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I Survived One Week Without the Scroll Wheel on My Mouse: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Survived One Week Without the Scroll Wheel on My Mouse: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I’m Jamey Stegmaier, and I recently survived for 7 days without the ability to scroll down on my mouse. This is my harrowing story. It started, as all adventures do, while attempting to scroll down an Excel spreadsheet. One moment numbers were flashing by as I scrolled…and the next, nothing. No movement. At first I […]


A Modest Proposal for Unsolicited Grammatical Corrections

A few days ago, I made a terrible, unforgivable mistake: I used the contraction “it’s” instead of the possessive “its” in a tweet. I wouldn’t have realized the mistake, but someone on Twitter replied to the tweet with a grammar correction. At first I was annoyed. Annoyed with myself for making a typo in a […]


Do You Want to Build a Lightsaber at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

Okay, I’m probably going to talk about this on my Stonemaier Games blog soon, but I’m just so giddy with excitement that I have to share this video here too. Some context: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge recently opened at Disneyland. The Westworld-style full immersion area isn’t available yet, but the Millennium Falcon ride/game, several restaurants, […]


What Would You Have Done with No Student Debt?

What Would You Have Done with No Student Debt?

Recently I was stunned by an act of generosity that you may have heard about. As the class of 2019 listened to their commencement speech, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that he and his family would be paying off the entire graduating class’s student debt. Can you imagine being one of those students and hearing […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway 2019

Top 10 Games I Want to Play at Geekway 2019

In a few weeks I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with people I’ve never met or rarely get to game with. I’ve been keeping a list of games I want to try out for […]


When Was the Last Time You Climbed a Tree?

When Was the Last Time You Climbed a Tree?

My answer: A few hours ago! If you had asked me yesterday, though, I would have struggled to think of the last time I climbed a tree. Probably when I was around 9 years old–there were a few trees in our yard that I could shimmy up. But then yesterday a friend went to the […]


The Punchbowl and Me

The Punchbowl and Me

I experienced something for the first time on Saturday, something unexpected, perhaps slightly risky, and in the end, quite delicious. I was waiting in line at Lona’s Lil Eats, an excellent restaurant here in St. Louis, when I noticed something on the bar. Now, I’m not a big drinker, especially at this point in my […]


Have You Listened to the “Living Room” Episode of Radiolab?

Have You Listened to the "Living Room" Episode of Radiolab?

Recently I was talking about podcasts with a friend, and she recommended a specific episode of Radiolab called “The Living Room.” I was intrigued that a specific episode had made such an impression, so I gave it a try. It’s a short episode, and it has some twists to it, so I’ll just share the […]


I Got It!

I know, I already talked about Pete Holmes this week, but he did something else I really like, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Apparently when he toured with some comedians a few years ago, they would play a game called “I Got It” with each other. It’s something you’ve […]


What Do You Think of Marie Kondo and the KonMari method?

Over the last few weeks I’ve heard little snippets here and there about a cleaning consultant named Marie Kondo, whose show recently launched on Netflix. It didn’t occur to me to watch the show–nothing against it, but I just didn’t have a reason to watch someone teach someone else how to tidy up. However, I […]


The Gillette Ad

Have you watched the Gillette ad that went viral yesterday and today? It seems to have sparked some interesting conversations, so I thought I’d share my thoughts here. I’ll post the commercial below, but here’s a quick summary: The first half of the ad shows men doing bad things to each other and to women. […]


What Do You Do While Biding Time at Airports?

What Do You Do While Biding Time at Airports?

I made a note of this blog post question back in December when I flew to LA, to Virginia, and then back to St. Louis (6 total different legs, as no flights were direct). When you’re biding time during layovers and you have nothing specific to do–like, if you’ve already eaten–what do you do? I’m […]


10 New-to-Me Games I’m Hoping to Play at Geekway Mini 2019

10 New-to-Me Games I'm Hoping to Play at Geekway Mini 2019

Later this week I’ll be attending the “mini” version of Geekway to the West here in St. Louis. For 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 Ever Walked Out of a Movie (or a Book)?

Have You Ever Walked Out of a Movie (or a Book)?

Over the last week I’ve been reading a science fiction book called The Three-Body Problem. It was recommended to me a while ago, so I got a Kindle sample. I couldn’t get into it. However, it’s been recommended to me a number of times since then, so last week I just went for it. I […]


Who Knew That Bamboo Is so Comfortable?

Who Knew That Bamboo Is so Comfortable?

Over the last year, I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect pair of boxer briefs. Through a series of misfires, I think I’ve finally found the answer. It started with this post: “What Is a Reasonable Price to Pay for Underwear?” My conclusion was that even though it’s hard to bite the bullet […]


Will You Buy Anything on Black Friday?

Will You Buy Anything on Black Friday?

Happy Thanksgiving! If you celebrated the holiday, I hope you had a wonderful day. I attended my traditional friends Thanksgiving and had a great meal, then I went to see Creed 2 with a different friend (I really enjoyed it). Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving for me is just like any other day. While I […]


What Do Animals Say in Your Language?

What Do Animals Say in Your Language?

This random topic came up the other day. I’m not sure why I thought of it, but I remembered from my days in Japan that onomatopoeia varies for different languages. There’s a ton of it in Japanese–like, the word for the sound that rain makes, the wind blowing, etc. My favorites were the animal sounds, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


My Main Concern About an Alien Invasion

My Main Concern About an Alien Invasion

Every day or so I hear the roar of an airplane above my building as it prepares for a landing at the St. Louis airport. Logically I know it’s an airplane, but the imaginative portion of my brain sometimes wonders if I’m hearing the sound of a massive alien spacecraft. It’s then that the logical […]


Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

Do You Stand Still on the Escalator?

At the convention I attended last week, I noticed something that strikes me as odd: A LOT of people stand still on escalators. When I use an escalator, I treat it as an accelerated staircase, not a ride. That is, I walk up/down the stairs as normal, and since they’re moving, so I get to […]