(Originally posted in the blog, Out of the Universe) I know we’ve all encountered this at one time or another: being made to wait so g**dam* long for a meeting that turns out to last for only a very short while, with people whom you realize you don’t want to deal with at all–even if they paid you a million bucks to show up next time. This is actually my first work-rant post in any blog, but I’m doing it here and now because an…Continue Reading “Stop Wasting My Time (Out of the Universe)”

(Originally posted in the blog, Out of the Universe) I committed one HUGE mistake that proved almost-fatal to my political career when I was in college: I wanted to emulate someone whose position I was aspiring for, and when I finally reached that position my intentions failed to translate into effective actions. It wasn’t because I didn’t care about the responsibilities that were entrusted to me or about the constituency that voted for me—in fact, my involvement in the student council meant pretty much everything…Continue Reading “Lessons in Failed Leadership (Out of the Universe)”

(Originally published in the blog Out of the Universe, and in Inquirer Blogs)   In his piece on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight for Time, Richard Corliss writes, “Nolan has a… subversive agenda. He wants viewers to stick their hands down the rat hole of evil and see if they get bitten. With little humor to break the tension, The Dark Knight is beyond dark. It’s as black—and teeming and toxic—as the mind of The Joker.” Having watched the film twice—first on Imax and next on a regular theater—I can’t help but agree that…Continue Reading “Why We Need The Joker… and 4 Other Political Lessons I Learned from The Dark Knight (Inquirer Blogs)”