In the United States, we pay extra to kill ourselves

Now isn't this depressing: The fragmented and inefficient healthcare system in the United States leads to many preventable deaths and unnecessary costs every year. Universal healthcare could have alleviated the mortality caused by a confluence of negative COVID-related factors. Incorporating the demography of the uninsured with age-specific COVID-19 and nonpandemic mortality, we estimated that a … Continue reading In the United States, we pay extra to kill ourselves

Jeff Bezos is a dangerous mad man who must be stopped

Jeff Bezos is currently worth somewhere in the realm of $170 billion. On any given day, Bezos might make or lose more money than almost any other human will make in their entire life. Intrinsically, I knew that any person with that amount of wealth had to be deranged, but I'll admit I was unaware … Continue reading Jeff Bezos is a dangerous mad man who must be stopped

An Actual Strategy for Stopping Republicans

There are two times I remember feeling that the demise of the modern Republican party was inevitable. The first was in 2012 when Barack Obama won his bid for a second presidential term. I was in my senior year of college and had spent most of my time at Colorado State University picking fights with … Continue reading An Actual Strategy for Stopping Republicans

What Happened to “What I’m Reading”?

For five years, I maintained a section of this site called, "What I'm Reading." This page was a simple collection of books and articles I had read, but it didn't serve much of a purpose but to please my frivolous love of list-building. It was a passive exercise, a repository of information rather than a … Continue reading What Happened to “What I’m Reading”?

Every Movie Mentioned in Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

So I just finished reading Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano. It was great, but I really wish there was an index listing all of the movies mentioned in the book. There isn't though; and since I'm an obsessive list-maker, I decided to make my own. How I Set It Up As I read the book, … Continue reading Every Movie Mentioned in Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

How to Use Downtime in iOS12 to Disconnect from Work

A recent episode of “Tech News Briefing” from the Wall Street Journal details the disappointing truth of the modern 24/7 work culture. On the podcast, Matthew Kitchen outlines the slow evolution of our constant connectivity — from the first cell phones to those annoying red notification icons on today’s smartphone — and the fear we experience at the thought … Continue reading How to Use Downtime in iOS12 to Disconnect from Work

Why It’s Time to Purge Your Facebook Friends

There was a time not so long ago when we all engaged in a social media arms race. We indiscriminately added friends on Facebook and followed accounts on Twitter with reckless abandon. But we, the early adopters of these new technologies, were young, and we didn’t know better. Now we’ve matured and settled into these … Continue reading Why It’s Time to Purge Your Facebook Friends

The Proper Media Diet

Two articles this week give perspectives on consuming news—how and if it should be done. In The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo recounts his two-month, print-only cleanse: Basically, I was trying to slow-jam the news — I still wanted to be informed, but was looking to formats that prized depth and accuracy over speed. It … Continue reading The Proper Media Diet

“Liberal Media” in the Era of Trump

How do you appease those who wish to destroy you? More importantly, why would you try? This is the uphill battle we've watched the establishment of American news media wage for the attention of the conservative voting bloc, which has returned the favor most commonly with unrequited loathing. Brian Beutler argues on Crooked.com that it's … Continue reading “Liberal Media” in the Era of Trump