Archive for September, 2011

The Student Stock Market

The Student Stock Market

I’m thinking this is a win-win proposition: Why can’t we invest in individuals in the same way we invest in companies in the stock market? I’ve been toying with this idea for a few days now, and a comment on yesterday’s blog post made me want to write about it today. The comment mentioned a […]


Why Wouldn’t You Give? Part 3

Why Wouldn't You Give? Part 3

Okay, one more post about this, then I’ll go back to talking about cats, pet peeves, and how oxygen masks should be available in every workplace. How does reciprocation affect your decision to give or not to give? When you give to someone’s 5k for the cure, do  you expect for them to return the favor in […]


Why Wouldn’t You Give? Part 2

Why Wouldn't You Give? Part 2

In an age when we’re often solicited by our friends to support their causes through social media and e-mail, not to mention all the random charities that solicit us by snail mail, we have to pick and choose if and how we engage in philanthropy. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of creating personal guidelines […]


Why Wouldn’t You Give? Part 1

Why Wouldn't You Give? Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot about charitable giving lately. Partially because I’m just a few days away from a fundraiser that I’ve spent the last 5 months working on. And partially because I think about random things at random times. Actually, think it started with a few people who asked me to contribute to their […]


Two Brilliant Websites for Photos

Two Brilliant Websites for Photos

Do you ever come across a brilliant, funny, or insightful photo online, and you want to share it with others? I often use Facebook for this, but there is a website called Pinterest that is much better for discovering, sharing, and perusing random photos and pictures. A number of the photos on this site tell […]


Letters from Netflix and Solutions by Jameyflix

Letters from Netflix and Solutions by Jameyflix

A few months ago, all 25 million Netflix subscribers got a notice saying that in the near future, Netflix would be raising its DVD + streaming video service by 60%. Users could avoid the price hike by choosing to receive only DVDs or only streaming video, but if they wanted both (as they had become […]


What’s Your Replay?

What's Your Replay?

I just finished the first book in a long time that I simply could not put down: Replay, by Ken Grimwood. Seriously, I’ve stayed up way too late the last few nights reading this book, and I just finished it. I’ll tell you what happens in the first 30 pages of the book so this […]


A Box That Is Also a Box

A Box That Is Also a Box

Besides grocery shopping, I do almost all of my shopping online. So I receive a lot of boxes. Boxes that often feel way too big for their contents–a waste of cardboard. The other day I checked my mail and discovered that I had received my reward for backing a Kickstarter project for a company called […]


How to Get a Man to Listen Instead of Try to Solve Your Problem

How to Get a Man to Listen Instead of Try to Solve Your Problem

Sometimes I hear something (wow, this sentence started off weak) over and over again until I reach a tipping point of consciousness and decide I need to write about it. Today I have one of those things. Women Who Date Men, answer me this: Have you ever needed to vent about something to your boyfriend, […]


Contrivance #6: Public Fountains

Contrivance #6: Public Fountains

A few months ago, I got a text from a friend in my neighborhood. “Bob and I are going to splash around in the public fountain. U in?” she wrote. I texted back. “I wouldn’t step foot in those syringe-filled waters if you paid me.” Obviously there probably aren’t fresh needles festering in the fountain […]


8 Fall Movies to Get Excited About

8 Fall Movies to Get Excited About

Drive (Sept. 16): I don’t think I’ve seen a movie look this cool in a long time. Real Steel (Oct. 7): I’m a sucker for robots fighting each other. Tower Heist (Nov. 4): I’m also a sucker for a big heist film ala Ocean’s 11. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Nov. 4): Name […]


The Top 5 iPhone Games of All Time

The Top 5 iPhone Games of All Time

Okay, I know this post won’t apply to everyone, but with the new iPhone 5 coming out soon, hopefully it’ll apply to many of you. First, a preamble: I love games. Especially board games. I’m not much into hard-core video games, though. I don’t play World of Warcraft or Halo, and I don’t own any […]


Contrivance #5: Men Talking Nose-to-Nose

Contrivance #5: Men Talking Nose-to-Nose

Take a second to think about your last face-to-face interaction with a human being. How far away was your face from their face? Five feet? Seven feet? If you lived in the movies, your face would have been less than a foot from your conversation partner. If it was a heated discussion, your noses may […]


Netflix to Buy US Postal Service

Netflix to Buy US Postal Service

LOS GATOS, California (AP) – In a long-overdue move on Monday, Netflix announced that it would purchase the US Postal Service for $6 billion cash and unlimited movie rentals for a year. Tech bloggers are calling the highly-touted new service “Netflix for mail.” Despite widespread speculation that the move would drastically change the USPS’s core […]


Entourage Ends

Entourage Ends

The HBO dramedy Entourage ended tonight with a short but sweet series finale. I won’t go into details about what happened, but I will say that everyone grows up in different ways. I’ve been watching the show on and off for 7 years, many of those years with a few good friends when they used […]


Pet Please #58: Holding Hands for the First Time

Pet Please #58: Holding Hands for the First Time

I don’t get nervous for first dates anymore. It just doesn’t happen. Most of the time I get excited to meet someone new, but nervous? Nah. I simply follow my own recommendations for a good first date and do it. However, there is one key area of dating for which I still get nervous. And […]


Contrivance #4: Before the Plane Departs

Contrivance #4: Before the Plane Departs

Warning: I’m going to stomp on sacred ground in a few paragraphs. That’s right. I’m going to badmouth Friends. But before I get there, let’s talk about Garden State and She’s Out of My League and any movie where the protagonist makes a last-second dash to the airport to tell the girl he loves her. […]


How Do You Like to Be Rejected?

How Do You Like to Be Rejected?

Sites like Match.com and OkCupid thrive on success stories, of which there are plenty. But really, for every couple that meets on Match, there are dozens–if not hundreds–of ignored emails and outright rejections. Online dating way more about rejection than acceptance. Which, in a way, is great. No one likes being rejected, but if you […]


3 Must-See Websites for Readers and Writers

3 Must-See Websites for Readers and Writers

Amazon Kindle Daily Deals: For quite some time, I’ve wondered why there’s no daily deals site specifically for books. With eBooks, it would be so incredibly easy to discount a book for a day and even cap it at a certain number of buyers if you won’t. However, I’m glad I didn’t pursue the idea […]


Best Blog Comments for August 2011

Best Blog Comments for August 2011

The single most important goal of this blog is to generate conversation. You all are the ones who make that happen. I love reading and responding to comments on the blog, even if you don’t agree with what I’m saying. And you often make me laugh out loud. With that in mind, I’m going to […]


Leadership Tactic #63: Group Grunt Work

Leadership Tactic #63: Group Grunt Work

A few weeks ago, I organized an invitation stuffing party at work. “Party” is a somewhat deceptive word, as it’s actually a finely tuned assembly line of volunteers doing mindless work and chatting while doing so. My goal every year is to stuff the 4,000 invitations faster than the previous year. This year we crushed […]