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Pet Please #144: Extra Season Finales

Pet Please #144: Extra Season Finales

This happened twice to me recently, both with Better Call Saul and Silicon Valley, and it elated me each time. For both shows, I watched what I thought was the final episode of the current season. My mindset throughout the entire episode was that I was watching the finale, and the ending of each was […]


Pet Please #143: Spring Cleaning

Pet Please #143: Spring Cleaning

It’s been 3 years since I really reorganized my home-office. Just over 3 years ago, I started running Stonemaier Games full time. At that point, the biggest room in my condo was my bedroom and my office. My second bedroom was largely unused. So a former coworker helped me reorganize, shifting my bedroom to the […]


Pet Please #142: Consistent TV Show Callbacks

Pet Please #142: Consistent TV Show Callbacks

My filler show right now is Parks & Rec. I watched Parks & Rec when it was new, but it’s been long enough that it’s mostly fresh to me now. It’s a great show for when I want to smile while cooking dinner or eating lunch if I don’t have anything else to watch. Since […]


Pet Please #141: The Microwave Cover

Pet Please #141: The Microwave Cover

When I was home for the holidays this year, I discovered an interesting contraption in my parents’ kitchen. Now, before I reveal the contraption (spoiler: it’s in the title of this blog post), I have to note that my parents are the kinds of people who have a device for everything. They have a special […]


Pet Please #140: The Ability to Clip Songs That Overstay Their Welcome

Pet Please #140: The Ability to Clip Songs That Overstay Their Welcome

Some of my greatest pet pleases stem from pet peeves. This is one of those. One of my favorite bands is Typhoon. Most of their songs are the perfect length–they build to a crescendo and then end around the 5-minute mark. But CPR / Claws Pt. 2 is a little different. It’s a 3-and-a-half minute […]


Pet Please #139: Post-Frugality Newness

Pet Please #139: Post-Frugality Newness

On the lifehack scale of frugality, I’m maybe an 8 out of 10. At least for some things. Take toothpaste for example. I’ll squeeze every last drop out of it. Every time I think I’ve filled my toothbrush for the last time, I manage to find just a little more. The one problem with this […]


Pet Please #138: Big Straws

Pet Please #138: Big Straws

Earlier this week I tried out a new restaurant here in St. Louis called the Hi-Pointe Drive-In. It’s a bustling venue with a variety of interesting burgers and milkshakes. I wouldn’t normally get a milkshake for lunch, but I decided to splurge a little and go for a chocolate shake. To my delight, it had […]


Pet Please #137: When You Realize the Worrisome Smell Is Coming from a Different Car

Pet Please #137: When You Realize the Worrisome Smell Is Coming from a Different Car

A few days ago, before St. Louis was covered in an invisible layer of ice, I was driving to the grocery store when I smelled something suspicious. A car smell, not a human smell. I inhaled deeply, trying to identify the source or proximity of the smell. Then I looked for smoke coming from under […]


Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

My two cats, Biddy and Walter, have very different lounging habits. Biddy rarely sits in one spot for longer than an hour or two, and he’s either near me or near his food bowl (just in case food appears in it). Walter, however, can sit in the same spot (typically on the cough, on a chair, […]


Pet Please #135: Backup Dancers and Singers

Pet Please #135: Backup Dancers and Singers

A few days ago I watched an interview on Jimmy Fallon with Mandy Moore. Moore was talking about her singing career and how she wasn’t a very good dancer, so her producers hired a bunch of backup dancers to dance for her. Quick aside: It seems odd to me that professional singers are also required […]


Pet Please #134: Grown-Up Gestures Made by Little Kids

I love when kids act like miniature adults. Last night I hosted a game night, and a friend attended with his wife and daughter, who is almost 3. She was adorable–very talkative and interactive, not shy at all in the presence of 8 adult strangers. At one point I finished a game and heard that […]


Pet Please #132: Flickering Lights as an Alternative to Yelling

Pet Please #132: Flickering Lights as an Alternative to Yelling

I have a new, very specific pet please. On Saturday, I ran an annual event for my company called the Stonemaier Games Design Day. It’s a gathering of game designers and gamers to playtest games, learn new games, and generally just talk about games. Each year, we crowd 75-85 people into a social hall for […]


Pet Please #131: Foods with Few Ingredients

Pet Please #131: Foods with Few Ingredients

Yesterday I had a typical trip to Trader Joe’s: I walked in needing 4 things, and I walked out with 30 different things, half of them chocolate. As I entered the checkout line, something caught my eye: A bag of something called “Dark Chocolate Honey Mints.” Yes…yessss, I thought. Put them in my belly. As I reached […]


Pet Please #130: Drying Laundry in a Machine

Pet Please #130: Drying Laundry in a Machine

When I was a kid, we had a drying machine, but my parents hardly ever used it. I think it was an environmental thing, or maybe a way to reduce the electric bill. Either way, if you wanted dry laundry, you hung it on a line. My parents still have the same line strung up […]


Pet Please #129: Discovering a New Computer Shortcut by Accident

Pet Please #129: Discovering a New Computer Shortcut by Accident

I pretend to be tech savvy. Sure, I’m comfortable on my computer. It’s where I spend most of my time, after all. I can install blog plugins, I know a few keyboard shortcuts, and I’m pretty good at Googling answers to my questions. But really, I’m just pretending to know what I’m doing. I can’t […]


Pet Please #128: Facetime

Pet Please #128: Facetime

I vaguely remember when I first heard about the futuristic concept of video phones. I was 9 or 10 years old at the time, and my thought was: This is the dumbest idea. Who is going to stand directly in front of a screen to make phone calls? Even when phones had cords, people would […]


Pet Please #126: Context

I was recently listening to a podcast about a board game I’m somewhat unfamiliar with. There were three podcast hosts, and several times throughout the review, one of the podcasters mentioned a specific character in the game. They mentioned the character by name, chortling about their love/hate relationship the character, but they didn’t explain anything […]


Pet Please #125: People Who Introduce Themselves

Pet Please #125: People Who Introduce Themselves

As someone who has some level of social anxiety when it comes to happy hours and public speaking, the last two days have been a test for me. Yesterday I spent my Valentine’s Day evening as the featured guest at a Viticulture-themed game night at a local game store. It started with a happy hour and […]


Pet Please #124: YouTube’s Accelerate Feature

Pet Please #124: YouTube's Accelerate Feature

Last Friday, I was getting ready to leave my condo for dinner (more ramen, of course). I realized, though, that I was actually a little early. I had about 6 minutes to spare, even if traffic was bad. What could I do in 6 minutes? My inbox was clear, and I didn’t have anything to […]


Pet Please #123: Having the Exact Number of Items as the Maximum Allowed at the Grocery Store Checkout

Pet Please #123: Having the Exact Number of Items as the Maximum Allowed at the Grocery Store Checkout

Today I made a quick run to the grocery store. I had a pretty full mini-cart, but there were 3 open spots at the self-checkout.  So despite the signs warning me that there was a 20-item limit, I took the plunge. As I scanned item after item, I was increasingly worried that I was going […]


The Best Thing I Read Today: The Stray Dog Train

The Best Thing I Read Today: The Stray Dog Train

Sometimes I read an article that is just too awesome not to share here. Apparently there is an octogenarian in Texas who looks after stray dogs and drives them around on a little dog train. How awesome is this? Look! Look at how happy these dogs are! I’ve seen how happy dogs are to drive […]


Pet Please #122: Holding Paws with Animals

Pet Please #122: Holding Paws with Animals

There is no logical explanation for why this is such a pleasant, satisfying thing…but it is. Sometimes when Biddy is napping on the desk next to me, he’ll flex his little paws and I’ll stick my finger in the middle of the webbing, which he then holds onto while he sleeps. This is the best. […]


Pet Please #121: Discovering and Plucking an Unexpectedly Long Hair Growing on a Part of Your Body That Doesn’t Have Long Hair

This is my favorite. I am not a particularly hairy man. I’ll leave it at that–I think it’s best for the both of us that I don’t go into a detailed accounting of where my hair accumulates and where it’s sparse. The point is, every now and then I happen to look at a part […]


Pet Please #120: That Feeling You Get After You Fill Up Your Tank with Gas and Feel Like You Can Go Anywhere

Pet Please #120: That Feeling You Get After You Fill Up Your Tank with Gas and Feel Like You Can Go Anywhere

It’s all about the juxtaposition. A few days ago I was running low on gas. I go through only about a tank of month, meaning I only have to stop at a gas station about 12 times a year. That’s ideal, because I don’t really like stopping at gas stations. It’s an inconvenience, and I’m […]