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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I wish I could tell you all that rather than enjoying my Christmastime, I slaved over the quick hits and varia, but that’s just not the case. As a result, they’re a bit on the light side this St. Stephensmas (or Boxing Day). Despite my clear dereliction of duty, I wish you a happy holidays: […]

An outsider's Christmas on the Northwest Side

My ghosts of Christmases past inhabit storefronts on Lawrence Avenue that once were kosher butchers and bakers and now house Korean restaurants and Palestinian sweet shops.

Merry Christmas Eve, Friends

I’ve started my day with an amazing breakfast at Buttermilk Kitchen; I had the fried chicken breast on a buttermilk biscuit served with a side of potatoes; I’ve probably already consumed a day’s worth of calories, but that won’t stop me from eating again today. But I digress… Last night I took the night off […]

As Young Jeezy Is Promoted Giving Christmas Gifts To "Needy Inner City Kids" - I Am Prompted To Recall My Post About The Sentiments Of The "Black Flight Progressives" Who Move Next Door To Their Right-Wing Enemy But Then Fail To Keep "The Bad Element" Fro

This Is Two Posts Fused Into One Part I - The Disparate Value Of Two "Communities" Who Live Side By Side Like "Ships Passing In The Night" Can Be Seen By Who They DISALLOW Access To Their Children Because Of The Inferences That SuchShow More Summary

Side Hustle #55: Playing Santa Claus

[If you've ever wondered how much you get paid for being Santa, today's the day you find out :) My man Lance gives us the inside scoop in our latest side hustle series while yours truly is out playing Guy-Who-Waits-Til-The-Last-Minute-Claus getting presents... I swear, next year I'm jumping in a big red suit and making money instead!] Santa loves to give, but he loves to […]

Is Canberra a nanny state for dogs… or just people?

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Bruce is my best mate; we’ve been through a lot together. Bruce has been there by my side through thick and thin. She enjoys the same music as I do, and she is generally a model of honesty, rectitude, and loyalty. She was there for me through my darkest and finest hours of the 2013 [...]

What I’ve learned from living through three wars in the Gaza Strip

Alaa Radwan is 22 years old and has already lived through three wars in the Gaza Strip. She says there are lessons to be learned from everything, even war: "My grandmother one day told me that everything has a good side and a bad side, even a war. Show More Summary

The Soapbox: Better models for MMO endgame progression, part one

Last month, my three-part Soapbox series on reasons studios should abandon raiding as the core mechanic of their MMOs produced no shortage of comments. One of the persistent refrains from the pro-raid side was, as expected, "if you're...Show More Summary

Oh Bag, Where Art Thou?!

On Friday I shared the somewhat crazy story of how my plane side bag was simply left on the tarmac in Salt Lake City, and all the drama that followed. The "highlight" of the drama, no doubt, was when a supervisor threatened to call the...Show More Summary

Piston Slap: High Profile Rubber, Lube with Real Silicone Spray?

  Bill writes: Hi Sajeev, {the usual crap about long time reader, first time poster} I know you just answered a few emails about tire / tire size, but this has been sitting in my drafts folder for a while (the efficient side of me),Show More Summary

An Apology (And Decision On Moderating Comments)…

On Friday I shared the first part of the story of my plane side bag being misplaced. While it blows my mind that a plane side bag on a nonstop flight can be misplaced, I get that stuff like this happens if you fly enough. To add insult to injury, I dealt with an exceedingly unhelpful supervisor. Show More Summary

VICE Vs Video Games: ‘Desert Golfing’ and Video Gaming’s Gradual March to the Other Side

Landing your golf ball in a sand trap comes with a particular maddening friction. At least, I think it must—I can guess from watching it on TV, and from playing golf video games with my dad as a child. You aren't supposed to be in there. Show More Summary

WTF Pictures – December 19, 2014

Oh México, never change Sweaters Went to bed with what felt like a sore underneath my tongue on one side. Woke up with a huge lump on my neck. The first Krispy Kreme opened up in Western Australia a few weeks ago and people went nuts. I found a nice pool of dried blood at […]

Spurs’ Emmanuel Adebayor posts tribute to Thierry Henry with picture of pair from Arsenal days

What a career this legend has had!Feel privileged 2 have been on the same side.Good luck with Sky my bro.See you soon — Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) December 18, 2014 Emmanuel Adebayor has tweeted a tribute to Thierry Henry from his home in Togo, where he’s returned on a break for personal reasons. Adebayor and […]

10 Thursday PM Reads

My afternoon train reads: • The Best Thing for Active Managers? Passive Investors. — As institutions slash active mandates, managers on both sides of the active versus passive argument rejoice. (Chief Investment Officer) • The Reformed Broker talks markets and investing (Vanguard) •  The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014 (Stratechery) • What Life in...Read More

Windows 8 Desktop icons won’t stay where I put them?

I'm going crazy trying to rearrange my Win8 desktop to my liking: every time I move an icon somewhere on the screen, it snaps back to the left side without explanation. How do I get my Windows 8.1 Desktop to lay out as I desire? The post Windows 8 Desktop icons won’t stay where I put them? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor.

Jonah Hill & James Franco in Trailer for Sundance Selection 'True Story'

"I want to tell you my side of this." Fox Searchlight has premiered a trailer for Rupert Goold's film True Story, starring Jonah Hill and James Franco as adversaries of sorts. Based on the real life memoirs of NY Times reporter Michael...Show More Summary

3 Veils, 3 Looks: Inspiration For Your Winter Wedding

Weddings can be downright stressful. Haven't you seen Steel Magnolias? My Best Friend's Wedding? (Side note: Julia Roberts fancies her some wedding movies, doesn't she?) So the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your...Show More Summary

Boxelder Bugs – Prevention

Q: Every year I have an invasion of boxelder bugs from the boxelder maples on the other side of my fence. Is there anything I can do to prevent them? A: Like kudzu bugs and Asian ladybeetles, boxelder bugs instinctively congregate on house walls in fall. Given a crack to crawl through, they overwinter in […]

A few more things to wrap up the 24 Hour Relay

7 final things: • The "Plank Challenge:" Remember how I mentioned I'd do as many planks as I could during the 24 Hour Relay as a side fundraiser for Aaron's family? I got a lackluster start on my "best possible goal" of 60 minutes on...Show More Summary

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