Archive for April, 2014

I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through a Freezing Cold Baseball Game: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

Yesterday, a small band of brothers braved the elements and survived an epic battle against all odds. This is our story. Four years ago, a tradition began among the St. Louis members of my fantasy baseball league: We went to a Cardinals game together. Some remember that day as a delightful excursion to the ballpark […]


The Long Take

One of my favorite techniques (or demonstration of technique) on film is the long take, a scene where the camera continues to roll for minutes at a time without cutting. You’ve probably seen a long take and didn’t even realize it. We’re conditioned to watch movies with tons of quick cuts. Our brains (and a clever director) […]


A Table Made for Cats

A Table Made for Cats

“A table made for cats, you say? Isn’t that every table?” Well, yes. Pretty much every table is approved by cats, especially if it has laundry, a laptop, or a really important document on it. I’ve posted some evidence below before I get to the solution. A few alert readers recently alerted me to an elegant solution […]


Can You Be in Love with More Than One Person at a Time?

Can You Be in Love with More Than One Person at a Time?

The other day I read a fascinating article about love, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. It challenges not only the way we think about love, but also unveils the idea that it’s perfectly normal to fall in love with multiple people in a variety of different ways. Just to be clear, the […]


Pet Please #108: The Bottom of an Ice Cream Drumstick

Pet Please #108: The Bottom of an Ice Cream Drumstick

One of my favorite summertime treats is the ice cream drumstick. Chocolate and peanuts on the outside, ice cream on the inside, all held together by a crispy waffle cone. SO good. I’ve realized that my absolute favorite part of eating a drumstick is the end when all you have left is the solid chocolate […]


The Mysterious Deleted Scene from “Frozen”

The Mysterious Deleted Scene from "Frozen"

I’d heard so many good things about Disney’s “Frozen” over the last few months that I finally decided to check it out. I’m generally not a fan of musicals (I prefer the Pixar brand of animated movies without scenes of dancing candles and lobsters), but I’m a sucker for hype, and I figured I could […]


A Conversation of Thrones

A Conversation of Thrones

Something weird happened today. Or maybe it’s not weird. Maybe this is just how people talk now. I had an hour-long conversation about A Game of Thrones. I love the TV show (I haven’t read the books). Epic medieval fantasy with sex, magic, and dragons? Yes please. Given the unconventional approach to the genre, t’s a […]


Movie Contrivance #20: Bullets That Never, Ever Hit Their Target

Movie Contrivance #20: Bullets That Never, Ever Hit Their Target

I want to start off by saying that I don’t enjoy gratuitous violence in movies. I do, however, like realistic action in action movies, or at least reasonable action in action moves. I saw Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier/Black Widow/Falcon/How I Met Your Aunt today, and for the most part I enjoyed it. It was a […]


Wil Wheaton Explains Bullying with Compassion

I was a keynote panel member today at a funding session at a local university, and the experience reminded me of one of my favorite YouTube videos. It’s a video of Wil Wheaton (the host of a YouTube show about board gaming called Tabletop) serving on a panel at a gaming convention. A kid asks him […]


Would You Rather Your Favorite Band Become Famous or Stay Relatively Unknown?

Would You Rather Your Favorite Band Become Famous or Stay Relatively Unknown?

I was talking to a friend tonight about one of his favorite bands. He’s followed this band for about 16 years, back when they played at tiny bars where no one paid attention to them…except him. He didn’t even have to pay a cover fee to see them play. Now they’re famous. They have songs […]


Patrick Rothfuss in Candyland

A week or so ago, Patrick Rothfuss (an amazing writer) posted a blog entry about playing Candyland with his kid. Feel free to check it out. I’ll wait. Or I’ll just recap the key part below for you. You might recall Candyland from your childhood with fond memories, probably because you played it while your […]


The Promise

The Promise

I recently read an article that moved me to tears and gave me a new appreciation for the bonds of friendship. The article can pretty much be summed up from a paragraph near the beginning paired with one from near the end: “It was weeks before my wedding in 2010, and my four bridesmaids threw […]


Pet Please #107: Waking Up from a School Dream as an Adult

Pet Please #107: Waking Up from a School Dream as an Adult

The other night I had a dream in which I was an undergraduate student in college. The final exam in my Calculus class was coming up in 2 days, but I hadn’t studied for it at all. It wasn’t quite a nightmare, but it was still a tense, unsettling dream. Then I woke up. I […]


The App That Saved My Heart

The App That Saved My Heart

I’ve mentioned a lot lately that I work from home now. A lot of what I do is at the computer, especially during a Kickstarter campaign, so I sometimes sit for hours at a time. In fact, I’ve been so busy with Kickstarter that I haven’t even made it to soccer yet (the rain and […]


Is It Just Me, or Is Basketball Really Boring?

Is It Just Me, or Is Basketball Really Boring?

Okay, before you jump to conclusions, hear me out: 99% of basketball makes for really great TV. It’s fast-paced, it’s a team game with one-on-one matchups, every game features a number of highlights, and the athletes are often incredibly gifted, even at the college level. Plus, the whole concept of March Madness is awesome: 68 […]


My Greatest Fear #48: Getting a Potato Chip in My Eye

My Greatest Fear #48: Getting a Potato Chip in My Eye

As I wrote about on a recent blog entry, I’m a little bit in love with Billy Goat potato chips right now. I only eat a few before lunch and dinner, so it takes me over 3 weeks to get through a bag. It’s been an amazing 3 weeks. I finally finished off the bag […]


Pet Please #106: A Really Great, Unique Question

Pet Please #106: A Really Great, Unique Question

This is pet please #106, but really, it’s one of my top 3 favorite things in the world: a really great, unique question. I recently wrote about how there are so many better questions to ask than, “How are you?” Part of what prompted me to write the post is that we’re asked (and we […]


Signs Made Better by Graffiti

Signs Made Better by Graffiti

I feel a little bad that these signs have been defaced…but they’re just so awesome. I found these on this post and thought I’d share my favorites with you for some Friday smiles. Which one is your favorite?


Should You Deposit the Check?

Should You Deposit the Check?

I’m sure you’ve seen this: Every now and then, a big company gets sued, and as part of the class-action settlement, they send all of their customers a check for their portion of the settlement. Last week I got two of these checks. The first was from Toyota (about $125) and the second was from […]


What Happens If You Tell Your Server: “Surprise Me!”

What Happens If You Tell Your Server: "Surprise Me!"

For the first time ever at a restaurant, after I ordered, I had absolutely no idea what the server was going to bring me for dinner. I was hanging out with a few friends at a local restaurant called The Kitchen Sink. It’s not a fancy restaurant, but their food is awesome–lots of Cajun-inspired dishes. […]