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On Amusingly Horrible Things Significant Others Have Said: The Bracket

Ex-High school boyfriend: "I usually only date really hot blondes with big breasts."

Ex-college whatever: "YOU got a master's degree?!?"

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm 1

On A Tribute to Top of the Lake's Robin Griffin, Made of China and Steel

I adored this show, and will probably rewatch soon. I thought Elizabeth Moss was heartbreaking and the other, less known actors also fabulous.
However, one thing that did keep breaking in and keeping me from fully immersing in the show was Elizabeth Moss's accent. It bore no relation to those of people around her (New Zealanders) or any Australians I've ever met (other possibility since the character had moved there).
I hate to quibble about it, but it did keep me from being able to forget that she was an American actress playing a New Zealander.

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm 0

On On the Ending of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

I really want to see this movie again (I saw it as a kid and didn't understand it at all).
Its very annoying that this is one of the many classics that Netflix doesn't think it is important to have. Grrr.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm 0

On A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

@Megasus Just to point out - the FDA does not actually do testing of drugs. The companies that are making the drugs are required to do testing based on all sorts of guidelines, then the FDA is supposed to review the results and either approve or tell them to go back and test more.
Sometimes, they'll approve a drug contingent on further testing or on monitoring it once it is marketed, because you may only be able to see certain things once a really large number of people have taken it.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm 3

On Pope Francis Kissing the Disfigured Man

@turnipgreens I see where you're coming from, but I think this is akin to any person in the public eye using their fame to try to make an impact (I was about to liken it to Princess Di publicly hugging an AIDS patient, but that's a hard one to say how much was for her and how much for the patient).
Isn't it possible that the pope could have multiple reasons simultaneously for hugging the person? He could have compassion for a member of his flock (assuming, since the man is described as a pilgrim waiting in St Peter's Square) and simultaneoulsy be attempting to set an example to the general populace to be kinder to individuals that often get ignored or worse.
Do I think he is doing some of this stuff tactically, such as washing prisoners, womens and Muslims feet instead of the standard high church authorities? Absolutely! But he's the head of a church and it's his job to be visible and set the example he thinks is appropriate. Frankly, I'm happy the Catholic church has finally elected a pope who thinks kindness and human decency are the examples he wants to lead by.

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@upupandaway Is the new Exploratorium any good?

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@Jinxie Since you're in San Francisco, I think you should take the ferry over to Sausalito, having drinks in the bar on the boat.
Do the tourist stuff, the weather is supposed to be great this weekend.
What about the Musee Mechanique - that would be a fun interactive date.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@blueberry mary " I just don't want to be that asshole who uses someone or leads them on."
Seems like as long as you're honest about where you are feelingswise, both with yourself and with him, then you'll be okay. If you are enjoying being with him and he's enjoying being with you, why stop? Eventually one of you will probably bring up the question of where the relationship is going, and at that point you can reevaluate. As long as you aren't telling him you're madly in love with him when you aren't, no harm no foul. If he's looking for more, it's up to him to say so (in the same way it would be up to you to so if you were).
You say that you've never been in a relationship before, and maybe your expectations are a little unrealistic? Its very easy to have a crush on someone and get that fluttery feeling, but longer term comfortable is good.
I think someone else already asked Do you look forward to seeing him and spending time with him? Does he make you smile?
If you answer no to both of those, then I'd say walk now. If not, I'd say give it more time.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

@rosaline Woohoo! My neighborhood made a concerted effort to organize (via email) so all the parents knew where people would be home, and I got about 15 trick or treators. This is way up from the 5 last year. I actually ran out of candy and had to borrow some from my neighbor.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm 0

On Mouthwatering Recipes from the March 1950 Issue of McCall's

So confused. How is it that the obesity epidemic didn't hit in the 1950s, with all that mayo, crisco and sugary jello?
Was it that everything tasted like such crap that no one actually ate anything?

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm 4