Archive for January, 2014

Your Favorite Super Bowl Pastime

Your Favorite Super Bowl Pastime

Pastime. That’s a weird word. I had to write that out just to make sure it’s correct. Shouldn’t it be pasttime? Pastime sounds like some kind of liver-based dish. Anyway, the Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday, and people will watch it on their televisions. What do you do for the Super Bowl? Do […]


Retiring the Question “How Are You?”

Retiring the Question "How Are You?"

A few days ago I noticed a link getting shared by multiple people on Facebook. Usually when I see more than one friend share a link, even if it’s about something I care nothing about–“Sloth Raises Really Fast Human Child!” (okay, fine, I’d read that for sure)–I’ll read it. So I skimmed the article. It […]


What It’s Like to Work for My Boss

What It's Like to Work for My Boss

I’ve been working from home for about a month and a half now, and I’m loving it. I don’t think I’ve ever worked more in my life, but it rarely feels like work. I’m building my own company from the ground up, something I’ve always wanted to do, and every day I get to do […]


Sharks Can Tweet Too

Sharks Can Tweet Too

This recent headline on Springwise made me smile: “In Australia, sharks now tweet when they approach the beach.” Best headline ever? Possibly. Even better, the concept is actually really cool. An organization is attaching tracking devices to sharks off the coast of Western Australia (I’m guessing they get their summer interns to catch and tag […]


Give Me a Book That Will Put Me to Sleep

Give Me a Book That Will Put Me to Sleep

Yesterday a reader gave me a book recommendation in the comments, which came at the perfect time. Here’s what’s happening: I read every night in bed for about 30 minutes before I go to sleep. My reading material has fluctuated over the years. Fiction is always in the mix, but for a while I subscribed […]


I Love “Her”

I Love "Her"

Tonight I watched one of the most unique romantic films I’ve ever seen…and one of the main characters isn’t human. Yes, I’m talking about “Her.” It’s a brilliant film, one that kept me thoroughly engaged and entertained throughout. And most importantly, unlike most movies, it really made me think. I wrote a somewhat controversial blog […]


Pet Please #102: Toasted Sandwiches

Pet Please #102: Toasted Sandwiches

I ate a lot of cold sandwiches as a kid. Cold peanut butter and jelly. Cold peanut butter and honey. For a brief, wonderful period, cold peanut butter and pickles. Then came cold turkey, cold ham, cold roast beef. Cold, cold, cold. When I got to college, I discovered something called a “panini,” and it […]


The Best Ice Cream in the World

The Best Ice Cream in the World

Every time I go home to Virginia to visit with my parents and family, I have but one request: Please make sure the fridge is stocked with Gelati Celesti ice cream. You may not realize this, but Richmond, Virginia is home to the greatest ice cream in the world. It’s not gelato, despite the name. […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

I used this list as reference. Opening Weekend X-Men: Days of Future Past: The old X-Men meet the new X-Men…with Sentinels? Count me in. The Hobbit: There and Back Again: I have to see this before they split the third movie into three other movies and the universe implodes. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Honestly, I […]


When We Were Young: The Japanese Ice Cream Story

When We Were Young: The Japanese Ice Cream Story

I recently had a birthday (one of many–apparently it happens once a year), and I’ve been somewhat reflective on the idea of getting older. I’m 33, so I’m not ancient, but looking back, there are so many things I could do when I was young that are much more difficult now: When I was really […]


Random Idea: Sponsored Pre-Snap Quarterback Routines

Random Idea: Sponsored Pre-Snap Quarterback Routines

I tuned in and out of the Denver Bronco’s victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, but I noticed one consistency every time Denver had the ball: Peyton Manning kept shouting “Omaha” as part of his pre-snap routine. The command may have meant something, or it may have just been said to get the […]


What It Means to Have Someone Make You a Better Person

What It Means to Have Someone Make You a Better Person

Although I’m single, while I was home for the holidays, I learned the importance of finding someone who makes you a better person. I’ve always associated that idea–someone making me want to be a better person–with romantic relationships, although I’ve never quite understood why I would possibly need someone to fill that role. Sure, it’s […]


Pet Peeve/Pet Please: “If it makes you feel any better,…”

Pet Peeve/Pet Please: "If it makes you feel any better,..."

Sometimes there are two sides to a pet peeve. When that happens, we have a pet peeve/pet please on our hands. I’m sure at some point you’ve heard someone use the phrase “If it makes you feel any better,…” Without fail, this phrase never makes anyone feel better, and it’s usually more roughly translated as, […]


The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Ever since watching The Wolf of Wall Street last Friday, I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about it. Here’s what I know: I loved the movie. I’ve never had a 3-hour movie play that quickly. It blew by. It was funny, it was sexy, it was manipulative, and it was incredibly entertaining. […]


Should You Tell Someone You Care About That They’re Not with the Right Person?

Should You Tell Someone You Care About That They're Not with the Right Person?

The above title is a bit misleading (or incomplete, rather), so let me explain before you jump to the poll: Today I got an interesting e-mail from a college friend who I haven’t seen in a while. She (we’ll call her “Hypothetica”–she’s Greek) has a very close friend–we’ll say “Peter”–who has been dating a girl–“Parker”–for […]


I Lived Through a Sub-Zero Winter Hellscape Commute to Work: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival

I Lived Through a Sub-Zero Winter Hellscape Commute to Work: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival

I write this from the depths of the igloo I have carved out of snow and ice and self-respect. As the night falls, the temperatures drop even lower in St. Louis, and I know not how much longer I will hold out. But I must write this blog entry if it’s the last thing I […]


Leadership Tactic #84: First to Arrive, Last to Leave? Not for Me

Leadership Tactic #84: First to Arrive, Last to Leave? Not for Me

I was watching the Chiefs/Colts game this weekend, and the announcers were talking about the Colts’ wide receivers. Apparently when Reggie Wayne was lost for the season about 8 weeks ago, the rest of the receiver core stepped up and got the Colts into the playoffs. The announcers supported the dedication of those receivers by […]


Best of the Blog 2013

It’s been an interesting year for this blog with me now writing two blogs, this blog 5 times a week and the Stonemaier Games blog 2-3 times a week. I’ve definitely enjoyed this as an outlet for my whimsical thoughts and ideas, and I’m so grateful for those who continue to be a part of […]


My 5 Favorite Books of 2013

My 5 Favorite Books of 2013

I’m pretty sure I read more than the 14 books I recorded on my spreadsheet, but that’s what I have to work with today. Thus these are my 5 favorite books of 2013. 5. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie: My agent gave me this as a reading assignment for my Kickstarter book, and […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2013

My Favorite Board Games of 2013

Joining my year-end best-of lists for movies, songs, and books this year is a new category: board games. That isn’t to say that this is the first year I’ve played board games, but it’s definitely the first year that I’ve played enough different board games to justify a top-10 list. I’ll say up front that […]