Archive for October, 2008

Dipping Your Pen in the Company Ink

Do you ever think your boss is inept but you can’t talk to anyone at work about for fear it’ll come back around to bite you in the ass? Do you ever hear a rumor about a coworker that you want to share but you take the high road and don’t tell anyone? Have you […]


The Plant Wrote It

I have a confession to make. After 220 posts on Blogger, it is time that I admit that I am not Jamey Stegmaier. I pulled his profile photo off a clipart site a while back. I’m not him. In fact, I’m not even human. I’m a plant. Specifically, a sweetheart plant (named for my heart-shaped […]


How Harry Potter Reads the News

In the Harry Potter books and movies, the newspapers of the wizard world are alive with moving photos and advertisements. The text doesn’t change, but all graphics play like short videos. No longer is this the stuff of fantasy tomes. Today I watched the following video about a new type of e-ink technology (similar to […]


Of Mice and Mad Men

I’ve lauded Mad Men in the past, and I just watched the season finale tonight (who knew the Bay of Pigs wasn’t about swimming swines?) Fantastic show. Netflix it ASAP and experience Don Draper yourself. A small sample of what you’re missing was highlighted on SNL this past weekend: 


JoshVision: Question of the Day

QOD: One of the most common literary and cinematic devices is the “fish out of water,” the guy who leaves the only place he knows well and ventures into a land or a situation where he’s in over his head. The device I understand. The expression, not so much. If you take a fish out […]


The Hunt Is Over

The Hunt is officially over. NQL, as she’s known on the boards, correctly figured out the answer. I’ve pasted the deciphered Cluebric below. Thanks for joining in the Hunt for the Truth! Remember that you can only submit one answer. You will only be able to compute that answer after deciphering the clue from the […]


Google Goggles

I am one to openly laud Google. Most recently I’ve praised the company for Chrome, their new web browser. I’m also loving Google Reader—it’s by far the best way to read blogs, RSS feeds, and websites that you check or refresh on a daily basis. It’s often the smaller touches that make Google memorable. Just […]


Hunt for the Truth Reminder and Clarification

I’ve gotten a few confused remarks about the following clue, so I’m going to clarify it. The clue: Day 3: In this entry about Japan, I go out of my way to mention the italicization something. How many of those things (full versions of those things, not individual parts like “haya” or “ben”) do I […]


The Death Flower Story

I’ve had the pleasure and the honor of living in Japan on three separate occasions: Twice in high school for summer-vacation homestays in Hiroshima, and once in college for my junior year in an apartment in Kyoto. I kept extensive journals of my time over there, and I sent the majority of the content of […]


Note about the Hunt for the Truth

For those of you who are not aware, there is a treasure hunt going on within this blog this week. This entry from last Friday describes what is going on. To enter the hunt, you’re going to need the clue rubric that I’ll provide over e-mail. Let’s call it a cluebric. How can you get the cluebric? […]


Fist Pound Versus High Five

At some point in his life, a guy will find himself in the most precarious, awkward position of all: He’ll hold up his hand for a high-five, and the other guy will offer a fist pound in return. This is a defining moment in the life of a man. The actions you take in the […]


Extreme Makeover: Under Armour Edition

Under Armour is unstoppable. Not only does it adhere to the human form like the alien symbiote in the black Spider-man suit, but it’s slyly spelled with a “u,” which deceivingly makes one think it’s origins are British, and thus weak (see Risk; Revolutionary War; tooth decay; cooking)…however, it’s actually headquartered in Baltimore, a bastion of strength […]


Announcement: The First-Ever Hunt for the Truth Contest

The other day I went through my wallet. It had grown to epic proportions–it had a nearly 2-inch vertical. I decided I needed to do something about it, so I went through the wallet and pulled out all the gift cards I had accumulated over the last year. 6 of them. My wallet fits much […]


I Lived Through a Homemade Bomb That Exploded 2 Miles from My Work: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival

Today, at 11:15 am in downtown Clayton, not 2 miles west of where I work, a homemade bomb exploded in the arms of John Gillis, 69, a lawyer trying to get to his car. Mr. Gillis survived the blast, dousing himself in water from the nearby corporate pond to put out the flames. It is […]


The Solution to Poverty

Today, as anyone who’s anyone in the blogosphere knows (I just found out about this yesterday by pure chance), is/was Blog Action Day 2008. It’s a day when bloggers across the nation—bloggers who want nothing to do with one another on any other day and who foster feelings of jealously for any more successful bloggers—band […]


JoshVision: Question of the Day

QOD: When people speak of a better place or a better situation than the one they’re in, they often refer to “the land of milk and honey.” My question, or questions: Is there an actual land of milk and honey? Where is it? Why don’t people just move there? Also, why milk and honey? Why […]


The Susan G. Komen Foundation Is Taking Over the World

Disclaimer: I have the utmost respect for this organization. Breast cancer, or cancer of any kind, is not a laughing matter, and I’m so impressed by the Komen Foundation’s ability to pervade into everyday American life the way it does today. I’ve never seen fundraising like this. Let’s just put it out there in the […]


Purging

I’ve spent the last two weeks purging. I’m not sure what started it all. For quite some time now I’ve had a reminder on my desktop to go to Goodwill, and about twelve days ago I decided to finally act on it. I went through my closet, expecting to come away with a small bag […]


The Sabatical

Just wanted to drop my readers a quick note to let you know that I’m on a writing sabatical this week, so please don’t expect any blog posts. I’m focusing solely on short stories this week, and I’ve taken off work to do so. The blog will return this Sunday night.


How to Get People to Not Come to Your Party

The other day, a friend of mine brought up the bottomless party scene in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Basically, they unwittingly stumble upon a party of people (guys and girls) who are wearing bathing suit tops and shirts, but no bottoms. A bottomless party. There were a couple guys around when this […]


The Cat Toy

Ever since Caroline and Catface moved out, the kitten has been searching for a new favorite toy. It’s tough to beat a small, easy-to-scare ball of fur. The other day, I moved the couch to get a q-tip the kitten had knocked out of reach (the kitten LOVES q-tips), and I discovered a whole array […]