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#397: Back a Kickstarter project

What have you been waiting for? you may be asking.  Kickstarter has been around for years, and you’re only just now backing something?  You’re either the laziest person ever or the most miserly, or the most living-under-a-rock person.

Well, for those of you asking, I will tell you exactly what I’ve been waiting for: this.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Computers

 

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#396: Katz’s Delicatessen

Things I’m supposed to be impressed with at this landmark deli:

  1. It’s the place from When Harry Met Sally.
  2. It serves sandwiches with a lot of meat.
  3. Probably one other thing.

Things that actually mattered to me about this landmark deli:

  1. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were not there (I know Tom Hanks isn’t in When Harry Met Sally, but I’d rather meet him than Billy Crystal and aren’t all Meg Ryan romantic comedies interchangeable?). Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Food/Drink

 

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#395: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Interactive theater (which may or may not be the technical name of this sort of show) has become extremely popular in NYC.  First, there was Sleep No More, based on Macbeth–which I have wanted to attend for 2 years and will attend eventually.  It’s really expensive and I’ve heard you either hate it or love it; if I’m spending that much on the experience, I’ve already decided I’m going to love it, regardless of whether I actually do.  Then She Fell is another one, based on Lewis Carroll’s works–even more expensive and “intimate,” and, if we can trust the reviews, incredible.

Pretty soon there will probably be even more, and I wouldn’t be surprised if eventually there was a show based on Frankenstein, where the audience is limited to one, and you are trapped in a room with Frankenstein’s monster, and your goal is to find a way out before the monster kills you.  And it costs $5,000 to attend.

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Theater

 

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#394: Take homeopathic medicine

Just to be clear, it’s possible the medicine I took yesterday that my boss swears by for staving off the flu is purely sugar packets.  The “inactive” ingredients are lactose and sucrose.  The “active” ingredient is “anas barbariae 200CK HPUS.”  If that’s not code for, “something we’re going to charge you $2 per packet for–while claiming you’re getting 50% FREE–because you are gullible enough to think ‘homeopathic’ medicine somehow works better than the ones you’ve heard of before,” then I would be surprised.

But I tried it.  And it tasted like sugar.  And if my stomach hurt a tiny bit right after, that’s just in my head, right?

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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Health

 

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#393: Attend a sing-along

I’m anti-cliche, but, perhaps surprisingly, not anti-Valentine’s Day.

I know it’s turned into a commercial holiday where women have collectively decided to become appreciative of generic flowers, chocolate, stuffed animals, and jewelry as if these things required more than 2 minutes of thought or 10 minutes of effort on the part of the giver.  I cringe to see women walking around clutching their roses as if they are a signal of their worth.  I physically react to see men walking around clutching their roses as if they are a signal of their love (I mean, maybe they are; maybe these men really do only love these women a rose-worth).

But I like Valentine’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Music

 

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#392: Attend a film shoot

Imagine growing up in rural El Salvador.  Imagine not being able to speak.  Imagine not being allowed to go to school.  Imagine you think you’re the only person in the entire world who can’t hear.  Now imagine all this happening at once.

Got it?  Got just how alone and hopeless you might feel? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Movies

 

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#391: La Cerveceria

If you get annoyed when someone can’t simply choose an item from the menu and order like a regular person, you probably shouldn’t go to a restaurant with me.  Though frankly, I don’t understand why more people don’t utilize their servers to ask for recommendations.  (Maybe because half the time they say everything is good instead of being honest and admitting some of the meals aren’t so hot?)

When I asked the waitress at La Cerveceria which of 2 brunch dishes was better, she wouldn’t answer directly, but she did explain what one of the dishes looked like and mention that the other one was “healthy” and “exotic.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Food/Drink

 

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