Archive for September, 2015

Butterbeer: As Good as It Should Be?

Butterbeer: As Good as It Should Be?

I read today that Warner Brothers is hosting a dinner in the great hall of Hogwarts this Christmas. It’s not the actual Hogwarts, of course–us Muggles can’t see it–but rather the set from the movies. To commemorate the occasion, I cracked open the pack of butterbeer I stumbled upon at my local grocery store the […]


I Lived Through Everest in the Rain: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival

I Lived Through Everest in the Rain: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival

Today featured an odd confluence of (apparently) natural disasters. I decided to walk with a few friends to a local movie theater to see Everest. Walking there is how I justify buying treats at the concession stand–I burn off the calories as I walk, right? Right? Midway through them movie, the theater started to shake. We […]


The Most Impressive Thing I’ve Seen on Shark Tank

The Most Impressive Thing I've Seen on Shark Tank

I’ve really enjoyed watching Shark Tank for the last 4-5 seasons. While the show can be a sensationalist, I think it provides some great insights for creators to learn how to pitch their ideas, and I’m sure many entrepreneurs have been inspired by watching the show. While it might sound weird, one of the key […]


Netflix and Chill

Netflix and Chill

A few days ago I read a really interesting post on Slashfilm about how Netflix knows exactly how many episodes of each show it takes to get you hooked on that show. I’m particularly fascinated in this data from the storyteller perspective–what happens in the tipping-point episodes and what does this say about the importance […]


Survivor Is Alive!

Survivor Is Alive!

The 31st season of Survivor started yesterday, and It. Was. Awesome. (No spoilers are in this post in case you haven’t watched it yet.) I’ve been an unabashed Survivor since the first season, and I’ve only missed 2 early seasons due to my time abroad in Japan. I love the show because of the social […]


The Best Thing I Read Today: The Stray Dog Train

The Best Thing I Read Today: The Stray Dog Train

Sometimes I read an article that is just too awesome not to share here. Apparently there is an octogenarian in Texas who looks after stray dogs and drives them around on a little dog train. How awesome is this? Look! Look at how happy these dogs are! I’ve seen how happy dogs are to drive […]


The Oldest Piece of Clothing You Still Wear

The Oldest Piece of Clothing You Still Wear

Today a friend who reads my blog and knows me in real life asked me if I was ever going to change the red banner at the top of my blog. I told her that I’d love to, as the photo is quite outdated, but I can’t find where my blog lets me change that […]


The Most Ethical Gas Station

The Most Ethical Gas Station

Yesterday I was driving home when I noticed that I’d need to fill up the gas tank in my car soon. At the time I was driving by a BP gas station, and I thought about stopping to fill up. But then something occurred to me: Given that I was in no rush to fill […]


The Day My Niece Lost Her Name

The Day My Niece Lost Her Name

A few months ago I read about a children’s book that was making headlines in the adult world for its innovation. The headline caught my attention–what could make a picture book newsworthy? The book is called The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name (there is a boy’s version as well), and it’s made by a company called […]


Professor Dumblejamey (Jameydore?)

Professor Dumblejamey (Jameydore?)

I had the unique pleasure of teaching a class at NYU today…from my home office in St. Louis. Geoff Engelstein, one of the great minds behind the Ludology podcast, is teaching a game design class at NYU this semester. He invited me to speak to the class about Kickstarter and crowdfunding. I wasn’t able to […]


Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

A few minutes ago I read that Adidas gave NBA star James Harden a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal to wear their shoes on and off the court. That’s a staggering amount of money. In fact, I wondered for a few seconds if Adidas even makes that much money, but I took a look at […]


What It’s Like to Be a Published Author on the Day Your Book Is Released

What It's Like to Be a Published Author on the Day Your Book Is Released

Have you seen the movie “500 Days of Summer”? There’s a famous scene that shows expectations vs. reality in split-screen format. I had a little bit of that experience today. Since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to be a published author. I’m talking way, way back to when I was 4 or 5. […]


The Gunpoint Scenario

The Gunpoint Scenario

A few nights ago I went to Food Truck Friday here in St. Louis with a few friends. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was one of those events that was crowded enough that it felt like everyone in St. Louis was there (even though that’s far from the truth). As the evening drew […]


The Catalina Wine Mixer

The Catalina Wine Mixer

Warning: There is foul language in this post. Yesterday I read one of the best movie-related announcements of the year. I laughed out loud and literally clapped in joy that this is a real thing. A few years ago, there was a Will Ferrell movie called Step Brothers. I’m a Ferrell fan, and I enjoyed […]


Tiny Houses and the Dream of Entertaining

Tiny Houses and the Dream of Entertaining

This past weekend, I helped a friend move into a tiny house. Specifically, he and his family (one wife and two sons) moved from a decent-sized house to a much smaller house. I think it’s around 900 square feet, plus a basement. For a while now, my friend has been reading a blog called Mr. […]


Where Do You Look When Learning About a Restaurant?

Where Do You Look When Learning About a Restaurant?

I’m meeting up with a friend for lunch tomorrow, and we were discussing where to eat. A few restaurant came up that we’ve heard of but never tried. Usually when this happens, I go through a two-step process: I search for reviews about the restaurant. Usually this involves me looking on Sauce Magazine’s website (it’s […]


The Scariest Movie I’ve Ever Watched

The Scariest Movie I've Ever Watched

A few days ago I watched the scariest movie ever. I held my breath for what felt like half the movie. I’m not one for horror movies. I saw Arachnophobia when I was way too young, and I couldn’t get past the first 5 minutes of The Ring. But this movie was different. It wasn’t […]


Pets and Historical Accuracy

Pets and Historical Accuracy

I don’t have much to say tonight, so I thought I’d post the following image (shared on Facebook by Scott W; I don’t know the original source) that made me laugh out loud, followed by some amusing/cute photos of Biddy from the last few days. I received a game today from Amazon, and within minutes […]


Why We Love the Idea of Living in a Zombie Apocalypse

Why We Love the Idea of Living in a Zombie Apocalypse

Once again, Patrick Rothfuss’ podcast is inspiring a blog entry. Rothfuss and Temkin jump around between a lot of different topics, but it’s at minute 18:00 that they start talking about the appeal of zombie apocalypses. They’re not talking about it in terms of fiction–rather, they’re discussing why people generally seem to have a plan […]


The Real Prestige

The Real Prestige

One of my all-time favorite movies is The Prestige, one of Christopher Nolan’s earlier films before he became Batman. Hopefully you’ve seen it–it features Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as dueling magicians. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading, because there will be massive spoilers in this blog entry. (break for people who want to avoid spoilers) […]