Archive for October, 2018

Why Aren’t Other Bones Like Baby Teeth?

Why Aren't Other Bones Like Baby Teeth?

A friend is going through some dental issues, so we were talking the other day about the history of our teeth. Both of us had trouble in our youth involving baby teeth–mine were very slow to fall out. It made me appreciate just how brilliant baby teeth are (and their adult counterparts). Think about it: […]


10 Must-Watch Episodes of Community

10 Must-Watch Episodes of Community

I loved watching Community back in the day. On its surface, it was a show about a study group at a community college, but it delves into some really zany (and very funny) territory. If you’re familiar with Rick and Morty, it was created by the same guy. I’ve rewatched Community in syndication, but some […]


I Now Know What a Sarlacc Looks Like!

I Now Know What a Sarlacc Looks Like!

I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VI a good number of times. There’s a great scene near the beginning that takes place on Jabba the Hutt’s vessel. You might remember it as the bikini scene (as do I), but there’s something else in that scene that has fascinated me: the Sarlacc. I’ve always thought of the […]


Can You Debate from the Other Side?

Can You Debate from the Other Side?

Last week I returned to a podcast, Funding the Dream, that has been silent for a long time. We had a great chat about the current state of Kickstarter and what it would look like for Stonemaier Games to return after a 3-year absence from the platform. But one of the secret joys of recording […]


What Would Cause You to Quit Survivor?

What Would Cause You to Quit Survivor?

(spoilers within about recent Survivor episodes) I got my bi-weekly dose of Survivor tonight, and unfortunately one of my favorite contestants, Bi, decided to quit the game. Usually when someone quits Survivor, it’s met with a certain amount of disdain from me, my friends, and especially host Jeff Probst. However, Bi’s situation was a little […]


How Many Times a Day Do You Chocolate?

How Many Times a Day Do You Chocolate?

A few days ago, I ran out of chocolate. I legitimately underestimated the magnitude of this issue. I don’t think I’ve realized how much of a regular part of my daily routine chocolate has become. Around 11:00, I got a little craving, as I usually have a small piece or two of chocolate around then. […]


What’s Your Favorite Clip Show Episode?

What's Your Favorite Clip Show Episode?

I think my first clip show experience was an episode of Friends. If you’re not familiar with the term, a clip show is when a television shows short highlights from past episodes instead of new content. As a viewer, I wasn’t a fan of clip shows. If I’m sitting down for my weekly dose of […]


How Do You Respond to Political Text Solicitations?

How Do You Respond to Political Text Solicitations?

Before this year, I had never received a political text solicitation. But I’ve gotten around a half dozen of them in the last few months. If you’re unfamiliar with these texts, here’s an example of one I received today: Hi Jamey! This is Robin volunteering with X. The election is coming up quick, and Y […]


Have You Ever Scavenger Hunted?

Have You Ever Scavenger Hunted?

I had an interesting experience last night. A friend was hosting a Harry Potter themed Halloween party. When I arrived, I was told it was time to leave–we had to go on a scavenger hunt! The hosts had spent the last week taking photos of interesting objects within a square-mile radius (things they saw while […]


Who Presses Thumbs Down on YouTube Videos?

Who Presses Thumbs Down on YouTube Videos?

Have you ever pressed the “thumbs down” button on a YouTube video? Every now and then I happen to glance at the thumbs up/thumbs down ratios on random videos I’m watching, and I’m almost always surprised to see some number of thumbs down, even on videos that aren’t in the least controversial. Like, I was […]


How Good Is Your Food Memory?

How Good Is Your Food Memory?

As much as I love food, I have a terrible memory for it. I can remember great meals. In fact, when I travel, food is a huge part of it–I’d rather eat a great, memorable meal in an exotic location than do pretty much anything else. I can remember subpar meals as well. The problem is […]


Can You Be Both a Contract Holdout and a Team Player?

Can You Be Both a Contract Holdout and a Team Player?

Almost every year in the NFL, there’s at least one elite player who doesn’t report to their team because of contract issues. After holding out for a while, they typically resolve the contract before the season begins, and they go on to help their team that year. Something different has happened this year. One of […]


The Ole’ “If You Could Hibernate” Debate

The Ole' "If You Could Hibernate" Debate

If you could hibernate for 1 month each year and only need 4 hours of sleep for the rest of the year, would you? What would you do with the extra time each day? I discussed this with some friends earlier this week when St. Louis started to get cold. The overall consensus–and my opinion […]


Have You Ever Used Flirtation as a Tool? (Survivor-related post)

Have You Ever Used Flirtation as a Tool? (Survivor-related post)

This is the latest installment in my series of blog posts counting down to when I attend the Survivor season finale in December. I’m still so excited! I watch Survivor every other Thursday–it’s easier for various friends to schedule it that way. So tonight we watched episodes 2 and 3. There aren’t any major spoilers […]


A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Long Shot Sequence

One of my absolute favorite filmmaking techniques is the long shot: A scene where the camera doesn’t cut away for minutes at a time. The movies Gravity and Children of Men have amazing long shots, as does Goodfellas (there are many others too). As fascinated as I am by these scenes, I’ve never seen exactly […]


Pet Pleases #155 and #156: Memory and Knots

Pet Pleases #155 and #156: Memory and Knots

Today I have two tiny pet pleases, little things that make me happy. First, do you ever think of something–a task, idea, reminder, etc–and then before you have the chance to act on it, you forget it? While that could easily fit into the pet peeve category, I think it’s even more glorious when, just […]


Have You Read “Children of Time”?

Have You Read "Children of Time"?

I think Children of Time may be the best book I’ve read this year so far. At the very least, it’s the sci-fi book I’ve enjoyed the most in quite some time. If you like far-future sci-fi and you’re looking for a good read, I’d recommend that you take the plunge without reading further. But […]


Does It Help or Hurt Your Team to Boo the Referee?

Does It Help or Hurt Your Team to Boo the Referee?

As I love to do in the fall, I watched NFL football while eating lunch today. There was a controversial play in one of the games, and the referee ruled in favor of the visiting team. As sports fans do, they booed the decision. As they did, I couldn’t help but wonder: Are they helping […]


Have You Ever Purchased a Household Item from a Facebook Ad?

Have You Ever Purchased a Household Item from a Facebook Ad?

Last week I did something for the first time: I clicked on a Facebook ad and bought a household item. I’m specifying “household item” because I’m pretty sure I’ve clicked on an ad in the past for Kickstarter games and probably backed at least a few of them. But the vast majority of the ads […]


What Do You Listen to During Short Drives?

What Do You Listen to During Short Drives?

Today on my Facebook Live chat, someone asked me what St. Louis radio stations I listen to. However, I barely had an answer, as I don’t think I’ve listened to the radio in years. The main reason for this is that I rarely listen to anything when I’m driving. Long road trips are an exception–on a long […]


What Is the Best Drive-Thru?

What Is the Best Drive-Thru?

Today I was driving back home after an appointment. It was around lunchtime, and I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat, but I couldn’t figure out where. That’s when I remembered that I was driving right past a Chick-Fil-A. While I struggle with some of the politics of the people who run Chick-Fil-A, […]


Which TV Show’s Season Finale Would You Most Like to Attend?

Which TV Show's Season Finale Would You Most Like to Attend?

I’m incredibly excited about something I never really thought I would be excited about. I watch quite a few shows–or parts of shows–that involve live studio audiences. The various late-night talk shows, the season finales of competitions like Top Chef and American Ninja Warrior, some sitcoms, the Super Bowl, etc. Only a handful of times […]