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On TechCrunch: Journalists Or Startup Shills? You Decide

@Brunhilde Sometimes the expiration dates printed on products aren't totally accurate. If, to save money, you want to consume something after it expires (its 20th birthday), you should know how to sniff for spoilage, look for mold spores, etc.

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm 0

On Ask Polly: My Great Job At A Top International News Publication Sucks Ass!

@Drawn7979 Oh my god, the spambots are interacting with each other. We have reached the singularity; there is no need for real internet commenters anymore!

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm 3

On Responses To "Rape Joke"

@96498932@twitter I don't know if "credit" is the right word.

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm 3

On Rich Kids Of The Internet: Inside The Astounding Troll-Hole That Is Elite Daily

I first found out about this site when a friend-of-a-friend posted a jaw-droppingly misogynistic article on Facebook and my friend voiced her disapproval.

The article: The 20 Mistakes You Don't Want to Make in Your 20s, which includes gems like "A bad job is like a bitchy girlfriend that gives bad head" and the mistakes of "Spending your money on women who aren't escorts" and "Mistaking safe sex for anything besides anal."

Said FOAF defended it. I'm relieved that this site's origins are as shady as its content, but apparently there are thousands of shallow idiots who take it seriously.

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm 0

On Should You Move To Paris

I read Paris, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down before I moved there for a few months! It helped me not expect to ever get a Carte Vitale.

I traveled in much less louche or moneyed circles than this, but I still got caught in the middle of many heated French "discussions" that went far over my head, even when I could understand the words. Some version of "Paulette made a loud bouf sound and translated her opinion into French" happened in every single one.

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm 0

On Are We Not Each A Customer Whilst We Are Using The Restroom?

At least in my part of Europe, it is mostly Not Done to use a place's bathroom unless you're a paying customer, and there are not that many public restrooms. It's pretty easy to break that rule at McDonald's, because most of the McDonald's workers here are either busy with customers, purposefully ignoring the customers, or staring miserably at nothing. But besides that, they have definitely not mastered public bathroom going. Adults and their children pee in public even in broad daylight and near free bathrooms, and cleaning up your dog's crap is what idiots do. Pretty much every semi-secluded corner or wall has a permanent pee stain on it. So, yeah, the Old World doesn't win this one.

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 10:33 am 0

On What Happens After You Meet The Devil? The Life Of Mary MacLane

This was really great! I saw a little excerpt from her first book a few days ago somewhere, and I couldn't decide if she (her writing?) was annoying or not. Now I understand more of what was behind that. The games she played with her image and the press remind me a little bit of Lady Gaga, especially the burst of fascination that seems to have dwindled pretty quickly.

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm 0

On The Love of My Twenties: An Unexpurgated, Factual Account

Oh man, now I feel insecure about trying to publish the story of my mid-quarterlife crisis trip through Cleveland and my doomed romance with a guy who was about to rob the 7-11 but was stopped by the sight of my ass. Maybe the Billfold or Wirecutter would publish it?

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:42 am 0

On The Five Worst Kinds of Co-Workers

@jolie My mom (and dad) worked more than full-time for as far back as I can remember, and she would have burned down our house before she let it get to that state.* And with company, let alone reporters coming to the house? I got yelled at to make my bed whenever I had my dumb teenage friends over, just in case they happened to go in my room.

Actually, seeing as my mom is a social worker, I'm really tempted to send her this article just to make her head explode.(<3 u, mom!)

*my dad wasn't allowed to clean most things because what if they didn't get clean enough?

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm 0

On Soon There Won't Be Anything Unpretentious Left

"Although the Environmental Protection Agency does not classify clothing laundered in perc as posing a health risk, the agency says the chemical does pose environmental risks and is a 'likely human carcinogen.'"

Because the only time any one is ever exposed to perc is when they're wearing dry-cleaned clothes? It's kind of funny that the article sneers about "greenwashing" and "buzzwords" and gentrification and then doesn't even mention health risks to the people who work in the dry cleaners. (Wikipedia claims that modern machines let almost no perc escape, which would change things, but the article doesn't even pose the question.)

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm 0