On It's Utilities, Not Me-tilities

I recently scored the BEST deal on internet... In Canada, there are 2 major providers, Bell and Rogers, and they'll both screw you over on price. But due to regulation, they're required to resell to smaller providers. Most people don't bother, but if you do bother, you can get great service for about $50 bucks per month, or questionable service (which I opted for) - which is running me $30/month for unlimited 28Mbps down/10Mbps up.

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm 0

On Life and Health at 75

@Stina yeah I don't see why I shouldn't have the option to choose. I hope by the time I'm ready there will be a bit more acceptance around that sort of thing.

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm 0

On WWYD Link Roundup!

@Punk-assBookJockey Actually, it looks like I'm wrong and there might be a legal claim one way or another: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/returning-engagement-ring-30198.html Yeesh, how medieval! Definitely time to just dump the engagement rings altogether. But in this particular case, after leaving her WITH the ring, it's a gift regardless, and so would be free and clear.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm 0

On How Do You Do Groceries?

Whatever is on sale or marked down. Preferably luxury produce. The sales counteract the awesome food and I spend under 300/month on steak, salmon and sometimes even lobster.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm 0

On WWYD Link Roundup!

Painting situation is obvious. For the ring, there's convention and practicality. The ring belongs to her alone. She can decide whatever she wants to do with it. Honestly I think the social convention should match the reality. Perhaps the convention should be to exchange rings when getting engaged. /feministoverhere

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm 0

On "If You've Got Some Sugar For Me, Sugar Daddy, Bring It Home"

Ew. Distasteful, should be discouraged or at least possibly regulated? I don't really see how, though.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 11:46 am 0

On Time Banking In Ithaca, New York

@anecdata That's a great idea, actually. I really like it... I guess there's a lot of uncertainty involved (is the time bank going to be around in 40 years?) but as a concept it seems workable and really, we should try to help elderly/sick people anyway... so even if the bank isn't around to 'pay back' it's not a complete waste of time. It seems naive to expect that all hours are considered equal. Basically that implies that supply and demand do not affect availability/economy. Which leads to only 'low-wage' services being offered, or that this is a volunteer/community-building exercise. Despite what they say, one can't reasonably expect a handy firefighter to offer the same quality of work as a professional plumber... unless he's fighting fires, of course.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:43 am 1

On Horrible Job of the Day: Hitler's Food Taster

@Meaghan O'Connell Or maybe it's that vegetarians are evil! On a more serious note, at the beginning of the article I was wondering if all the other tasters were poisoned, but that didn't turn out to be the case. Instead they died a different horrible death. Between that and the horrific abuse that this survivor went through, I pretty much discount any optimistic theories of humankind.

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm 0

On Wages For Housework!

Agree with the whole thing. Although, it was my dad who stayed home, and once my sister and I were both in school during the day, I didn't buy the 'I spend all day cooking and cleaning'... because it does not take 7 hours a day for that. (Sigh, if I spent an hour a day cleaning my house, it'd be pretty spotless.)

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm 0

On Quitting in a Blaze of Glory, NYC Waitress Edition

@theballgirl Can you be a 'bro' at 57? I'd say that's more in the 'dirty old man' category. Though obviously, 'asshole/sexual assailant' knows no age limit.

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:35 am 3