Archive for December, 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2016

I played a lot of games for the first time in 2016, and I greatly enjoyed learning something from each and every one of them. I love looking for interesting mechanisms in games (even in games I’m not compelled to play again), and I talk about those mechanisms on my YouTube channel. Unless otherwise noted, […]


My Favorite Books of 2016

My Favorite Books of 2016

Looking at my list of books read in 2016, I’m surprised to see that there are only 14 books on the list. I read every night, so why so few books? I think it’s because a lot of these are long books. Books that take me 1-2 months to read at my pace of 30-45 minutes per […]


My Favorite Songs of 2016

My Favorite Songs of 2016

Last year was the year of random song discoveries, but this year was all about albums. Some of my favorite musicians released great albums this year: BORNS, Frightened Rabbit, and Lucius combine to hold 9 out of the 17 slots on this year’s list. Also, Kyle Morton, lead singer of my favorite band, Typhoon, released […]


Best of the Blog 2016

Best of the Blog 2016

I’m gearing up for my end-of-year posts next week about my favorite books, movies, games, and songs of 2016. But for now, I’ll start with the most-read entries on my personal blog this year. It was interesting to look back at the stats for this year, notably because two of the most-read entries are also the […]


Look Under Your Seats!

Look Under Your Seats!

I have a new bucket list goal: I want to tell people to look under their seats and find something awesome there. I’ve never been in a crowd when this has happened, but I love the idea of this. It’s like a legacy game in real life: You get to unlock something special that’s been […]


Would You Eat This?

Every now and then I hear about an idea so brilliant that I wonder why it wasn’t executed years ago. So, we all know that 6-pack rings (the kind that hold sodas and beer) are terrible for the environment. A lot of them end up strangling birds and fish in the ocean. Even if you […]


Pet Please #137: When You Realize the Worrisome Smell Is Coming from a Different Car

Pet Please #137: When You Realize the Worrisome Smell Is Coming from a Different Car

A few days ago, before St. Louis was covered in an invisible layer of ice, I was driving to the grocery store when I smelled something suspicious. A car smell, not a human smell. I inhaled deeply, trying to identify the source or proximity of the smell. Then I looked for smoke coming from under […]


Did You Watch the Survivor Finale?

Did You Watch the Survivor Finale?

I know that no one reads this blog for Survivor updates, but I allow myself one entry per season because I continue to really love the show. This is that entry. Also, spoilers for the finale. Don’t read this if you watch Survivor but haven’t seen the finale. If you don’t watch Survivor, you might […]


In Which Order Should You Introduce the Star Wars Movies to Your Cats?

In Which Order Should You Introduce the Star Wars Movies to Your Cats?

I was introduced to the Star Wars movies later than most kids who grew up in the ’80s. It wasn’t until a summer camp in 1993 that I watched the Episode IV, and I was instantly enamored in the world and the story. For many years, it was a huge way for my brother and […]


More Things I Say in My Sleep

More Things I Say in My Sleep

It’s been a few months since I shared some clips of me talking in my sleep, but I’ve accumulated some more midnight mumbles to share with you. Thanks to my handy Sleep Talk app, I have nightly recordings of all the noise I make while I’m sleeping. Recently I’ve been quite talkative in short, barely […]


Is This the Oddest Gift Ever?

Is This the Oddest Gift Ever?

I want you to visualize a person you care about. Someone whose laugh you love, whose company you cherish. This person means the world to you. Now picture that person giving you a holiday gift…and it’s a rock wrapped in leather. That’s exactly what Nordstrom is selling for $85 this year. The “Medium Leather Wrapped […]


Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

My two cats, Biddy and Walter, have very different lounging habits. Biddy rarely sits in one spot for longer than an hour or two, and he’s either near me or near his food bowl (just in case food appears in it). Walter, however, can sit in the same spot (typically on the cough, on a chair, […]


A First Date Where All You Do Is Smell Each Other

A First Date Where All You Do Is Smell Each Other

I’ve never tried speed dating. The idea of it is interesting, but I want a fast way of seeing if someone intrigues me, I’ll use an online dating site instead. But I watched a video the other day about something called “sensory speed dating,” and it’s a really interesting concept. It combines standard speed dating–spend a […]


Who Doesn’t Choose the Booth?

Who Doesn't Choose the Booth?

A few nights ago, I went out to a restaurant for ramen. When the host greeted us, he asked, “Would you like a booth?” It’s a fair question, but I realized as he asked it that I don’t think there’s any situation with 2-4 people when I wouldn’t choose a booth. Does anyone ever say […]


Will You Go with Amazon Go?

Will You Go with Amazon Go?

Yesterday, Amazon revealed a staggering innovation: At stores equipped with Amazon Go technology, you’ll essentially be able to walk into the store, pick up what you want, and walk out. Granted, was going through checkout lines really ever that big of a hassle? It’s actually a rather helpful service–I don’t know about you, but I […]


Pet Peeve #64: When Something You Order Is Much Smaller Than What You Envisioned

Pet Peeve #64: When Something You Order Is Much Smaller Than What You Envisioned

Have you ever ordered something in a restaurant or online, only to discover that the thing you ordered was comically small compared to what you envisioned? This happened to me twice recently. The first time was at a local restaurant I was trying for the first time. Their brunch had received a rave review, and […]


Pet Please #135: Backup Dancers and Singers

Pet Please #135: Backup Dancers and Singers

A few days ago I watched an interview on Jimmy Fallon with Mandy Moore. Moore was talking about her singing career and how she wasn’t a very good dancer, so her producers hired a bunch of backup dancers to dance for her. Quick aside: It seems odd to me that professional singers are also required […]


What’s the Best Video Game Trailer Ever?

I was going to write about something completely different today, but while watching The Flash during lunch, I happened to catch a commercial that had me in awe. It literally gave me tingles. After finding it on YouTube and watching it another 10 times, I realized I had to write about it, even though I’m […]