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Children’s Book or Improv Warm-up?

  1. Bippity Bippity Bop
  2. Hey Wake Up
  3. Zip Zap Zop
  4. Kitty Cat Career
  5. Moo, Baaa, La La La
  6. Snuggle Puppy
  7. Hey Diddle Diddle
  8. Bunny Bunny
  9. Dream Animals
  10. Hug Tag
  11. Muppet Face
  12. Press Here

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Hamiltome: The Playlist

A19gf6jjO1LI recently read Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution, a detailed look at the making of Broadway’s hottest musical. It’s a great read whether you’ve seen the show or just listened to the cast recording on repeat.

As I read the book, I found myself overwhelmed by the number of times I thought to myself: “I need to listen to this.” Sampled work, inspirational work, fans of the show, comparisons by McCarter or outsiders: there’s a ton of music in and around Hamilton, and I wanted to hear all of it.

Thus, I flipped back to page one and tracked everything in the book. I made a Spotfiy playlist containing every song mentioned, plus a song from every show, album or artist mentioned. It’s 122 songs long, clocking in at 8+ hours. Enjoy!

Swallowing the Whistles →

After reading this Deadspin post, I wondered if the NHL might need something in between “no-penalty” and “team gets extra man advantage for 2 minutes.” What if there was simply a whistle to stop play and a faceoff? Would referees be less prone to putting the whistles away for fear of significantly impacting the game?

Fashion Flattering

In my duties as a stay-at-home dad, I’ve noticed that much of my daughter’s wardrobe (plus accessories) is incredibly flattering toward her mother. For example:


While this is surely deserved, I decided that if I wasn’t going to be flattered, I’d at least be acknowledged. Here are a few ideas:




Call me, Carter’s.

A must-watch for DC-area residents, although I think everyone will enjoy this: Unusual Spaces series looks at “The Forgotten Space Below Dupont Circle.”

I quite liked this interview with Bryant Gumbel of HBO’s Real Sports.

I enjoyed this interview with the now-retired David Letterman.

The Female Accent →

I recently made a web site for The Female Accent. We’re an independent improv troupe performing in and around Washington, DC. I hope you’ll check the site out, particularly if you’re in the DC area.

The site is hosted at Tumblr. If you’d prefer to follow us via other networks, we’re on Twitter and Facebook.

This Is My Jam

Sonic is my jam. Shakespeare is my jam. Crafting is my jam. Writing is my jam. Traffic is my jam. Orange is my jam. Style is my jam. Drawing is my jam. Scranton is my jam. Bacon is my jam. Teaching is my jam. Homeschool is my jam. Trivia is my jam. Surrealism is my jam. Quinoa is my jam. Snapchat is my jam. Jammy is my jam. Blogging is my jam. Music is my jam. Call of Duty is my jam. His jam is my jam. Data is my jam. The Cookie Monster ice cream is my jam. Rhubarb jam is my jam. T-Swift is my jam. Jesus is my jam. Marvel is my jam. Graffiti is my jam. Zumba is my jam. Kidz Bop 28 is my jam. The Pokemon Theme in 15 different languages is my jam. Clam is my jam. Parker Posey is my jam. Pistachio pesto is my jam. Iced coffee is my jam. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is my jam. A five guitar band is my jam.

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