Archive for May, 2016

Has Your Internal Facial Recognition Software Ever Stopped Working?

Has Your Internal Facial Recognition Software Ever Stopped Working?

I’ve mentioned a few times that I attended a local game convention two weekends ago. This is my fourth year attending Geekway to the West, and my connections within the game industry have grown–particularly people I’ve met face-to-face–thanks to Geekway, Gen Con, and the Stonemaier Games Design Day. This year I had something odd happen […]


The Dance Wedding

The Dance Wedding

I had the pleasure of experiencing a rather unique wedding in St. Louis a few days ago. Two friends, Jess and Scott, got married on Saturday. I play board games with Jess, but she has another hobby: She dances. A lot. So does Scott–that’s how they met. Many of the people they invited to their […]


What’s a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

What's a Reasonable Timeframe for Spoilers in Different Forms of Media?

Yesterday a friend mentioned an interesting Facebook post to me. A person had posted that they were defriending someone because they had casually written a Game of Thrones spoiler 3 days after the most recent episode aired. (They could have just unfollowed them, but I guess that was worth the price of friendship to them.) It […]


Which New M&M Flavor Do You Prefer?

Which New M&M Flavor Do You Prefer?

For some reason I really like it when companies release a few new flavors and let people vote on their favorites. I rarely even vote–I just like the option of trying experimental stuff. I’ve been seeing commercials about the 3 new M&M’s flavors, and I happened to stumble upon them at checkout at the grocery […]


Pet Peeve #64: Celebrity Privilege

Pet Peeve #64: Celebrity Privilege

Last week, the 32nd season of Survivor ended as it always does: A live reunion show where they announce the winner and talk with the contestants about the season. Sometimes Survivor itself has some surprises planned for the finale, but this time, someone in the audience brought the surprise. After Jeff Probst talked to the […]


My Convention Regret

I spent the last 4 days at a game convention in St. Louis, and I had a wonderful time. But there’s one moment, a small regret, that has remained on my mind, and I thought I’d share it here. Also, just to clarify up front, I had a great time playing a game with friends […]


When Was the Last Time You Went to the Hospital?

When Was the Last Time You Went to the Hospital?

Last week, a friend mentioned a statistic to me that was so outlandish, there was no way it could be true. “Apparently,” he said, “Hospitals cause more deaths in the US than anything other than heart disease and cancer.” What? Hospitals cause deaths? That doesn’t make sense. But then I read the article he was referring to. […]


A New Addition to the Family

A New Addition to the Family

I write about a lot of things on this blog. Sometimes I just want to celebrate something that means a lot to me, and today is one of those times. My brother, Andrew, got engaged last week to his girlfriend, Margaret. They’ve been dating for a little over a year, and while traveling in Japan, […]


The Weirdest Thing I’ve Said While Sleeping

The Weirdest Thing I've Said While Sleeping

I’m coming up on about 8 months of using the amazing SleepTalk app. Most nights I don’t say anything–I either snore for a solid hour, or there’s complete silence (and cats. Always cats). But sometimes…sometimes I say the weirdest things in my sleep. Over the last few months, I’ve accumulated some clips to share with […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

In a few days I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with friends and strangers. My brother and his fiance are coming into town for the convention, so I look forward to hanging […]


What Did You Do on Friday Nights in High School?

What Did You Do on Friday Nights in High School?

In a conversation with a few friends last week, we were reminiscing about the things we did in high school. I’m not quite sure how it came up, but someone posed the question about what they did on Friday nights back then. I’m sure there are many high schoolers out there who spend Friday nights […]


How Do You Memorize Lists?

I make a lot of lists. In fact, pretty much any aspect of my life can be found in list form somewhere. I have daily checklists, lists of restaurants I like or want to try, lists of ideas for blog entries, games, etc. I didn’t realize until recently that this can be annoying for the […]


Who Is the Most Famous Alum from Your High School?

Who Is the Most Famous Alum from Your High School?

I belong to a Facebook group for alumni from my high school, and every now and then I get updates about my classmates and alumni from other years. A few years ago, I learned through this group that one alum (a few years older than me) had become somewhat famous. Sara Schaeffer is a comedian […]


What Did You Think of Captain America: Civil War?

What Did You Think of Captain America: Civil War?

I’ve been looking forward to Captain America: Civil War for a while now. The early trailers made me want to know more: Why are Captain America and Iron Man fighting? Why are they dividing up into teams? Who’s on each team? Do they really want to hurt each other? I saw the movie on Saturday, […]


Promposals: The Forgotten Memory

Promposals: The Forgotten Memory

I have an official retraction to make. On Thursday, I wrote a blog entry about “promposals,” the elaborate ways people sometimes ask each other to prom. In reference to my junior prom, I wrote, “At the time, I was dating a girl named Kate, and while I’m sure I asked her to prom at some […]


Promposals

Promposals

This week’s episode of Modern Family revealed a new-to-me word: promposal. Apparently a promposal is when a person (presumably a high schooler) asks someone else to go to the prom with them. I’m not sure if this is just something that happens on TV or if kids in real life put a lot of thought and effort […]


When Jamey Met Gelati

When Jamey Met Gelati

Today commemorates a special and tragic day: After dinner a few minutes ago, I ate the last scoop of ice cream. Her name was Gelati. Gelati was no ordinary scoop of ice cream, mind you. My relationship with her started over 4 months ago when I bumped into her at Gelati Celesti in Richmond, Virginia, when I […]


How Much Is Your Comfort Worth?

How Much Is Your Comfort Worth?

Every year, my fantasy baseball league gets together to attend a St. Louis Cardinals game. We almost always choose a date in May that ends up being really cold. Tonight was that night. I attend these games for the camaraderie and out of solidarity, but I must admit I’m not there for the baseball. Live […]


What Do You Remember About the Restaurant?

What Do You Remember About the Restaurant?

I don’t go out to eat all that often, but I had the pleasure of joining a few friends at Modesto on Saturday for tapas. It was a lovely evening filled with nearly a dozen shared dishes, some delicious drinks, and interesting conversation. One of the topics we discussed was memory; specifically, what we remember […]