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By kopi-susu on Two Ways to Order a Shake

Waaaay too many words!

Tell people *what you want* as concisely as possible: "Please extra blend my shake" and give them the respect to figure out themselves how to do it. Because the only thing more annoying than being micro-managed by a boss is being micro-managed by a customer.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm 4

By isabelle bleu on Two Ways to Order a Shake

Hey, Sarah! Long-time service person here. I'm going to suggest that your co-worker is probably assessing it right on this one. No need to explain how blenders work to the staff when asking for a shake of your preferred consistency. Just ask if you can get the shake of your choice, extra-blended, and you'll get what you want 85 to 90 percent of the time. You'll have it live with noticing the occasional eye roll. It will be worth tolerating in exchange for the lack of lumpy banana.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm 4

By redridinghoodrat on Adventures With Gym Man

I love this comic. So perfectly illustrates That Crush.
I also love the Hairpin's new spam.
Prophets, witch doctors, shamans > friend's moms making 80,000/yr working from home.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm 6

By Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) on NYT Magazine's Hillary Cover Makes No Sense: A Brief Scientific Chat

@ru_ri It reminds me of that orange that has a face on it?

Also, it might be the least flattering photo/depiction I've ever seen of a politician.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm 2

By Julie the T on NYT Magazine's Hillary Cover Makes No Sense: A Brief Scientific Chat

@Gef the Talking Mongoose OMG you read my mind - the Mighty Boosh was the very first thing that came to mind when I saw that abomination of a Hillary-planet. Well done.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm 1

By Peteykins on NYT Magazine's Hillary Cover Makes No Sense: A Brief Scientific Chat

I just did an illustration for the NY Times (it doesn't run until next month). When they accepted it, I was, like, "Oh, phew, they like it; it's good."

Now I'm not so sure. :(

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm 2

By Gef the Talking Mongoose on NYT Magazine's Hillary Cover Makes No Sense: A Brief Scientific Chat

@j-i-a : It's particularly delightful because my reaction was the same as with all mass-media science gaffes : science-nerd rage followed by resignation that "nobody cares that this makes no sense, so best not to get worked up about it." So seeing this cheered me right up, because YES IT DOES MATTER THAT NOTHING ORBITS PLANETS (except moons and other natural satellites) AND OTHER REAL PEOPLE SHARE MY FEELINGS.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 2:57 pm 3

By prefacetoafable on What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

I definitely agree that giving up shampoo can be awesome for some hair, but I have one quibble. Vinegar and baking soda both act as mild bleaching agents, so any color change is most likely due to that rather than shampoo darkening hair. I tried it when I was younger, and one of the reasons I switched to cowashing instead was because it was slowly lightening my (black brown) hair to a shade I did not like.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 3:18 pm 1

By Sea Ermine on What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

"When you use baking soda (a base) and then apple-cider vinegar (an acid), your scalp’s pH remains stable and its oil production stays low."

I hate to be that person but a chemist friend told me that this isn't actually true. Because they're going on one after the other (as opposed to mixed together which would cancel them out) what's happen is your hair is swinging from basic to acidic and it's actually not super great for your hair.

The big reason why people find their hair gets soft and fluffy from this method is because the baking soda is so alkaline that it starts to break down the bonds in your hair.

If it's working for you, obviously, you do you, but if you worry about the above or find in a few years that your hair is getting a little damaged you might want to switch to some sort of less basic substance (maybe cornstarch?) and use a slightly more diluted vinegar mix.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm 6

By Carrie Shuck on What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

This is really interesting. You are very pretty and have nice thick hair, but I have to say, the after pic is not selling me on this.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm 11