I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery.

November 8th, 2013 @ 6:22 am
Friday Five: Favorite (Non-Chip) Snacks

HersheyI love me some Cool Ranch Doritos™, so I had to make this list more specific.

  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds
  • Milk Chocolate Non Pareils
  • krackel
  • Nestlé Crunch
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures

How Not to Say the Wrong Thing: The Ring Theory of Kvetching

November 6th, 2013 @ 5:58 pm
The Five Stages of Feeding a Toddler
See also: Kübler-Ross
  1. Denial
    “What? You can’t be serious. You just said you wanted peanut butter and jelly.”
  2. Anger
    “You eat this bite right now. Sit down! Eat it!”
  3. Bargaining
    “Please? Please have another bite? If you have another bite you can have more chocolate milk.”
  4. Depression
    “I can’t believe you’re not going to eat any more. I am a horrible parent.”
  5. Acceptance
    “Okay. Fine. Yes. Forget it. Go play with Thomas.”

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“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

@sadderthan retweets and replies to things that are sadder than things you think nothing is sadder than.

Daylight Saving Time: America’s Greatest Shame

November 1st, 2013 @ 3:56 am
Friday Five: Favorite Drinks

GuinnessMy five favorite alcoholic beverages:

  • Gin & Tonic
    I’m partial to Hendrick’s, but am happy to try other gins.
  • Budwesier
    I really like Sam Adams Light and Sam Adams Boston Lager, but Budweiser is classic.
  • Jack & Coke
    I’m not much of a whiskey man, but nothing beats a Jack & Coke at a midnight concert in LA.
  • Joan Collins
    It’s a Tom Collins with vodka instead of gin. Technically it’s a Comrade Collines or simply a Vodka Collins, but my friend calls it a Joan because he thinks I sound very feminine when I order one.
  • Guinness
    This is by far my favorite beer.

Here’s The Truth About Your ‘Private’ Health Insurance — It’s Already A Big Government Program

See Your Folks

October 29th, 2013 @ 8:28 am
On Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam LogoThere’s a very well-written review of the entire history of Pearl Jam on Grantland right now. In case you’re living under a rock, I’ll tell you that a new PJ album was released last week. (Yes, that’s why you’re hearing classic Pearl Jam tracks between every inning break during the World Series and why they were on Jimmy Fallon all last week and why ESPN has been playing them as intro and outro music during Sportscenter segments all month.)

If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy reading Overrated, Underrated, or Properly Rated: Pearl Jam, by Steven Hyden.
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“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast, 1964

October 25th, 2013 @ 4:55 am
Friday Five: Football Stadiums

Ben Hill Griffin StadiumMy five favorite football stadiums:1

  1. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field – Gainesville, FL
  2. Superdome – New Orleans, LA
  3. Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
  4. Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
  5. University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ

1 at which I have attended at least one game

Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies

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“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Then there is the other secret. There isn’t any symbolysm. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.”
Ernest Hemingway, 1952, in a letter to Bernard Berenson

October 18th, 2013 @ 6:34 am
Friday Five: Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet AirmenTop Five Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen songs:

  1. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
  2. Hot Rod Lincoln
  3. Truck Drivin’ Man
  4. Mama Hated Diesels
  5. Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar

How to Work with Software Engineers

Super Mario Bros.

Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds