Stand-Up, and Be Counted

As I write this, I am enrolled in a four-session stand-up comedy class at the esteemed (I guess) American Comedy Institute. I did this once before, pre-Covid, and found it so valuable and enjoyable, that I decided to jump in again. Unlike my first experience, my fellow students are (mostly) either professionals or wannabees, which makes the whole thing way more intimidating and scary. But, since these days, straying out of my comfort zone happens rarely – and when it does, it’s usually something like buying an item at the grocery […] Click to read more…

Insight Beats Information

Alert readers may recall that last fall, I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. All went well and while it’s been quite some time, you will be pleased to learn that the window for sending get well gifts is still open (mailing address below). Unfortunately, my left shoulder has now been acting up. And so yesterday, as a follow-up to an MRI earlier in the month, I went to see my orthopedic surgeon. He didn’t waste any time. He walked in, shook my hand, and said, “Well, your left shoulder is in […] Click to read more…

What a Difference a Difference Makes

Yesterday, I stumbled across an AI-powered service called Portrait Studio. The concept is simple… Upload a bunch of selfies of your head from the neck up and Portrait Studio will create professional style, high-definition photos of you in a variety of outfits, in a variety of settings. The perfect alternative to an expensive, time-consuming, in-person photo shoot. It was just $24 to try it out, so in the name of science (I never stop working for you), I gave it a spin. The results were … interesting. I was amazed, frankly, at […] Click to read more…

The 80% Solution

I ran into Dave last Friday morning at our local greasy spoon (literally called, “The Spoon”). That’s unusual since I don’t eat breakfast out very much. I don’t know Dave well, just enough to say hello. But I see him often – nearly every Tuesday night when I go to our town’s local dive bar. (I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, it’s not called, “The Dive Bar.”) It occurred to me, though, that if I wanted to maximize my chances of running into as many people as possible that I know […] Click to read more…

In the Summertime

Among the many things I enjoy about my town is the summer concert series put on by our local arts association. Over several weeks, on both Friday and Saturday evenings, they bring in an assortment of bands from as far away as … well, I don’t actually know but they don’t live here. It’s outdoors (of course) with a wide selection of beer and wine for purchase and a barbecue truck that pulls up and parks off to the side. Bring your own lawn chair and sit wherever you like. […] Click to read more…