Obsolete cookies

Need a last-minute holiday present for friends and family?  Well, maybe don’t make these cookies, because they are kind of weird-tasting.

Another terrible idea for a present: a subscription to Match.com.  Here (aside from, passive-aggressive much?) is why!

7 comments to Obsolete cookies

  • Emily, I like your tattoos and your vintage Doctor Who t-shirt!

    Obsolete sounds like an interesting book. I’ll have to read it.

    Although I have a cell phone and work as a freelance blogger, I don’t like to be reached. I often forget my cell phone at home. I never twitter with it nor do I check my email. I usually take a peek a Google Maps before I leave to go somewhere and print off a map if I need it and that’s only because I drive a scooter in Taipei. Once you leave the comfort of a language that you understand, things get more adventurous.

    Although writing with pens and reading books might go out of fashion in a decade or two, I believe that it will never be obsolete. I don’t like reading on e-ink screens or displays. I like the physical book and pulling one out is really convenient.

    The same can be said about writing. People thought that writing would disappear when notebooks appeared, but it hasn’t and it won’t.

    I think that it’s been reported that young people under the age of 20 are actually reading more, a lot more, than in the past, and that’s due to computers and the internet.

  • PAR

    I like the Dr. Who shirt too–you look like you’re channeling Amanda Congdon in that thing! Ha!

    Seriously, though, I love this feature.

  • ow a paper cut

    SensitiveDude450 might have had better luck if he’d mentioned the popcorn oatmeal toffee chocolate chip cookies….well, it couldn’t have hurt.

  • We just started making popcorn again the old fashioned way… super easy… no garbage… plus, making caramel popcorn is super easy… cracker jacks at home, less money, no packaging… thanks for cooking!

  • David

    Wow, she’s a smart cookie!

  • Emily, I read your TechnologyReview article, and I wonder if maybe the thesis, or an accepted premise of the thesis, that Match actually purports to take responsibility to “match” you with other people, is flawed.

    I’ve never been under the impression that Match’s algorithmic matching was its primary selling point. (Full disclosure: I met my current boyfriend on Match within a week and a half of joining.) I, and others I know who’ve used it, treated it as an online dating service, only superior to other means of meeting people because you can winnow the field immediately based on something other than looks. But it still requires you to be proactive, and meet people, and have some bad dates and hopefully some good dates; it’s not called SeeIntoYourSoul.com

    Match is distinctly different from a service like Eharmony, which *does* match you very specifically with certain people, with zero ability to browse profiles. Eharmony sells itself with an extensive questionnaire; it is all about compatibility based on your self-described traits and values. That’s actually why I rejected Eharmony: too little autonomy. I would be curious how it would fare in an experiment similar to your Match outing.

    Anyway, sorry to hear that your friend had such a negative experience.

  • I agree with Regina. I actually think online dating services allow people to be MORE picky about finding their mates rather than less, because you get access to more people than if you rely on, say, meeting people at parties or through friends. Of course, they’re not pre-screened by your friends, so it may be that of the people you date the percentage of success is lower, but still the numbers overall are higher. Yes, if everyone thought like you do — that online dating is a sign of desperation — then it would probably end up being slim pickings. Thankfully, most people do not view it that way.

    I think your friend should give it another shot. One month is not long enough. Also, try OKCupid — it’s free.

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