Archive for October, 2016

To Shill or Not to Shill?

To Shill or Not to Shill?

Recently I saw an article on ESPN about former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling. Apparently he’s considering running for senator from Massachusetts in a few years. His decision was considered somewhat controversial because he owned a video game company that received a $75 million loan guarantee to move to Rhode Island in 2010, only to go bankrupt […]


Would You Like a Monkey Companion?

About a month ago, I discovered a YouTube channel called Great Big Story. I’ve been entranced by it ever since. Every day, the channel posts about 2 short videos (usually 2-3 minutes of footage) telling an interesting story. It feels a little like a condensed Discovery Channel. I would have shared it a while ago, […]


What’s the One Thing You Wish Your Car Could Do?

What's the One Thing You Wish Your Car Could Do?

Since this week has turned out to be mostly car focused, we’re going to end with one more car post. I’ll say up front that there are LOTS of things I wish my car could do. Like, if we’re specifically talking about my 2003 Camry, I wish the steering wheel would not squeak all the time. I […]


How Did You Decide You Were Ready to Buy a Car?

A long time ago, someone gave me this advice: The best time to buy a car is when you don’t need to buy a car. The idea is that when you aren’t in urgent need of transportation, you have more flexibility and negotiation power than when you need to buy a car now.  Yesterday I wrote […]


Silvercar: The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Getting Lost

Silvercar: The Most Fun I've Ever Had Getting Lost

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a car rental service called Silvercar. I’ve wanted to try it ever since, and I had that chance while I was in Texas. The premise is brilliant: It’s a company that rents exactly one car, a silver Audi A4. $59 a day, streamlined check-in. As you’ll […]


So This Is How They Do Weddings in Texas

So This Is How They Do Weddings in Texas

I had the pleasure of spending the last few days just outside Austin, Texas to celebrate the wedding of my brother, Andrew, and his fiance, Margaret. It was a unique experience on many levels, so I thought I’d share it with you via a series of photos: I stayed in a hotel in Georgetown (north […]


Would You Live in an IKEA House for Free?

Would You Live in an IKEA House for Free?

What if I told you that you could live rent free for 2 years in a tastefully designed home filled with modern furniture? You’d probably ask if there were a catch. And there is. In return for this opportunity, you would need to offer frequent feedback about the furnishings. You would also need to participate […]


Have You Ever Applied the Placebo Effect to Yourself?

Have You Ever Applied the Placebo Effect to Yourself?

I have seasonal hay fever allergies that are rarely an issue thanks to a generic, over-the-counter allergy pill I take every morning. But yesterday, there was something in the air that was really aggravating my sinuses. I was kind of at a loss as to what to do. I couldn’t take another allergy pill. Splashing […]


How Would You Spend Your Time in Westworld?

How Would You Spend Your Time in Westworld?

I’m watching three new shows this season, and I’m sure I’ll write about them all at some point: The Good Place, Frequency, and Westworld. I’m enjoying all three, but I’m really loving Westworld, so it gets the spotlight first. I’m not going to spoil anything from the first three episodes, though if you want to […]


What’s Your Favorite Type of Chili?

What's Your Favorite Type of Chili?

It’s autumn in the US, which means it’s chili cookoff season. Last weekend I attended the 2016 Belleville Chili Cook-Off. I’m not a chili connoisseur, but I like opportunities to try a lot of different things side by side, so I was excited to attend the event. My one big concern for events like this are […]


Have You Read Seveneves?

Have You Read Seveneves?

Remember when The Martian was the hottest book around? I’m hesitant to say that “everyone” was reading about it and recommending it, but it was one of those books that kind of felt that way. Well, while I might be a few months too late, I think Seveneves is 2016’s The Martian. Before I say anything else, I […]


Pet Please #133: The Grocery Cart

Pet Please #133: The Grocery Cart

Today I’m going to write about something I never thought I’d devote an entire blog entry to: The best grocery cart I’ve ever used. I went to Schnuck’s (a St. Louis chain of grocery stores) to find that they’d replaced all of the old metal grocery cards with these new plastic ones. Anything new is […]


What Is Your Favorite Position? (for working)

What Is Your Favorite Position? (for working)

Recently I noticed something about the way I work: I prefer doing different types of work in different positions. Creative work (writing, prototyping, future planning): Sitting down at my desk. Logistical work (spreadsheeting, Skyping): Standing up at my desk (it’s a sit/stand desk). Brainstorming (game design/development): Turning off my computer and sitting at a separate […]


Have You Ever Crashed a Wedding?

Have You Ever Crashed a Wedding?

I did something for the first time on Sunday: I crashed a wedding. Of course, I’m not a thrill-seeker, so “crash” is a very loose term. I’ll explain. Two friends in my gaming group, Alex and Chris, announced a few months ago that they were getting married. They just wanted something simple, so they decided […]


Two Things to Make You Smile Today

Two Things to Make You Smile Today

I saw two things this weekend that really made me smile and laugh, so I wanted to share them with you. The first is a video a father made of his 5-year-old daughter on a homemade American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Not only does the kid do a great job on the course, but there […]


How Do You Recapture the Magic?

How Do You Recapture the Magic?

I remember my first time like it was yesterday. It was three weeks ago when it happened. I wasn’t expecting it–I thought we were just hanging out, maybe playing some games. And, to be honest, I didn’t think it was different than anything else. You’ve had one, you’ve had them all, you know? I’m talking, […]


Why Do Actors Have to Wear Makeup?

I’ll start off by saying that I have an odd dislike for makeup. It isn’t a judgment against anyone who wears it–I’m just not a fan. It’s because of this that I find it totally weird that not only do women have to wear a lot of makeup if they’re appearing on TV or in the […]


Would You Buy Self-Lacing Shoes?

Would You Buy Self-Lacing Shoes?

I was shocked and delighted multiple times today over a pair of shoes, which is possibly the least likely category of things to shock or delight me. It’s right up there with “apricots” and “Crossfit. A while ago, Nike announced that they had created a few pairs of the self-lacing shoes from Back to the […]


You Decide: Which Bucket-List Item Should I Do Next?

You Decide: Which Bucket-List Item Should I Do Next?

I’m a few years behind on this news, but while watching Last Week Tonight today, I heard that rapper Pitbull once ran an online poll to let fans decide where he would go next. The result? Pitbull performed at the Walmart in Kodiak, Alaska. (To his credit, not only did he travel from Miami to […]


Can this App Save the Internet?

Can this App Save the Internet?

Have you ever said something online (text, e-mail, social media, etc) that you’ve immediately or soon after regretted? Something uncharacteristically harsh, mean, cruel, or ignorant? I definitely have. Sometimes I’ve realized my mistake right away, whereas other times it took me a few hours or the prompting of someone else to realize that I wasn’t […]