Archive for July, 2019

Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

Does the Summer Heat Impact You Differently as an Adult?

I’m starting to think that my body works differently now than when I was younger… Yesterday I mentioned that I went on a hike at Cliff Cave Park and saw some amazing birds. What I didn’t say is that–as great of a day as it was–it ended with a piercing migraine. Here’s what happened: We […]


Have You Met Your Favorite Bird?

Have You Met Your Favorite Bird?

When I was a kid, all of my favorite animals were fast. I wasn’t as enamored by the biggest, the oldest, or the most beautiful. I was drawn towards speed. That’s why the peregrine falcon instantly became my favorite bird when I learned that it could dive at upwards of 270 miles per hour. That’s […]


How Do You Prefer for Restaurants to Deal with Your Leftovers?

How Do You Prefer for Restaurants to Deal with Your Leftovers?

In Kansas City this past weekend, we ate out at a number of great restaurants, including Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, Urban Table, Blue Koi, Sushi Uni, and Minsky’s Pizza. After almost every delicious meal, we had some food leftover (some combination of us wanting to try a lot of different dishes and the serving sizes […]


Pet Peeve #71: Realizing You Do Your Own Pet Peeve

I recently had my weekly phone call with my parents, and we talked a little about my girlfriend. I could feel myself cringing a bit through the conversation, eager to change the topic. It wasn’t anything about Megan; rather, this is how I’ve always been with my parents and romantic relationships. Afterwards, I thought about […]


I’m Slytherin, and I’m Proud of It

I'm Slytherin, and I'm Proud of It

Years ago I took the Harry Potter sorting hat quiz, and I turned out to be a Hufflepuff. That result didn’t feel right to me at the time, and my doubt was solidified after I learned that the defining trait of Hufflepuffs is loyalty. I’m a loyal friend, but not loyal to a fault, nor […]


Would You Work in an Office 30 Meters Underground?

Would You Work in an Office 30 Meters Underground?

Kansas City has a massive cave system under the metropolitan area that houses businesses, storage facilities, server farms, and even a climbing gym. I had absolutely no idea this type of place existed until a recent trip to KC with my girlfriend. I don’t actually know exactly how deep the caves are, but there are […]


Have You Seen the HBO Show “Euphoria”?

Have You Seen the HBO Show "Euphoria"?

Euphoria has some of the best cinematography I’ve ever seen in a television show. I’ll back up a bit. I’d heard about this new HBO show, but from what little I knew, I just wasn’t interested in watching teenagers get high for hour-long episodes. Also, I make a game called Euphoria (which is entirely irrelevant, […]


3 Fun Videos I Liked on YouTube Recently

In case you missed these recent YouTube videos, here are a few that made me smile, laugh, and/or think recently: Kumail Nanjiani Can’t Make It to Conan A few days ago, actor Kumail Nanjiana was scheduled to appear on the late-night show Conan, but something came up on the set of Silicon Valley that prevented […]


Do You Take Photos of Your Food?

Do You Take Photos of Your Food?

I’m way late to this news, but I recently learned that a few studies have shown that taking photos of your food before you eat it may actually improve its taste. I wouldn’t say I’m a big food photographer. Definitely not every meal. But when I eat something special–whether it’s something I cook or at […]


Have You Watched “AlphaGo”?

Have You Watched "AlphaGo"?

I’m not sure how I heard about this documentary; I’m guessing someone recommended it to me and I stuck it on my Netflix list. I’m glad I did, because I recently watched it, and it was utterly fascinating. The core concept shown in the movie is how a company called DeepMind created an AI for […]


Would You Wear Clothing Made of Dog or Cat Hair?

Would You Wear Clothing Made of Dog or Cat Hair?

A few days ago on Instagram, I posted this photo of my long-haired cat, Walter: That’s just from brushing one side of his belly for a few minutes (he hasn’t been grooming his sides as well as he should). I was surprised by the amount of fur and how nice and soft it was. Alert […]


What’s Your Current Health Regimen?

What's Your Current Health Regimen?

I’ve talked about health a few times on this blog in the past, though in hindsight I don’t think the timing was ideal. My pattern is that I’d hear about a new-to-me health regimen, I’d get all excited about trying it and proceed to write about it…and then I wouldn’t follow through. Perhaps you can […]


What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Far From Home?

What Did You Think of Spider-Man: Far From Home?

I’ll start with my non-spoiler thoughts, and then I’ll make it clear when I get spoilery. Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes, so I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a long time. I avoided all trailers and information about it (which, as usual, proved to be a good idea–there are way too […]


My Live-Action Little Mermaid Casting Concern

My Live-Action Little Mermaid Casting Concern

Disney is planning a live-action remake of the animated classic film, The Little Mermaid, and they recently announced the actress for the leading role: singer Halle Bailey. I’m not familiar with Bailey’s music, but from the articles I’ve read about her, she seems talented, vibrant, and beautiful. However, I have one major concern in relation […]


What Did You Think About the Amazon Episode of Last Week Tonight?

The recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has been on my mind a lot over the last few days, so I’m going to share some thoughts, and I’m interested in hearing yours. The segment is about fulfillment centers, specifically those owned and operated by Amazon. Employees at these centers each have a […]


Movie Trope: Secretly Buying All the Things

Movie Trope: Secretly Buying All the Things

There’s a movie trope that’s been around for a while, but it just recently occurred to me while watching Always Be My Maybe. (SPOILER WARNING) In the movie, there’s a pretty big income disparity between Ali Wong’s character and Randall Park’s character. But things start to look up for Park after he takes over the […]