Archive for April, 2018

Have You Ever Acted Like This After Drinking Coffee?

I’m one of those people who loves coffee-flavored things, but not coffee itself. For example, I love the new Espresso M&Ms. I love coffee-flavored ice cream. And–getting closer to coffee itself–I love frappucinos and Thai iced coffee. When I drink either of those last two, I’m super jittery for the next few hours. It’s a […]


Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

Dream Room #5: The Secret Passage Dilemma

It’s time to continue the series of articles about rooms I’d like to have in my house if I ever move out of this condo and build my own home. When I was young, I loved the idea of having a secret passage in my house, especially if it connected to a secret room. I […]


Have You Read Lightbringer?

Have You Read Lightbringer?

I’m always on the lookout for a great fantasy series, as years often pass between new releases in the various series I’m already hooked on. So when I heard about Lightbringer recently, I decided to give it a try. I heard about the series from a YouTuber I randomly discovered who talks about a wide […]


What’s the Longest Game You’ve Ever Played?

What's the Longest Game You've Ever Played?

I know, I just posted a board game article on this blog last week. But I promise this entry applies to all types of games: tabletop games, roleplaying games, sports, video games, The Hunger Games, etc–any type of competition. Some games are simply longer than others. For example, soccer is typically a 90-minute game. A […]


My Top 10 Favorite Cooperative Games

My Top 10 Favorite Cooperative Games

I’ve been designing a cooperative game for a while now, and it occurred to me–particularly after discovering a podcast entirely focused on cooperative games–that I should make a Top 10 list specifically for this genre of games. By “cooperative game,” I’m referring to any game where all players are working together to win or lose. […]


4 Videos That Make Me Smile

It’s been a long day (not in a bad way) at Castle Stonemaier, so I thought I’d end it with some videos that make me smile. I’ll order them from shortest to longest. This first video is completely random humor, yet it absolutely delights me (especially at 0:16). This next video is a mashup trailer […]


Pet Peeve #68: When Restaurants Don’t Update Their Online Menus

Pet Peeve #68: When Restaurants Don't Update Their Online Menus

I rarely post pet peeves anymore, as I’d much rather talk about things I love or am fascinated by than things that annoy me, but I’m going to make an exception for this one. Recently I visited not one, but two restaurants over the course of a few weeks where the online menus–like, the official […]


Would You Take Your Pet to the Theater?

Would You Take Your Pet to the Theater?

I finally got to see Isle of Dogs this past weekend after the previous weekend’s failed attempt. It’s a delightful movie. Wes Andersen excels in stop-motion, the dogs are funny and quirky and relatable, and I loved the Japanese setting (though my Japanese is so rusty at this point that I only caught words here […]


What Did You Think of “A Quiet Place”?

What Did You Think of "A Quiet Place"?

It’s exceptionally rare that I watch a scary movie. But after skipping Get Out in the theater last year and later regretting after I watched it at home, I decided not to make the same mistake twice. A Quiet Place doesn’t really have anything to do with Get Out–they’re two completely different movies. But both […]


Have You Ever Permanently Changed Part of Your Body?

Have You Ever Permanently Changed Part of Your Body?

I had an 10-minute experience today that changed me forever. Literally. First, some context: For the first half of my life, I was very uncomfortable with the idea of anyone making permanent–or even cosmetically temporary–changes to their body. Tattoos, plastic surgery, implants, etc…they all made me squeamish. I think I started to change my opinion […]


What Was Your Favorite April Fool’s Prank This Year?

I know, I know, we’re a few days removed from April 1 now. But I realized I had a favorite prank to share (hopefully you enjoyed mine!), and I wanted to see if you had a favorite as well, whether it was a personal experience or a public one. There’s a game I enjoy called […]


What Did You Think of the Ready Player One Movie?

What Did You Think of the Ready Player One Movie?

Ready Player One was, without a doubt, one of the movies I was most looking forward to this year. It’s based on a book I’ve torn through twice and found immensely entertaining, and Steven Spielberg seemed like a good fit for all the ’80s references. Through a series of odd circumstances, I actually ended up […]


Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Have You Ever Climbed a Pole in Philadelphia?

Today an article about the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game between Villanova and Michigan caught my eye. The headline read, “Villanova greases poles ahead of title game.” I thought that sounded odd, but I also had a sense of deja vu. It hit me: Authorities in Philadelphia also greased poles before the most recent Super […]


What Are Your Thoughts on the Newly Discovered Bacteria?

What Are Your Thoughts on the Newly Discovered Bacteria?

Today everyone seems to be talking about the newly discovered bacteria (technically, it was discovered a while ago, but the findings weren’t published until today). The term “time-traveling bacteria” is being thrown around, which sounds awesome, but I have my hesitations. More on that in a second. The various articles I’ve read all point to […]