For us pampered Westerners, I think that eating insects and other alternative proteins (even non-muscle animal protein from cows and chickens and such) remains THE #1 challenge to our ethnocentrism. It kind of frustrates me. I really love it when chefs like Chris Cosentino or Michael Symon present "snout-to-tail"… » 11/21/14 12:00pm 11/21/14 12:00pm

I vastly prefer "child-free" but I think there's just the slightest suggestion there that children are a negative. Fat-free, guilt-free, gluten-free, preservative-free, sugar-free — we seem to be "-free" of things that confound us. That being said, I certainly don't feel that I've lost out by being child-less. And… » 11/21/14 10:35am 11/21/14 10:35am

I need to get at least a little bit of personal space, and then I have a kind of mindfulness ritual... I picture myself in the 3rd person and then try to visualize of all my relationships to other people as lines spreading out. It forces my brain to "zoom out" and remember how big the world is and how temporary the… » 11/21/14 9:41am 11/21/14 9:41am

I agree. This frustrates me on a lot of levels. Number one, I get really frustrated with this application of "queerbaiting," since it confuses the terminology pretty horridly. It is obviously inspired by "race-baiting," but race-baiting is using the negative assumptions about the other to coerce action — saying "black… » 11/18/14 1:38pm 11/18/14 1:38pm

Huzzah! Am I following you yet? Because I need to be. I spend a lot of time on Twitter so let me give you an... ahem... ample selection of people to try out. First piece of advice is that if you want to get a feel for someone's tweets it's probably worth checking out their Favstar; the link will always be … » 11/18/14 10:57am 11/18/14 10:57am

With matters of opinion like this, it's useless when people say "this is gross" or "that is good." Bad, good, interesting, normal, boring, etc. are judgments and not descriptions (at least, not effective descriptions). I understand why this irks you. » 11/14/14 3:04pm 11/14/14 3:04pm

I try to be understanding about people who aren't financially savvy because it's almost like warfare — multi-billion-dollar banks and financial instruments with their marketing departments and legal teams versus Joan and Joe Taxpayer trying to figure out what's in their best interest. I don't fault people who don't… » 11/12/14 4:45pm 11/12/14 4:45pm

I love this type of topic! It's so neat to see what talents our little group encompasses. And I LOVE your term "enthusiastic dilettante," I think that's what I aspire towards. I tend to have "trivia brain," where I know a lot of relatively inconsequential factoids but don't always have the depth to back them up. It's… » 11/11/14 5:35pm 11/11/14 5:35pm

Staring directly into illuminated screens for hours and hours and hours
Purposely reading the comments section on local news
Smokin' (not vapin' or eatin' or whatever) reefer
Those markers that smell like black licorice (possibly NOT bad for you!?)
40+ oz of coffee a day
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My (limited) understanding is that Sony is really pushing the Playstation Plus membership, which contains several free games and other content monthly, rather than individual game sales on PSN. One of the perks of the Playstation Plus memberships is discounts on PSN purchases. » 11/05/14 1:30pm 11/05/14 1:30pm