@pintje yeah, I was totally reminded of Morgellons - and since I think of M.E. as being a physical ailment, and Morgellons as being significantly more psychosomatic in origin (sorry, Joni), it meant I had to sit and consider how it was I was so definite on this.
@bureaucrab my doctors - admittedly in the UK's NHS - have definitely used diagnostic flowcharts when dealing with a rare-ish health problem I presented with -- and also the Map of Medicine healthguide system is standard when thinking about treatment options. it seems pretty unlikely that US doctors wouldn't be using similar systems! Maybe they don't like letting patients see that they're using them because it ruins the illusion of doctor-knows-all...
petition for a day on which every post on the Hairpin is written in tender gentle Dear-Sugary horoscope-speak. Let's make an initiation, dearest Hairpin, I see good things coming your way.
back when i played the game i thought it was a metaphor for how i could never get there but of course i was wrong! we can all get to oasis zone vi, you are by our side.
The Band Who Was (like) Thursday
On Sweet Dee
@sarah girl I wonder if this piece that ran on The Awl last month - http://www.theawl.com/2013/12/the-new-spammer-panic - had a sort of "here's why we're leaving the comments up" function: these kinds of spam comments are an SEO strategy that backfires on the companies who use it if the comments are left up (though i don't think the piece does a good job of explaining exactly how). Still, even if leaving spam comments up will have some eventual bad effect on the companies behind them, having a comments section populated with spam is kind of unsightly and depressing. If they must keep them around as a bad-SEO time bomb, isn't there some way they could temporarily hide them?
the marriage was built to last but the house was built out of gingerbread
here's to never reining it in!
@appletree I swear I just read something that said that Luluvise's users' average age was 21? I guess they must be keeping a bunch of Luluvise network users off the Lulu app.