Archive for June, 2016

Have You Ever Bought Something in Your Sleep?

Have You Ever Bought Something in Your Sleep?

The oddest thing happened a few days ago. A small package from Amazon appeared on my doorstep containing this: Vitamin C and cough drops aren’t all that peculiar of a purchase, except…I didn’t buy them. At least, I don’t remember buying them. My Amazon account shows that I did indeed buy them, and an Amazon […]


Pet Please #126: Context

I was recently listening to a podcast about a board game I’m somewhat unfamiliar with. There were three podcast hosts, and several times throughout the review, one of the podcasters mentioned a specific character in the game. They mentioned the character by name, chortling about their love/hate relationship the character, but they didn’t explain anything […]


Your First Fictional Arousal

The other day I was talking with a friend about an offbeat topic, and I thought it might provide some interesting discussion here. Or we’ll all just feel awkward for a few minutes. The discussion started with Outlander. I had heard that the books were stimulating, so I asked her if that was the case. […]


Was the Best Battlefield Scene Ever on Game of Thrones This Week?

Was the Best Battlefield Scene Ever on Game of Thrones This Week?

Spoilers for Game of Thrones are in this post. I watch Game of Thrones live every week with a few friends. Yesterday I did something for the first time ever: After a certain segment of the main battle, I picked up my remote and rewound for about 15 seconds to watch it again. It was […]


What Should You Do When Your Friend Is Catcalled?

What Should You Do When Your Friend Is Catcalled?

I experienced something for the first time the other day that left me in a quandary. I went to see Finding Dory (quick sidenote: Wonderful movie! It has one of my favorite moments in any film) with two female friends. As we walked back to our cars after the movie, we were crossing a wide […]


What’s Your Favorite Spoon?

What's Your Favorite Spoon?

I’m 35 years old, and I’ve never bought silverware. When I went to college, my parents gave me some of their old silverware. Forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, that sort of thing. Over the years as I’ve had roommates come and go, I’ve accumulated more random utensils. Now I have more than enough. So it was […]


Numbing Spice: Am I Doing It Wrong?

Numbing Spice: Am I Doing It Wrong?

A few weeks ago I was talking with my brother and his fiance about their recent trip to Japan. I’m always curious about the food people eat when they travel, and they said they had tried some dishes involving sichuan, the numbing spice. I’d never heard of the spice even though I’ve definitely eaten food […]


What’s Your Favorite Japanese Candy?

What's Your Favorite Japanese Candy?

I’m wagering today’s entry on the assumption you’ve eaten Japanese candy. Maybe you ate a Pocky Stick during a cultural day. Maybe you sampled a Hi-Chew at a Japanese festival. Or maybe you tried a green tea Kit Kat at some point. Well, unless you’ve had a Kinoko no Yama, you haven’t truly lived. A […]


Orlando

Today I was planning to write something silly, as I usually do, but I can’t. I just can’t. The worst mass shooting in US history happened early this morning in Orlando. A solitary gunman shot and killed at least 50 people. My heart is heavy for those who died, as well as their families, friends, […]


Outlander!

Outlander!

Many years ago, a friend told me about a book she was reading. If a person could swoon while describing a book, that’s what my friend did when describing Outlander.  Based on her description, I all-too-quickly disregarded the book as “chick lit,” which really wasn’t fair at all. I did, however, enjoy that the main love […]


Dr. Google: Can a Search Engine Diagnose Cancer?

Okay, to be fair, this blog entry should actually be about “Dr. Bing”. But who uses Bing? Well, maybe I should be using Bing. Maybe we all should. Because Microsoft scientists reported today that they’ve been able to use Bing search engine queries to identify users who have pancreatic cancer. The data seems to be […]


Would You Watch “Jaws” in the Water on an Inner Tube?

Would You Watch "Jaws" in the Water on an Inner Tube?

I absolutely love this. Last week I read on Slashfilm that the upcoming shark-attack movie, The Shallows, will air on a special screen at a water park in Texas. Instead of sitting on plush chairs in a theater, the audience will be lounging in inner tubes. There won’t be an actual shark in the water, but my imagination […]


Who Keeps the Leftovers?

Who Keeps the Leftovers?

Recently I’ve discovered that two of my favorite things are in direct conflict with each other. Or so it seems. Thing 1: I love leftovers. I’ve known this for many, many years. When I was growing up, I often ate leftover dinner food for breakfast. In my 20s, I loved making enough food for several meals so […]


What’s Your Least Flattering Selfie?

What's Your Least Flattering Selfie?

9 years ago today, I wrote my first blog entry. To commemorate this occasion, I offer to you my least flattering selfie. Before I show it, let me tell you why I took it. Last week, I went to the dentist for my 6-month checkup. Everything looked good, but the dentist said that everyone should […]


How Does Quicksilver Safely Carry People?

How Does Quicksilver Safely Carry People?

I had the pleasure of watching X-Men: Apocalypse today. Reviewers haven’t been high on it, but I thought it was a fun, entertaining popcorn flick. And yes, there was actual popcorn involved–I can’t not get popcorn at the Hi-Pointe Theater. My favorite superpower to see on the big screen is super-speed. That’s why I love Dash, the […]


Who Buys These?

Who Buys These?

I want to clarify up front that my question isn’t, “Why would anyone buy these?” Rather, I’m genuinely wondering who buys these. The “these” in question are these treats I see whenever I go to the grocery store (see photo). I don’t even really know what to call them–they’re generic treats like chocolate-covered pretzels, trail […]