On Harvard: Too Rich to Be a Nonprofit?

Don't forget about the beautiful thing known as overhead! Basically when a professor at a university gets a grant (usually from the government) to do their research the university will skim a large portion off the top (average is 52%, I think). This is supposed to be used for basic infrastructure (internet, printers, etc...to which I say, ha! yeah, right). Harvard takes 62%?! So while they're getting $$$ from private donors they also are taking above the national average from grants.

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm 0

On AirBnb Ruined Our Lives and Turned Us Into Entitled City Dwellers

How were you able to get the apartment in the first place if you can't afford it on your own?

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm 3

On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

@Meaghan O'Connell Yeah, I'm really waffling on this. I generally try hard not to be an annoying person but I just got this card and so I'm still in that start-up period where it's like "spend XXXX amount of money in Y amount of time and get this ridiculous amount of points". And the amount of money is something I would never be able to spend personally but with the points I could get a round trip ticket to go see my family for Christmas (for example) and not pay anything.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm 0

On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

Can I hijack this thread? I have WWYD etiquette question that's unrelated to massages. I'm going out to visit a research advisor for several weeks and I'm being put up in a hotel that's all paid for by the university. The logistics person at the university decided to just pay the hotel directly. But I have a travel rewards credit card that I would love to put the hotel on and then get reimbursed for because of mega airline points. Would it be rude to ask if we could do that instead? It only benefits me and not the university but it's the same amount of money anyway. What do you guys think?

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:39 am 0

On 1 is the Loneliest Number That You'll Ever Do ...

My one thing is to call my doctor and get an itemized bill for a recent visit. My insurance isn't covering the visit and the doctor is charging $200 (!) for what was 20 minutes of his time so I think I'm being priced gauged.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm 0

On How Real People Afford to Travel the World For Extended Periods of Time

Isn't doing something like WOOFing just displacing somebody who would otherwise be getting paid to do that job? I would think it's just as bad as somebody taking an unpaid internship, by doing so you're propping a system that devalues workers.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm 0

On Illogical Economics (But Really Is There Any Other Kind)

Obviously the New Yorker. I don't understand what "Barista Standard" means in regards to a KeepCup.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0

On Whoops, the $522 Haircut

My last haircut was by a drunk guy at a party who kept saying he's never cut a woman's hair before. It's seriously the best haircut I've ever had, the man is the next Vidal Sassoon.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm 3

On What Do You Do With a Ph.D. in Literature?

@wrappedupinbooks I thought it was supposed to be a play on "Au" being the periodic table symbol for gold. I was thinking "Dr. Gold...? Because it's ironic that she isn't making a lot of money?"

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Lily Rowan I spent weeks in Reykjavik on a workcation and Iceland Airwaves. Such a great city! So many good hot dogs and burgers

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm 0