Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Apple gave me a hard time with this iPod engraving.

Just found my old iPod, which thanks to my iPhone, I now never use. This particular iPod was a replacement for a stolen one. When I told the Apple rep what I wanted the engraving to read, she said "it might be a problem," and had to check with a supervisor. "After all" she continued, "we don't want to be encouraging this sort of thing." Come on, the only person who'd really be seeing it is the person who's stealing it.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

My ego's gone viral.

When I look at who's most interested in their work becoming a meme (present company included) it makes sense that the word is "me" twice.

Monday, February 28, 2011

My encounter with an out-of-towner.

TOURIST: Excuse me, how do you get to Ground Zero?
ME: Practice. Practice. Practice.
TOURIST: (dazed stare)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Jeff 4.0

To celebrate my 40th, some friends and I went to Commerce for dinner. Commerce was once Grange Hall, a restaurant I used to go to often but hadn’t been to since it closed years ago.

This seemed like a perfect place to have my 40th. It was immediately familiar, since they hadn’t changed the interior much at all. I knew where everything was; the bar, my favorite seat, the bathrooms. And a quick glance around brought back memories of dinners, brunches, and lunches I enjoyed over the years. Yet, the menu was completely new and foreign.

It was a lot like being 40. At this point, I know myself pretty well, but I have no expectations as to what might be coming next. I’m comfortable, but not so comfortable that I’ve given up on being surprised. Given how much fun the night was, I hope the rest of my 40's keeps the analogy alive.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Who blogs anymore?

Now that there's Twitter and Facebook?
You can find me there if you need me. Although there's nice stuff to read here too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hey, let go my ego!

I know of people who vow never to join Facebook. Many of them cite their fear of having their identity stolen as their main reason for keeping away.

To me, this is akin to Navajos believing cameras could steal their souls.
Let's pretend for a moment being on Facebook really did set you up for identity theft. In this reality, eventually, we'd all have our identities stolen. This could teach us a valuable lesson. Maybe we'd come to realize these identities we hold so dear aren't really something we can "own," and that we are too attached to our idea of "self."
But what's so bad about a future where I steal a little piece of your identity? After all, in this world, you've probably pick-pocketed a little slice of mine. My neighbor downstairs might have stashed away some of my identity too. He's probably after those precious years where I had all my hair and zero acne. In the end, we'd all own a little piece of each other. Isn't that beautiful? Our true connectedness would surface and we'd all become One.
I'm ready. I'll get the ball rolling. My Social Security number is 105-75-63... On second thought.

Monday, February 08, 2010

In the news.

In Antarctica, researchers have found five cases of whiskey buried beneath the ice for over 100 years. The researchers are now frantically digging through the ice in hopes of finding five cases of sour mix.

That was the first joke I wrote for my "Writing for Late Night
" class. I preferred the version below, but it didn't go over as well:

In Antarctica, researchers have discovered five cases of whiskey buried beneath the ice for over 100 years. They’ve also discovered Julie, the researcher none of them would have ever gone home with before, is now strangely attractive.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I think more Americans would text "Haiti" to make a donation if they knew how to spell Haiti.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Today I discovered I can stereotype 30 races per minute.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Making a blockbuster movie is easy. (Spoiler alert)

Yesterday, I enjoyed a traditional Jewish Christmas – a movie and Chinese food.

The movie was Avatar, which was visually stunning. Directed by James Cameron, it bore striking similarities to his other blockbuster, Titanic. Both feature a main character that goes on a journey initially meant for someone else. Both of these characters then fall in love with a woman from a completely different world than their own. They are both found guilty of a crime the are truly innocent of, and locked up while disaster occurs all around them. A woman eventually frees them both and they go off to save the day. Both our heroes die in the end, only for us to learn that their spirits live on.

Simple. Go write a blockbuster today.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Usually it's a period, not a hyphen, that causes bleeding.

I shave in the shower. So I have, what is supposed to be, a fog-less mirror. This would imply it's a mirror that doesn't get foggy.

Rather than "Fog-less Mirror," the box should read: "Fog. Less Mirror." That's what I wind up with - a lot of fog, which leaves much less mirror to see myself in.

Let the clotting begin.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I need to work on my typing skills.

I misspelled an emoticon today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Is it bad that I only become aware of historic or socially significant events when Google changes their logo?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Carbon(ated) dating.

Recently, the company I work for created an iPhone application for Amp, an energy drink made by Pepsi. It was called "Know Before You Score," and it was designed to help guys pick up women. As reported in the Los Angeles Times:

The application provides pick-up lines and other charming tools to seduce a "wide" variety of females -- 24 in total -- including the bookworm, the cougar, the athlete and the women's studies major. It also has a "Brag" feature which encourages users to "include the name, date, and whatever details you remember" about successful hookups or failed conquests.

Pepsi removed the application after receiving heated criticism for stereotyping women. Ridiculous move Pepsi! You guys make a living selling tons and tons of corn-syrup-infused water to millions. Promoting sex between two (or more) human beings is certainly a much more natural and wholesome offering. I'd continue down that path, and forget the fizzy stuff.

And the app was educational. Who knew there were 24 different types of women?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Let's put national healthcare reform into a giant silver balloon so it can get some real attention.