A Short(ish) HR Holiday Survival Guide! You’re Welcome. [HorroR ...

Ho! Ho! Ho my friends! Merry/Happy whatever-the-heck you like to celebrate this time of year. I’m in HR so I don’t care what you celebrate, I just have to accommodate it. Personally, in December I like to celebrate the joy I feel at how freaking cold the rest of the country is and how I can...

343 Industries Just Saved Halo [Gamer On]

I realize that title’s begging to get torn apart but bear with me. Halo as a franchise has long been synonymous with outstanding multiplayer and a solid (if sometimes contrived) sci-fi story that garnered consistent praise from reviewers. First, Some History However, later entries in the...

What Do I Tell the Kids? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Healt...

Dear Dr. Miro, My husband and I are in Couples Therapy, which is a good thing. We have a lot of things to work through that I feel are totally attainable. The problem is when our 5 & 8-year-old kids ask, “Mommy where are you & Daddy going?” and I say an appointment. And they ask what...

DIY First Class Flight [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fin...

The Holiday season is upon us once again. Millions will be taking to the skies to visit loved ones. Yet with rising fuel costs, dozens of surcharges, and perks at a bare minimum, the skies aren’t as friendly as they once were. Flying used to be a treat, something that people dressed up for...

Nate Silver and My Wife Are Always Right [California Seething]

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month since Obama’s re-election. With the bitterness and divisiveness of the election, the past month was a time for coming together in America. After all, Obama is happily ensconced in the White House for four more years and America’s glorious...

Escalator Madness! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

The holiday shopping season is in full swing and loads of shoppers are hitting malls. Most major shopping centers are spread out over several levels, requiring a brief ride on an escalator to get from floor to floor. These inventions have saved us all from climbing flight after flight of...

Preggers Before 1st Period? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn in He...

Dear Dr. Miro, Is it possible for a girl to get pregnant if she hasn’t had her first period? I thought no, but then some people told me that it was? Admittedly, my sex education wasn’t the best. Now my daughter’s 11 and I’m getting nervous about what to tell her on specifics. We’ve been...

A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Chimp Try to Run a Religious School…[Ho...

Dear Madame HR, I’m a 7th grade teacher in a faith-based school. Last June, our respected long-time principal retired. The Board of Trustees of the school hired a man I’ll call Dr. P as the new principal. So far, Dr. P has called the 5th grade teacher a “booby” because...

THE RYAN DIXON LINE: An Ode to Black Friday [Best of FaN]

Conventional wisdom has it that Thanksgiving is the one day where family and friends reunite, reconnect, and relapse over a grocery-store-bought feast of turkey, stuffing and wine. Football is watched. Happy tears are shed. Everlasting memories are made. Balderdash. Come on, admit it, if I...

Holiday Update: I Ruined Thanksgiving and My Dog Smells Like Cheese &#...

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Just in case you think your Thanksgiving is going poorly, here’s a re-run of Eric Sim’s Thanksgiving 2011. Our Thanksgiving dinner this year was supposed to be low maintenance and effortless which, as a card-carrying member of the flannel and apathy...

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Hell Yeah! [Booky McBookNerd] [Book Week I...

For Book Week. I am reading a book by National Book Award finalist, Laini Taylor, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone has renewed my hope and faith in fiction. It’s the story of Karou, an art student in Prague. Karou has just discovered that her first boyfriend, Kaz, cheated on her with a mutual...

Hot & Fast Quickies! – Ask Dr. Miro: What You didn’t Learn ...

Dear Dr. Miro, My partner and I have become so busy that “getting busy” never happens. I really miss our long sex sessions but it’s been forever and I’m not sure where we would even fit it in – pun kind of intended. We both love reading so maybe a book recommendation? I still find her...

I Could Write a (Really Boring) Book about FMLA [HorroR Stories] [Book...

In honor of another Book Week at FaN, I will share with you Chapter 3 in my book entitled: FMLA, what the Fuck? Please buy it, please, please, please. I expect it to be on the shelves sometime in the next decade. There is nothing more confusing than leaves of absence. Ask anybody. In the...

Book Week: Psy Comm, and interview with the Author [Gamer by Design] [...

My regular readers know, I write about video game design, business, and sometimes the mobile app scene. For Book Week, I decided to read something equally nerdy. That would be the graphic novel Psy-Comm. I have the privilege of knowing the author, Tony Salvaggio. As you’ll see below, he...

Buy the Book [Tall Drink of Nerd] [Book Week II]

There are probably around a dozen books in my library that I either haven’t started or haven’t finished. It’s a shame, sort of. A few are loaners from family that I’ll get to when everything else around me is exhausted. Several I purchased because I love the author,...

A Stache For A Cause! [A Tall Glass of Shame]

Some guys might look clean-cut this early in the month of November, but will be growing out their facial hair for the rest of the month. How come? Movember! It is the time of year that men across the globe will be growing a little hairier for a cause. For those not in the know, and there must...

The World’s Worst Adult Gets All Serious and Sh*t [California Se...

Just because I hate all of the things that stupid young people like, you might think I make a pretty good Adult. Well first of all, let me set the record straight, I don’t actually hate all the things that stupid young people like. I mean, hello? Gangnam Style? I love that song HEYYYYY, SEXY...

I Want MORE! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, If someone has a higher sex drive than their partner, what should they do? I want to screw all the time and my boyfriend (we’ve been together a year) seems happy with twice a week, maybe. I constantly feel horny for him but he thinks there’s something wrong with me and jokes...

Is your Eye Shadow Color Choice Holding you Back? Yes! [HorroR Stories...

Mme. HR, My manager called me into her office and told me that unless I started dressing nicer and wearing my hair and makeup in a more conservative style, then I wouldn’t get very far in this company. I am a good performer, probably the best in my department, and feel that whether or not I’m...

Fat Head Mask [Dork Lifestyle]

It is Halloween time again! I can remember my earliest memory of Halloween costumes that really were like wearing a trash bag. Remember those? Even scarier, I recall the Fat Head...

Oh, And Hey, Did I Mention…? [Bloggin' on the ETC]

If this post seems disjointed, that’s because it is. That’s because I am. A month ago, I went into the bimonthly appointment with my therapist unsure of what I should talk about. I was in a pretty good mood and nothing had been bothering me as of late. So I talked about my second...

Pop This! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, I’ve been using Poppers for about five years to enhance my sexual experiences and I’m starting to worry that they may affect my future health. What are the long-term side effects of using poppers? Everyone seems to have them in the clubs and I’ve never heard really bad stories...

I Seem to be Having Technical Difficulties…With Life [California...

Now that I’m officially over 40, it’s easy to blame my age for the fact that I’m totally out of touch with movies, music, television, fashion, food, fragrances, technology, culture, comic books, candy and internet memes (BTW- I love being over the hill. Going downhill is so much easier on the...

Project Runway Season 10: The Finale! This Is No Time To Be Petulant! ...

Well dear readers, we have come to the end of yet another season of PROJECT RUNWAY. This season boasted about having the best group of designers yet as it was celebrating it’s tenth season on the air. Do you agree? I certainly don’t, but I did find a few gems in the murky waters...

The Séance: A Ghost Story? [Hippie Squared]

The only dead person we knew between the two of us was Valerie’s Uncle Robert. So we decided that for our first séance we would call on him. Valerie was my best friend in the neighborhood. She was eleven, and I was ten, in Lansing, Michigan in the fall of 1973. First we chose the room,...

Start With a Classic [Poll on This]

We’re starting up a weekly poll here at Fierce And Nerdy. We thought it would be best to ease you into sharing your opinions, by asking something familiar, something we all have strong opinions about. It’s Star Trek v. Star Wars. Some of you like both, but you know it’s not...

The Sex Talk? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, I’m a single parent raising a boy. He’s 12 yrs old and I tried having the sex talk with him but he refused to talk to me. Is there a certain approach I should take with him? I’m scared of what he may be picking up from his friends but I’m not exactly feeling good...

There are More Fuzzies in HR Than Just the Sweaters [HorroR Stories]

What the heck do you do in HR anyway? –Thinking of becoming a Madame HR Dear Thinking, Good question! I think everyone has a different idea of what goes on behind the super-secret door of the Human Resources Department. Unfortunately, I don’t really have an easy answer because what your...

Cheating With a Model Is Still Cheating! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’...

Dear Dr. Miro, My husband cheated on me with a somewhat famous lingerie model. He told me the entire story and claims it was a “seize the day” moment for him & he’d never have forgiven himself if he hadn’t. He was shocked I wasn’t high fiveing him over his once in a lifetime...

From Antiques Roadshow to Auction Hunters: The Sad Evolution of Garage...

In more prosperous times, we watched Antiques Roadshow. We sighed an involuntary “awwww” as a dear, sweet old woman from Peoria with pink cheeks and hair like a fluffy white cloud of cotton candy, showed off the sturdy wooden chair that had been in her family for generations with...

Strengthen That Love! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn't Learn In Health C...

Dear Dr. Miro, What are some suggestions for strengthening my marriage? We’ve been together 2 years and I want to focus on the things that can make us stronger not break us apart. Everything I read tells me what not to do so, uh, what CAN I do? Sincerely, Pro-active Pat   Dear PP,...

HR has Made Me a Nerd: Watching the NFL and How Managers Suck [HorroR ...

Purely for my own amusement, and hopefully for yours, I have decided to have an occasional series here in HorroR Stories about how when you work in HR long enough it starts to affect how you view everything in life. Keep sending questions though! I will resume the usual Q&A next time. Now...

Hot Pepper! [Dork Lifestyle]

I ordered too many peppers this week. I thought they were all sweet type peppers, but much to my dismay, Raoul was right and some were very very hot peppers! I ate some raw hot peppers, and my mouth was on fire, y’all! My lips swelled up, too – it was that hot. Raoul said...

55 Cranky Years of Clint [Tall Drink of Nerd]

“What are you fellas staring at? I’m not a pole dancer.” growls cranky old Gus (Clint Eastwood) in a trailer for Trouble with the Curve. Eastwood is once again playing a grumpy old man. But wait a minute. In the middle of watching that clip, a lightbulb illuminated above my...

Girls & Guys – “Just Friends”? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Lear...

Dear Dr. Miro, My girlfriend has a few close guy friends she hangs with and I think that’s wrong. I don’t go out with any females alone – their boyfriends would get angry they’re hanging with another man. I’m pretty sure these dudes are waiting for my girl to be weak & screw her...

And My Parker Posey Crush Rages On [Procrastinate on This]

Also, the Emmys were last night. Did you watch ‘em? [via...

Everyone is Older and Everything is Worse. Another Damn Trip to Albany...

Some trips are all about the journey. Other trips are all about the destination. Then, there are those trips that are all about coming home and kissing the floor because you’re so fucking happy to be back that you don’t care how much dog hair sticks to your lips. Last weekend I went to Albany...

Training a Manager on Harassment Doesn’t Mean He’s Going t...

Dear Madame HR, My boss is constantly picking on me. In meetings he tells everyone about every mistake I make, big or small. He’s constantly yelling at me and telling me that I am incompetent and stupid. Most days I go home crying. I think this is harassment and he’s creating a hostile work...

Black Bull Cuckold Fantasy! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn in He...

Dear Dr. Miro, I overheard my husband talking on the phone about how hot Black Bull Cuckoo-Sex scenes are. Is he into crazy animal sex? No matter how secure I am in my sexuality, this seems like something I can’t (& don’t want to) compete with. Sincerely, Not Into Animals Dear NIA, Before...

iPhone 5: The Game Designer’s Perspective [Gamer by Design]

After all the talk about the iPhone 5 in this big week of Apple announcements, I thought it would be interesting to put my thoughts on paper. After all, I’ve been talking about it with my fellow game developers for about a week now. If you follow my blog posts, you know that I am an...

How to Get People to Respect Your Privacy [Bloggin' on the ETC]

The other week while I was in St. Louis, my sister blurted out something while out to dinner with family, regarding some career news that I did not want other people to know yet, for various reasons. I was shocked. Most of you don’t get why I was shocked. Most of you have stories upon...

What’s Wrong With Vanilla? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Hea...

Dear Dr. Miro, With all the 50 Shades of Whatever and Poly-Gang Bang Hoo-Hah that’s going on in our culture, I’ve started questioning myself and whether I’m just the most boring person in the whole world. Seriously, after making out, I like to get off with some head and then classic...

Grown Ups at Disney World [Michael Gutenplan]

Two adults take a vacation to Disney World over a holiday weekend. While this would be a great start to a surely hilarious joke, it is the true story of my friend Julia and my true-life adventure for a fantastic, fun filled few days in Central Florida’s best-known theme park with an adorable...

“We Own This Country” – A Glimpse into Hell at the R...

The crazy thing about Republicans at the RNC is that they look almost like human beings. How weird is that? I mean, sure, with their red ties, stupid hats and piggy little eyes that shine with greed and fear they look like an army of angry Stay Puft Marshmallow Men but still, they’re mostly...

Just Like Facebook, Going Public Could Cost You Big [HorroR Stories]

Dear Madame HR, Recently, in your FMLA post, you advised that the person send in baby pictures to their boss. This surprised me. I’m always worried about revealing too much personal information at work and to my co-workers. Isn’t it better to be cautious? -Prince Harry Dear Your Highness,...

Love Me, Big Mamma! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Cla...

Dear Dr. Miro, My wife is an overweight BBW (big beautiful woman). I’m talking at least 200lbs extra. That isn’t my problem – just more to love, right? I still want her in every way but her self-esteem about her body is so low that she refuses to let me touch her. I’m certainly no matchstick...

Is It Time for Dr. Who to Get a Male Companion? [Bloggin' on the ETC]

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen up to the current season of Dr. Who, you don’t want to read this post. With the new season of Dr. Who about to premiere this Saturday, I’ve been thinking and hearing a lot about — well, not Dr. Who himself, but his companions....

I Want My Sexy Back! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Cl...

Dear Dr. Miro, I just had a baby and do not associate my lady bits with getting sexy anymore. My nipples are now the domain of my little one and I do NOT want them incorporated into Mommy-Daddy Time. Even my vagina seems more like a place for my sweet child to exit rather than a pleasure...

Leslieville, Toronto’s Brooklyn [Gal About Town: Fashion and Tra...

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Toronto to see a few days of filming of the episode my husband wrote for Warehouse 13. Being on set everyday I was there, I did not get to spend much time being a tourist. I’ve been to Toronto countless times, and love the city, but thought I had...

Trekking with a Marshmallow [Nerd on a Wire]

Before I narrowly evaded the cold hand of death in the Peruvian Jungle, I spent four days walking up a steep hill and had some learnin’ laid on me by a roundish 4’10” Cambodian-American in an all white hiking ensemble. I’d intended the Steep Hill part of the trip to be a physical challenge...

Fall TV Preview: 1979 is Gonna Be a Great Year! [California Seething]

September is a very exciting month for television. In the coming weeks, the major networks will launch dozens of new comedies, dramas and reality shows to be viewed and dissected by dozens of self-appointed media critics around the country. Since I’m not gonna watch any of that horseshit,...

Dining in the Dog Days of Summer [Elbows on the Table]

Eating seasonally is the simplest way to improve your food and cut down on your carbon footprint. There is a reason why that factory tomato shipped from South America you slap on your turkey sandwich in mid January tastes like gooey plastic sludge. It’s because it isn’t meant to be....

Paternity Leave is No Joke [HorroR Stories]

Recently, in the comments for my post on the perils and ennui of FMLA, Ernessa requested that I address Paternity Leave, since my post was more focused on Maternity Leave. So, for Ernessa and all you men out there who are about to be fathers, maybe could someday be fathers, don’t want to be...

Don’t Give ‘Em Something To Talk About! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t...

Dear Dr. Miro, My girlfriend Will. Not. Stop talking about our sex life to her friends and now I find out her family knows intimate details about us, too. This makes me waaaay uncomfortable. I ask her to stop and then she accuses me of being jealous of her relationships. Demands why I want...

How iPhones have made all of our lives Better(worse) [Gamer by Design]

If you read my column on the reg, then you know I spend about half my waking hours designing iPhone games. Oh and I also use an iPhone for my PHONE. So basically there is almost always an iPhone in my hand. This is a sad state of affairs, considering the fact that I’m not an Apple...

Sound Shapes for PSVita [Game On]

It’s often easy to think of a game fitting purely into a defined genre and sub-type. For example, too often violent video games strictly conjure up imagery of first-person shooters illustrating war-torn conflicts between alien races or too-close-to-home terror plots. Platformer are...

Fiercely Lovin’ Intercontinental San Francisco [Gal About Town: ...

Welcome back Fierce Nerds! I hope you have all been well during our “Summer Vacation” This week I’m back to tell you why I “fiercely” LOVE the Intercontinental San Francisco Hotel. As you know, I love San Francisco for countless reasons. One of those reasons happens to be the...

Olympic Viewing Wrap Up- Do I Hate NBC more than China? [California Se...

Individuality. A healthy upbringing with a loving family. A well rounded education. Countless free hours of playing with friends. These are just some of the things that will win you jack shit as an Olympic gymnast. Olympic gymnasts should be raised in a box like veal – separated from...

When I Made Dick Van Dyke Laugh (A Hollywood Valentine) [Hippie Square...

I like this tale. What’s more, I like this telling of it. Hippie Squared is often mined from my personal oral tradition–oft-told tales of my adventures. But sometimes I get the nagging feeling that I told it better years ago at a party somewhere. Not here. This time, I feel like I...

In Defense of Bread: A Love Story [Elbows on the Table][Best of FaN]

Author’s Note: When you want to cause a stir in politics, bring up government spending.  No one is right and everyone is wrong.  We are taxed too high, spending’s too low, too much money goes to parks, not enough on research… the shouting will never subside. If you want to...

“My Boss is Crazy” is a Redundant Statement [HorroR Storie...

I picked this post as my “best of” because: 1. I didn’t have many to choose from as I’m a relatively new contributor here and 2. this is hands down the question people ask me more than anything (or a version of). It seems that having a crazy boss is like the common...

Foot Mouth or Stupid Stuff I Shouldn’t Have Said [Tall Drink of ...

I really wanted to choose my story about finally being okay with wearing glasses in public for best of FaN, but the column below needed to resurface because I can’t stop saying stupid stuff. People tell me that I’m an excellent listener. One of the reasons people think that, is...

Thine Commandments of Kickstarter for an Indie Video Game [Gamer by De...

For my favorite post of the year for Fierce and Nerdy, I chose to re-publish my Kickstarter how-to. It was by far my most popular post, probably because there are not a lot of straightforward, honest articles of how to succeed in doing a Kickstarter for a video game (I know, because I...

50 Shades of a Cupcake: an Erotic Tale by Sarah Fazeli [Bewitched, Bot...

You. Cupcake. You sit, innocent, behind the clear glass. You hide between row after row of imposters. You cannot deceive me. You cannot hide. I bend low, in order to see you clearer. My eyes sure of you there. Nothing, not even a pane of Plexiglas can shield you from my desire. You, the one...

Thanksgiving (Sex) Toys & the FAA [Ask Dr. Miro (What You Didn’t ...

I picked this as the ‘Best Of “Ask Dr. Miro”‘ from the past year after getting a lot of personal comments thanking me for the travel assistance. Plus, it just seemed to be appropriate for all the summer travel that is going on. Dear Dr. Miro, I am flying cross country...

Murder, I Wrote About [California Seething][Best of FaN]

I chose this post because I knew that if I didn’t, Ernessa would murder me with an ice-pick. And then Jessica Fletcher would have to solve the case of who murdered me with an ice pick, and Angela Lansbury is too old for that shit. So here you go- enjoy! Let’s say you killed Guy Fieri...

Procrastinate on This! [BOOK WEEK!!!]

Oh, guys, it’s been yet another wonderful BOOK WEEK, and I can’t wait to do it again in the fall. Sadly, we’re off for the next two weeks — those Olympics ain’t gonna obsessively watch themselves– but do come back to read or re-read the best blogumns...

Accepting Thirst: Edward Field’s Kabuli Days [Hippie Squared] [B...

A travel journal is a kind of quest tale. In 1970 poet Edward Field journeyed to Afghanistan questing for Sufis (as a Gurdjieff fan); “sex, as all travelers are;” and “a little hotel clinging to a rock in the middle of a rushing river” which he saw in a National...

Sisters in Strange (to Me) Places – Bloggin on the ETC [BOOK WEE...

Since moving to a walking neighborhood almost two years ago, the quality of our overall lives have gone up, but sadly the quality of my reading life has gone down. I barely drive any more, so there’s no chance to listen to audiobooks. And now that my daughter is in pre-school, I can...

The HR Manager with the Dragon Tattoo [HorroR Stories - BOOK WEEK]

In honor of Book Week at F&N, I will be suspending my usual Q&A. Keep sending questions, you can post them in the comments or email them to: askhorror@gmail.com. And as always, confidentiality will be preserved. Now that’s out the way, so…Book Week, eh? I have to admit when they first...

Sad Etsy Pets, the Oh-So-Funny Kirsten Dunst, and Cookie Monster All L...

Friendly reminder, we have SOOOOO much coming up for you next week for BOOK WEEK 1. It’s going to be so effing awesome. So definitely come back for that. Meanwhile here’s an extra-huge batch of procrastination to get you through the weekend. 1. “Comic-Con Once Again Marred...

Breaking Down and Buying the PSVita [Game On]

I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan all last week on business. I’m sure I’ve gone back and forth before about how I will never buy another handheld system and how the glory of iOS is meeting all of my on-the-go gaming needs, but I just couldn’t help myself. When you’re...

The Angriest Man in the Happiest Place on Earth [California Seething]

There’s nothing particularly happy about the Anaheim train station. It’s a tiny little depot in the parking lot of Angels’ stadium with a couple of tired vending machines, concrete benches and one small ticket window. There’s also a sign on the door that reads “Station may be closed at points...

A Wine Drinker’s Guide to Beer [Elbows on the Table]

Until this past year, my beer knowledge was limited to Natty Light kegstands on University housing porches. In years when my bank account hovered well below sea level, I enjoyed Guinness for dinner but mostly because it had lots of iron, was cheap and filled me up like eating actual food. My...

There’s Nothing Funny about FMLA [HorroR Stories]

Dear Madame HR, I recently found out I’m pregnant and I’m terrified to tell my boss. Last year my co-worker had a baby and when she came back they transferred her to a crappy job where she files all day. I heard a rumor that they fired someone else when she was on maternity leave. I can’t...

A New Take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Procrastinate on This]

If by “new” you mean “inspired by the original comic books” — which, let’s face it, most of us haven’t read. In any case, this concept animation by Malcolm Sutherland is worth a looksee. [via...

The (Not So) Amazing Spiderman [Tall Drink of Nerd]

So you went and saw The Amazing Spider-Man to witness Andrew and Emma fall in love. Sweet. A lot of critics, comic geek bloggers and my FB friends have been praising The Amazing Spider-Man, mostly for the relationship between Gwen and Peter. I whole heartedly disagree with all of you. There...

Summer in Pittsburgh [Dork Lifestyle]

Summer is here! Raoul and I got away from Athens to spend some time with my family in Pennsylvania. We had a good time hanging out and seeing everyone and Raoul got to mark some Pittsburgh sites off of his “Pittsburgh Bucket List.” Do you have a favorite attraction in your home...

How Big is My WHAT? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Cla...

Dear Dr. Miro, How much wiener can a vagina handle? I just discovered that the guy I’m dating is overly “blessed” & I’m worried that I won’t be able to handle this. It’s not my first time or anything like that but I’m just wondering how big my hoo-hoo actually is. Sincerely, Petite Miss...

Crushing on San Fran [Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Finge...

This week continues the detailing of my love affair with San Francisco. Every time I visit the Bay, I discover something new that I love, and always leave with the want to explore even more. In this blog I’ll tell you about the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Birthday...

I Can’t Drive 55! (or at all) – [California Seething]

Recently, the Expo Line opened from Downtown LA to Culver City. In the next few years, this new subway line will be extended all the way to the beach in Santa Monica. This is a very exciting development. Finally, 21st Century Los Angeles will have a mass transit system that can compete with...

Hammock in the Moonlight (Mexico68 at Naya) [Three Line Lunch]

an occasional diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers Hammock in the Moonlight (Mexico68 at Naya) Bari sax lays it down, contented rumble, On rhythm canopy: macramed conga beat, bass thrumble, percussion shiver n’ shimmy; Hammock rocking in the moonlight...

Three Line Lunchbox [Hippie Squared]

So here it is: an assortment of items out of a Three Line Lunchbox. An apple, some chips and a few three line poems–spread ‘em out on your picnic blanket. Ripe, stale, juicy or crunchy; gnaw on a couple and you decide. Enjoy with wine, beer or a glass of cool lemonade. Wild Grass...

Fuck, Marry, Kill: Kitchen Edition [Elbows on the Table]

I grew up in a commercial kitchen that also included a fully stocked “prep” kitchen one floor up, two walk-in butler pantries and a detached dry food storage as large as a garage behind the house. I was not reared in a hotel or army base but with a mother who believed why do less when you can...

You’re Not the Only One Your CEO is Screwing [HorroR Stories]

Dear Madame HorroR, I recently returned from a business trip to New York with the CEO of my company and a couple of other executives. One evening I entered the hotel bar where we were staying and saw the CEO at a table with a woman I know is a prostitute. I know this because she had...

My Life as a Mall: A Day in the Life [As Told to Ryan Dixon]

A bi-weekly blog featuring the recollections of a soon-to-be demolished super regional mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as told to Ryan Dixon. For previous installments, please click HERE They’re boarding me up as I write this. A crew of twenty burly men attach plywood over my doors and...

Foot Fetish! [Ask Dr. Miro: What You Didn’t Learn In Health Class]

Dear Dr. Miro, Is it crazy to love women with pretty feet? And I mean LOVE. Sincerely, Foot In Mouth (Yes PLEASE) Dear FIM(YP), Depends on your definition of crazy. Sounds like you may have a bit of a Foot Fetish. Pronounced sexual interest in feet or footwear, are the most common sexual body...

Using the “C” Word [Tall Drink of Nerd]

Yesterday was my 10th wedding anniversary, so I figured I would share one of the secrets to long-term marital bliss. You don’t make it through 21 years in a relationship without learning how to use the “C” word. My not so secret, secret? Communication. When I was super-young...

Only Weeks From Death But With Life Still Possible [Three Line Lunch]

an occasional diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers Only Weeks From Death But With Life Still Possible (For Peggy Holman 6/21/40 – 4/18/06) “I was out walking Dodger this morning and looking at the flowers,” My mom said, “And I thought, I’m not afraid of...

First Impressions: Max Payne 3 [Game On]

  Well, it’s been nearly 10 years since we last saw Max in action and now we’re finally able to see what’s transpired since we last saw everyone’s favorite hard-boiled action hero palling around with Mona. So how do I feel having waited a decade to see Max back in...

Hanging With The Exes? [Ask Dr. Miro: What You didn’t Learn In Health ...

Dear Dr. Miro, Is it normal for a guy to hang out with his exes? This makes me really uncomfortable. I don’t want my boyfriend around a bunch of girls he used to have sex with but he gets mad at me and tells me, “We’re besties – nothing more.” I think this is weird and so do all my friends...

Calvin Coolidge: Mummy Hunter [Procrastinate on This]

Because really the only way to make Calvin Coolidge interesting is to add mummies and an Ernest Hemingway cameo. Ridiculously cheap parody trailers for the win! [via Topless...

Holy Crap Y’all- The New Dallas Doesn’t Suck- [California ...

In the fall of 1980, I was living in Arad, Israel- a very small town in a very small country a world away from Westchester County, New York where I was born. I was there because around the time that Star Wars came out (and it’s not Star Wars Episode IV or Star Wars: A New Hope, it’s just...

Sarah H. Haught is Pediconferencing [Fierce Anticipation]

Fiercely Anticipating… June 24th What happens on June 24th you ask? Well then you clearly don’t have the borderline-unhealthy Aaron Sorkin obsession that I do. That’s right kids, the Emmy and Oscar Winner’s latest TV offering, The Newsroom, premieres on HBO in just a few short weeks, and I,...

Southern Comfort [Elbows on the Table]

There is a reason why all great southern literary works, like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Confederacy of Dunces, all take place during the blazing, humid months of summer. There is something special about summers below the Mason Dixon Line. It is a place where second...

Eat Your Damn HMO and Like It! [HorroR Stories]

Dear HorroR Stories, I hate my HR Department, they are so strict and I don’t understand why. I never got a dental insurance card and when I went to them to ask about it, they said I never signed up for dental insurance. And then they said I couldn’t just add it on, but I had to wait until the...

Light at the End of the Tunnel (It’s Your Deadline) [Tall Drink ...

“My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a producer.”–Cole Porter Deadlines and I are frenemies. Without a deadline, even if it’s just a scrawl on my to-do list, I would never get a thing done. Having a deadline is a light at the end of my creative tunnel....

Stuffed Animals [Dork Lifestyle]

Truth be told, I love stuffed animals. I have had them since I was small, and I have always loved them more than dolls. I used to have a bunch of them at the foot of my bed when I was little, but my favorites were always in the bed with me, so I could hug them at night. I still like to do...

He Was the Kinda Guy [Three Line Lunch]

a sparsely-furnished diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers He Was the Kinda Guy Who’d call you up all serious and urgent and ask you something like, “Jeff, when I tie my shoe laces, should I put the right one over the left one, Or the left one over the right one first?”...

Espresso and So [Three Line Lunch]

an all-too-infrequent diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers Espresso and So (Coffee Klatch in San Dimas) Fine frothed crema pads liquid obsidian surface of espresso and so I hoist my cup high in salute, “Covadonga!” Love to say it. Love to drink it. featured image credit: Paul...