Archive for June, 2013

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me

I have a bias in favor of quick-witted people: I tend to think if you’re quick-witted, you are extremely intelligent. Your brain works faster than the average brain to turn knowledge into humor. If that theory is true, tonight I got to listen to some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. I was […]


My Greatest Fear #43: My Greatest Childhood Fear

My Greatest Fear #43: My Greatest Childhood Fear

Today I saw Monsters University, which was WAY better than World War Z and not quite as good as Monsters Inc (which is probably my second favorite Pixar movie after The Incredibles). Unlike the original, it delves much deeper into how different children are afraid of different things, and sometimes those things can be very […]


How Do You Reverse the Effects of WD-40?

How Do You Reverse the Effects of WD-40?

Ever since I first heard about WD-40, I considered it a cure-all. Squirt it on a squeaky hinge and the squeak goes away. Spray it onto an old bike and suddenly it rides like a new bike. Toss it into your salad and it’s twice as delicious. Got an eyelash in your eye? Put a […]


Pet Please #88: When Your Website Is Live Again

Pet Please #88: When Your Website Is Live Again

Bloggers, you know the feeling all too well. The buildup of tension, of anticipation. The growing desire–and then need–for something more. You’ve waited so long for this moment, and you can feel it finally coming. You don’t know exactly when, but you can barely hold on any longer. It can’t happen soon enough. I’m talking, […]


The Convention Convention

The Convention Convention

Are there conventions for people who run conventions? Convention conventions? Con-Cons? Or are Con-Cons attended by con men? For the longest time, I’ve been really hesitant to go to a convention. I’m an introvert, so the idea of walking into a room of thousands of strangers makes me cringe. Also, I didn’t quite understand the […]


Pet Peeve #49: Unrequested Debit Card Renewals

Pet Peeve #49: Unrequested Debit Card Renewals

I have a few debit cards and a few credit cards. For the sake of brevity, I’ll use the term “debit card” in this entry, but I’m referring to both. Every now and then, a debit card company will send me a new card. The letter enclosed with the card always has the same feel […]


When Cats Fail You

When Cats Fail You

Yesterday I wrote about how happy I was that I have cats, not kids (or McDonald’s). Today Biddy reminded me that cats aren’t always perfect. I just got home a few minutes ago. I scratched Walter, gave Biddy some treats, and started slipping into something more comfortable (for me, not the cats). Meanwhile, Biddy jumped […]


Two Reminders That I’m Really Happy with the Status Quo

Two Reminders That I'm Really Happy with the Status Quo

Do you ever need to do something every now and then to remember why you don’t do it on a regular basis? Tonight was one of those nights. A friend, Nick, was in town with his wife, so they met up with me and our mutual friends, Trev and his wife. Nick has two little […]


The Father’s New Roles

The Father's New Roles

(That title is supposed to be a play on “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” but it really has nothing to do with that fable. Or does it…) This year brought several firsts to my dad for Father’s Day: For the first time on Father’s Day, my dad is a grandfather and a father-in-law. You see, my […]


The Trendiest Bar in the World

The Trendiest Bar in the World

Today’s guest post is brought to you by my best friend, Trevor, who recently visited the trendiest bar in the world. Last week I had a chance to visit San Diego for the first time. I was there for a conference, but I also got to take in what the city had to offer, particularly […]


Seeking a Pet at the End of the World

Seeking a Pet at the End of the World

Tonight during dinner I started watching a movie called “Seeking a Friend at the End of the World.” It stars Michael Scott and Kiera Knightly, and it’s basically about the end of the world. There are asteroids headed for earth, and everyone is responding to their inevitable doom in different ways. Most of the ways […]


Chivalry Isn’t Dead

Chivalry Isn't Dead

Today I’d like to invite you to do something chivalrous. Whether you’re a man or a woman, do something that puts someone else before you. This morning I went to the post office. As I always do, I walked over to get a ticket as soon as I got there. I was #91, and there […]


Pet Please #87: When You Get Your Username and Password Right on the First Try on a Website You Haven’t Visited in Years

A few years ago I tried to sell my condo. I had a real estate agent, but I also put a listing on craiglist and on Zillow. Zillow has this “make me move” price feature that allows homeowners to post their overinflated self-valuation, which, in real dollars, typically falls somewhere between “houses that James Bond […]


Bloggiversary 2013

Bloggiversary 2013

Today marks the anniversary of my first blog entry back in 2007. It was a short entry on LiveJournal that simply said, “I’m not sure how often I’ll use this LiveJournal platform, but it’s an interesting form of media I might explore. I’m basically just posting this to see what my journal will look like.” […]


My First IAmA

My First IAmA

Let’s start with what an IAmA is. Actually, no, let’s start with Reddit. Reddit, as I understand it, is a massive online forum. One type of forum you can create on Reddit is called an “IAmA” (I am a…) that allows you to share a unique aspect about yourself that people might find interesting, and […]