Pretty, pretty snow that will lower your blood pressure

I have been trying to de-stress myself in advance of Christmas, with mixed results. For example, yesterday I closed my eyes and put some rain sounds on via Spotify, forgetting that since I have free Spotify, rain sounds would be periodically interrupted by ads for a yell-growly single that seemed to be called GET OUT… » 12/23/14 3:05pm 12/23/14 3:05pm

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