Those crazy hipsters and their facial hair implants


Deception in the form of a beard isn’t anything new to those in the gay community, but this is a brand new form of it that’s both amusing and a bit crazy to me.

When I read this article in the New York Post about people getting facial hair implants so they can grow a beard, it seemed both obvious and ridiculous. Continue reading

Flush with information: The Bathroom Reader series


Before I received a Kindle as a gift a few years back, my reading pattern was pretty predictable. I read paper books, and I tended to read more in the winter time, when it was colder out and I was indoors more.  By the time college hit, I already had established a pattern of acquiring certain annual anthologies, all of which came out in the fall, likely to time for gift-giving season. Continue reading

If the Winter Olympics came to New York


One of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed attempts was to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. Other projects from that failed effort ultimately went ahead, but in the end the Olympics went elsewhere.  Of course, with the Winter Olympics taking place this year in Sochi, Russia, a enterprising New York Times team of reporters and illustrators wondered: What if organizers attempted to construct venues appropriate for the Winter Olympics in The big Apple?  Continue reading

Illuminating the problems with light in bedrooms while sleeping


As electronics proliferate in our homes, the number of devices with blinking or always-on lights has increased.  This has created a situation where bedrooms aren’t nearly as dark as they were in earlier eras.  When I first moved into my apartment, I had to begin placing an envelope on the cable company-supplied router, because there’s a big glowing blue set of lights on the top of it that made my room much brighter. Continue reading