Category Archives: Josh

Nognarok

If I think about this website's library, I invariably land on one particular topic that's woefully underrepresented. It's sort of like, when you got a fever, and there's only one prescription. It's time, once again, for Pong analytics. Welcome to Nognarok. Premise The format for this spring's beer pong tourney was different than prior Read more [...]

La Familia

On February 4, 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a pledge of Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died after a night of drinking and being hazed. The particulars of this happening are certainly disconcerting, but this all became especially close to home when I learned that a graduate of my alma mater Niskayuna High School was involved, and is now Read more [...]

Moron Mountain

There's been an elephant in the room for a long time. Something we've all known about, but none of us have been willing to address. In today's post, I'm finally biting the bullet, speaking out on what everybody's been thinking for the past twenty years. This needed to happen. For all of us. Over a decade ago, sports & media mogul Bill Read more [...]

Green for Green

Two years ago, my wife and I were scheming for ways to eat healthier, and she challenged me to go vegetarian for a whole month. Pulling this off ended up being incredibly easy - other than, of course, the four times that month I caved and ate meat. To be fair, I'm not the only one who struggles transitioning to a no-meat diet. Of the 320 million Read more [...]

Cups for Ants

I went to Five Guys earlier today for lunch, and ordered my go-to Cheeseburger with Fried Onions, Mushrooms and Hot Sauce. The cashier asked if I wanted any fries or drink to go with that, and I countered with a request for a cup for water. This lilliputian shot-glass is what she gave me: After putting in some ice, it took less than Read more [...]

NogFest 2016

Entering the second annual NogFest, one player in particular was flying under the radar. After famously squandering a 15-2 lead, then following that performance with an unsurprising yet still demoralizing defeat in the Brother Pi semifinal - to the same team, no less - some questioned whether he or his partner could ever come back, mentally. When Read more [...]

Pokemon Go Away

As anyone who has browsed the internet, used a phone, or gone outside in the past week is likely aware, Nintendo and Niantic recently partnered to create Pokemon Go, an augmented reality mobile-game that tasks players with roaming the real world to catch the virtual, titular creatures. Already, the game has been a meteoric, shocking success by Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]