Category Archives: Personal

On leaving academic life

tl;dr version: I’ve left my job as a sociology professor to go work at Intel’s Interaction and Experience Lab. I wish I had a pithy, epic post about the stagnation of the social sciences (which I think may possibly be the case, but holy cats must we over and over and over again romanticize and […]

What I was looking at last year

I was just perusing my pinboard bookmarks from this past year, thought I would pass along the kinds of things that crossed the transom over 2012. I know, listcicles are a little late, and sooo December, but still. Enjoy, and I’m happy to have some conversation about some or all of these things, publicly or […]


The drink, not the borough. Well, sure, the borough too, but mostly the drink. If you are looking to stock a truly lovely Manhattan, here is a list of tools, ingredients, and directions: Tools / Ingredients: – Luxardo Maraschino Cherries: $24 – Tovolo KING CUBE trays: $8.50 – Dolin’s Blanc Vermouth de Chambery: $13 – […]


Per an earlier post, cookies have been made. They look like this: Go ahead and look at it full-sized. You know you wanna.

25 things – thing 3

It’s been a while since I’ve done any things about me. A friend reminds me to move forward! By the time I graduated from college, I did not know how to cook at all. This is something of a sad state of affairs, considering that my mother cooked amazingly and consistently throughout my adolescence. In […]

Seriously, the world is filled with wonder

It’s easy to get riled up. Let some jellies remind you how cool the world is.

Welcome back, Ze Frank

“Let me think about the people who I care about the most, and how when they fail, or disappoint me, I still love them, I still give them chances, and I still see the best in them. Let me extend that generosity to myself.” Feeling this lately. Welcome back to the show. Er, A Show.

Do what you love

This is especially apt for a colleague who is in the middle of a two-weeks of niceness campaign: 1) The last lines of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he he always wanted. Charlie Bucket: What happened? Willy Wonka: He […]

25 things – thing 2

On the subject of memory again, I am afraid of needles. Needles of all kinds, but shots and blood-drawing in particular. Apparently, I was fine with shots until about the age of six. But while it’s tempting to attribute to my mother’s passing (doctors! trauma! death!), here I think it is not the case at […]

25 things – thing 1

A few month ago, a meme went around on Facebook to say 25 things about yourself. I thought it might be interesting to do them a bit more fleshed out than the FB venue allows for. I might not get to 25, I might do more. Thing One: my mom died when I was 6 […]