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Where are you? Was it something I did? Was it when I looked at you funny? Or when I didn’t update regularly for 15 years? Or that I’m just a sentient grape??1 Well, now that Twitter is over and social…

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round fondant cake with happy birthday candle

Oh, shit. Last year of my 30’s. Gotta live it up! 38 was maybe my favorite year ever. Hoping 39 isn’t too far off! Today, I just played games with three friends, Freddy, Syd, and Alexandra. A bunch of people…

Giving the third degree

thermometer, summer, hot

People brag about how much more intuitive their particular systems of measurement are. For example, Americans will brag about how Fahrenheit is more intuitive: 0-100 degrees capture most outside temperatures (the actual extreme records are -128° to 134°, but those…

Acceptance and Surprise

four people sitting on shore forming hearts with their hands during golden hour

A good interlocutor should have the twin virtues of: Acceptance: not challenging you in ways you don’t need or want Surprise: challenging you in ways you need or want That is: they should accept you as you are and not…

The Political Mixer

So I’m watching Jon Haidt1 and Joshua Knobe at Blogging Heads.  All of a sudden I hear Haidt, who I generally agree with on everything,2 say something I’ve come to conclude is a half-thought out idea.  He eventually comes around…

You Can’t Make Old Friends

man and woman standing on seashore

I talk and text with my middle school friends to this day. Some of us are going to Iceland on a group trip soon. If I’m honest, I do more texting than they do. We slowly text less and less…

Our last tear

Person Putting Palm on Face While Holding Prayer Beads

I forgot my ex-fiancée’s hairstyle. I realized that while high, camping alone in Wyoming. I had to look it up, but the thought made me cry. I think about her daily, sometimes with nostalgia, sometimes with sadness or guilt, sometimes…

Ten Sunrises

mountains and tree range during golden hour

My uncle once said, “how many more times am I going to see you? Ten?” I’d never considered the finitude of that relationship. Within a few years, his brother, another uncle of mine, died. He was 54. I saw him…

The strange things you miss

woman in brown sweater covering her face with her hand

It’s hourly comic day, but it’s also any other day. It’s been 14 months since my break up and I still miss so many things.. the way I used to draw her without a nose or eyebrows. “Don’t worry your…

In defense of psychedelics

I didn’t drink regularly until I was 23 and I didn’t use marijuana until it became legal in Nevada, so when I say I tried LSD twice at age 35, it was a big deal for me. The motivation and…

My Best and Worst Case Scenarios, pt. III

(Continued from here) A lot has happened, both in the past year and over the past decade, but I haven’t really had the chance to process it until recently. I’ve been thinking about this idea I had a while ago…

Ten Point Talk Scale

In a language and accent I understand. Balanced between images and text Fits in the time-slot provided Technical terms (a first-year graduate student wouldn’t understand) are explained Talk has an articulated conclusion Talk has an articulated structure Text is readable…

2019 Book List

In 2018, I discovered Libby. In 2019, I’m keeping track of all of the books I’ve ‘read.’ Parentheses denote the day I finished the book. Bold denotes the books I really recommend. After the hyphen is the weight of the…

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I missed new year’s and birthday posts the past few years. They’ve been great years by any objective metric, but the subjective experience has been mostly stress and ennui. I’ve been on a bit of a tour of old friends…

The U.S. Constitution, a Page One Rewrite, Article I.

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,…

Living Shades of Gray

The title of this post is wrong. I once described getting older as living through parts you’d once thought were obvious, but now find thorny and difficult. This post isn’t about that. It’s about how I’m now a tenure-track assistant…

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I’m 31! This is 11,111 in binary. Omg, I’m sooooooo old. When I started this blog, I was… um… like, totally, 19 years old and stuff. Wowza. How things havea changed! My first birthday on this blog was my 20th.…

Election Dose

I saw John Oliver’s takedown of Donald Trump a few months ago. I thought, “heh, I once designed a game that had a Trump card. I should change it to a ‘Drumpf’ card as an election-year joke.” Then, a few…

Road Trippin’ (2016)

New road trip scheduled for July 2016. This will be my (hopefully final) cross-country move. I made a map (again). I almost want to skip visiting all of my friends in order to visit the last few states I’ve not…

Circling the Flame

This is a sort-of-sequel to this post. It is all-but-decided that I will be joining the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno in September. This blog has been going since I was a junior in college, it’s strange to…

The Ten-Point Coffee Shop Grading Rubrik

Last time, I talked about my 10-point rubrik for public bathrooms. Now, I’d like to share my Coffee Shop Checklist. If you are thinking of starting a coffee shop, these items are essential (and listed in order of necessity). A…

Getting Your Hopes Up

I had a choice: 1. Remove all of the information about this interview out of my life, computer, and mind 2. Get my hopes up.

Remedial Life

I’ve had a strange feeling for the past few years. It’s a weird feeling of deep unease and unhappiness. It’s not depression – I know depression. It’s more like the feeling a detective in a film noir gets as they…

A Candle in the Deep, Dark Void

This is my third consecutive year of not knowing what the next year will hold. I’ve had a number of these years. In 2001, I didn’t know where I would go to college for a few months. It was panic…

Malignant True Believers

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. – Winston Churchill On the way back home from my 30th birthday, I sat next to a 20-year-old, talkative Christian missionary to India. Aside from chattering about…

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I’m 30! XXX! Egads! I flew down to North Carolina to spend it with people I love. My girlfriend gave me seven days of birthday presents, my best friend made me a cake, and people rented out a beach house…

Found Art

Attn: Mr. David Bradley, First, congratulations on winning the National Championship last night in Men’s basketball. Second, because Duke has a great philosophy on basketball and you are the Director of Basketball Operations, I thought you might be interested in…

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-nges!

Given the fact that I’m terrible at posting here – and the fact I started a half-dozen separate ventures (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) – I am going to treat this as the hub…

Back to creative writing

(I might have once published this in my Pixelated Novel website, before it was hacked and had to be taken down. But I added to it today and I really like it.) Traynor and Well worked at Well’s dad’s copy…

Recurrent conversation topics

If given free reign with a person of similar interests/background/sense of humor, what conversation topics would be most likely to come up? That question randomly popped into my head because Emily, a graduate student in philosophy, remarked how she always…

Apocalypse Report Card

Hunting:  1 Farming: 3 First Aid: 4 Gathering: 6 Hacking: 3 Sewing: 8 (don’t judge me!) Fishing: 5 Psychological Flexibility (read: won’t freak out): 8 Masonry: 2 Welding: 1 Hand-to-Hand Defense: 9 Weaponry: 8 Mechanics: 4 Diplomacy: 9 Fire Starting:…

Life Buddies

We have gym buddies, we have drinking buddies, and we have shopping buddies. I want a life buddy. Someone to remind me to work toward my goals and to motivate me daily. I think, ideally, best friends or life partners…

Predictions for 2045

Given that 26 years ago, Back to the Future II predicted the world of 2015 as imagined by people in the 1980s, I thought it would be a good exercise to make concise predictions about the world of 2045 as…

2015 – “Priorities”

The word of the year is “Priorities” Resolutions follow: Health – I’m becoming redundant. Let’s say… 12 pull ups in a row. Wealth – Dig my way out of at least two credit cards worth of debt. Mind – Send…

2014 Redux

At the beginning of the year, I made some resolutions. How did I do? Get back to my 2010 weight and muscle mass. FAIL. Bwa ha ha ha ha, I’m in the worst shape ever! But I had many life…

I’m a doctor!!!

Sources: Back to the Future, the Muppets, Inspector Gadget, Dr. Dolittle, Fantastic Four, Dr. Dre, Frankenstein, Tombstone, Doc Hollywood, House M.D., Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog, the Cosby Show, Dr. J, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Indiana Jones, Dr. Katz, Dr. Kevorkian, the Fugitive, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Silence of the Lambs, Mega Man, the Watchmen, Doc Martens, Dr. Mario, Star Trek, Dr. McNinja, the Simpsons, James Bond, Spider-Man, the Doctor Oz Show, Candide, Dr. Pepper, Dr. Phil, M*A*S*H, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Sonic the Hedgehog, 30 Rock, Doctor Strange, Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Seuss, Ghostbusters, Venture Bros., Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, X-Men, Planet of the Apes, Dr. Zhivago, and (now) me.

Dear freaders, When I started this blog, I was a lowly 19-year-old college student from New Mexico. In that time, I’ve lived in Australia, Seattle, and North Carolina, I’ve had a half-dozen jobs, and I’ve gone through graduate school. As…

Disparaging humor

One day, I stopped listening to the WTF podcast and to Walking the Room. I stopped reading the famous blogs of Brian Leiter, Jerry Coyne, and Larry Moran. I stopped hanging out with my friends Dave, Miranda, and so many…

Help choose my new middle name!

I have never had a middle name. And now that I’m 29, I think it’s about time to fix that. So I am going to legally change my name. Here are the best options thus far: Linneaus/Linneo1 Buckminster Maxwell/Maximiliano Ampersand/Interrobang…

“It’s like Cosmos meets Mythbusters”

(Working) Title: The working title is “In the Know”1 Pitch: a weekly, 30-minute, three act show hosted by a scientist and a comedian ((I’m thinking Janna Levin and Myq Kaplan)) as they explore three science-related topics. Each week, we cover…

How to Ensure Prison Rape

I don’t want to make any assumptions. I worry my penultimate post was very negative about prison rape. But, in the interest of fairness in media, I’ll teach you how to ensure prison rape happens to you or your loved…