@Blushingflwr Thank you for saying what I meant to say far more clearly than I was able to! Yes--our society frowns on psychics, but sanctions many other professions that seem equally charlatanic (is that a word?).
I don't believe in psychics, but I enjoyed the interview.
@isabelle bleu You need to read The Hoboken Chicken Emergency! Six-and-a-half-foot chickens are just misunderstood. :-)
Nothing can ever top the Swants episode, but this is wonderful.
@isabelle bleu I wish I had a best friend who wanted to spray-paint things gold with me! Alas, her interests lie elsewhere...Anyway SHOCKING NEWS I recently found out that THE BRONTOSAURUS DOES NOT EXIST! Never has! Here is a story about it:
Apparently it was a mistake made out of competitive haste back when there was a big race to find and name all the dinosaurs ever, or something.
I am still upset that a significant portion of my childhood has been rendered invalid. "Apatosaurus" just doesn't have the same ring to it, dammit!
[PARENTHETICAL ASIDE: I also learned that chickens (OK, birds generally I think? but I care about chickens) are likely the closest living descendants of dinosaurs, and now I see my chickens as being smaller, gentler pterosaurs and it makes me happy.]
@Das Rad Sure, maybe "Ask a Homosexual Conversion Therapist" or "Ask a Hedge Fund Trader" or "Ask a Bloodletter." [/sarcasm]
In the ranks of people making money out of others' desire for wish fulfillment, this woman seems less harmful than many, and she has clearly put a lot of thought into what she does. There are better targets for your snark.
@all I also get logged out all the time--even when I am on the same page in the same session! It is weird. And I really think it inhibits comments.
The other thing people have mentioned is the Scourge of Spam. *brief pause to wave to / flip off the spambots below*
I know that the editors are limited in the amount of time they can spend deleting spam, but could there not be a way that regular readers can flag spam for easy deletion? Or something? It's more of a problem here than I have seen on any other site (but admittedly I don't get around much, internet-wise, and I tend to frequent sites with active moderation).
@stroopwafel Hey, I was a Classics major, lo these many years ago! I never pursued a graduate degree because of the limited job prospects in the field (I did not want to be a professor) and my inability to tolerate academia, but I still get into the Virgil now and then. It warms my heart to know that younger people are still drawn to the field. Good for you! I am sure you will kick ass and change your students' lives.
@zeytin Wait, are you actually--pointing out that elephant in the room?
I read both, and enjoy both greatly. The Toast has a decidedly different flavor--a bit darker, maybe? But I don't think reading one needs to exclude the other.
Like you, I am sad about the depletion of the Hairpin Commentariat. I think the new editors have really found their stride in the past couple of months, and some days the quality of the posts here has just had me astounded and impressed. And yet--comment numbers are in the single digits. I comment when I am moved to, but I am not a regular commenter either. I just don't have the time and energy to engage on that level consistently.
Truly, I have no idea how to expand the readership again. All I can do is read faithfully and give as much encouragement as possible to the editors (Jia, you are simply amazing!!!) and to the remaining commentariat (@adorable-eggplant, you are the best!!!) and keep enjoying the overall excellence that exists here.
@stroopwafel Hey, congratulations, lady! That ain't no humblebrag, it's just stone-cold impressive. Can I ask what field you will be going into?
I also have found confidence and initiative through Hairpin posts and comments. I'm glad you shared your accomplishment with us first!
I am imagining you yelling HOLY FUCKING SHIT and bouncing up and down at work and it is making me smile.