Archive for November, 2015

Master of None, aka Master of Amazing

Master of None, aka Master of Amazing

Just last week I was telling someone with just a bit of pride that I’ve never binge-watched anything. I’m too disciplined to spend an entire day doing nothing but watching TV or Netflix. Pride comes before the fall, because I fell hard for Master of None. Master of None is the brainchild of comedian Aziz […]


The Final Passage and the Ultimate Passion

I had a profound experience today. It isn’t about me at all–in fact, I’m one of hundreds who experienced it. Yet it’s deeply personal to me. I went to church this morning. I’m not exactly a devout Catholic, and I don’t go to church every week, but I went today. This is the same church […]


A Thanksgiving Made of Cats

A Thanksgiving Made of Cats

Yes, I realize that I’ve already reached my cat-themed entry quota of the week. However, in my defense, it’s Thanksgiving, so the normal entry I had planned about Breakfast at Tiffany’s won’t suffice. I just want to say thank you to you for reading this blog and occasionally commenting on it. Just yesterday I was […]


The Animatronic Kitten Debate

The Animatronic Kitten Debate

Whenever I Facetime with my 2-year-old niece, the conversation goes like this: Mom (showing the phone to Anna): That’s Uncle Jamey! Jamey: Hi Anna! Anna: Kitty cats? The next few minutes involve me finding one of my cats, pointing the camera at him until Anna requests the other cat by name, then repeating the process. […]


Korean BBQ and Mondays

Korean BBQ and Mondays

A few days ago I experienced a new style of restaurant at Seoul Q in St. Louis: Korean BBQ. The concept of Korean BBQ is that you cook your food on a grill built into the table. I’ve experienced something like this (yakiniku) in Japan, but there were some big differences. The yakiniku I ate […]


The Funniest Show on TV Is…

The Funniest Show on TV Is...

…Nathan For You. I’m not always a fan of awkward humor. The British version of The Office often made me cringe so much that I didn’t have any room for laughter. I couldn’t get into Curb Your Enthusiasm for the same reason. But somehow, Nathan For You works. It is amazing. The premise is that Nathan […]


Zoolander 2 Trailer: Way Better Than I Thought It Would Be

Zoolander 2 Trailer: Way Better Than I Thought It Would Be

As a fan of the first Zoolander movie, I was pretty excited when I saw that the first full trailer for Zoolander 2 was released today. However, I had super low expectations for it. After all, Zoolander didn’t exactly feature the most refined humor in the first place–we’re lucky that it worked. Could it work […]


Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

For years now, there has been a debate about whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid in a similar way to professional athletes. I say “in a similar way” because the NCAA already makes the argument that student-athletes are compensated through scholarships and education. Last Saturday I was flipping through the channels after eating […]


What I Say in My Sleep

What I Say in My Sleep

Three months ago, I learned about and started using an app called Sleep Talk. Every night, I activate the app and place my phone on my headrest. When I wake up in the morning, I can look at any point in the night when I made any sound and play it back. Usually the sounds […]


Repairmen Are People Too

Repairmen Are People Too

Friday was my dad’s birthday. Without realizing it at the time, I did something good that day that I learned from him. Much to the chagrin of my cats, my condo association decided to install a new alarm system in the building. So on Friday, an electrician showed up to wire in the new alarm. […]


The American Dream

The American Dream

A few days ago I was watching a Daily Show segment about the Illinois lottery when something struck me as very disconcerting. The segment focused on a middle-aged couple who had recently won around $250,000 in the state lottery. The focus of the segment was on Illinois’ current inability to actually pay lottery winners, even though […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of November 2015)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of November 2015)

I’ve decided that I’m going to completely redo this list every 6 months (it’s about 6 months since I last made it), just because I play a lot of games and my tastes are always evolving. Here’s the previous list. I’ve excluded the games I’ve designed and/or published from this list. This list is geared […]


3 Big Ways to Improve Your Friendships Today

3 Big Ways to Improve Your Friendships Today

Years ago I stumbled upon a fascinating list of attributes related to happy, long-lasting marriages. At the top of the list were two fascinating–and unexpected–traits that indicate you’ll have a successful marriage: When you laugh at something you’re watching or reading and your spouse responds with interest. If you and your spouse go to a […]


Pet Please #123: Having the Exact Number of Items as the Maximum Allowed at the Grocery Store Checkout

Pet Please #123: Having the Exact Number of Items as the Maximum Allowed at the Grocery Store Checkout

Today I made a quick run to the grocery store. I had a pretty full mini-cart, but there were 3 open spots at the self-checkout.  So despite the signs warning me that there was a 20-item limit, I took the plunge. As I scanned item after item, I was increasingly worried that I was going […]


It’s Important to Try Things

It's Important to Try Things

I’ve been trying for months to derive some sort of life lesson for the story I’m going to tell here, but I haven’t figured it out, so I’ll just tell the story and hopefully it will mean something important. I was having lunch with an old friend at A Pizza Story, a Neapolitan pizza place […]


Supergirl: Two Episodes In

Supergirl: Two Episodes In

A while ago I talked about how pumped up I was about the new Supergirl show. We’re now two episodes into the first season, and so far I’m really happy with the show. I won’t go into details so as to avoid spoilers (though almost the entire first episode was spoiled by the trailer–there are […]


Just the Cats, Please

Just the Cats, Please

I just finished writing a long blog post on my company blog called “Just the Facts, Please,” I figured I’d mirror it with a considerably lighter post. 🙂 What’s the cutest thing your pet or human child has done recently?


What Did You Do with Your Extra Hour?

What Did You Do with Your Extra Hour?

I love fall-back daylight saving time. When I was younger I’d go out and party, and I can only imagine how epic the extra hour must have been last night, given that it fell on Halloween. In more recent years I’ve let the extra hour impact the entire day. Time is by far my most precious resource, […]