Archive for April, 2013

The Hunger Games of Cuteness

The Hunger Games of Cuteness

It’s well known among the cat-owning blogging community that despite the results of the Tournament of Cuteness and the Battle Royale of Cuteness, I still think my cats are the cutest creatures alive. That is, until recently. Well, okay, I still think my cats are the cutest. However, recently my sister had her first baby, […]


A Toast to Jason Collins

A Toast to Jason Collins

If you’re a sports fan or a fan of life, you read a letter posted on Sports Illustrated by Jason Collins, an NBA basketball player who revealed today that he is gay. He is the first active athlete in a major American team sport to reveal that he is homosexual. It is a brave, eloquent, […]


How to Let Strangers Decide If You Should Get a Vasectomy

How to Let Strangers Decide If You Should Get a Vasectomy

Way back in 2008, I wrote a blog entry called, I Own That Guy’s Arm. In it I proposed that I launch an IPO for myself, letting investors purchase shares in me and have a say in the choices I make on a daily basis. The benefit for the investors is that they could make a […]


The Nice Jeans Conundrum

The Nice Jeans Conundrum

Last year I did a video review of a service called Trunk Club on my blog. Trunk Club sends you a big box of high-quality clothing catered to your tastes. It’s free to get the box, and you only pay for what you keep. As noted in the video, one of the pairs of jeans […]


Pet Peeve #48: Deceptive Bottoms of Ice Cream Pints

Pet Peeve #48: Deceptive Bottoms of Ice Cream Pints

My 10-year college reunion was this weekend, and because I live 5 minutes away from my university, I attended one of the events. It mostly involved not talking to people I vaguely recognized but didn’t actually know in college. However, I did run into my freshman floor roommate, which brought me back to those early […]


You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Usually when I watch videos on YouTube, I’m either: ecstatic that there isn’t an ad preceding the video begrudgingly pleased that there is an ad, but I can skip it in 5 seconds hellfire angry that I have to sit though a 15-30 second ad before I get to watch the kitten video I originally […]


Pet Please #84: When a Real Doctor Confirms Your Self-Diagnosis

Pet Please #84: When a Real Doctor Confirms Your Self-Diagnosis

Let me start off by saying that earwax, albeit gross, is a good thing. Your body produces earwax to prevent bad stuff from ruining your inner ear–the wax flushes out the bad stuff. Like little spiders that crawl into your ears at night to lay eggs. We’re all on the same page, right? Earwax = […]


Do You Try to Win Conversations?

Do You Try to Win Conversations?

Conversations aren’t battlefields. There aren’t winners and losers. But that doesn’t stop us from trying. Today I was having a conversation over e-mail with a few colleagues about an issue that arose at work. There were many different sides to the story, several layers of miscommunication, and dropped balls by several people. Overall, we were […]


Leadership Tactic #83: Feel Free to Say No

Leadership Tactic #83: Feel Free to Say No

Feel free to read this blog entry or not. Either way. It’s completely up to you. Feel free to say no if you don’t want to. Still reading? I thought so. It’s because you just got beh-psyched (behavioral psychologied)! Here’s what happened, according to a recent study: A recent review of the 42 psychology studies […]


Would You Eat a Cricket?

Would You Eat a Cricket?

I asked this to a coworker the other day after I read this article. She looked at me and laughed–nay, she guffawed. “No way!” she said. “Gross!” “What if it didn’t look like a cricket?” I said. “How so?” “What if it was chopped up and molded into a new shape, something tasteful and elegant. […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: The Boys Are Back in Town

Let's Look at the Lyrics: The Boys Are Back in Town

Maybe it’s because of the sheer number of commercials that feature this one-hit wonder by Thin Lizzy, but I loathe this song. Let’s look at the lyrics: The boys are back in town: Oh, cool, the boys are back in town. I don’t know why you’re telling me, but I guess it’s good to know. […]


I Pause for Boston

I Pause for Boston

I’ve been trying to figure out all day what I should say about the Boston Marathon explosions. Such a tragic act of cowardly aggression deserves something to be said–this isn’t a day to write about funny song lyrics or some crazy idea of mine. When something like this happens, we need to pause and acknowledge […]


My Greatest Fear #41: Cutting Off Circulation in My Finger While Flossing and Losing the Finger

My Greatest Fear #41: Cutting Off Circulation in My Finger While Flossing and Losing the Finger

I’ve flossed my teeth every day for the last 14 years. You could drive a Hummer over my gums and they wouldn’t bleed (okay, not the best choice of words there, but I’m sticking with it). I use the same thick Glide floss that James Bond uses to strangle villains. It doesn’t take me long […]


Do You Scream for Free Ice Cream?

Do You Scream for Free Ice Cream?

A few days ago I was leaving work when one of my coworkers pranced in the door. She was absolutely elated. “We just got Ben & Jerry’s!” she said. “It’s free ice cream day.” In her mind, when she hears “free ice cream,” she gets excited and happy. She gets something for free. But this […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: I’d Do Anything for Love (but I Won’t Do That)

Let's Look at the Lyrics: I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)

One of the great mysteries of my childhood was MTV. I rarely watched MTV, but every once in a while I’d turn it on when my parents weren’t home to catch up on pop culture. I couldn’t tell the difference between songs that came out that week or 10 years ago, so the hottest new […]


Thank a Writer: A Few Seconds Can Make All the Difference

Thank a Writer: A Few Seconds Can Make All the Difference

Last week I wrote a special thank you on the blog to the author who has the biggest impact on me, Roald Dahl. A few days later, I received a truly touching mini-essay from reader and frequent long-form commenter Katie about an author that had an unexpectedly large impact on her, and I’d like to […]


You Decide: Who Gets the Room?

You Decide: Who Gets the Room?

A friend just called me with a very interesting dilemma that–in my opinion–has no clear answer. After debating it for about 15 minutes without finding a clear answer, I proposed a solution: Let’s put it on the blog and let my readers decide. This is a real life decision that you will impact if you […]


The Most Unique Movie-Watching Experience Ever

The Most Unique Movie-Watching Experience Ever

Apparently last week was my Week of Watching Movies in the Theater That Came Out decades ago. First up was Jurassic Park, which held its own after 20 years. There is so much wonder and awe in that movie–Spielberg truly makes you believe that dinosaurs are alive. I had also forgotten how scary it is. […]


The First Baby in the Family

The First Baby in the Family

My little sister gave birth to a baby girl–her first–this morning. Anna Charlotte weighs in at 8.1 pounds (that number seems inconsequential to me, but most people ask about the weight, so there it is. You can now compare Anna Charlotte to the weight of other things and babies). I could not be more proud […]


Would You Visit Jurassic Park?

Would You Visit Jurassic Park?

I remember the first time I saw the cover of the book Jurassic Park. It’s a brilliant, iconic cover. It shows that packaging matters. How do you sell a book about dinosaurs to tens of millions of adults? With an elegantly designed cover (and an entertaining book). I was in middle school when I first […]


Leadership Tactic #82: Don’t Get Defensive

Leadership Tactic #82: Don't Get Defensive

This past weekend, I asked a number of Viticulture backers to playtest my new game, Euphoria. Euphoria has been in the works for a while now, but this would be the first time that we would conduct what are called “blind playtests”–basically, playtests where I’m not present to explain the rules. Blind playtests are great […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: The Thong Song

Let's Look at the Lyrics: The Thong Song

Last week I examined the timeless classic song from The Sound of Music, “Do Re Mi.” Naturally, today I look at the next evolution in music, Sisqo’s “The Thong Song.” If you’ve never heard “The Thong Song,” I’m going to feel really old, so please just pretend you have or go watch the music video […]