On Sleep Gadgets That Work?

That said, do you know what the best sleep hack would be? Remove society's socially constructed schedule that says most people need to work 9-5. Some people (myself included), have a very different circadian rhythm. I find it very difficult to fall asleep before 2am, even one weeknights when I have to be in the office at 9am. I would be so much happier and productive if I could work, say, 11-7.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:13 am 1

On Sleep Gadgets That Work?

I mean, maybe sleep isn't all that important. Conventional wisdom used to tell us that breakfast was the more important meal of the day. But now there are studies that say that breakfast is just a meal like any other. I've read that there is no hard and fast rule that each person should get 8 hours of sleep. Instead, like the amount of water we need to drink, it depends on the person.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:09 am 0

On Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn't)

If I'm staying in a hotel for more than one night, I usually put the little door hanger thing out that says "Thanks, but no thanks re: cleaning my room." Is that bad? Should I let them come clean my room?

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:59 am 0

On The Liberal Arts Are Not a Luxury: An 'Excellent Sheep' Responds to Deresiewicz

College is all well and good, but as you point out, real engagement with the humanities needs to come at an even earlier age. We need to teach young people in both public and private K-12 schools how to read and communicate and reason. We need to encourage engagement with new, unfamiliar ideas and people. Unfortunately, however, as fucked as the college system is (which I believe Deresiewicz has said he's not at all optimistic about), the public school system seems even more hopeless, with many states moving away from the arts and humanities toward rote memorization and standardized tests. You make learning a chore, and naturally young children will reject it, which will most likely cause repercussions throughout their entire lives. (Not to mention the terrible environments some students attempt to learn in -- a person needs to feel safe before they can learn.) Ultimately, this all boils down to a failure of the American people and our elected government. We can and should do better.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm 0

On Job of the Day: Silicon Valley Home Stager

"I cannot possibly live in a home where orchids have been." If an orchid even looks at me wrong, my whole day is ruined. "Despite the fact that the homeowners were not white, almost all of the subjects in her replacement photos were." Shit is mega fucked up.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm 1

On The Vote That Could Cut Your Student Loan Bills

*Stands up and starts clapping* Unfortunately, I am not optimistic about such a bill passing the House. Still, one can dream of lowering one's interest rate from 6.85% to 3.86%. (It really would help me, and it's not like I'd be paying 0% interest.) I also read the linked to Virginia Foxx op/ed. She says that "President Obama wants people to believe that shaving a few dollars off monthly student loan payments will solve the problems plaguing graduates. That’s the essence of a proposal being touted on the campaign trail that would raise taxes and allow some graduates to refinance federal student loans." Will this bill solve all my problems? No, and it doesn't pretend to. But it will help me pay literally thousands of dollars less in interest each year, so that I can actually attack the principal and get out of my debt.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm 1

On Harvard: Too Rich to Be a Nonprofit?

I mean, some people literally do get rich at colleges. Just look at executive compensation. At many elite universities, presidents and other top administrators make $1 million plus per year.

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm 0

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