P’neers, I Think This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Weekend Open Thread

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We are wrapping things up here in the [imaginary, but whatever] P-Mag headquarters. We’ve had a pretty awesome week, and it is time to get this weekend started. I am ready to get chatty all up in this open thread, how about you?

A few “business-y” reminders:

  1. Slay Belle announced on Monday that this month’s book club selection will be The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Grab your copies and be ready to discuss in a few weeks!
  2. To the new members still slowly trickling in, be sure to check out pileofmonkeys’ wonderful post telling you all about how P-Mag works.
  3. If you run into any bugs Easter eggs, as Selena prefers to call them, be sure to tell us about them in Selena’s bug-catching post.
  4. And finally, I know y’all want to be connected to P-Mag all the time, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest. (No, this isn’t a shameless plug because it’s my job to run the social media, not at all…)

Have a good weekend, everyone! See you in the comments.

Oh, and 100 points to the first 10 people to get the movie reference.

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  1. Avatar of Ren
    Ren

    So, um, if there’s some specific area for introductions somewhere around here, I haven’t noticed…

    I’ll go by Ren here. I used to have a Jezebel account under a different alias, but it stopped working somewhere around the leaked passwords debacle, and as I was feeling rather ambivalent about the place by that point anyway, I settled for occasional lurking mostly because of the commentariat… and witnessing the recent exodus, decided to follow.  I’m not a native English speaker, and not that eloquent or witty to begin with, so I’ll probably end up not contributing much to conversations, even when I enjoy reading them. I also have issues, a long-term BF, a nearly-completed PhD dissertation, an underpaid job that I usually quite like and a grasp of a number of languages. My main hobby lately is teaching myself Japanese, because why the hell not. Yoroshiku. m(_ _)m

    1. Avatar of Maus
      Maus

      Hello and welcome! Your English is just fine, y’know. One important question, however. Cake or pie?

      1. Avatar of Ren
        Ren

        Bloody hell, I should have known this thing wouldn’t die with Jez… I’m generally an equal opportunity offender, but I’ll own up to having fantasized about Schwarzwald cake this afternoon.

        And thanks! ^^

        1. Avatar of hayduke
          hayduke

          I was pretty sure it was dead, until now. Thanks a lot, @maus .

          Also, your English is much better than most native-speakers. Hold on, let me scour the internet for a good pic of some SUV with window-paint proclaiming “This is Amerika – if your hear you should speak Amerikan!”

          1. Avatar of marthamydear
            marthamydear

            Here at Persephone, it’s equal opportunity dessert time, all the time. Cake and pie and mousse and cookies and pavolva and ALL THE DESSERTS.

          2. Avatar of Ren
            Ren

            That’s kind of you to say, and I shouldn’t regard the Internet as some kind of an open eloquence contest in the first place, but still, at the areas clearly populated with smart people, I’m constantly aware that I’m running at maaaaaaaaybe 80% of the expressive capability I have in my ‘default’ language, possibly less. Not the greatest feeling.

    2. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
      [E] Selena MacIntosh*

      Hello! We actually have several members who write English as a second, third or fourth language, and a handful of our writers aren’t native English speakers. Jump in! We’ll bridge any language barriers (which, I think you grasp English better than I do) with funny pictures of cats.

    3. Avatar of [E] Sally J. Freedman
      [E] Sally J. Freedman

      Welcome! Glad you are here. And the right dessert answer, by the way is GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! :) (I’m kidding. All the desserts, all the cheese, and all the wine, please!)

       

      1. Avatar of hayduke
        hayduke

        Girl Scout cookies is definitely the correct answer for anyone embarrassed by the state of Indiana right now. I just bought two more boxes. Sociopolitical self-righteousness never tasted so good, folks.

  2. Avatar of Maus
    Maus

    So, what are you all doing tonight? I’m taking my airship to the opera, and then I have to do laundry. My stacked, mustachioed chauffeur’s name is Hieronymus. On stage, however, he is known as Lucy Knickerbocker.
    Sortie

    My washing machine is also stacked, and is named is Crap-o Sucktastic Can’t Clean Clothes.

    1. Avatar of Ren
      Ren

      You’re funny. And now I know I can never go out in style without a mechanical shark with four spindly chicken feet to ride around town.

      To answer the question, the plan is to learn 8 more kanji and head to bed (it’s 2 AM here).

      1. Avatar of Maus
        Maus

        Thank you. I enjoy nibbling tasty morsels of credit off of others’ works the art of curating. The one above is another by Albert Robida, futurist extraordinaire.

  3. Avatar of Liadan
    Liadan

    Hmm. So I went on an OKCupid date today and dude and I had a two hour conversation at a coffee shop, at which point I became anxious about homework and decided to leave (except then I went and bought nail polish and took a nap and rewatched Game of Thrones and have not done the homework, but I digress). Anyway, he was nice and pretty interesting and although we have lots of geeky things in common, we didn’t even get to that stuff! BUT. There is always a but.

    Here are the things that are sort of niggling my brain:

    a) I’m not sure if I’m attracted to him. I think sort of not.

    b) He’s lived alone for ten years. Now, I live alone, but ten years is a long time. How weird do you get if you live alone for ten years? I guess it’s important to note that I’m sort of looking for a serious relationship which would eventually involve cohabitation if everything worked out.

    c) Although he’s a photographer and videographer and worked in IT for years, he doesn’t have a college degree. I would like to think this doesn’t matter, but it bugs me just a little.

    d) I don’t think he has a lot of friends in this city. Why can’t he make friends?!

    None of these are dealbreakers, but they are enough that I feel like maybe we’re not an even match? I’m not really stressing about it, and I think I’d go out with him again, but I do suspect I’m being a narcissistic freak. Thoughts?

    1. Avatar of
      clementinedewinter

      Out of all the things you listed, ATTRACTION is the most important, in my opinion. If you don’t feel physically/sexually attracted to him, it might not work out. I’ve heard that some people eventually become attracted to someone they’re seeing . . . Are you usually initially attracted to the men you date/start relationships with? In any case, since you two have “lots of geeky things in common,” perhaps a couple of more dates are in order?

      b), c), and d) just don’t seem that important (but that’s just my opinion!).

      1. Avatar of hayduke
        hayduke

        This sounds pretty accurate to me! I mean, if a second date is in the suggested and sounds like fun, go for it; if not on either count, meh. You’re not being a narcissistic freak at all; you’re just not feeling it, and these are the reasons that seem like maybe they “explain” why.

        1. Avatar of Liadan
          Liadan

          I think you’re both right. My litmus test is generally that if I wouldn’t be disappointed that we didn’t go on a second date, then he’s probably not going to have a profound impact on my life or anything. And if I thought he were pants-explodingly awesome, I wouldn’t give a crap about the other stuff.

          Thanks! Redeem these puppies any time you need impromptu therapy:

            1. Avatar of Liadan
              Liadan

              Of course! Dachshund puppies are my specialty, but I will distribute others upon request.

              Prescription: picture yourself holding ALL THE PUPPIES, await rush of dopamine.

              1. Avatar of Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone
                Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

                D’awww!

                My grandmother breeds Doxies. I think I have a pic from when I was a kid holding Dachshund puppies. . . one of which was my Vincent Van Gogh (RIP).

                DOXIE PUPPIES!!!

                ETA: Annnnnd I got cut in half. Hm.

    2. Avatar of batg1rl
      batg1rl

      I hear you, I always go through the same list of BUTs, so you’re not being nitpicky. (Or maybe we’re both being nitpicky?)

      I always get really freaked out about finding out whether or not a guy has friends, and am usually relieved to find when he does. Because if he doesn’t, then he’ll want to hang out with me all the time and I’ll start to hate him or something. And, it’s nice to know that he’s a generally sociable person/not an axe murderer, right?

      Do you know his reasons for living alone/not going to college? I feel like you have to be vaguely intelligent at the very least/be able to read to work in IT; are you more worried that he’s unintelligent, or that you have different life experiences (you don’t have to answer that, I’m just putting you on my freud couch.)? Anyway, I think the reasons are important.

      (And, there’s no problem with not wanting to pursue it, if it turns out you just don’t like him.)

      1. Avatar of Liadan
        Liadan

        He quit undergrad because he was going for computer stuff, and ended up getting the job he was going for about a year and a half in, and then just ended up working there for like 10 years. Then he switched careers and seems to be doing fine with that too! I don’t know much about the living alone thing or the friend thing! He’s friendly and doesn’t seem weird, and this is coming from my extremely critical eye, and he does have friends I think, just maybe not many? He has been in this city for about a year and a half, so that seems like enough time?

        We’ll probably go out again, but I just don’t think there’s any physical chemistry on my part.

        I want to like one of them already! This is annoying!

        1. Avatar of batg1rl
          batg1rl

          That sounds pretty much like my entire OKCupid experience to date; let’s give up on boys just get married to each other instead. I bake cookies, and it’s legal in NY. Gay marriage, and cookies too.

          You may have to be one of many wives, as I frequently propose to strangers and female friends when I get frustrated with men, so I hope my awesome cookies make up for gay polygamy if it’s not your thing.

    3. Avatar of Nicolette B
      Nicolette B

      It’s one thing to have standards and quite another to make a list to justify why you didn’t hit it off with someone. I have the same problem, so you’re not alone!

      I think you should see him again and see if you feel anything more and if you don’t, put him in the friend zone. The last guy from OKC that I went on a date with was almost the same situation. He was super nice and attentive and reasonably attractive but I just didn’t feel it. I ended up bruising his heart a bit I think, which made me feel awful, because he was super into me but its better to cut it off early rather than get involved with someone you know isn’t going be a long term option (if that’s what you’re looking for).

      1. Avatar of Liadan
        Liadan

        This makes me want to create a business card that says:

        “You’ve just been FRIEND ZONED!

        Please let’s talk about reruns of Battlestar Galactica whenever possible, with the understanding that we will never see one another naked. Ever. For all time.”

  4. Avatar of Lady Mercury
    Lady Mercury

    If I had any hair, this would be about when I would tear it out.

    I only have three months left of this uni year, and I’ve been stressing out SO MUCH about having 6 deadlines and two exams between now and then. I don’t handle stress very well and winter is a terrible time for me anyway, so I’ve mostly been feeling overwhelmed and black cloudy, which then leads to me shouting or crying at my boyfriend. He’s admitted it’s wearing on him, and I feel bad, and so then I apologise to him but it keeps on cycling back. Mostly grrrrrrr at uni work and grrrrrr at my emotions. And grrrrrrrr at my uni for making all the deadlines Monday 9am! I can’t enjoy my weekends when in all likelihood I will be doing SOME work over them!

    I just don’t know how I’m going to get through the next three months. On top of this I’m supposed to find a work placement, but I am having about zero luck. Everyone tells me that uni stress is normal but all I feel is that I’m soooooo not cut out for this. It’s not really any worse than last year, except that I decided I wanted to TRY this year and I’m still not doing much better. In conversation this is approximately where I start talking gibberish because there are just NO MORE WORDS FOR HOW I FEEL. /complain

    1. Avatar of Liadan
      Liadan

      Well, you’ll do it because you will! It’s only three months, and you just go one assignment at a time. Also, be nice to yourself, so maybe you don’t feel so stressed!

      Sometimes I start the mountains of studying by doing something simple that makes me feel like I accomplished something, like painting my nails or doing the dishes, because then it’s like I’ve already successfully completed one thing and the awesome just cannot stop there.

      1. Avatar of Lady Mercury
        Lady Mercury

        I know I’ll do it! Feeling a lot more relaxed now. Treating myself to wine and nail art videos. I really need to try newspaper nails one day!

        I’m the opposite with work. If there’s something I know needs to be done, I won’t do anything else, because I feel like if I’m going to be productive I should be productive with the things I need to do. Not that I don’t need to do dishes… *glances guiltily at pile of dishes* but they are a lower priority! So it’s work or nothing. Normally nothing, for a long time, and then DO ALL THE WORK! I am trying to break out of that pattern, though.

        1. Avatar of Liadan
          Liadan

          I’m the same way, actually! But if I can motivate myself to do the one thing, it’s easier to get on with everything else. The motivating… I have not yet harnessed that power.

          And I love you for introducing me to the concept of newspaper nails. Those are awesome.

           

  5. Avatar of Magenta
    Magenta

    Iiiiiii— am now a Persephoneer General!

    If I were to become Idris right now, though, it would be so fitting since I’m currently watching Doctor Who. David Tennant is officially my favorite Doctor, but I’ve just started watching it.

      1. Avatar of Magenta
        Magenta

        A couple of days or so ago I saw the one where Sarah Jane meets the David Tennant-Doctor, and I just awwed at the look on his face and his reactions. I’m looking forward very much to Tom Baker.

  6. Avatar of Opifex
    Opifex

    Ladies, I present you with a collection of quotes from the grade school comic book drawing class I am teaching in hopes that they may provide some amusement:

    “Cthulhu has a squid where his nose should be.”

    “Ahhh, I’m a zombie tree. Could someone get this squirrel off my arm.”

    “A grappling hook!” (In response to the question “What are some things that let you know that a character is a good guy?”)

    “Where you alive when nickelodeons were invented?” (I know I seem old to you kids, but I am not one-hundred and seven years old)

    Seriously though, I have a whole new respect for teachers. There are only eight kids in my class and it is like herding cats to keep them on task. This gets even harder when they are making you laugh. It is way fun to teach kids about art though because it’s like they have no filter. They don’t worry about if it’s good or not they just make things.

    1. Avatar of hayduke
      hayduke

      I love the grappling hook one!

      There’s a book my parents (who both teach) used to have called “Non Campus Mentis” that compiled gems likes this – y’know, “Caesar was murdered on the Yikes of March,” and “…they all worshiped a big god called Yahoo” and so on. I would like to give a copy of that book to every single teacher everywhere. It’s ok to laugh when you read this stuff. Little kids have no filter, and older students do not understand that spell-check cannot solve all of their woes.

  7. Avatar of Heather
    Heather

    I feel like a HUGE creeper right now you guys.

    I have a new tumblr where I take pictures of the state I live in. This guy started following me so I looked at his blog (as I always do when someone starts following me). I saw that he went to the same school I went to so I sent him a message telling him how cool I thought that was.

    Only after I sent him the message and started following him back did I realize that he’s in the same class with me and that he’s dating a friend of mine. Him and I haven’t actually met before. I feel weird.

    1. Avatar of [E] Sally J. Freedman
      [E] Sally J. Freedman

      He. I don’t think it’s creepy- it’s just the way of the world with the Internet. My husband and I are both active in local social media, and it happens to me all the time. I’m communicating with someone for business, and then we stumble upon the fact that our paths have crossed before, only we didn’t know it due to screen names/avatars, etc!

    2. Avatar of Monica
      Monica

      I just found out that one of my best friend’s friends (I know this girl but we’ve only met a handful of times) is following me on tumblr.

      At least you messaged the person. I have no idea how long this chick has been following me, and honestly it weirds me out a little.

  8. Avatar of hayduke
    hayduke

    So long as plugs for groups aren’t considered gauche… check out Persephoneer Skeptics . We seem to have a good mix of members and types of discussion so far! (Not a new group, but since it seems invites can only be sent to “friends,” and I’m also terribly afraid of sending an unwanted second invite to someone who may have already rejected, I though I’d put this here.)

        1. Avatar of hayduke
          hayduke

          I didn’t invite any of the mods because it felt… I dunno… presumptuous? WTF is with my logic here? I do not know. I assure you, I don’t tend to worry about these types of niceties off-line.

          1. Avatar of
            Helen Van Patterson-Patton

            It sucks when you get a case of the Shys. Happens too often.

            But we wrote these messages, so that’s a start.

            ::please gentle giant jesus don’t let there be a huge faux pas in this comment::

              1. Avatar of
                Helen Van Patterson-Patton

                AHAHAHA!

                Selena, do you realized that this image, when taken in relation to what I posted previously, is quite humorous?

          2. Avatar of Stephanie
            Stephanie

            The editors love interacting with the commenters. At least, I do. I have no real life friends (no really, I moved for grad school, and have no friends), so I am always pleased to open my e-mail and see friend requests and group invites :)

          1. Avatar of
            Helen Van Patterson-Patton

            It’s not cut, it’s a molded polystyrene with contrast stitching. I helped her launder it once.

  9. Avatar of philososaurus
    philososaurus

    Anymore Persephoneers interested in a New York Perseph-a-fied Meet Up?

    And for those of you that have expressed interest, this week got a way from me a bit, so I’ll be emailing everyone this week!

    1. Avatar of Lis
      Lis

      I am about 2.5 hours away from NYC, so I’m hoping that this will be at a time when I can make it down for a weekend! March is pretty much out, but I could probably do a weekend in April or May!

  10. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
    [E] Selena MacIntosh*

    So I’m thinking about cutting off all my hair, and I need encouragement. I’ve let it grow for years and years, and now I can and do sit on it, which is troublesome.  I’m thinking of going all the fuck out and getting a bob or a pixie.

    1. Avatar of upinalather
      upinalather

      Oh, “twinsies”! (I hate when people say that!) My hair is nearly at my waist. You, ladybird, are a brave soul. My hair is my security blanket. My sister just cut hers into a bob yesterday (from past her shoulders), and it is cute. I am clearly offering no help here. I have always thought about cutting mine into a bob, but I have Body Issues, and I am afraid that cutting it would make me look fat(ter). I envy those who are able to cut of their hair with abandon.

      I would suggest going shorter–say, to mid-back, and see how that goes, so it’s not such a shock. I’m projecting here, so again, I’m no help. I’ll just shut up now.

      1. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
        [E] Selena MacIntosh*

        HA! That’s very good advice. I normally just start hacking at it myself, which I should know better than to do by now. I think I’ll sleep on it and make an appointment with a professional on Monday for after payday.

    2. Avatar of hayduke
      hayduke

      It’s your hair, and you should of course do what you want (I’m able to say this cuz these are teh internets; in real life, I freak the hell out when a friend chops off their hair. Change is scary).

      And I second the short-hair fear. We’ve all had that crap drilled into our heads, right? That you have to have a certain kind of face to pull off any sort of short hair? No matter how many of my real-life friends I see with bad-ass pixies, I remain too chicken-shit to try it.  Sigh.

    3. Avatar of Jean McDonald
      Jean McDonald

      Locks of Love! Someone could really use your hair, and you’ll make more, right? Also, I don’t remember which wise woman once said something like the best thing about long hair is the way it feels when you run your hands through it after it’s all been cut off, or something.

      Try it, you’re going to look fantastic!

      1. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
        [E] Selena MacIntosh*

        The last time I went from super long to super short I donated to Locks of Love, I’d totally do it again.

        It takes hours to dry as it is now, b/c I don’t like hair dryers, that alone would take a big chunk of annoying out of my day.

      2. Avatar of Jessica
        Jessica

        I admit, I’m not a fan of Locks of Love any longer. I donated my hair to them twice, and basically they have more hair than they know what to do with.

        I just got my hair cut for a donation to chin length, and the hair went to a cancer center at St. Jude’s that makes their own wigs. But yes, go for it!

        1. Avatar of hayduke
          hayduke

          Is it true that dyed/treated hair can’t be donated to these types of groups? If I ever get up the courage for a major chop to the hair, this would be what does it… but mine’s been dyed so many times.

          1. Avatar of upinalather
            upinalather

            I had always heard that, but I just looked on their site (Locks of Love), and it says that they will accept dyed hair, but not bleached/highlighted hair. Minimum length for donation is 10″. Yikes.

        2. Avatar of Jean McDonald
          Jean McDonald

          I didn’t know Locks of Love had too much hair, that’s just gross, but it’s good to know there are other organizations to give to. It’s such a happy thing, but I don’t have time to grow ten inches of hair and my hair is really thin and crappy so they’d probably just go “ew” and throw it out.

          ETA: Besides, it’s blue. :P

    4. Avatar of QoB
      QoB

      Chop chop! Short hair for the win! (spoken as someone who had hair down to her waist about ten years ago and have cut it progressively shorter since…)

      (plus you can donate it and get that warm glow. Or keep it and make Victorian hair pictures. Maybe a little from Column A, a little from Column B…)

    5. Avatar of LadySybilRamkin
      LadySybilRamkin

      DO IT!!!

      I was nervous before cutting my hair (it wasn’t as long as yours is, more like shoulder blade length), but it is soooo much better shorter. It’s lighter, it doesn’t weigh itself down so it actually has volume, and I get so many more compliments than I did with long hair! Granted I never wore it down when it was long (didn’t look very good, got in my way etc.), so people were really surprised to see it : P

      Love having short hair. It’s about chin length, which is a good look for me. Pixie cuts are so cute though! Wish I could rock one. I’d probably be mistaken for a boy though, due to my height and shoulders.

      tl;dr – DO IT.

      1. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
        [E] Selena MacIntosh*

        Y’all are the very best.

        I never wear mine down, either. It’s in a perpetual ponytail. I used to do a bun, but it’s too heavy, and ends up looking like some sort of bizarre growth. The bottom four inches or so look like shit, my cats play with it and I keep sitting on it and catching it on things, so it’s just a nest of split ends.

    6. Avatar of LittleOrangeElephant
      LittleOrangeElephant

      If you’re really going to cut it for SURE go to a professional and take in some pictures of hairstyles that you’re interested in. It’s not the easiest thing to imagine your hair short after it being long for ages and be sure t look for hairstyles that include the same texture as your own (though you might not realize how curly your hair will become once all the WEIGHT is gone). It’s always nice to have a good idea to start with so you and the stylist are on the same page. Helps to prevent tears afterwards. Wine also helps.

      Right before chemo I cut my hair into the cutest pixie which I’d never done before – my friend styled it perfectly and I can’t wait for it to grow back. The maintenance from even my old shoulder-length mass of hair to a pixie was FABULOUS. The time I saved every day was phenomenal and my head felt so light. Now that I’m buzzing it my showers are like five minutes but I don’t think I’ll keep that look once it starts coming back in a few months – am TOTALLY going to rock my pixie again once it gets to that length.

      Be sure to share whatever you do! Best of luck! Don’t be scared – it’ll grow back. :)

    7. Avatar of [E] Hillary
      [E] Hillary

      Do it! I cut mine off from waist length to just above my shoulders my senior year of college. I hadn’t cut it since 9th or 10th grade, so it was pretty terrifying, but I loved it. A few people didn’t recognize me at all, and a guy I had a crush on did the biggest double take I’ve ever seen and yelled, “Holy shit! You look much better!” the first time he saw me. I was dying laughing at the absurdity while simultaneously wanting to crawl under a chair and die.

    8. Avatar of Elfity
      Elfity

      Do it do it do it do it do it…

      Really, I chopped off all of my hair twice in the last couple of years, both times into a pixie cut. I’m trying to grow it out at the moment (it’s at about shoulder length) from the last cut about a year ago, since I’m craving long, flowing hair. But I always revert to the pixie eventually because it is awesome. You can wash your hair in about thrity seconds, dry it under a minute, and style it in about one. Plus, you look all edgy and cute.

    9. Avatar of
      Helen Van Patterson-Patton

      I recently cut about two feet off, leaving just about two feet. Takes some getting used to, but you’ve done it so you know it’ll grow back and give you a new start with ends management. At that length, if you still want to go further, there’s still plenty to work with.

    10. Avatar of Kiisu
      Kiisu

      Last week I had my boob length hair cut into a longish a-line bob. It feels so liberating. Sometimes I just whip my hair back and forth (yes, like that) because it feels so good.

  11. Avatar of LadySybilRamkin
    LadySybilRamkin

    THE APOCALYPSE IS OCCURRING! YOU CAN RUN, BUT IT WILL NOT SAVE YOU.

     

    No, but seriously. It is currently sunny outside, we’re getting 55mph gusts of wind and it’s snowing.

    WHAT IS GOING ON.

      1. Avatar of Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone
        Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone

        Interestingly, yesterday afternoon when we were getting the winds yesterday, my sister swears she got scanned by aliens. She and her friend were in the car, and suddenly they saw something shooting across the sky. Then a big light swirled and enveloped them for a minute. This was while they were driving down the 4 lanes.

    1. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
      [E] Selena MacIntosh*

      It snowed here last night, too, even though it was in the high 40′s. Today feels like May outside. The Canada geese have already come back, and there are buds on all the trees, too. I even killed my first ant of the year. I DO NOT LIKE THIS, SAM I AM. I mean, I love warm weather, but this is just disturbing for February.

        1. Avatar of [E] Hillary
          [E] Hillary

          Ah, I’m slightly upstate so yeah, probably the same storm. I got home from shopping about 5 minutes before it was almost white-out conditions. Very glad I wasn’t trying to drive in that!

    2. Avatar of Opifex
      Opifex

      You have secretly been transplanted to Michigan? I feel like that sort of thing happens at least once a winter here.

            1. Avatar of
              Helen Van Patterson-Patton

              LIES. Aliens only make a move with enthusiastic consent. WHY IS THIS AN ALIEN CONCEPT? We have so much to learn from them.

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      onezillion

      Sunny and snowing in Minnesota today too.  Though not 40 degrees, like it was for most of February. (In Minnesota. Yes. 40 degrees Fahrenheit.)

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        LadySybilRamkin

        I was out briefly for groceries before giving up. Was nearly hit by a car because all my hair was in my face too….

        Mother Nature is trying to kill me.

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    Rude And Not Ginger

    Is there going to be an Oscars liveblog/open thread like last year, or can we just use this one for opinions on dresses and such?

    Because I know it’s lame, but I love award shows and I need to talk to the internet about them.

     

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          [E] Selena MacIntosh*

          Sweet! Have you ever used WordPress? If so you can probably jump right in with just a little background info on how we work, otherwise I can explain all the nuts and bolts to you. Email me: selena (at) persephonemagazine.com and we’ll get you up to speed. I’ll go upgrade your account right now.

  13. Avatar of Silverwane
    Silverwane

    So, these things I’ve been grading are tests for the Bioethics class I’m TAing for, and UGH.

    Part of the topic we talked about (and on the test) was abortion. And most of what they had to do was answer questions on the arguments they read. But there’s a small section where they give their own opinion…and I am really glad that, for that question, we only have to grade them based on whether or not they completed it.

    Because I want to thrash some of these people who are saying abortion is wrong.

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        Silverwane

        I’m trying to just not really read that bit.

        One personally seriously said that they thought abortion was an “excuse” for people who were too immature to raise a child.

        …WTF?

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          Elfity

          Whaaa? Ick. Just ick. Part of the reason I decided not to go into ethics, besides that the commute to that specific grad program would be hell, was that I feared it would raise my blood pressure and give me ulcers. Now I can just get angry with you instead!

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            Silverwane

            Same. I think questions of ethics are very important, but reading things that support discriminatory arguments from an ethical standpoint make me turn green and smash things.

            Or at the very least WANT to turn green and smash things.

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          hayduke

          That s.o.b. is hereby invited to pay my son’s expenses, including day-care/baby-sitting so I can pretend to have a life again, and to sit up with the kid when he’s horribly sick, and interact with the doctor who is supposed to be a fucking medical professional keep asking complete with side-eye “oh so it’s just you? Are you sure you’re doing…ok?”, and they can fend off the teacher who insinuates that the kid has behavior problems due to being an only child, and… Clearly, I hate these douches. They never have the first damn clue what they’re spouting off about.

          Not doing your homework involves “excuses.” Not wanting to go through pregnancy/parenting involves incredibly valid and often very personal reasons.

          You are a very good, very diligent, TA  to even bother reading these. Kudos to you; you have definitely earned a delicious, top-shelf adult beverage of your choice.

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            Silverwane

            So very truth. How the fuck is having an abortion the wrong decision for someone who knows they’re too immature and/or not prepared to have a kid? Isn’t it SO MUCH WORSE if they have a kid before they’re ready for one?

            Heh, and thanks. I feel like I have to put up with it since it’s my job. And I hope I never have to teach a Bioethics class so I won’t have to tolerate this sort of nutjobbery.

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              hayduke

              I’m in law school and must therefore read Scalia from time to time. I’ve found few things quite so cathartic as printing out a hard-copy of one of his opinions and then brutally taking a red pen to it. If you gotta read it…

              1. Avatar of amandamarieg
                amandamarieg

                Ha!  Have totally done this in my casebooks!  “Does Not Compute” and “Bullshit” appear many a time in my case briefs of Scalia opinions.

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                  hayduke

                  Which I can’t bring myself to do with my case-books. For one thing, they’re too expensive. For another, burning an actual book is… book-burning. And I just can’t.

                  Stuff that’s just been printed out? Yes! And why didn’t I think of this. Though I guess @silverwane can’t exactly burn her students’ papers. Hmm. Maybe a couple of pilfered blue-books to burn in effigy?

  14. Avatar of freckle [M]
    freckle [M]

    Selena/Everyone Else! I think the donation thing is off when I want to donate on people’s pages but not on the front page/next to articles. Am I alone in this?

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        freckle [M]

        I get the invalid recepient warning, no matter if I do nick, @nick or @nick without @. But everywhere else @nick without @ works just fine.

          1. Avatar of freckle [M]
            freckle [M]

            It was with the last three different users I tried this week. Maybe a small hiccup? Can’t imagine it depends on which computer I use.

            1. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
              [E] Selena MacIntosh*

              Lemme dig around and see if I can find the issue. BuddyPress updated last week, it could be their bug and not mine. I’m going to run with that theory until I prove it wrong.

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      Helen Van Patterson-Patton

      I find you have to fill in everything except the name, then submit. You get the “enter username!” warning, click okay, then enter the username and resubmit. It works then.

  15. Avatar of Lis
    Lis

    Eeeee I am starting to buy garden supplies!

    By that, I mean I have the fencing to put up around my balcony (two-purpose: my dog would be able to fit through the balcony bars, so it needed something extra, and also I can have plants climb it) and a watering can.

    I am thinking tomatoes (in pots) and cucumbers (in a trough right next to the fence). Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated, as I have never done this and am pretty incapable of keeping indoor plants alive.

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      nonsensikel

      Jealous!  I can’t wait to have a little garden.  I have a few herbs and such on my balcony, but that’s all until I get some sort of green space I can call my own.

      Just from helping with my parents garden (they started a few years ago) cucumbers go crazy, but I’m sure you already knew that.  :-p  Good luck.

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        Lis

        My parents also have a garden, and my mom has taken to making pickles every year, because that is her only option. (One year there was a cucumber blight of some kind, so the next year my dad planted 3x as many cucumbers as normal. This trend has continued, because pickles are delicious.)

        Also: Ooooh, I need to do herbs, too! I want to get the canvas over-the-door-herb-garden-that-is-actually-a-shoe-rack thing!

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          Jean McDonald

          In my experience with killing plants, rosemary is nearly indestructible. I have also not murdered Serrano peppers, and I actually had quite a bit of luck last year ignoring cherry tomatoes. I did really well with oregano a couple of years ago but then it all died for some reason. Luckily, I gave some to a friend who now gets to give some back to me. Have fun with your garden!

  16. Avatar of CherriSpryte
    CherriSpryte

    Okay, so what should I make to eat for dinner this week? Choices include chili, chicken soup, and pizza. (There will also be vegetables, but separately) And yes, I am the least sophisticated eater EVER, at least when I’m cooking for myself.

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      upinalather

      Um, there are two three more things on that list than I eat. That leaves pizza. I eat frozen pizza often. I am not sure how I don’t have rickets.

    2. Avatar of nonsensikel
      nonsensikel

      Pizza!  But I’m biased.  I could probably eat pizza every day.

      Have you tried that no knead pizza crust?  It’s pretty yummy.   I usually throw whatever veggies I have in the frig at the time and bam! Dinner is ready.   Oh and you get two pizza crusts out of one batch so that’s even better.

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      Liadan

      I vote chili, because I think it’s important to consume as much chili as possible before the weather gets warm and it doesn’t make sense anymore.

      I might have to eat some chili now.

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      LoveSunshine

      You have inspired me to look beyond my usual choices of peanut butter and honey sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and poptarts.

      I think all of your options are good ones, so I can’t advise. But for me, I’m going to attempt chili sometime after pay day. I mean, you just throw a bunch of stuff together in a crockpot and stir every once in awhile, right? What could possibly go wrong?

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        upinalather

        I am just happy to finally no longer be character-in-a-TV-show-I’ve-never-watched. I had to look up who that Clegg(?) person is. I am ashamed.

            1. Avatar of freckle [M]
              freckle [M]

              Turned me to West Wing or big shot poster? I’m quite surprised with numero two, being usually the girl that’s close to spamming to get in high ranks.

              I think I just feel/thought that West Wing is from before my time? Maybe it didn’t even air in the Netherlands?

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                  freckle [M]

                  In my mind I confuse West Wing with that show with Michael J Fox and Heather Locklear which name now completely evades me. Spin city, that’s it!

        1. Avatar of [E] Selena MacIntosh*
          [E] Selena MacIntosh*

          CJ Cregg was the Press Secretary in President Bartlet’s administration (on The West Wing), before she was promoted to Chief of Staff. CJ is one of the most awesome women characters ever to appear on television. You should get to know her, you won’t be sorry.

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          hayduke

          Don’t feel bad; I had to look up the next three ranks where I could end up, and they all resulted in an exasperated yell of “am I the only person here who doesn’t watch Dr. Who?!” Since I’m pretty certain I will never reach Zombie Vonnegut, I expect to be gifting tons of points here in another few thousand.

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                      freckle [M]

                      I’m the queen of the underworld, I have hellhounds. I don’t care for cat feelings. Grrr.

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              hayduke

              Yay, I have an ally! Uh, an ally in your, uh, cat, of course. Certainly you didn’t write that.

              Since I’m already in trouble, @frecklewho , I’ll atone by donating some points to you here in a bit. Then everybody’s happy!

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      LittleOrangeElephant

      I’m new to the CJ Cregg rank. I tried to explain to my dad (a big West Wing fan) and he just went, ‘hmmm!’ and tried to look supportive. It’s one of those shows I’ll watch *someday*. I can’t wait to be River Song! <3

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          upinalather

          We got so deep into the thread (or whatever the proper terminology is) that I couldn’t reply to your previous comment, so I had to start a new one, tagging you (I’m sure that’s not the proper term either).

  17. Avatar of freckle [M]
    freckle [M]

    Guys and ladies .. I just watched Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time (and loved it). And had a disturbing high school crush on Howl but was confusingly freaked out when I read he was voiced by Christian Bale (why do I notice his voice when he’s voicing a man-child?).

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      QoB

      Yay! Now you must read the book:)

      I actually never saw the English-dubbed version, so I’ve never heard Christian Bale as Howl, but I can see it suiting. Did he do a Welsh-y accent?

      1. Avatar of freckle [M]
        freckle [M]

        It was a bit softer and rounder than I know of him, but I couldn’t pick Welsh out of an accent line up so I have to stay unsure on that one.

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      deuteragonist

      Hahaha, I had exactly the same reaction to Howl.

      I’m pretty sure that someone’s voice plays a disproportionately large role in how attracted I am to them.

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      Opifex

      I saw Howl’s Moving Castle when it came out in theaters. The very next day I saw one of the Christian Bale Batman movies (the first one?). Through the whole movie I kept imagining Batman saying, “What’s the point in living if I can’t be beautiful?”

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