Opinion

The Moral of the Story Is…

The Dark Knight came out this past weekend. As of this writing, I still haven’t seen it. And it’s driving me crazy. I’m afraid to read reviews on Google. I’ve sequestered myself in my studio apartment. Right now–as I type–theaters in cinemas across the nation are filled with men, women,…

Hands (and Brain) Free!

If we have known each other for longer than a year, you probably are aware of my issues with cell phones. Here is a fun fact: I did not have any form of on-person communication until I was 27 years old. That includes pagers, two-ways or cell phones. Unless you…

Collateral Damage

The ongoing battle between Viacom and Google entered a cultural quagmire as a judge on July 2 ordered the latter to hand over all records of every video ever watched on YouTube. Google, which owns YouTube, will have to release a staggering 12 terabytes of data (a terabyte is equal…

Supermarket Sweep!!!

I have a love/hate relationship with food. I love to eat it, cook it, talk about it, learn about it and dream about it, but I hate shopping for it. Once a week my body cringes as I prepare my list and head off into the unknown. It’s not that…

The Plane Truth

Some of you believe that air travel is a great thing. For the rest of us, flying is like death. And like death, air travel shares the same five stages of mourning. Denial comes first: “God I hope this flight won’t suck.” We convince ourselves that it will be different…

Ice, Ice, Baby

This has been a busy week for me. In addition to my normal duties, I’ve also been tending to my neighbors’ cats and garden while they’re away on vacation. It’s very rewarding and very stressful work. The cats have taken a shine to me. Now when I approach, they don’t…

Canada: More than America’s Hat, Eh!

I used to be like you. “Canada” was a word that brought forth images of draft dodgers, hockey and Howie Mandel. It shared brain space with such phrases as “take off, hoser,” and “beauty, eh.” To me, Canada was little more than America’s hat; and not a cool hat, but…

Nature’s Candy

Evolution tells us that man evolved from apes. For some, the similarities between men and apes can be hard to see, but they are forgetting the great equalizer: camping. In the great outdoors, it’s every man (or ape) for himself. Based on my experiences, I think the apes may have…

So We Meet Again, Dr. Jones

Summer’s a great time for a lot of things, but it’s probably best for movies. The major studios pull out all the stops and release their biggest, most bloated and ridiculous movies to dazzle a slack-jawed, wide-eyed public. Summer blockbusters aren’t just movies, they’re events, and if you’re one of…

Sweatpants: The Clothing of the Gods

The human mind is a miraculous thing. When we need nutrients, our brain tells us we are hungry. When we need to recharge, it tells us to sleep. When we get hot, it tells us to sweat. Many years ago, someone’s mind even decided that we needed special pants to…