Life Block

I am really good at starting projects. Insanely good. I will have lots of awesome ideas and go super far with them in the first week. I tell people, “you could make a fortune by following me around and finishing…

How to Avoid Prison Rape

Some time ago, I remarked on a comment a now forgotten friend once said to me: They’ve already broken the social contract. You don’t know what else they’re capable of, so you should just obey what they say and hope…

29 things I DID do before turning 29

Let’s be happy! Let’s do the opposite of last post! Imagine if I’d had the most foresight? What would my goals have been? These are them! Go to graduate school. Finish my dissertation. Travel to several countries. Be in a…

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It’s my golden birthday right now. Hard to be more meaningful than that. I was born 29 years ago right now on May 29, 1985. Snapshot of my life: I am moving out of my lovely house to move in…

29 things to do before I turn 29, redux

You might not remember this list, but it’s been central to my mind for months. Not hang myself with a belt Success. I now hang myself with pride. Be happy with where I live and who I live with Success.…

Regalia Bingo

  Probably very few people outside of academia will use this, but I think it’s worth having if anybody ever needs it. 🙂

The Agreement

Neil deGrasse Tyson recently made a stir in the philosophy community by disparaging the entire field as asking pseudoquestions. Essentially, he says philosophers waste their time, think they are doing important things, and he doesn’t have time for them. Admittedly,…

Halifax

Dear freaders, When I started this blog, back in 2004, I lived in New Mexico. Since then, I’ve lived in Sydney, Seattle, Mexico City, and now Durham. Now I’ve accepted a postdoctoral position in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sooo… this blog…

Rounding Home

When I started graduate school six years ago, I don’t know if I actually ever really thought I’d finish my dissertation. I don’t think I imagined it being two times longer than it had to be and something I’m fairly…

Tags, not categories.

I’ve hated the categories I’ve come up with on this blog for many years. So I’ve decided to get rid of them all and switch to tags. That means that until I go back over the catalog, most of the…

How not to encourage someone

I had a job interview this week. While people were encouraging me to do well, I realized humans haven’t really figured out certain conversational norms. We don’t know what to say when some tragedy occurs (except a frowny face and…

Conceptual Methodology

I read this today: What matters is to be right, not nuanced. Again, sometimes the right position is nuanced, but there’s no reason to assume that from the get-go. And I fully agree. But it inspired me to develop a…

Back in the saddle

So I was going to post a link, but didn’t want to do it on Facebook or Twitter and then I thought: “*sigh* I wish I had a blog or something.” But then I realized: I do! What?? Okay, let’s…

2014

My god, this is the future. I wish this blog were more useful for past versions of myself that happened to make their way to the future somehow. Get back to my 2010 weight and muscle mass. Finish my dissertation.…

2013 Redux

Things I have accomplished this year: Get into shape, damn it. But like, a pretty bad ass shape. Fail. I blame the girlfriend. And the job market. And anybody who isn’t me. But really, it’s my own fault. I stopped…

All the Assets

Last post, I wrote what I perceive to be my major flaws. Given the advice to ‘think positive’ and ‘write positive things about myself,’ I’ve recently received, I’m going to try the opposite today. Maybe I can learn something in…

All the flaws

I remember when @narfna and I were applying to graduate school (years and years ago). And I remember thinking that it was pretty horrible. “It’s like putting all of your flaws on paper and asking a stranger to love you…

Report Card

The aim of this game is to grade your life. A perfect 10 is being in the best condition you ever have or will be. A 0 means that you’re at rock bottom for your life. My own grades are…

DOSE, the Designated Drinking Game

Five years ago, I wrote a post and made an illustration for it. I was fairly proud of that illustration, even though it was purposefully made to look like a Crazy 8s knock off game from the 1980s. Well, jump…

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Yay! I had a surprise birthday cake! Also, I am at the beach! And then my girlfriend flew out from LA and drove five hours to get here! And she got me sooo many tequilas and mezcals!   Yay life!

The Metaphysics of One-Hit Wonders

Wikipedia classifies Hoobastank, Panic! At the Disco, Lonely Island, and the Gorillaz as One-Hit Wonders. Obviously whatever formula they are using is wrong. Here is my proposed reclassification scheme: 1. Artist has to have one song that is responsible for…

The No-Calorie Hypothetical

If you could have one type of food not count for you, what type of food would it be? By ‘count,’ I mean in terms of calories, nutrition, hunger, or anything but taste.

Did Facebook kill the blogosphere?

Because if so, that is sad. For most of us, the two serve very different purposes. I actually think I thrive differently in different media. I love the pseudo-anonymity associated with blogging. What killed blogging for me was becoming a…

A brief history of time travel

Last week, I interviewed a bunch of high school seniors for a very prestigious scholarship. About 50% will get it, which includes about $250,000 worth of funding. The other 50% will have to content themselves with going to Harvard.1 My…

Super Friend Bash

Super Friend Bash 2013

I’ve mentioned Super Friend Bash before, but now it’s really becoming a thing. This year is the fourth annual adventure and we’re having it in Hawaii. A few people have bought their tickets already, so it’s going to happen again…

2013

Super Friend Bash 2013

Some resolutions for 2013: Get into shape, damn it. But like, a pretty bad ass shape. Finish two dissertation chapters. Apply for academic jobs. Not injure any more bones Keep a list of alcoholic beverages consumed. For… posterity?

2012 Redux

I do these every year. It keeps me honest. So how did I do this year? Be in better shape than I am now Fail. But not by much. Pass my departmental prelim Success! And… Success!! Contact friends and family…

Why it’s so hard to talk about politics

It occurred to me this vacation that it was incredibly hard to talk about politics with people. It shouldn’t make any sense that politics would be a touchy issue. Most of us can’t really affect the situation around us. When…

Okay, so.

Okay, so I’ve posted less than once per month in 2012. I apologize. I was busy carpeing the diem. So what’s important for my freaders to know: I am now officially getting paid to think. I have 18 months of…

Astronomical history is out of this world!

I think astronomy has the most interesting history of all of the sciences. CONSIDER: • Nicky Copernicus – Figured out a way to make the heavens make sense by stopping the sun and spinning the Earth around it. Was so afraid of…

Pixelopolis (part II)

Why do towns have roads? To allow people to get from one place to another. What are these places?  And isn’t there a more efficient way to do this? An idea popped into my head fully formed while I was…

The New Bronx Tale Test

My friend Daniel and I have been doing this test for years. I call it the Bronx Tale test. It comes from the movie the Bronx Tale. It comes from this line: Sonny: Alright, listen to me. You pull up…

Lottery Night

I’m trying to get back into the habit of posting. Here’s a short question that’s been in my conversational repertoire this week: If you won the lottery tonight. (Say $100 million after taxes.) What would you do that evening to…

A new fallacy for the modern political era

Kyl-Santorum Fallacy: What begins as a bare assertion – when it is pointed out that the statement is false – the speaker replies that it was merely a rhetorical statement. This can either be simply admitting the rhetorical maneuver, as…

Hourly Comic Day 2012

I can’t figure out how to make this look nice. Just click on the first one and cycle through it using the lightbox.                                  …

2012

Some resolutions: Be in better shape than I am now Pass my departmental prelim Contact friends and family every month Do something creative … I need a fifth resolution here. Perhaps something involving sexy lady types. 🙂

2011 Redux

Did I accomplish all of my goals for this year?  Did I accomplish any? Get down to 172 lbs. or 12% body fat Fail. Damn. I thought I’d set the goal at 175. Even then I failed. I got down…

Why Jiffy Lube is wrong for America

Hay Gauys! Would you like to buy a used Honda Civic Hybrid? I just replaced the electric engine and got new tires. Unfortunately… it has 145,000 miles and the transmission is shot– Jiffy Lube tightened it up too harshly and…

The 70% mark

Today I turn this: visited 34 states (68%) Into this: visited 35 states (70%) Create your own visited map of The United States

Group think

There’s an episode of How I Met Your Mother where one of the characters talks about how groups of women always look hotter than each individual woman. They called it the “Cheerleader Effect.” In high school, my group of friends…

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It turns out I’m… 26 now. I think 25 was nice. I did cool things and hung out with cool people, though never enough of either. It was actually a fairly okay year, though it seems uneventful in retrospect. Probably…