Archive for March, 2015

The Drunken Website Tester

The Drunken Website Tester

A few years ago, I was an avid watcher of a YouTube show called My Drunk Kitchen. I just checked, and it’s still going strong–nearly 2 million subscribers. On the show, Hannah Hart drinks and cooks, with the cooking getting progressively sloppier and funnier the more Hart drinks. Hart is funny without the alcohol, so […]


My Greatest Fear #52: Being Unable to Open a Jar

My Greatest Fear #52: Being Unable to Open a Jar

There are certain disadvantages that come with (a) living alone and (b) having conspicuously weak wrists. Yesterday I had a fresh jar of Hacienda salsa that was asking to be sampled. But when I tried to open it, it simply would not budge. I tried all the usual tricks: I tapped on the lid with […]


Sitcoms to Help You Get Over the Loss of Parks and Rec

Sitcoms to Help You Get Over the Loss of Parks and Rec

Recently I was lamenting the loss of one of my favorite sitcoms, Parks and Rec, with one of my readers who knows a lot about television. There are still some great sitcoms on TV–I love New Girl, Broad City, Workaholics, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia–and even the new Better Call Saul has some great […]


Curry Udon of Futures Past

Curry Udon of Futures Past

Yesterday I wrote about one of the worst foods ever (American cheese), so today I’m going to balance that out with a post about one of my favorite foods. When I studied abroad for a year in Kyoto, I had a weekly tradition of going to a tiny restaurant near the school for lunch once […]


Pet Peeve #62: American Cheese

Pet Peeve #62: American Cheese

American cheese, why are you a thing? On occasion, I get a fast-food cheeseburger, forgetting that by default it will come laden with the worst of all cheeses, American cheese. Grumbling to myself, I’ll scrape off the cheese, but that plastic-fake taste never really goes away. I’m sure there are those out there who actually […]


Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Eight or nine years ago I was really into a show called The Wire. My girlfriend at the time discovered the series through her sister, and we got the DVDs from Netflix, often sending them back to Netflix the next day for more episodes. While my girlfriend and I would simply watch and discuss the […]


Community Is Back…and It’s Spectacular

Community Is Back...and It's Spectacular

One of my favorite shows of the past few years, Community, has had an interesting journey that has resulted in it moving from NBC to Yahoo, of all places. I’ve had March 17 on my calendar for quite a while now in anticipation for the Yahoo premiere, though I was a little worried it would […]


Hindsight: Part 9

Hindsight: Part 9

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 of 9: This Is It The pub was empty. It was well past closing time, but the […]


Is There Any Better Smell Than a Fresh Waffle Cone?

Is There Any Better Smell Than a Fresh Waffle Cone?

That’s a hypothetical question. Of course there isn’t. It tastes like delicious. Two and a half months ago, before leaving my parent’s house post-Christmas, I stopped by Gelati Celeste to purchase 7 quarts of what I consider the best ice cream in the world. I stacked them in a big cooler in the trunk of my […]


Back in My Day, Phones Had Cords

Back in My Day, Phones Had Cords

Actually, that’s not true. My father got a cell phone through his job when I was in high school (late ’90s). Back then it was called a “car phone” because the battery didn’t last very long. It was the size of an electric razor. The point is, we didn’t have cell phones like most kids […]


Bionic Arms, the Uncanny X-Men, and Sex with Peter Jackson: My Top 3 YouTube Videos of the Week

I realized after posting the subject line that all of my favorite YouTube videos this week are related to mega-movie franchises. The first video is incredibly heartwarming. It features a kid who is given a prosthetic arm by Robert Downey Jr. (he presents the arm to the kid, though it was created by someone else). […]


What Do You Drink with Dinner?

What Do You Drink with Dinner?

A few weeks ago I attended a small dinner party. The hosts asked what each of the guests wanted to drink, so I requested what I always drink with dinner: A glass of milk (and a glass of juice, but I didn’t want to ask for too much). The hosts seemed bewildered by the request. “You […]


Hindsight: Part 8

Hindsight: Part 8

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 of 9: Anything Is Possible Just like the secluded area they found on Belle Isle so many years before in […]


Tough Decisions: To Stay a Student or Make Millions?

Tough Decisions: To Stay a Student or Make Millions?

I don’t have any strong college sports allegiances, but I follow March Madness and NCAA football. One of my favorite things is when a student-athlete decides to stay in school for another year. I’m not exactly sure why. Part of it is school spirit–I think it’s near when a student-athlete wants to come back and […]


Walter’s 4th or 8th-ish Birthday

Walter's 4th or 8th-ish Birthday

For some reason when I got Walter as a pet for Biddy a few years ago, I thought he was about a year old. I arbitrarily picked a birthday for him (today), and I’ve celebrated it as such ever since. Thus by my calendar, Walter turns 4 today. However, a trip to the vet last […]


Mankind’s Greatest Inventions: The Porta Potty

Mankind's Greatest Inventions: The Porta Potty

This morning I drove past a construction site. Workers were repairing a large pothole in the road, and it looked like they were going to be there for several days. Amidst the construction was a common sight, a Porta Potty. As I drove by, a thought occurred to me: “How friggin’ brilliant is the concept […]


Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

A friend of mine who owns a restaurant posted this question on Facebook yesterday. I don’t know the full context of it, but I was fascinated that it was even a question, because the answer to me is so clearly “no.” However, my guess is that my friend has seen guests do this at his […]


Hindsight Part 7

Hindsight Part 7

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 of 9: The Saviors and the Failure             For the next week, Stew tried not to look at any other words. He […]


Two Brilliant Ad Campaigns

Two Brilliant Ad Campaigns

Today I saw some articles about two particularly awesome ad campaigns happening right now. The first is from Geico. So, you know when you’re ready to watch a YouTube video and an ad starts playing, and after 5 seconds you can click the “skip ad” button? You’re not alone–research indicates that 94% of people skip […]


Caw, Caw, Caw: Thoughts on “Birdman”

Caw, Caw, Caw: Thoughts on "Birdman"

As much as I love movies, I care very little about the Academy Awards. It’s too self-congratulatory for me. At heart, it’s just a way to sell more movie tickets. Which is fine, but they could tone down the importance of it a bit. However, I think I’m going to ease up on the Academy […]


The Eight Greatest Wonder of the World: Twins Day

The Eight Greatest Wonder of the World: Twins Day

On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. My coworkers and I were enjoying lunch together in the meeting room of my first “real” job. Halfway through my sandwich, I looked over at my coworker, Tracy, and realized that she and I were wearing similar outfits. “Hey, we match,” I told her. Another coworker piped up. […]