On Friday Open Thread

@aardvark Have you tried SmartWool? They're natural fiber, but they do have some arch-support stuff in most of their socks. :( I feel like their arch support things are less constricting that most brands, though, so it might be worth a try?

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 3:02 am 0

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books


It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Confessions of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Annals of the Western Shore (Gifts, Voices, and Powers I think were the titles?) by Ursula Le Guin

My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (this one has the most ridiculous premise but it's actually amazing, I swear)

Also I'm going to shamelessly plug the Georgia Nicolson series, because that one bit where she compares having three boyfriends to being in a donut store and wanting every kind of donut is AMAZING.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm 0

On Lily Allen, "Hard Out Here"

@milominderbender I kind of thought the dancers were making some WTF looks, actually? There's the one woman who licks the lamp-thing at 3:50 and gives this wide-eyed "are you watching this????!?" kind of face. I wish it were a little more obvious whether that was intentional, though - there's definitely parts where it seems like they're playing it totally straight.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm 0

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

@Faintly Macabre Well now I know what I'm gonna be listening to on repeat for the next five days.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 10:45 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) One time in high school I dressed up as the Swedish Chef & ended the night by almost hitting my friend in the head with an over-enthusiastically thrown spatula. NO REGRETS.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@rosaline I got three, but they were all related to me and they all just wanted a glass of water instead of candy. (I forced them to take the Hershey's because I have chocolate standards to uphold.)

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm 0

On Olives - It's What's For Dinner

@cmf406 UCD has its own olive oil brand now! It's some kind of Olives Are The New Tomatoes situation. The Nugget got a fancy olive area which smells too terrible to get within twenty feet of, but I would imagine that if you did there would be local olives there.

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm 0

On Olives - It's What's For Dinner

@j.a.b. I know, right. We had a few confusing months when the song came out.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm 1

On Olives - It's What's For Dinner

I grew up in Yolo County and I just want to say PLEASE BY OUR OLIVES, WE ARE BEING TERRORIZED BY RENEGADE OLIVE OIL. I lived in fear of wiping out my bike because of olive oil patches under the trees, which would totally get into the local newspaper, and then I would never be able to show my face again.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm 0

On Imagining Grown-Ass Eloise

@frumious bandersnatch I haven't even read any of the Hunger Games books, but I got really mad about the suggestion that Katniss doesn't have the right to be angry angry angry (or as angry as Meg from A Wrinkle In Time, anyways). She lives in a terrible society where children kill each other for a TV show! I would be angry angry angry too! Why the hell would she be okay with it just because she's a "celebrated champion?" Like yeah, but... of children who are forced to murder people, that is not a great thing to be a champion of.

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm 1