Updating my post from over two years ago, I now present my regularly listened to podcasts in order of how quickly I listen to new episodes, from “as soon as they are released even if I’m in the middle of another podcast’s episode” to “when there’s nothing else to listen to”.

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Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.

— Frank Zappa

If you think women are the weaker sex, try pulling the blankets back to your side.

— Stuart Turner

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

— George Burns

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

— Ernest Hemingway

NYC has had its share of interesting weather the last few years, including a major hurricane, minor hurricane, and various levels of nor’easters and blizzards. During each of these weather phenomena I’ve noticed that the intensity of the impending weather can be matched to the level of dress of the local TV weathermen shortly before the storm hits the area.

I am therefore proposing a Weather DEFCON system. The system would need to be adjusted to various climates, but I think the following would work for the North East United States:

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Every year, right around this time, my thoughts turn to which “Christmasy” movies I should watch in celebration of the season. Every year I watch four staples: Die Hard, Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Christmas Story. In addition to those four, I try and watch a few other Christmas related movies to round things out.

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How do you think that book got on top of that electrical(?) box between two subway tracks?

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One must wait until the evening
To see how splendid the day has been.

— Sophocles

I’m Batman.

— Batman

Ever since my first attempt at making beer I’ve wanted to try it again, but living in a Manhattan apartment has some limitations, and making five gallons of beer can be one of them. When I found out that Brooklyn Brew Shop made a one gallon beer making kit that was perfect for a city apartment, I decided it was time to give it another try. I got a Bruxelles Blonde kit, which came with almost everything to make an ale style beer:

  • 1 gallon glass carboy
  • Airlock
  • Tubing
  • Thermometer
  • Sanitizer
  • Barley
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Additional equipment needed, but not included in the kit:

  • Six quart stock pot
  • Second pot
  • A fine mesh strainer
  • Funnel
  • Bottles and caps
  • Honey

Since I had everything needed, I started making my second batch of homemade beer in late August.

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Can someone, who is clearly smarter than I am, please explain how the below times are different?

Milk carton date rules

Basketball is not one of my favorite sports. Generally speaking, the season is too long, teams don’t really play defense, scoring is too easy, and, when games are close at the end, the losing team constantly fouls the winning team to try and preserve clock time – what could be the most exciting part of the game is reduced to abject drudgery.

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, also known as “March Madness”, can be very exciting due to its single-elimination format, however, the way they play the last few minutes of close games mars an otherwise enjoyable experience.

I know the strategy works once in a while, but that doesn’t make it fun to watch.

As the NCAA tournament got closer this year, I began to wonder just how long, on average, the last two minutes of a game actually takes to play, and if the closeness of the score matters. So, during the tournament, I got out my trusty stopwatch (last seen during Super Bowl XLIV) and timed the last two minutes of as many games as I could.

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This past October I finally made the decision that it was time to buy a new TV. At the time my TV had been developing a black “smudge” in the picture in the upper right that had been growing over the years and was about to take over almost two-thirds of the entire right side. The TV was a 32” 720p LCD HDTV and I was finding some things a little difficult to read on the screen, which may be more about my eyesight than the size of the TV.

From October through January I researched, compared, tested, and made a “final decision” about 10 times before finally pulling the trigger and purchasing a new TV in late January. It was the most stressful purchase I’ve ever made in my life, and I hope I don’t have to purchase another new TV for at least 10 years.

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I have a bad memory when it comes to little, unimportant-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things items that need to get done. As a result, I use my iPhone’s calendar as a reminder to pick up milk, call the cable company, pay bills, buy gifts, or do just about everything else that needs to be done by a certain time. It works for me because as soon as something enters my head, I can get it down in my calendar and not worry about it until it comes up on a date in the future.

Because I create calendar items several times throughout the day, I quickly learned to hate the iPhone’s built-in calendar app for many reasons; the worst of which is how long and how many touches it takes to create a new calendar entry. It’s just not very quick and it’s very easy to make a mistake or overshoot a date or time you’re trying to schedule something. So, I went looking for a replacement calendar app.

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