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Oct 8 Tom Sackett commented on Is Hitchhiker's "11" a Lateral K-Pop Evolution?.
It sounds like Die Antwoord has a side project.
May 28 Tom Sackett commented on Do I Sound Gay?.
@46 I think you can hear all the "Round the Horne" episodes (featuring the Julian and Sandy skits) here: http://www.myoldradio.com/old-radio-show…

The BBC iPlayer website has one Kenneth Horne radio show episode per week. Right now, they're doing "Beyond Our Ken". Kenneth Williams is in the show, but not the Julian and Sandy skits. In a few months they should switch to "Round the Horne".
May 28 Tom Sackett commented on Do I Sound Gay?.
I'm just hoping for a revival of Polari: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polari
May 21 Tom Sackett reviewed Red Star Taco Bar.
I just spent a pleasant weekday evening on the deck at Red Star. It's designed for small groups of people, with maybe eight two-tops plus a counter that seats six. The tables are screwed to the deck. This is good, because it makes it harder for one or two people to show up early to claim space for a large party by moving several tables together.

The food tasted very fresh. For the tacos, each choice of meat comes with different fillings. The carnitas was generous, and savory in a traditional way. The Korean short rib taco was more delicate, with sweeter fillings that included pineapple. I also ordered the chips and guacamole. The chips were served warm, and they'd gone light on the salt in the guac, which gave the combination a lighter effect than it would have otherwise.

I'm not a fan of the frozen margarita, but I was won over when the server referred to it as a "slushy". They also have Trumer Pils on tap, which goes well with Mexican food.

Be warned that that smokers seemed to find the alleyway directly beneath the deck the best place to light up. If you hate the smell of cigarette smoke, you might have to ask someone to move.
May 1 Tom Sackett commented on Combatting Rape on College Campuses.
@1: The methodology and results section of the published paper in the link describe this pretty well. The questions were designed to get the most honest responses possible. They distinguish between intercourse and oral sex, between attempted and successful sexual assault, and the use of overt physical violence vs taking advantage of an intoxicated victim.
Apr 24 Tom Sackett commented on Amazon.com Is Screwing Over Delivery Drivers, Too.
So employees who are not being exploited are "standing on the backs of these other employees who are getting screwed out of a fair wage and basic workers rights"?

At any level below that of executive tier, employees are almost certainly contributing more value to the company than they are receiving in pay and benefits. The people standing on the backs of the most exploited workers are the execs and investors who receive the profit, and the consumers who get to pay less.
Dec 18, 2013 Tom Sackett commented on I, Anonymous.
I bought studless snow tires last year (I think they were either Michelin X-Ice or Yokohama Ice-guard tires.), and they were freaking amazing. I don't see why anyone would need studded tires anymore.
Dec 11, 2013 Tom Sackett commented on "There Is an Area of Town for Degenerates and an Area of Town for the Working Class".
The crazy thing about the quote from Gopman is that he so ignorant that when he says "there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us", you can't tell if he thinks he is part of the working class. He might just think it means people who have jobs, including CEOs. If he really understands the term, his statement is much worse than your typical anti-homeless screed.
Nov 5, 2013 Tom Sackett commented on Attention Procrastinators and Ballot Losers: Yes, You Really Can Vote by Fax or Email (Sorta)!.
If you want to drop your ballot off at the UW truck, be aware that it's not in the location shown on the election website's map shows at http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/voti… . This map makes it look like it's on the edge of campus and accessible by car. Instead, it's in Red Square, where only pedestrians can get to it. I was lucky I was on a bike and had a smart phone, but it still took me 30 minutes to puzzle out where to find the truck.
Sep 5, 2013 Tom Sackett commented on Don't Freak Out About Thrift Store Bed Bugs.
I just got back from a trip in which I got a bunch of suspicious bites, so I'm treating everything I brought home as if it has bedbug hitchhikers. Everything went into sealed plastic trash bags and left outside. I even stripped off the clothes I was wearing and quarantined them before entering the house. This bought me time to do some research. I've read just about everything I can find, and am pretty sure that the previous commenters are correct in saying that the advice in the link in nonsense.

Everything I've read says that a hot clothes dryer is very effective if used correctly. You need to to heat things to at least 113 F degrees to start killing bedbug adults, nymphs, and eggs. I measured my dryer and found that it gets up to about 140 F on high. You don't have to wash things first (in fact, it's probably better if you don't, because the heat won't be wasted evaporating the water), and many thing that you would normally dry clean (or that you wouldn't wash in hot water) can go directly in the dryer. For anything made of cloth that you can let tumble, 90 minutes on high should be more than enough.

Our dryer came with a rack you can put in it for things that you don't want tumbled. I've treated all our shoes, and am now starting on the luggage. To make sure I was heating things thoroughly, I bought some indoor/outdoor thermometers with wired sensors ($20 bought a four-pack on Amazon) and monitored the temps inside one of my small bags as it sat in the dryer with the temperature on high. It took at least an hour to get the inside of the bag up to 120 F degrees. I figure a total of about two hours in the dryer should be enough to treat anything, but I'm going to keep using the sensors to make the heat is penetrating everywhere.

All this might seem pretty OCD, but this is what it takes. Even so, I'm still going to buy clothes at Value Village. I'll just run them through the dryer as soon as I get them home.

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