Archive for October, 2013

The Snugg: A Review

The Snugg: A Review

No, this isn’t a review about my experience with the St. Louis Snuggle Club (which doesn’t exist but totally should). This is a review about an iPhone case sent to me for review from a very nice company called The Snugg. When The Snugg approached me about a review, I told them up front that […]


More Than Humane

More Than Humane

I want to be clear up front that the focus of this blog entry is to say how awesome the Humane Society of Missouri has been lately. Before I go into that too much, here is some context: About a month ago, my eldest cat, Biddy, stopped eating. Which is pretty weird, because Biddy’s top […]


I Shopped at Sam’s Club Today. Is That Okay?

I Shopped at Sam's Club Today. Is That Okay?

10 years ago I experienced a defining moment with one of my roommates at the time. We’ll call him “Sid.” Sid and I were driving to Sam’s Club to stock up on the types of things 22 year-old men stock up on: meat, toilet paper, pasta, and beer. Sid’s parents were Sam’s Club members, and […]


The Most Amazing Halloween Prank Ever

Are you having a bad Monday? It’s about to get a lot better. I love a good prank as long as no one gets hurt or offended. The prank in the video below couldn’t be more perfect. A comedian rigged a grim reaper costume with a remote-control helicopter so that it really looks like it’s […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games Ever (as of Today)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games Ever (as of Today)

There is a massive gaming convention happening in Essen, Germany right now where hundreds of thousands of people will gather to buy, talk about, and play tabletop games. Although I try to keep most board game chatter to my Stonemaier Games blog, it is a major passion of mine, so I like to write about […]


Pet Peeve #51: The Non-Metric System

Pet Peeve #51: The Non-Metric System

I was driving through the park today when I saw something really strange. A middle-aged male jogger was running with a tire (like, from a car) tied to a string that was attached to a harness around his torso. “Running” might not be the right word. He was kind of just stumbling along with a […]


The Emperor’s New Clothes: The iPad Air

The Emperor's New Clothes: The iPad Air

Is it just me, or is Apple starting to sell us the same thing with a different name? Every year I look forward to the new iPad. I’m not an Apple junkie–I have a giant, awesome PC desktop at home that eats iPads for dinner. But the iPad represents something different for me. It is […]


My Greatest Fear #45: Misleading a Police Officer

My Greatest Fear #45: Misleading a Police Officer

The title of this post is a bit misleading, but the full title would be so long. That’s why I get to write words here. This morning I pulled out of my parking lot and turned onto the street. I realized that it was an overcast day, so I turned on my headlights. And then […]


Your Favorite Productivity Music

Your Favorite Productivity Music

It seems that everyone has different tastes when it comes to the type of music they listen to while they’re trying to work. Some people like classical music, their favorite bands, the latest catchy pop songs, or even the background “music” of the TV. Me? I work in complete silence. Yep, no music at all. […]


Better Than Flying Cars

Better Than Flying Cars

Note 1: The subject of this entry is misleading. Flying cars are the best kind of cars. How on earth is it 2013 and we’re still limited by roads?! There’s so much space directly above the read that we aren’t using AT ALL. It doesn’t make sense that we aren’t using all of our resources […]


The Advice You’d Give Your Younger Self

The Advice You'd Give Your Younger Self

Suspend reality for a few seconds and consider the following: If you could travel back in time and spend 10 minutes with your younger self (at any age), what would you tell him or her? An interviewer asked me this question yesterday for this website, and I really enjoyed thinking about the answer, so I […]


What Is Hubble Hiding?

What Is Hubble Hiding?

Every once in a while, astronomers release a beautiful photo of the cosmos to us little people to behold. It is through these photos that we get to see how vast our universe is. However, whenever one of these new photos is released, there is almost always an area that looks like it has been […]


It’s Tough to Be a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

It's Tough to Be a St. Louis Cardinals Fan

I remember the moment I became a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I grew up without a baseball team to root for. So when I moved out to St. Louis ┬áin 1999 to go to Washington University, I was a free agent. On my first day at my work-study job, I was chatting with the elderly […]


How to Eat Ice Cream and Stay Healthy at the Same Time

How to Eat Ice Cream and Stay Healthy at the Same Time

As I get older and my metabolism slows, I like to do more things that promote good health in small doses. I always take the stairs, not the elevator. I don’t mind parking far away from the entrance of a store so I have to walk farther. I try not to sit for too long […]


Your Favorite Drunk Food

Your Favorite Drunk Food

Take a minute and think back to when you were young, virile, and social. Back when your metabolism was spectacular. Your 23-year-old self. You’re out at a bar with friends. You’ve had a few drinks, not enough to impede you in any way, but enough that you’re being bolder than usual with a cute girl […]


Pet Please #98: Singers Who Write Their Own Songs

Pet Please #98: Singers Who Write Their Own Songs

What does musical talent mean these days? Specifically in terms of lead singers or solo artists. It’s almost unheard of that you’ll encounter a song where the lead singer’s voice hasn’t been digitally manipulated or aided by eight backup singers with way better voices. I don’t think people notice the difference anymore–we equate a digitally […]


New Girl’s New Tricks

New Girl's New Tricks

Okay, this is a very specific post about a very specific show, but I have to get something off my chest that’s been sitting there for the last three weeks (and no, it’s not my cat Walter, although he can often be located on my chest when I’m watching TV): I don’t think the actor […]


Gravity

Gravity

This is a spoiler-free review of the movie Gravity…until the end, when I have some spoilers, but I’ll clearly mark them as such. Please do the same in the comments. I can’t stop thinking about the movie Gravity. First, let me say this: Go see the movie on the big screen in 3D. This movie […]


I Want to Donate My Body to Science

I Want to Donate My Body to Science

Note: I write two blogs on a regular basis now, one here and one about Kickstarter here. Both blogs are automatically shared via my personal Twitter account when I publish a new entry. It just occurred to me that my Kickstarter readers who follow me on Twitter are probably confused several times a week when […]


The Eighth Love Language

The Eighth Love Language

It’s been a while since I’ve written about love language, so if you want to catch up on my original entries, they are listed here (in addition to the original 5 love languages): Acts of Service Touch Quality Time Words of Affirmation Gifts Chocolate Quantity Time I also wrote an entry about the 15 workplace […]


The Genius Fridge

The Genius Fridge

Last week I went to the grocery store to buy ingredients for my ramen burger (which I’ve now eaten three times, and it gets better every time). I went shopping directly from work, so all I had was the grocery list on my phone as a reference. Without that list, I end up wandering around […]


Shirts Tucked Into Jeans: Are We Really Doing This?

Shirts Tucked Into Jeans: Are We Really Doing This?

Luckily for me, at both of my post-collegiate jobs, the dress code has been very relaxed. Jeans are acceptable, if not the norm. In fact, at my currently job, many of my coworkers wear shorts and t-shirts on a daily basis. I actually like dressing up–I like the look and feel of dress pants and […]