On Diversity Hiring and the Concept of 'Fit'

@readyornot I have nothing useful to add, but you get all the points for the Hugo Schwyzer burn. That guy can crawl in a hole.

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 8:41 am 1

On Help, My Freezer Doesn't Work. Also It Is Not a Freezer

Oh my goodness, just call and say it's broken and it's urgent that someone come out to fix it! I have no idea what the tenant-landlord laws are in your jurisdiction, but it is totally normal and reasonable to ask that an appliance provided in a rental unit be functional. And if he/the repair person can't make it be functional after actually physically touching it (none of this you supergluing stuff! Stop it!), ask him to replace it! Unless your lease specifically says something about the refrigerator being provided as-is, he's required to maintain it in working condition. And actually, often leases specify that you are required to report broken things that need fixing immediately. There are certainly terrible slumlords out there, but most landlords want you to tell them when things are broken, and then deal with them, if for no other reason than to get you out of their hair and make sure the unit is still rentable when you move out.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm 2

On What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm 0

On What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

Also, what is the food budget of a person who eats exclusively cheese pizza, is the question I’d like to ask this man. That would be an interesting question. Although given Mr. Bowtiesarecool's stories about his broke retail job years, it sounds like one can survive for quite some time and quite cost-efficiently on the $5 large pizza deals the national chains seem to always have.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On Our Hoarding Tendencies

@lemonadefish I'm so, so sorry, but I have to. Are you a Ghostbuster? (Seriously though - NEAT!)

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm 0

On Better Policies for Hiring Interns

@Carmen Aiken@facebook Seriously! I would actually be extremely leery of Marille's "individual relationships" idea because that veers way too close to illegal nonpayment for services, which the nonprofit sector already does too much of. Volunteering/interning need to be managed MUCH more carefully than we currently do as an industry. I already think the Hill has a huge problem of only hiring people who are rich enough to work there for nothing/peanuts, and it's starting to show in legislators' long-term retention of quality staff. I don't want to see that problem grow everywhere else, too. Unpaid internships can die, as far as I'm concerned.

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm 1

On House of Cards Against Humanity

@rightclicksave I mean, it's Apples to Apples with swears. I love Apples to Apples, so I love Cards Against Humanity, but most people I know who dislike one dislike both. And they can go take the Risk or Battlestar Galactica box into the other room with the rest of the haters.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm 0

On The Ivy League Churn

@msafiri That's fascinating, and I had no idea, but it explains a lot about things I've seen as a non-Ivy grad who works with a lot of Ivy grads who are either in that 2-3 year sweet spot of TFA/fellowship/charitable work before b-school and law school, or who are past that window and kind of angsty about it. That sounds incredibly frustrating, and makes me a little grateful for never having been very good at being a student or having those kinds of paths carved out for me - I may have flailed a lot, but I also haven't had as many established preconceptions about what I am supposed to be doing. If I could have had a route that left me with a job in hand before graduation, I don't know that I would have felt daring enough to do otherwise! It sounds like a recipe for misery.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm 1

On Women Engineers Given Mirrors and Nail Files Swag From Goldman Sachs

@Caitlin with a C Stuffed dinosaur wearing a company t-shirt. I'm in a different industry now, so I removed the little t-shirt, but it is still on my desk. BAM. Also, one of those clicky pens that doubles as a touchscreen stylus. I love me some swag.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm 0

On To Video Game Buyers, Longer Often Feels Better

@Blackbird I also thought of Gone Home when I read this. It was amazing! I also feel that way about everything produced by thatgamecompany. And Portal 2. I like being able to sit down and have an amazing, beautiful experience that only lasts a few hours. And a lot of them are very replayable (although obviously something like Gone Home will not have the same element of discovery the second time through, if you replay it). I would much, much rather spend money on a short compelling game, than a long sprawling one that I put down after four hours, because meh.

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm 0