523: A Revelation In A Cornfield

Renatta was a headache. Well, technically she had a headache. “Life’s not easy for someone with my condition.” Said Renatta. Her headaches were constant, and horrible. She visited specialist after specialist, but no one could figure out why she kept getting headaches. Then, one day, Renatta was walking through her neighbor’s corn field. The pollen…

485: Tech Adventures: Joining The 1%

I have a phone, you have a phone, she’s got a phone, we’ve all got phones and they’re all Androids. Together, Apple and Google phones account for 99% of the smartphone market in the U.S. I had a flip phone for several years. I loved it, and there’s certainly a part of me that wants…

482: Don’t Bump My Sleeve

“Please don’t bump my sleeve.” “I’m sorry?” “I said please don’t bump my sleeve.” “Oh, ok. Yeah, I’ll try not to bump you. Sorry.” “I want you to do a little more than try.” “Oh, um, yeah. Sure.” “I don’t think you understand the seriousness of this situation.” “Um, ok?” “I have a condition, which…

481: The Future Of Radio

I listened to a song on the radio today. Well, actually it was more like half a song. Every other word or so had been removed. I assume that the absent words had been deemed inappropriate for broadcast media. I came to the realization that this song must have achieved popularity on the internet, where…

458: The Scatterbrain

Marie was so scatterbrained! She couldn’t focus on anything for more than a couple seconds. By the time she was finished looking at the petunias, she would forget that she had to look at the roses too. One day she was taking a bath and, this is embarrassing, she forgot to scrub under her fingernails.…

451: You May Be Using The Term “Orwellian” Wrong. Here’s What George Orwell Was Actually Talking About

To give credit where credit is due, I plagiarized the title of this piece from a recent “USA Today” article. I was instantly impressed by the title’s simultaneous denial and reinforcement of Orwellian thought patterns. After all, what could be more classically Orwellian than having a major cultural institution unilaterally proclaim that society at large…

428: All Roads Lead To Rome

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never had a very good sense of direction. North, south, left, east right, there’s just too many to keep track of. Maybe if there were only one or two it would be easier, but there aren’t. So I just have my phone tell me where to go, and it…