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

On The Dead Guy in Your Apartment Building, and Other Lessons in Living Alone

@vanderlyn Good story though! It's spot on about the pain of carrying groceries and the awesomeness of free lobby stuff. And feeling both "comforted and perplexed" by nice but odd handyman behavior.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm 2

On The Dead Guy in Your Apartment Building, and Other Lessons in Living Alone

@garli Absolutely. My apartment doesn't have a dishwasher and I do most of the dishes, so if I don't wear gloves at least half the time (and all the time in the winter) the skin on my hands gets very dry and cracks and bleeds.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0

On Chatting About Tuna Noodle Casseroles, Jell-O, and the American Iron Housewife

@Derbel McDillet Ditto. There was no delicious, homemade treat I would not part with in exchange for some pre-packaged, artificially colored foodstuff in middle school. I would trade practically my whole lunch for a few Doritos. On the other hand, there are some junk foods that don't really make any sense unless you're introduced to them as a kid. Twinkies, for example, which I first tried as a 25-year-old, are simply terrible.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm 1