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Dear Photograph and The Zookeeper’s Wife

Dear Photograph and The Zookeeper's Wife

I’ve subscribed to a blog called Dear Photograph for as long as I can remember. It’s a site that shows old photographs overlapping new ones, like this: There’s something really poignant about these photos and their captions. It feels a little bit like time travel, like I get to feel the weight of history¬†passing between […]


Would You Want to Eat Like Tom Brady?

Would You Want to Eat Like Tom Brady?

This is one of the most brilliant celebrity endorsements I’ve ever seen. I say that as someone who doesn’t care about celebrity endorsements at all. The products a celebrity chooses to use or promote doesn’t impact me at all (at least not consciously). I don’t care which brand of shoe LeBron James wears, what type […]


Would You Eat This?

Every now and then I hear about an idea so brilliant that I wonder why it wasn’t executed years ago. So, we all know that 6-pack rings (the kind that hold sodas and beer) are terrible for the environment. A lot of them end up strangling birds and fish in the ocean. Even if you […]


Is This the Oddest Gift Ever?

Is This the Oddest Gift Ever?

I want you to visualize a person you care about. Someone whose laugh you love, whose company you cherish. This person means the world to you. Now picture that person giving you a holiday gift…and it’s a rock wrapped in leather. That’s exactly what Nordstrom is selling for $85 this year. The “Medium Leather Wrapped […]


Would You Like a Monkey Companion?

About a month ago, I discovered a YouTube channel called Great Big Story. I’ve been entranced by it ever since. Every day, the channel posts about 2 short videos (usually 2-3 minutes of footage) telling an interesting story. It feels a little like a condensed Discovery Channel. I would have shared it a while ago, […]


Silvercar: The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Getting Lost

Silvercar: The Most Fun I've Ever Had Getting Lost

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a car rental service called Silvercar. I’ve wanted to try it ever since, and I had that chance while I was in Texas. The premise is brilliant: It’s a company that rents exactly one car, a silver Audi A4. $59 a day, streamlined check-in. As you’ll […]


Would You Live in an IKEA House for Free?

Would You Live in an IKEA House for Free?

What if I told you that you could live rent free for 2 years in a tastefully designed home filled with modern furniture? You’d probably ask if there were a catch. And there is. In return for this opportunity, you would need to offer frequent feedback about the furnishings. You would also need to participate […]


Pet Please #133: The Grocery Cart

Pet Please #133: The Grocery Cart

Today I’m going to write about something I never thought I’d devote an entire blog entry to: The best grocery cart I’ve ever used. I went to Schnuck’s (a St. Louis chain of grocery stores) to find that they’d replaced all of the old metal grocery cards with these new plastic ones. Anything new is […]


Can this App Save the Internet?

Can this App Save the Internet?

Have you ever said something online (text, e-mail, social media, etc) that you’ve immediately or soon after regretted? Something uncharacteristically harsh, mean, cruel, or ignorant? I definitely have. Sometimes I’ve realized my mistake right away, whereas other times it took me a few hours or the prompting of someone else to realize that I wasn’t […]


How to Comfort Someone from 1000 Miles Away

How to Comfort Someone from 1000 Miles Away

Around 6 years ago, I was in a long-distance relationship. The woman I was dating lived about 700 miles away–much too far for a quick, spontaneous drive. One night she came down with a terrible cold. On the phone I could tell that she was miserable, and I was completely helpless to make her feel […]


Getting Old Is Getting Old

Getting Old Is Getting Old

After yesterday’s ordeal, today has been much better. My neck is still stiff, but no spasms so far. I decided to keep a lunch I had scheduled with my best friend, and I’m glad we did. At one point in the conversation, I said something like, “I guess I’m just getting old,” and Trev had […]


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 […]


Hero of the Day: Milana Vayntrub

Hero of the Day: Milana Vayntrub

I’ve had this article sitting in my “list o’ blog entries” for a while, simply because I haven’t known how to add anything more interesting than the original article. But it’s sat there too long, and I figure I’ll just go ahead and mention it to you, just because it deserves mentioning. Milana Vayntrub, whom […]


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 Opposite of the Standing Desk

The Opposite of the Standing Desk

Recently I’ve blogged several times about my standing desk,¬†which has been a huge asset for my Kickstarter campaign, which entails 14-16 hours of computer work a day. However, today I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Adam about something that’s even more amazing than a standing desk–a lying-down desk! Check it out: The […]


The Skinny Mirror

The Skinny Mirror

There was a really interesting product pitched on Shark Tank this past week that made me wonder if the sharks had it all wrong. I’m curious about what you think. The product is called the Skinny Mirror, designed by Belinda Jasmin. It’s worth reading the story behind the mirror. In short, Belinda lives a healthy, […]


The Best Thing I Read Today: The Stray Dog Train

The Best Thing I Read Today: The Stray Dog Train

Sometimes I read an article that is just too awesome not to share here. Apparently there is an octogenarian in Texas who looks after stray dogs and drives them around on a little dog train. How awesome is this? Look! Look at how happy these dogs are! I’ve seen how happy dogs are to drive […]


Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

A few minutes ago I read that Adidas gave NBA star James Harden a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal to wear their shoes on and off the court. That’s a staggering amount of money. In fact, I wondered for a few seconds if Adidas even makes that much money, but I took a look at […]


The Marriage Proposal Spy

The Marriage Proposal Spy

I love a good proposal story. I don’t know exactly what it is–perhaps my love of rom coms? Of sweeping romantic gestures? Whenever I hear that a friend got engaged, I want to hear exactly how it happened. I particularly like when someone isn’t expecting the proposal. But when I see engagement photos on Facebook, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]