Monday, April 21, 2008

Argh, hiding things on your website

I tried and tried and couldn't find a place on to send in suggestions. And I have several; maybe if I put them here someone will find them!
  • in the search-narrowing items, make it so you can also use them to eliminate categories (for example, I was just searching for a new 2.5" hard drive, and I would've liked to be able to eliminate everything smaller than I want, without having to rule out a good deal on something bigger than I expected.)
  • have a way to sort by, or only show, things that are eligible for Super Saver shipping.
  • as a corollary, sort by lowest price including shipping.
  • improve category tagging - this is something that drives me batty about eBay as well. Hard drive enclosures should not be listed under 'internal hard drives'. I know sellers set those, but maybe there could be some kind of system where users could suggest proper tagging, or note items that don't belong in a category?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Pardon me, sir, but I appear to be haX0ring ur network

Yesterday I identified a strange overlap between two fields I never expected to have any commonality - table manners, especially traditional Continental styles, and being a geek. Two unrelated fields, both of which - get this - will train you to be able to eat with a fork in your left hand. Continental manners dictate that you not swap your fork back into your right hand after cutting food on your plate; most people write and mouse with their right hand. So, I realized that my high school French Club dinner training meant that I could eat and do a puzzle or work online at the same time. I'm sure mes profs have all suddenly felt a strange chill go down their spines just now.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Just because you have a uterus doesn't mean you have to use it.

As promised over at Dubito, here's my crude attempt at a bumper sticker in response to those cutesy ones with a baby on them that say, "I'm a child, not a choice!"

Now, I don't have any problem at all with women who choose to incubate offspring - some illogical part of my brain figures that other people having children means I don't have to - but even if you do have kids, you are more than your uterus. And I think that's something everyone (or at least everyone who doesn't hate women) can get behind.

If anyone likes this, feel free to use it, but it would rock my world if you credit me. And if you make money off it, I want a cut :)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Other uses for hair gel?

So I've acquired several bottles of hair gel. I don't use gel, and Jon will only use a very specific kind, of which these are not. Any ideas as to what non-hair use I could put it to?

Alternatively, if someone wants a crapload of gel, drop me a line and I'll send it all to you.

Actually, now that I'm on the subject, what should I do with a bunch of eyeshadow and lipstick I'm not going to use on my face? They've all been used at least once, and none of them are fancy brands, so I doubt anyone would want them, but I'd prefer not to just pitch it all. Thoughts?

Friday, March 21, 2008

'Recycle' or Reuse?

So, I've had this question floating around my head for, like, forever.
Is it better/more ethical to modify a possession you have to make it more useful/pleasing to you, or to donate it to charity? (For example, reconstructing t-shirts vs. giving them to Goodwill.)

I'm having trouble deciding.
  • I need to pare down, but I don't want to get rid of things that I could use and then find myself replacing them in a few months.
  • I don't get a tax break for donations, but my mom and dad do, so I give them my stuff to donate along with theirs, but we're not talking anything more valuable than a few old cotton sweaters and t-shirts.
  • I want to alter some clothes to make them more like things I like (v-necks instead of crews, for example), but I'd hate to cut them all up and then decide I don't like them, but now they're not good enough to donate.

I'm overthinking this, so I decided to post it and let you do the work instead!
(I also emailed it to, so if I hear anything from them, I'll post/link it.)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Philosophizer and Thomas Dubya Hobbes Present: Loliticians!

Rudy Giuliani spent $50 million to win one delegate, then promptly dropped out of the race.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Global warming is in ur jetstream, fuX0r1ng ur weathers

So in the last month we've had three instances of temperature shifts between low-40s and single digits in a span of less than 36 hours. And if I hear one more person say "hurr hurr I guess that shows those climate scientists a thing or two", I will KILL. Because seriously, you shouldn't speak about things you don't understand. This weather is evidence of global warming - it makes every kind of weather more extreme and variable. Summers are hotter, winters are colder, droughts are drier, monsoon rains are wetter, hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms are stronger and more dangerous.

So, science. Get some.