Humor Category Archive

The Sock

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

After I was arrested for grand theft in my late teens, I was stuck sitting in the county jail for a few days. My cellmate was another teenager who was there for possession of marijuana. We were both rather depressed, scared, and uncertain about what fate would befall us. Jail can be a gloomy place […]

Quitting to Win

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Are you afraid that if you quit too many jobs or switch careers too often, your resume (CV) will make you look undesirable? And who’s gonna hire you then? No one wants a loser who can’t stay put. You’re probably right to be concerned… assuming your primary career goal is to work for a company that wants […]

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Ever since I began blogging 3 years ago, I’ve received many requests for a post like this.  Various memes are always springing up somewhere in the blogosphere, and I’m often targeted by other bloggers who ask me to participate.  So I’m finally giving in this one time, if only so I can refer future requests to this […]

Humor Speech

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Recently I competed in Toastmasters International’s annual humor speech contest.  I wrote and delivered a speech titled “39-1/2 Winks,” which was based on my polyphasic sleep experiment. The Toastmasters humor speech contest has 4 levels:  club, area, division, and district.  I won at the club level but lost the area contest.  Technically I came in last place because I was disqualified for running […]

David Brooks Interview

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Today I’m happy to share an exclusive interview with David Brooks, an award-winning professional speaker and trainer who has taught more than 10,000 business professionals to speak and write clearly, concisely, and confidently. Recently David came to Las Vegas to give a presentation for Toastmasters, and I was so impressed with his content that I immediately approached him about doing […]

10 Weaknesses of Human Intelligence

Monday, June 25th, 2007

In the previous article on How Your Mind Really Works, we explored the key strengths of human intelligence, such as our ability to identify invariant patterns and to recognize specific instances of them.  But these strengths don’t come without major drawbacks.  The human mind certainly has its share of weaknesses, gaps, and blind spots. It’s wise to cultivate […]

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity – Volume 3

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Here’s the third installment of 33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity (see Volume 1 and Volume 2). These are a bit sillier and less politically correct than the first two volumes — I had to stretch to come up with more ideas – but many are still valid in certain situations.  Just be sure to take them with a […]

Benefits of Military Service

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

This morning I stumbled upon the web site Military.com while doing an unrelated search.  As far as I know, I’ve never been to the site before, but I had to do a double-take when I saw it. Take a look at the partial screen shot of their home page below (from Oct 26, 2006), and see if you […]

10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Just for fun I recently asked Erin, “Now that the kids are in summer school, don’t you think it’s about time you went out and got yourself a job?  I hate seeing you wallow in unemployment for so long.” She smiled and said, “Wow.  I have been unemployed a really long time.  That’s weird…  I like […]

Ask Steve – Rapid-Fire Questions

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Where do you live? Las Vegas.  It seemed a good place to honor my Catholic upbringing. What’s your favorite color? Blue.  But I happen to be colorblind, so my blue might be a little different than yours. What’s your favorite food? Bananas. Here’s my own banana shake recipe:  Blend 2 frozen bananas (quartered), a handful of walnuts (about 10 […]