Archive for October, 2012

Pet Please #80: George Lucas No Longer Owns Star Wars

Pet Please #80: George Lucas No Longer Owns Star Wars

Sweet baby Skywalker. The day has finally, finally come. Nay–I didn’t think this day would ever come. I really didn’t even think it was a possibility. Which makes it all the more sweet. Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas so that they could own Star Wars. And they’ve already said that Star Wars VII is […]


The Politics Poll

The Politics Poll

I don’t blog about politics. We’re not going to discuss which candidate has bigger binders full of women or was less awake during the first debate. In fact, for one blog entry I’d like to discourage conversation. However, I am curious about who you all plan to vote for next week (sorry, international readers–this is […]


Cats Helping Me Do Stuff

Cats Helping Me Do Stuff

I usually try to start off the week with a pet please or an otherwise uplifting post…so how about one that features cats helping me do stuff? Enjoy!                   I bet you didn’t realize that cats were such helpful animals, did you? What do your pets help […]


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, […]


I Lived Through a Day Without Chocolate at Work: : A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through a Day Without Chocolate at Work: : A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I am a man of few needs. I don’t ask for much: 8 hours of sleep, a hot shower every morning, a few minutes to eat my oatmeal at work in the morning… …and a little bit of dark chocolate at 3:00 pm. My name is Jamey Stegmaier, and I am a survivor. This is […]


Team Dimensions Survey Results

Team Dimensions Survey Results

Two months ago, I wrote about a new paradigm for team dynamics and asked readers to indicate what type of person they were. A few days later I launched my Kickstarter campaign, and writing a proper entry about the survey results was put on the back burner. I apologize for the delay. The good news […]


The Deception That Is “The Lion King”

The Deception That Is "The Lion King"

There is no doubt that The Lion King is a very good animated Disney movie. But I think that most people have been deceived into thinking that it is a great movie–deceived in the same way that romantic comedies trick us into thinking that two people belong together simply because one of them has stalked the other for long […]


Pet Please #79: When You Learn That Something You Assumed Was Terrible Isn’t Actually All That Bad

Pet Please #79: When You Learn That Something You Assumed Was Terrible Isn't Actually All That Bad

This might be the most vague pet please yet, but bear with me–I think you’ll understand why I left it open-ended. The other day at work, a coworker came into my office to get some Tums (people have to walk through my office to get to the bathroom). She said that she had really bad […]


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 […]


Can Introverts Love Extroverts?

Can Introverts Love Extroverts?

A friend posed this question to me today. I had to ask for clarification–I’m sure many introverts fall in love with extroverts, and vice versa. She clarified that she is curious about whether or not introverts can show their love to extroverts. Can introverts–those who typically need a lot of time by themselves to re-energize, […]


Pet Please #78: Any Costume Can Be Sexy on Halloween

Pet Please #78: Any Costume Can Be Sexy on Halloween

I’ve written about Halloween on the blog in the past, even touching upon this subject. But it deserves its own pet please. There were a number of years when I thought that I’d never enjoy Halloween as much as I did when I was a kid. Back then, the costumes–despite how incredible they were, thanks […]


My Greatest Fear #35: That the Laptop Is Still on After You Close It

My Greatest Fear #35: That the Laptop Is Still on After You Close It

The way laptops should work (and 99% of the time, this is how theydo work) is when you close them, they go to sleep, and when you shut them down and close them, they do indeed shut down. But every once in a while, that’s not what happens. Instead, the screen stays on and overheats the whole machine. […]


What’s Your Favorite Song Right Now?

What's Your Favorite Song Right Now?

I love this question, and I want to ask it more often. It’s an infinitely better question than, “What kind of music do you like?” That question is way too broad. It’s like asking what kind of food you like or what you like to do in your free time. There are too many possible […]


Fudge and Puppies

Fudge and Puppies

At the end of my Kickstarter campaign, I told all 942 backers that if they ever ran a Kickstarter campaign for a passion project of theirs, I want to support them in some way, whether it be a pledge, a post, feedback, etc. Because many of my supporters were people who started Kickstarter projects during […]


A Behavioral Economics Trick That Anyone Can Use

A Behavioral Economics Trick That Anyone Can Use

There are two fairly well known behavorial economics “tricks” that I see all the time. These are basically ways to get someone to say “yes.” Foot in the Door: Get someone to agree to something small, and when they see how easy it was, it’s much easier to get them to agree to something big […]


Can You Meet Your Match at the Pool?

Can You Meet Your Match at the Pool?

Due to the all-consuming nature of the Kickstarter project I recently ran, I’ve had zero time for dating lately. However, I still get e-mails from the various sites I’ve used over the past few years. One of the more interesting matchmaking (note that I didnt’ say “dating”–I’ll get to that in a minute) websites is […]


Who Wears the Pants?

Who Wears the Pants?

Recently, in fairly rapid succession, I experienced or read about three gender-role situations that share a similar theme. Situation One: The first happened when I got a really bad cold 2 weeks ago. I woke up on a Friday morning feeling terrible, and I e-mailed this to my staff: “Hey guys, I got hit with […]


Viticulture Pre-Orders and Lessons Learned from My Kickstarter Backers

Viticulture Pre-Orders and Lessons Learned from My Kickstarter Backers

Tonight at 11:59pm, my Kickstarter campaign ended. We went out with a bang, raising $8,000 in the final 24 hours to bring our total to $65,980. Which, considering that I had absolutely no idea back in August if we’d even hit our goal of $25k, is astounding. But I want to focus today on a […]


The Year Andrew Stegmaier Became an Adult

The Year Andrew Stegmaier Became an Adult

At a family reunion about 20 years ago, I said hi to one of my little cousins. He was about 5 years old at the time, and when I asked him what was new, he answered in a full, coherent sentence. The last time I had seen him a year prior to that, he talked […]


Pet Please #77: Learning That an Innocent-Sounding Song Is Actually Quite Naughty

Pet Please #77: Learning That an Innocent-Sounding Song Is Actually Quite Naughty

Have you caught yourself bobbing your head to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes lately? It’s that peppy song with the whistling. Just an innocent little ditty about coming home with someone you care about, right? “Bobbing” might be the only accurate modifier for that song, because apparently that song is about oral […]


Anchorboy

Anchorboy

As I mentioned last week, I was on the local news yesterday to talk about Kickstarter and my game. I’ll cut right to the chase, because you probably want to see the video. A video that I watched once and will probably never watch again–it’s really tough for me to watch myself do something like […]


Dr. Spielberg or: How I Learned to Stop Snarking and Love Collaboration

Dr. Spielberg or: How I Learned to Stop Snarking and Love Collaboration

Today’s guest post is brought to you by reader and friend Bryce. Like all of you, I have been eagerly watching Jamey’s Viticulture campaign on Kickstarter for the last several weeks.  I am proud to be a backer and I am excited to finally play the game when it arrives next spring (since he REFUSED […]


Pet Please #76: Animal Photobombs

Pet Please #76: Animal Photobombs

Thanks to alert reader and friend Amanda, I was recently treated to this image from Buzzfeed: It took me a second to realize what the girls were so distraught about. And then I saw the gleeful sting ray behind them. Absolutely spectacular. It’s one thing when a human photobombs other humans, but animal photobombs are […]