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Love Your Pets … But Don’t LOVE Your Pets

October 30, 2010

I neglected to make the bed, and came back and found this:

I mean, I don’t want my blog to start attracting catophiles.

Are you leaving on a jet plane?

Bullish: Better Living Through Math

October 29, 2010

Bullish: Are You Under-Reinvesting?

October 21, 2010

In Which I am Wearing a Mustache and Debating with John Stuart Mill’s Head on a Stick

October 20, 2010

I get paid for this, folks. (Look closely — see, I’m wearing a mic!)

p.s. There’s now a Nerd Barbie!

Bullish: Social Class in the Office (and What to Do About It)

October 15, 2010

Not social class in The Office, which would be a different topic.

Ladybits Comedy This Wednesday

October 11, 2010

The ever-hilarious Abbi Crutchfield and I founded Ladybits Comedy, an all-female comedy show in the West Village, for a few good reasons:

To entertain women who don’t like traditional comedy clubs.

To hold our show someplace where the food is tasty, the ladies’ bathrooms are clean, and you don’t feel like you’re in a frat basement.

To create a community.

To warmly welcome male audience members, without unduly catering our show to them.

To generate more work for female comedians, rather than simply promoting competition for the limited amount of work that actually exists.

To reach out via The Internets to women comedy fans and comedians all over the world.

To offer a lineup that reflects the talent of women of all races, sexual orientations, body types, physical abilities, and ages (and probably some other forms of diversity that we’re tragically forgetting at the moment).

To put on an awesome show that makes you laugh, where you make friends, and where you identify with the voices on stage, and that is funnier than anything you can see staying at home watching your television.

To make you laugh until you cry.

Ladybits Comedy
“Equality, Hilarity, Booze!”

Wednesday, October 13th (and subsequent Wednesdays through December 15th)
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
Doors at 6pm, show at 6:30 sharp
$7 admission includes a free drink
All are welcome.

Check out LadybitsComedy.com for more info on featured comics  Amanda Baramki, Giulia Rozzi,  Leah Dubie, and Jen Kwok, as well as commentary on whether perfect grammar is compatible with comedy, and on Ladybits’ no-heckling, no picking-on-the-audience policy (“Civilization: It’s easy!”)

Bullish: How to Travel Like a Gentlewoman

October 7, 2010

Travel writer Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, has just finished traveling around the world for six weeks without a single piece of luggage. His trip is being sponsored by … a company that makes vests with lots and lots of pockets, so you can look like either a fisherman or a terrorist. These are not the “lovely lady lumps” Fergie had in mind.

Potts claims that his travels are “a field-test for a more philosophical idea — that what we experience in life is more important than what we bring with us.”

That statement possesses a certain verisimilitude, no? Of course our experiences are more important than our possessions! What are you, some kind of gold-digger, mining life itself for designer goods?! More »

New on TheGloss: Save Up an Emergency Fund, But Be the Kind of Person Who Never Needs One

October 5, 2010

I grew up reading Readers Digest. From ages 9-16, I read every single word of every single issue:This is Joe’s PancreasHow to Protect Your Retirement Savings from LiberalsDrama in Real Life.

Every month, Drama in Real Life told the true story of someone who had fallen while mountain climbing and survived for days on a ledge the size of a lunch tray; or been mauled by a bear; or had a premature baby that slowly died and then looked down on its bereaved family from heaven; or been trapped in a burning building and recovered for months in a burn unit, receiving painful ass-to-face skin grafts, all played out over twenty-plus pages.

So, I grew up just assuming that adulthood entailed catastrophic events, and that no mater how hard you work in life, your family will always become trapped in a burning car. More >>