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

On The Cost of a Full-Page Ad in The New York Times

@clo It is totally coming off as Goliath vs. Goliath, and as much as Stephen Colbert tries to make me care, I cannot bring myself to feel strongly about the intricacies of ebook pricing. I think trying to get the public on their side was the wrong move for both companies here.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm 1

On Let's Go Shopping for Health Care Plans! Pt 1

@HelloTheFuture Yep. I bought insurance through the same exchange as Ester and while they make it very easy to compare things like how much an ambulance ride would theoretically cost, they fail to mention if anyone actually accepts the insurance. Turns out the plan I picked pretty much only works at clinic-type places run by NY's public hospitals. The NYTimes ran a story about it, which I did not see until after enrolling, called "Public Hospitals Hope to Attract More Upscale Patients Under Affordable Care Act".

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm 0