Culture

  • Obstacle Course Race Survival Guide

    Obstacle Course Race Survival Guide

      Obstacle Course Race Survival Guide   I’m going to keep my intro short because I know most people will just skip ahead to the tips anyway. About once a year I write one of these and each year I amend them. The more obstacle course races that you do, the more you learn. The

  • She’s Gone Already, Chief: Saying Farewell to David Letterman

    She’s Gone Already, Chief: Saying Farewell to David Letterman

    David Letterman took the stage of the Ed Sullivan theater last night for the final time. Not one for sentiment, Dave, always seeking the laugh, turned to his trademark disgruntledness, and opened by saying “I’ll be honest with you. It’s beginning to look like I’m not going to get the Tonight Show.” It could’ve been possible that Letterman

  • Life Hacks: A 3 Minute Tour

    Life Hacks: A 3 Minute Tour

    I look at too many things and think to myself, “Yeah, a cat could definitely stand on that.” Turns out you can die from diarrhea, even if you just eat a little bit of it. Nice try Pepperidge Farm but those paper cookie dividers don’t slow me down in the slightest! I’d be willing to

  • Life Hacks: Time for the Closer

    Life Hacks: Time for the Closer

    When someone says, “What’s the worst that could happen?” That’s usually my cue to open up this jar of wasps. I’m at an age where I’m contractually obligated to say “Woo” when getting up from the toilet. The last thing I want to do is hurt you…but it is on the list. My penis was

  • Life Hacks: Stinko de Mayo

    Life Hacks: Stinko de Mayo

    When one door closes another door opens. I really need to fix these kitchen cabinets. Did you ever get called a nerd so bad that you had to take off your Chewbacca mask to show them that you were crying? If no one comes from the future to stop you, how bad of a decision

  • Wanted: Acceptance?

    Wanted: Acceptance?

       Everybody wants to feel accepted on some level. Even people who consider themselves to be outsiders or lone wolves want to be accepted as such.  The hurt of being unwanted or intentionally left out of a group is a bruising and long lasting one. I have been there. It is no fun.  At 36,

  • Chipotle says no to GMOs, yes to irrationality

    Chipotle says no to GMOs, yes to irrationality

      Let’s make this clear from the beginning: no, I am not a shill for “MonSatan.” Yes, I am a scientist who does her fair share of genetic manipulation in the laboratory, albeit with herpesvirus DNA and specialized bacteria, not agricultural foodstuffs. Still, it saddens and frustrates me when I see a major corporation basically

  • Politicians in Training

    Politicians in Training

    Over the last few months, I have spent more hours than any sane human being ever should dealing with customer service representatives. During that time, I have learned one thing: these people would kill it in politics. Sure, they read from a script most of the time but so do politicians. The ability they possess to say a

  • Life Hacks: Countdown to May Flowers

    Life Hacks: Countdown to May Flowers

    Resist the urge to call your cycling group, The Pedalphiles. Trust me. It’s a simple question professor! Would you eat the moon if it was made of Fritos? – me, in college Whenever there is a lull in conversation, it’s always good to tell someone how ticklish you are. Fun Fact: in a pinch, a

  • The Iceman Cometh Out: On Representation in Comics

    The Iceman Cometh Out: On Representation in Comics

    So, if you’re a Marvel Comics fan, and even if you’re not, you might have heard the news that Bobby Drake, Iceman, one of the original X-Men, has been revealed to be gay. It’s a surprising development, but one that many fans have either suspected or hoped for based on his past failures in relationships.