On It's Utilities, Not Me-tilities

@Allison Ah, ok, that makes sense. I just paid my utility bill and was completely flabbergasted/outraged that anyone could be paying $40 for utilities. (Also, there is no difference between electricity and power. I just got excited and typed two words instead of one! Possibly related to drinking two glasses of wine instead of one.)

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm 0

On It's Utilities, Not Me-tilities

OMG. My utilities in the winter (in Canada) are $500/month (for a small bungalow - water, waste water & drainage, electricity, gas, power) In the summer they do not go below $200/month (we do not have air conditioning.) Even when I lived in the states, though (2007 - 2012, similarly sized bungalow) I think my utilities were in the $75 - $150 range. I am confused by this "$40/month" discussion.

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

I might be a dummy (I am not from the US) but I do not understand the "plan savings" & "not covered by plan" columns in that spreadsheet... And then the "allowable" column has the amounts that are allowable with the plan, right? But why did you only have to pay a $1000 co-pay (instead of the balance of what was not "allowable"?) Sorry - I'm sure I seem super dense. But I am also super curious...

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:23 am 0

On The Cost of Publishing Academic Research

@Liz As I commented above, it's common to have page charges for journals in the biomedical field. Here's a Nature article discussing the cost of publishing, open access, etc: http://www.nature.com/news/open-access-the-true-cost-of-science-publishing-1.12676

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:44 am 1

On The Cost of Publishing Academic Research

@sunnyciegos A lot of legit open source journals (at least in the biomedical field - BioMed, Plos, Evolution...) have page charges. Those shouldn't be lumped together with the "pay to play" pseudo-science journals and conferences that NYT article is about.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:39 am 1