Demosthenes Spiropoulos
What's Up

What's Up is where I spout off opinions, random stories, buckets of funny things, and just generally advise as to "what's up." This blog has existed continuously for over 15 years (hey, we all have our hobbies) and posts has ranged from the thought-provoking to the boring. You've been warned.


D-mo's Book Club: Onward

November 20, 2017

Here's a book about Starbucks, that you can read at Starbucks, while enjoying a Starbucks (the Egg Nog Frappuccino is sublime)

Onward by Howard Schultz
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What is #gratiTuesday?

November 14, 2017

What if I combine "gratitude" with "Tuesday" to create the portmanteau hashtag... #gratiTuesday. A day that we can show our thanks and gratitude. Thus, I trying to make #gratiTuesday a thing.


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D-mo's Book Club: Damn Good Advice

November 6, 2017

A book... written by a Greek guy... who calls himself "America's Master Communicator." Alright, I'll bite.

Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!) by George Lois
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Agent of Shields

November 4, 2017

As you know, I'm a designer. That also means I examine things with a designer's eye. The other day, I stumbled across a fun graphic. It shows the highway shields that each state uses for their individual state routes. Some are meh. Some are big time boffo.

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D-mo's Book Club: George Washington, Spymaster

October 22, 2017

You take a little history, add some espionage, throw in a dash of period-appropriate typeface, and you get this fun little tome.

George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen
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No More Original Ideas

October 18, 2017

The most common refrain regarding Hollywood is that it has run out of ideas. They are recycling and recycling and recycling because there isn't anything new out there. But rarely, if ever, have I seen two different entertainment offerings with the EXACT same story.

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D-mo's Book Club: How to Win Friends & Influence People

October 9, 2017

I have always heard about this book through the years. Though I never sought it out, there it was one day, on the shelf in front of me.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Read more...




Smells Like Silver

October 2, 2017

With the new hockey season starting in the next couple of days, and my TWO-TIME defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins looking to go for three in a row, I figured this would be a good time to reprint a blog post from 10 years ago when I got to see the Holy Grail of Hockey.

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When a #tbt Needs a Backstory

September 28, 2017

Even though it's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes, actual words are needed. I can not think of a Throwback Thursday post that required a supplemental story, but this one... it definitely requires some context. If for nothing else than pure comedy.

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D-mo's Book Club: Where the Water Goes

September 25, 2017

For our second installment of D-mo's Book Club, we jump from fiction to non, with a very interesting read...

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen
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Musings from a Wandering Monk: Turn! Turn! Turn!

September 18, 2017

if you're over the age of 40, you're probably heard the text of Ecclesiastes 3 somewhere else. You would be correct. It was directly lifted for the song Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) made famous by American rock band The Byrds.

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D-mo's Book Club: Ready Player One

September 11, 2017

I've done a lot of reading lately, and I figured I would share some choice gems that might tickle your fancy in your own reading adventure. Thus, D-mo's Book Club was born. Lot of choices to start with, but since the movie version is coming out soon, I decided to start with...

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Read more...




One Year Later

August 23, 2017

People experience grief in a multitude of ways. Some cry, spontaneously. Others run from it, trying to ignore it. Still others will mask the pain by turning to humor, to distract from the reality of life and death.

That brings us to now. August 23rd. One year after my father has passed away. Read more...




Top 10 Minor League Team Names
2017 Edition

June 8, 2017

In 2014, I listed the Top 10 Minor League Team Names. Since then, some teams have moved, old ones disappeared, new ones were born, and some changed their identity. I felt it time to power rank minor league baseball teams again... simply based on who they are. Read more...




Musings from a Wandering Monk: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

May 20, 2017

A very familiar phrase that is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Some say it may have appeared much earlier.

I think it's an idiom that we need to re-visit, and perhaps, put back into practice today. Let me explain. Read more...



Movie Mumblings: Assassin's Creed

May 7, 2017

I love me some Assassin's Creed. And then the movie came out. Unfortunately, I don't make it to the theaters as much as I used to, so I didn't get a chance to see it during it's original theatrical run. But hello Netflix.

As the resident Assassin's Creed Guy, what did I think of the movie? Read more...




If you want more What's Up, delve into the archives of of Volumes 1 & 2 here and enjoy the gems I've previously written.



Thanks for visiting. Love, Demosthenes Spiropoulos