Posts Tagged ‘editorial’

Were You an Indifferent High Schooler?

Were You an Indifferent High Schooler?

When you were in high school, how much effort did you expend to seem indifferent, even when you were learning something exciting? Over the last 6 months, I’ve had two opportunities to teach high schoolers. One was at the high school I attended, a magnet school (a total of 4 sessions). The other was over […]


My Thoughts on the Election

As I walked home from the voting station yesterday, I turned excitedly to my friend and said, “I’m so excited that at this time tomorrow, we’re going to have our first female president!” I saw it as a huge sign of progress that our country was going to elect a female president, and not just […]


To Shill or Not to Shill?

To Shill or Not to Shill?

Recently I saw an article on ESPN about former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Apparently he’s considering running for senator from Massachusetts in a few years. His decision was considered somewhat controversial because he owned a video game company that received a $75 million loan guarantee to move to Rhode Island in 2010, only to go bankrupt […]


The Presidential Debate

The Presidential Debate

I’ve watched parts of most presidential debates, but until tonight, I’m not sure that I watched an entire presidential debate from start to finish. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out why I watched all of tonight’s debate (and why I haven’t done that for other debates, as far as I can recall), and I think […]


Do Some Vets Accept Human Patients?

Do Some Vets Accept Human Patients?

One of my favorite Seinfeld subplots is when Kramer takes a dog to the vet to diagnose and treat his own cough. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself to these 2 and a half minutes. Today was Walter’s annual checkup. He’s fine–much healthier than Biddy–though he was pretty stressed to be at the vet. […]


Have You Ever Protested Something?

Have You Ever Protested Something?

Today I saw articles and videos about 3 different protests (a small slice of all protests, I’m sure): NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem to protest racial oppression in the US. In his words, “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, […]


How Was the Food at Your College?

How Was the Food at Your College?

I’ve continued to listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” podcast, and the latest episode–Food Fight–raised some questions for me. The episode uses two universities, Vassar and Bowdoin, to demonstrate a key shortcoming in American higher education (in Gladwell’s opinion). Here’s the main comparison: 23% of Vassar’s students are Pell Grant recipients (as Gladwell says, these […]


What Would You Do for Friends and Family If You Won a Windfall?

What Would You Do for Friends and Family If You Won a Windfall?

Let’s say that you get a $20 million phone call tomorrow. Maybe you win the lottery or sign a huge contract or sell your company–whatever matches with your life. The point is, you’re getting a huge sum of money. Do you spend any of it on friends and family? If so, how do you spend […]


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, […]


Pet Peeve #64: Celebrity Privilege

Pet Peeve #64: Celebrity Privilege

Last week, the 32nd season of Survivor ended as it always does: A live reunion show where they announce the winner and talk with the contestants about the season. Sometimes Survivor itself has some surprises planned for the finale, but this time, someone in the audience brought the surprise. After Jeff Probst talked to the […]


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 […]


Would You Show Up to Game Night–or the Senate–in a Snowstorm?

Would You Show Up to Game Night--or the Senate--in a Snowstorm?

I host game night every Wednesday. This is easy for me to do because I don’t have to leave my condo. I simply spend 2 minutes vacuuming during the day, and sometimes I make dessert. No problem. However, for everyone else, it requires driving to my neighborhood. This isn’t difficult, except on days like today […]


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 […]


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! […]


Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

For years now, there has been a debate about whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid in a similar way to professional athletes. I say “in a similar way” because the NCAA already makes the argument that student-athletes are compensated through scholarships and education. Last Saturday I was flipping through the channels after eating […]


The American Dream

The American Dream

A few days ago I was watching a Daily Show segment about the Illinois lottery when something struck me as very disconcerting. The segment focused on a middle-aged couple who had recently won around $250,000 in the state lottery. The focus of the segment was on Illinois’ current inability to actually pay lottery winners, even though […]


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 […]


Falling Down While Making a Catch Doesn’t Make It a Diving Catch

Falling Down While Making a Catch Doesn’t Make It a Diving Catch

I love highlights of any sport. In fact, as ESPN proved by showing cricket highlights earlier this year, I’ll watch highlights of sports I know absolutely nothing about, and I’ll enjoy them! I’ve become a little jaded about a common baseball highlight that ESPN features. At any time in the summer, if you go to […]


I Don’t Understand the Headbutt

I Don't Understand the Headbutt

The headbutt: A class move in action movies and soccer games. But does it make any sense? I saw an article today about soccer superstar Messi headbutting an opponent, which made me think of the broader topic of headbutting. I just don’t get it. Now, I don’t condone violence of any kind. But if you’ve […]


The Question of Diversity in Films

The Question of Diversity in Films

Recently I discovered an enlightening YouTube channel by someone named Dylan Marron called, “Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in ____.” The blank is usually a blockbuster movie that Marron has edited down to only lines by, as the title suggests, people of color. Marron includes all minorities in that category–I think he […]


A Random Observation About Choosing to Laugh

A Random Observation About Choosing to Laugh

I think my favorite type of person is one who laughs easily, and my least favorite person is one who decides not to laugh at something funny because of their own agenda. I observed this the other day while watching a very funny sketch during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The camera shows some people […]


Baltimore

Baltimore

I’m not in any position to talk about what’s happened in Baltimore recently. There was the deeply saddening death of Freddy Gray, followed by peaceful protests, then proceeded by looting and rioting. There’s a lot of anger, much of it directed towards the police. I feel like I’m too far away to weigh in any […]


The Mystery of Sterilization

The Mystery of Sterilization

The New York Times recently posted a fascinating series of charts showing the percentage of women who will have an unplanned pregnancy over a 10-year period of “typical use” of contraceptives. The results were really surprising to me. Here are a few key examples: birth-control pill: 61% Depo-Provera: 46% condom (male): 86% Those numbers seem […]


The Fallacy of the Tortoise and the Hare

The Fallacy of the Tortoise and the Hare

A Super Bowl commercial tonight featured the classic fable of the tortoise in the hare: A tortoise and a hare race each other, but the hare is overconfident that he’ll win, so he takes his time. Eventually the tortoise acquires a Mercedes Benz and catches up to the hare, winning the race. We all heard […]