On My SAD Lamp Has Made Me Marginally Less Sad: An Update

My psychopharmacologist says you can get all the benefits by taking a walk at noon for 15 minutes without sunglasses.

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On My Last Weekend Trip: The Cost of a Spontaneous Trip to San Francisco

Love Chile Pies!

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm 0

On Hot Tips for Having a Blast at Comic Con and Spending $0 Doing It

One of the things I miss about San Diego is the ability to ignore ComiCon while getting my drink on the Turf Club. But once upon a time, it was a good way to find rare back issues of "comics," and maybe listen to an illustration panel.

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm 0

On What Would Jesus Do About Gentrification?

Such a great idea, and a great article. BTW, I lived on U (between 17th and 18th) in the 80s. The "14th Street Corridor" was a stretch of abandoned buildings and leveled blocks. The only two legitimate businesses nearby were Ben's Chili Bowl and some poetry cafe where Lydia Lunch did some readings. The corner of 14th and U had upwards of 100 people milling about 24 hours a day, offering product. Gentrification has displaced a lot of people, but it also restored blocks that looked like photos of Dresden.

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 11:59 am 0

On Why Live in a Yurt? And How Much Does It Cost? A Conversation with Melissa Fletcher

@Safari I was only being partly facetious. The Hexayurt movement outside of burning man is about creating affordable, durable housing for the needy. And they can be built non-traditionally for a whole less.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm 0

On How Not to Write, Market and Sell a Supernatural Romance Novel

@Kclaw That simile is the best thing I've read in a while. I can't wait until Alexandra's next bodice-ripper.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm 0

On Why Live in a Yurt? And How Much Does It Cost? A Conversation with Melissa Fletcher

You can save a lot on costs by building your own hexayurt, which you'll see at Burning Man, usually constructed of reflective housing insulation.

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm 0

On Things to Know About Money in Patagonia

Didn't Argentina peg the peso to the dollar in 90s?

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm 0

On I Need to Do Everything in My Power Not to Be Poor

@leafyseadragon I’m sorry you read that into my comment. I don't know you, and my comments weren't focused on anyone but the author. FWIW, I don’t live in a binary world where if one is not one thing, then one is the dialectical opposite.

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm 0

On Why You Should Shop at Ethnic Grocery Stores

As a Brooklyner, I kind of bristle at the call to shop at "ethnic" grocery stores, which seems like some kind of a fragile species existing outside the normal ecosystem. My portion of South Brooklyn is largely composed of, well, everyone. So that means the three groceries at the end of my block are a Korean natural foods store, an Italian butcher and grocery, and a Mexican fancy food boutique. Which of those three certifies as "most ethnic?" Because there is nothing else to patronize (with an emphasis on "Patron.") The most famous butchers and groceries in my nabe are run by Italians, Germans, Syrians and Lebanese. Should I patronize these - relatively speaking - big box stores?

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