Archive for June, 2011

4 Reasons Why You Should Support This Kickstarter Campaign

4 Reasons Why You Should Support This Kickstarter Campaign

A month ago, my little publishing startup, Blank Slate Press, launched a Kickstarter campaign to support our 2012 author selection. Since then, we’ve decided to add one specific author to our docket (we sent him the contract today), and perhaps one other author later in the year (she’s doing a significant rewrite on her novel […]


5 Things That Fascinate Me

5 Things That Fascinate Me

Naked parties. Or naked bike rides, for that matter. Do adults have these, or are they a college thing? Don’t you spend the whole time looking at other people’s private parts? Is it really not sexual at all, like they say? Ghostly encounters. Could ghosts actually be real? Have you ever seen or sensed a […]


6 Pet Peeves That You’re Not Going to Like

6 Pet Peeves That You're Not Going to Like

I expect to get some flack for this one, so bring it. These things peeve me. If they don’t peeve you, tell me why. 28. Out of shape people who don’t take the stairs. (Or park in the farthest parking spot every time they go to the grocery store. Jared didn’t lose weight by driving […]


7 Random Road Trip Tips and Thoughts

7 Random Road Trip Tips and Thoughts

Back during a time when I was making many road trips for my first–and last–long-distance relationship, I wrote an entry about how I’d pimp my ride for long trips if I could. Today I have a few follow-up tips and thoughts for long road trips, particularly those for which you’re alone for 10+ hours. Crunchy […]


The 15 Workplace Love Languages

The 15 Workplace Love Languages

A year and a half ago, I wrote about the five love languages. I mostly talked about how they can be applied to improve romantic, familial, and friend relationships, but I briefly touched on how they can be effective at the workplace. Last week, I realized that I could expand upon that idea by polling […]


When Was the Last Time You Asked a Really Good Question?

When Was the Last Time You Asked a Really Good Question?

I think the world is missing people who ask good questions. I’ve been away from the blog the past few days (and last week) at a family reunion and a separate soccer tournament back in Virginia. It was a good trip, one that involved some quality soccer with old teammates (some of whom were much […]


Pet Please #53: Microwaves

Pet Please #53: Microwaves

Specifically, this: You put a plate of leftovers–let’s say rice and salmon–into the microwave. Then you have what is really a very minor choice: How long do you wish to cook this food? There’s no real difference between 1 minute or 1:11 or 1:23, and yet we carefully choose our cook time to the very […]


Pet Peeve #27: Microwaves

Pet Peeve #27: Microwaves

Specifically, this: You microwave leftovers–let’s say spaghetti–for what seems like more than enough time. While it’s cooking, you set the coffee table with your milk, your diluted juice, your baby spinach salad (keeping one eye on it so Biddy doesn’t steal a leaf). Then you pull the steaming hot plate out of the oven. You […]


Do First Impressions Matter?

Do First Impressions Matter?

Women of the world, picture this scenario: You go on a first date with a guy. (I am not this guy. This is a hypothetical guy. Think of the last guy you went on a date with who you didn’t ask for a second date. Okay, maybe I’m that guy.) He’s nice, funny, smart. He’s […]


Management Tactic #58: A Modest Proposal

Management Tactic #58: A Modest Proposal

I have a proposal for maximizing efficiency and productivity. I would suggest that all workplaces enact this policy, effective immediately. The average American worker spends 27 minutes in the bathroom a day (Stegmaier 2011). Not only are workers moving bowels and excreting liquids, they are washing hands, examining blemishes in the mirror, and adjusting their […]


Prisoner’s Dilemma Deal of the Day

Prisoner's Dilemma Deal of the Day

I love how games are creeping slowly into our daily lives. Sure, they’ve been around for a while in the form of airline miles and happy hours and coupons. But now we have games like Foursquare, Groupon, and Living Social that many of us play every day, even if for a few seconds when we […]


Pet Please #52: When a Single Kick Fixes a Machine

Pet Please #52: When a Single Kick Fixes a Machine

Today was a rough day for my facility. The washing machine was leaking. A wall was dripping wet. A bathtub was losing water. The copier broke. Several recently installed electrical outlets were discovered to be in the wrong place. The sound system repair guy didn’t show up on schedule. The roof needs repairs. An old […]


Clean Plate Club to Close Memberships

Clean Plate Club to Close Memberships

EVANSTON, Illinois (AP) – In a long-expected announcement on Wednesday night after dinner, the Clean Plate Club officially closed memberships for what officials called “the foreseeable future.” The CPC, established in 1780 as a way for frustrated parents to incentivize their children to eat everything on their plate, has a membership of over 3 billion. […]


Management Tactic #57: The Marshmallow Challenge

Management Tactic #57: The Marshmallow Challenge

About a year ago, I watched a TED talk online about something called “The Marshmallow Challenge.” I was fascinated by this deceptively simple teambuilding exercise and the lessons it provided to groups, companies, and leaders. So today I tried it at my work. My organization isn’t huge, so we had seven participants divided into three […]


Confession #16: A Loaded Question

Confession #16: A Loaded Question

Today I experienced a first on Match.com: A 62-year-old woman from Montana e-mailed me with the following message: I just sent a reply to a gentleman in LasVegas and when I hit the send button, your profile was displayed in the “others like so & so”….and I just had to make a comment. WHAT on […]


Super 8: How Early Should You Reveal the Monster?

Super 8: How Early Should You Reveal the Monster?

I had the pleasure of seeing a sneak preview of J. J. Abrams’ movie Super 8 this weekend. This is a completely spoiler-free blog entry that touches on that movie a little bit. In monster movies, how early should you reveal the monster? Just to get you in the mindset of monster movies, here are […]


Pet Peeve #26: Vastly Underestimating the Number of Groceries

Pet Peeve #26: Vastly Underestimating the Number of Groceries

I probably do this on half my trips to the grocery store: I walk in with my grocery list on my iPhone, ready for a quick jaunt through the store. I grab a basket, thinking I only have a few items to buy. 20 minutes later, I’m stumbling through the store with a 40-pound basket […]


The Results Are In: I’m a Cyborg

The Results Are In: I'm a Cyborg

If you’re ever wondering if you’re a human or a cyborg, a simple test is to record yourself talking directly to a camera. If you come across as relaxed and friendly, you’re human. If you’re stiff and stilted, you’re probably a cyborg. I’m a cyborg. The proof is in my publishing company’s first Kickstarter campaign. […]


“We Should Open a Bar” Bar

"We Should Open a Bar" Bar

Here’s a terrible idea. Every once in a while on one of my favorite shows, How I Met Your Mother, the gang blurts out in unison, “We should open a bar!” The running joke is that every fretful 20-something has a moment when they want to do something cool for once, and naturally the answer […]