Starred for intense understanding of being a kid and thinking people didn't hear/see you for whatever reason, hehe. As a kid I used to "squish" air against the roof of my mouth with my tongue making a funny little fart noise that I ~thought~ no one else could hear. Yeah... no. My first grade teacher straight up… » 3/04/15 3:34pm Yesterday 3:34pm

The Disgaea games are probably my favorite series ever (Persona sometimes wins depending on my mood). Disgaea 1 sold me on the PS2, Disgaea Portable sold me a DS, and Disgaea 3 sold me a PS3. So funny! So creative! » 3/04/15 12:53pm Yesterday 12:53pm

This is a fun question! Mine comes from a snarky conversation with a friend while we were eating at a casino buffet. The buffet had this whole section of like... prime rib, lobster, etc. that would normally seem very classy, but it all just felt really sad laying in steam-table buckets, and we ended up joking about… » 3/04/15 12:43pm Yesterday 12:43pm

Jeff Sharlet is one of my absolute favorite journalists, and this piece is stellar — I'm so glad it's getting some wide readership. His previous piece in GQ was about modern life for gay Russians in the face of extreme homophobia. I think a lot of folks here may also appreciate his Instagram, where he writes capsule… » 2/26/15 12:00pm 2/26/15 12:00pm

Heh, I'm also of the correct vintage to fondly remember raver pants / jncos / kikwear. Those huge pants cuffs would inevitably get all frayed and disgusting from getting stepped on and getting sloshed through the half-inch of standing Rave Funk that would accumulate at any party. » 2/26/15 11:08am 2/26/15 11:08am

I can't stand that crap and I feel like a lot of this boils down to anger over a perception of "passing privilege" that asexual and bisexual people have, and people more qualified than myself have written here about the fraught and damaging relationship minorities have with passing. » 2/24/15 1:38pm 2/24/15 1:38pm

I remember the way my grandparents' back porch smelled on sunny afternoons — it was a glass enclosed patio, with an exercise bike and a sitting area and my grandmother's gardening and painting supplies. The outdoor carpeting was some sort of brown Astroturf-ish nonsense that smelled plasticky in the warming afternoon… » 2/20/15 2:43pm 2/20/15 2:43pm

This is terribly sad. His bits on Comedy Death Ray / Comedy Bang Bang were always absolutely hilarious. Jake Fogelnest was tweeting that he just spoke with Harris earlier in the week and I thought this was worth sharing: » 2/19/15 10:33pm 2/19/15 10:33pm

Hehe, I watch a guy who does Youtube reviews of all these "As Seen On TV" products. The verdict on this one, I'm happy to say, is it works exactly as advertised! And yes, it is a giant pencil sharpener with some "teeth" to crosscut :) » 1/29/15 4:38pm 1/29/15 4:38pm

In the original Witcher game, you actually receive a collectible card for each woman you sleep with. You know, just in case the objectification wasn't barefaced enough already. I wanted to like this series because it has a unique tone and comes from a part of the world that doesn't often release big budget games,… » 1/29/15 2:17pm 1/29/15 2:17pm

Oh my god, that is painfully awkward even as a secondhand story. Kind of similarly, I remember a few years ago being all excited to go try this new sandwich shop that opened close to my office. It was a beautiful day out and I walked down the road only to find an enormous Ford pickup truck parked in front with… » 1/29/15 2:02pm 1/29/15 2:02pm

I will admit that I get curmudgeonly about any product that smells. Actual cosmetics? Go to town! Even scented powders and the like are light and dissipate quickly. But please, if you want to finish with a spray or twelve of scented hairspray or perfume or whatever, spritz privately. » 1/28/15 1:46pm 1/28/15 1:46pm

You touch on this in some responses but I think the most concerning thing about this phenomena is not that people have these feelings but that so many are comfortable expressing them in such graphic and specific ways. Most people haven't really thought through the emotions they're expressing and it's easier for me to… » 1/28/15 11:32am 1/28/15 11:32am