They decided to vet you. To ask if you are serious about your mission. Meanwhile, you are fresh out of concern.
You are going to play the guitar, and that’s all.
You decide to sing out as well, play the chord you know, and not rue the one you don’t know. If you are found wanting, so be it. At least you were found.
Days pass. Weeks follow.
Then the parts of you that met, the parts that define you, reach…
Action films are where you tend to find breakneck timing like this.
The same week that the United States COVID case count is shooting through the roof, a hero comes to save the day. Except neither Will Smith nor Tom Cruise star in this show.
They teamed up on a COVID shot that was 90% effective on in the first 94 test subjects. …
A scene from the 1987 Steve Martin film “Roxanne” is a perfect model of life right now.
Martin’s character inserts a quarter into a newspaper box, scans the headlines, then screams in horror. He produces another quarter, shoves the paper back into the box, and walks away.
Current events can be overwhelming. It is easy to forget we live in an age of wonder. This week, three stories remind us how excellent this time we all share can be.
On Tuesday, the Osiris-Rex landed on an asteroid called Bennu for about six seconds. Osiris-Rex stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource…
COVID has set records for infection all over the country. It took only ten days for the nation’s total number of cases to go from 9 million to ten million.
Every time we break a record, news outlets compare the new total with the previous one. They highlight the challenge that awaits President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
No one explains how Europe and the United States can be surprised by COVID rates of infection.
No one explains how big numbers grow so fast. There may be a better way to think about this data.
In Abundance: Why…
I write them a note.
My favorite takeout restaurant gets a few good words each time I order.
Maybe it’s a love letter to their skill with smoky flavors of all sorts. Perhaps I sing the praises of the care they take with the quotidian.
That is how I use the space reserved for special instructions.
On my last order, I wrote that I was the Boss of All Grammar, which gave me the authority to decide if the phrase The Food is capitalized. It is.
I told them that, sometimes, the chicken bone broth is the reason that all…
You don’t want to use it too often.
For a friend who spoke another language before English, I will sometimes email or text in their first language. It’s so good as a surprise.
No having to think English into Croatian.
Deep learning is both a new term and an idea that has been around more than seven decades old.
It all began with neural nets. These two terms are used interchangeably even though they do not mean the same thing. There is a difference.
Once you get a glimpse of how much men need connection, you see the toxic variety pull from a mile away.
I went to the kitchen to get water, and volatile housemate number one began a freestyle about the bad vacuum cleaner, which was mine, and the good one.
That was his, and it was brand new.
If you starve for human touch, either physical or emotional, you do not notice how odd it is to schedule a random lecture on vacuum cleaner aesthetics for around 2 PM on a Saturday.
As if being around someone by accident was the…
Josh Klinghoffer has already had his worst week ever. Today is only Tuesday.
He played guitar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was the youngest person ever admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was only 32 at the band’s 2012 induction. That was on Saturday.
The Chili Peppers fired him on Sunday. His replacement? John Frusciante. The man Klinghoffer replaced ten years ago.
He confirmed the news to fans, one of whom tweeted, “Josh is happy for them,” meaning the Chili Peppers. Marbelle, or, at least, that was their Twitter handle, added, “I’m sure he’s…