Archive for November, 2017

What’s the Safest Place on Earth?

What's the Safest Place on Earth?

When I was a freshman in high school, we had an open-ended research paper assignment. Just like my adult self, I was already concerned with natural disasters and personal safety in general, so I decided to use the assignment to find the safest place in the US. As I wrote about in this blog entry […]


How Do You Feel About Dynamic Pricing?

How Do You Feel About Dynamic Pricing?

There was an interesting article on Slashfilm a few weeks ago about an experiment Regal Cinemas will soon test. They’re going to try out dynamic pricing, which means they’re going to potentially charge more for movie tickets during peak periods (nights and weekends) and less for movie tickets during weekdays. The article hypothesizes that the […]


A Question About Late-Night TV Hosts

I have a question about late-night TV hosts. Before I go any further, I want to acknowledge that there is systemic sexism and racism in the entertainment industry. I don’t like it, and I hope it changes. This post isn’t about that. At least, I’d like to make an assumption for the sake of discussion. […]


Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

Pandemic Legacy and Disaster Kits

A few days ago, a friend showed up at my condo and discovered this: It was a serendipitous amalgamation of products: Pandemic Legacy Season 2 was there because I bought it and will be playing it for the first time tonight. Everything else was there because I took the plunge and started to assemble a […]


Have You Ever Cleared Your Schedule for a Book?

Have You Ever Cleared Your Schedule for a Book?

It’s been a long time since I cleared my schedule for a book. In fact, the last time I truly did that was in July 2007–over 10 years ago. That’s when book 7 of the Harry Potter series was released. My copy was delivered in the morning, and I spent all day reading it. I’ve […]


How Do You Celebrate Your Pets’ Birthdays?

How Do You Celebrate Your Pets' Birthdays?

Up until 2 years ago, I thought Walter was around 4 years old. But I discovered that he was much older and that his birthday is in November, not March. Like, even though he’s technically Biddy’s pet, Walter turns 11 today, while Biddy is 10. After Walter’s health scare 2 weeks ago (his first ever–he’s […]


What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday from someone who accidentally slipped out of her morning routine for a few seconds, and the next thing she knew, she was trying to put on pants over her shoes. I chuckled, because I can definitely relate to this. Like, I shower and towel off in a […]


Puerto Rico, Electricity, and Helplessness

Puerto Rico, Electricity, and Helplessness

Ever since hurricanes pummeled the Caribbean a few months ago, I’ve felt scared and helpless about Puerto Rico’s electricity situation. How is it possible that a US commonwealth has been without power for 7 weeks? I had the pleasure of traveling to Puerto Rico 8 years ago with a girlfriend. I also worked closely with […]


Is Thor: Ragnarok the Funniest Movie of the Year?

Is Thor: Ragnarok the Funniest Movie of the Year?

Yes. Yes it is. In my humble opinion. While I avoided reading reviews before watching the new Thor movie on Sunday, some quips slipped through my filter. They mentioned the humor in the movie, but they had me worried that the movie was going to be silly. I shouldn’t have been concerned. Thor: Ragnarok was a […]


How to Cure Hiccups in 6 Easy Steps

How to Cure Hiccups in 6 Easy Steps

I got a case of the hiccups at the worst possible time this weekend. On Thursday, I strained my lower back, leading to me hobbling around like an old man and not sleeping well that night. It was feeling better on Friday, but while I was out at lunch, I took an awkward sip of […]


Have You Watched Stranger Things Season 2?

Have You Watched Stranger Things Season 2?

I watched the final two episodes of Stranger Things season 2 tonight, and I wanted to share my thoughts and hear yours. This is a spoiler discussion of the entire show. Overall, I enjoyed season 2. If it were a stand-alone season without any other context, I think I would have really liked it. There’s a good […]


What Do You Think About Smoke Breaks?

There was something bewildering at my first full-time job. Not exactly in my office, but in the building we shared with other companies. It seemed like whenever I arrived at work or took a bathroom break in the restroom shared by the entire building, I’d see the same people smoking outside. I was baffled that […]