The Disneyland Resort Puts on Its Winter Coat for the Holidays

Olaf's Snow Fest

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the happiest place on Earth just got merrier as the Disneyland Resort puts on its winter coat! Now through January 6, 2016. Continue reading

Planning for Walt Disney World

Cinderella's castle is one of the iconic locations of Disney World.

Walt Disney World seems to be on the vacation bucket list for most families. If you’ve never been there or haven’t gone in the past few years, there’s quite a few changes you need to know when you’re planning for Disney World. Continue reading

Awaken to ‘Star Wars’: Season of the Force at the Disneyland Resort

Star Tours the Force Awakens

Disneyland Resort has made traveling to a galaxy far, far away a whole lot easier. ‘Star Wars’: Season of the Force is now open in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, and the Force is strong in everyone. Also, churros. Continue reading

Shanghai Disneyland in the Spotlight


Earlier this month at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, the Walt Disney Imagineering booth shined a light on the newest Disney park in a big way. Set to open in 2016, Shanghai Disneyland will be the 12th Disney park worldwide, the 4th in Asia, and the 1st in Mainland China. It’s become clear that Shanghai Disneyland will indeed be, as Disney CEO Bob Iger proclaimed it, “both authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.” Continue reading

Portland Mini Maker Faire Coming Soon

Portland Mini Maker Faire

Portland’s Mini Maker Faire is coming up soon! Held at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) as usual, this year’s Maker Faire will be on September 12 and 13. The weekend will also celebrate the opening of Portland’s newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing, along with the new OMSI MAX (light rail) station. Continue reading

Better Late Than Never? My Gen Con 2015 Photo Recap

Gen Con crowds

Right after Gen Con this year, I left for a two-week family reunion. It was a blast, but remind me not to plan anything so close to Gen Con in the future. I didn’t even have time to host a game night before leaving, so most of those games from Suitcase Tetris are still waiting to be played. So although I did already mention some of my favorite things about Gen Con 2015, here’s a closer look at all the other things that didn’t quite fit there. Continue reading

My Gen Con Bag of Essentials

Convention Bag

I’ve been attending some gaming conventions in the past few years, and I’ve been refining the set of things I carry around with me during the day. There are still a few tweaks I’d probably make for next time, but while it’s fresh in my mind I thought I’d share some of the essentials I had at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

Camping at Arrowhead: Gear Stress Test Results

Stubb's Falls

I just wrapped up two weeks of camping at Arrowhead provincial park (a few hours north of Toronto). While there, I took advantage of the time and activities to put some of the gear I’ve accumulated recently through extended, real-world tests. Continue reading

Day 1 at Gen Con: The Big Picture


Gen Con is big. Whether you count in attendance (more than 120,000 people), events (more than 11,000), or dollars (more than 50,000,000), it’s the largest annual consumer fantasy, electronic, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Continue reading

Running Geek: Ultra X Training Camp With Eric Orton


As a continuation of my running training, I visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week to take part in Eric Orton’s Ultra X Training Camp. I ran over 50 miles, climbing almost 18,000 feet in the Teton Mountains. Continue reading