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low tolerance for bullshit.

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@harebell "Keep wearing your helmet if you like -- nobody is trying to discourage you, and our different choice is not going to take your helmet away! -- but don't claim it's a magic accident and death preventer; enough with the scare tactics and exaggerated claims."

Not making this claim! My friend survived without a helmet -- did you read my posts? How about the one where I state that neither cars nor bikes are injury-proof, even with all safety mechanisms at hand? The point is, if I a) want to commute via bike and b) would appreciate a significantly higher probability of keeping my brains/teeth inside my skull if hit, then c) I should wear a helmet. How is this so different from seatbelt laws? If I'm hit hard enough, wearing a seatbelt won't matter, yet it's an offense that you can be pulled over and cited for.

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@tullolia "Anecdotes are not data"

oh my, hope you stray far from the social sciences. I'm a biologist, so it's not my favorite FORM of data, but it is data, no matter how much you shout that it is not.

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm 3

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@Sarah Rain -__- source?

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm 0

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@bocadelperro Big hugs.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm 1

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@Sarah Rain When the car is hit by a bike? Uh, no one.

We're not taking car-on-car here, but even they have all kinds of safety mechanisms - airbags, seatbelts, roll bars, etc. - that make them safer. Note that no one claimed injury-proof! When you're on a bike, you have to look out for literally everything else on the road. Why do you think people are more nervous passing cyclists than any other vehicle? The only reliable safety mechanism for cyclists is making the easy decision to wear a helmet.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm 0

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@special_boots "It's just like... shouting at me to wear a helmet seems like informing a smoker that smoking is bad for you, or telling a fat person that they really ought to consider losing some weight."

Except you can change your non-helmet-wearing habit with 10 bucks and a snap of the chin strap. These are not the same at all.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm 1

On Pretty Women on Bikes

@harebell Yeah, except no, it would matter. Tell that to my roommate who rode her bike w/o a helmet less than a mile from her apartment and got cut off by someone taking a right-hand turn. He didn't check for her and she ran face first into the side of the van. Luckily, the van driver stopped and called an ambulance.

She had her jaw wired shut and is lucky enough to have parents to pay for her 5 facial/dental surgeries so she can have a fake central incisor. And I'm not done! She is scarred from not having a real front tooth for years (because that's how long it takes for your face to heal properly for a dental implant) that every time her gorgeous central incisor shifts, she is scared it will fall out. This is the kind of thing that never goes away. A helmet would have saved time, money, emotional and physical pain...

But she was following the rules! Point is, you can't depend on others to do the same.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm 3

On The Blueberry-Banana-Coconut Muffins

Coconut flour never works for me :( Everything I bake using it ends up looking and tasting like a perpetually wet sponge.

But I do use almond flour, so maybe I'll mock up something using this as a template.

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm 0

On Get This Look: Water Birds

I was a puffin for Halloween one year in Seattle -- colorful poster-board bill, orange-painted flippers, black body suit and all. No one wanted to sit next to me on the 44. Point is, I was with a raucous crew that night and woke up at closing time in a bar in Ballard next to Scooby-Doo.

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm 3

On Cooking Meth = Fine, Nagging = Bitch

If nothing else, this article (and resulting comments) proves how what we bring to a piece of entertainment skews our perception of said entertainment. I don't watch The Walking Dead (nope I don't have regular zombie dreams anyways, NOPE) but I've never understood the Betty/Skylar backlash, and I'm beginning to see why.

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm 0