Food Formulae: Beef and Plantain Bowls with Green Salsa

We made beef and plantain bowls with green salsa last week using a recipe from the fitness coaching app I use, and they were really tasty — but, as far as I can tell, there’s no way to export the recipe or bookmark it to Chrome or anything. So rather than sorting through the ~87,000…

My Favorite Books of 2023

The sun has just about set on 2023, which means it’s time to look back at the books I’ve read this past year. We’re about to look at some analytics first, so if you don’t give a shit about that and only want to see what my favorite books were, you can skip over this…

Becoming an Arsonist

The other day, I posted this photo of Satipo from a LEGO Raiders of the Lost Ark set in the group chat, along with a comment: A decent sliding-into-X-like style joke, no? In response, my friend wrote: That’s me coming out of 2023 but I refuse to enter 2024 like that. I’ll still have the…

Watching The Planets

We broke our unplanned summer hermithood not just once, but twice this week. On Thursday night we took part in what was billed as the World’s Largest Sound Bath and City-Wide Meditation — an hour of lying on yoga mats and blankets in the grass at Columbus Commons with a thousand other people, as we…

My Friend, Stephen

In 2018, back in the Before Time, when dinosaurs, not COVID, ruled the earth, and I still worked in an office full-time, I was introduced to this peculiar, older white gentleman. He had a strong Bahstahn accent and bore an uncanny resemblance — in appearance, attitude, and temperament — to BREAKING BAD’s Mike Ehrmantraut. His…

Paint the Town Pink

Few things bring me greater joy in this life than a reason to dress up in a thematically appropriate outfit. Give me a themed event, the more offbeat or outré, the better, and I will hurl myself at it with reckless sartorial abandon. Doesn’t matter what the theme is, really: post-apocalypse, Jersey Shore, film noir,…

Jenny Lewis in the Land of Cleve

We spent a few days up in Cleveland this week to catch the Jenny Lewis show at the House of Blues and see friends. Got a posh Airbnb from which we could work during the day on Thursday and Friday, then went to see Jenny Lewis on Thursday night followed by a cookout on Friday…

Summer Break Ya Neck

I’ve been thinking about summer vacation this week, and how it’s so conceptually at odds with how we think about work in this country. I mean, when you’re a kid, having summers off from school isn’t regarded as some kind of radical notion — it’s just the way things are. It’s normal. But as soon…

You Can’t Outrun ‘Em

I started writing something this week that was supposed to be small but unexpectedly morphed into a longer essay. It needs time to marinate before I do a proper edit, so it’ll probably go up next week. In the meantime, how about some links? The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an unprecedented, marvelous (har har) achievement…

Out of Office, But

I am gifting josh bales [dot] net and myself a bye week today — look! I used a sports term — but I did want to briefly pop in because today my parents are celebrating a special milestone: their 46th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mark and Lori. Thanks for always trying to model the best…