Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.

August 1st, 2007 @ 7:51 am
Lately in Los Angeles

Last night Tricia and I went to see Tamar at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. She played a great set and we had a good time. We didn’t get home until after 11, and I couldn’t get to sleep. I was up until 1:30am reading Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. What […]

June 11th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm
Weekend Media Review

Are you wondering what media I consumed this weekend? I knew you were. And so I shall tell you. Heat **** Sopranos ***** Oh the Glory of It All, by Sean Wilsey ****½ Oceans 13 ***½ John from Cincinnati ***½ A Prairie Home Companion, featuring Martin Sheen, Randy Newman, and Paula Poundstone (live at The […]

May 29th, 2007 @ 6:53 am
Simon Winchester

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I read Krakatoa — The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester. Because I loved that book so much, at some point around Christmas I bought A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of […]

May 17th, 2007 @ 7:52 am
Maps

Somehow I managed to forget to write about this wonderful book. I read Miles Harvey‘s The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime over a year ago and it is brilliant. I’ve been thinking about it lately because of the awesome song “Maps” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. You see, I have […]

April 2nd, 2007 @ 5:47 am
Fortune’s Formula

I am not even 100 pages into my latest William Poundstone book and I already know it’s going to be a favorite. Fortune’s Formula, The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street is the fourth Poundstone book I’ve read. The man is a genius of a writer. Labyrinths […]

March 25th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm
Peyton Manning on Saturday Night Live

Last night’s Saturday Night Live with Peyton Manning and Carrie Underwood was excellent. I am so happy that the show is in something of a revival right now. It’s a long-overdue, glorious return to funny. The last dozen or so SNLs have had me in stitches on more than one occasion. The digital shorts and […]

March 25th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Late Friday night I finished reading Barbara Ehrenreich‘s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. This one’s been in my personal queue for several years; I sort of randomly found it on the shelf while looking for something to read on the plane to New York last week. It’s a psuedo-scientific exploration of […]

March 8th, 2007 @ 8:20 am
PicoPad Wallet Notes

The PicoPad® is pure genius. It’s a pad of sticky notes — with a tiny pen — in a case the size of a credit card that you can easily slip it into your wallet. The PicoPad and its refills are also incredibly inexpensive. I am always scribbling notes on the backs of business cards […]

February 26th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
Next Man Up

Last night I finished reading Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today’s NFL, by John Feinstein. It took me well over a month to get through this 400+ page epic covering the 2004 Baltimore Ravens season. Regardless of how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get into it. I am a huge […]

February 19th, 2007 @ 1:08 am
The Big Oyster

Last week I finally read The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, by Mark Kurlansky. My dad gave it to me while we were in Vegas last month but I didn’t get to seriously dig into it because I’ve been a bit swamped at work lately. Kurlansky is a wonderful writer and this is […]

January 31st, 2007 @ 5:58 am
Naperville Public Library Books

When I got to the office today there was a package sitting on my desk. I received my sixth copy of Gregg Easterbrook‘s “The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse” — I keep giving them away! — via Amazon’s used book marketplace. The book is in near-perfect condition, perhaps because it […]

January 5th, 2007 @ 4:24 pm
Bleachers – John Grisham

Last night I finished reading Bleachers, by John Grisham. (I read it in three or four 50-page bursts; it’s not very long.) It’s a story about the legacy of a dying high school football coach. The main character is the star quarterback who returns home fifteen years after graduation to pay his respects and come […]

January 2nd, 2007 @ 3:21 pm
NFLN Fumbles

I was in football nirvana this weekend. I watched no less than a dozen games — college and pro — since I left the office Friday night. The best by far was last night’s Boise State / Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl, one of the top ten football games I’ve ever seen. While watching Saturday night’s Giants […]

October 30th, 2006 @ 6:55 am
Another Media Bonanza

You’d have to look far and wide to find an actor involved in more projects lately than Alec Baldwin. He’s currently starring in 30 Rock on NBC and this weekend I saw him in two major motion pictures: The Departed and Running with Scissors. I like Alec Baldwin. I really do. His choices baffle me, […]

September 26th, 2006 @ 7:13 pm
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is an essay I wrote a loooong time ago … I must have been 13 or 14 … good old St. Paul’s Catholic Elementary School in Daytona Beach, FL …

August 21st, 2006 @ 6:45 am
Media Bonanza

If you’ve never seen Midnight Run, I’m here to tell you it’s a pretty damn good movie. Charles Grodin always cracks me up. I am way behind on my media consumption this month. There’s the five most recent episodes of Rescue Me and the last two episodes of Entourage waiting on my TiVo. I’ve been […]

May 5th, 2006 @ 8:24 am
Living It Up

Last night I finished Living It Up : America’s Love Affair with Luxury, by James Twitchell. This is, if I remember correctly, the fifth book of his that I’ve read, and it did not disappoint. This book (and AdCult) should be required reading in high school. Dr. Twitchell travels to Rodeo Drive, 5th Avenue, Miami, […]

April 24th, 2006 @ 9:08 pm
The Day the World Exploded

Wow. I (finally) just finished reading Krakatoa — The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester. Crazy stuff. I liked it. It’s a smidge on the textbook-side, but he’s an entertaining enough writer — and the topic is so incredible — that you don’t ever get bored during its 380-ish pages. The […]

March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:36 am
Game Theory at Work

This is one case where you can’t really trust the reviews at Amazon. Take it from me: Game Theory at Work: How to Use Game Theory to Outthink and Outmaneuver Your Competition is an excellent book. It’s been on my reading list for over a year now, and just last night I finally finished. Miller […]

February 13th, 2006 @ 11:30 pm
Live from New York

Today I finally finished Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, which has been sitting on my reading list for well over a year now. It’s not so much a “book” as it is a huge collection of quotes and stories from cast members, producers, writers, directors, etc. It could have […]