Category Personal Diary

Images of my suburban dreamworld: 10

This is my 2013 Jamis Commuter 1 propped up on its seat and handlebars for its monthly chain cleaning. Don’t ask my why I love this bike so much. It’s cheap, heavy, slow, and has required a lot of maintenance over the past few years. Nevertheless it gets me 7 miles to work in the […]

Profit and Denial: My Impression of the American Health Care System

Back in February of 2013, I was riding my bike through the little town of Garwood, NJ, a tightly packed little strip of chain stores and fast food outlets, when I noticed a car door open a few feet ahead. “Well here it comes,” I thought, “the second most common type of bike crash.” Three […]

On Leftist Twitter Mobs

Stop reading Confucius you ableist. Get out in the fields and pick some rice. Last Thursday night, I was attacked by a leftist mob on Twitter, “dragged” to use the commonly accepted parlance. First they went for the resume I have posted on this website. After they realized that it’s a satirical resume with no […]

Going Carless

Back in 2008, right after the beginning of the “great recession” I moved back into the basement of my childhood home. It was only supposed to be for a few months until I found another apartment in the city, but we all know how that goes. Getting a lease in Michael Bloomberg’s hyper-gentrified New York […]

Rewatching the “Don’t Tase Me, Bro” Video: An Analogy for Contemporary Trump Era Politics

Having recently re-watched the once-viral political incident from John Kerry’s University of Florida conference, I heard for the first time what the student (“Andrew Meyer”) had been asking John Kerry before his microphone access was cut, he was arrested and tasered. Meyer had, according to reports, insisted on having his questions answered as he was […]

The Talk Every Startup Employee Dreads

I won’t fuck you but the company sure will. During the height of the tech bubble of the late 1990s, pretty much anybody could get a decent paying job in IT, even someone like me with a worthless English degree from a shitty state university in New Jersey. But don’t get too jealous millennial kids. […]

The National Museum of Mathematics

On my brother’s recommendation, I visited the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Founder and President Glen Whitney, an ex-math professor and hedge fund “quant,” graduated from our shitty high-school in Roselle New Jersey. My brother knew him. I didn’t, although his older sister might remember me singing “Back on the Chain Gang” […]

The Fyre Festival and the Culture of Late Capitalism

By now everybody on the Internet has had a good laugh about the Fyre Festival, the disastrous attempt by rapper Ja Rule and a young entrepreneur from Short Hill New Jersey named Billy McFarland to organize a deluxe edition of the Coachella Festival in the Bahamas. A few days ago, several hundred people, who paid […]

Chicken With Improvised Garlic Sauce and Creamy Potatoes

This is actually two recipes I improvised that mixed together by accident when they were combined in a single tupperware container. The two can easily be made together with the front two burners of a stove. Each is rich and delicious as its own dish, or mixed together. The first part: Lemon-Garlic-Tomato Chicken with Vegetables […]

Images of My Suburban Dreamworld: 2

Last month my elderly mother — she’s in her 80s –and I went to a family reunion where we both caught a nasty case of the flu. I was in bed for two days with a 102 degree fever. I had to give up running for a week, but I managed to recover. My mother […]