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Mind Games 2015 Recap

Friday, 08 May 2015

Background:  The Mind Games convention is where/how American Mensa awards games the Mensa Select seal.  The seal is awarded to 5-6 games each year. It’s an event with ~300 Mensans in attendance, specifically a self-selected subset of Mensans that are gamers. As a judge/attendee, you are assigned around ~30 games to play during the play period (Friday 11am until […]

American Mensa Elections – 2015

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

(Skip down to a summary of my intended votes and recommended ballot if you prefer a tl;dr approach.) Today is tax day, but it’s also the day that members of American Mensa will receive their ballots. (If you haven’t already, set a filter in your inbox so that mail from “noreply@directvote.net” pops to the top […]

American Mensa Age Demographics: An Exercise in Data Analysis

Monday, 13 April 2015

Responsible reporting and use of data is one of my favorite topics (and the lack of it is one of my pet peeves). As I was writing about another topic and researching accordingly, I had reason to go look up the (externally available) demographics of American Mensa. The page is very interesting, and I wanted […]

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Pokemon Art Academy

Sunday, 12 April 2015

I’ve been playing Pokemon Art Academy, which turns out to be a nicely relaxing game for me. It’s also teaching me some art skills, building on some of the things I’ve learned at Disneyland/WDW Animation Academy. I’m learning better shading and layering techniques. The game starts you out tracing outlines and coloring them in. It […]

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The Benefit of Big Data and Ad Targeting

Sunday, 12 April 2015

I needed socks, so I ended up browsing at my local Fred Meyer’s clothing section. While browsing, I decided to take a shot at what their plus size area might be. Lo and behold, it was 2-3 times the size of Target’s. There were lots of cute things, including summer wear, swimsuits, and outerwear. They […]

Symbolism!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Symbolism!

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Super Bowl Ads (and Pageantry)

Sunday, 01 February 2015

Trends noticed in the commercials Dads – I’m sure I won’t be the only one to mention that Dads played a prominent role in this year’s commercials.  From Nissan to Dove to Toyota, the message seemed to be that guys should be Dads.  While I don’t like the idea that men have to have children […]

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Review: Nova 3-Drawer Nightstand

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Originally submitted at Hayneedle.com Description Who knew squares could be so sophisticated? With an eye-catching geometric pattern, the Nova 3-Drawer Nightstand has all the right angles. It’s made of wood with walnut veneers in a chestnut finish for a fresh, urban look. Plus, it includes a special concealed outlet. Plug in your favorite lamp, then […]

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Aerial Yoga

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I’ve taken up aerial yoga.  Here’s me doing some inversions and a floor-based King Pigeon pose.

Problem: Cat on game table Solution: Cat above game table

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Problem: Cat on game table Solution: Cat above game table

My ice grew a…protrusion.

Friday, 16 January 2015

My ice grew a…protrusion.

Conflicts of Interest

Saturday, 10 January 2015

The Oatmeal is raising money for the Tesla museum, and I won’t be giving any.  While I really like the Tesla museum concept as well as its groundswell of support, The Oatmeal frequently uses fatness as a signifier of disgustingness or slobbiness, most famously in his “reasons I choose to run” comic but also in […]

Visiting the AFK Tavern for the first time. Only in Seattle does…

Friday, 09 January 2015

Visiting the AFK Tavern for the first time. Only in Seattle does a place this awesome have multiple locations.

Movies of 2014

Thursday, 08 January 2015

I’m a bit behind the times, but I wanted to review the things I did in 2014, particularly since I was lax in the past couple of years about posting to my blog (instead tending to post to Twitter for tiny things that used to drive my blog posts).  I did see a good number […]

World Without End at the top of the world (Columbia Tower Club)

Monday, 05 January 2015

World Without End at the top of the world (Columbia Tower Club)

Dumplings for the new year!

Thursday, 01 January 2015

Dumplings for the new year!

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Animals Get Pumpkin Treats

Saturday, 18 October 2014

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Leaves, Lighthouses, and Lobsters

Sunday, 12 October 2014

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Seattle Aquarium

Sunday, 13 July 2014

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