Archive for January, 2016

How Often Do You Get a Regular Checkup from a Doctor?

How Often Do You Get a Regular Checkup from a Doctor?

That’s kind of a personal question, so I don’t expect you to actually answer it. Though I am curious. This subject came up about a month ago when I was talking to a doctor friend of mine. I’m not sure what led us to the topic, but I asked her how often I, as a […]


What’s the Longest You’ve Worked for the Same Employer?

What's the Longest You've Worked for the Same Employer?

I’ve had exactly three full-time jobs in my life, not counting summer jobs. Each one has been with a different employer: Academic book-publisher (4 years) University non-profit (6 years) Board game publisher (3 years) Looking ahead, I anticipate myself being quite happy with my current company for years to come. Looking back, though, 6 years seems like […]


Is Life Easier If All of Your Clothes Are the Same?

Is Life Easier If All of Your Clothes Are the Same?

Every morning/afternoon when I get dressed, I spend about 67 seconds selecting my outfit for the day based on my mood, activities that day, and availability of clean clothes. 67 seconds isn’t much, but is that time and mental energy I could better spend on other things? Steve Jobs (who I generally try not to emulate) thought […]


What’s the Most Number of Times You’ve Seen the Same Movie in the Theater?

What's the Most Number of Times You've Seen the Same Movie in the Theater?

For the last month, I’ve been torn over whether or not I should go see Star Wars again before it leaves theaters. There were many times when I came very close to succumbing, but I resisted. Why agonize over something so trivial? After all, The Force Awakens was my favorite movie of 2015. Why not […]


Okay, Maybe Smart Light Bulbs Are Cool After All

Okay, Maybe Smart Light Bulbs Are Cool After All

Until today, I haven’t been all that impressed by light bulbs. To be fair, I understand that light bulbs are a miracle of science. They’re the closest thing to real magic that exists in the world (other than sunsets and Amy Adams). But I take them for granted, and whenever I read about the next […]


Academy Awards and Diversity

Academy Awards and Diversity

I’ll be honest: I was a little scared to start writing this entry, mostly for fear of offending someone or exposing my ignorance. But I decided to do it anyway, because I think conversations about race are important. If I let fear get in the way of this type of conversation, then there is no […]


The Clichéd Opening Scenes of Newbie Novelists

The Clichéd Opening Scenes of Newbie Novelists

I recently ran out of novels to read. This wasn’t for lack of trying. I love that I can sample pretty much any book on my Kindle. I simply haven’t been able to get into any of those books. This situation will soon change, with book 3s of several trilogies–Mistborn, Red Rising, and The Emperor’s […]


Would You Want to Live at Work?

Would You Want to Live at Work?

A few days ago when I read the following article–“From WeWork to WeLive: Startup moves members into its first residential building”–I bookmarked it because it seemed like a pretty novel concept. It read to met that a company was offering housing to employees, presumably to build community, reduce commutes, and blur the line between business and […]


The Delightful Surprise of 10 Cloverfield Lane

The Delightful Surprise of 10 Cloverfield Lane

It’s really hard to surprise audiences these days. In any sector of the entertainment industry, almost everything is public information. When an author you like signs a new book deal, you hear about it on Facebook. When a musician is working on a new album, you read tweets about it. When an athlete signs with […]


By “I’m Sorry,” I Mean “Thank You”

By "I'm Sorry," I Mean "Thank You"

Last year, Amy Schumer had an amazing sketch on her show about how some people say “sorry” way too much, to the point that the word completely loses any meaning and the people who use it end up diminishing their value. I’m one of those people. My most common use of “sorry” is when walking […]


The Benefits of Showering at Work

You might think that this is another diatribe about working from home, but it’s not! In a tongue-in-cheek video I discovered today, an advertising agency called NAIL Communications decided to install a shower in their conference room because, as they said, people do their best thinking in the shower. I can relate to this. There’s […]


Ratings for EVERYTHING

Ratings for EVERYTHING

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by ratings. I remember eagerly opening up the newspaper every week to look at the box office results, a habit I continue to this day (online). I love seeing how much each movie earned and how it compared to the other movies that week. Similarly, […]


The Apartment Dilemma for Electric Cars

The Apartment Dilemma for Electric Cars

I just finished reading a fascinating article on Wired about the new Chevy Bolt, a car they laud as an electric car for the masses. It’s no Tesla, but that’s kind of the point: At $30k, it’s affordable, and it gets 200 miles on a single charge. Pretty cool. Every now and then I read […]


What the Tortoise Knows That We Don’t

What the Tortoise Knows That We Don't

A few days ago I saw this headline on Facebook: “Giant Tortoise Jonathan, World’s Oldest Animal, Put on a New Diet at Age 183.” Some people in the comments seemed unimpressed by Jonathan’s age, saying that other animals (whales among them) are probably older. That’s fine. Regardless, we’re talking about a 183-year-old animal! That’s incredible! […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

2015 was a big year for big movies. It was the few years in recent memory where pretty much all of the big-budget, big-screen films actually lived up to their promise (in my opinion). It’s going to be tough to repeat that feat in 2016, but in terms of sheer quantity, the odds are pretty […]


Cats Be Cats

Cats Be Cats

For Christmas I drove from St. Louis to Virginia with my two cats, Biddy and Walter, in the car. They’ve made the drive before with me, and in general they hate it, but there are lots of interesting things for them to do once they arrive. After I wrangled them into the car early in […]


I Met Santa and He Fixed My Car

I Met Santa and He Fixed My Car

Today I met Santa and he fixed my car. The car came first. I had the battery replaced a few days ago, and I made the mistake of not driving immediately afterwards, so the car didn’t start today when I got in it. I called AAA, and they dispatched a mechanic. That repairman turned out […]


“The Expanse” Is “The Wire” in Outer Space

"The Expanse" Is "The Wire" in Outer Space

For several weeks now I’ve watched, riveted, as the new show The Expanse unfolded on the TV screen. However, as a fan of the book series, I couldn’t tell if the show is good or if I was just enjoying seeing the characters and world come to life on television. I’ve had the nagging feeling, though, […]


Strong, Smart, Beautiful…Anything Else?

Strong, Smart, Beautiful...Anything Else?

I recently spent a week in Virginia with my parents and my sister’s family. I had a lot of quality time with everyone, ate a lot of Gelati Celesti ice cream, played some games, and repeatedly tried to assure my cats that the visit was temporary. One of my favorite things about going home is […]