Thus Spake Zuska

Archives for January, 2010

I warned Jon, I did. D00d, that thread is for MOCKING MANSPLAINERS. Now, here I will repost Jon’s mis-directed comment. Zuskateers, you may feel free to read (warning: contains mansplaing) or skip right over to the comment thread and post your own examples of Men Who Cannot Follow Clear Directions From Women. SKM, I used…

You May Be A Mansplainer If…

Mansplaining. We’ve all had to endure it, on the internets or IRL, so frequently we are often overwhelmed with the desire to hork up serious chunks on the mansplainer’s shoes. And yet, you can’t always do that. Maybe the mansplainer is your boss. Maybe he’s mansplaining on your blog or your Facebook page, and you…

Mr. Z records live music and is nuts about microphones. Whenever we watch t.v. he is always pointing out microphones to me. Earlier this evening, the first NFL playoff game ends, there’s a crazy scene on the field, confetti flying in the air: Mr. Z: Did you see that mic? Me: No. Mr. Z: There!…

Eat Your Soup! If You Can…

This is a story about making chicken soup completely from scratch, with local, organic ingredients, and starting with the carcass of a roasted chicken. The soup was very, very good, and looked like this: The chicken in question came from Pikeland Pastured Poultry. All the vegetables in the soup came from Landisdale Farm. But the…

Okay, the actual story is this: if you are an overweight woman you: • May have a harder time getting health insurance or have to pay higher premiums • Are at higher risk of being misdiagnosed or receiving inaccurate dosages of drugs • Are less likely to find a fertility doctor who will help you…

You may have been hearing some of the buzz about Rebecca Skloot’s forthcoming book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of…

Over at A Blog Around the Clock there are a series of posts with great video interviews from ScienceOnline2010, but I’d like to especially point your attention to this one with David Kroll and Damond Nollan, both of North Carolina Central University. It was filmed shortly after their session on “Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial…

How Do You Prepare For The Unimaginable?

I’ve been reading a lot of Casaubon’s Book lately. I usually come away from it feeling like I ought to convince Mr. Z to move back to southwestern PA with me so the two of us can become gentleman farmers and live sustainably after peak oil – maybe we can live out our days in…

Picking at the Bones of a Dying Bookstore

It’s no secret bookstores have been in trouble for some time now. Small independent bookstores have been dropping like flies left and right. One of the oldest and best loved independent bookstores in Philadelphia, Robin’s, recently closed, reinvented itself, and reopened in new space above its old location. It now sells mostly used books, along…

I’m speaking from experience, people, having had most of these lobbed at me one time or another. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section. 1. “When is the baby due?” I’m not pregnant, you douchebag. I’m fat. If I were pregnant, I’d probably be prancing around telling everyone and her…