IDEA: Stuff I write, collected and published as a quarterly or biannual newsletter/magazine, with a few entries from each category of posts: funny stories, self-reflections, reviews, a themed advice section, a random topic

Got the idea while filling out a VARK method survey (don't ask) that asked me, "Which of the following best describes the industry you work in?" The only answer that really fit was "information and media services." Maybe you could make a case for "arts and recreation services." Or "waste management." Sure, I don't make … Continue reading IDEA: Stuff I write, collected and published as a quarterly or biannual newsletter/magazine, with a few entries from each category of posts: funny stories, self-reflections, reviews, a themed advice section, a random topic

How would a rational detective confront suspicions of the supernatural?

[SPOILERS for the HBO series "The Outsider," though I have not read the book. In case it needs to be said, I'm never going to put spoilers in the first paragraph of any of my reviews, since they show up in text previews, and that would be really unfair.] At first, I was eagerly awaiting … Continue reading How would a rational detective confront suspicions of the supernatural?

The Algorithm is going to send a lot of “Bizarre Adventure” fans here, and I’m just gonna have to accept that

[Reading Time: 5 minutes] Bottom Line: I'm late to the party, but Jojo's 2018 re-release of her 2004 debut album is fantastic. I experience new music in a very deliberate way. First of all, I need to be in the right mood. I don't know how to explain it; the moment just has to feel … Continue reading The Algorithm is going to send a lot of “Bizarre Adventure” fans here, and I’m just gonna have to accept that

AWD Style Guide

I’ve slowly grown more comfortable with my own inconsistencies in my writing and formatting. You’ve ALL noticed that I sometimes leave i uncapitalized, a deliberate move on my part to show that I’m not taking that particular sentence too seriously, nor taking myself seriously enough to justify the capitalization of the first person. Sometimes I’ll … Continue reading AWD Style Guide

D+

[Reading Time: 2-3 minutes; no spoilers] Amanda "The live-action Aladdin is on there—" Me "Wait, really? Disney Plus is offering the new stuff?" Amanda "Yeah!" Me "...But that's on, like, the Premium Plan or something, right?" Amanda "There's only one plan. You pay $6.99 a month and get access to everything." Me "It's seven dollars a … Continue reading D+

I highly recommend The Official Watchmen Podcast

[Reading Time: 9-10 minutes] This review discusses mature topics, including rape, murder, suicide, and hate crimes; and contains spoilers for the Watchmen comic, film, and TV series. If you:(1) Are interested in the analysis of film as a medium(2) Enjoy nerdy examinations of storytelling(3) Are unsure about the HBO series, either having watched some already … Continue reading I highly recommend The Official Watchmen Podcast

The English-language terms we use to talk about trans issues are imperfect

[Originally posted on Facebook.] I BEGIN WRITING THIS POST WITH A LOUD, EXASPERATED SIGH AND A FRUSTRATED SHAKE OF MY HEAD BACK AND FORTH. Old, white, conservative baby boomers like Dennis Prager get so hung up about transgender people in a way that almost certainly ultimately points inward toward their own internal psychological difficulties facing … Continue reading The English-language terms we use to talk about trans issues are imperfect

How would YOU successfully run a nuclear fallout shelter?

[Reading Time: 10-11 minutes] This review contains spoilers for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and the game Fallout: New Vegas. I watched American Horror Story’s “Apocalypse” season on Hulu without ever having seen a single AHS episode ever. And I really liked it! My favorite part of the season was the beginning, and while that might … Continue reading How would YOU successfully run a nuclear fallout shelter?

Shadowkeep felt much more difficult than previous DLC releases

[Reading Time: 6-7 minutes] My sister and I are really enjoying the new Destiny expansion. We did zero power-leveling, didn't save bounties beforehand, just flew our ships straight to the moon and hit Start. Neither of us really know what we're doing. We were at a constant disadvantage either from using new armor without perks … Continue reading Shadowkeep felt much more difficult than previous DLC releases

Getting chased down a ski mountain by a group of large German men

I got into my usual variety of shenanigans on a ski trip I took with three friends while I was living in Germany: Making fun of someone's glove straps and then losing my gloves about 20 minutes laterBurping loudly in front of attractive girls90s songs singalongsAccidentally ordering from the kids menu because I can't read … Continue reading Getting chased down a ski mountain by a group of large German men

I had just met my physical therapist, and it’s like she’d known me my whole life

I recently started seeing a physical therapist for my back problems. I've put up with the various issues my whole life, but it's time to finally face the fact that these symptoms are not normal: - Yearly shoulder paralysis that lasts several days and renders me unable to function as a human being - Constant … Continue reading I had just met my physical therapist, and it’s like she’d known me my whole life

An incomplete list of things that are ironic

"Wow... how ironic.""That's not ironic; it's just a coincidence.""Yeah, I guess it's just inconvenient. Not really ironic." "No, this is ironic! Because it's unexpected!""Well, then it's just unexpected. Just because something's unexpected doesn't mean it's also necessarily ironic.""Then what does 'ironic' even mean??" Ironic: "Happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically … Continue reading An incomplete list of things that are ironic

I read through one of those airplane product catalogues (Skymall Awards)

During takeoff and landing, we're required to shut off all electronic devices. Since Metallica and David Cross are no longer able to entertain me via iPod, what am I going to do? Look for and use anything around me. I could read the safety procedures pamphlet, but I've already read it every single other time … Continue reading I read through one of those airplane product catalogues (Skymall Awards)

Being an asshole when someone politely asks for that day’s notes from class

At my university, like probably any other university, it was pretty common to get an email from someone who was sick that day, asking if someone in the class can send them the notes. They log onto the university network thing, find the class registry, and send a mass email to every student in the … Continue reading Being an asshole when someone politely asks for that day’s notes from class

“Would you like to participate in a voluntary feedback survey?” Why, yes I would

I took an engineering course my freshman year of college (don't ask), and there was a mid-semester student review survey that went out about each of the classes you were taking. I leave positive comments when I think a teacher is actually outstanding, and provided some sort of value to my learning. For the professors … Continue reading “Would you like to participate in a voluntary feedback survey?” Why, yes I would

Comboner

Whenever I feel like falling off the healthy eating wagon, my absolute favorite junk food snack in the world is Combos. These things: They may LOOK like turds wrapped in other, larger turds, but that's where you would be wrong. Combos come in either cracker or pretzel shells, but I hate pretzels, so really the … Continue reading Comboner

My Job: Tech support and/or trying to help both of us not kill ourselves

I worked for an outsourced tech support call center for about six months in 2006-2007, and our biggest client was one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the United States. I can't say which one due to NDA or privacy or whatever... but since I don't really give a shit about that, I'll tell … Continue reading My Job: Tech support and/or trying to help both of us not kill ourselves