I can't tell if I'm overreacting...

I love the building I live in. Generally, the management is really responsive and understanding. It's an older building and there was a leak in the roof last year plus some major flooding in the unit below me, so I'm sort of on friendly terms with the guy who's in charge of all of their maintenance and repair work,… » 1/22/15 11:20am 1/22/15 11:20am

In need of a musical number to express myself...

I've joked on Twitter about the tap dance I've made up to go along with "It's not the job of the minority to make the people subjecting them to microaggressions and mistreatment feel comfortable." » 1/13/15 4:39pm 1/13/15 4:39pm

Please fill out an ICE app or card!

You guys may or may not remember, but Redbeard broke his collarbone last year when someone opened a car door into him while he was on his bike. We were really lucky he was conscious when it happened and called me or I would have had no way of knowing what happened for hours, and honestly I would have been a complete… » 1/08/15 12:06pm 1/08/15 12:06pm

Holiday Decorations Selfie Thread

I love Christmas. My family is small and Christmas is all about food and spending time together, calling the international half of our clan. Laughing at each other. I even love Christmas music (and just discovered that Redbeard does not, which makes me sad). » 12/22/14 4:30pm 12/22/14 4:30pm

The Best Christmas Album of All Time. Period.

So you think you know the best Christmas album of all time? No, you don't. Gonna try to convince me that Edge of Christmas is the ultimate in holiday listening? Sit down and let me tell you why you're so far past wrong you can't even seen right anymore. » 12/18/14 11:41am 12/18/14 11:41am

Reminder: Chicago Meetup WEDNESDAY

Just a reminder that I'll be at the Christkindlmarket this Wednesday, arriving between 5:30 and 6 pm. I hope to see at least some of you there! » 12/15/14 2:28pm 12/15/14 2:28pm

Chicago People: Christkindlmarket Meetup?

I'm going to the Christkindlmarket NEXT Wednesday the 17th to listen to a few friends of mine perform carols at about 6 pm. They're a madrigal choir affiliated with the Society for Creative Anachronism and they usually perform in costume, plus there's booze to drink out of BOOTS and shit to buy for your family/friends. » 12/10/14 3:21pm 12/10/14 3:21pm

How to Take a Compliment Like a Woman

They've arrived. The holidays. If you're extremely lucky, you will manage to get through the next six weeks without encountering a handsy distant relative, a drunk uncle who will stain something you really like with some food-based substance, or fighting about all the things that Obama has done/failed to… » 11/20/14 3:00pm 11/20/14 3:00pm

What do with awkward pedants who are wrong?

There's a guy I know on Twitter, he's a friend of a dear friend of mine, that comments with some frequency on my tweets. 9 times out of 10 he's being pedantic about something ("well, that's because geek =/= nerd" and "sounds like someone only saw the movie") and 8 out of 10 times he's wrong. » 11/09/14 10:44am 11/09/14 10:44am

What do you want other people to know about harassment online?

In all likelihood, this weekend I'll be participating in an interactive panel about #GamerGate and (mostly online) harassment of women.* » 10/21/14 4:35pm 10/21/14 4:35pm

Framing Bisexuality as a Lie

I was behind on my TV watching this weekend. I got sucked into gaping maw of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and chased it with some Parenthood binging so, despite being laid up with the flu for an entire week this month I had a bunch of shows to catch up on. Because it's Halloween season, I spent most of my time in front of… » 10/20/14 2:39pm 10/20/14 2:39pm

PSA: That Oatmeal Comic You Like is Racist

I'm probably gonna bump this a bunch of times today because last year I saw the Oatmeal comic about sixty billion times by the end of the day, but please read this. Yes, it's a little self serving but Bartolome was a racist asshole and Matthew Inman is too. Please stop sharing it. » 10/13/14 10:54am 10/13/14 10:54am

Ten Not-Shitty Alternatives for Columbus Day

Every year around Columbus Day I feel a great disturbance, as if a million history majors have cried out in terror as they try to decide if it's worth it to explain why the day is racist to friends and relatives on Facebook. And for the past two years the Oatmeal comic extolling the virtues of Bartolomé de las Casas » 10/13/14 10:30am 10/13/14 10:30am