Jun 8, 2017

Website, Podcast & Campaign Updates

The website has undergone tremendous change, I've fine-tuned my podcast, and this campaign is evolving.

School is back in session, and my final class and capstone project have begun; I'm on the home stretch to receive my Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas!

The two - this digital campaign and my Master's project - are one in the same. As a result, it will be in flux throughout the next two months. The goal of these changes is, naturally, to improve and grow.

I plan to speak more about it soon, but for the time being I need to work on (formally, as opposed to here) some homework.

Jun 4, 2017

Breaking Not News: Nintendo To Release The 4DS!

We've just received breaking not news in the world of entertainment; Nintendo is developing the 4DS, the official successor to the increasingly popular Nintendo 3DS handheld console. According to our potentially real source, the company hopes to release it as early as the 2017 holiday season!

So what will differentiate the 4DS console from its 3DS predecessor, you ask?

We weren't sure, either. Since Nintendo doesn't field calls from not actual news outlets, we just asked some random people out on the street.

"The 4DS is maybe officially adding the fourth dimension, time," says Bill Williams, random street-walker and completely credible 3DS-owner. "It will have an actual analog clock, officially set to the Cesium Fountain Atomic Clock in Fort Collins, Colorado!"

We talked to at least 20 more strangers on the street until we finally found someone else willing to authentically validate this theory.

"Think about it. Right now when you check the time, you have to pull out your phone or 3DS and hit the home-screen button, just to find out what time it is," says William Bills, father of three and analog clock-enthusiast. "With the clock right on the outside of the case, you'll be able to check the time at any time! It'll be almost as convenient as having a clock strapped right on your wrist!"

Further investigation revealed that Nintendo may already be planning two additional versions of the 4DS, a project under the codenames 2/4thsDS and 3/4thsDS. Because telling time makes some people nauseated and analog clock hardware is extremely expensive, these will be cheaper, less-nauseous alternatives for Nintendo fans.

We suspect that the 2/4thsDS will be a 4DS with neither a clock nor 3D capabilities, while the 3/4thsDS will simply lack the clock... so... I guess they'll be a lot like the 2DS and 3DS. And of course, there will also be XL variants of all three consoles.

There is no indication, at this point, that Nintendo has plans for a digital-clock version of this hardware. However, we Nintendo fanatics can only hope that the digital clock version of the 4DS - a.k.a. the New 4DS - is just around the corner with its own exciting new software that won't function on any other DS, and maybe even to get rid of that pesky backwards compatibility.

Apr 19, 2017

Excitebike (NES)

Heather quilted this beauty (including a highly customized bike paint job 😉) for our cousin Luke for his birthday.

Excitebike was a launch title and original black-box game for the Nintendo Entertainment System in the United States in 1985.

Apr 8, 2017

Mega Man 2 (NES) for Gamer's HQ

Mega Man 2

One of the earliest and coolest pieces of work, this guy was made especially for the greatest store on Earth, Gamer's HQ.

Samus - Metroid (NES)

Samus Aran - Metroid (NES)
Made this beauty for a great friend and one of Metroid's biggest fans.

Apr 6, 2017

GameStop's Challenges Affect All Brick & Mortar Retailers

GameStop plans to close more than 225 stores worldwide. It's neither a good nor doom and gloom for the parent company, GameStop Corp. It's just a challenge all specialty retailers face in their physical Stores.

Mar 13, 2017

Website Goal Updates

Don't read this unless you like text... lots and lots of text.
This post is for the sake of personal accountability, and I doubt it will be an interesting read.

Mar 12, 2017

Mar 10, 2017

Dragon Quest Slime

Dragon Quest: Blue Slime
Approx. 4' x 4' quilt
'Stitch-in-the-Ditch' style quilting
SOLD (my husband kept it 😄 )

Mar 9, 2017

Super Mario Bros 3

Super Mario Bros 3
50" x 60" quilt
'Stitch-in-the-ditch' style quilting

Why A Website Is A Must

This blog post, and the larger article to which it is linked, comprise an assignment for my JOUR 868 graduate course. The full article "10 Reasons to Get Your Website" is posted below.

Top 10 Reasons To Get Your Website

Everyone has plenty to gain from a website. It can be a fully-fledged site, small and personal, a blog or anything in between. There are very few good reasons not to have one, but countless reasons to get started on yours as soon as possible. I’ve even taken the liberty of compiling the 10 best of those reasons here for you. All you need to do is read them, and then get started on your website.

Mar 6, 2017

Pick Your New Pup From The Pound

This post was originally written as an Opposite Editorial (Op-Ed) piece for my Journalism 868 class.

Jan 25, 2017


I've hit a milestone on my Vidme channel. These days it seems like all the kids are making milestone videos, so I put an infinite amount of time and energy into my own, as my way of saying thank you.

Jan 23, 2017

My Cunningham Courier Career

I've been writing a weekly sports column for the Cunningham Courier, for the most part, since I was a sophomore in high school. It only recently occurred to me that the experience now equates to more than 11 years!

Photo courtesy of the Cunningham Courier.

Jan 22, 2017

I'm using my wife for views?! Oh, and we play some Atari!

This video was originally posted on my Vidme channel

News Release assignment

For this homework assignment, we were given a long list of "facts," and asked to turn them into a high-quality news release. I'll first post my own news release, followed by the information we were given. Given my current career-path, I'm out-of-touch with writing news releases, but ultimately enjoyed this assignment.

As this is homework and I have no idea from where the information came, this should in no way be considered factual or useful.

Jan 21, 2017

Video Games with Jackson and Easton

This video was originally published on my Vidme channel. My young friend Jackson wants to be a YouTube star (not that I can help him much there), and his sister Easton just happens to enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jan 20, 2017

Boxing With My Wife

This video was originally published on my Vidme channel. I'm not sure why my wife and I decided we wanted to hit each other, but I admit it was great stress relief.

A Short Bucket List

This was originally posted here on my previous blog. As a side note, I did actually achieve my No. 1 goal of purchasing a Japanese PC Engine Duo RX, and I absolutely love it.

Image result for pc engine duo rxIt's usually good to have a plan. In the case of luxury and leisure, it might be naive. I'm planning anyway, and these are a few dreams I have, starting with the nearest chronologically:

My Wife Is Way Cooler Than Me: A Video Game Quilt Montage

This video was originally published on my Vidme channel.

The Internet, Video Games, and How They've Corrected My Personal Brand

The following was written as a post for my LinkedIn profile.

The other day at church, during the sermon, I had a neat personal revelation. It didn’t have much to do with my faith, life, or even the homily (Father John, if you hear this, I apologize). Actually, it had to do with video games, but with a little dangerous rationalization I’d argue that it also related to how I perceive and project my own personal brand.

Writing Home: Finding My Right Writing Medium

The following was written as a post for my LinkedIn profile. Coincidentally, it helped inspire me to create this digital portfolio.

I wondered, for a long time, if and when my writing skills would peak, or at least consolidate into fewer, more-focused avenues. It’s my own doing; I know I ultimately control the destination. However, the path has been (and still is) pretty indecisive.

Introduction Biography

The following is the week one introductory assignment, a short personal biography, for Journalism 868: Information in Context.

I’m an enigma, a balanced conglomeration of imbalances, more like a nine-of-all-trades than a jack, and an unacceptably cryptic hand gesture in a game of paper-scissors-rock. I’m indescribable – every time I think I’ve got myself pegged, I learn something new about myself – but I’m going to try anyway.