The Blackest of Fridays

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Black (adj.): characterized by tragic or disastrous events; causing despair. –New Oxford American Dictionary This Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. Retailers prepare months in advance for this day–preparation that’s meant to stimulate your insatiable desire to consume. Doorbuster sales. New products. Gigantic newspaper ads. TV, radio, print, billboards. Sale, […]

Public Indecency: Please Masturbate in Your Own Room

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This is a picture of a warning sign in the dorms at Miami University (Ohio)–a college we both attended before not finishing college. While it’s a fairly humorous warning (and likely a student prank), the last line also seems to be a suitable synecdoche for the online world: “Please masturbate in your own rooms.” Of […]

The UnAmerican Dream

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The American Dream… The white picket fence. The large suburban home. The nice car. The big-screen TVs glowing in multiple rooms. The safe, reasonable nine-to-five. The corner office. The suit and tie. The white collar pride. The blue collar pride. The weekends off. The paid holidays. The occasional vacation. The fringe benefits. In exchange for… […]

30 More Life Lessons From 30 Years

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Yesterday (October 23rd) was my 30th birthday. The big three-oh. To celebrate, here’s another 30 life lessons to accompany Joshua’s 30 Life Lessons and Leo Babauta’s 38 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 38 Years from earlier this year. Oh, and please, whatever you do, don’t get me any birthday gifts. 1. It’s not about how […]

18 Minute Minimalist Exercises

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I used to be horribly out of shape A couple years ago, I couldn’t do a single push-up, I certainly couldn’t do a pull-up, I didn’t exercise at all. Or, when I did exercise, it was sporadic, it never lasted more than a few days before I gave up. Sound familiar? Even after losing 70 […]