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On Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?

@beulah Wow, this seems...unnecessarily hostile. I would not want to be the person on the internet telling everyone their experience at a large company that is not exactly the same as their own must be invented, but have a good time with that. I would never say we don't have some totally normal-named reporters, but at least in my unit the odd name thing is a running joke. Have a nice day!

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm 0

On Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?

When I got to NPR I was told my (fairly weird) name wasn't QUITE weird enough and I should consider incorporating my middle name. True story.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm 9

On Name That Book!

@owlegg is that harrison bergeron?

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm 0

On Name That Book!

OK, I'm not sure it was YA, it may have been a mystery, but all the characters were in this English class (?) and had to study the sonnets and somehow solved a mystery involving Sonnet 31 and the phrase "Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing" was prominent. I think it was a historical mystery somehow...?

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm 0

On Light-ish, Hippie-ish, Side Dish Ish/Help

Dude, mushrooms. Unless you hate mushrooms. I swear these are good, though. Toss them with garlic, capers, oil, salt and pepper, put a little butter on top and bake them at 450 until they get bubbly at 450. Add parsley and lemon juice.

If that feels not...seasonal enough? Not decadent enough? I don't know. Anyway, let's talk sweet potatoes. Roast some sweet potatoes, scrape out the orange part and hand mixer it with butter, a little maple syrup, as much bourbon as you want, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and pepper. You can put hazelnuts on before you eat it, or you can just eat it. It should be a little bit sweet and a little bit bourbony. If you don't like bourbon I don't know what to tell you and I'm not sure we can get past this rift.

KALE IS AMAZING. But best in salads, right? Kale, mustard greens, scallion, a sliced up apple, hazelnuts, olive oil, rice vinegar if you have some left over from that time you were like "let's learn to make sushi!" but then you got creeped out because that's RAW FISH that you bought from Whole Foods or something.

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1

On How the Internet Changed Solo Travel

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm 0

On How the Internet Changed Solo Travel

@The Silver Lining I hooked up with some locals a couple days in and they encouraged me to do two "touristy" things: visit Christiania, a little outpost of hippies across the river that's sort of lawless and fascinating (read about it before you go; the history is amazing!) and this thing called the Round Tower in the middle of the city which I loved because the view is out of this world. Avoid wearing really blowy dresses up there, though, because the wind is crazy. But you can see Sweden! Food: the best place I ate was a French-Tunisian place called Kamel's Spisehus (http://www.kamels.dk/). I avoided The Best Restaurant In the World (Noma) but did visit Nimb Bar (I'm kind of into cocktails) and discovered that Danish fancy bars and less fun that American fancy bars because you sit in a chair rather than sitting at the bar and talking to the bartender. I love bartenders. The other thing I'd recommend is look up if there are any plays happening in the Rosenborg Castle Gardens while you're there -- I was passing by and stopped to see an outdoor production of Othello, and it was awesome.

Mostly I just cannot recommend enough that you rent a bike and bike around all the time. Oh, and I found out that the Danes sort of resent the fact that Hamlet represents them to the English speaking world and if you mention Elsinore they'll tell you why it's important and historic and why Hamlet is stupid.

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm 0

On How the Internet Changed Solo Travel

Copenhagen. I picked up an incredibly cheap flight on Iceland Express and spent a week in September doing nothing but what I wanted. Copenhagen doesn't really have a lot of tourist attractions (the statue of the Little Mermaid was on loan to Japan and seriously, I don't care anyway) so I didn't feel like I needed to be anywhere. I rented a bike and biked ten hours a day all around the city. Everyone is incredibly friendly and speaks amazing English, so it was easy to make friends for when I wanted guides/companions. Copenhagen is also completely safe (seriously, the Danish warned me about the "ghetto" and it was like one block long and had a liquor store and some graffiti) so I wasn't worried about being mugged when I asked for directions. A really good starter solo vacation for a young woman.

One thing I do bring (though don't always use) when traveling alone: a fake wedding ring. I know, I know, but it does help keep a certain kind of creep away and you can just slip it on when you want to use it and stash it away whenever.

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm 0

On What's That, Papa?

This isn't new! It came out last year. It's half amazing and half incredibly disturbing. Just like we all wanted it to be.

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