Archive for April, 2015

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

How would you react if you lived to a ripe old age and passed away…only to regain consciousness as a baby with full memory of your previous life? What if it happened again, and again, and again? What if you learned you weren’t the only one? That’s the basic concept of The First Fifteen Lives of […]


A Random Observation About Choosing to Laugh

A Random Observation About Choosing to Laugh

I think my favorite type of person is one who laughs easily, and my least favorite person is one who decides not to laugh at something funny because of their own agenda. I observed this the other day while watching a very funny sketch during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The camera shows some people […]


Baltimore

Baltimore

I’m not in any position to talk about what’s happened in Baltimore recently. There was the deeply saddening death of Freddy Gray, followed by peaceful protests, then proceeded by looting and rioting. There’s a lot of anger, much of it directed towards the police. I feel like I’m too far away to weigh in any […]


The Marriage Proposal Spy

The Marriage Proposal Spy

I love a good proposal story. I don’t know exactly what it is–perhaps my love of rom coms? Of sweeping romantic gestures? Whenever I hear that a friend got engaged, I want to hear exactly how it happened. I particularly like when someone isn’t expecting the proposal. But when I see engagement photos on Facebook, […]


The Unattainable Kimmy Schmidt

The Unattainable Kimmy Schmidt

Over the last week I watched the first season of Netflix’s new show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This is old news for those of you who binge-watched the show a few months ago, but for the rest of you, I’m here to say that the show is awesome. Especially if you like 30 Rock. The premise of […]


A Cupcake a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

A Cupcake a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

If you’ve come to this blog post hoping for me to cite a scientific study resulting in an FDA-approved message that eating one cupcake every 24 hours is good for your health…you’re in luck! Just kidding. Of course cupcakes are bad for you. But after a brief dessert-free stint, I’ve decided that I’d rather participate […]


The Mystery of Sterilization

The Mystery of Sterilization

The New York Times recently posted a fascinating series of charts showing the percentage of women who will have an unplanned pregnancy over a 10-year period of “typical use” of contraceptives. The results were really surprising to me. Here are a few key examples: birth-control pill: 61% Depo-Provera: 46% condom (male): 86% Those numbers seem […]


My 4 Favorite YouTube Videos This Month

In no particular order: BB-8 droid from The Force Awakens rolls out on stage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: I’m proud of myself for not watching a single second of the new Star Wars trailer that was released a few days ago. I did, however, watch this video showing that one of the droids in […]


CEO’s Choice of $70,000 Minimum Salary for Employees: What Do You Think?

CEO's Choice of $70,000 Minimum Salary for Employees: What Do You Think?

You may have seen a story floating around on Facebook last week about the CEO of a Seattle-based credit-card processing company, Gravity Payments, decided to enact a new minimum salary for every full-time employee: $70,000. As discussed in detail here, CEO Dan Price read an article about how peoples’ happiness significantly increases when they earn […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of Today)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of Today)

It’s been too long since I updated this list (here’s the previous version)–so long, in fact, that there are a few games on my old list I no longer like! Shows how fickle I am. I’ve excluded the games I’ve designed and/or published from this list. This list is geared towards the games I would […]


My Bucket-List Taverns

My Bucket-List Taverns

Geek & Sundry recently posted a list of the 15 Geekiest Bars in the World. As I scrolled through the list, a few captured my attention and imagination. I want to go there, drink butter beer, and play games. Here are my top three: 3. Safe House in Milwaukee, WI The thing I really like […]


The Avengers Marketing Campaign: Why?

The Avengers Marketing Campaign: Why?

A few years ago I swore off watching movie trailers for movies I already knew I will see in the theater, as too many of them revealed scenes from the final third of the movie–essentially, they spoil their own movie. However, I am human, and I get really excited about certain movies. So I haven’t been […]


I Ate a Cricket

I Ate a Cricket

I ate a cricket today. It looked like this: Last April, I backed a Kickstarter campaign for Chirps, chips made out of cricket flour. They were going to be high in protein and good for sustainability. The delivery arrived this past weekend, and they even included an extra bag of chips since they delivered about […]


My Greatest Fear #53: Driving Without a License

A few days ago I accepted a short-notice dinner invitation (Vietnamese food–how could I say no?) with a former coworker at 5:30 in the evening. The only conflict was that I had a teleconference at 5:00, so the call would likely begin while I was home and continue while I drove to the restaurant. That’s […]


Are You Average or Beautiful?

Are You Average or Beautiful?

I’m a sucker for Dove’s ad campaigns. They’re typically geared towards women, but they ask interesting questions about the way people view themselves and how our perception is tied to our self worth. The latest Dove ad, which you can watch here, features signs above regular entrances to malls, stores, airports, etc. There’s always one […]


What Makes You a Nerd?

What Makes You a Nerd?

This evening I had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on a podcast called Nerds on Tap. It was much longer than other podcast chats I’ve done, but I had a great time with Jim, Chris, and Joseph. The podcast isn’t live yet. I was informed before the podcast that I would be asked […]


10 Reasons You Should See “Furious 7”

10 Reasons You Should See "Furious 7"

I saw the latest Fast and Furious movie today on the big screen (as it should be seen), and there’s so much to like about it that I thought I’d make a list. This is spoiler-free, except that I mention a few people who have somewhat unexpected appearances in the movie. It’s a spectacle, no […]


US Women’s Soccer at Busch Stadium

US Women's Soccer at Busch Stadium

I had a bit of a surreal experience at Busch Stadium this past weekend while watching the US Women’s national soccer team compete in a friendly match against New Zealand: I found myself unabashedly rooted for US team. Now, that may sound odd. Of course I root for US teams in every sport. But soccer is […]


My Quest to Give Up Dessert: Part 1

My Quest to Give Up Dessert: Part 1

I was going to write this post at a later stage in this quest, but I’m starting to realize the quest might look quite different at that point. So I’m going to write something now, and perhaps I’ll write more later. I love dessert. And I don’t just mean dessert after dinner–I eat dessert after […]


The Cat Food Diet

The Cat Food Diet

I go grocery shopping about once a week. I wouldn’t call it a hassle, but it’s certainly not super convenient. Even with a specific list, I often spend 60 minutes wandering the aisles, trying to figure out what to cook. I usually spend $100 per visit, so it adds up to about $400 a month. […]