When Cats Get Bored

When cats get bored, they get curious.

And by curious, I mean stupid.

Behold, a cat who has never gotten himself stuck in a tree managed to find an indoor equivalent.

Per the trope, he couldn’t get himself down.

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Proof Zura Loves Disco

My cat Zura has dedicated her life to three things: Sleeping, eating, and hating on my other cat, Disco. But the third thing is a total act. As much as she acts like she despises him, I know in her heart, beneath all that thick, orange, floofy fur, is a kernel of affection for him. They sleep together and, when Zura is feeling particularly generous, she gives him a bath.

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If that’s not cat love, I don’t know what is.

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What Have I Been Doing?

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Over the past few weeks, I have been largely absent from the world because I have achieved a new level of busy. Some of it was my doing. Some of it was life pummeling me with lemons faster than I can make lemonade.

I’m not even that big of a lemonade fan.

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Losing Myself in Code

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There is something hypnotic about writing code. Even when something isn’t working, when the code is taunting me, it holds me fast and won’t let go. Hours evaporate when I’m coding.

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The Angriest Unicorns You Ever Will See

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I went to Capclave last weekend and one of the items for sale in the Silent Auction was an inflatable unicorn horn for cats. This item is one that could only come from the dastardly minds of Archie McPhee, the same folks who brought you cocktail squids, yodeling bacon, and the avenging unicorn playset.

So after giving two bucks to charity, I became the proud owner of the latest and greatest cat torture device. As you can see by the pictures below, it was well worth the money. Or at least I thought is was. Disco and Zura had different opinions.

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Odds and Class

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One thing group of people who I will never quite understand are folks who argue for economic policies that won’t benefit them until they strike it rich.

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A Set To Be Proud Of

Lots of people have been asking me to put videos of my standup online. I’ve had many good sets and I’ve written lots of material I’ve felt good about. Yet the recordings I’ve made up until now have mostly been for me to review my own performance and get better. None have felt particularly Youtube-worthy.

Until this one.

I did a set at Comedy Lottery on Wednesday night that I’m very proud of. Is it perfect? No. Is it at the level I aspire to be at yet? Heck no! I’m just getting started people!

But it WAS super fun and the audience was incredible. So check it out. I hope you laugh too.

Thank you very much to Cynthia Raxter for making the recording. Also, a huge THANKS to Matt White for teaching me the writing process that produced this set. Matt is now teaching standup at Moonlight Stage Company in Raleigh. His teaching is worth every penny people.

Adventures in Asian Karaoke

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Given my love for all things Asian and my tendency to belt out Broadway tunes mid-conversation, you’d be surprised I have never done Asian-style karaoke. I always had a vague idea what was involved: A group of friends crooning away in a kitschy private room whilst consuming copious amounts of overpriced booze. But I never knew how truly epic it is–until this weekend.

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Thinking About Kent State

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When I see the photographs coming out of Ferguson, MI, this picture of Mary Vecchio mourning the death of her classmate in 1970 comes to mind. For those unfamiliar with the events leading to the shootings at Kent State, you can get the gist of it all here. Pretty much it was a case study in tragedy arising from an overzealous police force mixed with a mob of very unhappy people.

I feel as though the protests in Ferguson won’t end until another tragedy strikes. The police force in Ferguson may be using non-lethal crowd control techniques. Yet tear gas and flash bangs can still harm people. Rubber bullets are still bullets. They might not kill, but they can injure and maim. These non-lethal tactics aren’t non-violent.

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I Heart My Planner Pad

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All my life I have rebelled against life organizing tools. Whether it was the assignment books they gave us in school or the pocket calendar my parents would not-so-subtly give me for Christmas every year, I wanted nothing to do with organizing tools. For me, the time it took to write out to-do lists was time away from writing or something much more important. Besides, I was really good at storing it all in my head.

Until I wasn’t.

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