Pale Problem Solved

Bula, Blogcatters! I'm here to propose a brilliant invention that would forever alter the course of history. I recently went to Fiji on my honeymoon, and much of our time was spent relaxing on the beach, laying by the pool, playing tennis, jet-skiing, and going on waterfall hikes. Given that it was 85° and sunny 13 of the 14 days we were Read more [...]

Poems

The Siege Right-angled hydrangeas blind the windowframe to the bitter rotten clot of light over wrought iron chairs perched like insects beneath constellations of coffee stains while the red eyed frenzy of the night fast implodes in steam and speed: beleaguered soldiers boiling oil for the castle walls. * Read more [...]

Kill The Boy

I've previously written how surreal it is to be aware of a life transition as it's occurring. Now, I'm finding myself - and my micro-generation - facing a different and more existential progression. So, if you've completely figured out your life by now, maybe this Blogcat's not for you. As you grow up and graduate college there are 395 different questions Read more [...]

A Mobile Banquet

A few weeks ago, I went to Paris with three of my fellow prestigious H.O.L.P. alumni. All four of us have a creative bent and to a certain degree were all looking to be inspired by the city (in addition to hoping to consume prodigious quantities of wine and cheese ... mission accomplished on that front, at least). Paris is, after all, almost universally Read more [...]

Bellemont Mill

I have always had a bit of a fascination with abandoned buildings. There is something visceral and oddly cathartic about seeing the way our constructs crumble into the dirt. Not only is it humbling to see how quickly the structures that we take for granted as solid and permanent turn to undistinguished piles of bricks, but there is a beauty to Read more [...]

Social Tragedy on Social Media

On the night of Friday, November 13th, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks - suicide bombings and mass shootings - occurred in and just-outside of Paris. Responsibility for these attacks was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), allegedly in retaliation for French airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq. All Read more [...]

Farewell, Grantland

This past Friday, news came out that ESPN would be shutting down the sports and pop culture website Grantland.com, effectively immediately. The site, with its "free flowing" content that "occasionally touche[d] on mature subjects," was known for its overly long columns. In hind sight, they weren't nearly long enough. Though this announcement Read more [...]

Original Soundtrack

Last weekend I went to the movies, for the first time in a long time, to peep the new drug-trade thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. It was enjoyable for a slew of reasons—the cast, the action-driven plot, and the beautiful desert settings. However, I found myself most intrigued by the film’s soundtrack. (Editors note: I realize Read more [...]

Infobesity: The Future of Sports Analytics

By the start of this upcoming NBA season, up to 20 teams will be employing wearable GPS devices created by the company Catapult, which will track player biometric data in real time. The championship Warriors were one of a number of teams to have used such devices already last season. The device, or variants on the theme, have already been employed Read more [...]

Into the Abyss

More than two years ago, I wrote a blogcat about the SyFy channel. You can read the original here. I gave that article the title the "uncanny valley," after a well-known psychological phenomenon, describing the revulsion people tend to feel when they see something that almost-but-not-quite-perfectly mimics a human being (like creepy animatronics). Read more [...]