Archive for December, 2014

The Opposite of Festivus

The Opposite of Festivus

December 23 is the magical holiday of Festivus. I celebrated much more quietly than previous years. Over the past 10 years I’ve hosted a big annual Festivus house party in which a monumental amount of alcohol is consumed while people write grievances on whiteboards around my condo. This year, with me facing the prospect of a home […]


Humor in Repetition: It’s Funny, Then Not Funny, Then Really Funny

Have you ever noticed that sometimes a joke is funny at first, then not funny as it’s repeated more and more, then it gets really funny? Someone recently pointed out how Seth Macfarlane uses this technique. He’ll have a character do something kind of dumb (but funny), and the character does it multiple times in a row. […]


North Korean Threats Cancel “The Interview”?!

North Korean Threats Cancel "The Interview"?!

This has to be a first–I’ve never seen something like this before. I’m about a day behind on news, so today when I checked my Feedly, I discovered this article about the upcoming comedy “The Interview.” Basically, from what I can tell, some people (unknown parties) issued a threat against any theater showing The Interview, […]


I Stopped Wearing Pants to Work Exactly 1 Year Ago

I Stopped Wearing Pants to Work Exactly 1 Year Ago

Well, this is it. Exactly 1 year has passed since I revealed in a blog entry called, “I Will Stop Wearing Pants to Work on December 16” that I was moving on from my day job to focus on Stonemaier Games full time. At the time, I knew that I had about a year to make […]


Is It Possible to Maintain Sexual Chemistry with One Person Forever?

Is It Possible to Maintain Sexual Chemistry with One Person Forever?

Given that I’m single, the question posed in the title has not occurred to me for quite some time. But yesterday I stumbled upon a riveting TED talk called, “The Secret to Desire in a Long-Term Relationship,” and it rekindled my interest in the subject. The talk, given by Esther Perel, is all about, our […]


The Worst Financial Advice I’ve Received from Smart People

The Worst Financial Advice I've Received from Smart People

Yesterday I was checking out after eating dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. I had enough cash to pay for my meal, but I commented that I rarely like to use cash when I could use my credit card, as it allows me to track and categorize all of my purchases. Every month I look […]


Two Completely Unrelated Photos That Make Me Happy

Two Completely Unrelated Photos That Make Me Happy

These photos literally could not be less related, but they both make me happy, and they were both taken this week. The first is me holding my “niece,” Ella. I’m not really her uncle, but she’s my best friend’s daughter, and I’d take a bullet for her (and then have a serious conversation with the […]


Abundance, Wealth, and Shampoo

Abundance, Wealth, and Shampoo

For a long time now I’ve been greatly puzzled by a major worldwide industry: Services and products that cater to really, really rich people. I understand why these industries exist: If people are willing to pay for something, that something becomes a viable business. I’m talking about $10,000-night hotel rooms, private airplanes, super expensive watches, […]


Star Wars…I Cannot Contain It

Star Wars...I Cannot Contain It

I feel like I’ve been neglecting mentioning a new girlfriend over the last week, but I can no longer contain it: I love the new Star Wars teaser trailer. I’m not sure I can quite explain this level of love. After all, I’m far from the only Star Wars fanboy out there–it’s almost weirder to not be […]


Pet Please #119: When You Remember a Friend’s Preferred Physical Greeting

Pet Please #119: When You Remember a Friend's Preferred Physical Greeting

A few weeks ago, I was at a meetup when a friend came over to say hi. I stood up and extended my hand, and at the same time he opened his arms into hug formation. Of course hug trumps handshake, and handshake looks a little silly when a hug is being offered. A week […]


Please Don’t Hit Me

Please Don't Hit Me

One of my recent mid-afternoon vices is to watch a few YouTube clips from Late Night with Seth Meyers. A few days ago, Hugh Jackman made an appearance on the show. While I think Jackman is awesome, I didn’t like one of the things he talked about. Unfortunately it’s related to Jennifer Lawrence, who I […]


A New Kindle in My Bed

A New Kindle in My Bed

Nearly 6 years ago, I got a first-generation Amazon Kindle (around $400 at the time). I loved it right away, as you can tell by this blast-from-the-past blog entry. Over time, that love has grown even more. Who would have thought that a device that looks like it was designed in the 1970s would work […]


How Much Is a Butler Worth to You?

How Much Is a Butler Worth to You?

Recently I read an article by Fast Company writer Sarah Kessler about the idea of personal butlers. The idea is completely foreign to me, but I found it quite intriguing. There is a company in New York called Alfred Club that provides a butler service. It’s a little different than the traditional idea of a […]


“The Theory of Everything” Is Everything I Want in a Movie

"The Theory of Everything" Is Everything I Want in a Movie

A few months ago I was in a local movie theater (the Hi-Pointe Theater, if you’re in St. Louis–best popcorn ever) for some big-budget movie. As the lights dimmed and the trailers started to play, one in particular caught my eye. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had this happen while watching a trailer, […]


My Greatest Fear #51: When You Accidentally Adjust a Setting in Your Car but Can’t Figure Out What You Changed

My Greatest Fear #51: When You Accidentally Adjust a Setting in Your Car but Can't Figure Out What You Changed

This happened to me, and it can happen to you. I was driving back from the grocery store today and needed to turn on my turn signal, which is done in my car (a Camry) by pressing down on the lever to the left of the steering wheel. However, my hand clumsily knocked into the turn […]