Archive for August, 2018

Crazy Rich Relationships

Crazy Rich Relationships

This weekend I saw the movie Crazy Rich Asians. While it’s not the best Asian-led romantic comedy I watched this weekend (Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” takes the crown), I still really enjoyed it. In case you’re not familiar with it, the premise is that a woman is dating a man who […]


What’s Your Favorite Non-S’more S’more?

What's Your Favorite Non-S'more S'more?

Have you noticed that more and more companies are offering non-s’more s’mores each year, particularly in the summer (the time of campfires)? I don’t mind this at all. I love s’mores, but I rarely find myself around a campfire, so I’m open to alternatives. Recently I’ve eaten 3 types of non-s’more s’mores: s’more Oreos s’more […]


Did You Know You Can Customize Your Ad Settings?

Did You Know You Can Customize Your Ad Settings?

I actually don’t mind unobtrusive advertising, especially if it’s targeted towards me. When Google knows I’ve been looking at a specific game and that game starts to appear in ads, I’m happy to see it. But I also see ads all the time that have nothing to do with me. I’ve put up with them […]


Have You Watched Letterkenny?

Have You Watched Letterkenny?

For the last month or so, a few friends have been quoting this television show, Letterkenny, nonstop. They do this a lot with shows they enjoy even though it makes no sense to the rest of us. But they’ve recommended some quality shows in the past (like Rick & Morty), so after what seemed like […]


In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

In Your Youth, Did You You Ever Discover That You Were Unexpectedly Good at Something?

I was a scrawny, geeky kid. Through elementary school and middle school, I was a good student. Often a great student. I also played recreational soccer, but I didn’t consider myself particularly good at it. In pretty much any situation, if you pitted me against a jock, I would gladly bet on the jock. This […]


Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

At the convention I attended last week, I noticed something that strikes me as odd: A LOT of people stand still on escalators. When I use an escalator, I treat it as an accelerated staircase, not a ride. That is, I walk up/down the stairs as normal, and since they’re moving, so I get to […]


What Do You Think About This Ninja Warrior Advertising Technique?

What Do You Think About This Ninja Warrior Advertising Technique?

American Ninja Warrior is doing something a little different this season. Once per episode, before they cut to commercial break, the announcers say something to the effect of, “Stay tuned during the commercial to watch X competitor’s run through the course.” At that point, the TV screen is divided in 2 parts: In the upper […]


How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

How Do You Tolerate Anticipated Physical Pain?

One of the most intense scenes in the movie Fight Club involves Brad Pitt using homemade soap materials to burn a permanent scar into Edward Norton’s hand. Norton’s character tries to escape the pain through meditation, but Pitt forces him to stay with the pain. I was reminded of this scene today during my latest […]


How Many Donuts?

How Many Donuts?

Last week I attended a big gaming convention called Gen Con. Even though Stonemaier Games is a small company (I’m the only full-time employee), we’re able to have a slightly bigger presence at this convention thanks to our volunteers. A part of my job is to make sure these volunteers are happy, and a subset […]