AI: Huh?

It’s been a long week, and I just have to ask:


The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.


Maria D'Souza grew up in different countries around the world, including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Kenya and it shows. She currently lives in the Bay Area and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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  1. This is not a complaint. I would never complain about a service that is provided for free by volunteers. Skepchick rocks and the Skepchick’s individually rock. I’ve just noticed that the AI’s this week are, um, weak. Either that or they are zen koans designed to annoy us into enlightenment. I hate koans.

  2. @davew: Yesterday’s was pretty interesting…

    I also would never complain about a free service – I’m giving the benefit of the doubt and assuming they’ve got some gems of AIs for us next week…

  3. @Aaron: “They’re not weak, they’re just different!”

    That’s what I told my friends about my peanut butter martinis. They claim to the contrary that my martinis are objectively, provably bad.

    Speaking of which whatever happened to the Amazing Tang Contest? Was it really permanently lost in Vegas? Too many collective blackouts to post a coherent summary?

  4. Friday is random day:

    I hate trying to lose weight.
    Microsoft 2007 is annoying.
    The question of Woolf vs Wolf is driving me nuts.
    I love eading blogs.
    I love writing my blog.
    My boss is on crack.
    Roller Derby tomorrow night!!!!

  5. Whaaaa indeed. I’ll bet Mercury is in Retrograde. Or, um, Pluto is in the 7th alignment with.. um. Rigel. Or maybe our Chakras are staging a collective strike.

    Hopefully it’s almost over, ’cause my aura needs some clarifying work.

  6. @catgirl: I’m an Open Office kinda guy myself, but use Office 2007 at work. I prefer it to previous versions, but my office colleagues still haven’t got used to it in a year of it being on our computers. Unfortunately I let on that I can use it. Big mistake…

  7. Gotta disagree on the Office 2007. Typically I’m an anti-Microsoft bandwaggoner… But I L-O-V-E Office 2007. It’s true that it’s a big adjustment over previous versions, but that’s becuase previous versions sucked.

    And rollerderby tomorrow night for me, too!

  8. I’m just wondering, when you guys sit down, and after long thought, come up with a sensible strategy to tackle a large problem, do you refer to it as an “Evil Plan”?

    I do that ofthen, and a friend noted that today’s evil plan…wasn’t that evil. I pointed out that is sounds so much sexier than “Behold, my pragmatic plan! MUAHAHAHAHA!”

  9. I cannot begin to describe how ‘whhaaaaa?’ my day has been. What should have been an annoying-but-nothing local newspaper story about a client turned into national news and radio headlines. I have been fire-fighting so hard my eyebrows burned off.

    A long bath, curry, cherry beer, xBox and a very late night will sort me out. But still…whaaaaaa?

  10. When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter is next to Mars, you need to consider moving to a different neighbourhood, and you’re not done fixing the seating plan for the wedding reception.

  11. It’s been two long weeks in a row. Going through a period of chemistry just not working. It’s very frustrating.

    Only the cricket has cheered me up.

  12. @Kaylia_Marie:
    By definition, all Microsoft products suck. Some more than others, but the principle still applies.

    Weight loss = lowered calorie intake + higher exercise rate
    You can do it, but like all things that are worthwhile, it’s hard work. I’ve lost almost 20lb in the last 7 weeks by going to the gym 5 days a week and watching what I eat. You go, girl! Show us what you’ve got in a few months!

    @Gabriel: If I were responsible for creating humans, I’d want some booze, too… ;-)

    @faith: Don’t throw them away. I’ll eat your shrimp. And lobster. And Baltimore-style crabs. And…

    @Andrew: I love Open Office, too. I work on an Army base and we’re still back in Win XP and Office 2003. Groan.


  13. @IBY: College textbooks are SUCH a racket. You spend hundreds of dollars on them and get pennies back. :-( It’s as bad as those “money back when you use your credit card” scams. They charge you 22% interest and you get a few cents back per charge? Even Vito on the corner gives better deals than that!

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