Crimes of Hilarity: What Makes Criminal Behavior A Big Joke?

THIS JUST IN OVER A YEAR LATER: SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR ANOTHER SHOCKING CRIME OF HILARITY! Last night after a very long day of dealing with the laughable nuances of client service work, an email came through from one of my Canadian coworkers with this headline:  Canadian crime story: Police probing Quebec maple syrup … Continue reading Crimes of Hilarity: What Makes Criminal Behavior A Big Joke?

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Not WIthout My Dog: Our Four Legged Family Members and Hurricaine Pet Rescues

A while ago, whilst dressing my dog to go to "grandma's" and putting together her travel bag (which includes wee wee pads, treats, toys, food and walking supplies) I put a note down in my "blog topic ideas" list to write about how our pets have evolved in status to become legitimate family members. I … Continue reading Not WIthout My Dog: Our Four Legged Family Members and Hurricaine Pet Rescues

The Evolution of Street Culture To Fine Art: “You Are Not Banksy”

As a professional anthropologist, my focus is on consumer culture.  That's what I get paid for.  As a sub-set of that, i am particularly passionate about "street" culture:  the cultural conversations and sub-cultures that exist on the ground in areas with more dense populations (like cities) and the dialogues that happen outside of media.  In … Continue reading The Evolution of Street Culture To Fine Art: “You Are Not Banksy”

Reading Makes You Human: Some Recommendations From A Written Word Junkie

Contrary to what you expect from a self-proclaimed narcissist, I don't just read my own writing and listen to the sound of my own voice.  😉  I have, indeed, always relied on inspiration from others to shape my view of the world and understanding of future path.  I spend a good amount of time reading … Continue reading Reading Makes You Human: Some Recommendations From A Written Word Junkie

Evolving Youth Culture and What it Means For The Global Brand Marketplace

Every now and then I put content on my "professional" blog that I think "normal" folks might enjoy. New perspectives are important. And I know a lot of people who are raising teens, have young adults in their lives either professionally or personally or who are young adults themselves that might be interested in this … Continue reading Evolving Youth Culture and What it Means For The Global Brand Marketplace

A little picture of Brooklyn from a favorite Anthropology blog of mine

I took to my stoop

Subway stations in New York CIty are not air-conditioned. Occasionally they are drafty or far enough underground that the heat dissipates. Certain stops might have trains running through every 2-3 minutes or so, so that the air doesn’t have time to go still. But in Brooklyn, this is often not true. At my subway stop, off the A, it is definitely not true.Most trips on the subway are a sweaty and light-headed endeavor. The walk to the station itself is about 13 minutes from my house, down seven stark, sunny blocks, and then through a park where a club of men are gathered daily, playing chess.

Entering the subway requires a hike down two flights of stairs — one to get to the ticket turnstiles, another to get to the platform. I never imagined I would understand what it felt like to descend into hell, but the process of walking…

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See Your Town From A Different Perspective: Be A Tourist

Have you ever thought that you were bored with life in your city? Or that it has lost its luster? It'd magic? It's intrigue? Perhaps with life humming along every day you forget to look around outside of your path to and from work and your usual stomping grounds. And chances are you steer clear … Continue reading See Your Town From A Different Perspective: Be A Tourist

“Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

I found this young blogger this morning, who's content I am compelled to share Rather, he found me via yesterday's blog on workaholism. I do a lot of work studying youth culture and have found a good deal of pragmatism coming from their observations of their parent's adult life. Young adults and teenagers today grew … Continue reading “Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

Workaholism: The Acceptable American Addiction

So, as I sit in my PJs on my couch after deciding I can't handle being sick in bed with a cold and MUST do something productive, I started to wonder:  am I a workaholic? This habit of mine, of not being able to sit still and using work as a way to stay busy … Continue reading Workaholism: The Acceptable American Addiction

The Youth In Asia: Cultural Tension And Millennials in China

As a part of the work I do, I am often asked to provide a point of view on "kids these days". Sometimes it relates to American culture, as more and more Americans coming to China, for example doing internship (more details at http://www.internshipschina.com), but most of the time it's a global question. One of … Continue reading The Youth In Asia: Cultural Tension And Millennials in China