Aug 8, 2012 Ptera commented on Newsflash: British People Like Dirty Sex Better Than Harry Potter.
Of all the erotica to hit the mainstream, why was it this kink-shaming, rape-condoning, misogynistic POS?
Jun 10, 2012 Ptera commented on Slog Bible Study: Matthew 21:18-19.
lol @ 1!
May 29, 2012 Ptera commented on Garfunkel & Oates: 29/31.
Well, I thought it was hilarious!
May 22, 2012 Ptera commented on Distorto Face Celebrities.
@18 I have horrible eyesight and saw the effect. I wonder there's any difference in efficacy depending on gender, because on average, female brains read faces more quickly.
May 16, 2012 Ptera commented on Sherman Alexie, Congressman Jim McDermott, and I Will Be Read to You This Saturday.
That's my favorite kid's book, too! I have to remember to take the copy from my parents' house to read to my son!
May 8, 2012 Ptera commented on Openly Gay Catholic High School Student in Iowa Wins $40,000 College Scholarship.
Proud of my cousins who go (and graduated from) Prince of Peace in Clinton for circulating like crazy the petition for the school to change their minds.
Apr 13, 2012 Ptera commented on Hollywood Is Going Down, and It Intends to Take the Internet With It.
A lot of the embeds I've seen lately have a quick 10-15 second commercial before the actual clip runs. Putting one of those on any copyrighted material and directing the funds to the owner seems like the best solution to me.
Apr 3, 2012 Ptera commented on Washington Declares Whooping Cough Epidemic.
I got my booster as soon as I found out I was pregnant last year, and I made my husband and any family members who might come in contact with the baby get theirs too. Of course, I'm a microbiologist, and my doctor was research faculty at UW, so together we were both very up-to-date with vaccine recommendations.

If your doctor doesn't routinely talk to you about vaccinations, you should remind him/her at your next visit. I've known at least one person who got pertussis as an adult and she was out-of-work sick for almost six weeks. That costs a lot more than a 1-in-a-million chance of an adverse reaction (they do exist, but most of them aren't nearly as scary as Jenny McCarthy would have you believe).
Apr 3, 2012 Ptera commented on Do People Eat Fast Food Because They're Sad?.
There's no mention of causality, except in their conclusion, which I think is misleading. They can't say whether fast food causes depression or if depressed people are more likely to eat fast food (because it takes less energy to obtain than either fresh or more expensive prepared food, is my hypothesis).