Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

June 17th, outsourced

I wonder if a single week of Outsourced has gone by in which I don't link to something from The Atlantic. This week's nod: Who Invented the Oreo?

This issue is peripheral to the conflict in Syria at large (I cannot believe I just had to write "conflict in Syria"), but it's worth reading. The Syrian Twitter/FB/Blogosphere was all up in arms this week when it was revealed that Gay Girl in Damascus was actually Straight Guy in Scotland.

If you ever get to feeling like you don't like your job, or that you have to do too many difficult, dangerous things in the line of work duty, watch this video and be cured of those sentiments. FOREVER.

Sometimes little hotbeds of Mormondom spring up organically in places outside of the Mormon Corridor - Boston, New York City, or even Ithaca. There is one such community in Washington, DC, and the story of the neighbor's confusion was amusing to me. Though the "dressed pretty skanky at Halloween" line gave me pause.

I loved this Wordplay Wednesday from Ken Jennings. It was the perfect blend of challenging and yet eminently solvable that is hard to find sometimes.

Learn from this lady's Craigslist mistake: If your Craigslist ad says everything is free, don't be shocked when people start stealing your stuff.

Have you ever wanted to see a dude put an iPad in a blender, just to see what happens? That is some expensive dust he ends up with at the end.

Culinary triumphs and tragedies

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