On The Economics of Dating, OKCupid Edition

@HelloTheFuture That's the thing that makes me shudder a bit about online dating (have used OKC and Grindr before, using neither currently)... the whole "picking someone out of an online data dump" idea. Tangentially: I know it's not helpful for my dating prospects, but I really struggle with feeling like all of my married friends have these wonderful organic stories about how they met each other in meatspace-at school, at church, as coworkers, through volunteering, traveling, etc etc...and since I've failed to do so, I become sort of "relegated" to trying to find someone online. It's a tough psychological hurdle, one that I have major trouble getting over, even though I can explain it intellectually.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm 1

On Cops

Don't forget Officer Marge Gunderson in Fargo! Good cop. Oh, those were the days.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 3:05 am 1

On Gwyneth Paltrow's Gift Ideas

Goop news is like catnip to me. It is impossible for anything about it not to be ridiculous. Case in point: she's opening a pop-up store in Dallas featuring, among other things, "$42 khaki napkins inspired by Gandhi and his vision of rural self-reliance." I mean, the joke writes itself.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm 1

On Monday Check-in

$20 at Taco Bell?? I assume you were planning to buy for others. There's this thing called the Taco Bell challenge... it's to try and eat $20 worth of Taco Bell food in one meal. My group of friends - true Taco Bell connoisseurs - posit that it's nearly impossible.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm 0

On I Could Make The 1 Thing Good For a Weekend

I really need to get my open enrollment done. The only question that's keeping me from getting it done *right now* is deciding how much to put into retirement savings. Maybe a lot? 20%? I'm young, and Mike Dang did say to get that compound interest going now!!

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Lee Jordan

Pop pop!

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm 0

On Link Roundup! Fee-less Banks; Bankable Stars; When Success Isn't a Straight Line

Hate to break it to you, but Paul Rudd was *not* in the Dallas airport, just a guy who kind of looks like him in a blurry still frame. In true internetz fashion, all these sites picked up the same breathless but speculative news report after it flashed across one blog, and later had to retract it. Nonetheless, truly, you are an American Hero, not-Paul Rudd.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:11 am 0

On Counselor, World Traveler, Wrangler of Young Jews: A Hiring History

Let's meet in the morning so we can make a day of it.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm 0

On Analyzing America's Most Affluent Towns

@PrescriptionPants It makes it rather ironic that Dakota Dunes is mentioned in the article in a paragraph specifically about places that sound like they have protection from floods. As a SoDak native, I was amused (but not surprised) to see them as our "richest" town. Apparently being rich doesn't make you smart enough *not* to build your exclusive enclave at the confluence of two extremely flood-prone rivers.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 12:43 am 0

On In an Age of Tablets, Are Calculators Still Relevant?

I seem to recall using my TI-83+ to mostly program weird RPG code sets and play "Drugwars".

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm 2