Archive for May, 2017

My Greatest Fear #59: Brain Aneurysms on the Toilet

My Greatest Fear #59: Brain Aneurysms on the Toilet

I’ve already posted two greatest fears this week…why not go for a third? I don’t know if it’s an urban legend or a medical fact, but a long time ago someone told me that it’s possible to die from a brain aneurysm on the toilet. Ever since, the thought has crossed my mind thousands of times […]


My Greatest Fear #58: Texting to the Wrong Person

My Greatest Fear #58: Texting to the Wrong Person

Okay, I’ll be honest: This is both a greatest fear and a greatest delight. I love imagining what the other person thought when they got the completely random text. Like, imagine that in a few days, you got a text from me that said, “I was promised puppies.” Completely out of the blue, no context […]


My Greatest Fear #57: Posting on the Wrong Blog

My Greatest Fear #57: Posting on the Wrong Blog

You may or may not know this, but I write two blogs: This fun, whimsical blog, which is largely about content I consume, and the Stonemaier Games blog, which is largely about crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and content I create. I think there may be a small overlaps between the audiences, but the disparity in size between the […]


The Photos of May 2017

The Photos of May 2017

I don’t have anything particularly interesting to write tonight, so I’ll flash some photos in front of you and hope you don’t notice the absence of substance. There will be cats, though. Lots of cats.                                         […]


Why Do You Binge Watch?

Why Do You Binge Watch?

A few weeks ago, I did my first real, true, same-day binge watch of a TV show. I wrote about the show, Master of None season 2, a few days after I watched it. The show was released on Netflix on a Friday; I watched a few episodes during lunch, then I took a break […]


How to Bark Back

How to Bark Back

I have a dog situation. A few weeks ago, I started hearing a dog barking in my parking lot. My building faces several apartment buildings, so it took me a minute to figure out that the barking was coming from the balcony of one of those buildings. A dog is often on that balcony–it appears […]


What’s the Best Novel You’ve Read This Year?

What's the Best Novel You've Read This Year?

I almost didn’t read what is now one of my favorite books of 2017. A few months ago I was browsing Amazon in search of a fantasy novel when I noticed a book called Age of Myth. Both the name and the cover art screamed “generic fantasy,” so I almost moved on…but then I noticed […]


Is This Real Life?

Is This Real Life?

I had something happen to me yesterday–something awesome–that made me ask, “Is this real life?” In the middle of the afternoon, I got a message from someone named Ken. He said he’s a fan of my games, and he wanted to say hi. It was really nice to hear this. Then the message got really […]


How to Get the Best Stories from an Introvert

I’m an introvert.  That is, I’m energized by being alone, I don’t like small talk, and as much as I’m invigorated by spending time with other people one-on-one or in small groups, it’s also exhausting. I’ve talked about introversion on this blog, but there’s an area of it I haven’t explored: Things people can do […]


Crying While Laughing

A few days ago I was eating lunch at a restaurant with a few friends when one of them mentioned a reddit thread about videos that always make people laugh. For me, the video that always comes to mind is the snowball scene in Dumb and Dumber. The friend pulled out his phone to show […]


Have You Watched Master of None Season 2?

Have You Watched Master of None Season 2?

I’m in awe of how good Master of None is. I shouldn’t be surprised, considering how much I liked season one. I always have some level of trepidation about second seasons, though. They can make or break a show. But Aziz Ansari now has my eternal trust. There’s something about this season that says to […]


Whom Would You Choose to Join You on Survivor’s “Loved Ones” Episode?

Whom Would You Choose to Join You on Survivor's "Loved Ones" Episode?

Every season of Survivor, there’s a “loved ones” episode. The remaining contestants are lined up, and one by one they’re greeted by a specific person they chose in advance to visit them. There are a lot of tears (from the contestants, their loved ones, and me) followed by a reward competition where only the winners […]


A Few Random Thoughts About Food

A Few Random Thoughts About Food

For the longest time, I bemoaned the fact that St. Louis didn’t have any ramen restaurants. I loved eating different types of ramen when I lived in Japan. But then, in the span of 18 months, 4 different ramen restaurants sprang up within 15 minutes of my house. I’m spoiled by all the options. I […]


What Did You Think About Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

What Did You Think About Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

I almost didn’t write a blog post about one of my most-anticipated of 2017. Why? Well, I typically write about things I love, and I didn’t love Guardians of the Galaxy 2. A ton of time, creativity, passion, and money went into making the movie–I know how it feels when someone casually dismisses all of […]


Is This How Humans Eat Quesadillas?

Is This How Humans Eat Quesadillas?

On Friday I was enjoying a delicious chicken quesadilla at a barbecue dinner with some friends. The person next to me nudged my elbow and said, “Hey–what are you doing?” “Hm?” He pointed to my knife and fork, which I was using to cut my quesadilla into bite-size pieces. “That’s not how you eat a […]


Top 10 Favorite Lesser-Known Movies

Top 10 Favorite Lesser-Known Movies

At a dinner party on Friday, a friend asked if I had a favorite lesser-known movie that I’d recommend. I rarely see eclectic films, so I’m not sure if any of the movies on this list truly fit the “lesser-known” category, but they’re close enough. These aren’t Oscar winners or box-office juggernauts; they’re just great […]


Why on Earth Would We Go to Mars?

Why on Earth Would We Go to Mars?

I’ve wondered this for a while, and I now have an answer. Yesterday I watched a fascinating TED discussion featuring Elon Musk. In it he discusses his vision for the future of a lot of stuff: cars (both in terms of their fuel and their autonomous capabilities), highways, long-distance travel, roofs, the power grid, and […]


Have You Watched “The OA”?

Have You Watched "The OA"?

A few months ago, I discovered a show on Netflix called The OA, but I didn’t watch it. Instead, I thought it would be more efficient to read recaps about it, and I even wrote a blog entry that referenced the varying lengths of each episode. In the comments of that blog entry, a friend […]


Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue

Last night I was getting ready for bed when I noticed a new video on my YouTube subscription list. It was a 13-minute monologue from Jimmy Kimmel Live. I usually don’t watch the monologue clips, but I’m really glad I watched this video. If you even just watch the first 5 seconds, you can tell […]


How Often Do You Talk to Your Parents?

How Often Do You Talk to Your Parents?

A few weeks before I set off to go to college in 1999, my parents had a chat with me that would forever establish our rate of communication. Mom and Dad sat me down and said, “Jamey, here’s the deal: You have to write or call us with a recap of your week every week […]