Tasting a World of Possibilities

One of the things about living in a dorm is the difficulty of accessing a proper sink. I’m SO glad to be living in an apartment—simply because it’s far easier to keep things clean. But as for some of my friends who live in dorms still, I get the pain. A friend of mine recently,…

Why NASCAR makes for a good metaphor

As a kid, I was obsessed with NASCAR. By this, I don’t mean that I really liked to watch NASCAR. I mean I was obsessed with NASCAR. But it wasn’t the drivers or the culture that I was interested in. In fact, I cared less about the racers than a maniacal snowman does about the…

Beyond the Klout Score

I rather like the concept of Klout, it’s a website where your impact online is measured and given a quantitative value that helps you compare yourself and guide your input to increase it. Beyond that, your Klout score makes you eligible for rewards and prizes—just by being popular! Now here’s the issue: by being measured…

The brilliance of the Phantom Tollbooth

This is a bit outta my norm, posting on a Friday. But those who know me know I love wordplay–perhaps a bit too much. And one book I keep reading and re-reading is none other than Norton Juster’s “The Phantom Tollbooth”. Seriously, this book freakin’ ROCKS! From the very first page, Juster slaps the reader…

The Power of Top-Notch BS

Back in High School Forensics days, I competed in an event called Impromptu Speaking–where competitors had 2 minutes to craft a 3-5 minute speech from a randomly-drawn slip of paper with a word or string of words. Historically, the best competitors were those who could well withstand the pressure of the time restrictions, could speak…

Composed Ideas

In any self-respecting orchestra, there have to be harmonics—the blending of sounds together to create an unparalleled unified audio experience. That was one of the first lessons I learned during my very short band career. When I was in the fourth and fifth grade, I played the clarinet in my school’s band. And while that…

Wisdom from the most unexpected places: corporate slogans

Those who know me know that I have five passions: aviation, people, food, language, and branding. Admit it, you too change the channel when the ads come on. But have you ever stayed tuned and actually watched? Have you ever taken the mental challenge to look past the “buy my stuff!” part of the ads…

It’s the College Countdown!

Parents dread it. Whippersnappers love it. Bloggers blog about it: : : : : : : : : :  pause for effect : : : : : : And yet after all this time posts about what to do with starting a new year of college haven’t gotten old. At all! Whelp, it’s time to…

Why getting chummy is good for you

A few days ago, I took my 7 year old brother to Fourth Ward Park in Charlotte, NC. When we arrived, a similarly wee tyke came up to my brother and asked if he wanted to play­­­ with him. Without any introduction at all, they launched into a detailed game about bears and caved and…