I am not a nutritionist. If anything, I am an anti-nutritionist. I do have fuzzy ideas about “all things in moderation”, but in my context that means keeping myself to a single Little Debbie cupcake per meal.

While the rest of the world already got the message about sugar being…


This may look like a unified fighting force, but internal tensions are pulling them apart

Given the many cinematic and streaming TV network opportunities available to today’s super-powered crime-fighter, it is harder than ever to keep a tight-knit group of heroes together. Unless your team is a Dirty Dozen-style ensemble made up of hardened convicts, supervillains, and/or rogues forced to undertake a mission in order…


Close-up on Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly. Photo by Sanjay Acharya

One of the trivial hardships of summer in North America, along with poison ivy (or oak, or sumac), sunburns, and a spoiled half of a watermelon taking up good refrigerator space, is the fruit fly: Drosophila melanogaster.

The fruit fly’s greatest weapon may be that it, in small numbers, it…


Photo by Brodie Vissers

To understand what the street of the future will be, you have to take a step back and think about what a street is. A street is part of the public space between private properties. It’s sometimes called the “public right-of-way”. All that means is that this is square footage…


According to the CIA World Factbook, Monaco has a poverty rate of zero (photo by Jan Vasek, https://jeshoots.com/)

The idea of a city for the rich is tantalizing. …


The Suburban Mandala (photo by Matthew Henry)

Americans are probably more obsessed with decorative mulch than any other civilization has ever been. Every spring, America’s big box stores pile up plastic bags of colored wood chips in their parking lots so that suburban homeowners can try to sculpt the perfect lawn. …


Paul Newman’s character is actually a lot cooler than this movie poster makes out

“Shoot a purse snatcher — they’d crucify me!”

“Say he pulled a knife — we’d back you up.”

This bit of dialogue between two cops on the beat in the film Fort Apache the Bronx is typical of the movie’s overall tone. It presents the South Bronx as a place…


It’s 1,000 times more complicated than that

Photo courtesy of SpaceX

In America, race-based segregation is like mayonnaise: something that white people consume blithely without noticing how much everyone else hates it. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which was all about desegregation, happened in 1954: it’s old enough to…


Image: Kevan Busa

The podcast marketplace is a hot, crowded bazaar that offers insights, conversations, and commentary on every subject imaginable. There are celebrities hawking their wares, true crime, politics, fiction, improv, round tables, watchalongs — literally, hundreds of thousands of shows. …

Aaron McKeon

Professional planner, unprofessional writer. Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Also, a Sunday School teacher.

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