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About Maarsch

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  • Location Hamburg
  • Nationality NL
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  • Year of birth 1980
  1. The English Teacher's Corner

      I was wrong. This came up in conversation the other day.   There is Dear Husband (DH) Dear Son (DS) Dear Daughter (DD)   But no Dear Wife (DW)   Coz only certain women on certain parts of the internet use this. And none of them are gay? So there's no need for DW.
  2. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

  3. The English Teacher's Corner

    I've seen +1 quite a bit in America. For your . . . significant other. Which I was also aware of. And in modern internet SO. However, I was referred to as DH for a bit before I figured that one out. And I haven't put in the time to see what the reverse is. Though I assume DW would work.   The singular They/Them have been around for centuries indeed. Though there's also modern initiatives.       Non-English it's different though. In Germanic and Latin languages there's no old words for this (or at least not something that stuck), but people are working on new ones. Then there's cultures where there have been more than 2 genders since forever and I assume they have pronouns to go with it. Which then wouldn't be gender neutral so much as 3rd sex/gender pronouns, I guess.     I have a friend who uses they now, but I knew them as her for years.  I fuck that up on occasion.
  4. Peanut butter shortage - help!

    Excuse you?! They do? Since when? I still have this stuff shipped in.
  5. Only in America...

    I believe pitbulls (or whatever group of dog breeds that actually encompasses) used to be known as "Nanny dogs" Very good with kids. I've only really known 4 of those (who were indeed all sweet as anything) so I have anecdotal evidence only.   Golden retrievers have the image of family dogs. Families get an "easy dog" which they then don't train as fully as they probably should. And then kids are stupid around dogs (We've been training mine for 2 years but when she's excited and happens to be around the dog she'll still hit him). Also, there's just waaaaaay more of em than most other dog breeds. They're also not the worst dog to have. Chances of the problem being on the other end of the leash . . . . are good.
  6. Received? Or . . . . handed out. Coz I was young and an idiot.   Customer walks up to the desk and hands me a box containing a bracelet and a receipt. "I'd like to return this" Me: "Lemme guess, she said no?"   Now, she hadn't said no. Although holy F-ing shit was that ever a possibility and I don't know why I thought it would be funny to say this (except, who proposes with a bracelet?).   She had DIED before he could propose.
  7. Do you need a masters degree to be accepted into a PhD

    Wait, that's how you spell it? They didn't take 2 from Ja and 2 from Nein. They went with Ja and Nein?   Thanks.
  8. Do you need a masters degree to be accepted into a PhD

    What is it that the Germans say again, Jain. They have to be sure of the quality of the applicant. Quality is more easily proven if you have a Masters degree from a reputable university (a friend of mine had one from an not-reputable one and was invited to do a filler year to plug up holes). Showing up with a Bachelor's degree means there is might be a significant gap in knowledge/capability/etc you'll need to prove to them isn't there (Possibly be means of your certificates). Which means getting them around a table. Which  . . . . is very much up to the individual institution/person. I'd say +1 to Engelchen's suggestion of finding a professor first, over trying to get an application that is missing a checkbox (MSc) through the application process.   My personal anecdote of how I got an invitation to a PhD program through personal connection is invalid, as that was in Japan  
  9. With immense grief, we announce Geoff’s unexpected passing due to sudden illness Saturday. We ask privacy as his family works to understand what happened and make arrangements. To honor Geoff or offer comfort to his family, we suggest donations to @SoCalBulldog, which he loved.
  10. What is your hobby?

    Climbing D&D Computer games Reading   I want to do more of the first two, but the latter two are easier to do between other activities. I'd love to say travel, but that's not happening much lately
  11. "Vermögenswirksame Leistungen"

    There's only some ways you can invest that. Can't just put it in a savings account.   You can put it in a Bausparplan - where you save to buy a house. I haven't looked into this one but if you cash this in for anything other than buying a house it's kinda shitty, I believe. You can put it in a savings-plan. Not just your own savings account - but an official, done by someone else, sparplan. Your bank might have one or the bigger financial institutions will have one. There's "low-risk" ones and "higher risk" (by which I mean super low risk or moderately low risk) ones. This is for a minimum time of . . . .10? years. You can put it in a retirement plan. Again, done by someone else. This gets better returns than the one above, but you can't touch it till retirement. Doubles as life insurance sometimes.
  12. All Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded

    I believe the system didn't have a single point of failure. There were two sensors.   And then Boeing put one of those sensors behind a pay-wall.