On A Human and Her Glass of Whisky Attempt to Buy Multi-city Plane Tickets

I've done the same thing the last two nights trying to book a Caribbean vacation (poor me, I know). Two nights, four browser windows, 15 tabs and 20 bookmarks later, and I still don't even know what island I'm going to. And you just reminded me that I totally forgot about Hipmunk. I did drink one tasty port cocktail and two glasses of wine though.

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 11:26 am 0

On How to Make Sure You Do Not Lose Your Job to a Robot

There are actually already quite a few robots that do (something approaching) my job, churning out hundreds and hundreds of formulaic click-bait articles every day titled "Why Did XYZ Stock Fall 2.4% Today?" and then attempting to answer that question by copying and pasting possibly relevant bits of information off other parts of the internet. They aren't as good at it as I am, yet, but that day is probably not far off. From now on I'll picture Data "writing" all such articles and it will make me smile.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@nell Wow, that image is even better in some ways...

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm 0

On In Search of Lost Money and How it Just Got Easier

Apparently no one owes me money, but my mother appears to have some money coming to her from Delia's, so that's probably my fault.

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 11:49 am 2

On Getting the Paper

My hometown paper is also the NYT; I use my parents' home delivery account number to read it online. They live in New England but subscribe to paper copies of the NYT, Boston Globe and their local paper.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm 0

On It's a Weird Day. Let's Rank States!

@twofish My favorite Maine fact: The richest person in Maine is the grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, the founder of L.L. Bean.

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On It's a Weird Day. Let's Rank States!

@PicNic Yes, Connecticut is far too cozy with New York to be trustworthy... (gives CT shifty side-eye.) Most CT-ers I know are from North of Hartford though, which is almost real New England.

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm 0

On Help, a Direct Mailing For a Cleaning Service Actually Worked On Me And I'm Worried It Will Ruin My Relationship

Get over your guilt by blaming it on the patriarchy. You should not feel bad for choosing to use (a very reasonable amount of!) your hard-earned money to pay someone else to do a very legitimate job, just because it has historically been done by women for free. Then once you have gotten rid of the guilt, let the cleaner come back as often as you can afford it. It is the best. Signed, a formerly guilty person who now has a much cleaner apartment

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm 2

On The Real World Cost of a $22 Gadget

@aetataureate Both, but the most noticeable effect the last few years has probably been airlines reducing seat width and putting seats closer together, mostly to make space for "premium economy" sections without cutting the number of passengers per plane.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:49 am 0

On Books That Are Worth The Money

All books, because you never know which books are going to become 32) Books you want to loan out.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:58 am 1