Even for people who eventually decide on a monogendered orientation, this dismissive "we were boys at a boarding school" nonsense is so hollow and normative. But I guess it goes without saying that if we can't have characters actively attracted to more than one gender, we also can't have characters whose lives were… » 10/20/14 3:34pm Monday 3:34pm

I think the most defining qualities for a zine are that the publishing schedule isn't fixed, the source of materials and costs are not fixed, and that the publisher(s) and author(s) are generally the same entity. Bitch is still self-published and has preserved its editorial voice but doesn't "feel like a zine" to me… » 10/20/14 1:56pm Monday 1:56pm

Yeah, Midwesterner here and I totally agree. I don't actually remember using mommy/daddy as children either. My Texan friend growing up absolutely did call his parents mommy and daddy to their faces through high school — but by middle school they were his "mom and dad" when talking to 3rd parties, mommy and daddy… » 10/17/14 3:46pm Friday 3:46pm

Not even legal weed is cheap enough to waste dosing unsuspecting people. All this fearmongering nonsense is a holdover from the good ol' days when you could legally get enough reagents to brew bathtubs full of LSD for a pittance and therefore afford to dump 200 hits into the Homecoming punchbowl. » 10/17/14 2:30pm Friday 2:30pm

100% agree, and I see this as yet another example in a recent string of examples that show how malleable our legal system is based on cultural assumptions about the plaintiff. The first was the absolutely wretched "closely held beliefs" nonsense that came from the Supreme Court on Hobby Lobby. The second one was the… » 10/17/14 1:48pm Friday 1:48pm

I used to live in the Tokyo area. I think the best thing to do is pick a few densely-packed areas that you can get to from your lodgings easily and spend an afternoon wandering around. Otherwise you lose a lot of time navigating from spot to spot (especially if you don't speak Japanese or feel comfortable with… » 10/15/14 10:10am 10/15/14 10:10am

I think this "who fucking cares" sentiment is dead-on and is exactly why GamerGate obviously has very little to do with ethics and journalism and everything to do with sanctioned misogyny. It's everything to do with violating the private lives of women as a group (which sanctions and reinforces the actions of its… » 10/14/14 5:16pm 10/14/14 5:16pm

My go-to is penne — it works with most any sauce and is hearty. Shells of various sizes (small = ricotta salata and black pepper sauce, medium = damn near anything with meat and tomato, large = stuffed with spinach, artichoke and ricotta) are up there in the best-of-the-best for me too. » 10/13/14 2:17pm 10/13/14 2:17pm

I never experience this with perfumes but Febreze and aerosol air fresheners are deadly. I will literally start to gag. I would honestly rather walk into a poopy smelling bathroom than one that has been saturated in air freshener (which barely conceals the poopy smell anyway). » 10/10/14 10:16am 10/10/14 10:16am

I'm glad you brought this up! I've often heard Macbeth called "the Scottish play," and assumed it was just a clever way to refer to the work. I had no idea it was because the play is unlucky. There's a whole Wiki page about this and it's pretty interesting! » 10/09/14 11:59am 10/09/14 11:59am

Why, hello reason #1 (of like 50) that I ditched Lady Gaga's new album! A song where a privileged, generationally wealthy white woman co-opts the name of an oppressed minority because "she loves the road?" Hey-oooooo. » 10/07/14 12:40pm 10/07/14 12:40pm