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On New England States, Ranked By How Much They Are Contributing To The American Cause In Sochi

I need to move to Vermont. Need. Neeeeeeed. Do people do that? Are there (tech, data) jobs?

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm 0

On Somewhere Between Fantasy and Reality: A Tribute to Loehmann's

@purefog The paradox of estate sales! I want to be one of those people, but to me: estate sales are in the suburbs --> you need a car --> estate sales are for rich people.

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm 0

On In Four Years, Man Arrested 62 Times For Trespassing (In The Convenience Store Where He Works)

I think the cameras were installed by the shop's owner, Alex Saleh, who actually seems to really be looking out for his employees and customers.

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm 2

On Ask a Jeweler: A Beginner’s Guide to Pearls

More specific question: if you're buying from an indie designer and they don't have documentation or maybe don't know what they're doing, jewelery with pearls bumping up next to stones is a bad idea, right? Will they get scratched?

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm 0

On Ask a Jeweler: A Beginner’s Guide to Pearls

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm 0

On Ask a Jeweler: A Beginner’s Guide to Pearls

I have very little disposable money so I am always trying to buy nice things for cheap. (But nice as in "cool looking and interesting," not necessarily something a grandmother would approve of as a good investment.) I've also never shopped for jewelry at a Macy's or chain jewelers or anything, because most of the stuff in there doesn't seem to my taste. But for something basic/industry-standardized like pearls, is a boring store really the place to go? Or what should you look for elsewhere so you don't get ripped off, really?

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

Being deliberately vague about the specifics because of anonymity/privacy concerns, but what do you all think about ethics & obligations to your employers when you're considering looking for other jobs? My place of work is understaffed, and we're all very stressed out because admin won't offer us more money (non-negotiable, bureaucracy) and isn't making things easier in other ways. This makes me want to look for a higher-paying job in a for-profit, in part so that I can someday afford to have a family. But I already felt guilty about the prospect of leaving my workplace even more understaffed, and now I just heard that a coworker will be taking maternity leave/possibly leaving next spring. I know we won't be able to replace her with a temp, so I'll be doing 2x the work with no pay increase. Am I right to feel like I shouldn't leave in that case? At what point do I pack up and go?

Unrelated second question: what do you all like to do on road trips? A friend is driving a few of us 800 miles in a single day, then doing it again two days later to come home. I can't drive, so I've offered to pay for gas and bring snacks/entertainment. What's good road food? Podcasts? Dumb games?

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@simone eastbro Wait, what book sale? The Sem's member sale? The library book sale? Or is there something new?

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm 0

On Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

@cupcakecore No, me too. I was just looking at Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and I'm really glad that reviews named some of the specific unusual ingredients because I can tell that I'd never use them for anything else. It's the victimized tone that you run into occasionally that really gets me going.

(Kind of wonder if the Zuni Cafe cookbook might be another one like that, actually? I haven't paged through it yet but a lot of reviews say that the techniques are unnecessarily complicated.)

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm 0

On Ask a Glutton: When Your Food Groups Are Cheese, Chocolate, and Coffee

@cosmia As a person who cooks Italian food, I can't leave this without adding Marcella Hazan to the must-have cookbook list. The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking! Buy it, love it, stain every page with sauce.

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm 1