Boned. First world problem: My spouse finished school, got a job and effectively three promotions with significant pay raises each step, but unfortunately the withholding didn't keep up with those pay increases... so we owe over six grand to Uncle Sam. Ouch. My spouse is convinced we are poorer than we've ever… » 2/13/15 10:35pm 2/13/15 10:35pm

It's all about the ratios. Since I started having cholesterol tests, my LDL (the 'bad' cholesterol) has been just at the top edge of high, but my HDL (the 'good' cholesterol) is about 150% of the good range, thus still a nice ratio. I eat a lot of fat, but I apparently have the molecular machinery to deal with it. … » 2/11/15 8:32pm 2/11/15 8:32pm

I would like to share my best Valentine's Day story from my grad school days (even though I am now old and married and neither of us has any time for this silliness anymore). I was one of those "Valentine's Day should be every day" kind of people and just never really had a good one. I had a friend who was trying to… » 2/10/15 9:24pm 2/10/15 9:24pm

The tl;dr version: "Oh no, people are yelling at us because we through some rocks through the windows of that abandoned house! It's not like we hurt anyone, and if that house had never been built, that would be a field full of trees and plants and fuzzy animals. Don't yell at us for our actions; it was, um, a… » 2/10/15 11:21am 2/10/15 11:21am

I appreciate your candor and post on this topic. Trying to discuss religion rationally can be a tremendous challenge (I was once called a troll and a moron by one of the primary moderators of a big sub-forum here simply because I pointed out my experience was different from hers - every religious person in the South… » 2/09/15 9:16pm 2/09/15 9:16pm

I am with you on that. As many long and "epic" fantasy sagas as I have read over my life, you can count the Wheel of Time as one I just gave up on. Somewhere around book 7 or 8, where it took the characters 300 goddamned pages to open a door, I decided not to indulge in RJ's masturbatory efforts masked as… » 2/09/15 12:09pm 2/09/15 12:09pm

I hate to admit it in a forum like this, but I am strongly libertarian... to a point. And that point is somewhere before vaccination. I really describe myself as a libertarian fascist, because the vast majority of people are scientifically illiterate. Requiring vaccination, as in rounding up everyone and giving… » 1/29/15 6:16pm 1/29/15 6:16pm

I am very impressed with the level of work you put into this. This was amazing, and had the side-effect of tuning me into PubPeer now. I have to ask - what do you do that you have the time for such a huge undertaking? That slide show research was amazing, and I know you must have spent days (at least) specifically… » 1/18/15 11:43am 1/18/15 11:43am

When my son was a toddler, he had a couple of rubbery fish. One day he decided to hit me in the face with one. In one of my proudest moments in parenting, I did not yell at him or take his fish away, but immediately sat him down with me to watch the fish-slapping skit. His expression was one of nonplussed amusement… » 1/16/15 10:51am 1/16/15 10:51am