Author Archives: Jamil Ragland

I’m Sorry, but I Love Led Zeppelin

A few days ago, my esteemed colleague Gene Glotzer wrote a post about his dislike for Led Zeppelin. We’d talked about it before, so it wasn’t news to me when he published it (what I actually learned was that none of you check the authors on these articles, based on how many people asked me […]

The Best Weekend of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s ConnectiCon! Today, I’m going to put aside all the stress and anxiety, all the worries about politics and the future, all the concerns about money and dating, and nerd all the way out. I’m going to panels. I’m buying merchandise. I’m meeting up with friends I […]

Whatever happened to Generation X?

Remember all those awesome Pepsi commercials from the 90’s about Generation Next? Some were definitely better than others, but they all had the cumulative effect of making me think that Generation X was the coolest group of hip twentysomethings to ever walk the planet. Believe it or not, that was twenty years ago. All of […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek is Going to Suck

If you follow movies or Star Trek, you’ve probably heard that Quentin Tarantino is working on the fourth Star Trek movie of the rebooted universe. Quentin Tarantino is going to be awful for Star Trek because he’s an awful person who makes self-indulgent, exploitive and mediocre movies. Watch Pulp Fiction. I mean, really watch Pulp […]

Foreign Policy with Jam Stunna: NATO

Is there a such thing as an amateur foreign policy person? There are amateur astronomers, radio operators and athletes, so why not someone who discusses foreign policy as a hobby? Well that someone is me! Welcome to Foreign Policy with Jam Stunna. I spend hours every week listening to and reading about foreign policy because […]

The One Who Got Away

There’s no feeling like being in love with someone who is with someone else. Whether it’s an ex, or the one you could never get things started with because of timing and luck, that sense of longing is unique among emotions for its intensity. It’s a war in your heart. A tug-of-war of the best […]

Three Things to Restart the World With #1: Housing

Last night my brother and I were talking, and he said to me, “Okay Jam, we’re restarting the world from scratch. What are the three things you would do differently to make the world a better place?” I gave a couple of coherent answers at midnight, but after sleeping on it and thinking a little […]

Thank You CT Rail

I’ve bounced around from job to job over the last few years, but I recently landed a position with the Partnership for Strong Communities which I think will be a really good fit for me in the long term. One of my responsibilities at my job is to attend meetings as a representative of PSC. […]

The 5th of July

Today is my son’s 11th birthday. I celebrated by looking up whether life insurance policies pay out in the case of suicide. I cried silently in the back seat on the ride into work this morning, but thought to myself, “Hold it together for now. You have to walk past the Bushnell to get to […]

Right On

A few days ago I posted a video on Facebook of Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI and currently the special counsel investigating the Trump Administration. In the video, Mueller is giving a speech about the future of the FBI as a counterterrorism force. Of course, the word “future” is a relative term. The […]