Archive for November, 2018

I Recommend Facebook Recommendations

I Recommend Facebook Recommendations

A few days ago, I tried something for the first time: I posted a Facebook recommendation request. I’m in awe of how well it worked. I’m heading to Los Angeles for a few days in mid-December. I’m mainly there for the Survivor finale, but I have a little bit of free time. So I opened […]


3 Amazing Science Fiction Novels

3 Amazing Science Fiction Novels

I’m on a hot streak of fantastic science-fiction novels, and I wanted to share them with you. The first is from Brandon Sanderson, who I think might be the best speculative fiction writer working today. And man does he work…every year he has a new book, sometimes more than one. His most recent novel is […]


What’s Your Wisdom Tooth Story?

What's Your Wisdom Tooth Story?

On Wednesday, a good friend is getting her wisdom teeth removed. She’s in her 30s, so she’s had her wisdom teeth for much longer than most people I know, but it’s time to get them out. She’s pretty nervous about it, so I thought I’d share my brief wisdom tooth story and invite you to […]


Did You Watch Any New Movies This Weekend?

Did You Watch Any New Movies This Weekend?

In my opinion, it’s been a great season for movies. Heck, it was a great week for movies. All at once, there were 4 movies released to theaters that I really wanted to see. So I did. 3 of them, at least (Ralph Breaks the Internet is the lone exception). Here are my thoughts: Widows (4.5/5): I […]


Will You Buy Anything on Black Friday?

Will You Buy Anything on Black Friday?

Happy Thanksgiving! If you celebrated the holiday, I hope you had a wonderful day. I attended my traditional friends Thanksgiving and had a great meal, then I went to see Creed 2 with a different friend (I really enjoyed it). Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving for me is just like any other day. While I […]


Have You Seen This Stunning Trailer?

Have You Seen This Stunning Trailer?

I watched a trailer for a documentary today that nearly brought me to tears. Honestly, I’ve probably had that happen before. But this was different, because it wasn’t the content that moved me in this trailer–rather, it was the format. Before I continue, try to picture in your mind what life looked like during the first World War, […]


What’s the Most Dangerous Activity You Participate in?

What's the Most Dangerous Activity You Participate in?

I was reading through my high school alumni newsletter today, and I noticed a really interesting company started by a fellow alum (albeit somehow who graduated years after me–I don’t know them). It’s called Buddy, and it’s an insurance company that offers accident coverage. Here’s how they describe themselves: Buddy is an insurance agency built […]


What Did You Think of “Widows”?

What Did You Think of "Widows"?

My expectations for the new movie, Widows, were pretty high…and they were vastly exceeded. I’ll keep the first part of this post completely spoiler free. Basically, if you enjoy heist movies, The Wire, compelling characters, and/or superbly directed and acted films, I highly recommend Widows. The one caveat is that there are moments of violence in this […]


Better Call Saul: The Questions

Better Call Saul: The Questions

I recently finished watching the latest season of Better Call Saul, the prequel to Breaking Bad. Personally, I think it’s one of the best–if not the best–drama on TV right now. The characters are interesting, the plot keeps me guessing, it’s funny at the right times, and I love watching a good, fictional con. Plus, […]


What Do Animals Say in Your Language?

What Do Animals Say in Your Language?

This random topic came up the other day. I’m not sure why I thought of it, but I remembered from my days in Japan that onomatopoeia varies for different languages. There’s a ton of it in Japanese–like, the word for the sound that rain makes, the wind blowing, etc. My favorites were the animal sounds, […]


This Clever Twist Might Actually Make Jetpacks a Thing

One of my lifelong dreams is to see jetpacks become widely available and even commonplace (and, of course, for me to use or even own one). This might at least partially stem from my adoration of Iron Man. So I was really excited to see a watch a new video about the latest developments from […]


How Did Stan Lee Impact You?

How Did Stan Lee Impact You?

Today bore the sad news that Stan Lee, icon and former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, passed away at age 95. I had to catch my breath after hearing the news, a reaction I didn’t expect. I think in some way we all knew this was coming. In fact, earlier this year, Stan Lee filmed a […]


The Veterans in My Family

The Veterans in My Family

Today is Veteran’s Day in the US, so I wanted to take a moment to honor the various veterans in my family who have served this country and hopefully made the world a better, safer place. My grandfather on my father’s side was in the Army Corps of Engineers, serving in China building bridges. As […]


Would You Eat a Cricket Cookie?

Would You Eat a Cricket Cookie?

I’ve eaten grasshopper tacos, cricket protein bars, and cricket chips…now it’s time for cricket cookies. Why am I doing this to myself? I’m interested in more sustainable forms of protein. Insects aren’t commonly used for that in the US, but I think they might become more prevalent. I’ve backed several insect-related Kickstarter projects, and the […]


Why Is There Such a Deep Political Divide Between Rural and Urban Areas?

Why Is There Such a Deep Political Divide Between Rural and Urban Areas?

As I watched the US midterm election results role in yesterday and today, one observation struck me more than anything. I’ve noticed it before, but I’ve always thought, “Oh, that’s just the way it is.” This time was different–it occurred to me that such an answer isn’t enough. I want to understand. Why is there […]


What Would You Talk About as a TED Talker?

There was a time when I fancied the idea of being a TED talker. I’ve watched dozens of TED talks (videos, not live), and quite a few of them have inspired me. It’s how I learned about Simon Sinek, Daniel Pink, and Dan Ariely. I’m not sure what I would talk about or if I […]


My Favorite SNL Sketches This Week

Jonah Hill was the guest host on Saturday Night Live this week, and I thought it was a solid episode with some of the best material featured in the monologue and Weekend Update. However, there were two sketches that really made me laugh, so I thought I’d share them with you. The first makes a […]


Is It Better to Eat Your Least Healthy Meal for Lunch or Dinner?

Is It Better to Eat Your Least Healthy Meal for Lunch or Dinner?

This weekend I bought a lot of edible seeds. I’ve slowly but surely been trying to make my diet healthier over the 6-12 months. Fewer carbs, V8, and fruit instead of fruit juice have joined the other parts of my regular diet that were already healthy: fish, chicken, spinach, and oatmeal. But I want to […]


I Admire Actors Who Train

Okay, this is really cool. There’s a new Robin Hood movie in the works, and apparently the star of the movie, Taron Egerton, decided to learn how to shoot arrows really, really well. It’s probably unnecessary, but I admire and respect the devotion to his craft. Watch this and tell me you’re not impressed (especially the […]