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Why Do US Presidents Play Golf (Specifically)?

Why Do US Presidents Play Golf (Specifically)?

Okay, just to be clear from the start, this isn’t a criticism of any specific president for playing golf. Just like other humans, presidents need exercise too. Rather, my question is about why golf instead of other sports. And yes, there are a few intuitive answers: Golf is a no-contact sport with a low injury […]


Entertainment Potpourri!

Entertainment Potpourri!

I’ve been accumulating some topics for which I don’t have a full post’s worth of content to write about, so I’ll compile them below: Lion King (live-action movie): I liked it! It’s beautiful, and there’s some good humor in it that’s not in the original movie. I also liked how a little more time (just […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Life Hack?

What's Your Favorite Kitchen Life Hack?

Have you ever seen one of those amazing life hack videos where you learn that you can soften butter in minutes, make a functional carburetor out of 3 potatoes, and dispose unwanted olives (i.e., all olives)? I love those videos! And articles too (like this one). As cool as they are, I rarely remember to […]


What Is Your Favorite VR Game?

What Is Your Favorite VR Game?

I’m VERY new to virtual reality games, but I think I’ve found an early contender for my favorite. Prior to my recent discovery, the two VR games I’d played were Beat Saber and a spellcasting game. Beat Saber is great–you stand in one place and slash incoming blocks with lightsabers while dancing to a variety […]


Have You Ever Tried Demolition?

Have You Ever Tried Demolition?

I’m not particularly handy. My dad can take apart and put together anything, but home improvement simply isn’t my forte. Recently, though, Megan and I were invited to help some friends demolish their kitchen. I’ve never torn anything down before, so I thought it would be fun. Over the course of a few hours, we […]


How Do You Prevent Your Monitor from Wobbling?

How Do You Prevent Your Monitor from Wobbling?

I have a problem. In fact, I’ve had this problem for a long time, and I’m finally realizing that I genuinely need to find a permanent solution, not a temporary fix. I work from home, spending most of my time on a desktop computer. I have two monitors, both of which are on my sit-stand […]


How Do You Eat a Fortune Cookie?

How Do You Eat a Fortune Cookie?

I am not a superstitious person. That said, there are certain things I do just for fun. I know they don’t mean anything, but I enjoy doing them anyway. The process of eating a fortune cookie is one of them. Here’s how I do it: I break the fortune cookie in half and pull it […]


Biddy Is Now a Teenager!

Biddy Is Now a Teenager!

Today is Biddy’s 13th birthday! Almost thirteen years, I adopted a little kitten from the Humane Society. Even though he’s all grown up now, in many ways he’s still a kitten–he’s cuddly, playful, always hungry, and extremely excited and pleased with himself after using the litter box. I tried to give Biddy special birthday treatment […]


Do You Think the Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Kid Friendly?

Do You Think the Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Kid Friendly?

I don’t have kids of my own. I have nieces and nephews that I deeply care about, but when I’m not around them, it’s rare that I consider the kid-friendliness of pretty much anything. The Super Bowl halftime show was different. I was at a party last night with 7 adults and 6 kids. Other […]


Top 14 Games I Want to Play at Geekway Mini 2020

Top 14 Games I Want to Play at Geekway Mini 2020

Later this week I’ll be attending the “mini” version of Geekway to the West here in St. Louis. For 2-3 days I’ll spend the meat of my day playing games with a variety of people, hopefully quite a few new-to-me games (both for fun and to learn from them as a designer). I’ve been compiling […]


Have You Tried a Mobile Veterinarian?

Have You Tried a Mobile Veterinarian?

I love most things about having 2 cats. Biddy and Walter have been the source of so much joy, snuggles, and memorable moments over the last 13 years. However, one of the few things about pet ownership that I’m not fond of is the dreaded visit to the veterinarian, mostly because they get incredibly anxious […]


Have You Watched HBO’s “Watchmen”?

I’m in absolute awe of HBO’s recently completed Watchmen miniseries. I’ve read the original graphic novel and seen the movie, so when I heard about the series, I thought it was just going to be a longer version of them. Boy was I wrong! Basically, without spoiling anything, the series takes place in an alternate […]


What Is Your Favorite Podcast Right Now?

This is mostly just a question: I’m genuinely curious about what your favorite podcast is right now. I’d love to hear what it is, the length of an average episode, and why you like it so much. I’m not even sure I have an answer of my own to share. I mostly listen to tabletop […]


How Do You Decide What to Eat?

I knew I could be indecisive about food, but until yesterday I didn’t quite understand just how many factors I consider when deciding what to eat and how it can cause cognitive overload. I was halfway through my weekly Facebook Live video chat with Stonemaier Games fans (see timestamped video below) when I got a […]


What Is Proper Coffee Shop Etiquette?

What Is Proper Coffee Shop Etiquette?

This week I’ve been excited to brainstorm a new game (and give Megan the house to herself for a few hours), so I’ve gone to a local coffee shop for some hot cocoa and computer-free time. Both visits have been pleasant and productive so far. I’m not a coffee drinker, and I work best without […]


Uplift Desk: Highly Recommended

Uplift Desk: Highly Recommended

A few years ago, I wrote with joy about an electric sit/stand desk I bought at IKEA. I had heard about the health benefits of a sit-stand desk, and I feel like I enjoyed those benefits for a while. I’ve held off on saying much about it since then, because the experience ended up being […]


The Kickball Story

The Kickball Story

It’s been years since I’ve played a competitive team sport that “mattered” in any capacity. I played soccer for most of my life, along with intramural soccer, frisbee, and football in college. That’s where I discovered pickup sports, which I found to be a much better fit for my personality. But in my 20s, I […]


New Home Tour!

New Home Tour!

As I mentioned a few days ago, my girlfriend and moved into a new-to-us condo last week. We’re still settling in, but I’m loving the new place, so I thought I’d share a brief photo tour with you. We’ll start at the main entrance facing into the condo. I really like the open layout–the kitchen, […]


How Many Car Wash Businesses Are Sustainable?

How Many Car Wash Businesses Are Sustainable?

I fully admit that I’m not the target audience for a car wash business, but I’m started to be baffled by the sheer number of them. I drive a 2003 Toyota Camry that gets “washed” whenever it rains. Occasionally I’ll take a Swiffer pad and some Windex to wipe the dust off the dashboard. That […]


What’s the Best Freebie You’ve Ever Received at Work?

A friend asked this question at game night tonight, and there were some fun answers, so I thought I’d pose the question to you as well. I’ll try to think of mine job by job, post-high school: movie theater: Free popcorn! I love popcorn, and it was quite delicious at the theater I worked at […]