On Choosing the Next Billfold Book Club Book

@sherlock Maybe he's just saying that his advice applies to both men and women? Because "The Cold Hard Truth About People And Money" was less of a catchy title?

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm 0

On Baby Purchases, Reevaluated

I am very curious about how the snotsucker improves on the blue bulb nasal aspirator my mom used on my sister and me -- because I can see one very obvious DE-provement and that is the part where you have to suck the snot out with your mouth. Is squeezing a bulb to create suction less good for snot removal?

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm 0

On Choosing the Next Billfold Book Club Book

@CeeEm 10 10 10 10 10

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 1:17 pm 0

On What's in a Name? Oh, Only Your Success in Life

In Les Mis (book not musical) there's this bit where Mme. Thenardier gives her kids high-class names on purpose. Considering what happened to Eponine and Gavroche, well... it clearly wasn't as simple as that. Also, here's what Victor Hugo has to say about naming and class: "However, we will remark by the way, everything was not ridiculous and superficial in that curious epoch to which we are alluding, and which may be designated as the anarchy of baptismal names. By the side of this romantic element which we have just indicated there is the social symptom. It is not rare for the neatherd's boy nowadays to bear the name of Arthur, Alfred, or Alphonse, and for the vicomte—if there are still any vicomtes—to be called Thomas, Pierre, or Jacques. This displacement, which places the "elegant" name on the plebeian and the rustic name on the aristocrat, is nothing else than an eddy of equality. The irresistible penetration of the new inspiration is there as everywhere else. Beneath this apparent discord there is a great and a profound thing,—the French Revolution."

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm 1

On Taking a Year Off to Do What You Love, A Year Later

$9,825 gross is pretty sweet. You could project a $20K gross from freelance writing by the end of the year, and that's almost a living wage even without the book advance we're all crossing our fingers for. Because a living wage is the goal! Or, at least, the FIRST goal, on the road to DWYL financial success. (I realize this is all kinds of presumptuous, but it's my way of saying CONGRATS, this could TOTALLY WORK.)

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm 1

On How Wizards Do Money: Neville Longbottom

@TheLifestyleCreep There's also the other question about why Alice and Frank are institutionalized, which, when you think about it, has some serious implications. In the early books, why didn't they live at home with Neville and Granny? If their mental issues made them prone to wander, for example, Granny could have put up spells to keep them within a specific area, or tracked them using Marauder's Map-style wizard tech. There has to be some other reason why mild, non-violent dementia puts two adults in an institution for life, which is why I added "they must also be on life support spells" into my headcanon. Edit: they're probably on other health and body maintenance spells too, notably pain management for the Cruciatus Curse.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm 0

On When Your Boss Monitors Your Bathroom Breaks

@Allison Oh no, I wouldn't be able to make it through the day on two bathroom breaks and a lunch break either!

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm 0

On When Your Boss Monitors Your Bathroom Breaks

There's a clarification that employees also get their mandated 30-min lunch time and two 15-min breaks during which they can also use the bathroom. That doesn't excuse spreadsheets, though, because EEEEWWW.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0

On Ask A Human Who Actually Practices GTD ('Getting Things Done')

@brett924 Correct on all counts! I write notes in my notebook, and sort them into category/context-based sub lists in Basecamp. (I've transitioned out of the "at phone" and "at computer" type contexts because... we're always at our phones and at our computers now.) And yes, when I used Excel, I had a context column.

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On It's Time to Talk About 'Snowpiercer,' the Best Action Movie of the Summer

For all the talk about worldbuilding, I thought the actual world was so loosely built that it significantly lowered the stakes. Like, I enjoyed the movie, but like I enjoy a candy bar filled with no fewer than four insect legs. The... economics? Hard to discuss because they were so sketchy. Cash of course is out, but they were still working within a system that seemed to magically provide clothing, cockroaches, water, eggs, whatever they wanted. The only reason there wasn't enough sushi for everyone was because the writer didn't write enough sushi for everyone into the story. I agree with Mike re: share the wealth, every five year old gets a turn to drive the train. Also, I called the "the trains are run on HUMAN CHILDREN!" the minute they pulled those two kids out of the lineup. Lastly, they would all have died at the end of Wall-E too. The artwork they show during the credits is just Wall-E trolling us.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm 1