commented on "A kilo is a kilo is a kilo."
As I see it, the problem of pricing a fare by weight is that airlift capacity isn't a scarce commodity. There's no rational reason for charging a 120lb person less than a 180lb person. They're both going to take up one unit of seating, and the plane isn't any worse off for it. In fact, that 120lb person is now costing the airline money, because they could have their seat taken by a 180lb person willing to pay the increased price. Finally, the problem that this supposedly solves--large people needing more than one seat--is not solved at all. A 300lb person still needs 2 seats... you can't just sit them next to a 100lb ballet dancer because they "average out." As for the price of fuel, I don't see how trying to optimize for that particular line-item outweighs the fact that, ultimately, you're charging for and making your money on discrete units of volume, the market dynamics of which have to drive pricing. Now, as a surcharge for outliers, on the other hand...
commented on Just the Tip
@4 I lost the tweezers that came with my swiss army knife pretty much instantly.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: My Bi Guy
I figure I'm guilty of "biphobia." I run away from openly bi guys, barely-closeted bi guys, closet cases who might be bi guys, etc, as quickly as I can. The last thing I want is to get emotionally involved with someone who has made the devil's bargain with themselves that sex with men is fine but emotional fulfillment isn't. Bisexual guys have no one but other bisexual guys to blame for reticence on the part of gay men.