Archive for October, 2017

Pet Please #149: Customer Service That Calls You Instead of Leaving You on Hold

Pet Please #149: Customer Service That Calls You Instead of Leaving You on Hold

Today I got a message from my bank to inform me that they were worried about some suspicious behavior. They asked me to call them to verify that everything was okay. I called them right away, but a customer service representative wouldn’t be available for 10 minutes. 10 minutes in real time isn’t too bad. […]


Yep, It’s a Cat Day

Yep, It's a Cat Day

It’s been an intense day in the Stonemaier Games headquarters, and I know just the thing to end on a lighter note. That’s right: It’s a cat photo day. Biddy has really been into perching on high places lately. I was working at my desk when I heard him chirping behind me, and I looked […]


What’s Your Favorite New Show?

What's Your Favorite New Show?

Fall TV season is in full swing now, and I’m always intrigued to hear which new shows are worth checking out. Here are the new shows I’ve enjoyed for more than 1 episode so far: The Mayor I’ve enjoyed The Mayor through 2 episodes so far. It’s basically about a young, post-college kid who runs […]


Me Too?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, I’ve seen a lot of revelatory posts on social media about sexual harassment. It’s been powerful for me to see how many people have written the following message (sometimes with a specific story, sometimes without): Me Too. If all the people who have been sexually harassed or […]


Have You Watched “The Good Place”?

Have You Watched "The Good Place"?

Something remarkable is happening on a half-hour comedy right now, and I highly recommend you check it out. I’m talking about The Good Place, as you can tell from the subject of this post. But let me back up a minute to explain why this is a big deal. In the vast majority of half-hour […]


Have You Watched “Long Haired Businessmen”?

Have You Watched "Long Haired Businessmen"?

The answer to this question is almost undoubtedly “no”. As of this posting, less than 4,000 people have watched the video I’m referring to. But I think it’s worth checking out. I subscribe to the “Funny or Die” YouTube channel, and a few weeks ago a video called “Long Haired Businessmen – Bathroom” popped up […]


Waterboys in Football: Why?

Waterboys in Football: Why?

As I do every weekend, I watched a little football (college and NFL) on Saturday and Sunday. There was a moment during one of the games that I noticed something odd. I’ve seen this hundreds of times before, but I never realized how weird it is. A player ran over to the sidelines after making […]


What Would You Do If You Were a Self-Replicating Computer?

What Would You Do If You Were a Self-Replicating Computer?

Imagine this: One day you get hit by a truck and, sadly, you die. However, your brain wakes up inside a computer. All of your memories and knowledge are there, but your body is gone. You can think at much faster rate than before, even dividing your brainpower to accomplish complex tasks. To top it […]


If Replicants Existed, How Would You Treat Them?

If Replicants Existed, How Would You Treat Them?

In both Blade Runner movies, we’re presented with the concept of “replicants”: Humanoid entities that look, sound, feel, think, and act like humans…except that they’re artificially made (I’m not quite sure how they’re made. They’re so close to humans that they’re essentially “born”). If replicants existed, would you treat them any differently than humans? When […]


Is an AI Relationship Real?

Is an AI Relationship Real?

This week I have several questions about the future, each inspired by Blade Runner 2049, which I saw on Saturday (very minor spoilers to follow). It’s an odd case where I liked the ideas presented by the movie more than the movie itself–it’s fine, but just not something I fell in love with. I did, […]


Have You Ever Taken a Masterclass?

Have You Ever Taken a Masterclass?

I’m fascinated by Masterclass. Masterclass is a website where you can sign up to learn from a “master” in a specific field. Their philosophy is that everyone should have access to genius. For $90, you get access to around 20 videos featuring people like Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Steve Martin (comedy), and Frank Gehry (architecture). That […]


When Was the Last Time You Changed a Long-Held Opinion?

A few days ago I was watching an interview with Jerry Seinfeld in which he changed his mind about something he was discussing with Stephen Colbert. When it happened, Seinfeld observed–as he does–that people rarely change their minds on TV. It occurred to me that it’s not just on TV. From my perspective, it seems […]


Do You Watch Rick and Morty?

Do You Watch Rick and Morty?

I’m not into animated TV shows. There’s no good reason for this. I fully acknowledge that there are quality animated shows for adults. I watched a lot of The Simpsons in college, and then I just stopped. Admittedly, I did pick up South Park a few years ago. A few friends have been recommending Rick […]


What Happened in Vegas

All day my mind has returned to the tragic events in Vegas, and all day I’ve felt a responsibility to write something about it. I really struggled to find the words, but I feel compelled to say something. 59 lives were wiped away in a horrendous act of violence, and they deserve better than silence. […]


Pet Please #148: Kindle Samples

Pet Please #148: Kindle Samples

As much as I loved getting wrapped up for weeks or months in a new book (currently We Are Legion [We Are Bob]), one of my favorite things is when I haven’t selected my next book to read and I get to try out the various Kindle samples I’ve downloaded. Let’s back up for a […]