It’s time for my weekly round-up of all the news that was too small or too late to print. Does a Company Own Its Facebook Likes? Turns out the answer is no. Bloomberg Business Week published a story this week about a legal battle between a TV network and a fan page. Stacey Mattocks started […]
I can't imagine having to justify myself to my parents like this. No one should have to.
I was at dinner the other night with a few friends of mine, then towards the end as we were waiting for the check, one pulled out from her purse this Rebecca Minkoff ‘Shopping is My Cardio’ Cory Pouch. Then in a sort-of a twinsie moment, another pulled out the same idenitcal pouch. Show More Summary
Years ago I had to shrink my iTunes library down because I'd run out of hard drive space, and one way that I did it was to get rid of all the album art included with my music. Now that space isn't as much of a premium, I'd like to get the album art back. Show More Summary
When I was in grade school, I used poorly engineered retractable pen cannons to fire tiny beads at my friends an enemies during class. I thought it was pretty cool but this mini grappling gun puts all my pre-adolescent tinkering to shame. Read more...
What exceptions do you make? What about a teenaged girl whose been testing positive for heroine and has been in and out of jail? Should she have had the choice to abort me? What about a baby who the doctors say will have a lot of serious health problems when she’s born? Should my sister […]
The November Man I never discuss a film's marketing strategy in my reviews, but I will admit as I was walking into the theater yesterday to check out the new Pierce Brosnan espionage-themed action-thriller The November Man, I happened to...
So it turns out you guys are as big of freaks about butter as I am! I really did feel weird writing my Ode to Butter until a rash of you swooped in and expressed how dedicated to butter you are, too. There’s nothing like the Internet to build communities you didn’t know you needed. [...]
Summer isn't over yet! If anyone is trying to prolong the season, it's me. That's why I'm going all out this Labor Day weekend with my most summery hair and makeup yet. Luckily, Tresemmé Celebrity Hairstylist Tyler Laswell helped me come up with these 3 easy end-of-summer styles for you to try. Show More Summary
All of my work seems to be pointing to the same direction lately. People are struggling. They’re running out of time, running out of money, running out of motivation. If I’m to take everyone at their word, they’ve “tried everything” and “nothing works.” And yet, what I see, more and more, is that “good enough” […]
See, now this is why people need lawyers. I’ve written this column long enough and covered so many topics that the “this” to which I alluded in my first paragraph could be just about anything. But in this case, the “this” happens to be All New X-Factor #7. And the “people” happen to be the […]
If you ever need proof that competition is healthy for the customer, just check out the gamebook scene on mobiles. What started as simple conversions of the text of existing books has spun out into three developers each, in their own way, trying to combine the essence of classic gamebooks with the flexibility that modern
When I was around 15, I got kicked out of gym class for wearing shorts and a t-shirt that didn't match. Not wearing the gym uniform would have been forgivable, or so my gym teacher told me, as she escorted me from the gym; if I hadn't chosen to wear a t-shirt that clashed so appallingly -- a bright red T worn with the purple uniform shorts. Show More Summary
At times of great peril throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, I donned my speechwriter's hat, which is a lovely fedora with a green feather in the band, and suggested possible ways for Willard Romney to talk himself out of the situations to wh...
Head on over to My New Orleans for a primer on ironworks and how iron actually does work inside your home. Small touches of wrought iron can add an elegance inside and out while also acting as a clever...
Ariana Grande is everywhere lately, having emerged seemingly out of nowhere. She's had an interesting and more robust career than a lot of people realize, however. He chart-topping "Problem" and #1 album My Everything have catapulted...Show More Summary
Monica L. Mercado Last semester, I taught a course on the history of women in Chicago -- a fitting coda to my graduate school years, as it turned out, and a way to explore a less familiar historiography, given my research on New York Catholics. Show More Summary
Well, it finally happened. This week my wife, Caryn, squealed with delight as she watched our mutual friend’s video calling me out in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was standing in a warm shower on a cold and rainy morning thinking of my first cup of hot coffee and a fresh-from-the-dryer cozy towel when [...]
The little luxuries in life are certainly extremely valuable, but for some reason when a name brand is attached, that value is multiplied. Here's a situation that has happened to me countless times. A friend points out my cute shirtShow More Summary
Look - no one dreads a closet cleanout more than I do. Aside from the fact that it takes both time and a lot of physical effort, I hate getting rid of my clothes. After all, I'm of the belief that everything I own comes with a handful of memories. Show More Summary