Consumption and appreciation of... well, everything, I guess. New Stuff is much more plentiful and accessible than it was when I was a kid, which means I receive a lot more individual impressions than I used to, but I'm spending less time analyzing and appreciating them. This is easiest to illustrate in terms of… » 10/28/14 8:27am Tuesday 8:27am

Depends on who's maintaining the card catalogue, I suppose. I could never understand why everybody else hated them so much, until I used one not maintained by my small town public library. Those librarians had redundant hashtagging figured out long before hashtagging was a thing. Come to think of it, the card catalog… » 10/07/14 11:01am 10/07/14 11:01am

It's worth pointing out to employers that under certain conditions, it's possible for an individual to have different classifications for different tax purposes. Most states' Unemployment Insurance tax laws, for example, use a specific, statutory definition of the phrase "independent contractor", and it's not uncommon… » 10/03/14 11:36am 10/03/14 11:36am

So glad somebody else has already written this comment. Myself, I find a great deal of comfort in rereading the first couple of Lewis Barnavelt books from time to time. I see your point about the heavy Catholic influence—that sort of thing is a hard sell these days and you can't really cut it out of Bellairs' work.… » 8/12/14 10:57am 8/12/14 10:57am

Does anybody remember R.L. Stine's pre-Goosebumps work? The Absurdly Funny Encyclopedia & Flyswatter? The Pigs' Book of World Records? How to Be Funny? The novelization of Spaceballs? I was just slightly too old for the Goosebumps series, but I was obsessed with Stine's books when I was kid. » 7/24/14 1:40pm 7/24/14 1:40pm