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Is this your week to stay off the couch?

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Not necessarily the enemy, but possibly. If this doesn’t sound like a challenge, you are probably awesome. Probably you travel a lot, or spend your evenings creating art. Maybe you work out or play board games or engage in small home improvement projects after dinner. In any case, for you the couch is not a […]

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How the Volkswagen Scandal Has Changed Me

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When we bought our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, our fond hope was that we would have it for at least ten years. That’s one of the great things about diesel engines, Dave told me after much research. They can go forever. And a diesel that was also clean-burning? At last, technology and principles aligning! Then […]

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Herding cats

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Pandora interface

Sometimes I look at people who listen to vinyl and I’m jealous. I roll my eyes when they brag about the preciousness of the pops and the balancing of the needle and quality of the sound, but I’m jealous. They have a machine that does just one thing, plays records. Meanwhile, a friend is worried […]

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Could everything stop being a metaphor for just five minutes?

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Exhibit 13-B. Exhibit A. Clamshell packaging on cheap electronics. Exhibit B. Filling the humidifier while it’s raining outside. Exhibit C. Traffic on Elston. Exhibit D. A messy house. Exhibit F. The empty laundry basket that’s been sitting in the same spot for a week. Exhibit I. The sky, right at this moment. Exhibit K. That […]