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Next week looks to be eventful - all sorts of interviews of various kinds.

I'm less grumbly at Megapath now; although the technicians working on my connection very persistently nudge me to upgrade my connection (no doubt because they're spending a lot of time on someone getting currently low-grade service, and perhaps because they get some kind of commission), they're becoming more receptive to the likely problem that the inside wiring for my building is lousy (and they're now contacting me frequently to talk about line tests). Unfortunately, I think my apartment complex will be getting grumbly about fixing it because the wiring *faceplam* goes from residential room to residential room through holes in the floor. The apartment building was very strongly nudging me to get cable internet instead. Maybe I should've listened.

I am still wondering if I should stick around in PHL after my lease here is up. Some parts of this week will help me decide that. I miss PGH terribly, but it might be weird to move back there so soon, and would make grad school less likely. I'm exploring PHL a bit more but still not managing to like it. There are other cities where I'm sure I'd find what I want.

Whenever I think about working someplace, I first try to figure out how they, as a company/group/whatever make their money. Occasionally it's very non-obvious. One of the companies I'm interviewing with next week is like that; it has no obvious source of income. I'm not sure if I'm more bothered because I don't know if the company will survive or if there might be an unsavoury source of income (as an anticonsumerism socialist, my notion of what's unsavoury may be broader than those of others; I find Google's reliance on the advertising industry to be a bit cringeworthy (but given that I'm also an IP abolitionist, I recognise that there are not a lot of ways for a software company to survive that I'm likely to like, so I'm willing to give them some slack there)).

I've recently been thinking a lot about the disparity between my feminist identity and my very strong distaste for some of the frameworks and terms that come out of feminist/gender theory (the term CIS-gendered *really* irks me, as just one example). I'm not being entirely consistent here, I think. In some realms, I'm ok with reengineering terms that seem defective (I use CE/BCE rather than AD/BC), and I have no problems with reasonably new terms (like heteronormative, which I am not). Maybe I'm just generally wary of certain parts of feminist/gender theory that have as foundations things that I strongly disapprove of (especially if people grow so attached to these perspectives that they vilify anyone who doesn't share them), or perhaps I've grown stodgy and don't like new words that I didn't grow up with.

I'm rereading Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and preparing a criticism of (his) philosophy, perhaps as part of a broader criticism of hedonism.


I generally agree with Paul Graham about cities: http://www.paulgraham.com/cities.html

My top picks in the US would be: San Francisco, Seattle, Boston.
Cities that I've never been to but seem promising: Austin, Portland, Boulder.
He also cites Philadelphia and Detroit as cities that are full of stodgy people.