Posts Tagged ‘debate’

The Rothfuss Airplane Dilemma

The Rothfuss Airplane Dilemma

On last week’s episode of the Untitled Rothfuss podcast, The Name of the Wind author Patrick Rothfuss told a really interesting story about a hard drive and an airplane. I’ll summarize it here so I can get to the dissection of what is a really interested moral dilemma, but I recommend checking out the podcast if […]


Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

Is It OK for You to Bring Your Own Dessert (Not Birthday Cake) to a Restaurant and Eat It at the Table?

A friend of mine who owns a restaurant posted this question on Facebook yesterday. I don’t know the full context of it, but I was fascinated that it was even a question, because the answer to me is so clearly “no.” However, my guess is that my friend has seen guests do this at his […]


The Mystery of the Poop in the Hallway

The Mystery of the Poop in the Hallway

The following events are 100% true. They occurred on the evening of February 4, 2015 in the hallway outside of my condo unit. 10:09 pm: My friends are leaving my place following game night when one of them says, “What is that?” Someone else (identify unconfirmed) says, “Jamey, a dog pooped in the hallway.” 10:10 pm: […]


The Curious Case of the Dentist and the Popcorn

I’m in a quandary. Two quandaries, really. The first involves my dentist; specifically, my hygienist. I’ve been going to the same dentist for about 8 years now, and I consider it a pleasant experience because my hygienist (Sherry) is so awesome. She doesn’t plow through my mouth during cleanings–she’s gentle, quick, and says nice things […]


The Vote About the Vote

In the US, Tuesday was election day. In the worst turnout in almost four decades, only 44% of eligible voters actually voted. This is bad. It compares, for example, to the over 66% of voters in India who showed up for their national election back in May. What good is a democracy if people don’t […]


Is It Helpful for Introverts to Be Forced to Talk in Class?

Is It Helpful for Introverts to Be Forced to Talk in Class?

Recently an article on GeekDad cued me in to a debate about whether or not introverted or shy (two different things) students should be forced to talk in class. The author of the GeekDad article, Jenny Williams, shared the following personal note: I learn best when I can observe for a while, and then try […]


Should the Redskins Change Their Name?

Should the Redskins Change Their Name?

When I was growing up (and still to this day), my entire extended family were Washington Redskins fans. Big fans. Everyone follows the team as closely as possible, and they went to a lot of games. I personally root for the 49ers, but I’m always happy to see the Redskins do well. Recently, though, it […]


Should Humans Base Our Sleep Schedule on Daylight?

Should Humans Base Our Sleep Schedule on Daylight?

As with most things in my life, it started with cats. About a month ago, Biddy went on a wet-food diet. He loves wet food, and I’m pretty sure he would eat it non-stop if there were a machine that constantly fed him wet food. He wants that machine to be me. Even though Biddy is far […]


What If the British Had Won?

What If the British Had Won?

A few days ago, alert reader John sent me a very clever Newcastle commercial that poses the question, “What if the British had won the Revolutionary War?” (As I’m writing that, I’m realizing that I have no idea what the British call that war. Surely not the same name, right?) The commercial posits that if […]


Does Chewing Gum Make You More Likable?

Does Chewing Gum Make You More Likable?

A video that recently went viral on YouTube has me a bit stumped. In the video (which you may have seen months ago–the time stamp is November 2013–but it recently got attention as one of the best commercials of 2013), identical twins sit in front of a random person. The random person wears headphones that asks […]


Should You Deposit the Check?

Should You Deposit the Check?

I’m sure you’ve seen this: Every now and then, a big company gets sued, and as part of the class-action settlement, they send all of their customers a check for their portion of the settlement. Last week I got two of these checks. The first was from Toyota (about $125) and the second was from […]


Internal Debate: Saving the Environment vs Scooping the Poop

Internal Debate: Saving the Environment vs Scooping the Poop

I have a confession. In the past on this blog, I’ve lauded the fact that I use canvas grocery bags. I may have claimed that I single-handedly saved the environment several times because of that. It is true that I’ve used canvas grocery bags for many years. Not only are they good for the environment, […]


Gandalf vs. Magneto: Who Would Win in a Fight?

Gandalf vs. Magneto: Who Would Win in a Fight?

I’m super excited to see The Hobbit (part 2 of 14, I think) this weekend. The other day I saw Sir Ian McKellen on The Daily Show, and as he and Jon Stewart were talking about something, my mind drifted to the age-old question about the two movie roles McKellen plays: Who would win in […]


Was Naming the Mountain “Mount Doom” a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Was Naming the Mountain "Mount Doom" a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

I’m no expert in mountain-naming, but it seems to me that the person or creature who chose the name “Mount Doom” had to know he was creating trouble for future generations. Imagine yourself sitting around a council chamber among all the other cartographers of the land. You’ve been using all the different languages of Middle […]


Which Is Better: Drive-Thru or Delivery?

Which Is Better: Drive-Thru or Delivery?

Before you jump to the poll at the bottom of this post, let me explain exactly what I’m asking for here. Actually, let me start with what I’m not asking: Specifically, I’m not asking which type of food is better. I think we can safely agree that the vast majority of all food you get in a […]


Shirts Tucked Into Jeans: Are We Really Doing This?

Shirts Tucked Into Jeans: Are We Really Doing This?

Luckily for me, at both of my post-collegiate jobs, the dress code has been very relaxed. Jeans are acceptable, if not the norm. In fact, at my currently job, many of my coworkers wear shorts and t-shirts on a daily basis. I actually like dressing up–I like the look and feel of dress pants and […]


Cohabitation Before Marriage: Yes or No?

Cohabitation Before Marriage: Yes or No?

This is pretty much the most random entry ever. I was about to write a different blog post when I procrastinated by checking Facebook, where I saw that someone had posted a funny comic from The Oatmeal about living with a significant other. So here we are. There’s even a poll at the end! I […]


When in Doubt, Talk About Miley Cyrus

When in Doubt, Talk About Miley Cyrus

I have two confessions: One: I’ve been struggling to think of blog entries lately. I don’t know why. Usually my list of blog topics is quite long, but lately it hasn’t added up, and I don’t want to paste random crap on the internet just to have something on the blog. Two: That’s exactly what […]


A Question About Racism

A Question About Racism

On my ongoing list of blog topics, I’ve had a question about racism for quite some time. In the midst of a summer seemingly full of racism in the news (Paula Dean, Trayvon Martin, Riley Cooper, Aaryn on Big Brother, etc), racism has been on my mind a lot, but I don’t really know how […]


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. […]


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 […]


If You Were a Zombie…

If you were a zombie, which celebrity would you most want to eat? There are several approaches you could take with your answer. The first is a celebrity that is so incredibly annoying that you would totally target him or her if you were a brain-hungry zombie. The second is a celebrity that would be […]


Who Wears the Pants?

Who Wears the Pants?

Recently, in fairly rapid succession, I experienced or read about three gender-role situations that share a similar theme. Situation One: The first happened when I got a really bad cold 2 weeks ago. I woke up on a Friday morning feeling terrible, and I e-mailed this to my staff: “Hey guys, I got hit with […]


Losing Your Mind vs. Losing Your Body

Losing Your Mind vs. Losing Your Body

As people do, my grandmother has been growing old for quite some time now. She still has her spirit, her humor, and most of her physical health, but she readily admits that her mind isn’t what it used to be. Her short-term memory in particular is quite bad. Knowing that she can’t trust her mind […]