Archive for December, 2015

American Dates

American Dates

It’s New Year’s Eve 2015, and something just occurred to me: Do Americans order our dates incorrectly? We write our dates like so: 12/31/2015, or, said out loud, December 31, 2015. Month-day-year. Those increments of time are roughly 30 days – 1 day – 365 days. Which is a little odd, don’t you think? Wouldn’t […]


Best of the Blog 2015

2015 has been a really fun year for me to write this blog. Whereas last year I felt a constant push and pull between my personal blog and my company blog, this year they both cheerfully coexisted instead of fighting over my attention. If I didn’t have inspiration for either of them on any given day, […]


My Favorite Songs of 2015

My Favorite Songs of 2015

As I look back on my top-rated songs purchased in 2015 (I purchase individual songs on iTunes), I’m struck by the different ways I discovered these songs. At least 10 of them came from TV shows, movie trailers, and commercials (thank you, Shazam, for helping me identify them!). Several others are from pop culture references, […]


My Favorite Books of 2015

I think I’ve enjoyed the act of reading more in 2015 than any other year. I’ve found that it’s crucially important for me to read fiction every night to help my brain switch from work mode to dream mode, and as I’ve discovered more great books to read, the prospect of climbing into bed to […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2015

My Favorite Board Games of 2015

It was just recently that I posted my top 10 board games ever, and many of those games go on this list, so I won’t go into too much detail. This is a list of my favorite games that I played for the first time this year, regardless of the year in which they were […]


My Favorite Movies of 2015

My Favorite Movies of 2015

2015 was a GREAT year for movies, especially those catered towards sheer popcorn entertainment. It seems like studios are increasingly putting great scripts and casts behind spectacle movies instead of just filling them with special effects. Even though they didn’t quite make the top-10 list, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Mission: Impossible V […]


Two Years Without Pants

Two Years Without Pants

Two years ago on December 16, I took a pretty big risk: I stopped wearing pants to work. That’s actually code for, “I quit my day job and started running my own company from home,” the idea being that pants were optional. As it turns out, it was somewhat inaccurate for me to associate a […]


Pet Please #124: YouTube’s Accelerate Feature

Pet Please #124: YouTube's Accelerate Feature

Last Friday, I was getting ready to leave my condo for dinner (more ramen, of course). I realized, though, that I was actually a little early. I had about 6 minutes to spare, even if traffic was bad. What could I do in 6 minutes? My inbox was clear, and I didn’t have anything to […]


The Upstairs Neighbor

Have you ever had an upstairs neighbor who makes the strangest sounds? My walls are pretty thick, so I don’t here much. But recently in the evenings, something has been going on in the unit above mine that makes the entire condo shake. It’s not consistent, like rowdy sex–it’s more like THUNK THUNK THUNK long pause […]


How to Pronounce Words Like a YouTube Celebrity

How to Pronounce Words Like a YouTube Celebrity

A few weeks ago I was telling some friends about PewDiePie, a YouTube sensation with over 40 million subscribers. I had never heard of him until watching a Southpark episode last year. When I told my friends what PewDiePie’s videos are about (they’re videos of him playing video games), they were flabbergasted that he could […]


Would You Transfer Your Consciousness into a Robot to Live Forever?

Would You Transfer Your Consciousness into a Robot to Live Forever?

A company called Humai is seeking a way to transfer your capacity to think a non-biological equivalent. It’s the stuff of science fiction, but they’re really trying to do this, and I think it’s pretty cool. This isn’t the first time a person or company has tried to retain their consciousness post-death, but all of them […]


Root Beer That’s Really Beer

Root Beer That's Really Beer

I enjoy the taste of beer, but I love the taste of root beer. It’s kind of ridiculous that they’re both called “beer,” because they’re so different. Apparently there’s a company who felt the same way, because they invented an alcoholic root beer called “Not Your Father’s Root Beer.” Obviously it’s amazing. I had my first bottle of […]


The Photoshoot

The Photoshoot

Yesterday I participated in my first full photoshoot as a game publisher, designer, and published author. I was recently interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal about my company and the game publishing industry in St. Louis. Because I work at a home office, it’s not particularly conducive to interviews, so we met at a […]


Santa Baby: The Funniest SNL Sketch So Far This Year

Ryan Gosling hosted SNL this past Saturday, and he did a pretty good job. He broke into real laughter during several sketches, which is always fun to watch. But the highlight was a prerecorded sketch called “Santa Baby” that made me laugh harder than any sketch this year, even on repeat viewings. I really don’t […]


There Is a Portal to Japan Somewhere in St. Louis, and I Know Where to Find It

There Is a Portal to Japan Somewhere in St. Louis, and I Know Where to Find It

On Friday night, I traveled thousands of miles in less than a second. No drugs were involved. A few days before that, I happened to drive past a new, unfamiliar restaurant called Robata in Maplewood, Missouri. The sign out front advertised sushi, ramen, and yakitori. Ramen? What’s this? When I studied abroad in Japan, ramen […]


The Cricket Saves the Day

The Cricket Saves the Day

I had a really busy morning today. I knew I needed to go to the grocery store before lunch due to my dwindling food supplies, so I kept trying to leave my home office. But every time I replied to the last time-sensitive e-mail, another would appear. If I don’t 3 meals a day at […]


The 100-Year Movie

The 100-Year Movie

Movie director Robert Rodriguez recently announced one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever heard: A feature-length film that will be made in the near future but won’t be release for 100 years. That’s right. The movie is called, aptly, “100 Years,” and it will star John Malkovich. They’re going to film it, lock it up, […]


Breakfast at Tiffany’s: I Don’t Understand

Breakfast at Tiffany's: I Don't Understand

The other day I was walking through the grocery store when the 1995 song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something started playing. It’s one of those songs I’ve heard hundreds of times, but it was on this day that I finally acknowledged that I have absolutely no idea what the song is about. In […]