Archive for August, 2012

Is Sleepless in Seattle a Movie About Three Stalkers?

Is Sleepless in Seattle a Movie About Three Stalkers?

I’ve been pushing the limits when it comes to sleep lately due to the Kickstarter campaign (check out the sketches for the board art here–there’s a poll!). So I thought it might be time to mention a blog entry I’ve thought about for a while: Is Sleepless in Seattle, known as one of the most romantic movies […]


Huge Life Decision Poll: Which Facebook Profile Photo Should I Use?

Huge Life Decision Poll: Which Facebook Profile Photo Should I Use?

For those of you who have followed this blog or have been friends with me on Facebook for the past 4 years, you know that my profile photo has never changed. Always the same smiling, inspired Jamey looking towards the future against a red background. I like the photo. I do not like changing Facebook […]


My Greatest Fear #33: That I Can Smell Toxic Odorless Gases and I’M SMELLING ONE RIGHT NOW

My Greatest Fear #33: That I Can Smell Toxic Odorless Gases and I’M SMELLING ONE RIGHT NOW

Sorry about the all-caps in the title there, folks. I can’t bold or italicize in the entry title. I have what scientists call a “fairly keen sense of smell.” I wonder if people who get migraines have heightened senses, because when I used to get migraines, the slightest foul odor from 50+ feet away would […]


Pet Peeve #43: Cities That Share the Same Name

Pet Peeve #43: Cities That Share the Same Name

A few years ago, I was at a fancy fundraising event like the one in The Dark Knight Rises, except with less Batman and more me with a wedgie, and a young couple introduced themselves and started talking about their connection to the organization. Then the wife said something like this: “Oh, you know Manhattan–it’s a small […]


Pet Please #73: Remembering Exactly Where You Saved an Elusive File

Pet Please #73: Remembering Exactly Where You Saved an Elusive File

When I started my job about 5 years ago, I was astonished to find that the main hub folder on our fileserver had hundreds of files in it. There were a number of folders, many of them redundant, and then a poop-ton of Word, Excel, and PDF documents. It was as if at some point […]


I’m Getting Knocked Up Tonight

I'm Getting Knocked Up Tonight

I’m 31 years old. I have yet to find the woman of my dreams, but that’s okay–I’m very happily single. The chances that I’ll never have a child of my own increase every day. They’re compounded by the chance that even if I find the woman of my dreams, I may not want to have […]


My Greatest Fear #32: Drowning in My Sleep

My Greatest Fear #32: Drowning in My Sleep

People do weird things in their sleep, don’t they? When I was a young boy, I used to sleepwalk when I had to go to the bathroom. My parents once found me climbing up a bookshelf; they always asked me what I was doing. I think that time I explained to them that I was […]


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 […]


Leadership Tactic #79: Knowing Exactly What Kind of a Teammate You Are

Leadership Tactic #79: Knowing Exactly What Kind of a Teammate You Are

I don’t think I’ve ever been excited about team dynamics until last Thursday, when I learned that there might actually be a formula to forming and maintaining an amazing team. I’m going to write a little about this now and a little about this later. But if you don’t read another word, please take 10 […]


Pet Please #72: When Scientists Decide That Something Delicious Is Good for You

Pet Please #72: When Scientists Decide That Something Delicious Is Good for You

You know the moment. You’re flipping through the news or the paper or Google Reader when you see the headline: Scientists Declare That Small Doses of Dark Chocolate Are Good for You Your heart skips a beat. Hallelujah, the day has come! You can now take your coveted 3:00 dark chocolate break without feeling guilty. Heck, […]


Leadership Advice #78: The Worst Job Interview Advice I’ve Ever Been Given

Leadership Advice #78: The Worst Job Interview Advice I've Ever Been Given

I had my first “real” job interview in the middle of my senior year in college. It did not go well. A few weeks before the interview, I had attended a mandatory session for business school students about how to perform well during a job interview. I’m sure we learned some invaluable lessons, but unfortunately […]


My Greatest Fear #31: Causing a Car Accident with a Sneeze

My Greatest Fear #31: Causing a Car Accident with a Sneeze

I’m surprised the human race has survived despite the bodily function we call sneezing. When you sneeze, you project your innards at 100 mph into the surrounding air. We’re talking about a force so strong that it’s physically impossible to keep your eyes open when it happens. How are there not more sneezing-related injuries? And I’m […]


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 […]


The Middle Man for My Life

The Middle Man for My Life

It must have been about 10 years ago. It was spring, or summer, or one of those in between days that can’t decide which season it is. Regardless, it was a beautiful day. My family and I were out in the Virginia country for a wedding. We took the minivan. Although us kids were becoming […]


Pet Please #71: When Something Is Too Beautiful for Your Brain to Comprehend

Pet Please #71: When Something Is Too Beautiful for Your Brain to Comprehend

When I was 14, my family went on a cross-country train trip. We went up to Chicago to see a Frank Lloyd Wright house, across Utah, up to Oregon, back across Glacier National Park, and eventually we ended up back home in Virginia. It was a great trip, and I’m glad I took it when […]


How to Write an Even More Perfect Online Dating Profile

How to Write an Even More Perfect Online Dating Profile

Earlier this year I wrote an entry called How to Write the Perfect Online Dating Profile, and it’s been one of the most well-read entries on the blog since then. Recently I decided to start offering profile rewrites for people for a $39 fee, or free for a temporary amount of time. A few people–all […]


Which Viticulture Logo Do You Like More?

Which Viticulture Logo Do You Like More?

Late last night I was delighted to get the final logos for my board game, Viticulture, from our graphic designer. Let’s cut right to the chase and reveal them: You can read about the logo creation process here (as well as see the beautiful wordmark) if you’re interested, but I have an important question for you […]


The 10,000th Comment

The 10,000th Comment

The goal of this blog, noted right at the top of the About page, is to generate conversation.  Thus my excitement recently when I noticed that I was rapidly approaching the milestone of 10,000 comments on my blog over the last 4 years. It’s just a number, but aren’t all milestones? I was in a meeting […]


You Should Go on a Bookstore Date

You Should Go on a Bookstore Date

Note: I don’t go into details about dates on this blog. Except for the really, really, really, really bad ones (yes, those are four different links). And even those I wait for months to share. On today’s entry, I’m going to talk about a recent date, but only in the context of this date as a […]


My Greatest Fear #30: Spraying Myself in the Eyes with PAM

My Greatest Fear #30: Spraying Myself in the Eyes with PAM

Every two weeks, I make chocolate-chip pancakes on the weekend. I’ve done this every 2-3 weekends for the past 4 years. I love chocolate-chip pancakes (semi-sweet chips, mind you), but I don’t want to burn myself out on them by having them every week. And I never want to go more than 3 weeks without […]


Leadership Tactic #77: You Are Your Own Gatekeeper

Leadership Tactic #77: You Are Your Own Gatekeeper

Yesterday I read a brilliant post from blogger Nathan Bransford about how there are no more gatekeepers, only influencers. Then I read perhaps an even more brilliant post from comedian and actor Patton Oswalt about how there are no more gatekeepers and that anyone who thinks they’re a gatekeeper needs to rethink their strategy. Who […]


In Which We Spend Our Time Talking About Badminton

In Which We Spend Our Time Talking About Badminton

As you could probably tell from my previous entry about Olympic gymnasts last week, I don’t really get into the Olympics. Granted, it’s nice to have fresh content on ESPN.com every 15 minutes, but aside from checking the homepage for big updates, I haven’t watched a single second of the Olympics. Oh, and I used […]