On We're Not Gonna Pay Rent ... By Check

I pay by check, but it's a check that the bank automatically writes and mails for me, which is 1000% superior than remembering to write and mail a check. It's always early (because I don't really trust bank "business days" when holidays fall near the end of the month), but our landlord is a small enough company that they wait until the 2nd or 3rd of the month to cash checks anyways. Edit: For free! So I'm saving .4X cents in postage, at least (what is postage now, anyhow? Forever stamps mean I don't pay attention anymore...)

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm 0

On The "Give Everyone a Goalie" Kind of Sex Ed

I also received reasonably factual, balanced, and birth-control encompassing sex ed. from my Colorado public school education- so they're not just addressing things on the IUD front (I'm assuming Colorado is still doing comprehensive sex ed since they're still rejecting federal funding for abstinence only programs).

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing Before 1 Thing Does You

@inthepost Highly recommend gloves, some sort of dust mask, and probably goggles/ dust-proof eye protection. It works great for insects, but it's rough on mucous membranes.

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm 0

On How the Other Half Lives

@andnowlights I have this problem all the time with some woman who lives somewhere in Canada and shares my name. Probably the other person's email address also contains at least one letter difference (in my case she also includes her middle initial, which is the same as her last name and therefore basically invisible to most people). I have had to tell many, many Canadians after they "fix" the email address and send me the email again (or, even better, a follow up email commenting on how grumpy I am) that the dots don't count. I've tried suggesting that she add dots between her first, middle and last names so that people actually see her middle initial, but no dice. They are good for setting up filters, though- you can give an address with lots of dots to the spam bots and Gmail will let you filter by the "to" portion of the email.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm 0

On On the Purchase of New Pillows

@potatopotato My partner also kills pillows in ways that I find incomprehensible. He basically hugs them in the center until they split in half? I let him have one of my extra pillows when we moved in together and he destroyed it in a matter of months.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm 0

On Measure Your Life in Birth Control

@spex If you haven't found CondomDepot.com, I highly recommend it as a condom source- reasonable shipping, good prices, great selection. The site looks sketchy as all get out, but it's actually totally excellent. And they will send you coupons constantly after your first order.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm 0

On The Anxiety of Returning Things

All of my returning things anxiety pretty much disappeared when I worked retail. Now I return things with impunity, even arguing with managers about their store's return policy (which they conveniently print places where you can read it and then read it back to them...). Unless you're actively defrauding them, stores don't care if you return things. The same is true of asking for discounts for small defects. It's just a button. Most stores don't even require a manager's approval. If there's a stain or it's missing a belt or something, just ask.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm 0

On "Offices For Introverts" Designed By Someone Who Doesn't Understand Introverts

@HelloTheFuture Steelcase makes nice systems furniture, but not that nice. I think they mean "specify translucent glass rather than clear when ordering" not "can be changed at any time."

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 11:16 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@RiffRandell Baking soda + more baking soda + elbow grease, mostly. Also dish soap. On the not as cheap as baking soda but substantially easier to use, commercial grade degreaser spray from Home Depot (The HDX brand citrus one is $3.00 for 32 oz, so not free, but not break the bank expensive either). It's not very chemically smelling or antibacterial, and it's amazing on grease.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 12:13 am 0

On The $20M One-Cent Stamp

What's up with point one? Chamfered is a perfectly reasonable, descriptive word. And the corners of the stamp are indeed chamfered.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm 0