right?

    And unless the Hutterites are going to bow down and worship their own drivers license photos, they’re idiots, becuase even I know what idolatry is, and it ain’t getting your photo taken.

  6. As a book dealer, I’ve received many, many Nigerian scan offers. (Haven’t fallen for any of them)

    The thing that never gets mentioned is how slow the process is. There’s so much back and forth. It usually goes something like this.

    I get an email asking about 3-4 books totally about $2000. The email is from an overseas buyer, the English is a bit odd. So far, nothing strange. This happens with legitimate buyers. I respond.

    I get an email back that asks a few questions about shipping. Again, totally normal.

    Then I get the email that asks about payment. They offer a check. I decline, quoting the bank fees for cashing an international check. (At this point it is a little weird BUT I have sold books to people asking these same questions.)

    They respond with an offer to cover the bank fees. (Again, not strange)

    They send the check. It is in excess of the required amount. (Usually by about $3000) I email them back.

    They come up with an excuse for the excess.
    Most often is it that they are buying books worth $3000 from another dealer who will only take cash. Can I please contact him at [email protected] to make arrangements to send him the cash via Western Union?

    At this point I decline. Send them to a link on Nigerian Scams and tell them that I am very sorry but there will be a 60 day hold on this check. It’s not that I don’t trust them but with the dangers of the internet yadda, yadda.

    Then follows some threats and some sweet talking to which I reply only that I am sorry for the delay but the horrible scum who scam people are to blame.

    At this point they go away.

    Worst part is, it takes about 2 weeks to even get the check, during which time I have $2000 worth of books on hold.

    So I can see where a 60 year-old, not very worldly artist, after 2-3 weeks of communication would fall for this.

  7. @annan: and @caernavon:

    A lot of people misunderstand the reasoning for why certain groups prohibit photographs. It’s really not about “worshiping graven images” at all. I don’t much about Hutterites, but I imagine that their reasons are very similar to the Amish, who I grew up around in central Pennsylvania. The reason they don’t allow photographs is to prevent vanity, although it goes so much deeper than that. Their priorities are different than ours. They don’t necessarily think that photographs and technology are evil. The value community, humility, and inter-dependence more than self-reliability and independence. Their reasoning is that if people have photographs (or colorful clothing, or even buttons in some groups), they might get a big ego about their appearance and care less about the rest of the community.

  8. Okay, so maybe the Hutterites ought to wear hijabs or something like that. Then, when the picture gets taken, there are no faces to see anyway, so no vanity peeking through the shrouds of all this ultiple goofy, and everybody’s Bobby McFerrin.

    Just sayin’….

  9. “The Natural Basis for Inequality of the Sexes”

    If we are worried about someone carrying our groceries or opening a door for us, seems we have come along way. Unfortunately, I don’t get paid the same or have my groceries carried. Seems there might be a bit of selective hearing going on. ….

  10. I’d really like to see a risk analysis that said if the Hooterites don’t get picture IDs Canada will be infiltrated by con men and terrorist with Hooterite IDs. And I like to write Hooterites. Like a religion of hotwings…and boobies.

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