Movies

Movies

As soon as I was old enough to drive, I started going to the movies whenever I could. I still have all of the ticket stubs from the movies I watched my senior year in high school and my freshman year in college. I don't know why. I just do. When I got older, married, [...]

Sapiens

Sapiens

Another book recommendation that showed up on my Kindle recently was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I'd seen the book at the store and on the Internet, but I had no idea what it was about except that it said it was the history of homo sapiens. Kind of a broad topic, but it was [...]

Graduation

Graduation

So my adventure in getting rid of most social media ended sooner than I expected. But before you think of me as weak-willed, let me explain. In the past few years, my main activity on Facebook is to watch over many of my former students to see how their lives are going. As of today, [...]

Hamilton

Hamilton

One of the nice things about being a history nerd is that it's often easy to find good deals on books. If you're patient enough, even highly acclaimed books will show up in the bargain section of the book store, as recently happened when I found Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton for $5. If it would [...]

Simplicity

Simplicity

Recently, there was a set of articles in the Style section (strangely enough) of the New York Times that discussed Generation X and the oddities of the 1990s. Of course, I didn't think the 1990s were weird at all. My four years of high school and four more years as an undergrad all took place [...]

Superheroes

Superheroes

Like any decent pre-Internet teenage boy, I got hooked on comic books when I was in junior high. By hooked, I mean I would spend my entire $20 allowance on comics without thinking twice. I very carefully read every word before placing them delicately into a plastic cover with a cardboard backing and putting them [...]

Reset

Reset

So...we moved into our new house a little over two weeks ago. I was hoping for the process to go by quickly, but I never expected this. Once we put our house on the market, it sold in 11 days! We had three offers and got our asking price. That was all well and good, [...]

Moving

Moving

I intended to write more often in 2019. Not so much a resolution...just a desire to get these random thoughts out of my head. There's a saying about good intentions, but hopefully that doesn't apply here. Um... Instead, much of my new year has been absorbed by my wife and I deciding (with the help [...]

Football

Football

I realized recently that despite the name of and inspiration for this website, I've never really actually written anything about football or any other sport. Today, I'm going to right this wrong...or write this wrong...whichever. Football was one of the big selling points of the University of Texas when I was trying to pick the [...]

Stories 11/2/18

Stories 11/2/18

News To Me These stories may not interest you much, but they were all News To Me. Vox has a Q&A with Marion Nestle, author of Unsavory Truth, a book about how the food industry has influenced much of the research that deals with which foods are deemed healthy and which are not. It's really frustrating [...]

Vote!

Vote!

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."George Jean Nathan (1955) Here in Texas, early voting numbers are setting records across the state. The same is true in other states as well. But considering so few people typically vote in midterm elections, these records are really not so hard to break. Midterm [...]

Martian

Martian

Late last year, The Martian showed up in the “Recommended Reading” section of my Kindle app. I read the description and eventually decided I would probably like the book. I had a faint recollection that a movie was made based on the book. I recorded it a while back on my DVR,  but I still [...]

Cherries

Cherries

After my aunt took me to Hawaii as a college graduation present, I came home with a newfound distaste for pineapple. It didn’t start that way. I used to really like pineapple. But after a week of having pineapple served to me with everything I ate and drank, I’d had enough. So far, that sentiment [...]

Fiction

Fiction

After finishing the entire Harry Potter series this summer, I began reading more fiction than normal...normal for me, that is. I will pick up a novel on occasion, but primarily, I stick to nonfiction, mainly history or economics. Yes, I like reading about old dead guys and the dismal science. That’s my idea of a [...]

Harry

Harry

It’s not uncommon for me to spend summers catching up on reading the backlog of magazines I subscribe to or reading various books that I don’t have time to read during the school year. This summer has fairly typical in that sense, but my reading selection this year has been...magical. Twenty years ago this summer, [...]