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  1. In Topic: What's messing with your groove?

    Today, 11:17 AM

    View PostCause, on 16 October 2021 - 08:41 PM, said:

    View PostMezla PigDog, on 16 October 2021 - 06:56 AM, said:

    View PostCause, on 15 October 2021 - 08:34 PM, said:

    I’m inclined to forgo the extra money and stay. Any thoughts?


    Does it have to be either / or? Can you ask them to hold the Boston offer so you can start living in Philly and take up the Boston offer a later if you so choose? Work with lots of travel gets very tiring for many people after a while but others love it.

    A life sciences career has way more options in Boston than Philly long term but it doesn't mean Philly is a bust. A big shot life sciences consultant and business development chap advised me to quit the UK and move to Boston or California if I wanted to make it. I didn't and I'm doing fine but there are undoubtedly more jobs in those areas.

    The New England Biolabs campus is an idyllic place to work, for example. I visited a few times and it's lab mecca.


    I think it’s partly just bad timing. I just signed a lease and moved i to my new apartment this Friday! The thought of moving cities, packing again, finding a new place and starting a new job in a nee city all in a month also just seems too much right now.

    In 6 months, if the job feels more stable I’d be open to discussing it again and at that point I’m sure if I said I’d move I could ask for the extra money etc than.


    It might be worth breaking it down to which factors you think are important in the short and long term.

    Mostly I'd see career moves as a long-term question. Having to break your lease and relocate is clearly a hassle in the short term, but in the long term you'll almost certainly forget about it. Whereas if you strongly prefer life in Philly compared to Boston then that's a long-term issue.

    It doesn't sound like either choice is bad which is a good place to be. And as you say it isn't necessarily a permanent choice.
  2. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    17 August 2021 - 09:56 PM

    One of the things that really strikes me with Afghanistan is the demographics. There is a very large cohort of young people growing up who will experience this shift.

    64% of the country is under 25 (42% is 14 and under).
  3. In Topic: Identity Politics

    01 March 2021 - 10:49 PM

    I find the extension of blackness, and the minority experience more generally, as some kind of universal shared experience fairly interesting in these debates.

    Is the black experience of a Dutch native likely to be comparable to the black experience of an American writer in the first place?

    I find that certain parts of the left have a tendency to mush every minority experience together on some level (whereby minorities of any kind are assumed to understand and sympathise with other minorities in a more authentic manner than the social majority).

    In my view, this tendency is also one part of the left's struggle to respond effectively to certain political realities; whether the the working class anti-migrant Brexiteer or the cuban Trump voter.

    In the artistic sphere, I put less and less stock by "authenticity" as any kind of metric.
  4. In Topic: Brexit or bremain

    12 January 2021 - 08:26 PM

    I think there's also an opposite tendency of Remainers to downplay the UK economically in discussions of Brexit.

    For example, the UK is far from a tech laggard in European terms.

    • The UK has more jobs in the high-tech knowledge-intensive service sector than anywhere else in Europe.
    • The UK represents around 11.5% of global cross-border data flows; considerably more than its GDP.
    • London produces considerably more in terms of tech startups and tech funding than any other hub in Europe.

    And so on.

    When it comes to the tech sector the UK is generally ahead of its European rivals, mostly by a large distance.

    Now we can also discuss digital infrastructure across the country more broadly. The most recent EU DESI ranking places the UK 8th, compared to Germany in 12th and France in 15th.

    I'd agree that the perception of Germany and France running the EU contributed to Brexit though; especially because it's always easier to blame Europe for policy than admit that you were happy to accept or even pushed for that policy in Europe.
  5. In Topic: Brexit or bremain

    12 January 2021 - 01:46 AM

    View Postglasseye, on 11 January 2021 - 09:47 PM, said:

    My company did prepare for Brexit by turning its offices in Ireland into a subsidiary a couple of years ago so at least some companies were on the ball.


    Yeah honestly there are a lot of companies so it was always going to be possible to find some that didn't prepare effectively.

    I think it's fair to say that the last minute deal did not help firms. But a deal was always going to be last minute by its nature.

    I suspect the cost of unecessary contingency planning actually outweighs the cost of some firms not being prepared, overall. Both are blips in the great scheme of brexit-related economic damage though.