Archive for June, 2014

Sitting for Hours at a Time: Not as Healthy as You Think

Sitting for Hours at a Time: Not as Healthy as You Think

For a while now we’ve known that sitting for extended periods of time is really unhealthy. I’ve been acutely aware of this since I started working from home, where I often find myself “in the zone” for hours at a time at my desk. I wrote about this on a blog entry a few months […]


The Best of World Cup Soccer

The Best of World Cup Soccer

As you can tell by this blog, I’ve been enthralled by this World Cup. I’ve always loved soccer, but I’ve been a little surprised by how much of this tournament I want to watch live. The highlights are fine (that’s how I typically watch American football), but I’ve really enjoyed watching the back and forth […]


Some Things That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

Some Things That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

A few things made me laugh out loud today, so I thought I’d share them with you for some Wednesday mirth. The first is a sketch from the show Portlandia. It’s a very short sketch, and I’ve made it even shorter by linking to the part where the laugh-out loud portion begins. All you need to […]


Does Chewing Gum Make You More Likable?

Does Chewing Gum Make You More Likable?

A video that recently went viral on YouTube has me a bit stumped. In the video (which you may have seen months ago–the time stamp is November 2013–but it recently got attention as one of the best commercials of 2013), identical twins sit in front of a random person. The random person wears headphones that asks […]


4 Things About the World Cup I Don’t Understand

4 Things About the World Cup I Don't Understand

If you’re an American who cares about the World Cup, you’re probably as devastated as I am that the US lost a victory today with 25 seconds left to go. I have a few quick things to say about the match before I get to the topic of today’s post. As a whole, the US […]


The Official Haircut of the 2014 World Cup

The Official Haircut of the 2014 World Cup

Every 4 years I look to the elite athletes performing in the World Cup for some amazing soccer, Oscar-worthy dives, and a new hairstyle to set trends for years to come. This year, though, I’m a bit baffled by the hairstyle of choice. If you haven’t noticed, here’s what it looks like: Shaved sides leading […]


Confession #20: I Can’t Open Twist-Off Bottles

Confession #20: I Can't Open Twist-Off Bottles

I’ve hidden this secret for years, and it’s time to face the truth: Most of the time, I can’t open twist-off bottles without the aid of a bottle opener. Yes. This is a fact. Just today at lunch I labored over a bottle for several seconds, even considering breaking it on the edge of the table and […]


The Cup That Tells You What’s in It

The Cup That Tells You What's in It

Today I read about a really interesting innovation. It’s a clever invention that feels like something from the future…yet I can’t decide if anyone will ever use it for anything. It’s called the Vessyl, and as the title of this blog post suggests, it’s a cup that tells you exactly which liquid is inside of […]


USA! USA!

USA! USA!

I have a sordid and pretty unpatriotic history with the US National Soccer Team. I’m an American, so at heart I want the US team to do well on the world stage. I’ve also played soccer my entire life, so the sport is dear to me. Therein lies the conflict, though. I like to watch […]


Distractions and Creativity

Distractions and Creativity

Last year I wrote about how my increase in productivity and efficiency since getting a second computer monitor. I continue to love my multiple-monitor setup, but I’ve noticed that it–and my computer–are actually quite counterproductive for a specific subset of my job: creativity. Part of my job involves designing and developing board games, so I spend […]


On the Edge of My Seat

On the Edge of My Seat

This blog entry does not have any spoilers for Edge of Tomorrow, but it does talk about the basic construct of the film as seen in the trailers. I can’t stop thinking about how badass this movie is. I wish there were another word for it, but it has to be that word. It is […]


Double Please

Double Please

Pet Please #110: Brushing Your Teeth After a Long Flight Even if you didn’t eat or drink anything since the last time you brushed your teeth, it feels SO good to brush your teeth after a long flight. Or any flight, for that matter. It might not be at the level of showering after a […]


DiGiorno to Test Delivery Service

DiGiorno to Test Delivery Service

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) – In a much-anticipated announcement, DiGiorno Pizza rolled out plans today for a frozen pizza delivery service. DiGiorno Delivery, which has been under testing in California since 2012, involves a fleet of couriers who can be dispatched 24/7 via an online request or phone call. Customers can order from a variety of frozen […]


The Watchers on the Wall: I Couldn’t Stop Watching

The Watchers on the Wall: I Couldn't Stop Watching

Note: This blog entry is pretty much one big spoiler for yesterday’s episode of Game of Thrones. I need to rave a little bit about Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Watchers on the Wall,” because it was one of the most entertaining 50 minutes of television I’ve ever seen. Heck, it was better […]


The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Tonight I watched the movie adaptation of the wonderful book by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars. The movie officially comes out tomorrow, but there was an advanced screening tonight, so I figured, why not? Actually, I did have one hesitation: The Fault in Our Stars is about teenagers and is read widely by teenagers (over 10 million […]


The Big Red Button

The Big Red Button

I’m not exactly sure why I think this is cool, but I like products that bridge the gap between the intangible and tangible. Today I read about something called “bttn,” a big red button that you can program to do…well, pretty much anything. Here are a few examples that SpringWise mentioned the bttn can do […]


I Hit Puberty Today

I Hit Puberty Today

Earlier this evening I attended the event I alluded to last week in my post about your favorite speakers. I’m very fortunate to get invited to speak on crowdfunding panels now and then, and that was part of the theme of tonight’s event. It was actually a kickoff event for an Indiegogo campaign for a local […]


Confession #19: Yoga Pants and Objectifying Women

Confession #19: Yoga Pants and Objectifying Women

It’s been over 2 years since I did one of these confession posts (here’s the last one). They’re not easy to write, as many of them don’t reflect on me well at all, but what good is a personal blog if you can’t get personal? Here’s the deal: I think I’ve been objectifying women for […]


Around the World with Bill Murray

Around the World with Bill Murray

Last week there was a video circulating the internet involving a brief appearance by Bill Murray at a random bachelor party. When I saw a link to it, I was expecting to see Bill Murray acting goofy, maybe tell a joke or two, but what he actually said was a brilliant piece of advice about […]