Archive for November, 2013


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 28, 2013 by goatmeal

When I started this blog a few months ago, I wasn’t really envisioning any sort of Thanksgiving post.  A lot of my motivations for starting this blog were articles like this one and this one that don’t inspire a lot of thankfulness.  That and nostalgia for the music we had in the 90s, which was mostly a critique of all the bad things we’d endured the first 20 years or so of our lives. Not much thanksgiving there either.  But a few months in, and I am feeling grateful for being part of this generation.  Continue reading


8th grade science fair

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 23, 2013 by goatmeal

In 1987, junior high school was a neverending expanse of hard-won survival and squandered opportunity.  If you were a bright boy like I was, you could take shelter in as many as three or four fifty minute segments per day of the smart kid classes.  Smart kid classes were relatively bereft of the bullies who patrolled the rest of junior high school, and also had a favorable male to female ratio.  That ratio was not quite as favorable as you might think, however, as bright boys like me had no game with the ladies.  They chose to spend their time with those boys in the other classrooms who were versed in dribbling basketballs, pick-up lines, and pop cultural references.  I could blame my three-years-too-early hand-me-down collection of flannel shirts, but turning beet red every time a female recognized my existence probably had more to do with it than anything else. Continue reading

But all things change, let this remain.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 20, 2013 by goatmeal

Among the reviews of the most recent Pearl Jam album, I’ve seen a few negative comparisons to other rock bands at this stage in their career.  Sure, there’s probably nothing on this album that will ever score as highly as The Rolling Stone’s Start Me Up on your typical classic rock station’s top 1000 rock songs of all time.  And there’s probably nothing that will score as highly on the pop single’s chart as Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.  But as far as I’m concerned these comparisons aren’t really fair, and more importantly aren’t even the correct comparisons to make.  Continue reading

Some links today…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 16, 2013 by goatmeal

JenX had a post earlier this week with links to several interesting Gen X articles, including one on Lou Reed and one on Pearl Jam.  Enjoy.

Veteran’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 11, 2013 by goatmeal

Every generation has a war to fight: some of them end up being more important than others when it comes to history books. All of them end up costing a lot more human life than they were worth. The big wars of our generation both occurred in Iraq.  There are thousands of stories that could be shared about either of these wars: most of them unpleasant.  I’m going to share one of the rare ones with a happy ending. Continue reading

Which is more stupid: Sarah Palin or the internet?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 8, 2013 by goatmeal

I’d like to think that ours is the generation that calls the internet out on its bullshit.  I don’t have any data to support this.  Nobody does short of the NSA, and they’re probably not even giving my blog a second look (at least I’d like to think that anyways.)  We remember what it was like before the internet became stupid.  We remember the days before hashtags, tweets, and misattributed quotes on famous and possibly photoshopped persons.  Continue reading

The thing about Jennifers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 4, 2013 by goatmeal

A few months ago, I wrote this piece about a fictitious junior high school dance.  I had to come up with names for people and also wanted to keep it somewhat generational, so I did about five minutes of research to figure out what the most common names were for the mother and daughter given their respective birth years.  One thing that struck me was the ridiculous fifteen year reign of Jennifer as the most popular name of baby girls.  I thought that might be something worth talking about, so I stuck it away for later.  Well, later is now. Continue reading