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food: Chef Michel Richard at Medium Rare

“This is my friend Michel.” …cut to Brian quietly freaking out. So, yeah, that happened. I already posted the photo to every. single. place. imaginable… but it also needed to be here. I figured it to be the usual epic...

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video: Mad Men, Season 7, Part 2

Because even though Archer is back and House of Cards is next weekend, I need me some Don… Using “Love Hangover”? Brilliant. Welcome back, my SCDP-brethren! And seriously, Roger… those sideburns? Seriously?

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work: What… Do I do?

I’m the best there is at what I do. But what I do best doesn’t matter much outside this place. With all apologies to Stevie Wonder and Chris Claremont… Recently, a very good friend who works for a very good...

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home: snow day = chores?

In which I break the habits of a lifetime and use a snow day to do chores… Past Brian is looking at Present Brian today like “What gives, man?” OPM called it, federal offices closed, it’s an official snow day–sort...

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work: that trainer needs re-training

A while back, I said/decided/whatever that I wasn’t going to write about work. Mostly because… it’s work, but also that I am way too easy to find on the internet. However, if you recognize yourself as one of the people...

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nouveau water: it can fix anything!

I realize that the Washington Post Express is a free daily paper, so it really must rely on ads for upkeep, but seeing a full-page ad like this makes me hope that someone there at least felt a little bad...

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dreams: I’ll be on my suit and tie…

I had a very strange dream last night. I was maybe back in school, or maybe just a chaperone for a school band event, but my high school band director (as he looks today)1 was there and I kept running...

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personal: my weird brain

We’re all slaves to it, but none of us can really explain why it does what it does… unless you’re a neuroscientist, in which case… wow. But just this past week, I was reminded yet again that my brain just...

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photo: gambling gnomes?

I’ve heard of garden gnomes getting up to some strange things in backyards, but nothing prepared me for finding telltale signs of a gnome gambling ring in the planters on my patio… Having a ground floor patio in a multi-story...

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in DC: National Tree Equality…

Last week I made my annual (freezing) pilgrimage downtown to get a glance at the National Christmas Tree. This year, at least, I was smart enough to stop in for a few drinks first… for medicinal purposes, naturally! This year’s...

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in DC: TIVA-DC Peer Awards

Break out your best red carpet–I mean photowall–outfits as TIVA-DC presents the Peer Awards, the most comprehensive film, video and Internet competition for media professionals in the mid-Atlantic region next Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 6-10pm at the National Press Club....

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politics: what women want

Seen on the front page of this week’s Washington Examiner. Headlines/covers like this crack me up. I imagine there have been a great many GOP conventions with sessions and workshops described exactly like this. “What [Women, Minority, Gay, etc.] Voters...

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wishes: Somewhere that’s green…

I absolutely hate moving, but while looking over a friend’s shoulder at craigslist apartment rental ads this weekend, I noticed the following house for rent that made me think, “Hm… maybe moving wouldn’t be so bad!” At $2,999, it’s a...

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metro: it is dark… again

Harkening back to a few years ago, a quick snap from Wednesday afternoon when… something was up with the power near Navy Yard. I saw the lights flicker in the office and thought I heard the HVAC reset, but no...

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video games: hands up, don’t shoot!

I recently rented the game “Watch Dogs” from GameFly and as I was installing it, I jokingly tweeted that I doubted I’d last more than 20 minutes playing it. This was more a commentary on how a lot of the...