Guys, things are bad — Mercury has been in retrograde since August 20 and our junk is all messed up. The sheer destructive power of Mercury’s seeming backwards motion can throw everything into a tizzy, especially in the communication department. Four times a year, when Mercury makes its reverse move (for a terminally long three-week period), it seems as though relationships spontaneously combust, fights happen at the drop of the hat, and your emails and phone calls stop making sense.
There’s good news though — Mercury is supposed to exit retrograde on September 12. We’re in the home stretch! And if you can make it through the next few days without murdering your boyfriend or alienating your best friend, you’re golden! That’s why we’ve created a handy list of things you can do to get through this crappy time. And tell us how has Mercury in retrograde been mucking up your life? Keep reading »
Hey, you guys are really cool. I mean, super duper cool. And we’re betting you do some pretty interesting stuff — especially for work. So we want to know: when you’re not hanging out in the Friskyverse, what is it that you do for a living?
Is your job really different? Super weird? A nontraditional job for a woman? Or are you studying something that’s really inspiring or exciting? We want to know all about it — and we’ll feature you in an upcoming special series devoted to the cool jobs you do.
So if you really love your job, send me an email and tell me all about it! Keep reading »
Oh, no! Google Instant doesn’t like your filthy word searches! You may have noticed something new happening in Google lately. When you start to type in a word, the search engine “helps” you finish the word. At first I didn’t like it — I type super fast and Instant slows me down — but I’ve realized it actually does help. Except if I’m searching for penises! Or vaginas! Or porn. As Mashable points out, Instant offers no help if you’re looking for things sex related. For example, start typing in the word “penis.” Instead of finishing the wang word for you, it offers … “penny arcade.” Um, no. What about “vagina”? You get … Vagisil. That is not what I was looking for, Google. And the ever popular “porn”? You get nothing. No help for you, porn searchers! Google says it’s to protect the kiddies. What do you think? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Don’t even bother trying to pronounce what I have, because I can barely get it right and I’ve had it for 11 years. It’s called Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a rare autoimmune vascular disease that primarily eats up your sinuses, lungs and kidneys. It can also chew through your joints, ears, eyes, skin and internal organs as it pleases. It’s in the same autoimmune family as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, except invitees at this family reunion might seem kind of bummed when you and your unpronounceable German disease show up at the door. When I was first diagnosed, I said, “Weg-huh-nuh-what? That sounds like a Nazi disease or something!” Turns out, Friedrich Wegener was a Nazi doctor who named my form of vasculitis back in the 1930s. He wasn’t even a Nazi by force. He was a Nazi for fun. Wanted for war crimes and everything. No wonder there’s a movement afoot to change the name to something zippy like “ANCA-associated granulomatous vasculitis.” But let’s just go with WG for now. Keep reading »
A few weeks ago, I moved. Prior to that day, I took a look around my one-bedroom apartment and realized what I already knew. I didn’t want most of this stuff. And if I didn’t want most of this stuff, why would I take the time, expend the energy, and spend the money moving it to somewhere new? So, I got rid of 90 percent of what I had, and, you know what? I don’t miss any of it. Keep reading »