A comprehensive list of non-terrible state flags

1. Maryland. Let's get this out of the way: I have biases. But honestly, Maryland is the best example of how to do this flag thing right. Distinctive colors in a catchy pattern that dates back to traditional heraldry. This flag is so rad that the state has actual rules on what should be at the top of the flagpole (a… » 9/12/14 6:19pm 9/12/14 6:19pm

Stop the presses, I've found it: the most inane Wikihow

I present to you: How to Mail a Letter. Subsections include: 1) Getting the letter ready to mail; 2) Finding the right postage; 3) Mailing the letter; 4) Letter help. It really takes off in section three, where it is revealed that there are THREE WAYS that you can potentially mail your letter (!!!). I don't want to… » 8/13/14 12:30am 8/13/14 12:30am

I am not bleach-savvy, messed up a dress, and now need dye advice

I mixed bleach for laundry and, like a moron, forgot I was wearing this dress I really like. For those of you who are more coordinated than I, this might not have been a disaster, but for me this involved several tiny bleach-splashes because I move with the grace of an overexcited puppy on a slip-n-slide. Anyway:… » 7/30/14 10:15pm 7/30/14 10:15pm

About that Facebook study: ethical oversight and informed consent

By now you've read — possibly several times — about "the Facebook study." You're probably familiar with the details: 689,003 people whose news feeds had been manipulated to feature more negative or more positive emotional content were monitored for shifts in the emotional content in their own posts. At the time… » 6/30/14 6:32pm 6/30/14 6:32pm

Henleys & other "men's styles," but cut for women?

At heart I'm still a tomboy, meaning that if I could spent all my days in boots and jeans and t-shirts I basically would (honestly, I kind of do). Over the years I've noticed that the "lady" versions of certain styles are kind of bullshit — either paper-thin, or with weirdly open necklines, or with functional details… » 6/20/14 4:32pm 6/20/14 4:32pm

What are your favorite summertime horrors?

Summer is the time for splashing in cool, deep swimming holes (populated with toothy, tentacled monsters), staying up all night with your friends at summer camp (where a killer roams free in the woods), and hanging out with your family (before you're all killed by murderous mountain cannibals). What are your favorite… » 6/18/14 3:38pm 6/18/14 3:38pm

Elvie & Geeshie & questions of cultural ownership

First of all, if you have a spare hour today and you haven't read this John Jeremiah Sullivan piece (it came out in mid-April, but I just got around to reading it), do it. It's about the search for two musical ghosts, women who were blues singers and guitarists, who exerted significant cultural influence but about… » 6/10/14 1:14pm 6/10/14 1:14pm