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Spite Houses

Just in time for the holidays, I bring tidings of “spite houses,” structures built for the sole purpose of irritating the neighbors (by blocking their access to light and air, etc.). I have to say — I...

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Accountability

Can we at least agree to print this on the back of all relevant health insurance correspondence for the next generation? Thanks. Speaking of the Massachusetts special election, here’s the first ever...

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Subtle condescension techniques

Not that I’m job-hunting or anything at the moment (in fact I’ve managed to avoid anything resembling a formal job interview for about a decade now)… but I somehow came across this list of 50 common...

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My snarky iPad review

“It’s eerily familiar, but bigger. I haven’t been this impressed since I saw the giant 40-foot laptop at the Museum Of Novelty Oversized Technology in Tacoma!” – Dan Mayer, April 23 “It’s like 17...

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More subtle condescension techniques

Two new undermining tactics I’ve come up with (the first I’ve put into practice, but the second is too combustible and so far exists in theory only): 1. Deliberately misjudge or question the gender of...

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The Jimi Hendrix Facsimile

My friend Mike returned from vacation in Corfu last week to a spate of bad news: A lawsuit involving his dog knocking over an elderly lady in park had somehow gotten revived long after he had deemed...

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Crimson Tide

Few topics can numb my buns like a discussion of how some social networking platform is or isn’t changing the cultural and/or political landscape around us. I can’t explain my disdain in rational...

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New Year’s Resolution Scorecard

People generally express surprise whenever I mention that I’m a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. I guess the thinking is that, being a coastal elite / leering smartass, I’m supposed to express...

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A Hooters Running Diary

A running diary of the Hooters’ contemptible ‘And We Danced’ video: [Note: if you’re looking this and trying to decide whether or not you want to read on, I suggest scrolling down and clicking on the...

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Superbowl Hostage Crisis

I have a problem with being a poor sport. This extend both to sports that I actually play and to spectator sports. The Superbowl this past Sunday was certainly no exception— in fact, it was pretty...

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