Happy things meme

rabswom says I should list things that make me happy that start with O. So here we go:

Just, y'know, to get that one out of the way. It is an interest of mine.

One Dollar Bills
I like being able to leave the exact amount of money I want to and not have to wait for change.

Open Source Software
Because it's free. The price tag on ArcGIS or MS Office makes me cry, but then hey here's QGIS and OpenOffice for $0!

The Pittsburgh neighborhood, not the city in California. I wouldn't want to live there, but there's lots of good restaurants and cultural stuff, and most of my friends came to Pittsburgh because of Pitt or CMU.

I've only heard one of their songs, but it's an awesome name for a band.

Ostrom, Elinor
Her research on common property systems was one of the first "oh hey, I hadn't thought about it that way" moments in my geography career. I saw her speak at a conference but never met her in person.

I am happy to assign letters to anyone who wants to do this meme too.

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Bringing this thing out of retirement to post about a TV show -- I think that's appropriate. I've seen every regular episode of the new series of Doctor Who up through "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship," and I got to thinking about which ones I liked most and least.

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uh oh did I just make an immigration policy joke?

Today is the day of taking care of little things that have been hanging out on my To Do list forever, contributing to my overall sense of "oh my gosh so much work to do" without actually being things that take that long to do once I sit down. Your Temporary Protected Status is over, Write Email To Tom and Arrange Student Evaluations! Back to Montserrat with you!

one more thing I believe

I have come to believe that it is time to give up on the original meaning of the phrase "beg the question." Outside of philosophy classrooms, it is overwhelmingly more likely to be used to mean "raises the question" than "commits a fallacy of presumption." And looking at the meanings of component words, it's easy to see how this phrase would apply in a situation where you say something that practically begs for someone to ask a follow-up question. But I've never understood how begging or questions were involved in situations where you make an argument that uses its own conclusion as one of its starting premises.

I'm holding fast on the original meaning of "literally," though.