The Courting Stick

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I was looking for some information on “bundling” because I was writing about the common custom of having sex between engagement and marriage and wanted to distinguish this custom from the courting custom of bundling (essentially sleeping together fully clothed, perhaps under supervision, during the courting process). Anyway, I came across mention of a courting […]

Should You Be Taking BCAAs?

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Recent research suggests that supplementing with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) before, during and after a workout can help maintain and build muscle. So what’s that mean on a practical level for someone looking to get leaner and stronger? It might mean that it supplementation is a good idea, and BCAAs are relatively cheap and probably […]

Twitter for Writers

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How do you promote your book with Twitter? It’s not necessarily obvious, especially for those of us who are writers and scholars first and foremost. But publishers aren’t doing much for new authors anymore, so you have to do it yourself.

Getting Things Done by Making Slacking Hurt

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At a certain point this year I found myself frustrated and feeling like I wasn’t getting anywhere on several different projects, while at the same time feeling like I was working too much and not having enough fun. I needed motivation, and I needed priorities. I came up with something that helps me with both […]

You Can Always Yell Later

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My mom taught me as a child, it’s really hard to unyell once you’ve yelled. If you want to get what you want, start soft. You can always yell once that fails, but you once you’ve yelled, it’s too late for the soft approach.

Paypal Buyer Protection on EBay is Worthless

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Bottom line: Paypal Buyer Protection on Ebay is pretty much useless if you have to make a claim and can actually be a smokescreen for scammers. And more to the point, don’t buy software on EBay. I should have known better.