Tipping: Yay or Nay?

I've never been a fan of tipping. Partly because of the inconvenience of it, and partly because of the awkwardness of it. The inconvenience is fairly straight-forward: at restaurants and other such venues, you must temporarily turn into Rain Man in order to perform the necessary calculations to determine the proper tip amount. If you…

Don't Be Against Something, Be FOR Something

I'm against being against things. The reason is simple: it's less effort to be against something; which makes it easier, but ultimately counter-productive. What does this mean? Take relationships, for example. Suppose a woman states that she does not want to date a man who is abusive, which is a perfectly logical thing to want…

The FDA and the Trolley Problem

As a general rule, I'm not a big fan of big government. In my opinion, most government agencies that seek to regulate aspects of our lives are ineffective and wasteful at best and destructive at worst. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was, until recently, a government agency that I was on board with. I…

How To Make College Football Better (Well, Maybe)

Aside from pro tennis, college football is my favorite sport (and luckily their two seasons rarely come into conflict). Yes, I think college football is more fun to watch than the NFL. Why? I can't really put my finger on it, but I think it has something to do with the fact that college football…

It's the Challenge that Makes It Worthwhile

On a recent trip to Banff National Park in Canada, my friends and I took a voyage to Moraine Lake, and this is what we found: Now, that's a pretty good view. It was arguably a better view than Lake Louise, which we saw shortly before: Lake Louise is the bigger and more famous lake…

ESPN #fakenews and Brown M&Ms

As many people may know, I'm something of a tennis fan, and follow professional tennis fairly closely. Since I've been following pro tennis for the past decade or so, I've developed a decent repertoire of tennis trivia, which has been useful only for impressing my friend while we were watching the U.S. Open, and talking…

Will Future Generations Reject the Sharing Economy?

In case you are unfamiliar, the hot new trend amongst forward-thinking millennials is the notion of the "sharing economy", which is a loose term for a sort of Utopian society in which people do not own property, but instead basically "rent" everything. The concept of not owning property will probably seem absurd to older generations,…

Will Humans Eventually Become Obsolete?

It's a topic that has been played with by science fiction authors for quite some time now, and ever since the advent of artificial intelligence that came along with the first computers, the possibility that humans could one day be replaced by metal and silicon counterparts is becoming increasingly real. Now, could humans ever be…