Category: The Mundane

We’re Going to Turn Ourselves Into Cyborgs

A recent post by Sarah Knapton of the Telegraph examines the prediction by Yuval Noah Harari that in 200 years human beings will achieve immortality and the ability to self-improve by mechanical enhancement. Essentially, people will become real-life (pardon the irony) cyborgs. The future is really a construct of the present. It’s limited by current […] 

The Terror of Professional Networking

Networking–attending happy hours, scheduling informational interviews, nurturing lines of communication with contacts–is the road to future success. At least with my resume, blindly responding to job postings is not likely to lead anywhere. So I schedule meetings. I do so from my desk at home, in my pajamas. It’s worry free, perfunctory and as easy […] 

Application

I am a the seeker of employment. That is the best gloss I can spread across my situation and yet it still sounds like the title of a very bad movie with very lofty aspirations. Here in Washington, DC, one’s profession is not merely a description of who you are but an identity in itself. […] 

No One Cares About Your Fake Life

Social Media may link you to friends you don’t have the energy or willingness to contact organically but it seems more a liability than helpful tool. Consider for a moment your simultaneous hatred and obsession with your gym-going, foodie-adventurer, somebody-save-me, right-wing nut, baby exploiting friends. You complain, you lash out–but you cannot look away and […] 

Books or Brown Bags?

Chipotle has a tendency to make headlines for more than just its burritos, which, full disclosure, along with being born, hitting my first home run and achieving puberty, are the best thing that ever happened to me. Eat guilt free, they say. The ingredients are fresh, never frozen. The beef is grass-fed, the chicken is […] 

Progressive Futility

Their world is a counter-culture paradise or organic food and yoga. Relationships are supplanted by organized orgies. Death is an occasion to organize blame. Explosions happen all the time and seem to be creeping closer and closer. We’re told a war is on, but it’s hard to identify the enemy. Della, who narrates the reader […] 

Dreams of the Master

The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman had to be complex person to summon so many great characters. What a lot of people don’t know is that the actor, miles from the stereotype of spoiled movie star, was also a wise purveyor of great advice—at least in my imagination. What still fewer know is that he continues […] 

Return To Form

The Christmas cookies have been reduced to stale bits and crumbs. The time has passed where I eye the hardened remains, weighing the pros and cons. Yes they will be rock hard, but that’s nothing a little 2% can’t handle. Sugar never goes bad and that’s what it’s all about anyway. A delivery system. Neurotransmitters. […] 

The Strange Poetry of Bitstrips

I’m hardly familiar with the entire history of interactive trends, but Bitstrips seems entirely original in a way I’ve not yet seen in the five years of critical voyeurism Facebook has afforded me. Though I rarely contribute pieces of my life to my Friends or the Public or Like anything, I approach the the news […] 

Confession of an NFL Puppetmaster

My brother and I usually watch NFL games, especially the Philadelphia Eagles together, but this Sunday as the Eagles take on the Denver Broncos, I’ll be watching alone. Three games into the season, the Broncos, led by decorated quarterback and commercial darling, Peyton Manning, are the best team in the league and are roundly expected […]