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Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

In a few weeks I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with friends and strangers. When I attend Geekway, it’s both as Jamey (the person) and as Jamey (the president and lead designer at […]


Did You Watch NASA’s Announcement Today?

Did You Watch NASA's Announcement Today?

When NASA announced they would be holding a press conference today at noon regarding a key discovery outside of our solar system, I was excited. Like, excited enough to mark my calendar to watch the announcement like. I wanted to be there when astronomers announced that evidence of extraterrestrial life had been found. The news […]


Have You Ever Visited a Board Game Cafe?

Have You Ever Visited a Board Game Cafe?

Last week I wrote about my first cat cafe experience. Then the next day I went to an entirely different kind of cafe: a board game cafe. Board game cafes–places where you can get all the regular fixins’ of a cafe or bar alongside the main feature, board games–have been around for a while, but […]


What’s the Best Video Game Trailer Ever?

I was going to write about something completely different today, but while watching The Flash during lunch, I happened to catch a commercial that had me in awe. It literally gave me tingles. After finding it on YouTube and watching it another 10 times, I realized I had to write about it, even though I’m […]


How Far Away Are We from Matrix-Style Virtual Reality?

How Far Away Are We from Matrix-Style Virtual Reality?

After years of hits and misses, virtual reality seems like it’s on the verge of really taking off. Granted, this observation may be way off base. Some big companies are working on VR, and Sony’s VR headset seems to be a pretty big hit, but it’s not at the point where tens of millions of people […]


Were You an Indifferent High Schooler?

Were You an Indifferent High Schooler?

When you were in high school, how much effort did you expend to seem indifferent, even when you were learning something exciting? Over the last 6 months, I’ve had two opportunities to teach high schoolers. One was at the high school I attended, a magnet school (a total of 4 sessions). The other was over […]


When Did You Find Your Inner Geek?

When Did You Find Your Inner Geek?

I recently ran into a volunteer who helped out at my previous job (a non-profit). He’s an older guy, probably in his 60s. He and his wife are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. We exchanged pleasantries about what we’ve been up to–we probably hadn’t seen each other for 2 years. I asked […]


My Thoughts on the Election

As I walked home from the voting station yesterday, I turned excitedly to my friend and said, “I’m so excited that at this time tomorrow, we’re going to have our first female president!” I saw it as a huge sign of progress that our country was going to elect a female president, and not just […]


The Presidential Debate

The Presidential Debate

I’ve watched parts of most presidential debates, but until tonight, I’m not sure that I watched an entire presidential debate from start to finish. I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out why I watched all of tonight’s debate (and why I haven’t done that for other debates, as far as I can recall), and I think […]


I Want to Play Board Games in a Castle

I Want to Play Board Games in a Castle

Five years ago, I traveled to Ireland primarily to live in a castle for a few days. While my hotel room in the Clontarf Castle Hotel felt like any other nice hotel room, I spent some spare time in the heart of the castle, which was awesome. Recently I was invited to a small game convention on […]


Have You Ever Protested Something?

Have You Ever Protested Something?

Today I saw articles and videos about 3 different protests (a small slice of all protests, I’m sure): NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem to protest racial oppression in the US. In his words, “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, […]


How Was the Food at Your College?

How Was the Food at Your College?

I’ve continued to listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” podcast, and the latest episode–Food Fight–raised some questions for me. The episode uses two universities, Vassar and Bowdoin, to demonstrate a key shortcoming in American higher education (in Gladwell’s opinion). Here’s the main comparison: 23% of Vassar’s students are Pell Grant recipients (as Gladwell says, these […]


Do You Zipper Merge?

Do You Zipper Merge?

While driving back from Indianapolis last Sunday, I started noticing cars pull over into an increasingly congested left lane. I followed suit, thinking they had seen something ahead in the right lane. Traffic quickly drew to a halt in the left lane, with right lane wide open. So after a few minutes, I inched over […]


If You Could Will It into Existence…

If You Could Will It into Existence...

There’s a band I really love called Typhoon. Their last album was released in 2013, and I’ve been hoping for a new album ever since. So far, none has come. It occurred to me recently that I would easily overpay for a new Typhoon album. If money were somehow the difference between me and more […]


Orlando

Today I was planning to write something silly, as I usually do, but I can’t. I just can’t. The worst mass shooting in US history happened early this morning in Orlando. A solitary gunman shot and killed at least 50 people. My heart is heavy for those who died, as well as their families, friends, […]


The Dance Wedding

The Dance Wedding

I had the pleasure of experiencing a rather unique wedding in St. Louis a few days ago. Two friends, Jess and Scott, got married on Saturday. I play board games with Jess, but she has another hobby: She dances. A lot. So does Scott–that’s how they met. Many of the people they invited to their […]


When Was the Last Time You Went to the Hospital?

When Was the Last Time You Went to the Hospital?

Last week, a friend mentioned a statistic to me that was so outlandish, there was no way it could be true. “Apparently,” he said, “Hospitals cause more deaths in the US than anything other than heart disease and cancer.” What? Hospitals cause deaths? That doesn’t make sense. But then I read the article he was referring to. […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

In a few days I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with friends and strangers. My brother and his fiance are coming into town for the convention, so I look forward to hanging […]


Would You Show Up to Game Night–or the Senate–in a Snowstorm?

Would You Show Up to Game Night--or the Senate--in a Snowstorm?

I host game night every Wednesday. This is easy for me to do because I don’t have to leave my condo. I simply spend 2 minutes vacuuming during the day, and sometimes I make dessert. No problem. However, for everyone else, it requires driving to my neighborhood. This isn’t difficult, except on days like today […]


I Met Santa and He Fixed My Car

I Met Santa and He Fixed My Car

Today I met Santa and he fixed my car. The car came first. I had the battery replaced a few days ago, and I made the mistake of not driving immediately afterwards, so the car didn’t start today when I got in it. I called AAA, and they dispatched a mechanic. That repairman turned out […]


American Dates

American Dates

It’s New Year’s Eve 2015, and something just occurred to me: Do Americans order our dates incorrectly? We write our dates like so: 12/31/2015, or, said out loud, December 31, 2015. Month-day-year. Those increments of time are roughly 30 days – 1 day – 365 days. Which is a little odd, don’t you think? Wouldn’t […]


Why We Love the Idea of Living in a Zombie Apocalypse

Why We Love the Idea of Living in a Zombie Apocalypse

Once again, Patrick Rothfuss’ podcast is inspiring a blog entry. Rothfuss and Temkin jump around between a lot of different topics, but it’s at minute 18:00 that they start talking about the appeal of zombie apocalypses. They’re not talking about it in terms of fiction–rather, they’re discussing why people generally seem to have a plan […]


A Flying Machine for the Home Gym

A Flying Machine for the Home Gym

I’ve always wanted to fly of my own volition. When I was young, I tried to make a hang glider to achieve this goal. I had dreams of flying that were so intense that I’d wake up with headaches from concentrating on levitation. It was truly ingrained into my subconscious. I’ve been waiting for a […]


Bucket List: The Napkin Number

Bucket List: The Napkin Number

There’s something I’ve only seen in movies that I’ve always wanted to try, and on Friday I checked it off my bucket list. The movie trope is when one person writes a number (typically a salary offer or some sum of money in exchange for a service) on a napkin, places it face-down on the […]