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Do You Eat with Your Friends, Family, or Neighbors?

All throughout my youth, my family ate meals together around our kitchen table. No TV, no cell phones, just the 5 of us trying our best to communicate. The same thing happens at a larger scale during our semi-annual family reunions, when everyone takes turns contributing to meals for 30-40 people. In college, I almost […]


The Doctor Spa

The Doctor Spa

Today I paid $75 to wait 1 hour to see a doctor for 2 minutes. There must be a better way (at least, for some things), and I have an idea of what it could be. For the last few days, I’ve had an echo in my head due to a piece of earwax that […]


Look Under Your Seats!

Look Under Your Seats!

I have a new bucket list goal: I want to tell people to look under their seats and find something awesome there. I’ve never been in a crowd when this has happened, but I love the idea of this. It’s like a legacy game in real life: You get to unlock something special that’s been […]


Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “binge watching” for years now. I think it started becoming a thing when entire seasons (and series) of shows became available on DVD, and Netflix has taken it up a notch by releasing entire seasons of new shows all at once. I don’t think I’ve ever technically binge-watched […]


What’s Your Favorite Outward-Facing Life Hack?

What's Your Favorite Outward-Facing Life Hack?

There are lots of little “life hacks” for making your life better. Tips on how to get the last drop of toothpaste out of the tube or how to extend the battery life of your smartphone. Those are great, but I recently stumbled upon a different type of life hack: The kind that makes other […]


How Do You Memorize Lists?

I make a lot of lists. In fact, pretty much any aspect of my life can be found in list form somewhere. I have daily checklists, lists of restaurants I like or want to try, lists of ideas for blog entries, games, etc. I didn’t realize until recently that this can be annoying for the […]


Jury Duty: Why Not Ask Who Wants to Do It?

Jury Duty: Why Not Ask Who Wants to Do It?

I just spent the last 2 days sitting in a room waiting. This was my third time being called in for jury duty. In case you’ve never gone through the process, or perhaps your process is different than in St. Louis, here’s how it works: A bunch of people (maybe 500? 1000?) are selected a […]


Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Television, Social Media, and Survivor

Eight or nine years ago I was really into a show called The Wire. My girlfriend at the time discovered the series through her sister, and we got the DVDs from Netflix, often sending them back to Netflix the next day for more episodes. While my girlfriend and I would simply watch and discuss the […]


Tough Decisions: To Stay a Student or Make Millions?

Tough Decisions: To Stay a Student or Make Millions?

I don’t have any strong college sports allegiances, but I follow March Madness and NCAA football. One of my favorite things is when a student-athlete decides to stay in school for another year. I’m not exactly sure why. Part of it is school spirit–I think it’s near when a student-athlete wants to come back and […]


Retirement Communities: College Dorms of the Future?

Retirement Communities: College Dorms of the Future?

Last week my mom posted a heartwarming video about a 24-year old college student who lives in a retirement community. Her music school brokered a deal with the community to allow a few students to live there rent-free if they performed for the residents once a month. Brief aside about the website that hosts the […]


The Future of Flatulence

The Future of Flatulence

Several years ago, my girlfriend at the time would chide me for doing something called a “Dutch Oven.” That term seems offensive to people from the Netherlands, so I’ll just call it “farting under the sheets” or “night flatulence.” Apparently I was a frequent offender. At the time, we assumed that the bedtime odor du […]


The Address Search Mishap

The Address Search Mishap

I have a problem and a solution. Have you ever wanted to send someone a message with a friend or colleague’s e-mail address in the body text, and you typed that person’s name into the To or CC section of the e-mail before copying and pasting their contact info into the message? And then you […]


The Price of Loyalty

The Price of Loyalty

I had a random thought today while reviewing my personal budget that I’d like to explore here: Why do subscription prices go up for loyal customers? Shouldn’t they go down? Not as a gimmick or something that a few companies do, but across the board? Here’s the status quo: For the vast majority of things […]


Random Idea: Sponsored Pre-Snap Quarterback Routines

Random Idea: Sponsored Pre-Snap Quarterback Routines

I tuned in and out of the Denver Bronco’s victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, but I noticed one consistency every time Denver had the ball: Peyton Manning kept shouting “Omaha” as part of his pre-snap routine. The command may have meant something, or it may have just been said to get the […]


The Genius Fridge

The Genius Fridge

Last week I went to the grocery store to buy ingredients for my ramen burger (which I’ve now eaten three times, and it gets better every time). I went shopping directly from work, so all I had was the grocery list on my phone as a reference. Without that list, I end up wandering around […]


The Nice Jeans Conundrum

The Nice Jeans Conundrum

Last year I did a video review of a service called Trunk Club on my blog. Trunk Club sends you a big box of high-quality clothing catered to your tastes. It’s free to get the box, and you only pay for what you keep. As noted in the video, one of the pairs of jeans […]


Vending Machine for Pets

Vending Machine for Pets

Before you get all excited/up in arms about vending machines that dispense kittens and puppies (which, although unethical, would be awesome), let me explain my idea: I read somewhere that pet food is essentially recession-proof. No matter how tough times are, the vast majority of people who have pets want to treat them well. In […]


The Future of Game Stores

The Future of Game Stores

A few years ago, I wrote a blog entry called “The Future of Bookstores,” in which I talked about how one key to the future success of bookstores is that they should become the best places to read books. Today I’m going to expand upon that comment in reference to a slightly different (but not […]


How to Throw an Epic Party

How to Throw an Epic Party

Every year for the last 9 years, I’ve thrown a Festivus party in December (we’re coming up on #9). And every year I try to do something to top the previous year’s party. Last year was probably the biggest jump over any previous year because I not only added a VIP room to the event, […]


Paying for Priority Pizza

Paying for Priority Pizza

At one point during my Kickstarter campaign, I learned from my manufacturer that I could receive not just one, but up to five advance copies of the game airlifted to me months before the huge shipment of games would arrive. The project was fully funded by then, with 500+ backers, many of whom had said […]


The Future of the Car Dealership

The Future of the Car Dealership

By sheer coincidence, two of my favorite bloggers released entries on subsequent days about recent negative car-buying experiences. I’ll highlight certain details and similarities below, but if you want to read the full entries, go here for Scott Adams’ (creator of Dilbert) and Simon Sinek’s (speaker on one of the best TED talks ever.) As […]


What the Heck Is Viticulture?

What the Heck Is Viticulture?

Recently I got your feedback on the Viticulture logo, but I really haven’t talked about what Viticulture is. You’ve probably gathered that it’s a board game that I’ve been working on for the last 10 months. But that’s pretty much it. So here’s the breakdown of Viticulture: The Strategic Game of Winemaking: In the game, you find […]


A History of Board Games I’ve Invented

A History of Board Games I've Invented

Recently I wrote about my love for board games and the best board games I’ve ever played. In that entry I mentioned that I will soon be launching a project for a board game I’ve designed with a friend–our launch date is tentatively set for August 25. I’ll mention it from time to time on […]


How Do You Keep Track of Ideas?

How Do You Keep Track of Ideas?

I am a constant list maker. I have a grocery list, a list short story ideas, novel ideas, screenplay ideas, board game ideas, and website ideas. I have do to lists, Halloween costume lists, if-I-ever-open-a-movie theater lists, movie lists, gift idea lists, and, perhaps most applicable here, blog entry idea lists. For a while now, […]