Until really recently, I had a strict “no joining gyms” policy. This policy was based upon good solid reason and logic – in the past, I would join a gym, go religiously for a few months, get sick and not go for about a week, and then never go back again. Ever. Plus, I wouldn’t even work out at home because it would remind me of how guilty I felt about not getting to the gym. Continue reading
So, I don’t know about you, but I was raised to be nice. Which is fine, most of the time; but somewhere along the way I got it into my noggin than being nice meant never asking other people for what I need from them.
Welcome to our newest feature on Persephone Magazine, Deus ex MacIntosh, where I use TV to solve your problems. Today’s question was culled from an email conversation among the editors. Please note, take the following advice with both a grain of salt and with your tongue in your cheek. I’m typically funnier than I am helpful. Continue reading
I got glasses in the third grade. By the fourth grade, my vision was so bad I had to wear them all the time. I don’t remember life when I didn’t have to reach for my glasses in the morning to see the clock next to my bed. In the ninth grade, I got contact lenses. Continue reading
I’ve really been stepping up my exercise recently. Ask me about my biceps! But I am always looking for motivating music for exercising. Well, for life really. I have to say, this is one of my favorite songs for motivation. I know that it’s a song that was written for a commercial which makes it kind of ridiculous, but it’s one of my most-played iTunes songs. I need a lot of motivation! Continue reading
Of Japanese anime! I love anime as my review of Gundam Unicorn shows (review of episodes 2-3 should come soon). To be specific, I like certain types of anime, especially drama, action, mecha, and adventures. I’m not a fan of “under-10,” the “for-girls-only” (aka yaoi), or “I love fanservice” categories. Slice-of-life shows tend to bore me as well. Unfortunately, the last few years have been mostly dedicated to these or simply composed of shows with crappy animations and stories. That’s why, for me, the last good year for anime was 2007. Continue reading
On Monday night we had yet another Republican presidential debate. CNN wanted their own debate, so they called it the “Tea Party Republican Debate” to drum up viewers who usually leave the TV set on Fox News. Continue reading
So it looks like the only tagline no one could identify was #3. Want to know what it was? Then click the link! Continue reading
Over the past few months, trans women in the Washington, D.C. area have been targeted for violence and hate crimes. Since July alone, there have been four reported shootings of trans women in the D.C. area, as well as multiple other reports of crime towards them. Back in mid-August, Kenneth Furr, an off-duty cop, drunkenly fired his gun into a car, leaving its passengers, three trans women and two young men, injured. The incident came fresh off the heels of the still unsolved death of Lashai McLean, a twenty-three year old woman who was walking home from The Wanda Alston House, a home for LGBTQ youth and project for Transgender Health Empowerment. Eleven days later, in a distance that now seems ominous, a still unidentified male fired a shot at Tonya Harell, barely missing her, one block from where McLean was shot. Continue reading
As autumn is starting to creep in to my kitchen (fresh apples for making homemade cider! onions in incredible variety! the last of the summer’s gorgeous chili pepper stock!), I have started rooting around for my favorite cool weather comfort foods, and one in particular stands out due to its simplicity: roast potatoes.
Recently I was talking to a non-academic friend about life, the universe, and everything (tip of the hat to Douglas Adams), and as the conversation wound down its path, she brought up how often scientific experiments not directly related to human health are derided as big wastes of government money. Forgetting the fact that NSF and other science funding agencies make up a miniscule portion of total government spending, the fact that scientific programs are pointed at as hilarious wastes of money tells of a bigger problem. Continue reading
I’m not sure how many of our current readers were around during our Spring project, Middlemarch Madness, but we had so much fun with it we’ve decided to do another bracket every fall. Don’t worry, book lovers, we’re still doing Middlemarch Madness in 2012, but we thought it would be fun to celebrate the new TV season by picking the Baddest Lady Television Badass. Continue reading
Q: Me and my boyfriend (been together for about a year, I’m 19 years old, he was my first and my first serious boyfriend, I’m about his tenth sexual partner but also first serious girlfriend) would like to get more into swinging, threesomes, etc. We haven’t tried anything like that before and I’m worried about certain aspects Continue reading
“I am so over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina and her unbelievably stupid name. F**k Sookie!”
It’s the end to another season of True Blood. I know that you, dear readers, have many important feelings about the gory finale, just as I do, so let’s share them over this recap. Continue reading
You do not need to have a tight budget to make use of the panacea that is apple cider vinegar (ACV). I truly believe everyone can benefit from using it in place of harsh chemicals or overpriced cosmetics. Recently, as I made the switch to more natural cleaning methods, including natural shampoos and conditioners, I had to get good and friendly with ACV. Along the way, I discovered some truly astonishing applications. Continue reading