Archive for August, 2013

Whose Blurred Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Blurred Line Is It Anyway?

Earlier in the week I posted a blog entry about Miley Cyrus. Sorry about that. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the song that Miley was “twerking” to was a massive hit called “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. I never listen to the radio and I hardly ever pay attention to pop […]


Moral Dilemma for the Day

Moral Dilemma for the Day

Today’s moral dilemma is brought to you by Carmike Theaters. Carmike Theaters: We’re a Movie Theater. The summer after I graduated from high school, I worked at a movie theater called the Carmike in Midlothian, Virginia. I was really looking forward to working there because (a) I love movies and (b) I love popcorn. Both […]


Pet Please #94: Half-Size Paper Towels

Pet Please #94: Half-Size Paper Towels

I don’t consider myself a granola conservationist, but due to the way my parents taught me and my siblings to respect the earth, I keep an eye on my impact on the environment. I turn off the light when I’m not in the room. I don’t flush the toilet every time I pee. I use […]


When in Doubt, Talk About Miley Cyrus

When in Doubt, Talk About Miley Cyrus

I have two confessions: One: I’ve been struggling to think of blog entries lately. I don’t know why. Usually my list of blog topics is quite long, but lately it hasn’t added up, and I don’t want to paste random crap on the internet just to have something on the blog. Two: That’s exactly what […]


A Question About Racism

A Question About Racism

On my ongoing list of blog topics, I’ve had a question about racism for quite some time. In the midst of a summer seemingly full of racism in the news (Paula Dean, Trayvon Martin, Riley Cooper, Aaryn on Big Brother, etc), racism has been on my mind a lot, but I don’t really know how […]


The Printer Whisperer

The Printer Whisperer

We all have skills, hidden talents that rise to the surface at the right time, like Harry Potter realizing that he was naturally good at Quidditch. When we learn about those innate skills, it’s like we realize that we’ve known a second language all of our lives but didn’t have a chance to use it. […]


The Hardest I’ve Ever Laughed

The Hardest I've Ever Laughed

Recently I attended an improv night at Pat’s Bar and Grill in St. Louis. A friend is involved in an improv class there, so she invited me to tag along. I was impressed with the quality of the improv, and I laughed out loud just as much as I would have while watching a well-written […]


Eliminating Colorblindness and Making Keys: Two Brilliant Ideas

Eliminating Colorblindness and Making Keys: Two Brilliant Ideas

Every now and then I like to use a blog post to celebrate a few brilliant ideas. This is one such post. These two ideas aren’t just concepts–rather, they already exist. The first idea is something I read about in NY Times tech writer David Pogue’s weekly column. Basically, it’s a pair of sunglasses that […]


Why Cosplay?

Why Cosplay?

This past weekend I experienced something unexpected at a massive gaming convention called Gen Con: I found myself among more people in costume than ever before in my life, even on Halloween. Cosplay, as it’s called, is apparently very common at Gen Con. It might be the best people-watching event ever. You will see what […]


The Childhood Story Your Parents Always Tell

The Childhood Story Your Parents Always Tell

Have you ever noticed that your parents tend to tell the same stories about you over and over? When I introduce my parents to someone new–usually a girlfriend, but sometimes a friend–almost without fail my mom will tell the Sandwich Story. I’m warning you: It’s not a good story. It’s just a story that happens […]


Rushing the Field in St. Louis

Rushing the Field in St. Louis

This past Saturday I witnessed something I had never seen before in person. I was among the 54,000 people who attended a friendly match between the European football powerhouses Real Madrid and Inter Milan. It was a great game–there were several amazing goals, and it was neat to see how many people showed up to […]


9 Tips for Better Communication Between Introverts, Extroverts, Thinkers, and Feelers

9 Tips for Better Communication Between Introverts, Extroverts, Thinkers, and Feelers

Today at our staff bonding day, one of my coworkers ran a great activity involving our Myers-Briggs personality assessments in regards to communication. As an introverted thinker, I found the activity to be really helpful. First we broke into two groups–introverts and extroverts–and brainstormed helpful and unhelpful communication tactics. Needless to say, one group was […]


The Getting to Know You Game

The Getting to Know You Game

Today I am taking my staff out to a cabin in the woods to get to know them better. No, this isn’t the start of a horror movie. (Unless you hear reports tomorrow about a terrible incident in the backwoods of Missouri, in which case it wasn’t me. I promise.) This is Staff Bonding Day […]


Massage Me

Massage Me

Three weeks ago, my upper back got really tight. Painfully tight. I couldn’t roll over at night without waking up from the pain, and I physically couldn’t turn right. I called it the Zoolander Syndrome. In the midst of my troubles, a physical therapist friend recommended that I get a therapeutic massage. She recommended someone, […]


Clean Fingers, Sticky Fingers

Clean Fingers, Sticky Fingers

I’m a sucker for “Best Places for Buffalo Wings” lists. Every indie newspaper and foodie blog in every city has one. I simply need to try every wing so I decide which one is the best. (For the record, Culpepper’s is my favorite in St. Louis). Today I found myself at Pat’s Bar & Grill, […]


The Regret of Failed Kindness

The Regret of Failed Kindness

Every once in a while a graduation speech goes viral. That in itself is remarkable to me–think about how many graduations happen across the country and the world every spring. There are probably hundreds of great speeches, many of which we’ll never hear or hear of. So when one is notable enough to be published […]


Pet Please #93: When You Get the Eyelash Out of Your Eye on the First Attempt

Pet Please #93: When You Get the Eyelash Out of Your Eye on the First Attempt

I feel like I get eyelashes in my eyes more often than the average person. Granted, I have no idea how often the average person gets eyelashes in their eye. Maybe twice a week? For me, it’s at least once a day. Usually it comes out of nowhere. I’m sitting at the computer, minding my […]


Tales of Great Customer Service

Tales of Great Customer Service

I see stories of bad customer service on Facebook significantly more than those of good customer service, so I thought I’d use today’s blog entry to celebrate two great customer service experiences I had recently. The first involves a t-shirt printing company called CustomInk. I had ordered a few Stonemaier Games t-shirts from them a […]


You Smell Like a Memory

You Smell Like a Memory

Have you ever smelled something and were instantly transported back to a moment, day, or period of time from your past? Every now and then I catch a whiff of dew-speckled, freshly-cut grass, and I can’t help but think of early-morning Saturday soccer games in my youth. Sometimes I smell a certain combination of gasoline […]


Pet Please #92: Accurate Japanese in American Movies

Pet Please #92: Accurate Japanese in American Movies

It’s all Beyonce’s fault. Jump back to the summer of 2002. I was in a packed theater for the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember with my friend Josh. We believed the hype–we were there to see the funniest movie of all time. Needless to say, that’s not what we got. I honestly think that Josh […]