On Books On Lego

This made my day. I mean it.

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm 0

On Crops Rotated

I always pictured that Brownies mentioned in the beginning as the health food restaurant Woody Allen talks about owning in SLEEPER.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:35 am 0

On How To Not Barf

I am a lifetime emetophobe and have had some epic vomit-avoidance adventures. I've even been through four cycles of chemotherapy and radiation for cancer and only threw up twice, which I consider a personal best. Some personally learned tips not covered in this excellent write-up:

1. Avoidance of throwing up when your body needs to (or your mind has tricked your body into thinking it needs to) is all about one thing: THE REMOVAL OF FEAR. Deep breathing, mental imaging, distraction, fresh air, whatever works, or helps.

2. Public transportation terror when you think you might puke is the scariest. As Choire shows by his subway between-car space preference, it's all about the option to hide. Don't knock walking! IF it is possible (like, you live in the same borough). I've walked 50 blocks home (yes) instead of a cab or train all because quickly ducking into a stairway, alley, or less-populated side street somehow seems preferable to me than being trapped in a jerky cab or train (that get's stalled! horrors!). Always after a long, brisk, nervous-y, slightly scary and VERY FOCUSED and also cathartic walk home... I feel calmer, exhausted, and way, way less nauseous. I'm a nervous energy-type. And this is probably not the best thing to do if your body is sicko But as an option this often works for me, mind and body.

3. Half a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a small glass of water. This is a "natural" antacid that has always worked amazingly for me, way better than any over-the-counter Tums or Pepcid AC or whatever. Just slowly sip. By the time I finish it my stomach feels great. Nothing seems to top it (ok Pepcid AC is pretty good I guess).

4. A small amount of raw ginger minced up and swallowed with water, or made into a weak tea. Even when you're at your sickest, if you can manage to get this down it works wonders on your digestive system. Really, like magic.

5. To avoid getting sick, or reassure yourself that you are doing so: also try non-diluted regular white vinegar kept in a spray bottle at your workplace. It makes a wonderful non-drying, non-superbug-spawning "antibacterial hand wash." It's harsh enough to kill bad germs, but not so harsh that its killing everything. Kind of mid-range. Use it between the over hand-washing thing (which is good, and you should do, but dries your hands out and then you put lotion on, which is a whole other germ magnet). Just spritz into your palm, rub it all over your hands, and the smell goes away as soon as it dries (which is fast). Very reassuring.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm 1

On What Time Is "Primordial Gravitational Waves"?

Plus, last night was the "worm moon!"

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:45 am 0

On Fucking Masterfulness Of Movie Appreciated

All correct! One of my favorites. Also, if you don't know, there's this weird twist in the screenplay's origin: http://andrewhearst.com/blog/2008/05/the_scandalous_origins_of_martin_scorseses_after_hours

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm 0

On A Life-Changing Invention: The In-Window Cat Litter Box

Al Jaffee's "Things We'd Like To See!"

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:08 am 1

On 22 Things I Still Remember About The Bloomberg Era

"The lines for both those events were around the block."

My computer crashed...

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm 0

On Elizabeth Fraser Is 50

Nod to the obscure Felt song... but Heaven or Las Vegas is not their best album. Treasure is. Also, I'm sure this has never been argued about before.

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm 0

On Six Lesser-Known "Golden Ages" of Media, 1991 - 2005

I'd love to see this same idea done with less-golden ages of journalism. "Right-wing blogs of the 00's... where are they now?"

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm 2

On What To Google To Get The Government To Show Up At Your House

I once spent an entire afternoon trying to find the original uncensored cover of The Residents' "Baby Sex" LP online, and got real paranoid later...

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 9:55 am 0