Hello! Welcome to Swipe Right, CNET's column where we answer your questions on avoiding the pitfalls of online dating. I'm Erin Carson, CNET staff reporter, resident young-enough-person, refrigerdating correspondent, curator of odd stuff on the internet, most likely to leave you on "read."Today, we tackle questions about women messaging guys first (saucy!) and what to do when you see someone from work on the apps. You bring the lightly salted plantain chips and I'll bring the answers. Q: As a woman, I've never felt there was a problem initiating contact with guys on dating apps, but a friend who's a guy says women shouldn't initiate contact because then guys aren't the pursuers. I've had zero luck lately initiating with guys, so maybe my friend is right?— H.A: Friends. They're the best! But also, sometimes wrong!Look, I'm not going to tell you there aren't guys out there who believe Men Should Always Pursue Women. At one point in history there would have been some fine … [Read more...] about What should I do if I see a co-worker on a dating app?
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Marlo Mack produces How to Be a Girl, a podcast about life with her transgender daughter “M.” Through stories on everything from what it was like when other moms at school found out a girl in class had a penis to how she told her child she may not ever be a biological mother, Marlo (not her real name) gives listeners a glimpse into their world. Here’s how she parents. Name: Marlo MackLocation: Seattle, WashingtonJob: Radio producer, podcasterFamily: Daughter M. (10), fiancé B. Tell us a little bit about your family and your career. I’ve been a single mama since my daughter was three years old. I’m lucky to be co-parenting quite amicably with her dad. (I’m also about to get remarried, so my daughter will be acquiring a stepdad soon.) I work as a public radio producer. Did life happen mostly as planned or were there surprises? Surprises? Hell yes. When my child was born, I thought she was a boy, and we raised her as a boy until she told us, … [Read more...] about I’m Marlo Mack, Creator of the ‘How to Be a Girl’ Podcast, And This Is How I Parent
What did you get for Stranger Things Day? A mini 3 Musketeers bar to feed your Demodog? Some Eggos? Video arcade tokens? Sadly, fans of the Netflix hit didn't get the one thing we wanted: a season 3 trailer. (A premiere date would've been nice, too.)Sure, Netflix did drop a cute behind-the-scenes video in honor of its made-up Nov. 6 holiday, marking 35 years since Will Byers' 1983 disappearance. Stranger Things Day was kinda like your half-birthday: sounds promising, but you end up getting underwear, if that.Why is Stranger Things so strangely compelling? The show seemingly came out of nowhere in July 2016, with a 1980s setting and rich pop-culture details. Young Will Byers disappears one night after playing D&D with his buddies in Hawkins, Indiana. The unfolding plot includes a secret government laboratory, a young girl with psychokinetic powers called Eleven, a creepy Upside Down dimension filled with monsters and goo, and Christmas lights that blink an unnerving … [Read more...] about Stranger Things season 3: Trailer, release date, how to watch, release date and rumors
Evil Week Welcome to Evil Week, our annual chance to delve into all the slightly sketchy hacks we'd usually refrain from recommending. Want to weasel your way into free drinks, play elaborate mind games, or, er, launder some money? We've got all the info you need to successfully be unsavory. You or I would never do drugs, or attempt to cheat on something as important as a drug test. But perhaps you have a “friend” who is curious about how the tests work. Here’s what your “friend” needs to know. Depending on timing, you may not need to cheat Urine drug tests are the most common type of testing, and in many cases they won’t reveal drugs you did last week, much less anything that happened months or years ago. Quest Diagnostics, which sells testing services to employers, has a chart here of what each of their tests can detect. Here’s what they can find in urine: Amphetamines: 24 to 72 hours Cocaine: 24 to 72 hours Opiates: 24 to 72 hours … [Read more...] about How to Beat a Drug Test
With a few clicks of your keyboard, you can find hundreds of opinions hashing out the best ways to live and be and do. Travel, spend money, invest, be productive, structure your day, listen to music, brine a turkey—there’s a right and a wrong way for everything, and god forbid you use the wrong credit card or incorrectly word an email given the breadth of resources at your disposal. With so much information out there on how to optimize, well, everything, there’s just no excuse to do something in a way an expert deems substandard. What if you take a route not recommended by Google Maps and end up at your destination four minutes later than you would have if you followed the AI’s instructions? Quelle horreur. And we’re certainly guilty of it—after all, what is life hacking if not trying to figure out the best tips and tricks to get you through your day? But while much of this advice can be instructive—you really should learn more about investing … [Read more...] about Not Everything Needs to Be Optimized