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Porch Pirates

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Cal

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Go Bears!!!

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Tattersall in the portal

https://twitter.com/rivalsportal/status/1470837631957221379?s=21

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Fourth-year academic, but wasn't listed in the seniors list. However, his transfer portal status seemed inevitable since he was passed by 3 others on the depth chart.

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Not surprised at all.

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yep, he was simply passed by the younger guys.

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Next year's LB should be pretty solid.

OLB - Oladejo and Deng, ILB - Rutchena and Paster

ILB is a little thin though.

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I disagree. I think ILB room is deep with experience. ILBs should be Rutchena, Iosefa, Paster, Oladejo, Anzoulatos, Puskas, Smith, So'oto.

OLB will be thinner that I think our so-called DEs are actually the jumbo-strong side OLB. Croteauj/Wilkins as SOLB, Patu/Calhoun as Rush OLB. Curley Young left the program. Elarms-Orr recovering from injury. Ieremia is a project. Which leaves Lynch and Williams for depth.

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...do we know if Deng is coming back?

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Also, he isn’t a Pac 12 starting caliber LB. His ceiling in P5 is special teams and backup player. He should drop down to a G5 school.

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He is not even backup caliber

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Signing day is coming up. Let's get some more recruits to flip!

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Prediction: it won't be a good signing day for Cal, but we'll make up for it from the portal later.

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I like the sci-fi undertones of the term “the portal”

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Okay - the Damonic Williams news was the bad news I was expected. I expect some good news tomorrow.

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The immutable laws of the portal shall make it so

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Could be tricky getting confirmation of academic standing for a Klingon you plan to have play LB.

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this

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I agree that it won’t be good for Cal and we will have to make up for it with the portal.

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After last season’s recruits, Wilcox can survive a solid but unspectacular class provided it’s a one-off & that he really starts working the portal.

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perhaps we should start looking into Dr Pepper NIL deals

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That assumes most of last seasons recruits:

1. Stay healthy

2. Reach their potential

3. Keep their grades up

4. Don’t transfer

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Garbers has announced he's heading to the NFL draft.

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Good luck with that.

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Just saw that. Late round pick?

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UDFA

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this

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Maybe Canada for him? Love Chase, but NFL seems a skooch unrealistic. Then again you never know

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I totally agree with you, but Wilcox just turned down $4M a year to coach at one of the best programs west of the Mississippi, which also happens to be his alma mater, in order to stay at a school that can't seem to go a season without nearly forfeiting games....I've backed off saying what is and isn't unrealistic, at least in terms of Cal football ;-)

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Insurance salesman.

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maybe he could call Matt Leinart and dabble in commercial real estate in between being wooden on Fox

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Damonic Williams decommits and flips to Dykes and TCU

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LOL 😂 oh the fickle heart of an 18 year old

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Damn you Sonny!!!

Wait, Sonny Dykes is stealing defensive recruits from Justin Wilcox?? WTF

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Sonny HAS defensive recruits?

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*Sonny Dykes*

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That’s a big loss. Salt in the recruiting wound losing him to Dykes and TCU.

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Less than ideal…tho after having visited TCU in Sept., there’s about 8000 co-Ed reasons why I could see this happening, plus 1 big one called the holy trinity dinner at Woodshed Smokehouse & BBQ

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crop top, mini skirts, and boots.

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that was a sight to behold

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For those not in the know, we had our tailgate next to the TCU Song Girls' tent. Not that I noticed.

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Wilcox gotta flip some guys too

https://youtu.be/Rntm3yDAQuM

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Random question, but is anyone aware of any alumni presence in Montana? I've met tons of California ex pats here so I figured there has to be a few, but there's nothing official on the alumni association website and they never responded to my question.

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CAA will never ever give out personal data unless you're an official chapter. My recommendation is to start up an unofficial site on Facebook page. That's how I started the NC chapter.

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I actually did. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t reinventing the wheel.

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I suppose Travis DeCuire doesn't count

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he does not

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Landlord joy

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I have one tenant who is a delight. I hope they never move out. I sent them cookies last year.

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I know Cugel has at least one as well! 😃

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But I generally give wine.

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That reminds me! Do you have an updated inventory from your ongoing cellar sale? I'd be happy to buy some more bottles off you.

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Sure, what do you want? If it's French or Italian, I got you covered. And Oregon & Cali Pinots

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I may contact you when No 1 comes in town. He may want to get a couple.

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French... CDR? I also like most Bordeaux varietals...

Italian... Barbera? Sangio? I also usually like the Chiantis you pick.

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So... I had a guy apply for a unit, and he seemed kinda pushy, wanted me to guarantee him he would get the unit if I pulled his credit report (one point is the end of the world), wanted free rent, was hot to trot, but then didn't follow up.

Anyway today he wanted me to send him a word doc of the lease, instead of the pdf I sent because he had some redlines - but I don't re-write the lease for anyone. I was overjoyed to reply today that I had leased that unit to another applicant.

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I have that with (potential) clients. if they are a pain during the proposal process, they'll be a pain during the project.

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Sounds like a chronic headache saved

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are you still a tenant of the cugz?

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👍🏽 indeed

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Did he say what he wanted to redline?

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He wanted cookies rather than wine for being the best tenant ever.

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He did not

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I'm guessing that for Cugel any redline is a red flag. In that context, doesn't matter.

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A thread compiling Dr. Monica Gandhi's dangerous assertions https://twitter.com/KindAndUnblind/status/1470389931679883268?s=20

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listen, if not knowing your ass from a hole in a ground becomes a problem in this country, I'm in REAL trouble.

Of course I'm not giving stupidly bad advice on pandemic management, so I'm the only one at risk from my errors

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I just can't with her. And I find it very interesting, because Dr Bob Wachter, who is her superior at UCSF, is very measured and yet reassuring. She's just bananas.

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You would hope that scientists could rise above the lust for clicks, and yet here we are…

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Yeah, and I'd also point out that there are some who are plainly looking for clicks in the other direction, trying to be as alarmist as possible (Eric Feigl-Ding comes to mind). It can be exhausting.

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A guy like Wachter must find it helpful to have her around. There is probably value in hearing from people who are willing to stick their necks out, even if they are more often publicly wrong because of it.

You just can't fall into the trap of making her voice the only voice you hear.

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I have found some of her commentary valuable, but you definitely have to check her predictions against other experts.

Though I guess that last part pretty much goes for everyone.

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I hate that I feel like I need to start reading original research in real journals on health topics, rather than trusting that sound bites on the news aren't going to kill me.

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email pet peeves

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Replying to an email with a subject line about matter X only to discuss unrelated matter Y in the body.

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thank you!

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*ears start steaming* our director does this all the time. random important topics in something unrelated and that half the people in the cc list don't even know what it is.

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^^this^^

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Forwarding an email without adding any information to it. Not even an FYI.

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I get that from a certain older relative.

I have to stifle myself from replying all with "...and you wanted say...?"

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Reply all. Fuck those people

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A way to avoid this is to send to yourself and bcc the recipients (if they don't need to correspond with each other, just you).

"Add xx to the contact list" that only the original sender needs to know.

"Great news!" x 23

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I use this method when sending out Delegation of Authority emails for my boss.

I have never gotten a reply in return apart from Out of Office autoreplies.

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I have the opposite pet peeve. One of the attorneys we work with has an annoying habit of replying only to an individual in a group thread, so then we need to manually copy everyone back in so they can see his usually important input. Or sometimes you don't notice he has only replied to you and you assume everyone saw his email, and... nope.

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The answer is in between...if it's an email to 39 people, don't Reply All asking a Q specific to you. But if it's a 3-person thread (and everyone is needed), don't just Reply (and make the receiver add people back).

I've found that a lot interviewing candidates (we have a two-person interview "committee"). We keep having to add each other back to Reply (not all) responses that we get from applicants.

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Yes, true. Clients do this a lot because they think it will save them money

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The managing partner of my firm got upset about this a few years back so now when you email a broad d list you have to click through a bunch of pop ups designed to make you feel like a schmo for wasting everyone’s time

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our big boss got the same way, sent a hissy email about it and now we can only email the list "with approval from management" lol

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The great irony of reply all problems with:

1) my graduate department (bioinformatics...you know, people who SHOULD know how the internet works)

2) one of my workplace email lists (all the communicators across my organization)

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Well, like the picture, forgetting attachments.

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Gmail putting every back and forth email into a conversation where it gets hard to tell who sent what to whom.

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I have to use gmail for some school stuff and I hate it! I just set it to forward to my "regular" email address and use that app.

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I think you can make it stop doing that. Most of my gmail is notices and spam.

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I have to admit, at this point 95% of my gmail use is reading broadcast information - I do very little back and forth, maybe with the missus, that's about it.

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and text and Slack and those types of communications seem to be better for the back and forth.

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Two reasons that I sometimes avoid text are:

1. Can edit (or delete) after the fact (like in Slack)

2. Can't mark Unread (like in email or Slack)

If I get a text and am not ready to respond, I have to leave it unread, otherwise it'll not have a notification anymore and it'll be gone forever.

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texting is the answer, for me at least...nobody at work uses collaborative systems like Slack or Teams, even though they have tried to set up Teams

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I have to use Teams as provided by my customers. I don't care for it. They get super pissed if they think we're texting on personal phones.

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Teams was thrust upon us, and I do like not having to put everything down in an email between 2 or 3 of us. But it is NOT a good platform for broadcasting the official or complete announcement/instructions to something. It has gotten out of control fast, which is especially not good given it is pretty clunky, seems prone to network issues, and is not (IMO) one of the more usable tools.

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Yeah me too, tho primarily because it is blocked on my work computer

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Actually just went to our company Slack and someone posted a screenshot of an email with an attachment and the body text was just "Please find the attached".

We get enough phishing emails with attachments that I'm not opening anything that isn't obviously from a person with a purpose related to me.

Take the time to add 12 words to make it obvious that this is legit.

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Oh, and about 5% of the time, I'm the person who forgets the attachment. I love that meme! Gonna steal it :-)

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I absolutely hated Clippy, but that thing in Outlook where it says "did you forget an attachment?" when I have written an email saying I've attached something and I haven't is very useful. Thank you, Clippy's successor.

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there's a successor?

wouldn't help, since I don't use Windows (or Outlook), but that's a clever function

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It's just a pop up message, rather than a damn sentient paperclip.

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The Cal SOS website has a Clicky like guy that is a bear. I like him!

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Man, you struck a nerve here with this topic! ;-)

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Subject lines that are not topic specific. I am in the building design world, in a niche field where we work on like 100x the projects as an engineer or architect does.

The number of emails I get that just have "walls?" as the subject line is maddening. I realize that you're only working on one project, but this doesn't help me. Or "what about the walls?"

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I knew someone who didn't think to include the email trail when replying, so her emails would simply say "Yes" or "No" with no context. However, I think she's retired now.

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yeah, that's lame, but I also (just this morning even) had the opposite, where a thread includes like 20 replies and *everything* is there. So it takes forever to find the relevant text.

I try to blockquote the relevant text in my reply, and then lop off all the stuff that isn't relevant anymore.

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Wow, that is strange.

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Whoa, that's hella weird.

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"No"

that's scary if it was coming from a boss lol

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This actually happened.

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FET

A few years back, we received a firm-wide e-mail from the top partner at our firm that started with. "It has come to my attention..."

ok... not good...

"...that the quality of the pizza we have been ordering has dropped as of late. I propose we start a weekly tasting of all the pizza places around [city our firm is located] and vote on the best pizza."

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Yes, the email didn't start well, but it sure as hell ended well.

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We all want to know, what pizza place won? Or will that give away [firm location]?

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I frankly do not recall which place won.

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Is it Pizza by Alfredo, or is it Alfredo's Pizza???

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I hate that I want to end every email with "Best" or "Best Regards", stupid PR training

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My signature in Outlook begins with "Regards,", then three returns, my name title, etc.

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Pretty much the same for me, but I add the Regards manually.

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I just use Thanks. Maybe not the most professional.

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I'm the same. for clients I know well, I'll often change it to Cheers

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I'm a cheers-er.

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I'll mix in an occasional cheers for a more casual-toned email exchange.

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In a similar vein if I am emailing a group of men I like referring to them as “Gents”. These are the small pleasures that my life affords me

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I use a lot of 'let me know if you have any questions'

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My penultimate sentence before closing is "Contact me with questions."

Most of my emails are about imparting information gained through research or institutional knowledge I have simply stored in my brain.

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No one reads past the 2nd line.

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responding inline.

i would rather you type out what is important rather respond to every question or comment as if it was a script of a play.

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I respond inline if you send me a million questions. Otherwise, no.

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a shorter version of what I just wrote ;-)

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This is what I will do. Or if I find that my responses are specific to certain conditions and I want to make sure that my answer is matched up to the appropriate question.

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Same.

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I tend to copy the questions/things I am responding to into the body of my email rather than replying inline. If you must do inline, for all that is holy USE A COLOR.

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I use inline a lot when responding to a bullet list.

But I start a new line below each one, put my name/initials at the beginning, and bold it (prob not color, but sometimes...I find that colors can go odd with email).

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those are all good ways to handle it. Color can be a real pain in the ass (also a good way to find out who on the distribution is color blind)

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absolutely dreadful - especially when people start using different colors of text to differentiate their comments. If there's a need to do something collaborative like that, and your organization has something like Teams or google docs or whatever, then put the text there and use the email to alert people that they need to go edit.

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my approximately 100 year old boss does the inline-different-color-response thing all the time and it drives me so insane

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it only works for two people and one (maybe two) rounds. After that, gotta past the relevant text up top and start again.

Or...use the "if this has lasted two or three rounds, talk to the person" rule

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DBD Not Official Financial Advice

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S&P 500 and Nasdaq are declining. If you dollar cost average, you'll pick up more shares, which is the silver lining.

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these are also the scenarios where the robo-advisors can do well. some stocks are up, others are down. the robos can sell the declining stocks for a loss and replace with equivalents and lower overall capital gains.

i have the most familiarity w/ Wealthfront. above certain investment thresholds, they effectively create an SP 500 lookalike fund for you made of a couple hundred individual stocks.

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DBD AV Club

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A few more eps into S2 of South Side. Not feeling it. They seem to be doing a bit what Mythic Quest did in S2, which is side stories. But I find it less interesting with SS.

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but he's from inglewood!

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that was funny! :-)

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Taylor Sheridan’s Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount+ is damn good television...

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Our Crumbling Democracy

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The deeper one dives into Mark Meadows, the more one realizes that he may be the biggest traitor in US history.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/02/politics/mark-meadows-election-fraud-liaison/index.html

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he's going to end up taking the fall because he was the coordinator / the one dumb enough to put things in writing. Of course it won't be much of a fall to take, because apparently we don't care enough to enforce laws around the integrity of the republic.

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I agree 100% with this take, and it's why I'm prepping the offspring to be stateless in their future--be able to go where they need to, not tied to any particular country

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Being stateless is almost impossible to achieve (and I think literally impossible if you start out American).

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Starting out american is super tough (because there's a ten year gap for continuing to collect taxes) - but I have friends parents who have become Maltese or Canary Islanders or something.

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I think, what with the new crime bill in the UK, it is theoretically possible - on paper - that I could get both citizenships revoked at the same time. I assume that's a million-to-one shot though.

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It can also be sub-optimal in that you could wind out with no support when its really, really needed. I get what you are trying to do, but its a dangerous thing to do in a world where lots of places are dangerous places to be.

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I hear ya--it's more of a dream than anything. I'm just trying to figure out how to plan for the future in a non-democratic country.

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GA State Senate President Pro Tem has filed legislation to ban all voter drop boxes in Georgia.

https://www.ajc.com/politics/georgia-gop-senator-running-for-lt-governor-wants-to-ban-election-drop-boxes/YZ4SH27BNZFPVFDCNYOMSSKM7I/

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Officials arrest 3 people from a Florida town for voter fraud because they voted twice. I'll give you three chances to guess who they voted for President.

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/12/13/3-residents-of-the-villages-arrested-for-casting-multiple-votes-in-2020-election/

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The link gives it away. The Villages is a as close to a Trump retirement playground as anywhere. Drugs, prostitution, sex parties, etc.

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Today in Omicron

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I just read that Pfizer (2 shots) is only 36% effective against Omicron. Gotta get that 3rd booster folks. (Getting mine today, finally)

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i bet this is subject to some accounting issues ..

- the 2 shot effectiveness is being measured several months after

- the 3 shot effectiveness is being measured right after getting boosted

most likely not matter how many boosters you have, there is some decay in effectiveness over time.

that being said, you should get your booster as it will give you more protection.

i am sure we will be getting 4th, 5th, 6th boosters as coronavirus times drag on indefinitely ...

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it will be incorporated into the annual flu shot that is available every year.

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I like this idea

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It would be very convenient. Which is probably why it will take years to achieve.

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36 NFL players tested positive for La Rona yesterday. One staffer tested positive, which was omicron variant

https://sports.yahoo.com/los-angeles-chargers-lineman-tackle-rashawn-slater-reserve-covid19-coronaviurs-list-chiefs-223723874.html

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Schefty says more than 25 more expected today, and the Rams have had to close their facility and enter the intensive protocol. I might be kind of pissed if I were the Cardinals.

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The NFL in general has been rather flippant towards Covid, so no one should be pointing fingers.

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Wonder if Ashtyn Davis, Cameron Jordan, Stephen Anderson, Marvin Jones, Jaylinn Hawkins, Patrick Mekari, Jake Curran & Cam Bynum were among them? That would be interesting, and another indicator of the City of Berkeley’s reach on all things pandemic... ;-)

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Sad that's how few we have in the NFL now

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Uh oh

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Indoor mask mandate back again

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I have a lot of doubts that this will actually do any good. The core problem is that the regions that least need such a mandate (blue cities with high vaccination rates) are going to be the most likely to follow it. The regions that most need additional protections (rural red areas with low vax rates) won't enforce it.

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Yep, I agree. I am tired of changing my lifestyle for people that have decided to not get vaccinated and won’t wear a mask.

Like Drago said in Rocky 4: “if he dies, he dies.”

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Do you remember when Barry Tompkins used to do Cal games with Dan Belluomini during the Braun years? Still, he's better known for calling the Balboa/Drago fight in Russia....

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/9dbf972f-a285-489c-9aaa-def113ae1133

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I took Sociology of Sport from Harry Edwards and Barry Tompkins came and talked one day about sports and the media.

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Did you get Barry to say "He's cut, the Russian is cut. And it's a bad cut" ?

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Hospitals should make a priority care list.

1. People vaccinated and children under 17 not vaccinated

2. Elective surgery

3. Non vaccinated people are last and only given care if beds are available.

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Dec 14, 2021Liked by Erik Johannessen

I don't think I can agree with denying care to people because of poor personal choices. Where do you take that, in the end? Deprioritizing smokers? The obese?

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people are already being denied care because of *others'* poor personal choices not to get vaccinated...

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I have sympathy with this view, but I think it's not exactly analogous; refusing to get vaccinated isn't just a personal choice, it's also a social one. You're endangering others as well as yourself.

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you might not think it's exactly analogous, but I invite you to revisit that while pretending that you're the kind of rapacious sociopath who manages pricing and risk for both private health insurance companies and hospitals.

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No, thank you! I mean, I believe in universal health care too, if we're getting philosophical here.

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I think it would be really interesting to spend like a month as that kind of rapacious sociopath. I struggle to imagine the thought processes, I would appreciate the insight.

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That's a reason to deny job opportunities, attendance at events, etc. But medical care once you are sick? There's a different moral dimension there.

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Sure, it's a good question. I'm just saying it's fuzzier than you were making it out to be. And like, it's a free shot available to everyone that only takes a few minutes of your time. That's not the same as addiction (smoking) or years of poor lifestyle or other physiological issues (obesity). I don't think people should be denied medical care, but I can at least understand the argument that if the pandemic stretches hospital resources to the breaking point, it's fair to not penalize the people who did what was asked of them.

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I wouldn’t implement something like this during “normal” times when beds and care are abundantly available, however, when healthcare systems are at capacity and you have to ration care they should implement a system.

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