Monthly Archives: March 2014

Opening Day

2:13 pm This weekend was rainy in Baltimore. By “rainy” I mean it rained non-stop, day and night, and it rained hard. From the time we got out of bed on Saturday morning until the time we got into bed … Continue reading

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Why Nielsen Ratings Are Flawed: Explained

TV shows live and die by the Nielsen ratings–every season, brilliant yet underrated shows go off air because they couldn’t garner a big enough Nielsen audience. Friday Night Lights, my all time favorite show, was perennially in danger of cancellation … Continue reading

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The March to Madness

It’s March Madness, one of my favorite times of the year, and I’ve got a problem. It began with Warren Buffett. Have you heard of Buffett’s billion dollar bracket challenge? It’s the gimmicky—and brilliant—stunt wherein anyone who signs up simply … Continue reading

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Why You Shouldn’t Always Trust a Financial Adviser

Growing up, my parents routinely, consistently, repetitively, constantly, all the time (you get the gist?) stressed two things: the power and importance of a great education, and the power and importance of compound interest, Vanguard Index Funds, and always spending … Continue reading

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What We’re Cooking: Roasted Dijon Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day is once again upon us. This year, it came with a gift: another snow day. (They keep getting more enjoyable and less plausible. I mean, it’s the middle of March!) So, since Carolyn and I had nothing … Continue reading

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Then We Came to the End: A Book Review

After I read a good book, I Google it to see what the reviewers wrote. Ordinarily, I discover a general consensus. With Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris, the critics diverged. Either they found it a great … Continue reading

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The Explainer: Daylight Savings Time

By now, you’ve hopefully caught on: early yesterday morning, while we were sleeping unsuspectingly in our beds, Daylight Savings Time struck again. Although this happens twice a year, every now and then I ask myself the question: What the hell … Continue reading

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And Then We Bought a House.

I love to plan. Seriously, I love, love, love to plan. I plan for every contingency I can think of (no matter how unforeseeable); I plan for other people; and every so often I make fake plans (it’s fun to … Continue reading

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On the Pleasures of a New Pair of Socks on a Cold Winter Day

I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that when it gets cold, one of the absolute worst things in the world is a pair of lousy, thin, holey socks. In this regard, I’m fortunate to have a decent … Continue reading

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Why Is The Keystone Pipeline So Bad?

In the midst of rapidly developing events in Crimea, it’s easy to forget about Alberta, Canada. In Alberta, there are more species of wildlife than almost anywhere else in the world. This Canadian province hosts 587 different species, including 411 … Continue reading

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