"Drop everything and help solve this problem!" At work, when a situation calls for this request, we call it a "fire drill". I feel like the association of stopping everything to leave the building and avoid a hypothetical death by flame make sense. The term evokes a sense of panic. But what I don't understand … Continue reading Why they call it a firedrill
In the few years I have spent engaging in casual banter with the suburban middle class parents of my wife's voice and piano students, I have learned a few things about appropriate casual conversation topics. I welcome loving additions, but here is a starter-list of appropriate chat topics when engaging with this regional tribe: Gas … Continue reading The rules of suburban banter
I am not a huge sports fan. Nor am I a hockey fan. I but I did some work recently that made me appreciate the value of both from an anthropological perspective. I figured I should get serious every now and again. Here's my first pass. When thinking about how people watch sports, context is … Continue reading Being a good sport is very VERY Canadian
It is official. The day we memorialize our veterans: a seemingly somber "celebration", is also in paradox with the generalized glee we associate with summer beginning. And you don't have to be a kid to appreciate the glee. I still get giddy on days like today, when everyone opens up their pool for the summer … Continue reading Signifiers of Middle Class Summer
I figured what better way to start getting a readership base than to write about Lesbians. People LOVE to read about lesbians! That and I have found some of my own lived experiences to be particularly anthropologically fascinating in nature. Yes, it's true. I have a wife and I am a female. That makes me … Continue reading Lesbians in the Midst…
I would love to see the market research and / or have been in the Ideation session that cast the web for this cross-promotion. My question: what does it all mean? I suppose it supports the idea that Girls can be nerds too! We have seen a generation of girls finally empowered to embrace their … Continue reading Comic Book Movie Promotions Going Girly?
And for my next experiment, i will start a blog! I was recently told by a ten year old who was told by his Dad that Facebook is for Narcissists. I LOVE FACEBOOK! But I think blogs take it one step further. They provide a psuedo-legit outlet for properly curated narcissisim for those who (think … Continue reading The Experiment