TikTok, Social Distancing, and the New UnNormal

You might remember not long ago I was on here grandstanding about deleting my Facebook account to live a better life of real human connection and personal experiences.

Well, bad timing I guess.

Thanks to a global pandemic and our new reality of “Social Distancing” my grand plan needs a Plan B. Turns out Social Media is a good thing during a state-wide Shelter in Place. I hang out on Instagram and Twitter a lot, these days, and sometimes long for my old Facebook feed.

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Lifehack: Easily attach a key to a stubborn keychain

Key Chain Lifehack by Matt Berger

Have you ever struggled to attach a key to a super-tight key chain or key ring? I’ve broken a few nails trying. But struggle no more!

I discovered a super simple #Lifehack that makes it easy to attach any style key to a key ring or key chain using a drywall screw: poke the screw tip into the crack and twist, then watch it open wide!

This method works great with over-sized keys and keyfobs, overcoming the toughest metal key rings you can find.

(Not) ‘Making It’: You won’t see me on Season 2 of NBC’s hit craft show

When Season 2 of NBC’s hit crafters reality show “Making It” comes out this December, the familiar hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman will not be joined by me. But not for lack of trying.

Last year I submitted a 3 min. audition video to be a cast-member on the show and I’m not ashamed to share it with you here, now.

I’m a Nick Offerman Groupie and was generally impressed by Season One but not intimidated by the talent. “I can compete with felters!” I thought. So it didn’t take much goading from an old college friend to apply. (Coincidentally, she built a successful casting agency after college and casts contestants for the show. LA is all about connections, right?!)

I completed the 1,000 page questionnaire, sharing my life story as the son of a yarn-store owner and micro-biologist, which apparently creates a curious and capable maker with tons of unique and inspiring answers for a craft game show contestant. The last requirement on the application was to submit an audition video.

I’m not an OK Boomer, but I generally don’t like to create selfie videos. So I drew some inspiration from a classic internet viral video — one of my all-time favorites — from the Dollar Shave Club launch.

My audition video got me through round one, and I was selected for a live Skype Interview with a producer. But I failed to impress and never got the in-person call back. I’m pretty sure it was the last question: she asked me for my favorite Karaoke tune and then made me perform it. Hopefully, that video doesn’t make the bloopers reel.

VIDEO: Cats and Dogs

Cats and dogs may forever be rivals. Here’s 60 seconds from a recent exchange between our cat George Paul John (aka PJ) and Ringo the dog. I gave PJ his name so that no other animals could be accepted into our house. “Sorry kids, there are no more Beatles to name it after?!?!”

UPDATE: So our dear friend JPizzle reminds us that technically there is another name available for our pet-naming needs: Peter Best was the original Beatles drummer until he was replaced in 1960 by Ringo Starr, says Wikipedia. Futher reading reveals that we may also end up with a goldfish named Stuart Sutcliffe, an short-time bass player for the band.