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On Wednesday Open Thread

@granny squares Cranberry sauce from Serious Eats, apple-cranberry pie from Cook's Illustrated (I made it 2 years ago and it is SO GOOD), and either pecan or pumpkin pie. I want to make Dorie Greenspan's pecan-pumpkin pie, but the rest of my family doesn't think it sounds good. Oh, and the world's easiest sweet potatoes that some kind 'pinner gave me the recipe for last year.

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm 0

On #DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

@latenac Everyone knows there's no point of doing something good if you can't post about it online.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm 0

On The Pickup Artists of PUAHate

@karenb Seeing as these guys seem like black holes of insecurity and misery, I'm guessing that their insistence on a "10" comes from insecurity as well--because if you can't/don't bag a supermodel, everyone will think you're a hideous loser and laugh and laugh and laugh!

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:29 am 0

On Lululemon's Selling of "Ostentatious Wellness"

@mistersister I think that whole lifestyle encourages (and is probably encouraged by) really intense narcissism. If you spend all of your time focusing on getting your ass and smoothies perfect, and all of your money on the best-for-you wheatgrass or yoga pants, there's not a whole lot of energy/money left for anything else. It's like religion without any of the altruism or memento mori, and with a hefty pricetag.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm 5

On Ask Baba Yaga: There's Got to Be a Way to Exist Without Constantly Inflating and Deflating My Ego

Ughh, I could have written this letter. One of the few things that's worked is, when I start feeling really self-conscious, to imagine that I'm in a giant semi-opaque bubble that people's glances sort of bounce off and that includes at most whomever I'm interacting with. It's silly, but it's usually enough to stop self-consciousness spirals.

I also used to pretend that I was a honeybadger and not give a shit, but since I'm unfortunately not actually a honeybadger, that didn't work quite as well.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@cabber I've been using it in fits and starts to learn Spanish. I generally like it and think it's effective. The only issue I have with it, which I've seen elsewhere, is that it's not 100% accurate, especially at higher levels. I speak French very well , and when I tried practicing my French with it, it often insisted on translations that were not at all how a human would speak. I'm going to keep using it for Spanish, though, because I think it'll take a while to get to a level where those problems actually impact what I'm learning.

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm 0

On "Your Favorite Rapper Probably Sucks": Interview with Angel Haze

She also did a verse on a version of "Papapoutai" by Stromae on his album Racine Carree! (Sorry, kind of Stromae-obsessed.)

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm 1

On 10 Years, Actually: Sarah & Karl, Jamie & Aurélia

@muggles I KNOW!!! Every time I see Love Actually, I spend the next week desperately thinking of how Sarah and Karl really could have ended up together after the movie ends. Stupid Karl.

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm 1

On Would You Ever Buy a Pair of "Anti-Rape Underwear"?

@RubeksCube How about cut-resistant spanx (so, I guess with metal mesh sewn in) held up with kevlar suspenders, surrounded by chicken wire shorts?

Also, these are dumb. I can see them being psychologically reassuring, the same way shoes I can run in or that have a nice sharp-edged heel are, but not at all useful in preventing sexual assault.

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm 0

On Your Nice, Healing Echinacea Tablets May Be Merely "Powdered Rice and Weeds"

As I've mentioned here before, I take Evening Primrose Oil to combat acne, especially the hormonal kind. It's impossible to be 100% sure if it's chance, other factors, or the EPO, but I've been taking it for about 6 months now and I have way fewer/less intense breakouts than I did before. I did research before starting it, and some studies showed that it was effective for certain conditions. Since I've been on all kinds of "proven" prescription drugs for acne that did nothing for me, that was enough to get me to try it.

I buy mine at Whole Foods, partly because I figure that as supplements are such a big part of their business, they wouldn't risk iffy suppliers. I hope that's the case! The rows and rows of supplements at CVS/Rite Aid kind of give me the creeps.

In general, I think a lot of supplements are a waste of money, and I find it ethically iffy that Whole Foods sells some that have absolutely no evidence of efficacy. I guess if they don't have harmful ingredients and they give people a nice placebo effect, there's no harm done, but I've also seen people delay getting real diagnoses because they thought they could solve their problems with supplements/crazy diets.

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm 0