Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer, or just an observer of the human condition, there is a good chance you’re concerned about the youth of today. They are glued to their phones, they don’t go outside, they can’t/won’t get jobs, they seem incapable of genuine, face-to-face communication. What are we going to do with them? Take away their devices? Kick them out of the house? Throw up our hands and give up? Continue reading →
Imagine a monolithic technology company. A Google/Facebook/Apple hybrid. And imagine that company decides to globally eliminate all secrets and privacy. Everyone’s every waking moment is broadcast in real time for the whole world to see. No matter how intimate. No matter how sensitive. Like Big Brother on steroids, only using contemporary or very-near-future technologies that Orwell’s worst nightmares couldn’t have even fathomed. Sounds horrific, right? Continue reading →
A Fitbit falls firmly in the category of items I would never purchase for myself. It’s trendy, it’s techie, it’s expensive. But when the craze hit, I was mildly (if remotely) curious. So when a family member unexpectedly got me one a little over a year ago, I decided to check it out. Continue reading →
What is connotation? Recently I was giving a presentation, and I talked about a word’s connotation. “Traditionally, for many, doubt has a negative connotation.” Someone interrupted me mid-sentence, in front of everyone, “uh, I think you mean denotation.” Um, excuse me, but I am a lawyer, and I was an English major before that, and an avid reader and word lover/enthusiast always, and I believe I know the difference between connotation and denotation better than you do, thank you very much. Also, even if you were right (which you’re not), it’s extremely rude to interrupt someone and try to make them look stupid in front of a group. And it’s especially obnoxious if you’re also wrong. But then, of course, I went straight home and looked up both denotation and connotation in the dictionary, and this is what I discovered: Continue reading →
Yo, yo, yo! You know what time it is! It’s been a long time comin’, but we ’bout to hash this beef out once and for all. Through the years, these two great white hopes have been pitted against each other in a brutal grudge match. The people want this settled once and for all: who is the greatest white rapper of all time? Continue reading →
It’s happened again! After several months on the library waiting list, it was finally, finally my turn to get my hands on the book I had heard so much about: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I was so excited! I had heard so many good things. That it was one of the great works of contemporary literature. Moving. Award-winning. Incredibly done. Continue reading →
It’s hard being a summer dad. While the rest of your family is in vacation mode, your life stays exactly the same. Mornings are the worst, waking to a silent house, getting ready like usual while everyone else sleeps in as long as they want. No goodbye, no out-the-door kisses. Nights are bad too. Having slept in, they are ready to party: one more snack, pop in a movie, “why go to bed, we have NOTHING to do tomorrow?!?!?” Wish I could say the same. Continue reading →
Before I say anything disparaging, let me first make clear that I probably live in the best public library system in the country, if not the world. The facilities are exceptional, they have an unbelievably current and comprehensive selection, the librarians are friendly and intelligent and well-read. And the wait-list system itself is wonderful and very useful. Pretty much any book you can think of, my library system has it, usually several copies, often in multiple media (i.e. hard copy, large print, CD, e-book). And I can request a hold on a book from any library in the system, to any library in the system, and it will usually be there in a week or less. Very efficient and necessary to my insatiable reading needs.
Driving home from work last night, I stopped at the last stop light before I turn into my neighborhood. A few seconds later, glancing in my rear view mirror, I noticed a car pull up behind me. A newer Chevy Malibu. White. And I happened to notice that there was a girl/woman driving the Chevy Malibu. And I also noticed that she was wearing expensive-looking sunglasses, that she had an unnatural but not cheap-looking tan, and that her brunette hair was up in a sassy ponytail. But more than any of this, I noticed her mouth, more specifically her lips, and even more specifically the word those lips appeared to be articulating. Continue reading →
You start with the premise that you are doing or not doing something someone else wishes you were not doing or doing. Never mind reasons why. Never mind whether there is any definitive correlation between what you are actually doing or not doing and what they think you are not doing or doing. Just start with that premise.