On How Wizards Do Money: Neville Longbottom

No no no no NOOOOOOOOO! I enjoyed the other fictional money profiles but Harry Potter must remain canon! La la la I can't hear you.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm 1

On The Burrower, Part II

I find this series fascinating in a morbid way, but I just do not understand it at all.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm 3

On How Muppets Do Money: Oscar

Gaaaack! Oscar gives me stress. Pay off your credit carrrrrds! Though I suppose if he's already living in a trash can, maybe he doesn't have much farther to fall...

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm 1

On Dealing With Telemarketers (Using Advice From a Telemarketer)

I don't answer the phone from unknown numbers either. If it's important, they'll leave a message. Since I have found that ignoring calls does get me called repeatedly, I use my cell phone's reject function so that it doesn't even ring when they call, just auto-rejects. I can see later that there was a call, but it doesn't annoy me the way that the constant calling used to.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm 0

On The Cost of a Road Trip

Props to you for doing this (I guess?) but this trip sounds like my idea of a nightmare. I would have taken the adulthood and been done with it.

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm 4

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

@WayDownSouth It's not strictly a quota, in that shows don't explicitly HAVE to employ a certain number of men/women/minorities/etc. Many times these writers rooms ARE very, very white and very, very male. But as with so many cases, diversity is a data point that employers love to toot their own horn about, so there is a certain amount of conscious effort into trying to get other candidates in the door. This is, however, a double-edged sword -- I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "I tried to get you a meeting with this show but they already have a woman on staff" or "They just hired an Asian last year so your chances aren't great." Like they've done their duty and now that obligation has been met. I have never felt more like a token minority than I have in Hollywood, that's for sure. Some shows will look favorably on having a studio program pay the diversity candidate's salary (making it a "free" hire for the show), and other shows will look down on that as being a duty hire, like having an undesirable employee foisted upon you that you just have to live with. There are a lot of good and bad things that come with the territory, but at the end of the day I guess I'd rather the programs exist than not.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm 2

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

@WayDownSouth I don't think this writing team is trying to take unfair advantage of the system. I think the TV industry is better for having these diversity programs in the first place, and it would be much more unfair to deny them a chance to be part of one because half the team is white than to include them because half the team is a minority. By the way, not that it should make a difference, but I am an Asian woman who has taken part in two of these programs myself. Yes, the industry is overwhelmingly white and male, but I have no problem with a team of this nature taking a coveted slot in one of the programs -- granted, of course, that they got in on the basis of being kickass writers with awesome spec material.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm 0

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

@um I think you're being a little harsh here. In TV writing, a team is treated as one entity -- so the salary that one writer would get paid, a team has to split. They take up one "slot" in a writing room, not two. So a team where one member is a minority does qualify for diversity programs. Think of it more like one person being biracial -- you couldn't tell a half-white, half-Asian woman that her whiteness invalidated her Asianness, could you?

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm 0

On Living Without Credit Cards

I totally understand that people want to be responsible with their money and only spend what they have in the bank, but I also find it super condescending and also counterproductive to get up on a high horse about how using cash is the ONLY good way to buy things. First of all, using your debit card for day-to-day purchases can carry risks too, and when you find your card stolen or are in a dispute over a bad purchase, you're stuck in ways that you wouldn't be with a credit card, which offers protections and allows chargebacks. I've had friends who've been overcharged mistakenly for purchases on debit (decimal point shifted over a place), which overdrew their bank account, accrued bank fees, and made them broke for weeks until the charge could be reversed. So when I have the choice I use my credit card, get rewards points, and buy myself "free" ebooks on Amazon with those points as a treat every few months. I use my credit card all the time and I'm incredibly responsible about it, and having good credit has benefited my life more than having no credit. I realize this doesn't work for everyone. But there's no point in sneering at someone who chooses to use their money differently.

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm 2

On The Loaded Question of "What Do You Do?"

@i'llnamemypuppyavonbarks Interesting that that's a way to stop the questioning! I need to think of an answer that will do that for times when I don't care to elaborate. I love what I do but sometimes I don't want to get into a whole long explanation about it, and when you say "I'm a writer" people will ALWAYS ask more. I'm a bad liar so I haven't figured out a way to deflect, but maybe I should just say "I'm an accountant" or something.

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm 0