Archive for December, 2011

Swedish Director of Original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Film to Remake American Version

Swedish Director of Original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Film to Remake American Version

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – Niels Arden Oplev, director of the 2009 Swedish film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” announced today that he was going to remake the 2011 American remake of his film back in the original Swedish. “Specifically,” he clarified from his perch on a fjord, “I’m going to remake the novelization of the […]


Week of Worst First Dates: Day 4

Week of Worst First Dates: Day 4

As you’ve seen, the dates this week really haven’t been that bad. Annoying, perhaps, but nothing that caused me any permanent angst. Today’s date, the final date I’ll write about, is the exception. To be fair, there are multiple things I did wrong with this date. A woman contacted me on Match from a city […]


Week of Worst First Dates: Day 3

We’ve come to the blind date. The one, the only, blind date. A female friend asked me early last year if she could set me up on a blind date. She had a friend who wanted to set up her friend on a blind date, so there were two degrees of separation between me and […]


Week of Worst First Dates: Day 2

Week of Worst First Dates: Day 2

My second worst date story involves a woman here in St. Louis. A rather beautiful woman, really. I was somewhat surprised when she started talking to me, but I was happy to go along with it. Let’s call her Barbara. We had a great rapport going–lots of long e-mails that varied between flirty and funny […]


Week of Worst First Dates: Day 1

Week of Worst First Dates: Day 1

As a special Christmas gift to you, dear reader, I have decided to share with you this week the stories of the 4 worst first dates I’ve been on since signing up for online dating. 4 out of 50 first dates from online dating really isn’t a bad number at all. And as you’ll see, […]


Living Forever for One Year

Living Forever for One Year

I’m thinking about writing a book that will require me to live forever…for a year. A few years ago there were a rash of books about people who tried to do something to the extreme for one year. I found the concept fascinating, and I read a few of them, most notably The Year of Living […]


Can Democracy Make Americans Like Soccer?

Can Democracy Make Americans Like Soccer?

Today I read about the most innovative sports team since the I read about the high school football team that doesn’t ever punt. The team in question? You guessed it: Murcielagos FC, a second-tier soccer team in Mexico. The Bats (their team mascot), are currently third in their league. In many ways, they’re like any […]


How to Give a Memory for Christmas

How to Give a Memory for Christmas

Last night’s blog entry is one of those for which I’m particularly thankful: It’s one of those blog entries where the comments are way more interesting and insightful than the original blog entry. The goal of this blog is to generate some form of conversation, so even a single comment goes a long way in […]


The Generosity Paradox

The Generosity Paradox

The other day I read an article that should have been very moving. At least, that should have been my reaction based on the reactions of people who were sharing the article on Facebook. The article is about a growing number of anonymous donors at Kmart stores across the country who are paying off bills […]


The IMAX Virgin

The IMAX Virgin

Today I watched my first movie on a giant, curved IMAX screen. I’ll give you 3 choices as to the movie I saw: a. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked b. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 c. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol The answer, clearly, is that the first two were sold out, so I […]


First-World Dude Problem #2: The Midair Celebratory Bump

First-World Dude Problem #2: The Midair Celebratory Bump

Over the course of history, we’ve seen an evolution in the way that athletes celebrate after scoring a point or winning the game. The ancient Aztecs celebrated a victory in ullamaliztli by scalping their opponents. The Romans exchanged undergarments with their teammates whenever they had a shot come particularly close to the pallino in bocce. […]


The Seven Pillars of Success: John Donovan

The Seven Pillars of Success: John Donovan

I often read about highly successful people. They’re successful in a myriad of different ways–professionally, financially, physically, and in terms of popularity, family, networks, etc. For the past few months, I’ve been trying to formulate the common traits that successful people seem to embody regardless of the type of success. I think I have them […]


Should Your Spouse Be Your Best Friend?

Should Your Spouse Be Your Best Friend?

Before I get off the Mindy Kaling train, I want to mention one other concept she wrote about that I really connect with. It’s the idea the best marriages are when the husband and wife are pals but not best friends. A few months ago, I was e-mailing with a woman who said she wanted […]


Mindy Kaling’s 13 Rules for Guys

Mindy Kaling's 13 Rules for Guys

If you’ve seen The Office, you know Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor. Kaling recently wrote a delightful book called, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns),” and in it she outlines 13 specific things that all guys should do. Her rules are in bold; my responses follow each one. How many do women agree […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 1-10

Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 1-10

Here we are, the day of days. It all comes down to this. Thousands of behavioral psychologists have spent the last 72 hours poring over millions of grievances to determine the Top 10 based on humor, truthiness, and topicality, and in the end, my friend Neeraja had the dubious distinction of ranking them. Drumroll please… […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 11-20

Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 11-20

We’re so close to the Top 10! Bryce had the dubious job of selecting the Top 10 through his Top 20 choices, even though it will be Neeraja who ranks them tomorrow. 20. The lack of book covers on e-readers: Can’t we see what trash you’re really reading? 19. People who constantly talk about their […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 21-30

Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 21-30

Today’s grievance rankings are brought to you from Gabby over in DC: 30. Any item of clothing that requires ironing. Seriously, it’s 2011—everything should be wrinkle-free by now. 29. English has no word equivalent to Krummspeck (“grief bacon” in German). 28. Being accused of giving someone “a look.” 27. Q-tips, according to “doctors,” are really […]


Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 31-40

Top Festivus Grievances of 2011: 31-40

The countdown begins. This year I slightly changed things up in three specific ways: In past years, people have written down their grievances at my Festivus party on pieces of paper scattered throughout my condo. This year, thanks to my Whiteyboard (it’s a brand name, not racial commentary) and a white board borrow from work, […]


Festivus Vlog: The Aftermath

Festivus Vlog: The Aftermath

On Saturday, I held my eighth annual Festivus party, this one with a trashy/classy theme. Although my mullet never really filled in to the point of being recognizable, I dressed half and half for the theme. I went into this party with the mentality that it might be the last big Festivus party I hold. […]


Best Blog Comments for November 2011

Best Blog Comments for November 2011

Before I launch into some of the amazing comments you all made on the blog this past month, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for making this month the most-read month on my blog since its inception five and a half years ago. The blog averaged 468 hits a […]


Contrivance #10: Single Adults

Contrivance #10: Single Adults

Have you noticed that all single adults–especially those 30 and over–are portrayed as unsuccessful? I started thinking about this while watching that terrible movie Young Adult. In the movie, Charlize Theron is a successful writer (albeit a ghost writer, but successful nonetheless). But the movie portrays the successful people as those who had settled down […]