Archive for July, 2013

In This Corner We Have Biddy

In This Corner We Have Biddy

In this corner we have Biddy, weighing in at 18 pounds and holding his ground on the left. On the right we have Walter, all 9 pounds of him (he’s mostly hair). Watch what happens.


It’s Gonna Get Weird: Two Monitors

It's Gonna Get Weird: Two Monitors

6 years ago, I read that having two computer monitors at work increased productivity by 150%. The reason is that you spend a ton of time minimizing and maximizing windows and switching between programs, time you could save if all of that information was in front of you at all times. I vowed that I […]


The Foam Pit: Caption Contest

The Foam Pit: Caption Contest

I have a wonderful 60-something coworker named Cathy. She has a fantastic sense of humor, hence her willingness to contribute to today’s blog entry. Recently, Cathy attended her granddaughter’s birthday party at some sort of child gymnasium. One of the play areas was a giant pit filled with soft foam cubes. You swing on a […]


The Trolley Car Revisited: Duty to Your Country?

The Trolley Car Revisited: Duty to Your Country?

Last week on a blog entry about an online ethics and morals class at Harvard, I mentioned a scenario with a trolley car that I’d like to expand upon today with a poll. I will write about this from the perspective of an American, but you can insert your country wherever I talk about America. […]


At This Time Tomorrow I’ll Be Naked in Public

At This Time Tomorrow I'll Be Naked in Public

I dread public speaking. I’m not terrible at it. But I don’t enjoy it. I’m not comfortable being in the spotlight. I get flummoxed and dry-mouthed, and the days and hours leading up to it are absolutely nervewracking. I particularly don’t like public speaking with a microphone. I can’t gauge what my voice sounds like […]


Fight Club Returns

Fight Club Returns

I was going to do a “pet please” entry about this, but this is well beyond a pet please. This is like if pet please #1 (the Amazon.com smiling box) and pet please #2 (back-to-back parking spaces) had a baby together. I’m not sure what that baby would look like…maybe an Amazon box the size […]


Harvard in Your Home

Harvard in Your Home

Yesterday a friend told me about an online video series I had never heard of, and it has become an instant classic in my household. It’s called “Justice by Michael Sandel.” It’s a high-quality recording of an ethics class at Harvard. Professor Sandel is extremely articulate and engaging, and there’s a fair amount of class […]


Free Goodwill vs. Paid Goodwill: How Do You Know When to Charge for Your Advice?

Free Goodwill vs. Paid Goodwill: How Do You Know When to Charge for Your Advice?

Let me tell you a story. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you already know parts of this story, but not all of it. It does not include cats (the photo posted here that I took this morning would indicate otherwise). Over 6 years ago, I started writing a daily blog. My intention […]


Pet Please #91: Rarely Having Dessert as a Kid

Pet Please #91: Rarely Having Dessert as a Kid

When I was a kid, my siblings and I rarely got dessert. At least that’s how I remember it. At most we got a cookie after dinner, but hardly ever more than one, and I’m pretty sure there were many nights when we didn’t get dessert. The trouble was, I loved sweets. Sweets were my […]


Build a Better Diaper

Build a Better Diaper

I have cats, not kids. But someday I might want to have kids, and those kids will need to wear diapers. Fortunately, diaper technology is rapidly improving–these aren’t your grandmother’s diapers we’re talking about here (actually, they might be your grandmother’s diapers. That is a real thing). Normally diaper technology would not be on my […]


Pet Please #90: When Something Better Is Impending

Pet Please #90: When Something Better Is Impending

I’ve had my current computer for over 5 years. It’s a desktop–I like the larger screen and separation between screen, mouse, and keyboard that you lose with a laptop. It’s a solid computer, and its done me well. But it’s getting old. Everything is verrrry sloooww. If I copy and paste something–even a teensy Word […]


Senator Ends Record Filibuster on the Filibuster Decision

Senator Ends Record Filibuster on the Filibuster Decision

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – With many pressing issues like the economy, sustainable energy, health care, immigration rights, gun reform, and marriage equality on the minds of millions of Americans, the US Senate has opted instead to focus on an issue that impacts hundreds of US citizens every day: Senate filibuster rules. With his head held […]


There’s a New Risk in Town

There's a New Risk in Town

Did you play the board game Risk as a kid? If so, you probably remember it as a game that took a really long time to play…if you survived. If you were eliminated in the first 10 minutes of the game, you had to sit there and watch while everyone else played for next 5 […]


The Zoolander Syndrome and the Healing Power of Anesthesia

The Zoolander Syndrome and the Healing Power of Anesthesia

When I was young, I read a series of autobiographical books by British veterinarian James Herriot called All Creatures Great and Small. I have no idea how well-known those books are, but they were a delightful read, even for someone who wasn’t all that interested in farm animals. Herriot is a great writer, and he […]


My Top 10 Favorite Things

My Top 10 Favorite Things

Tonight I had a really fun date that involved some discussion of our top 10 favorite things. Near the end of the date, we wrote out long lists of things that make us extremely happy (we decided to leave sexual things off the lists), and we narrowed each list down to 10 items. Below is […]


Dustin Hoffman Suprises Me with an Insight About Women (and People)

Dustin Hoffman Suprises Me with an Insight About Women (and People)

The other day a video clip of Dustin Hoffman talking about the movie Tootsie went viral. At first I didn’t pay any attention to it, as I haven’t seen the movie. But I guess it reached a critical mass of people sharing it, so I took a look. I was genuinely surprised and moved by […]


5 of My Favorite Quotes

5 of My Favorite Quotes

I was interviewed tonight via Skype for an entrepreneurial blog. I love to talk about Kickstarter and Stonemaier Games, so most of my answers flowed easily. However, there was one seemingly easy question at the end that stumped me: What is your favorite quote? We ended the interview without me providing an answer, and I […]


The Shortest Wedding I’ve Ever Attended

The Shortest Wedding I've Ever Attended

On Saturday I witnessed the shortest wedding ever attended. It began promptly at 2:43 and ended at 3:00. It didn’t feel rushed, and it felt fairly personal. I think the couple only included the core elements they wanted in their wedding, for which I applaud them. I’m sure there have been much faster weddings in […]


Will People with 20/20 Vision Outlast Everyone Else Post-Apocalypse?

Will People with 20/20 Vision Outlast Everyone Else Post-Apocalypse?

Despite my best efforts to ruin my eyes by looking at a computer screen for 14+ hours a day, at 32.5 years of age, I still have 20/20 vision, if not slightly better. Yesterday I used this evolutionary marvel to spot a squirrel pooping on the sidewalk from 40 yards away. I must admit that […]


Independence Day in My Pants

Independence Day in My Pants

Last July I posted a video and blog entry about Trunk Club, a service that sends men items of clothing selected specifically for them by a stylist. You get a “trunk” of clothing in the mail for free, you pay for what you keep, and you send the rest back. I checked the video the […]


Pet Please #89: When a Standing Ovation Is Defeated

Pet Please #89: When a Standing Ovation Is Defeated

Perhaps I’m cynical, but I think 90% of all standing ovations are uncalled for. Your percentage might be different, but I’m sure you’ve encountered a scenario when the guy in front of you jolts out of his seat at the end of a performance and starts clapping way too loud. You look around at the […]


10 Ways I Rock My Relationships

10 Ways I Rock My Relationships

Yesterday I wrote a post called “10 Ways I Blew My Relationships.” A friend suggested to me that I counter it with a post about how I’ve rocked (in a good way) my relationships, and I thought it would be a nice flip side to yesterday’s entry. Perhaps you can use this entry as a […]


10 Ways I Blew My Relationships

10 Ways I Blew My Relationships

I’ve been single for a while now. My post-college dating history includes a 3.5-year relationship with a woman who moved in with me for a while, a 1-year long distance relationship….and then lots and lots of dates over the last 4 years. Recently I read a blog entry called 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage […]


Convos with My 2-Year Old

Well, not my 2-year-old. I don’t have kids. The title of this post refers to a series of short YouTube videos called “Convos with My 2-Year-Old” that are sure to brighten your day, whether or not you have kids. The full tagline for the series is: “Actual conversations with my 2 year old daughter, as […]