A genuine reason to make your bed

Mar. 28th, 2017 01:22 pm
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From Good Housekeeping.

Please, Please, Just Learn to Make Your Bed Already

Rachel Hoffman — who authored the just-released book Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess — shares her no-nonsense, actually realistic approach to cleaning up your clutter.
MAR 15, 2017

One of the quickest and easiest ways to make a big impact on the overall neatness of your bedroom is to just take a few minutes and make your bed. I know, I know — pretty much everyone hates making their bed. You don't see the point, since you're just going to get back in it later. Or you're rebelling against a childhood of being made to make the bed every morning. Or you think your bed needs to "breathe" and not making it is the way to accomplish that. There are a million excuses not to make your bed, and I have heard them all.

Taking a moment to straighten up your bedding creates an orderly and neat focal point in what might be an otherwise messy disaster.

But consider the potential positives: for one, taking a moment to straighten up your bedding creates an orderly and neat focal point in what might be an otherwise messy disaster. And even though a made bed doesn't magically turn the rest of your bedroom clean, it can help you to focus on the potential of a clean room, as well as giving you a home base to work from when you do start working on everything else in the room.

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You may well have already seen this horror story and quite possibly nearly died laughing. This, evidently, is the tale as told by the original victim, including an actual photo, as grabbed off the web by my sister and mailed out to everyone she knew, had known, or ever will know.

So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household. It's taken me until now to wrap my head around it and find the words to describe the horror. It started off simple enough - something that's probably happened to most of you.

Sometime between midnight and 1:30am, our puppy Evie pooped on our rug in the living room. This is the only time she's done this, so it's probably just because we forgot to let her out before we went to bed that night. Now, if you have a detective's mind, you may be wondering how we know the poop occurred between midnight and 1:30am. We were asleep, so how do I know that time frame?

Why, friends, that's because our Roomba runs at 1:30am every night, while we sleep. And it found the poop. And so begins the Pooptastrophe. The poohpocalypse. The pooppening.

If you have a Roomba, please rid yourself of all distractions and absorb everything I'm about to tell you.

Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop. If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle. Because if that happens, it will spread the dog poop over every conceivable surface within its reach, resulting in a home that closely resembles a Jackson Pollock poop painting.

Read more... )

But there's a light at the end of the tunnel. After spending a week researching how to fix this damn $400 Roomba without spending $400 again - including refurb units, new motherboards, and new batteries - you finally decide to call the place where you bought it. That place called Hammacher Schlemmer. They have a funny name, but they have an awesome warranty. They claim it's for life, and it's for any reason.

So I called them and told the truth. My Roomba found dog poop and almost precipitated World War III.

And you know what they did? They offered to replace it. Yes, folks. They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course.

So, mad props to Hammacher Schlemmer. If you're buying anything expensive, and they sell it, I recommend buying it from them. And remember - don't let your Roomba run over dog poop...


Mar. 27th, 2017 08:56 pm
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This is my laundry hamper. It's lined with a laundry bag of some synthetic fabric. I came in just now from an afternoon of errands & stuff, took off my shoes, and, looking down, saw what looked like a black sock sticking out through one of the holes. But it isn't a sock.

Now, how the heck did that happen?

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From Quartz

The idea of monogamy as a relationship ideal is based on flawed science

March 22, 2017

Is monogamy actually better than non-monogamy?

It’s still very much an open question—and one with no clear answers, in part because scientists can’t break free of a certain worldview gripping their field.

Monogamy is so much a part of the emotional makeup of Western culture that even people who study relationships fail to notice their biases towards it, according to research due to be published this week. And that means the very way we study intimacy has some fundamental flaws.

The primacy given to monogamous unions isn’t surprising given the historically patriarchal societies that dominate the world: An economic system predicated upon handing down property from father to son is invested in certainty about paternity and on clear family lines.

But times have changed. Researchers from the University of Michigan set out to determine whether the ways psychologists and other scientists study relationships are geared up to deliver results that—even unconsciously—promote monogamy. They concluded that the very way we study intimacy is problematic.

Terri Conley, the study’s lead author, said that our attitudes to monogamy are “so ingrained as to be invisible.”

“It’s not even that we think about it being right,” she said. “We just see it as the only way.” The way that science assesses relationships has skewed what researchers find, according to the study, due to be published in Perspectives on Psychological Science


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Mar. 26th, 2017 04:53 pm
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The person mundanely named Jonathan Waite, long known in filkdom and fandom as Zander Nyrond, is now on Patreon as Zanda Myrande. So far she* has posted a sonnet and two brief stories, all as good as I remember his** earlier creations being.

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EDIT Mon 2017.03.27 1921 UTC for pronouns

In love with a proofreading woman

Mar. 18th, 2017 12:27 am
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The Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of authors.



Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm
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Yesterday afternoon I did something that I never would have believed that I would do. I picked up a copy of a Jehovah's Witnesses publication not to throw it away or recycle it, but to hold on to it and read it.

This is why… )

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From Forward. H/t to John Davis

EXCLUSIVE: Nazi-Allied Group Claims Top Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka As Sworn Member

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.

The elite order, known as the Vitézi Rend ["Valiant Order"], was established as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who ruled Hungary as a staunch nationalist from 1920 to October 1944. A self-confessed anti-Semite, Horthy imposed restrictive Jewish laws prior to World War II and collaborated with Hitler during the conflict. His cooperation with the Nazi regime included the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews into Nazi hands.

Gorka’s membership in the organization — if these Vitézi Rend leaders are correct, and if Gorka did not disclose this when he entered the United States as an immigrant — could have implications for his immigration status. The State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual specifies that members of the Vitézi Rend “are presumed to be inadmissible” to the country under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Gorka — who Vitézi Rend leaders say took a lifelong oath of loyalty to their group — did not respond to multiple emails sent to his work and personal accounts, asking whether he is a member of the Vitézi Rend and, if so, whether he disclosed this on his immigration application and on his application to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2012. The White House also did not respond to a request for comment.

But Bruce Einhorn, a retired immigration judge who now teaches nationality law at Pepperdine University, said of this, “His silence speaks volumes.”

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Mar. 16th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Usually I get 3–8 spam messages a day. Today I had 83! I tagged 4 of them nonspam before deleting the rest. Here's a s(p)ample:

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MuseScore isn't really spam, but I don't particularly want it.

daf(fy) bit

Mar. 16th, 2017 05:30 pm
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Rabbi Seamus O'Flanaghan, the Chochem of Dublin, said in the name of Rabbi Fergus Doylevitch of County Clare: Whoever consumes corned beef and cabbage on Erev St. Patrick has fulfilled his yontif obligation.
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