This is a post where I'm trying to figure out what I should do from a tax perspective. I'm not that knowlegable about taxes, but I still have to make a tax-relevant choice. So please read this as "Jeff writes down what he's currently thinking about how to make this decision" and not "Jeff tells me how to decide whether to early exercise."
Update 2017-02-17: The modelling in this post is wrong to the point of not being useful. I had thought that the reason to exercise early was to get capital gains treatment on options, but ISOs already have this if you're careful with them. The reason to exercise early is the alternative minumum tax.
Standard Carcassone is too complicated before about age 9, but if you adjust the rules (substantially) it can be a lot of fun with much younger kids. Stages of play:
I've been playing stage #1 with Lily (nearly three years old) a lot lately, I've played stage #2 with a five year old, and stage #3 with a six year old. The exact rules don't matter that much, the important thing is to have fun and to teach the idea of playing a game that has rules you need to follow. For example, Lily wanted to play with the meeple as well, so we play that every time you put down a tile you also have to put a person on it.
As part of thinking about how whether non-gendered terms would work for mainstream contra dances, I thought it would be good to ask callers what they thought. Is it something where most callers were only willing to call Gents/Ladies, or are they more flexible? Do they generally support this sort of change, or do they think it's a bad idea?
I wrote to the callers who have called my local dance (BIDA) in the last year, plus the ones who are currently booked, to ask them whether:
Of the 18 callers I wrote to, 17 responded. Of them, all but one was willing to call Larks/Ravens or Jets/Rubies, though several said (without my having suggested it) that they wouldn't be willing to call Lead/Follow.
Many of the respondents didn't say whether they were in favor of the switch. Of the 11 who did respond, it was 5x yes, 3x ambivalent, and 3x no.
Nine callers preferred Jets/Rubies because they find it easier to say, but no one so much that they were willing to call Jets/Rubies but not Larks/Ravens. more...
It's hard to get a sense of how expensive different foods are. For example, compare bread and pasta: which is cheaper? What's the right way to compare them? At a general american meal where you have a starch, a protein, and a vegetable, the role of the starch is mostly to provide calories, so comparing pasta and bread on a cost-per-calorie basis seems right. Similarly the role of the protein is to provide, well, protein , so cost-per-gram-of-protein makes sense there. On this basis, what do different foods look like? more...
Traditionally contra had two roles, "Gents" and "Ladies", where men danced the "Gents" role and women the "Ladies", and so you could tell what role someone was dancing from their appearance. This had some nice aspects:
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