Archive for September, 2014

Pet Please #117: Remembering All of the Things You Forgot to Add to Your Grocery List

Pet Please #117: Remembering All of the Things You Forgot to Add to Your Grocery List

Today I went to the grocery store with a very specific, short list: hair stuff carrots syringes (my cat has diabetes) instant breakfast (more on that in a future entry) Of course, the staples (milk, juice, baby spinach) were in my head. What I didn’t realize when I walked into the store, though, was that […]


The Creepy Side of Working from Home

The Creepy Side of Working from Home

I’m in Month 10 of working from home, and as much as I like it, I’ve decided that it has made me much creepier than before (unintentionally). When you work from home, you are privy to patterns and minutiae of the world outside that others are completely unaware of. It’s like having an ongoing conversation […]


My Greatest Fear #50: Spraying Toilet Water in My Eyes

My Greatest Fear #50: Spraying Toilet Water in My Eyes

When I was a kid, one of the weekly chores I had to take care of was cleaning the toilets. The method my parents taught me was to squirt cleaning fluid in the toilet, roll up my sleeves, and clean the toilet with an old rag. For some reason it never occurred to my parents […]


What Does a Customer Deserve?

What Does a Customer Deserve?

I have a bit of a situation. In the greater scheme of things, it’s truly a first-world problem, but I figure you might have some interesting ideas about it. I went the my local AT&T store last week to buy a new iPhone and renew my service plan. I was there for about an hour, and […]


The Best Baseball-Related Video Clip I’ve Ever Seen

Before you watch the video below (I found it on Hardball Talk), let me preface it with a quick note. If you follow sports at all, you’re probably aware that baseball player Derek Jeter is retiring after this season. He’s a very good player who has been a leader on the Yankees for a long […]


The Dancing Stoplight

I almost don’t want to spoil anything about this video without you watching it, so I’ll embed it and then write about it below. This social experiment of sorts from Smart.com starts with a problem: Too many people try to cross the road even when the light is red, and it results in accidents. Instead […]


My Bread and Butter

My Bread and Butter

Bread and butter is my bread and butter. I love the combination of those two foods, particularly homemade garlic bread. I was recently telling a friend about the tasty homemade garlic bread I make. She asked, “Wow, you make the bread at home.” “Well, no,” I replied. I buy a baguette at the grocery store and insert […]


How to Brainstorm with Introverts

How to Brainstorm with Introverts

In a few days, my fledgling game company will have a visioning session to discuss where we are today, where we want to be in 5 years, and how to get there. A key part of the session will be open brainstorming from participants. I love open brainstorming, especially when you can feel the creative […]


Walter Goes to the Vet

Walter Goes to the Vet

Today I learned something new and surprising about my cat, Walter. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I got Walter as a pet for Biddy. I’ve had Biddy since he was a kitten–he was born in February 2007. In January 2012 I decided that Biddy might be happier if he […]


Why You Should Go to the Doctor When You Notice a Lump

Today I got a rather shocking group e-mail from a friend about a recent development in his life. I’m really grateful that he shared his story, and I asked him if I could post it on my blog so it might benefit you as it benefited me. He asked to remain anonymous, hence the lack […]


I Don’t Get It: The Apple Watch

I Don't Get It: The Apple Watch

Originally this was going to be one of my Onion-style fake news posts about Apple’s big news being that they’re releasing a product that was essentially released by Pebble over 2 years go. But it wouldn’t even really be a fake article, because it’s true. So this will be the first in a new series […]


The Power of Asking for Feedback

The Power of Asking for Feedback

A few days ago I listened to a talk about asking for feedback. While I’ve been a big fan of the power of asking for feedback for a long time now (as a manager at my previous job, to my Kickstarter backers at my current job, and in general), the talk really opened me to […]


Puppy Longstocking

Puppy Longstocking

I don’t play (or enjoy) many party games, but a few months ago I discovered on party game that I really enjoy: Telestrations. You may have played this game by another name at some point. Basically, you write a word on a flipbook, turn the page, and pass it to the next person. That person then draws their best […]


A Death on Facebook

On Monday morning, a former high-school classmate posted a somewhat cryptic message on our class’s Facebook page. She talked about how she wanted to do a better job of staying in touch with people, and she specifically mentioned a fellow classmate, Johnetta. I thought the post was a little odd. Out of context, I really […]


How to Get Angry Adults to Act Like Adults

How to Get Angry Adults to Act Like Adults

Last week at my pickup soccer game, one of the guys asked me if I had ever gotten angry on the field. I’ve played pickup for about 10 years now, and I could only think of one time when a player had repeatedly shoved me in the back while I was sprinting. Each time it […]


Pet Please #116: YouTube’s New Cinematic Format

Pet Please #116: YouTube's New Cinematic Format

The first time, I barely noticed. I honestly have no idea when YouTube switched to their new format. I probably thought I had clicked a button to reformat the screen and that it would go away the next time. The second time, I liked what I saw, but again, I had my doubts that it […]


The Grilled Pizza Party

The Grilled Pizza Party

To finish off the Week of Food, I present to you the Grilled Pizza Party. For the last 5 years, a friend and his wife have hosted a grilled pizza party. The structure of the party has changed over the years, but basically each guest gets to make their own pizza with a wide variety […]


It’s Scientific: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

It's Scientific: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

A week or so ago I read an article in the NY Times about a scientifically proven method for making the most delicious chocolate chip cookie. I was intrigued. The article actually links to another article by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt on Serious Eats about how he sought to make the best possible cookie using every […]


The Japanese Festival and Octopus Balls

The Japanese Festival and Octopus Balls

Food week continues! Recently a friend mentioned to me that there was a Japanese festival in St. Louis over Labor Day weekend. The conversation went something like this: Her: Wanna go to the Japanese festival? The food will be amazing! Me: How much does the festival cost? Her: $15. Me: So we have to pay […]


Biscuits on a Stick

Biscuits on a Stick

It’s been a food-filled Labor Day weekend for me, so this week the blog will focus on food. Today I’m going to talk about a themed potluck dinner I attended on Saturday. The theme was “on a stick”: Every dish was supposed to be eaten off a stick. Now, I interpreted the “stick” theme as […]