Archive for March, 2013

Facebook Announces That You Can Now Like Likes

Facebook Announces That You Can Now Like Likes

MENLO PARK, California (AP) – In a widely anticipated development today, Facebook announced that users will now be able to Like Likes, the popular form of showing agreement on the #2 website in the world. “For years now, Liking something on Facebook has been the way to say, ‘I like this, but not enough to […]


Meeting Lucy: How I Learned to Walk with Three Legs

Meeting Lucy: How I Learned to Walk with Three Legs

Something incredibly awesome happened today. I met Lucy. You may not know her by name, but if you read the blog last week, you know Lucy. Last week I wrote an entry called Pet Please #83: Animals with Three Legs. It was a feel-good entry about a three-legged dog that I occasionally see from my […]


Thank a Writer: My Favorite Author

Thank a Writer: My Favorite Author

Yesterday I was reading the best blog on writing and publishing (check out Nathan Bransford’s blog here), and I noticed that he had an interesting premise for his daily post. He devoted a blog entry to simply thanking an author that had a huge impact on him–in this case, the author was Bill Watterson, author […]


Let’s Look at the Lyrics: The Sound of Music Song

Let's Look at the Lyrics: The Sound of Music Song

I remember watching only a few movies growing up: Home Alone, Pretty Woman (inexplicably, given that I wasn’t even allowed to watch PG-13 movies until I was 13), Newsies, and The Sound of Music. We knew The Sound of Music better than the Von Trapp family. I don’t know why, but it was a family […]


Tim Tebow, Motivational Speaker

Tim Tebow, Motivational Speaker

A few years ago, I applauded Tim Tebow for his charitable work despite my view of him as an overrated quarterback (look how that turned out). I’m sure he’s a very nice guy, and I really do think highly of celebrities who use their wealth and fame to improve the world. That said, I’m hoping […]


Idea Realized: Pave

Idea Realized: Pave

A few years ago, I wrote about an idea I had involving a new form of investment: people. Specifically, young people in need of funds to attend the college of their dreams. You choose a student to support, pay a small percentage of their college tuition, and as soon as they start earning money after […]


Leadership Tactic #1: Responsiveness

Leadership Tactic #1: Responsiveness

I’ve learned a lot in the last year about running a business. Forming Stonemaier Games to publish and distribute Viticulture has taught me about customer service, accounting, project management, marketing, sales, production, shipping, logistics…the list goes on. A lot of it–perhaps 75% or so–is simply interacting with people. Some of those people are clients (Kickstarter […]


Vending Machine for Pets

Vending Machine for Pets

Before you get all excited/up in arms about vending machines that dispense kittens and puppies (which, although unethical, would be awesome), let me explain my idea: I read somewhere that pet food is essentially recession-proof. No matter how tough times are, the vast majority of people who have pets want to treat them well. In […]


Pet Please #83: Animals with Three Legs

Pet Please #83: Animals with Three Legs

Okay, to be clear, the fact that any four-legged animal should end up with three legs is heartbreaking to me. The deformity or accident that caused the animal to lose its leg is absolutely tragic. What I’m talking about is the hope and happiness I see in three-legged animals. There is a dog–a German Shepherd […]


My Favorite Unmanly Thing: My Tweezerman Tweezers

My Favorite Unmanly Thing: My Tweezerman Tweezers

I write this as if it’s the only favorite unmanly thing I own or do. Honestly, though, I rarely care about what’s manly or not manly–I just do what I like. I’m confident in my masculinity. If there’s a drink called “Georgia Peach” on the menu, I’m going to order it. If there’s a catchy […]


Cats in Boxes

Cats in Boxes

This past Friday, I received the advance copies of Viticulture. I have to say, it was pretty amazing. Now I understand how all of you parents feel when you get to see your child for the first time. I’m sure it’s exactly like that, right? The sad news is that as soon as I got […]


Pet Peeve #47: When Companies Discontinue Free Services Without First Asking Us to Pay for Them

Pet Peeve #47: When Companies Discontinue Free Services Without First Asking Us to Pay for Them

Today I heard some devastating news: Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. From that day in history, it will be known as The Day Google Reader Died, or, to most people, July 1. But I’m not most people. I’m one of some people who use and cherish Google Reader to grab […]


My Greatest Fear #40: Having 21 Items in the “20 Items or Fewer” Checkout Lane

My Greatest Fear #40: Having 21 Items in the "20 Items or Fewer" Checkout Lane

Yesterday I hurried through the grocery store on my way home, checking off items on my list like a professional shopper. When I arrived at the front of the store to check out, I discovered that most of the lanes were crowded, with one exception: The 20 Items or Fewer aisle. I scanned my cart, […]


The Best Reading Experience of My Life

The Best Reading Experience of My Life

I am in the midst of the best reading experience of my life. Remember back in the day, when Dickens released his novels one chapter at a time on a velum scroll in the town proper (at least part of that sentence is historically accurate)? Remember what that did to you as you stood there […]


Serial Dater or Serial Killer?

Serial Dater or Serial Killer?

If you’re a guy who has tried online dating, I almost guarantee that you’ve probably had a conversation like this by text or e-mail before the first date: YOU: Would you like to meet up for drinks sometime this week? HER: Sure, I’m free Thursday. YOU: Perfect. Do you want to meet there, or should […]


What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object?

What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object?

The title of this entry refers, of course, to the Tournament of Made-It-Myself Final, which began last Thursday and quickly became quite the thrill ride, right up until when it ended on Sunday at 2:00. Mary and Elaine threw the full force of their social media networks behind this competition, and I’m astounded and moved […]


Why I Love Dystopian Fiction

Why I Love Dystopian Fiction

Today I was talking to a friend and editor over at Blank Slate PressĀ about why we enjoy dystopian fiction so much. The conversation started when I e-mailed Amira to ask her for her top 5 reasons why she likes dystopian fiction. The question stemmed from more than just curiosity; I’m currently revising my YA dystopian […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself Finals

Tournament of Made-It-Myself Finals

This year’s blog tournament started a few weeks ago with the goal of letting creative people display their talents on the blog in exchange for fame, pride, some charity money, and an iPod Shuffle. After a number of eliminations–many great projects and people among them–we’ve reached the finals. For the finals, I only asked one […]


My Greatest Fear #39: Doing the One Thing You Absolutely Must Not Do

My Greatest Fear #39: Doing the One Thing You Absolutely Must Not Do

The cup of urine stared at me. I stared back. I knew I was moments away from drinking it. Let’s back up a little. On my recent post about beautiful places in the world, I mentioned the sensation you get when you’re on top of a tall building or cliff and you know that the […]


Whose Brain Would You Like to Share?

Whose Brain Would You Like to Share?

Last week, scientists revealed some big news: At Duke University, they linked the brains of two rats so they could communicate with each other. The rats didn’t really know they were communicating, but one of the rats relayed information to the other through a form of telepathy. The implications for this are huge. Imagine if […]


There Is No Puck

There Is No Puck

Remember “The Emperor’s New Clothes?” It’s the fable about an emperor who is swindled to purchase a garment so opulent that only he can see it. Thus he walks through the streets in his underpants, leaving bystanders to convince themselves that they too were seeing something that wasn’t there. I have a theory that ice […]