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What’s the Safest Place on Earth?

What's the Safest Place on Earth?

When I was a freshman in high school, we had an open-ended research paper assignment. Just like my adult self, I was already concerned with natural disasters and personal safety in general, so I decided to use the assignment to find the safest place in the US. As I wrote about in this blog entry […]


What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

What Happens When You Mess Up a Mindless Routine?

I saw a funny post on Facebook yesterday from someone who accidentally slipped out of her morning routine for a few seconds, and the next thing she knew, she was trying to put on pants over her shoes. I chuckled, because I can definitely relate to this. Like, I shower and towel off in a […]


Have You Ever Taken a Masterclass?

Have You Ever Taken a Masterclass?

I’m fascinated by Masterclass. Masterclass is a website where you can sign up to learn from a “master” in a specific field. Their philosophy is that everyone should have access to genius. For $90, you get access to around 20 videos featuring people like Gordon Ramsay (cooking), Steve Martin (comedy), and Frank Gehry (architecture). That […]


What Happened in Vegas

All day my mind has returned to the tragic events in Vegas, and all day I’ve felt a responsibility to write something about it. I really struggled to find the words, but I feel compelled to say something. 59 lives were wiped away in a horrendous act of violence, and they deserve better than silence. […]


Have You Ever Called Your Representative?

Have You Ever Called Your Representative?

I almost called my representative last week. I won’t get into the politics of it, but there was a piece of legislation I had a strong feeling about, and I was compelled to voice my opinion. I wasn’t sure what to do, though. I’ve never called my representative, so I had to first search around […]


My 6 Favorite YouTube Videos of the Week

On any given week, I may like or favorite 1 or 2 videos. For some reason, though, there are lots of videos that simply delighted me this week, so I thought I’d share them with you. The total viewing time of all of them is 23 minutes, though a few of them only require a […]


Outward-Facing Life Hack #2

Outward-Facing Life Hack #2

A while ago, I wrote about an “outward-facing life hack” for sending DVDs back to Netflix. This is a category of life hacks that make other peoples’ lives better, easier, or happier. Back in college, I spent two summers working as a waiter at local restaurants in my hometown. We had bus boys at the […]


Did You Look at the Sun Today?

Did You Look at the Sun Today?

For the last few days, I’ve been a part of so many discussions about how people (you, me, anyone) would look at the sun during the eclipse today. And I just don’t get it. Why would you want to look at the sun, eclipse or no eclipse? Is it part of human nature to do […]


Just the Tip: A Question About Massages

Just the Tip: A Question About Massages

Due to the weird neck spasm thing that happened to me a year ago, I’ve resigned myself to getting the occasional massage whenever my neck starts to tighten up again. There are worse things to resign oneself to. That was the case yesterday when I woke up with a stiff neck. I called my local […]


Do You Help Your Friends Move?

Do You Help Your Friends Move?

A long time ago in the before times, I wrote a blog entry called 13 Protocols to Follow When You Ask Your Friends to Help You Move. It outlines the types of things a considerate person should do if they’re going to ask friends to help them move instead of hiring movers. I wrote it […]


Lifestyles of the Rich

Lifestyles of the Rich

Have you heard of a movie called “Why Him?” The basic premise is a young woman (Zoey Deutch) introduces her parents to her boyfriend (James Franco) for the first time. Franco’s character happens to be ridiculously wealthy–a fair amount of humor in the movie is derived from the types of things he spends money on, […]


When in Doubt, Cats

When in Doubt, Cats

For some reason I haven’t had a lot of compelling topics to write about lately on this blog. Like, I’m watching GLOW right now on Netflix, and I’m really enjoying it, but I don’t have anything specific to say about it. I have 2 episodes left–maybe something will come to me. And I’m seeing Baby […]


An Even Wider-Mouthed Beer Can?!

An Even Wider-Mouthed Beer Can?!

I can’t find the post, but years ago I wrote about what I consider to be one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind: the wide-mouth beer (or soda) can. By simply expanding the size of the hole, the can dispenses liquid in a faster and more delicious way. Surely, I thought, this […]


Have You Listened to S-Town?

Have You Listened to S-Town?

I listened to the most amazing podcast on the drive to and from West Virginia this past weekend. It’s called S-Town. Apparently S-Town was hugely popular when it was released a few months ago, but I didn’t hear about it until last week. It’s 7 episodes, each about an hour long, and it’s produced by […]


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 […]