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25 Things That Won’t Really Piss Off Friends With OCD

March 5, 2014 Lighthearted

The Dorm Stormer website has a photo spread of about 25 things it claims will piss off friends with OCD. As someone who does have OCD, let me offer my two cents. Mood music: Straightaway, the photo spread strikes me as dumb: I don’t feel irritated or insulted. It lacks cleverness and real humor. OCD […]

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Downworthy: The Answer to All Those Stupid Headlines

January 27, 2014 Lighthearted

I loathe the link-bait bullshit that’s taken over my Facebook newsfeed. Upworthy. Opposing Views. Even The Huffington Post. They’re all guilty to varying degrees. Call me a snob, if you will. I was a journalist for 20 years, and I like my headlines straightforward and to the point. All I see these days is shit […]

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“It’s a Miserable Life,” Starring Chief O’Brien

January 23, 2014 Lighthearted

Of all the Star Trek series, Deep Space 9 (DS9) remains my favorite. It has the best character development and explores the darker side of humanity in a way the other shows wouldn’t have dared. Mood music: DS9 explores constant misery through Chief Myles O’Brien. In one episode he is put into a 20-minute program […]

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Depressed Web Servers and Other Amusing 404 Pages

December 16, 2013 Lighthearted

I write a lot about my own episodes of depression and that of others. But I’ve never written about a web server suffering from it. That is, until the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) gave me reason to do so. The┬ástudents got creative with a […]

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Mental Disorders on Sesame Street

November 20, 2013 Lighthearted

The image below is a brilliant exercise in humor, an important coping tool for getting through all life’s difficulties. I’ve always believed the folks behind Sesame Street should be doing more to educate children on mental health, starting with some hard but necessary lessons in disorder. I share this meme for their benefit. Class is […]

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OC/DC

November 7, 2013 Lighthearted

A while back I mentioned a problem I was having with my guitars, a problem only someone with OCD would have. Yesterday, a buddy shared a cartoon that illustrates another problem I could find myself dealing with if I ever decide to play live again: Well, that wouldn’t really happen. But it made me laugh. […]

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Curse of the OCD Guitarist

May 8, 2013 Lighthearted

For all it’s power as a tool for staying in the moment, there’s one thing about my guitar playing that’s set off a big OCD trigger. Mood music:  Search And Destroy – Bowie MixIggy & The StoogesRaw Power (Legacy Edition) Is it the need to play constantly, every day? Nope. Is it the nagging obsession […]

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Luke Skywalker Has OCD (May The 4th Be With You, Too)

May 4, 2013 Lighthearted

In honor of Star Wars Day, I share an observation about┬áLuke Skywalker. The dude went through a lot in life, and I respected that. But there has always been something about him that gets on my fucking nerves. Was it the way he whined like a baby after Darth Vader introduced himself as Luke’s Daddy? […]

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May Day!

May 1, 2013 Lighthearted

Happy May 1st, everyone.

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A Revere Kid Celebrates National Grammar Day. Punk-uation, Anyone?

March 3, 2013 Adventures in writing

Tomorrow is National Grammar Day. For writers and copyeditors (my wife is both), this is kind of like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter rolled into one. Erin plans to stay glued to her desk all day, weighing in on all the conversation that comes rolling off the Twitter tongue. Given her job, she has no […]

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