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On Can't Spell Truth Without Ruth

Ugh. Voter discrimination, long lines at the polls and gerrymandering have run rampant in the last several election cycles. This will not help.

One can only hope that there will be a cleansing fire during the midterm elections and that this whole do-over won't turn into an epic shitshow that further undermines what's left of the democratic process.

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm 0

On I Fear I'll Be Stuck on Level 29 of Candy Crush Forever

This happened to me on level 29. I think they do it on purpose so you're forced to buy their dang lollypop hammers or share on Facebook. I did not do that. The trick for me was to clear the jelly from the corners on the bottom first, since those are the ones that were left most often when I played. I got re-stuck again on level 32 or 33 and finally deleted the game for good because I'm not paying for tricks to advance. I'll stick to Bejeweled 2, my first true iPhone game love.

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 11:03 am 1

On "What's the Worst Thing That's Woken You Up in the Dead of Night?"

I once woke up to the sound of a large mouse (small rat?) chewing into a plastic bag on the floor of my bedroom. He had been slowly working his way through the floor in my closet and that was the night he succeeded. I shot bolt upright, threw on the light and chased him with a tennis racket back down into his hidey hole. I piled a few heavy hardcover books on top of it, which gave him something else to work on until I got to the hardware store bright and early the next morning. I filled his hole with steel wool and soundproofing foam, which seemed to keep him at bay. At least until I moved a couple months later and let him have the place. Basement apartments are the worst.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm 0

On The "Prom-posal"

My cousin, an affable 6ft 3in history nerd, put up posters in the hallway of his school seeking applicants to sign up to be his prom date. He got several responses, and interviewed them each and decided which one he'd take. He married the lucky gal a couple years later and they just had their 10 year anniversary and their second child. It may have been the only date he ever went on, come to think of it.

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm 15

On "Hum for the Bolt"

I really enjoyed this.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm 0

On New Movie PR

@iceberg Sure. My husband's mother had been married to the man whose last name he has about a decade before he was born, and he didn't really know the guy. She gave him the same name as his much older siblings to maintain continuity since she'd kept the surname after the divorce. He doesn't have a strong attachment to his last name all, so I told him he could have mine and he took me up on it. It's pretty awesome. My surname is King, so I got him a t-shirt that says, "It's good to be King" as a little present the day after the wedding.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm 6

On New Movie PR

@Lily Rowan I just got married on Friday and my husband took my name. It's a little annoying that there's no male equivalent for the transition from Miss/Ms. to Mrs. And using Mrs. now feels a bit weird, but I guess I'll get used to it.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm 2

On What's On Your Locker Door?

High school: Brad Pitt circa Legends of the Fall
Now: Daniel Craig sitting at his desk in his boxer briefs in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm 3

On What Made You a Feminist?

My fiance (dude) is changing his last name to mine when we get married next month. I am over the moon about this and it makes me feel more feminist than anything has in a while.

My parents are pretty feminist and were very supportive of women's ability to achieve whatever they want in life. That self-confidence has certainly always been an asset. I do remember being about 5 or 6 and getting the whole "girls don't play with footballs" spiel from a neighbor boy who was throwing a Nerf with his brother. I just went and got a basketball and started shooting hoops, and pretty soon they both came over to join.

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:51 am 1

On Jane Marie, What's Actually in Your Makeup Bag Right Now?

@tessamae Those Urban Decay Naked palettes are very popular and contain a lot of brown shades, but they may not be dark enough for you. I've also had good luck with Smashbox palettes.

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm 1