Have You Heard? Exploding Head Syndrome is a Thing

Have You Heard? Exploding Head Syndrome is a Thing
I was sound asleep, the first time it happened, when I could’ve sworn a picture fell off the wall in the kids’ bedroom or a shelf collapsed. It was the middle of the night and a loud CRASH woke me from a deep sleep. I jumped out of bed, like dads are supposed to do,... Read more »

A Night Outside My Comfort Zone

A Night Outside My Comfort Zone
I was never much of an actor. I’m the first to admit it. Of course, that didn’t stop me from trying my hand at acting a couple times and improv. I was okay at improv back in the day, way back in the day. I went though the full course of improv classes at The Player’s... Read more »

Confessions of a Nerd

Confessions of a Nerd
Call me a visionary. Call me a trailblazer. But, you know that hipster fashion statement: wearing a knit cap summer or winter, indoors or out, on the ski slopes or in your cubicle? That thing? I was wearing one in high school. And my knit cap was custom made. My aunt Olga knit it for... Read more »
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Creating by Algorithm, part 2

Creating by Algorithm, part 2
Last week I wrote about corporations, sports and news outlets, and “authors” who increasingly used computer algorithms to create written content. A few hours after I posted the piece (written, in its entirety, via human, by the way— me) I received an email from the PR representative of a narrative-generating company. And not the company... Read more »

Creating by algorithm: Is the writing on the wall?

Creating by algorithm: Is the writing on the wall?
Beware! Computers are creating the information you read: newspapers (online or otherwise), magazines, websites. News reports, business reports, even books! Sports outlets, especially in smaller markets, routinely use “artificial intelligence” to pump out updates on local games. The LA Times uses a software program to report on everything from the latest earthquake to the latest... Read more »

Pet Parents: Can We Stop Pretending It’s a Thing?

Pet Parents: Can We Stop Pretending It’s a Thing?
Petsmart premiered a new ad campaign during the Oscars. It’s tagline: “Partners in Pethood” “explores how having a pet can be similar to having a child” according to AdAge.com. “The spots showcase different types of Pet Parents, including new owners, overprotective parents,” etc as they throw birthday parties and engage in other over-the-top behavior commonplace... Read more »
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A New Kind of Writer’s Block?

A New Kind of Writer’s Block?
I sit down as usual, boot up my laptop, with every intention to write something. I enter my password, open iTunes for a little music, then open Safari and click on Facebook, you know, just to stay connec— Oh wait, a video of a naked man climbing out of a Buckingham Palace window… It looks... Read more »

Forgetting Your Ex

I thought for sure I was over my ex but I’m obviously not. I still feel a strong attachment to her and it makes me sad and a little angry to see her living with someone else. By ex, of course, I’m talking about our old house. The house we lived in for 17 years.... Read more »

Are You a Good Example for Your Kids?

Are You a Good Example for Your Kids?
Our kids learn more by our actions than we parents like to admit. We want to think we can get by with “do as I say, not as I do,” but it’s our behavior they see that sets their moral compass. The Department of Psychology of Stanford University calls children “good observers” who “benefit from... Read more »
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Writing My 3rd Act: Thinking About Early Retirement

Writing My 3rd Act: Thinking About Early Retirement
When I can get away I like to write at my local Starbucks. It’s an in-between environment: noisy, but not crazy loud. Private, sort of, with a few people to watch. I park my laptop in an out-of-the-way spot with a venti Caramel Mocha and let the ideas flow. The last few visits, my schedule... Read more »