On Had We But World Enough & Time, Here's What We'd Splurge On, Food-Wise

also quinoa (seriously- I know it's a superfood, but who can afford it?), expensive cheese, fancy olive oil, and fancy balsamic vinegar.

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm 0

On Had We But World Enough & Time, Here's What We'd Splurge On, Food-Wise

um, I would just live my life exactly like Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2015/05/19/the-search-for-americas-best-food-cities-san-francisco/

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm 0

On "Just Quit": How To Retire Early & What To Do Then

@Shapiz- that is impressive- you should write a post about it!

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm 1

On "Just Quit": How To Retire Early & What To Do Then

@eatmoredumplings- exactly what I was going to say! I already 1) drive (infrequently) a 12 year old car that is paid off, 2) cook nearly all meals at home, and 3) live in a place with relatively cheap rent. But I make $52000/year in an expensive state, and somehow I don't think maxing out my IRA every year is enough to let me retire at 45.

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm 0

On Heavy Taxes On The Rich? 52% Say Yea

Hmm, I have heard before that during the Eisenhower years, the rich actually were being taxed at a very high rate. So, people's definition of whether the government should "redistribute the wealth by heavy taxes on the rich" will be benchmarked at very different baseline values over the years. It's interesting that they do use rather awkward language; I wonder if they kept it exactly the same so that it would be valid for this very long longitudinal study?

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm 0

On How the Digital Era Has Made Us Better and Worse Tippers

ooh, is Logan going to make a special guest appearance because conversations about tipping have returned to the billfold? :) That's interesting about Uber, I have a few reasons for not using them, but I have been told both that "you don't need to tip because they pay a fair wage" and "Uber includes the tip in the cost of the ride" by friends as reasons not to tip when using uber. The fair wage point, as Amanda mentions, is tricky- I'm all for tipping waitresses, but I don't really want to move toward a system where we rely on tips to make up people's wages. And, honestly, I"m not sure if I want to tip 20% at the coffeeshop? I had been feeling good regularly putting a dollar in the cup, and I can see the argument that they are low wage workers too, but...I don't know. Help me Mike Dang! What is the right answer?

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm 0

On Happy Earth Day!

my university actually has an earth day event, basically vendors and local organizations have booths to talk about recycling, CSAs, the farmer's market, etc. There's swag, which in some ways is not environmentally friendly, but it's usually pretty small and useful stuff- this year for visiting 6 vendors you got a free reusable fork/spoon/knife pack, which I'm super excited to use at work. My proudest moment was when I got everything right on the "is this recyclable or not?" test, because I spend a LOT of time explaining to people that, for example, ham slices are not recyclable.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm 0

On Fond Memories Of Take Your Kid To Work Day

aww, this is adorable! I want to know more about what your kid and his dad did at work, and whether the superhero action figure ended up coming in handy. I loved the "take your daughter to work day" I went to with my dad in 7th grade. He worked building and fixing filling machines (like, the machines that dispense yogurt into the cup and then seal it), and so while it was fun to see all the machines and tools and I love it when my dad explains how things work to me, the actual thing I remember being 100% most excited about was that after starting work at 7 a.m. they took a mid-morning break and one of those little food trucks came by to sell breakfast sandwiches to all us blue collar workers, and I was allowed to have some Strawberry Nestle Quik with no guilt. Bc I worked so hard.:)

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm 2

On The Cost of Things: Getting The Flu When Your Insurance Sucks

oh my god, I love " the immuno-exceptionalism normally found in anti-vaxxers", that is exactly the right way to put it. I could go on and on about correlation vs. causation and how people don't understand the relationship between statistics, randomness, cause and effect. But anyways, I'm sorry for your medical bills, I kind of thought that obamacare was supposed to eliminate crappy coverage like that? And I did almost the same thing this year, I had what I think must have been the flu, but when it was starting I thought it was just a cold so I kept going to spin class because I read an article about how exercising when you're sick has no effect on the illness itself except you FEEL as if you're better. I ended up super sick and out of commission for about an extra week- the lesson is, listen to your body (and take your sick days, for those of us lucky enough to have them!)

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Harry Potter

Goosebumps!!!! Oh, it was so perfect, as they all are. I didn't want to read this because then I knew it would be over, but then I just had to read it. SO GOOD NICOLE.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm 0