November 30, 2016

Be careful what you ask for.

After all, the Oldham Council members never guessed they'd get a suggestion that was so brilliant, it would change their lives forever!

November 27, 2016

November 24, 2016

What I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving

Today, I’m thankful for professional journalists. I’m thankful for the New York Times. I’m thankful for fact-checkers and scientists. They’re going to be more important than ever for the next four years.

I’m also grateful to my parents, who subscribed to two daily newspapers when I was a kid. I ended up doing a “compare-and-contrast” on news coverage almost unthinkingly. ("Ooh, this comic page reflects the editorial board's values!" 😀)

Finally, I appreciate everyone who understands it's their civic duty to: 


a.) PAY ATTENTION

b.) subscribe to a good newspaper or support journalism in an active way.
 Here are some I appreciate:
The Washington Post 
National Public Radio 
ProPublica 
PBS: NewsHour
PBS: Frontline
 
FactCheck.org 
Mother Jones 
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire 
Public Radio International 
FiveThirtyEight 
Vox 
And even more! 
• Salon and Slate
• The New Yorker
• The Atlantic
• The Telegraph
• BBC News
• The Guardian
• The Independent
• The Globe and Mail
• Der Spiegel

November 23, 2016

NEWSFLASH: I am really bad at making conversation

Anyone who works with the public develops the ability of making lightweight conversation. My skills in this regard were called upon at last weekend’s Wild Arts festival.

A woman stopped by my table and chuckled over the Mischief book. Intuition told me she was a teacher, so I asked if that was the case.

“How did you know?” she replied. “I’m a counselor.”

“Oh, I’m pretty immature, so I can spot these things. Are you a school counselor?”

“Yes! Sort of.”

“What grade or age kids do you work with?”

“Teenagers who are 18 or 19.”

“Oh, young adults! I can only imagine the kinds of problems mature people like that might have.”

“I’m a drug and alcohol counselor.”

“Ah.” Pause. We avoid eye contact. “Now I can imagine it.”

Mercifully, she left shortly afterwards. But please don’t worry, it wasn’t awkward at all.


(EDITORIAL CORRECTION: It was hideously awkward.)

Just an FYI—I love my new cheesy lifestyle


November 22, 2016

Tweet mania!