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Worst Eras To Visit In Your Time Machine

By Jon_SkindzierAugust 6, 2010
Dig your dusty old time machine out of the garage and start hunting around for the owner's manual (as though anybody actually keeps those). At the end, right after the warnings about killing your own grandfather, there's an empty page that says "Notes." You're going ... More  →
Worst Eras To Visit In Your Time Machine

How To Force Yourself To Do Work

By Jon_SkindzierAugust 5, 2010
Picture a lazy, uneventful afternoon. You haven't started your summer reading yet, and right now you're busy with your favorite traditional summer pastime (making pancakes and whipping them out the window at confused passersby). Besides, you can read a page per minute, so you have, ... More  →
How To Force Yourself To Do Work

How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 4: Music

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 30, 2010
This is the fourth in a series of posts that will basically make you perfect at everything by the end of the summer. If you'd prefer to fake being perfect instead, well, we'll cover that, too. Today's Topic: Music. Learning an instrument can be frustrating. Musicians might ... More  →
How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 4: Music

Bad Dinner Table Conversation Topics

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 27, 2010
One of life's most uncomfortable sounds—falling somewhere between Chalkboard Fingernails and The Chittering Noise Insects Make In Movies—is the Dinner Silence. Whether you're at a nice restaurant or your girlfriend's parents' dining room, the longer you sit there surrounded by clinky silverware and awkward, polite coughs, ... More  →
Bad Dinner Table Conversation Topics

How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 3: Poetry

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 20, 2010
This is the third in a series of posts that will basically make you perfect at everything by the end of the summer. Or show you how to fake being perfect. Whichever. Today's Topic: (Writing) Poetry. Q: So what's this "poetry" all the attractive celebrities are talking ... More  →
How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 3: Poetry

Extremely Cheap Summer Vacations

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 7, 2010
Summer starts to feel a lot less summery as soon as you find out your all friends are jetting off to Ibiza while you're stuck in your one-horse town. But wait! Regardless of how few horses your town has, you can cobble together your own ... More  →
Extremely Cheap Summer Vacations

How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 2: Art

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 1, 2010
This is the second in a series of posts that will basically make you perfect at everything by the end of the summer. If you'd prefer to fake being perfect instead, well, we cover that, too. Today's Topic: Art Q. "But what if I can't do artistic ... More  →
How To Be a Renaissance Sparkler, Part 2: Art

How To Kiss: Jon Coaches from the Sidelines

By Jon_SkindzierJuly 1, 2010
Jon, aka The Writer Who Gets Distracted By Bees All the Time, continues our kissing series with this sporty post. —Sparkitors When you kiss, imagine your gym teacher. Not as the person you're kissing. That would be awful and probably illegal. But kissing is a whole-body ... More  →
How To Kiss: Jon Coaches from the Sidelines

How to Write a Children's Story

By Jon_SkindzierJune 29, 2010
If you had to write or tell a children's story, right this second, you could probably pull it off. All you'd really have to do is ramble about your day so far, while adding some talking animals here and there. Your story wouldn't be absolutely ... More  →
How to Write a Children's Story

How To Tell If Someone You've Just Met Is Creepy

By Jon_SkindzierJune 23, 2010
If there's one good thing about creepy people—bad-creepy, not acceptable-creepy—it's that they don't really know how to disguise their creepiness. They're easy to spot. So if you've just met someone and he's already yelling about how he makes sculptures out of his hair, you know ... More  →
How To Tell If Someone You've Just Met Is Creepy