Archive for September, 2013

Pet Please #97: People Who Choose to Live in the City You Love

Pet Please #97: People Who Choose to Live in the City You Love

I grew up just outside Richmond, Virginia. In high school when I started looking at colleges, I considered a few factors: High US News & World Report ranking Schools with Japanese majors Imbalanced girl to guy ratio (I wanted good odds with the ladies. For some reason I assumed at the time that college was […]


I Made a Ramen Burger for My Mouth

I Made a Ramen Burger for My Mouth

When I studied abroad in Kyoto, I ate ramen more than any other food. Not instant ramen. In Japan they have thousands of small ramen restaurants where you get steaming hot, freshly made, absolutely delicious ramen. I can still remember specific bowls of ramen that I ate over there. So about a month ago when […]


Your Favorite Business Book

Your Favorite Business Book

I have some good news. A year and a half ago, I wrote a dystopian novel called Wrinkle. I revised it a few times, sent it out to beta readers…and then I got really busy with Kickstarter and game design. Aside from publishing a game, my other lifelong dream has been to publish a book. As has […]


The Myth of MSRP

The Myth of MSRP

I used my creative energy tonight to write a fictional scenario over on my Kickstarter Lessons blog about how I used to think MSRPs were determined. You can check it out here.


My Greatest Fear #44: The Copy Machine Light

My Greatest Fear #44: The Copy Machine Light

Today at work, I made a copy on our big copy machine. As I always do, I closed the lid all the way before pressing the Start button. Because, you know, I don’t want to be blinded by the copier light. When you were a kid, did your parents tell you not to look directly […]


The Magic of Viewing Life Without a Lens

The Magic of Viewing Life Without a Lens

For the first time in a long time, I got to see something magical on Friday. St. Louis has a big annual balloon race–I don’t know if it’s known outside of St. Louis, but it’s big here. The “race” (I put that in quotes because, I mean, they’re balloons–they kind of just float for a […]


Clash of the Antiheroes: Dexter Morgan and Walter White

Clash of the Antiheroes: Dexter Morgan and Walter White

Note: This is a mostly spoiler-free post about the TV shows Dexter and Breaking Bad. Any spoilers below are general spoilers and include nothing specific from the past several seasons. Over the past several years, we’ve gotten to know two nuanced, fascinating TV characters by the name of Dexter Morgan and Walter White. Dexter is a serial killer […]


The Clown: Perhaps My Favorite News Story Ever

The Clown: Perhaps My Favorite News Story Ever

This headline caught my eye the other day: “Northampton Clown Terrorizes English Town Just By Standing Around.” I checked the source to see if it was an Onion article. Nope. This is a real story about a real person who has been dressing up in a clown costume and popping up randomly in a British town. The […]


Pet Please #96: Big Bands in Small Venues

Pet Please #96: Big Bands in Small Venues

Never have I wanted an encore more. One of my favorite bands, Typhoon, had just finished an hour-long set at the Old Rock House in St. Louis. The crowd continued clapping and cheering as the band left the building to hang out on the patio. We didn’t stop clapping until they came back in. “One […]


Urinal Cakes Aren’t for Eating

Urinal Cakes Aren't for Eating

In my old age, it’s  been quite some time since I went to a club. However, I would bet that there are quite a few people who drive home after a night of clubbing when there’s no way they should be behind the wheel due to intoxication. Thus a headline recently caught my eye involving […]


There’s Something About “There’s Something About Mary”

There's Something About "There's Something About Mary"

Back in 1998, I kept seeing an ad in the newspaper focusing on a woman with a funny hairstyle. I knew it was a movie, but I knew nothing about it until I read a positive review that somehow compelled me to see it. Little did I know that I would be watching the movie […]


You’re More Than Just a Form Letter

You're More Than Just a Form Letter

Did you know that today is Roald Dahl Day? I didn’t even know this, and I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan, as I wrote about earlier this year. I only know this because I recently got an e-mail from someone asking if they could write a guest post on my blog about Roald Dahl Day. […]


Guinness and Gum

Guinness and Gum

Thanks to TiVo, I don’t watch TV commercials while watching TV. However, every now and then I see people sharing a commercial on social media. If a commercial is so good that people are actually taking the time to share it (and probably watch it more than once), I have to take a look and […]


Moral Dilemma #3: The Arby’s Test

Moral Dilemma #3: The Arby's Test

I’ve applied to a fair number of jobs in my day. I haven’t made it out of the slush pile for many of them. But of all those that I’ve made it to the interview stage, I’ve only been rejected by two companies: BP and Arby’s. Yep, Arby’s. And I’m not talking some cushy position […]


Pet Peeve #50: Netflix Movies That Are Too Good to Watch

Pet Peeve #50: Netflix Movies That Are Too Good to Watch

A while ago I read about a phenomenon on Netflix involving movies with really high ratings. Biopics, documentaries, foreign films, Oscar-winning independent films…those kinds of movies. Apparently Netflix discovered two things about peoples’ behavior when adding those types of movies to their queue. People are quick to add those 4.5-star movies to their queue, but […]


Ford Announces 2037 Explorer

Ford Announces 2037 Explorer

DEARBORN, MI (AP) – Following its August 2013 release of its 2014 Explorer, Ford proceeded to announce an entire line of cars dating through 2037. “With increased competition from other companies announcing their next-year models earlier and earlier into the previous year, we determined that the best strategy for the Ford Explorer brand is to […]


Cohabitation Before Marriage: Yes or No?

Cohabitation Before Marriage: Yes or No?

This is pretty much the most random entry ever. I was about to write a different blog post when I procrastinated by checking Facebook, where I saw that someone had posted a funny comic from The Oatmeal about living with a significant other. So here we are. There’s even a poll at the end! I […]


Pet Please #95: When a Website Says Your Password Is Strong

Pet Please #95: When a Website Says Your Password Is Strong

I spend most of my day clicking around on a computer, often online. So many websites and blogs and e-mails. For all that clicking, though, there’s very little interaction with the websites themselves. It’s usually a one-way street: You click a link, and you go to that link. You type something and send it, and […]


Moral Dilemma #2: The Surveillance

Moral Dilemma #2: The Surveillance

Last week I wrote about a moral dilemma I had while working at a movie theater many years ago. Now I’m back with another moral dilemma I had while working at an alarm company one summer during college. I was reminded of this experience by an article I read recently about a study involving surveillance. […]


I Am Underwhelmed by Arbitrary Achievements

I Am Underwhelmed by Arbitrary Achievements

Some of you aren’t going to like this. Just be warned. Twitter and Facebook were abuzz today with the news that 64-year-old Diana Nyad completed a 110-mile swim from Cuba to the United States. Somehow this was newsworthy. Someone decided to swim an arbitrary distance, and somehow it’s important. This is always the reaction I […]