Archive for April, 2020

Survivor’s Tribal Council: The Whispering Solution

Survivor's Tribal Council: The Whispering Solution

I think my beloved Survivor has a problem. Up until a few years ago, host Jeff Probst had full control over tribal council at the end of each episode. He would ask questions, and the players would respond. Sometimes players would also respond to each other, providing little doses of drama. Eventually Jeff would tell […]


I’m Finally Delving into “The Wheel of Time!”

I’ve read fantasy and science fiction novels since I was a little kid, yet I’ve never read what is considered one of the greatest fantasy epics ever, Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time.” Why? Two reasons (one is not great, the other is reasonable): The first time I was ever exposed to The Wheel of […]


The Day Has Finally Come!

The Day Has Finally Come!

My friends, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long, long time. And it’s finally here. I’m 39. I grew up after typewriters and word processors–we had real computers back in my day, powerful machines like the 286. Despite the world having moved on from typewriters, however, we were still instructed to enter 2 […]


Are You Able to Grow an “Isolation Beard”?

Are You Able to Grow an "Isolation Beard"?

I’ve noticed more and more media personalities (and random people) growing “isolation beards.” I’m not quite sure of the reason or motivation behind the beards, as these peoples’ faces are appearing on camera just as much–if not more–than before. Regardless, isolation beards seems to be a trend, so I want one too. The problem is […]


How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

How Do You Eat Your Cereal?

The other day Megan found a funny video of a “cereal expert” explaining in great length the correct way to eat cereal. It prompted a discussion about how each of us eat cereal (something we rarely do–I eat oatmeal for breakfast every day), so I thought I’d share how I eat cereal, and I’m interested […]


Have You Read the Sci-Fi Book “Providence”?

Have You Read the Sci-Fi Book "Providence"?

Over 20 years ago, a friend handed me a tattered copy of a book. “Read this,” he said, “then pass it along to someone else tomorrow when you finish it.” The book was Syrup by Max Barry. As my friend predicted, I read it in one sitting and was eager to share it with someone. […]


Have You Been Surprised by a Marinara Pizza?

Have You Been Surprised by a Marinara Pizza?

I learned an invaluable life lesson this weekend. As with most life lessons, it’s about food. There’s a St. Louis restaurant called Union Loafers that makes superbly delicious pizza. We’ve been trying to order delivery and pickup from local restaurants to support them (and get good food), and yesterday I found myself craving that incomparable […]


I Hope Survivor Makes Last Night’s Twist a Permanent Change

I Hope Survivor Makes Last Night's Twist a Permanent Change

I’ve had a blast watching the 40th season of Survivor, one featuring 20 previous winners. This season has featured a few twists and new additions–including the fire tokens, which no one seems to want to spend–but last night’s episode featured a major departure from a Survivor tradition that I’ll discuss below (spoilers for the April […]


Help Me Remember This Key Detail

Help Me Remember This Key Detail

Just to be clear, this post is all in good jest, and Megan approved me to share this tidbit of information about her. Though, also, for real, I need to remember this key detail, and I’d love to hear your suggestions! My girlfriend, Megan, doesn’t have a gall bladder. Fortunately, the gallbladder one of those […]


Would You Create an Alternate Reality Just to Know If You Made the Right Choice?

Would You Create an Alternate Reality Just to Know If You Made the Right Choice?

A few days ago I read a riveting short story, “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” in a collection of stories by Ted Chiang. I’m going to talk about the premise without spoiling the plot in case you want to read it (I highly recommend the book, Exhalation). The core idea hinges on a near-future […]


My 3 Favorite SNL-from-Home Sketches

Saturday Night Live did something unprecedented (for them) this week: The entire show was filmed at each of the homes of the cast members, primarily using their webcams. It was edited in advance, so I don’t think any of it was actually “live,” but I’m incredibly impressed by how they found a way to create […]


10 Ways the World May Change After the Virus

Even though we’re in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I have hope and curiosity for the future. Today I thought I’d share a few predictions about what I think may permanently change in the aftermath of this crisis. In no particular order: Division between those with COVID-19 antibodies and those without. This is a […]


Six Feet Under: What Are We Missing?

Six Feet Under: What Are We Missing?

Having completed watching all available episodes of Big Little Lies and Altered Carbon (and waiting for more Westworld season 3 before we dig into it), we recently took the recommendation of 27 readers and started watching Six Feet Under. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s an hour-long drama about a family who runs […]


Have You Read “The Rage of Dragons” or “The Ninth House”?

Have You Read "The Rage of Dragons" or "The Ninth House"?

Lately I’ve been posting a lot about what I’ve watching, but I’ve also been reading some great books. I just finished The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter last night, and I absolutely loved it! It’s kind of like a fantasy version of Ender’s Game, except the protagonist’s abilities are earned instead of bestowed upon […]


I Wish I’d Been Doing This for Years on Facebook

I Wish I'd Been Doing This for Years on Facebook

For years now, I’ve hardly posted anything on my personal Facebook feed. I use Facebook all the time (especially for business), but posting content on my feed felt odd. The best way I can describe it is that Facebook posts felt too much like announcements, but I have this blog for such things. And for […]


April Fools!

April Fools!

One of my favorite holidays is April Fools Day, but ever since I started running a board game company, I’ve avoided playing any pranks because I don’t want to confuse our customers. I finally found a loophole, though: Instead of joking about a fake product, we needed to make a real product that pokes fun […]