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Chris Sparks the SAT: Eight Random Memories

By Chris_DikenSeptember 23, 2009
Back when I applied to colleges in pursuit of a degree in World Wide Web Blogology, the SAT was a little different from what students face today. For one thing, my SAT was scored on a 1600-point scale. For another, all colleges required it—there was ... More  →
Chris Sparks the SAT: Eight Random Memories

Chris Listens: Sparklers Respond to Dropping the F

By Chris_DikenSeptember 17, 2009
As we suspected, a lot of Sparklers are crushing hard on their BFFs, and while many don't know what to do about it, almost all of them want to do something. Based on the comments and electronic mails and smoke signals I received, it seems ... More  →
Chris Listens: Sparklers Respond to Dropping the F

Chris Listens: Feeling Fat, Smoking Boyfriends, and a Career Conundrum in Romania

By Chris_DikenSeptember 14, 2009
Hello again. Those who keep track of this sort of thing might have noticed that for the last week or so, the standard Chris Listens posts have given way to my guide to falling for your BFF. And while I've enjoyed delving into that tangled ... More  →
Chris Listens: Feeling Fat, Smoking Boyfriends, and a Career Conundrum in Romania

Dropping the F: Chris’s Guide to Finding Love With Your BFF

By Chris_DikenSeptember 9, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you missed Chris's first post on falling for your friend, here it is. So you’ve got the hots for your best friend. It might be love, lust, or passing fancy. Or maybe you’re just tired of crushing on random strangers. Whatever the case, your ... More  →
Dropping the F: Chris’s Guide to Finding Love With Your BFF

Chris Listens: Falling for Your Best Friend

By Chris_DikenSeptember 3, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Wednesday, September 9, SparkNotes will present Dropping the F: Chris's Guide to Finding Love With Your BFF. If you've ever crushed out on one of your friends, be sure to check back on Wednesday for Chris's detailed strategies and tips for converting your ... More  →
Chris Listens: Falling for Your Best Friend

Chris Listens: Chronic Shyness, More Sick Parents, and Dreaming of Waking Up

By Chris_DikenAugust 21, 2009
This time last week I was kicking it in the wilderness, fielding your queries amid gentle mountain breezes and thrumming forest insects. Now it’s back to business as usual in my semi-dark blog cave, with the air conditioner rattling at full blast, car alarms whining ... More  →
Chris Listens: Chronic Shyness, More Sick Parents, and Dreaming of Waking Up

Chris Listens: Swiss Cheese, Sick Parents, and a Shocking Online Revelation

By Chris_DikenAugust 14, 2009
So I’m on vacation again. Last time I headed south, but now I’m up north in a state where both the mountains and license plates are green. Yesterday I hiked around a lake and today I’m answering your questions—it’s the life! (And being that I’m ... More  →
Chris Listens: Swiss Cheese, Sick Parents, and a Shocking Online Revelation

What High School’s REALLY Like: Chris Shares Six and a Half Memories

By Chris_DikenAugust 7, 2009
In the town where I grew up, 8th through 12th grades were (and still are, to my knowledge) grouped together in the same outdated building. That means my freshman year proper (that is, 9th grade) wasn’t so monumental. But the jump into 8th grade was ... More  →
What High School’s REALLY Like: Chris Shares Six and a Half Memories

Chris Listens: Scars, Commas, Sports, and a Guy Named Moe

By Chris_DikenAugust 7, 2009
The first week of August is just about over, and it has been brought to my attention that many of you will be returning to school soon. I am truly sorry about this. If it were up to me, summer would continue forever, and we’d ... More  →

Chris Listens: Lost Masterpieces, Magical Predictions, and Pwned Pirates

By Chris_DikenJuly 31, 2009
I bet you thought “pwn” went out of style in late 2007 along with expressions such as “w00t,” “pr0n,” “n00b,” and “sux0rz.” Well, it kinda did. (The last recorded usage was by your dad, who claimed to have "utterly pwned a plate of chicken cacciatore.") ... More  →