Star Trek: TNG. My father became a violent alcoholic and I moved across the country with my mom. Lonely time. But Picard became my new role model for how a man could be: smart, charismatic, insightful. That show caught me at just the right time in my life. » 3/13/15 12:54pm 3/13/15 12:54pm

This used to happen to me in my McDonalds days long, long ago. I started checking my hours on my paycheck, and found that I was about 4-5 hours short of what I actually worked. Once I started checking, the shortage disappeared. » 4/01/14 2:33pm 4/01/14 2:33pm

Why It's Defining: Tom Cruise's gesture based computer interface has influenced countless movies (i.e. Robert Downey Jr in The Avengers). Also the look of bleached-white cityscapes of Minority Report have been imitated by so many sci-fi movies (Total Recall remake, After Earth, Oblivion) that it's become cliche. » 2/19/14 3:15pm 2/19/14 3:15pm

I work at home (I'm a writer), and the greatest gift I ever gave myself was noise-cancelling headphones. It blocks out distracting sounds like the fridge turning on, garbage trucks, all that stuff that would break my concentration. I listen to music normally, but sometimes I'll just switch the NC on and enjoy theā€¦ » 11/17/13 4:08pm 11/17/13 4:08pm