Archive for March, 2008

Buy Me a Pizza Pi

Lately I’ve been infatuated with pizzerias that have stories behind them. Last Tuesday, a coworker informed me that a parishioner who used to live in San Francisco loved his local pizzeria so much that when he recently moved back to St. Louis, he bought the recipe for the sauce and opened his own restaurant here. […]

A Common Misconception

A Common Misconception Today I’d like to discuss a misconception that adversely affects the lives of many people, especially young people. It’s a widely held belief that simply holds no truth to it. The belief? That he who smelt it, dealt it. The “smelt it, dealt it” (SIDI) principle has been around for centuries. It […]

Busy Guy

I’ve been pretty busy with my job recently, and will continue to be for the next 8 days, but I wanted to inform the world that my kitten spent the better part of this evening carrying a tampon (unopened and unused, fortunately) around in his mouth. There’s very nothing cuter than to see a young […]

The 32

After 25 days of mad ideas, we enter the second round. The round of 32. Of the winners, 10 were “their” ideas and 22 were “mine.” That makes sense, as I laud my ideas more than other ideas on this blog. But the remaining 10 are strong ideas—they’ll be tough to beat. I really wish […]

The Suit Fits

Today I bought a suit. This may not seem like a big deal to many of you, but this is not something I would normally do. In fact, it’s not something I’ve ever done. All of my suits were given to me by my father—some fit perfectly right away, others needs a few nips and […]

The Future of City Development

(Sorry this is so long, but Blogger makes it difficult to truncate the text on the main page. Too much HTML for me to comprehend at midnight.) The other day, I posed the following question to a coworker: If someone gave you $10 million to revitalize an area of St. Louis that would both be […]

Walt Disney Lost

Lost ended the half-season on a strong note tonight with an episode primarily focused on Michael’s backstory. Good stuff. Intriguing questions about how the island can prevent a person off the island from killing themselves. High level of emotion from Michael himself. Interesting ending, with the viewers wondering if Ben set up his family in […]

Brackets, Brackets Everywhere

Does it seem to anyone else that everyone and their mother has a March Madness bracket this year? In the last couple of days I’ve been inundated with bracket requests. Five, to be exact, and then I jumped on the Facebook bandwagon. Actually, that second clause is pretty important. After filling out the first five […]

More Mad Ideas

Sorry about the lack of “real” posts later…soon I will have time for them, but I’m quite busy at work. For now, more matchups and more winners as the “real” March Madness prepares to begin (on March friggin’ 20! Is that still March?!) TiVo Clothes over Smearable Ink: That’s a no brainer. TiVo clothes is […]

Belated Mad Ideas

Playing a little catchup today. Here are four matchups: Lumbar belts: Using large women’s belts for lower back support Vs. Jott: Service that transcribes voicemails you leave for yourself and e-mails them to you Drive-thru confessionals: So you can be sinless on the road and on the run Vs. Outsourcing the decoding of internet keywords: […]

Lost on Ice

Lost on Ice

Lost on Ice (Warning: Lost spoilers.) Eh. This episode wasn’t bad, per se, but it just wasn’t that interesting. Maybe I’m just used to watching rom coms that make two unrelated events seem connected, but it was obvious from scene one that Jin and Sun weren’t existing at the same time. But even if you […]

Ken Jennings and Surrogate Mothers

Someone mentioned to me today that if one of my ideas wins the March of Mad Ideas, I should commit to actually making that idea come to fruition. That makes sense to me. I’ll do it. Today’s winners: Biblio-Thru over blog comments in the sidebar, and Operation Flaming Streets over wide-mouth soda cans. 2-2 for […]

March of Mad Ideas

Looks like a court reporter for your life beat out chewy, tasty adult vitamins, and choosing where your tax money is spent won over an airplane with solar panels on its wings (I guess people don’t trust that as a reliable energy source). Today’s matchups…the second one is a really tough call: Using certain statistical […]

The Wire Is Down

I have to admit, I didn’t start watching The Wire until about a year ago. Caroline and I sat together and watched the first episode on DVD, she patiently explaining things to me that I missed (note to average viewer: The Wire is way smarter than you. Be at peace with that). It was a […]

To the Victor Go the Spoils

This past weekend, I played poker with a group of people from work. I had never played with them before, and neither had my friend Trevor, who I brought along. It was a fun game, good times, with me getting lucky enough to secure a third-place finish. After I went out, Trevor and a guy […]

March of Mad Ideas

Today’s Matchups: Choosing where your tax money goes: If, for example, you don’t support the war in Iraq, you could indicate that you want your tax money to go to other programs. This increases the power of democracy. Vs. Airplanes with solar panels on the wings: An way to save the huge amount of gas […]

Lost Salad

(Warning: Lost spoilers) Another strong episode—we’re now at 5 out of 7 on the season. It’s confirmed that Penny’s father is behind something big, that he wants the island for himself. Probably to get rich. We learn about Goodwin, a character we had all but forgotten about. We learn how Ben killed all the Dharma […]

Is That Brain…Real?

Caroline recently sent me an article about how nanobots will be used in the future to increase human brainpower. According to Mr. Kurzweil (that’s right—he’s a “mister,” not a “doctor”…suspicious), “make us smarter, remember things better and automatically go into full emergent virtual reality environments through the nervous system.” Caroline seemed concerned about these robots […]

Short One

I’ll keep this short and sweet today…the matchups are as follows: Experience-based job-search engine: Job search engine that lets you search for all jobs that meet your qualifications Vs. Kaiten sushi (conveyor-belt sushi): A restaurant that allows you to pick sushi off trays as they pass by you on a conveyor belt Sunroofs with rain […]



Why do computers not remember HTML text? Like, if you’re on a website, and you fill in a text box with some information, if you accidentally click on the wrong like, when you return to the original page, the text is gone. Why can’t it save that text? When you open a folder in Windows, […]

March Madness of Brilliant Ideas

I don’t follow college basketball during the regular season. Too many games, too many teams. But when March Madness rolls around, boy am I excited. I love filling out the bracket, even if I don’t know much about the teams, and I usually put down a few bucks in a tournament pool. The problem is, […]

JoshVision 1.0

Several months ago, as is the Festivus tradition, I sat down to make a list all the people and things that have ticked me off or disappointed me over the past year. Let me tell you, my friends, the list was a long one. At the top of that list though were three core elements: […]