Why I Did a Thing

Last night I went and got my first tattoo. If you know me well then you probably know I’ve never expressed interest in getting a tattoo, or tattoos in general. I’m not against them, though. Most of my friends have them and I married a woman with one (now two). So I think to a portion of my friends and family it may come as a shock. Well, this is why I did this thing.

REVIEW: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn

I break away from the GaleForce9 booth clutching my prized Firefly: The Game expansions. Rushing down the aisles dodging back packs and Utilikilts I search for the men and women wearing the plaid hats, my head on a swivel. Fighting past the lines at Paizo and Fantasy Flight I almost stop to ask for directions. Rounding a corner I see the large Plaid Hat Games logo against a white background and I rush full ahead to ensure I get their latest and greatest release.

Stress and Weight Gain

Looking at the image you’d never guess this was a person that worked out daily, motivated others to get in shape, and worked as a Personal Trainer for several years. But, it’s me. This isn’t a snapshot of 15 years ago when I was my heaviest. This was a couple of days ago, and I haven’t been in this situation since 2005.

Apple Watch for Fitness?

Fitness trackers have been around a looooooooong time. But, as much as they seem to get better they also really just stay the same. Ironically, the best tracker I ever used is also the oldest one I’ve had. But, I think Apple has a handle on things and are going to force fitness tracking to finally move to the next level. Here’s why.

We’re Taking the Panel to Isengard

Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX, is a convention I’ve always heard was amazing but never had any interest in attending. I loved the Penny Arcade comics in college, and reading about the experiences people had. But never though I’d make an effort to attend one. That’s when Dave from Arcadia National Bar in Maine asked Andrea and me to talk on a panel at PAXEast. It was called “Beer, Booze, and Board Games” and was about bar owers that have opened a successful geek bar. We were joined by Anthony and Lynn Nilles from 42 Lounge in Milwaukee.