Archive for July, 2020

Do You Prefer Cooking Shows with Surprises or Advance Notice for the Contestants?

Do You Prefer Cooking Shows with Surprises or Advance Notice for the Contestants?

Megan and I recently tried out a cooking show called Crazy Delicious. It was a little too quirky for my tastes, but I noticed something it had in common with The Great British Bake-Off: For at least one of the challenges, the contestants knew what the challenge was in advance and could prepare for it. […]


Do You Prefer Dubbing or Subtitles for Foreign Films/Shows?

Do You Prefer Dubbing or Subtitles for Foreign Films/Shows?

It looks like we’re going with a poll theme this week! Yesterday we debated the species identification of Sebastian from The Little Mermaid (the people have spoken, and he’s a crab!), and today I have a question about how you prefer to watch foreign films and TV shows. Earlier this year, we watched the first […]


Is Sebastian from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” a Lobster or a Crab?

Is Sebastian from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" a Lobster or a Crab?

This weekend, Megan and I were discussing different types of mermaids, and naturally Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” came up. We were listing Ariel’s various friends in the movie, and I said something to the effect of, “How about the lobster, Sebastian?” Megan looked at my quizzically. “You mean Sebastian the crab?” “I’m pretty sure he’s a […]


What Type of Animal Would You Like to Attend Your Zoom Meeting?

What Type of Animal Would You Like to Attend Your Zoom Meeting?

A few months ago, I learned about an animal sanctuary called Sweet Farm that was offering a unique service during the pandemic: For a donation, you can have Sweet Farm arrange for one of their llamas to attend your Zoom meeting. From a business perspective, I though this was brilliant. The sanctuary probably saw a […]


How Are You Preventing Carpal Tunnel?

Recently I started to experience an odd numbness in my right thumb, palm, and wrist. I monitored it for a few days, and as the numbness persisted, it was clear that the symptoms matched with those of carpal tunnel syndrome. I’m actually surprised (and lucky) that this is the first time I’ve felt such symptoms, […]


Have You Ever Tried a Mud Mask?

Have You Ever Tried a Mud Mask?

Last year when Megan and I visited New Zealand, we stopped in an area called Rotorua that is famous for its mud pools and geysers. While perusing the gift shop, we noticed a mud mask face peel ointment that used the local mud to replenish and refresh skin, so we bought a small bottle to […]


Could Election by Lottery Work?

I just finished listening to a fascinating episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, and I wanted to share it and get your thoughts. The episode is about the democratic electoral process. Gladwell doesn’t directly comment on higher-level politics; instead, he focuses on student body elections (and a little bit about NIH grant proposals) following an experiment […]


Have You Watched “Palm Springs”? (My Thoughts)

Have You Watched "Palm Springs"? (My Thoughts)

Earlier this year, I heard about a time loop romantic comedy film starring and produced by Andy Samberg (SNL, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). I was immediately sold, and I marked the date on my calendar to get Hulu. Megan and I watched Palm Springs this past weekend, and it’s quite possibly my favorite movie of 2020 so […]


My Thoughts on the Upcoming Name Change for the Washington Redskins

My Thoughts on the Upcoming Name Change for the Washington Redskins

This morning, the Washington Redskins announced that they will be changing their team name, which had been in place for 87 years. I grew up in Virginia, just 2 hours south of Washington DC. Most of my extended family lives in Northern Virginia, and many of them have rooted for the Redskins for a long […]


Have You Played Pickleball?

Have You Played Pickleball?

This past weekend in Kansas City, my girlfriend’s mother invited us to play a game of pickleball with her. I had some vague recollections about the game from high school gym class (which we played on tennis courts), but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the local park had nice, real pickleball courts. 8 […]


Have You Played Disc Golf?

Have You Played Disc Golf?

I don’t think I quite realized how much I’ve missed playing sports during the pandemic until this past weekend. Over the last year, my main sport activity has been indoor rock climbing (in addition to daily exercise)–it isn’t competitive, but it’s a physical puzzle with a series of challenges and ways to improve. However, when […]


What Do You Think of the Hamilton Musical?

What Do You Think of the Hamilton Musical?

I watched the Hamilton musical on Disney+ this weekend, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. My surprise wasn’t indicative of the musical itself; in fact, I had rather high expectations for it. Rather, it’s rare that a musical can keep my attention for more than one or two dance numbers. But […]


Have You Read the New Hunger Games Book? (My Thoughts)

Have You Read the New Hunger Games Book? (My Thoughts)

I have a confession: When I heard there was a new Hunger Games books in the works, I was intrigued at best, but not excited. Part of it was timing–I’m trying to read through the Wheel of Time series this year. The bigger part, though, was that I liked each of the original books less […]