As I wrote last week, I have been looking at some of my past writing. I resurfaced eight articles I had written in the past and had a few cringes and laughs looking at other pieces. I’ve revived four more articles which I liked. Two hail from my fast food writing days, while the other two are tech and humor infused pieces.
While at Serious Eats, I reviewed all of the cheesecakes at Cheesecake Factory.. I also wrote a companion piece to that article on my own site. That was one of my most famous columns, both in terms of epic nature and traffic on the site.
My all-time favorite piece was about the pizza at Chuck E. Cheese’s. I didn’t like the post because of the pizza, but rather because of the lede: “Nothing makes you feel creepier than walking into a Chuck E. Cheese, as a single adult male, with an SLR camera.” Adam Kuban, the founder of Slice, called it the “best lede the site has ever had.” I wrote some background on the piece. way back when.
The next two pieces form a pair. They also represent a shift into the realm of technology and cybersecurity. During the late spring of 2013, Edward Snowden and the Guardian had disclosed documents pertaining to NSA surveillance.
I wrote a humorous take on the downright awful design of the disclosed government powerpoint documents titled “The NSA Sucks at Powerpoint”. The name referenced a tech-famous presentation at the time, “You suck at Powerpoint”. It was my most highly trafficked personal post, because Alexia Tsotsis of TechCrunch referenced it in her own article about PRISM’s Powerpoint design.
Last, but certianly not least, I jotted down a few thoughts about Ed Snowden in a piece titled On Snowden. I thought it was funny that I called Julian Assange a “Live Muppet”, because he does have a Muppet look to him. More importantly, what I wrote at the end of that article really struck me, five years later.
I believe we ought to worry. Could the government be infringing upon our First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights? It’s possible. Congress should investigate. What troubles me most, though, is a sickening hypothetical scenario. What if, and I do thank everything holy this did not transpire, but what if Edward Snowden had said “The NSA plans to take your guns.” Had he uttered those words, we’d be in a post-apocalyptic society right now.
Last week, I felt embarrassed reading the older work. This week, I felt more pride. Perhaps I grew accustomed to reading my own writing over the course of a week. Or maybe these were simply better posts. They certainly do represent four of my favorite pieces of writing.