Archive for October, 2015

How I Aged 8 Years in 1 Day

How I Aged 8 Years in 1 Day

I have a confession to make. The header I’ve been using on this blog has been outdated for quite some time. Not the header you might see now (we’ll get to that in a second), but the header that was there until today. I’m no longer the young, strong, virile man I was when that […]


The Opposite of the Standing Desk

The Opposite of the Standing Desk

Recently I’ve blogged several times about my standing desk, which has been a huge asset for my Kickstarter campaign, which entails 14-16 hours of computer work a day. However, today I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Adam about something that’s even more amazing than a standing desk–a lying-down desk! Check it out: The […]


Which Airplane Seat Do You Prefer?

Which Airplane Seat Do You Prefer?

I’m a middle-seat guy. Apparently that’s a rare preference–so much so that airline experts are actively discussing ideas of how to encourage people to choose the middle seat. As this Fast Company article noted, “[The middle seat is] inherently less comfortable, and a third of people on a plane will be stuck with it.” When I […]


The Skinny Mirror

The Skinny Mirror

There was a really interesting product pitched on Shark Tank this past week that made me wonder if the sharks had it all wrong. I’m curious about what you think. The product is called the Skinny Mirror, designed by Belinda Jasmin. It’s worth reading the story behind the mirror. In short, Belinda lives a healthy, […]


The Kangaroo Burger

The Kangaroo Burger

I’ve eaten a lot of odd things in my life, but up until Friday, I had never eaten kangaroo. That includes a trip to Australia 10 years ago when I ate emu and crocodile, but not kangaroo. Then came the BBQ Saloon in St. Louis. I recently read a review about this new restaurant that […]


What’s Your Facebook Friend Policy?

What's Your Facebook Friend Policy?

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of Facebook friend requests. This is most likely due to the visibility of my Kickstarter project, but I think most people on Facebook probably get a few Facebook requests every month. At least. For a long time now, even before all the board game stuff happened, my personal policy […]


The Joy of Food Delivered to My Mouth

The Joy of Food Delivered to My Mouth

Recently, a company called Postmates established itself in St. Louis. Like every other startup these day, it can be explained using the phrase, “Uber for ____.” Postmates is Uber for restaurant food. The service is really simple. You select a restaurant on the Postmates app and choose the food that you want to order. In […]


There Are Two Types of People in the World…

There Are Two Types of People in the World...

I believe that there are two types of people in the world: Those who love having their back scratched, and those who love getting back massages. Of course, there’s plenty of middle ground. I’m guessing that most people would be fine with either of those, unless they really don’t like being touched. But I think most of […]


Mistborn: The Trilogy I Should Have Read Long Before Now

Mistborn: The Trilogy I Should Have Read Long Before Now

If I had a time machine, I would travel back to July 31, 2007 to tell myself to read the first book of the Mistborn trilogy on the day it was released. You might say that’s a waste of a perfectly good time machine, but it’s worth the trip. The book is that good. The trilogy is superb. […]


Biddy vs. the Standing Desk

This is the extent to which Biddy is bothered by my electric standing desk. He could not be less impressed by it.


A Hat for My Lips

A Hat for My Lips

I found this incredibly amusing. Because of the intensity of my Kickstarter campaign, I haven’t stepped foot outside of my condo for 3 days. Finally today I had to step outside for a moment, and to my surprise I found a little piece of paper poking out from under my doormat. It made me laugh […]


The Cubs, Back to the Future, and My Niece

The Cubs, Back to the Future, and My Niece

Last week I debated one of life’s greatest mysteries: Would I prefer for Back to the Future II be right about its prediction that the Cubs would win a World Series in 2015 or that my team, the St. Louis Cardinals, win the whole thing? The question was on my mind because the Cubs played […]


Your Favorite Song Right This Second

Your Favorite Song Right This Second

This is a weird day to write a blog post. This morning I launched a new Kickstarter campaign, and it’s doing better than I ever imagined. It’s been my sole focus all day (I kind of even forgot to go to the bathroom for a few hours, which was a bad idea!), and I’m a little […]


A Martian at The Martian

A Martian at The Martian

I haven’t had movie theater popcorn for a few months now, a true travesty, so I was super excited to go see The Martian last week at the Hi-Pointe Theater (best butter in St. Louis). The movie actually started off with great–yet terrifying–customer service. Keep in mind that I’m a pretty high introvert who does not like […]


Would You Rather “Back to the Future II” Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

Would You Rather "Back to the Future II" Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

This is the question I am pondering. You see, “Back to the Future II” made a subtle prediction back in 1989. The future portion of the movie takes place in 2015, and in the background of one scene is a holograph congratulating the Chicago Cubs on winning the World Series. The movie couldn’t have picked a […]


What Should You Do If You Learn That a Surprise Is Being Planned for a Friend Who Doesn’t Like Surprises?

What Should You Do If You Learn That a Surprise Is Being Planned for a Friend Who Doesn't Like Surprises?

I recently learned that some very well-meaning people were planning a surprise party for a dear friend. There were a lot of layers to the surprise–not only was the party itself a surprise, but also the reason for the celebration and a few of the people in attendance. I was only tangentially connected to the […]


The Best Photo of a Girl Holding an Owl That You’ll See Today

The Best Photo of a Girl Holding an Owl That You'll See Today

A few days ago I stumbled upon this photo online: This is spectacular. Really, not much more than that needs to be said. I wasn’t sure if I’d blog about it because I have nothing to say about it, but when I clicked on the link again today, I laughed out loud again. Also, if […]


IKEA and the Standing Desk

IKEA and the Standing Desk

I’m writing this post standing up at my desk. I have to say: It’s a little weird. I’m not used to this vantage. But it also feels healthy. Not only is it actually healthier to stand than to sit, but it actually feels healthy. I’m active instead of stagnant, and my body knows it. Let’s back up […]


Default to Cat Photos

Default to Cat Photos

I’m up a little later than I hoped doing work stuff after seeing The Martian (which is awesome!), so I’m going to default to cat photos today. Biddy has a new structure to sleep inside, and he’s taken to sticking random body parts out of the little hole in the front. The protruding ear was the […]


The Source of Your Goodness

The Source of Your Goodness

A few weeks ago I had one of the best phone calls of my life. I had reached out to an organization holding the rights to a very special license that I’ve loved since I was a kid. I highly doubted I would hear back from them…but then I did. They called me. And they […]