Archive for July, 2017

Do You Help Your Friends Move?

Do You Help Your Friends Move?

A long time ago in the before times, I wrote a blog entry called 13 Protocols to Follow When You Ask Your Friends to Help You Move. It outlines the types of things a considerate person should do if they’re going to ask friends to help them move instead of hiring movers. I wrote it […]


What If Star Wars Was Narrated Like Arrested Development?

Star Wars and Arrested Development are two of my favorite series ever. I love Star Wars for the vast worldbuilding, the lively characters, the mysterious Force, and the epic scale. I love Arrested Development for its humor, its memorable characters, and its narration. Now the folks at Nerdist have combined these two amazing pieces of […]


Do Friends Swindle Friends?

Do Friends Swindle Friends?

When I was a kid, I swindled a friend. Magic: The Gathering was all the rage among my friends back then. We played for fun, and we didn’t know the value of the cards (some were worth more than others)…that is, until I bought a magazine that revealed the values of each card. I used […]


What’s Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

What's Your Favorite Memory from Summer Camp?

Do you ever have a song or smell trigger a specific memory or time? That happened to me the other day at the Cardinals game when the song “Blister in the Sun” blared over the loudspeakers. Instantly I was transported back to a summer camp I attended in middle school called the Summer Enrichment Program […]


Do You Watch Veep?

Do You Watch Veep?

I’ve been on a Veep kick over the last week or so. If you’re not familiar with Veep, it’s a half-hour HBO comedy staring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. She plays a character who is kind of similar to her Seinfeld counterpart, except that she curses a lot more and lives near the White House as the vice […]


What’s the Best Mid-Game Entertainment at a Sporting Event?

If you’ve ever attended a live sporting event, you know that the game is just one piece of the overall entertainment package. There are tons of carefully crafted moments sprinkled into the game, ranging from music to contests to comedy and more. I attended my annual Cardinals game tonight. Sometime in the middle of the […]


Which Comic Con Trailer Made You Geek Out the Most?

Over the last few days, a ton of movies and television shows have revealed new trailers at Comic Con in San Diego. As much as I loathe trailers that reveal too much, as a fan, I found it hard to resist the likes of Thor: Ragnarok, Stranger Things season 2, Justice League, and Westworld. But […]


This Is What the High Road Looks Like

I’m always hesitant to write a political post, especially one that isn’t at all political but could be construed as such. But I’m compelled to do so anyway today. Not long ago, I learned about a video from the 2008 presidential election campaign trail that I’d never seen before. It’s a town hall where John […]


How Does Your Cat Motivate You?

How Does Your Cat Motivate You?

Yesterday I wrote about Steve Jobs’ unique and abrasive style of leadership. Today it occurred to me that one of my cats may ascribe to the same methodology. Around 4:00 am every morning, Biddy decides that he absolutely needs food. The problem is, as smart as he is, Biddy cannot open the fridge where I […]


The Steve Jobs Leadership Dilemma

The Steve Jobs Leadership Dilemma

I watched the Steve Jobs movie this past weekend in the hopes of being inspired as a leader. Instead I walked away confused. In the movie, Jobs describes himself as a conductor. Essentially, he claims to bring out the best in each of his employees, and he keeps everyone working in sync to produce the […]


Would You Vacation in a Star Wars Westworld-Style Resort?

Would You Vacation in a Star Wars Westworld-Style Resort?

This weekend, Disney announced that the Star Wars resort they’re building in Florida will combine “a luxury resort with an immersion in an authentic Star Wars environment.” Go on… I know a lot of people have fun going to amusement parks, but I have to admit that they’ve never really excited me. In fact, one […]


I Finally Watched Straight Outta Compton, and I Was Intrigued by This

I Finally Watched Straight Outta Compton, and I Was Intrigued by This

Remember the Academy Award controversy regarding the lack of African-American nominees a few years ago, with Straight Outta Compton at the top of the list of movies people felt should have been in consideration? I’ve been intrigued about the movie every since, and I finally watched it this past weekend. My take? I enjoyed it. […]


Pet Please #145: Cinema Wins

Have you heard of the YouTube channel Cinema Sins? It’s a humorous, cynical look at missteps, inconsistencies, and shortcomings in films. Every time a movie does something annoying, the host gives it a “sin point.” I love dissecting movies, so there was a time when I genuinely enjoyed Cinema Sins. Sure, the host is a […]


Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

Has Anything Ever Made You Consider Going Vegetarian?

I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve thought about giving up meat. In fact, since the situation I’ll mention below, I’ve already eaten bacon, octopus, bison, chicken, fish, and steak. I very much like the way meat tastes, and I like the feel of protein surging through my veins. But here’s […]


What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Homecoming?

2017 is turning out to be a special year for superhero movies. First we got Logan, a gritty end to Hugh Jackman’s characterization of Wolverine (that isn’t a spoiler: Hugh Jackman simply isn’t playing the character anymore). Next up was Wonder Woman, which was both deep and light at the same time, and beautiful to […]


The Day I Went Feral

The Day I Went Feral

When I was picking up my older cat, Biddy, from the vet the other day after his glucose curve, I stumbled through the following question. “So, uh, Biddy frequently poops on my bed when he gets frustrated by my other cat, Walter. Is there anything I can do to, well, convince him not to do […]


Lifestyles of the Rich

Lifestyles of the Rich

Have you heard of a movie called “Why Him?” The basic premise is a young woman (Zoey Deutch) introduces her parents to her boyfriend (James Franco) for the first time. Franco’s character happens to be ridiculously wealthy–a fair amount of humor in the movie is derived from the types of things he spends money on, […]


Pet Please #144: Extra Season Finales

Pet Please #144: Extra Season Finales

This happened twice to me recently, both with Better Call Saul and Silicon Valley, and it elated me each time. For both shows, I watched what I thought was the final episode of the current season. My mindset throughout the entire episode was that I was watching the finale, and the ending of each was […]