Archive for February, 2014

Try It Before You Buy It

Try It Before You Buy It

I read a story on ESPN regarding an NFL player who I now really admire. Before I get to that, let me back up to my college years. At some point in college, I decided that what I wanted to do after college was own a restaurant. I didn’t have many reasons for doing so–I […]


The Choice to Stay Together

The Choice to Stay Together

Yesterday was my parents’ 37th anniversary, so I wanted to celebrate the occasion with a little post in honor of them. In particular, I want to honor the choice that they’ve made to stay together after all these years. As an outsider to marriage, I don’t know for sure if this is true, but my […]


The Top 3 Questions to Determine Relationship Compatibility

The Top 3 Questions to Determine Relationship Compatibility

Yesterday on the esteemed Sarah Meets World blog, Sarah mentioned a really interesting tidbit she learned from a number cruncher at the online dating site OkCupid. Apparently the data shows that if two people answer the following 3 questions the same way (doesn’t matter if they answer yes or no), they are 8 times more likely to […]


The Timberlake Surprise

The Timberlake Surprise

While that subject line might sound like an obscure sexual position, it’s actually a reference to a recent phenomenon I’ve noticed. Perhaps it’s not even that recent. It all started about 2 weeks ago when I was reading the blog of an alumnus of my high school who had her own show on MTV for […]


Biddy’s Big Day

Biddy's Big Day

Today is Biddy’s birthday! My cat, Biddy, turned 8 today. I adopted the little guy way back in 2006–that’s him on the left as a kitten. I joke about cats and mention my adoration for them quite a bit on this blog, but if you had met me 8 years ago, I was completely ambivalent […]


How to Skype with Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

How to Skype with Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

Okay, this is creepy. Creative, but creepy. Springwise alerted me to a startup that will let people talk with their dead relatives and loved ones. This isn’t some sort of magic, nor is it quite what it seems. Eterni.me compiles information about the recently deceased–social media, text messages, e-mails, etc–to recreate a person’s personality after […]


Amy Adams Was Wonderful…Again

Amy Adams Was Wonderful...Again

Tonight I had one of the most emotional reactions to a TV show that I’ve ever experienced. I turned on my TiVo to discover a newly recorded episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio. Imagine my surprise and delight when Amy Adams was the guest. (If you haven’t read my blog in the past, I both […]


The Hug

The Hug

This is a small story that made me laugh at myself. It’s okay if you do too. Yesterday I had my friends Ariel, Katy, and Adam over to playtest Tuscany. After the first game, Katy had to go, so she got up and went to the kitchen to fill up her water bottle. Adam needed […]


Where the Wild Cats Are

Where the Wild Cats Are

Disclaimer: This is a blog entry about my cats. Yep. 99% of the time, Biddy and Walter act like domesticated cats. They sleep on cushions, pillows, and laundry. They daintily slurp water out of a brownie pan (note to self: That’s where the brownie pan is that you were looking for the other day). They […]


Pet Please #105: Photos of Models Doing Things That No Human Has Ever Done

Pet Please #105: Photos of Models Doing Things That No Human Has Ever Done

I wasn’t planning on writing a blog entry now, but my cat (Biddy) just got on my desk, curled up between my arms while I typed an e-mail, and promptly fell asleep. He’s even snoring/purring. So I’m not going anywhere until he wakes up, because this is the best thing that’s ever happened. If Biddy […]


The Best Questions I’ve Been Asked This Week

The Best Questions I've Been Asked This Week

This week I was selected to be the “Geek of the Week” on a website called Board Game Geek. If you’re not familiar with board games, BGG is the most popular website in the world devoted solely to tabletop games. I was really honored to be selected as the Geek of the Week. When you’re […]


A Toast to Hibernation

A Toast to Hibernation

I love it when scientists look to the natural world to inspire things that can make life better for humans. Medicine and industrial design are the fields most impacted by this. Today I read a fascinating article about grizzly bears. Here’s the thing about bears–and yes, we learned this in school, but I don’t think […]


Pet Please #104: Different Species of Animals Hanging Out with Each Other

Pet Please #104: Different Species of Animals Hanging Out with Each Other

In the documentary series Planet Earth: Africa, there’s a breathtaking scene where animals of all shapes and sizes converge to drink and play in a precious oasis in the desert. Animals that would usually hunt each other drink right next to each other. It’s an incredible scene. I’m a sucker for different species of animals […]


How to Use Data to Pick Your Spouse

How to Use Data to Pick Your Spouse

Today I stumbled upon a TED talk during lunch about marriage. I’m single right now, so when I saw the title, “What you don’t know about marriage,” I think I was looking for some affirmation that I’m just fine not getting married if that’s how things turn out. What I discovered, though, was a funny […]


I Can’t Believe I’m About to Write a Blog Entry About Selfies

I Can't Believe I'm About to Write a Blog Entry About Selfies

Yes, selfies. This is what I’ve chosen to write about out of all the interesting things going on today. It’s better than me grumbling about how the Olympics are getting in the way of new episodes of Community and Parks & Rec, right? I would wager to say that there isn’t a smartphone-owning human alive […]


The Internship

The Internship

“I’ve been reviewing Darren’s internship journal. Doing laundry, mending chicken wire, high tea with a Mr. Newman?” “Well, it all sounds pretty glamorous, but it’s business as usual at Kramerica.” “Far as I can tell, your entire enterprise is little more than a solitary man with a messy apartment which may or may not contain […]


Where Do Coins Come From?

Where Do Coins Come From?

I’m meeting a business associate for lunch tomorrow. We’re expecting snow and/or ice in St. Louis, so the roads will be slick and dangerous. But what am I worried about? Finding coins to pay the parking meter. Here’s the thing: I never have coins anymore. I pay for everything on my debit card so I […]


Pet Please #103: When Bench Players Congratulate Starting Players Who Have No Idea Who They Are

Pet Please #103: When Bench Players Congratulate Starting Players Who Have No Idea Who They Are

This is one of my favorite things in sports. Tonight as the confetti streamed down upon the Seattle Seahawks, the cameras zoomed in on super-enthusiastic players in Seattle uniforms bear-hugging starters like Russell Wilson and Cliff Avril. You probably didn’t recognize some of those players even if you’re an avid football fan, because many of […]