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May 17, 2017

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Why The Wii U Launch Lineup Was Good



Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the fastest selling non-bundled, console-exclusive video games of all time! Seeing as it's already been released once, I'd say it shows that Nintendo Switch owners are starving for Grade A titles.

May 11, 2017

May 10, 2017

My Favorite Board, Card and Tabletop Games




I don't give tabletop, card and board games as much credit or love as I should, so I'll do it now!

May 9, 2017

YouTube Gamer Tropes - Good Or Bad, They're The Norm



There are a billion gamers who make digital videos (primarily on YouTube). The majority of them follow a few specific tropes.

May 8, 2017

Trainwrecks: They're Awful, But I Can't Stop Looking



Whether it's a movie, book, game or TV show, we all have a few entertainment-trainwrecks in our lives.

May 5, 2017

I MAY have 4-gotten Star Wars Day



See what I did there? But seriously, happy belated Star Wars Day, and May the 4th be with you!

May 4, 2017

Hosting Game Nights & Parties



We're pretty excited about the prospect of hosting company (fancy speak for game nights and parties) in our new home.

Apr 29, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

House-Shopping, Game Room-Considering



Naturally, it's about a lot more than just a game room... But that doesn't ever mean I'd buy my 2nd home without one.

Apr 26, 2017

Superhero movies are TOO BIG!



In setting, characters, scope, story, and pure length of run-time, superhero movies are too big!

Apr 25, 2017

Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons



I call myself a nerd - I love Yugioh, Pokemon, RPGs, JRPGs, tabletop games and so much more - and yet I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, and I don't own a Magic the Gathering deck!

Apr 24, 2017

How do you save money for your hobbies?


I don't, personally. I have a feeling more responsible people do, though, and I'd love to hear the ideas! Also, I apologize for the loud car noise in the background.

Apr 22, 2017

Xanadu, Dragon Slayer, Falcom & PC Engine RPGs


Some news about English fan-translations of Xanadu I and II got me thinking about the excellent Dragon Slayer series.

Importing PC Engine Shooters


There are so many great, inexpensive shooters on the PC Engine that are either far more expensive or simply non-existent in North America.

Apr 21, 2017

UPDATE: Testing MixCloud as a Home for my Audio

UPDATE: MixCloud actually disabled my short download. It was totally expected, and certainly doesn't eliminate the idea of MixCloud being a good home for my digital audio.

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.

Audio Testing - YouTube Gamers Recording Their Hunts



I'm testing out embedding audio from Google Drive. If you're interested, this morning I felt like talking about YouTube gamers recording their trips to garage sales and swap meets.

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
SOLD

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.
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Jan 25, 2017

AMAZING SUPER-DUPER 50-FOLLOWER SPECTACULAR SPECIAL

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.