social media, Tech

Snapchats Fall From Grace: Why the Redesign Missed Its Mark

Snapchat has always been the enigma in the social media gamut, but it serves a niche desired and demanded.  Unlike the viral-fueled mediums of Instagram and Facebook, Snapchat ate market share for its ability to connect your nuclear interpersonal relationships, rather than exposing you to the great beyond.  Add to that the promise of secrecy… Continue reading Snapchats Fall From Grace: Why the Redesign Missed Its Mark

football, Lifestyle, mob mentality, Psychology, sports, Urban

The Eagles Rise but Philadelphia Falls: When Did We Start Celebrating Victory with Masochism

On Sunday, roughly 103.4M people across the world were treated with what could have been the best Super Bowl to date.  The record-breaking global audience received the entire gamut of the NFLs offering, including a stellar halftime performance by Justin Timberlake, topical and tactile advertising campaigns, and of course, an absolute barn burner of a… Continue reading The Eagles Rise but Philadelphia Falls: When Did We Start Celebrating Victory with Masochism

Food and Beverage, Freelance, Uncategorized

You Can Take Tacombi Out of Nolita, But You Can’t Take Nolita Out of Tacombi

Well, maybe you can. Three weeks ago, the infamous taco hot spot, Tacombi, cut the ribbon at a nueva location in the heart of Midtown. Likely in search of the coveted foot traffic the “neighborhood” is known and loathed for, spot #4 for the Mexican syndicate is spot #1 for tourists — as the best… Continue reading You Can Take Tacombi Out of Nolita, But You Can’t Take Nolita Out of Tacombi

edm, live music, music, Uncategorized

The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy” is the Struggling Artists War Cry

The Chainsmokers received their now perennial hat tip from The Academy, as their Billboard topping single w/ Coldplay “Something Just Like This” awarded them a nom for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 60th Annual Grammys.  While they ceded the title to "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man, the hometown heroes of NYC were… Continue reading The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy” is the Struggling Artists War Cry

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Remembering Warren Miller. Lessons Learned Below Freezing.

I’ve never been able to say that snowboarding is my favorite sport, but that’s just because it’s not the category I’d rank it within.  Sporting is normally regarded and defined as a competition, where one’s skills and wits are pitted against an opponent mandating a one-sided triumph.  Snowboarding has never finalized in a win/loss scenario… Continue reading Remembering Warren Miller. Lessons Learned Below Freezing.

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Chicago Isn’t a Stupid Name. Michael Is.

My name is Michael.  Last time the government checked, there were 4,310,599 others.  My comrades and I rank just outside the Top 3 most popular male names in the US, forfeiting to the sorry likes James’, Johns, and Roberts.  I’m not common, I’m pandemic.  In 4th grade social studies, the four Michaels in my class… Continue reading Chicago Isn’t a Stupid Name. Michael Is.

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“Sizing Up” Hurricanes Point Guard Chris Lykes. Why Everyone Loves an Underdog.

At some time during my 4-year tenure at the University of Miami, I wised up and came to terms with the weight our reputation carries in the collegiate hierarchy.  By virtue of our self-anointed, perennial swag, the Hurricanes will always be pegged as the Bond villain rather than the protagonist of the Cinderella Story, regardless… Continue reading “Sizing Up” Hurricanes Point Guard Chris Lykes. Why Everyone Loves an Underdog.

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Why HQ Trivia Will be the Most Successful Game Show of All Time

At 3pm and 9pm EST, between 400,000-1,000,000 iPhone and Android users drop what they are doing and turn to their phone screens in a way yet to be conceived by any digital venture.  Like Muslims praying during Salah, the twice daily game show application, HQ Trivia, has amassed a religiously loyal audience; a cult following… Continue reading Why HQ Trivia Will be the Most Successful Game Show of All Time

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Pretty Wild: Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B. Who is Hip Hop’s Queen B?

We all know the follies of taking shortcuts in life, but unfortunately, cutting corners is human nature.  Behavioral psychologist Amos Tversky made the textbooks labeling these tendencies as heuristics, which he describes to be the mental dots we connect to save ourselves time and energy.   When it comes to female Rap emcee’s, our availability heuristic… Continue reading Pretty Wild: Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B. Who is Hip Hop’s Queen B?

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Pretty Wild: How Amazon Saved Christmas

From Business Insider: Amazon improved its shipping options with the goal of making it easy to get last-minute holiday gifts on time. Customers' use of Amazon's one-day, same-day, and two-hour delivery doubled this holiday, according to the company. This dovetails with Amazon's commitment to being the most convenient option to gain market share, at the… Continue reading Pretty Wild: How Amazon Saved Christmas