Panic When the Public Isn’t Panicking

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett This is fine advice for a financial catastrophe, but it has a corollary in other disasters as well. Case in point: coronavirus. It’s generally not […]

Glimpes of Hidden America

I’m a pretty cynical guy when it comes to nation-states. So it might be surprising to hear that I sort of love in the vision of America most of us learned in school. It’s a place where people generally tell […]

The Appeal of Steampunk

Steampunk, n. a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. Tonight I finished a rewatch of the early 00’s Disney film Treasure Planet, a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s […]

Why You Should Sing In Public

The other night “Dancing in the Street” came on in Publix while I was doing my grocery shopping. Naturally, I sang along. Then I walked past the dude from the meat department (or some other Publix employee). I kept singing. […]

The Joy of Random Tastes in Music

Every year when Spotify releases our Top 100 Songs playlist, we each learn a little something about ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you learned that you have weird tastes in music. And that’s just the rub: it’s becoming increasingly normal […]

Fire Drills as Social Occasions

Modern life has a lot of quirks. One of those quirks is the fire drill. The fire drill is a uniquely 20th century thing, made for 20th century and 21st century buildings. And if you think about it, it’s really strange. […]

Non-Musical Reasons to Enjoy Music

Most people don’t fall in love with certain kinds of music because of time signatures, good rhythm, or even particularly good melodies. There’s little element of music theory appreciation in most people’s love of music. People love music because it takes memories, associations, feelings […]