This year, the pumpkin spice is everywhere. During these weeks leading up to Halloween, store shelves are loaded down with seasonal pumpkin-flavored coffees — as well as breads, cakes, cookies, mints, trail mix, yogurts, sodas, health bars, teas, oatmeal… Ice cream? Jell-O? And so much more. Continue reading
True story — in 1984 my dad made what I believe to be one of the most important purchases in my 14-year-old life. He bought our family one of the very first Macintosh computers. Correction — while my younger brother and sister used it, I am under no illusions that this purchase was primarily for my dad and myself. I can’t remember my mom ever using it, and years later I would realize what a sacrifice my parents made to purchase that quite expensive computer (for the time) and give their oldest son access to what was most likely the hottest growing sector at the time. Continue reading
The shipping department was full of dudes with asymmetric facial hair on skateboards. An engineer had picked up about a thousand Keva planks and on an upstairs wrap-around counter space, there was a crowdsourced build going on — in which you could tell the crowd had higher than the average bear’s level of design thinking skills. Strung on a wall was a DIY art piece made of light bulbs and wire that was set to ripple in response to sounds. A trigger-operated race car track wound underneath a 7-foot tall version of one of those wooden dinosaur skeleton kits. Continue reading
Summer is over and school is well under way, and my book stack is slowly dwindling again. But it’s not quite back to a reasonable 3-4 titles that I can typically handle in a week. And new books continue to come in! I had considered declaring Book Bankruptcy and starting from zero again, but I just can’t do that… there are just too many good books to share.
I love loaning books and board games to friends. The problem, of course, is keeping track of who’s got what. You Borrowed It is a simple little app that keeps track of the things you lend out. Continue reading
First Animal Crossing: New Leaf, then Tomodachi Life and now Fantasy Life — yes, when Nintendo has an early review program for a 3DS life sim they know exactly who to call! Continue reading
Lunarbaboon is the self-styled identity of web-humorist and cartoonist Chris Grady. Continue reading
The BBC have just announce a new Doctor and the Dalek game that aims to teach players basic programming skills. Continue reading
Learn about history from other points of view with this fantastic children’s adaptation of a modern classic. Continue reading
I was one of the more than 150,000 people to descend upon NYC last weekend for New York Comic Con Continue reading
Here’s a run down of what parents should know about Borderlands The Pre-Sequel. From what makes it an enjoyable game to what to watch out for. Continue reading
If your kid spends as much time watching Minecraft videos as playing the game, here’s a guide to the best YouTube Minecraft channels for kids. Continue reading
My apologies to those of you following along with my session reports for the D&D Encounters event. Last week got a bit crazy with some work-related items and I was unable to get the Session 8 report submitted. So… this week I’ll be catching you up on the events for Sessions 8 and 9 — these two gaming nights added to Session 7 make up Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Continue reading
I enjoy reading and I’m especially fond of a long read. At the risk of sounding shallow, in the olden time bookstore days, I used to browse the Sci-Fi section in search of wide spines, followed by a quick glance inside covers to verify a potential target book’s font hadn’t been boosted in size to make it look more impressive. Of course being a good book is even more important; if it’s a series, even better. Classics like Dune, Lord of the Rings and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are examples of series that satisfy all three of my preferred criteria and are on my regular rotation for re-reading every few years. I’ve just made a new addition to that collection, Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance. Continue reading
It’s time for the Harvest Festival, and artisans are setting out beautiful floating lanterns in the palace lake, each trying to earn the most honor before the festival begins. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a tile-laying game set in imperial China, now on Kickstarter. Continue reading
Are you a member of the 1%? That is, the 1% of dog owners who regularly tackle the issue of doggy dental hygiene. While I do have two dogs, I must admit I’m in the other group. We use dental chews, and hard bones, but that doesn’t entirely solve the bad breath.