Some fitness rewards can’t be tracked by an app

The fellow waiting behind me at the market didn’t seem annoyed, or impatient, and I didn’t intend to give him any reason to be. I tried to load all of my shopping into my backpack as quickly and efficiently as possible. The clerk was handing me bottles as he was scanning them. “You’re going to…

Farewell, Doctor

I stopped buying sugared soda for the house ages ago. Even when I had the metabolism of a man in his mid-Twenties, some sense of self-preservation noted that drinking as much as a liter of Coke a day was incompatible with long life. It’s a hazard of self-employment. One likes to have a tumbler of drinkable liquid at…

Check out my new podcast:

What a crazy week to launch a new podcast! But yes,”Launched,” Almanac has. Speak like Yoda, I will not, in the rest of this post. Relay.fm and I are launching a new podcast today! Behold, “Almanac.” Here’s a direct iTunes subscription link! Here’s a direct Overcast subscription link! Here’s a direct Pocket Casts subscription link! RSS? Sure!…

Why I Often Buy Kids-Oriented Comics

Spectacular Spider-Man (UK) #207. Why I Often Buy Superhero Comics From Marvel & DC’s Kids Lines: They never jettison the fundamentals of good storytelling in the name of style. Even when it’s an ongoing story, each issue is designed to be a satisfying, self-contained unit of entertainment. Characters act in a fashion that’s rational and…

The #LibertyDonut

It’s no coincidence that “freelancer” and “freeloader” share the same root word. If we freelance journalists, novelists, artists, accountants, et al were to unionize, our union hall would be a coffeeshop with free refills, Google WiFi, and plenty of outlets. That said, I hold up my end of the social contract. Wherever I go, my work…

Tornado Town, USA | FiveThirtyEight

Tornado Town, USA | FiveThirtyEight: “My dad, Howard Koerth, moved to Oklahoma in 1994 to teach art at Rose State Community College in Midwest City. He was there May 3, right in the tornado’s path. Instead of going to the storm shelter, he opened the back door of his building and watched the fat funnel…

I Am Deep Thought

Welp! I screwed myself real good last night. Editorial note: Here we have an illustration of why it’s important to just go ahead and finish the first draft of what you’re writing, and then go back and reconsider your choices thoughtfully. The preceding lede graf set me off on this little journey, so, it’s done…

Status Report

Whoops! Yes, the Waste of Bandwidth went away for a day or two. I got a new credit card a month or two ago and I didn’t give my webhost the new digits. But as you can see, I am now off the deadbeat list and the wheels of truth spin and grind once more.…

From my Flickr: “The Washington Bureau”

When I’m traveling on my own, I don’t really go out and see the sights until 9 or 10. I was relieved when Mrs. Holstein assured me that they didn’t intend to leave the hotel and start seeing the sights until late in the day. Of course, dopey me: the Holsteins are very early risers.…

This Soviet 1,100mm Lens is Basically a Telescope with a Camera Mount

This Soviet 1,100mm Lens is Basically a Telescope with a Camera Mount: Ever wanted to strap a portable telescope to the end of your camera and carry it around? With the soviet-made MTO 1000A 1,100mm f/10.5 mirror lens, you can just about do it. A monster of a lens, Christopher Frost Photography put it through…

From my Flickr: “Best Airbnb EVER!”

The Gardner Museum has many true international art treasures. And yet, I think I took as many photos of the courtyard as I did of the artwork. Can you believe that this used to be somebody’s house?! Sure, of course, Ms. Gardner designed and built it to be an "art museum with an apartment up…

From my Flickr: “Mars Needs Milkmen”

The bad news is that after walking a distance that seemed extreme even for cattle who are used to long drives, Mrs. Holstein is now reasonably convinced that this is not the way back to the dairy. The good news is that technically, they have succeeded in claiming Mars for the bovines. (There was no…