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    September 14th, 2012
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    "No one lives here for the weather". "No one goes into this to make money". "We're not doing this to meet girls". Morris dancers joke that none of them will have working knees in twenty years. Humanities graduate student joke about how low their chances are of actually getting a tenure-track position. Humor where people in some situation dismiss its downsides probably has an important role in keeping them happy, but if you're not yet in that situation you should look at the comments carefully. They're substantive disclaimers and merit consideration: How important is money to me? [1] How important is warm sunny weather?


    [1] Turns out: very. I can use it to do good things.

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