Windows 95 had just launched, and email was taking off in Japan alongside the pager boom. But Kurita says people had a hard time getting used to the new methods of communication. In Japanese, personal letters are long and verbose, full of seasonal greetings and honorific expressions that convey the sender’s goodwill to the recipient. The shorter, more casual nature of email lead to a breakdown in communication. “If someone says Wakarimashita you don’t know whether it’s a kind of warm, soft ‘I understand’ or a ‘yeah, I get it’ kind of cool, negative feeling,” says Kurita. “You don’t know what’s in the writer’s head.”
Long before Beyoncé, Janet carved out a space for the openly feminist, multidimensional pop star. She created a blueprint that hundreds of thousands of artists have followed, from Britney Spears to Ciara to Lady Gaga. Rhythm Nation 1814 was the album that revolutionized her career and the pop landscape. It demonstrated that black women needn’t be second to anyone. But it wasn’t individualistic. Its rallying call was about the collective we. We could be a part of the creative utopia—the rhythm nation—regardless of race, gender, class, sexuality or difference. It made you want to dance and change the world at the same time. Unrealistic, perhaps. But 25 years later, it’s still hard to listen and not want to join the movement.
So you legally cannot just say you’re running, unless you are really, really running and basically already have the campaign apparatus in place to back that up. And every single reporter and analyst busy talking about a “coy” Hillary Clinton already knows that – or should. But there are rules, and there are The Rules. Clinton has spent most of her public life (and probably at least some of her private life) getting ridiculed for being too ambitious, too aggressive, too pointed, too transparent, too grasping – for leaning too far in, for breaking the rules of what is, apparently, appropriate for a woman. She’s always been playing the game by the boys’ rules – and she is damn good at it, thank you very much.
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes)
1 can of pumpkin
1 box of yellow cake mix (any will do) Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the yellow cake mix and the can of pumpkin and mix well. Fill the cupcake wrappers about ¾ of the way to the top. These cupcakes will rise slightly, so pour filling into the wrappers accordingly. Place the cupcake pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Pumpkin Cupcakes: The Easiest Two-Ingredient Fall Dessert: Chicagoist

Totally gonna make this with spice cake mix, as suggested by one of the Chicagoist commenters, for peak autumn dessert deliciousness.

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Do you think if you use muffin mix instead of cupcakes, that it works??