On How Much More Are You Spending at the Grocery Store?

I mean maybe this isn't such a bad thing. Traditionally, meat was considered a "treat," eaten only every so often or a few times a week. Now, most people can't go one meal without some kind of meat. We've grown so used to cheap meat, mostly produced through the terrible terrible factory farm system. Maybe this will get people to try some new sources of non-meat protein, or at least cut down on the amount of meat that we're consuming as a nation. I'm not holding my breath on either of these things happening, though.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 10:05 am 3

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@emmycantbemeeko I am now more informed than I once was -- thanks! Why do you think it's that way? It does seem totally insane that everyone is charged the same rate regardless of care rendered.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On What Would You Do for $1000 an Hour?

This is interesting. It goes along well with the most recent NY Times book podcast, where they interview William Deresiewicz about his new book. There's one section in particular where they go into how hard it is to reform the college admissions system, mostly because colleges can try (not that they always do), but the wealthy will always have the money to meet any change in the process head-on. Less focus on GPA/SAT, more focus on personal experience? Well, rich families can afford to send their children out in the world to have the most unusual and eye-catching experiences. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

I admittedly don't know anything about any of this, but it seems shocking that the room and board cost more than all of the other operating/medication costs listed in the screenshot.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm 1

On Link Roundup: Happy Marriage?; Telecommuting; How to Shop IRL

@HelloTheFuture Apologies for that -- this was @ you but not really AT you. I think I was mostly just talking to myself.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0

On Link Roundup: Happy Marriage?; Telecommuting; How to Shop IRL

@HelloTheFuture Humans are just really weird. We get what we want, value it for a while, and then usually start thinking "what if there's more out there?" Even if we're sitting in our dream homes, surrounded by loving family and friends, we're still wondering and asking ourselves what if, what if, what if. We're always grasping for the next degree of happiness, that final peak that promises to make everything feel right and good and whole. Of course, that state of being probably doesn't exist, and our search for it is making us miserable. We let ourselves down and break each other's hearts, all in a greedy effort to fill our own chests with the warm, final feeling of contentment that we always suspect to be lurking just around the next corner. It's actually amazing how we can get used to anything, good or bad. As Camus put it, "I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowing overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it." Familiarity, perhaps that's the word for it. And sometimes I think we mistake the familiar with the normal, the commonplace, much to our own detriment. Even the most extraordinary thing starts to feel familiar in time. But I think it's really important to try and keep these separate, to remember that the familiar isn't necessarily normal or commonplace. It's important to try and remember how good things really are under the layers of delusional bullshit we apply with our always working, always doubting minds. It's important to remember that maybe we already have exactly what we want, and that maybe that's not so normal or commonplace at all. Maybe we're just familiar with what we have, and when you really think about it, it's actually quite extraordinary to know something or someone so well. I don't know how to remember this myself, but God I wish I did.

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm 1

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@@fo Perhaps that's part of it. But I'm not entirely convinced. A lot of these places have like 13 foot ceilings, which isn't exactly an efficient use of space.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@HelloTheFuture That is a great place to live. So close to Rock Creek Park, which is perhaps my favorite part of DC.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 11:28 am 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@andnowlights It will be interesting to see what happens to all of these buildings. It seems that they are all "luxury apartments," and I can't believe there are that many people who can afford 2k-3k/month for a one bedroom.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:04 am 0

On Why SF is So Crazy Expensive & DC/NY Are Better

@gridmonte But DC is only 61.4 square miles.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 10:01 am 0