Category: Blog

D&D: The Unconventional Challenge

My article, published on the D&D website: Every season on Project Runway, one episode is devoted to “the unconventional challenge.” This is a process whereby the designers are taken to some random location—a dollar...

Top 10 Suggested NFL Rules Changes

When the day finally comes (finally) where I’m decreed king of the world, following are the Top 10 rule changes I plan to institute across the NFL. For now the CFL remains exempt, but...

Halloween: In Cartoons

For Halloween this year, Quinn wore the a dragon/dinosaur costume. Jared von Hindman then recreated this image in the following cartoon (down to the football-shaped candy basket), and all I can say is awesome!...

Monster Ecology: Snake Eyes

Tip of the hat to the Hack & Slash blog, covering Dungeons & Dragons and gaming. In particular, I’ve been looking back through their monster ecology series, with great delight for their crowdsourced “rumors...

Review: Aliens

I have an image, of a young, scholarly Quinn (my son) entering his Middle School science fair… where he has been prodded into covering the life cycle of insects. Why? Really so that I...

The Bartlett Family Name

My last trip home to Chicago, I asked my parents about their genealogy research. On my dad’s side, the story I always heard was that theBartlettsmarried into the Carrolls; my grandfather and father were...

Review: Mockingjay

So, here’s my book report on Mockingjay—the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. At least, my take-away impression, not so much of the heroine, Katniss, but on expressions of being a heroine. For...

Review: Eternal Sunshine (Part 2)

My only knowledge of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s original script came from a piece of trivia in its IMDB listing (I love picking through IMDB’s trivia section). It mentioned Joel and Clementine...

Review: Eternal Sunshine (Part 1)

I forgot how much I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, however sad it makes me feel. It’s one of my favorite movies, weirdly personal concerning past relationships—and having watched it again this...

Sledgehammer

The other day, I mentioned hunting dictionaries for words. I tend to do the same with wikipedia, for factoids. I imagine a good many people do as well; I wonder who many wikipedia searches...