commented on Shut Down! Saigon Deli
Meh... unless you're immunocompromised, it's probably fine. Just load it up with fresh jalapeños and hot sauce.
commented on Duff McKagan's Tips for "How to Be a Man"
I'm not a dude. I'm a married lady. His points were fine. It wasn't nearly as terrible as an article called "How To Be A Man" should have been.
Interestingly, I think we're getting to the point where "how to be a man" ceases to be relevant and "how to be a person who interacts with other people" ascends to the throne. Remove the gendered language, and this is half decent start.
Dec 28, 2012
commented on If Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Are So Important, Why Create Financial Disincentives to Pursue Their Study?
STEM major here, in the biomedical research area. Most of the profs in my field are paid by NIH grants, and those NIH grants to universities often include a 10%-50% (depending on the university) kickback to the university- ostensibly for building maintenance, departmental admins, recruiting, keeping the lights on and the freezers running, etc. My undergraduate neuroscience program at the UW had high tech equipement, but my UW undergraduate microbiology program was pretty low tech. The only expensive equipment I remember in labs were our microscopes, and those were pretty standard microscopes. Our classes are usually gigantic (50-500/lecture), they use the same projectors and computers that everybody else does, we don't pay for adjunct faculty to teach, and most of us don't make that much money after we graduate. We go to Ph.D programs for 5-6 years and live on a stipend of $26,000, then we get post-docs for $36,000, then we get assistant professorships for however much- not usually over $70,000, and eventually we'll top out in the $90,000-$180,000 if we're very, VERY lucky, and almost all of that is paid by NIH grants. I don't think we're as big a drain on the university's finances as people think we are. Administration staff and luxury construction, on the other hand...
Also, won't higher tuition for STEM fields discourage low-income students from pursuing these degrees? That's bad. I'm all for retroactive tuition based on how much you make at the job you get after school.
Dec 25, 2012
commented on Chastity Bears!
Not going to lie- one of my stuffed animals was my first masturbation aid. So, there's that... (not a furry: it was the strategically placed and stuffed tail that did it for me, not the plush- that was actually a drawback because I couldn't wash it)