Archive for December, 2017

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2017

I played a lot of games (hundreds?) for the first time in 2017, 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 Movies of 2017

My Favorite Movies of 2017

Of the 42 movies I watched this year, 8 of them received a 4.5 or a 5 rating (out of 5). More than ever before, I seem to watch popcorn flicks on the big screen and more intimate movies on DVD/Netflix, and this list seems indicative of that trend. Here are my top 8 movies […]


My Favorite Books of 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

I read every night before I fall asleep for about 30 minutes (it depends on how tired I am). As a result, this year I read 17 books, and none of them were misses. In fact, almost every book on my list has at least a 4.5 on my 5-point scale. Maybe I need a […]


My Favorite Songs of 2017

My Favorite Songs of 2017

As the years pass, I’ve noticed that I listen to music less and less. I work in silence, and when I have the opportunity for noise, I’m either listening to podcasts or YouTube videos. So this year’s list is all over the place. A few of these songs are from bands I love, like The […]


Top 10 Festivus Grievances of All Time

Top 10 Festivus Grievances of All Time

From 2004 to 2013, I hosted an annual Festivus party at my home in December. It started as a relatively small gathering of friends and acquaintances, and it grew to a massive affair where my condo was bursting at the seams with people. Good times. Festivus, if you haven’t heard of it, is a made-up […]


How Do You Eat Trail Mix?

How Do You Eat Trail Mix?

I get a bit peckish every day around 11:00 and 3:00. For years, I’ve addressed this by eating a few pieces of candy at those times. But recently I’ve started trying a new variation on this method: I mixed together some nuts, M&Ms, and Reeses Pieces into a homebrew trail mix. It’s delicious–I scoop out […]


Have You Ever Used Omaze?

Have You Ever Used Omaze?

For a few years, I’ve heard talk show hosts promoting a website called Omaze. It’s a website where anyone can donate to a specific item linked to a specific charity, and the amount you donate determines the number of entries you get in a virtual lottery for a special item or experience. I’ve always thought […]


What Are Your Thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi? (spoilers)

What Are Your Thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi? (spoilers)

This discussion involves spoilers from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Over the last year, I’ve avoided all marketing content for Episode VIII. No teasers, no trailers…I wouldn’t even look at the poster. I truly didn’t want to see anything about the movie in advance. After watching it on Friday, it looks like I made the […]


Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

After today, I have a newfound respect and awe for anyone who has to give themselves a shot or take any kind of blood sample from their own body. You might recall that last week I purchased an Everlywell home cholesterol kit. It’s a lab test you can give yourself at home. I heard about the […]


Dream Room #2: Cat Tower Room

Dream Room #2: Cat Tower Room

My entire condo is basically a playground for my cats. They control most spaces, and they allow me to use the remaining spaces as long as I continue to provide them with food and water. Case in point: Biddy is currently sleeping on my desk chair, and Walter is standing by the food dispenser while […]


Is It Better to Knock or Test the Knob on a Bathroom Stall?

One of the pleasures of working from home is that I never have to worry about the intricacies of potentially awkward social interactions. It’s just me and the cats. I was reminded of how lucky I am today when I watched a debate between Ed Helms and Stephen Colbert about a common office situation: If […]


Confession: I Can’t Tell the Difference Between Walnuts and Pecans

Confession: I Can't Tell the Difference Between Walnuts and Pecans

I have a friend who is red-green colorblind. He can see most colors–in fact, he can see blue better than most people–but reds and greens? They’re all the same to him. I’ve realized recently that I’m walnut-pecan nutblind. A few weeks ago, a friend made a dessert, and I told her how much I liked […]


What Are the Best 20 Minutes of a Soccer Game?

What Are the Best 20 Minutes of a Soccer Game?

Today I was really excited about a huge game in the English Premier League, Manchester United hosting Manchester City. They’re the top 2 teams in the EPL right now. The problem is, I had a busy day (some work, some play), and I didn’t have time to watch 90 minutes of soccer. So I set […]


The Future of Lab Testing

The Future of Lab Testing

I watch Shark Tank every week, and I learn a lot from the questions asked by the investors and the innovative approaches taken by entrepreneurs. But it’s exceptionally rare that I actually buy something I learn about on the show. Today was an exception to that rule. I love products and services that save me […]


Dream Room #1: The Ball Room

Dream Room #1: The Ball Room

When I was 10 years old, I thought I wanted to be an architect. I was particularly fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Jefferson (he designed a lot of the architecture at the University of Virginia, where I attended summer camp). In hindsight, I didn’t actually want to be an architect. I’m not that […]


What’s Your Fanciest Home Appliance?

When I was visiting my family for Thanksgiving, I stayed at my sister’s house. She and her husband have a big house, enough space for their 2 kids and some guest bedrooms. While I was there, I discovered a feature to an appliance that I had never noticed before. I soon became somewhat obsessed with […]


A Dating App About What You Hate?

A Dating App About What You Hate?

I recently saw a pitch on Shark Tank for a really interesting dating app. The concept is contrary to the way I use social media and even the way I think about relationships, but I still think it’s pretty clever. The app is called Hater. Like other dating apps, it uses a series of questions […]


How Can You Find Friends Looking for a Job?

I have a conundrum. Last week I realized I needed to hire someone for the holidays to work in our warehouse. Now, to avoid confusion, we don’t own a warehouse, but a ton of our games just arrived at a warehouse in St. Louis that we outsource to store and ship out games. There are […]