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Postby zeroguy » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:30 pm

I saw the movie A Big Year yesterday because, well, it's about competitive birdwatching
Please explain "competitive birdwatching"? Is it just "who finds the birds the fastest" or ... ?
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Postby Luet » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:43 pm

A Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year and within a specific geographical area. I had never heard of it until this movie but I'm new to birding. The movie is based on a book which is based on a true story. I'll probably read the book, it has good reviews.
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Postby Luet » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:39 pm

Wow, another double post.

Okay, I need help from anyone who has bought a house. We are in the very early stages of considering buying a house. It would technically be our first house. We currently own a mobile home and have a "personal loan" on it. It isn't considered a real mortgage but it's a hefty loan, which is almost half paid off. If we sell the mobile home for anywhere close to what we paid, we will have about $15-20k for a down payment on a house.

The thing that we are confused about is how you go about selling the place you are living in and looking to buy a new place, while not having the money to put down on a new house until you sell your current place. Obviously people do this everyday, so it can't be that difficult but I'm not sure what the answer is. So, help?
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Postby thoughtreader » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:45 pm

I have heard of people putting offers on a house, doing all the paper work with banks and the like pending the sale of the house they are in. So if is somehow doesn't sell you aren't out anything, or strapped down to payments you cant afford.... You might be able to ask a real estate agent about it.

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If anyone is bored and wants to do a little google hunting, I've got the project for you!

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Postby Gravity Defier » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:28 am

I'm not even sure how to pose this question, due to the variables, but generally speaking, how dangerous is it to walk for about a mile (about 10-15 minutes' walk in fair weather) in the middle of the snowy winter?
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Postby Petra456 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:40 am

I guess it depends on how cold it is, I've gone on plenty of long walks in the snow. You just have to be dressed accordingly!
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Postby starlooker » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:42 am

Shoot from the hip answer, so other people can feel free to chime in. It'd say generally not dangerous. That's assuming it's not a blizzard or whiteout conditions, not dangerously low frostbite temperatures, and that you are wearing appropriate clothing.

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Postby Eaquae Legit » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:35 am

I guess it depends on how cold it is, I've gone on plenty of long walks in the snow. You just have to be dressed accordingly!
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Postby Gravity Defier » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:23 am

Ooh, glad to hear so many people confirm this. Jan mentioned some wool-lined tights or something like that, so I started looking into those a bit. They sound like something I would want to help keep warm.
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Postby Luet » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:39 am

The weather channel (type places) usually tell you when it's actually dangerous to be outside for extended periods. This is when it's like in the single digits or below, usually with additional strong winds. Those times are fairly rare (a few days a winter). Other than that, you'll be fine as long as you're dressed for it.
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Postby VelvetElvis » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:44 am

I'd like to weigh in, but we don't really have days that are cold enough to matter.
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Postby LilBee91 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:34 pm

Pretty much what everyone else said. Walking in snowy winters isn't bad at all as long as you have gloves, a hat, and good shoes. The only times walking in the winter sucks is when there is an awful wind chill (or any high winds at all) or ice. You'll want boots with good traction for that weather, and very waterproof ones if they get wet snow. Tights might be a good idea, especially if it's really cold, but you're kind of stuck wearing them the whole day, which can get rather hot. I've found that mainly only the front of my thighs get cold, where the jeans are tight and the cold air is attacking head on.

Walking is single digits or below can be hard on the lungs, but isn't that bad unless there is wind. Just bundle up extra warm and have something to cover your face. Your snot may freeze. And gloves. One can never go wrong with gloves.
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Postby Bean_wannabe » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:13 pm

I got confused when you started talking about single-digit temperatures being dangerous, but then I realised you're all using an outdated grading system. :D
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Postby Gravity Defier » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:17 pm

you're kind of stuck wearing them the whole day, which can get rather hot
I'm kind of a wimp; I wear pants all year long indoors and I wear a hoodie all year long at work. I don't think this would be a problem.
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Postby CezeN » Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:36 am

Hey Syphon, last semester I had a Psychology and Law class that let me access some law database that my college lawschool uses. Academic Lexis Nexis? Something like that.

I was wondering if there are any interesting/landmark/whatever court cases you can think of that I should look up (for fun!). When I get back to the Emory network and can use their database of court cases.

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Postby LilBee91 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:02 pm

Okay, this is a totally random question, but I have a cold and this is where my thoughts wander.

What is the job interview protocol for when one has a cold? Do you reschedule? Does it make you seem unreliable if you do? Do you show up and try to avoid sniffling? Do you bring a tissue? Do you shake hands, or is that gross? Can you decline to shake hands due to your illness, or is that just weird?
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Postby Luet » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:50 am

I would go, decline to shake hands and tell them, "Sorry, I'm just getting over a little cold and don't want to get you sick." Yes, bring a tissue but also take some cold medicine ahead of time to minimize any sniffling if possible.
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Postby megxers » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:09 am

Who does your friend Google think you are?

It got my age range & gender right, but thinks I am exclusively interested in Computers/Software & Intellectual Property law. Which is kind of random.
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Oh man, look at me breaking gender norms...

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Also, about the interests: what?! Genuinely baffled.
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Hmm, okay. That's pretty accurate to what I use google for.
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Postby Luet » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:18 pm

I don't know if it matters but I use yahoo as my every day search engine (I know, what is this, the 90s?). Does this only go based on google searches you've done or does it use other stuff (since I do use Google Chrome)?

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Postby LilBee91 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:21 pm

Apparently I am a slightly older male. The interests sound about right, especially considering I always end up Google searching the tetris and GRE websites instead of typing the URL.

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Postby Platypi007 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:20 am

Google apparently has no idea who I am? I couldn't find any information that looks at all like what you guys posted at that address.

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Edit: Actually using this thread... for syphon or any others with legal knowledge:

I've seen many things over the years with disclaimers like "this does not constitute legal advice" or I've had law students say that they can provide advice on things, but not... like "official" legal advice or something. What is the trouble you get in if you give "legal advice" before you pass the bar? What law is dealing with this?
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It's unauthorized practice of law, which is usually a felony.
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Postby zeroguy » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:14 pm

I guess my confusion is about when/why such notices are necessary? I don't usually tell my friends "hey, you should probably pay that parking ticket, but this doesn't constitute legal advice".
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Postby Syphon the Sun » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:03 pm

The general rule of thumb is that the practice of law includes "the giving of such advice or rendition of such service requires the use of any degree of legal knowledge or skill" to a third party. Which is pretty broad and all-encompassing.

So, engaging in any activities that fall under that broad category without a license (or a provisional license) is a very bad idea. I suspect the disclaimers they give also serve to somewhat protect them from establishing an attorney-client relationship and/or claims of malpractice. Even people licensed to practice will sometimes give the same disclaimer for that reason, which I think is dumb because the only real protection is to not provide the advice at all.
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So, my knowledgeable friends, why do books sometimes have those rough, irregular page edges? Is it just a stylistic thing, or what?
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