Posts in category "Humor"

Give Yourself a Break: Vacations Are Important

Give Yourself a Break: Vacations Are Important
My wife and I just got back from our first real vacation without the kids since we started having kids. We stayed in Milwaukee once a couple years ago: overnight, less than 24 hours I’m pretty sure, and that’s about it. Since we were traveling together, flying in the same plane, driving in the same... Read more »

Hope for Sale: My First Writer’s Workshop

Hope for Sale: My First Writer’s Workshop
First of a two-part story… Last Friday I drove over a hundred miles north to a Country Inn hotel outside Milwaukee to attend an all-day writer’s workshop. About forty or fifty would-be writers anxiously assembled in a generic meeting room— the kind with a drop ceiling and sliding divider wall. It was the Oak Room... Read more »

Finding your inner grasshopper

Finding your inner grasshopper
You know the old Aesop’s Fable about the Grasshopper and the Ant? The hard-working, industrious ant spends his warm, summer days gathering bits of food for the brutal winter ahead. The lazy, good-for-nothing grasshopper, on the other hand, spends his time dancing and singing and otherwise screwing around. Aesop’s thinly veiled morality tale extols the... Read more »
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The World According to Star Trek

The World According to Star Trek
There were 428 crewmembers aboard the Starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek. 428 men and women zipping through the galaxy at warp speed. But it was pretty much always Kirk and Spock and McCoy seeking out new life and new civilizations, everyone else was along for the ride. Sure Sulu and Chekov got to steer... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »