The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic.
But before we move on, I need to take care of two things.
1) I’m having a hard time writing this post Read more
The dog days are here. It’s hot. No need to be outside when it feels like absolute death. So what better to do than park it in front of the TV and catch up on some quality television programming before the Fall TV Season begins.
Here are three picks to Read more
Well, my experiment failed. I thought maybe if I stopped writing about this season that it would just go away. I got tired of Andi and her boy(z II men). I was tired of watching these men swaddled in scarves perusing some of this world’s greatest cities. But, I Read more
With the conclusion of another season of 24 (perhaps the last we'll ever see of Jack Bauer?), we bring in some longtime fans to discuss the finale, where the series may go from here, and how well this season lived up to the 24 we have come to know Read more
"Everybody has to have a hometown, Binghamton's mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive make-up of a human being, there is a need for a place to hang a hat or a kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that's familiar because that's Read more
Today we are pumped to have a new guest contributor in Jonathan Schneck. Jonathan is the Director of New Media Innovations for the ACLJ/BeHeardProject. He is the non-touring, semi retired, guitarist for the Grammy Nominated band Relient K. He has a Marketing Degree from Liberty University and lives in Read more
Maybe I’m the only one who’s been seeing this (which would be totally super awkward), but does it seem like we’re over-celebrating awkwardness in our culture today? I’m all for pointing out awkward interactions, laughing them off, and then moving past them into meaningful social interactions, but is that what’s actually happening here, or is there a more sinister, anti-social undercurrent at work?
What is awkwardness?
In laymen’s terms, awkwardness is the feeling we get when people aren’t on the same page socially. Technically speaking, awkwardness is the recognition of mismatched cultural habits between people within a social interaction.
Why awkwardness is necessary:
People are not identical. In order for humans to interact, there must be give and take. Awkwardness helps us sense social differences so that we can translate for them. The degree of awkwardness varies with every interaction, but the need to relate to each other is typically enough to keep us moving forward.
Smiles from ear to ear. Fist-pumping. Chanting “Anchor Down”, “Brand New Vanderbilt”, and love for Coach James Franklin. Mockingly doing the Gator Chomp.
But at this point in this season, I can’t help but wonder if this is just the status quo of Vanderbilt football from here on out. The past is firmly behind us. The sky is the limit. As our old friend Kevin Garnett said, “Anything is possible!”
The average American has a life expectancy of 78.5 years. Assuming that this “average American” eats three meals a day, that is roughly 86,000 meals–and let’s face it, many of us don’t eat breakfast. Moreover, as a child, you don’t get to pick your meals. I could continue to let this imaginary number dwindle down, but you get the idea. Read more
My wife, Palmer, sent me this video a few days ago. She warned me to prepare for tears. So I don’t know why I decided to wait to watch it until I was sitting in a full law library.
Regardless, I think you’ll enjoy this video that has gone viral, made by the patients and staff at University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital.
As I was watching it, I couldn’t help but think back to this quote from Gandalf in last winter’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love.”
Last year, we did one of our first Roundtables discussing all things Halloween – costumes for the young and old, movies, etc. This year, we got our growing group of friends together to give us their thoughts on funny/creative costume idea suggestions for this year, your favorite costume you’ve worn, your costumes that you think are overplayed, favorite scary movies, favorite candy to receive trick-or-treating, worst candy to receive, funny stories from past Halloweens, etc. Enjoy!
Review: Jason Aldean w. Jake Owen at FedExForum, Memphis, TN – October 24, 2013
(And a list of reasons you should go to a big time country music concert ASAP.)
I won tickets to see Jason Aldean a month or so ago, and honestly I’m not that big of a fan of his. But my wife is and I know some of his songs and it was free, so it only made sense for us to go to his concert.
Many in the auditorium cheered as the Navy SEAL team took down the final three pirates at the movie’s climax, yet I sat silent. I know I was supposed to cheer at the superiority of our military (of whom I am incredibly proud, because HOLY COW they are good!), yet the moment felt somehow different than a similar scene in Zero Dark Thirty when SEALs took down Osama Bin Laden. It wasn’t as if the United States was wrong to kill the Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage. In fact, the young men were committing one of the oldest and most contemptible international crimes. Yet, while grateful for the U.S. military and our incredible Navy SEALs who keep innocents like Captain Phillips and ourselves safe and free every day, I simultaneously mourned for those slain pirates. Not particularly the moment of their death, but instead the tragic inevitability of their life that led them to that moment.