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The Tetris Effect

Even though Tetris was released over 30 years ago, judging by the sheer amount of people I see playing it on the subway in current day New York City, it's still got everyone hooked.  There's even an archival picture of Hillary Clinton playing it on a Gameboy that's been trotted around recently (it's no surprise to me that Hillz likes Tetris, a game in which you get satisfaction from putting bricks into orderly piles).  So if you know a Tetris devotee (or you ARE one) decades after it came out, you're probably just obsessed enough to want to dig into the game's backstory, which is expertly detailed in The Tetris Effect ($20, Amazon).  Enjoy, nerds.  

Rhetoric Coffee

When you first moved to a big city after college, you had absolutely no problem throwing a huge amount of money away everyday at your favorite local coffee shop.  Your hipster transformation began as soon as you rejected Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts as too pedestrian, in favor of more expensive, fair trade mocha loca choca concoctions.

"I am a cool city person now," you'd say to yourself every morning, handing over money you didn't have for a $6 latte.  Suddenly, you were wearing more and more flannel.  You were wearing "fashionable" glasses that were once worn only by child molesters.  Then you moved into your late 20s and realized that you have been working for almost 10 years and have no savings.  Your hipster coffee addiction (as well as other nighttime vices) has cost you any semblance of a nest egg you might have had if you just drank the brown sludge they gave you for free at work.  

You decide to tighten the belt to start saving the money you should have been saving all along.  You look yourself squarely in the mirror and say, "Hey!  No more fancy coffees, you spoiled asshole!  You need to make your own coffee at home and take it to work in a travel mug like every other suburban loser!"  

BUT, just because you've decided to be more economical and make your coffee at home doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste.  You can get yourself a Rhetoric Coffee Subscription (starts at $15 per month) that delivers fresh, unique roasts directly to your door each month.  Bonus: each bag is screen-printed with an original piece of art commissioned from comic book artists.  You might not be able to go to your hipster coffee shop anymore, but original comic book artwork on the bag of beans you're going to brew at home is pretty damn obnoxious (slash awesome), right?     


10 Awesome Mother of the Bride Gifts 

Let’s face it: trying to figure out what to buy for a Father of the Bride gift is harder than figuring out what to buy for a Mother of the Bride gift.  Why?  Because if you really can’t come up with anything unique to get your mom on your wedding day, you can default to getting her a nice piece of jewelry.  Nobody’s gonna be mad at you if you buy them a necklace, especially not your mother the magpie.

But just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s easy.  Your mom is probably a hard lady to please and what you gift to her on your wedding day is a big deal because she’s been dreaming about this moment from the time you were born.  NO PRESSURE, THOUGH, HAHAHAHA.  To help take the weight off your shoulders, we’ve rounded up 10 really awesome gifts that your mom will [probably] be happy with.  Good luck.  Read it on Parade.


Casper Dog Beds

If you're obsessed with your dog, you already treat it better than you treat members of your extended family (or, your immediate family, in some cases—sorry, mom YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID).  With this in mind, the next logical step for you is to completely snap the tether and buy your dog an incredibly luxe, expensive dog bed designed by the nice, ethnically-diverse start-up people who make the trendy new mattress you bought a year ago.

That's right, mofos: Casper Dog Beds (Starting at $125) are where it's AT.  They come in three different sizes, are easy to clean, and are as comfortable as hell, which means that maybe you'll actually be able to get a good night's sleep yourself, without a 50lb dog taking up the majority of your bed.  Seriously.  Don't be surprised if you find your toddler curled up in it one of these days.    


12 Best Father of the Bride Gifts

Your father is someone who is hard to shop for.  Christmas, Father’s Day, his birthday—each occasion leaves you scrambling to figure out a gift worthy of the guy who helped create you, clothe you, feed you, and raise you.  So, once you add a “father of the bride” gift into the mix and you’re automatically sent into a tailspin.  If you can’t even figure out what to get the guy for the non-momentous occasion of his 59th birthday, how the hell are you supposed to come up with a gift to give the guy who’s going to walk you down the aisle on one of the most important days of your life?


When choosing a father of the bride (or, father of the groom) gift, you want to follow the following rules: 

  1. Buy something nice, but not too nice: You want to give him something that he’ll either be able to keep for the rest of his life or something that he wouldn’t buy himself (a top shelf bottle of scotch, for example). HOWEVER, you don’t want to break the bank on his gift, mainly because you’re currently breaking the bank on your wedding, and the best gift a daughter can give to her father is show him that she’s financially responsible.  Remember, this is the guy that lectures you about Roth IRAs and the cost-saving impact of installing new storm windows in your house, so if he finds out you dropped $500 on a present for him, he’s gonna go bananas.
  2. Get him something he’ll use frequently, that he wouldn’t buy for himself: If your dad has been carrying around the same wallet since 1994, why not make your Father of the Bride gift a nice leather, monogrammed wallet? If your dad likes trying new craft whiskies but balks at the price of them at the liquor store, get him a whiskey club subscription.  He’ll appreciate the upgrade, and you’ll be glad you gave him something he actually uses for once.

Bearing these tips in mind, we’ve rounded up 12 Father of the Bride gifts that any proud papa would like to receive on his daughter’s wedding day, our favorite being the appropriately-named “Quiet Man” whiskey, because throughout the year you’ve been planning your wedding, he’s been forced into the role of “the quiet man” who breaks out his checkbook when asked.  Read it on Parade.