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Dec 12, 2017

Things I Love: A $10 Pair of Ugly Panasonic Earbuds




This is the tale of my most recent headphone adventure. Like most of the highly-specific things I love, the positive outcome isn't one that would satisfy many, but made me so happy as a consumer I felt compelled to review it here.

Dec 2, 2017

The Show: '90s Toys

The first-ever episode of the ShawnSchaller.com Show is all about '90s Toys and features my friend Ian, as well as Battletoads & Double Dragon for the Sega Genesis.



Nov 29, 2017

Things I Love: Toshiba Satellite C655D-S5057

Image result for toshiba satellite c655d-s5057Spoiler Alert: The moral of this story is to understand, and not overpay for, your needs.

In 2010 I moved away from the unsanitary coziness of the college dormitories and the convenience of an on-site computer lab. I also hate(d) the uncomfortable stresspools that are college libraries. I want my offspring to know that Toshiba came to their ancestor's aid in this time of dire need with the $350 C655D-S5057. It was a great solution for me at the time... even if it was rarely great for anyone else, at any other time.


Nov 21, 2017

Redefining Video Game Definitions

As humans, we try to organize and categorize everything for the sake of understanding. I find our lack scientific rigor for this practice specifically within the realm of video games to be extremely troubling (on a personal, super-subjective level). I appreciate your efforts though, Wikipedia.

I'm going to flip our methodology for categorizing and organizing video games on its head with all the dignity and research that a 30-minute lunch break will allow.

Nov 16, 2017

Things I Love: Samsung Galaxy Avant


Image result for samsung avant reviewTo my children (which I don't have) and my children's children (I swear I understand how this works): I hope someday I'll force you to read this and learn about my life, like a time capsule that's full of worthless heirlooms you're obligated to keep.

It's nearly 2018, and I'm still in love with my Samsung Galaxy Avant smartphone. I just realized this because I'm considering buying yet another, as mine finally nears its end. This isn't a post about a phone, though; it's about noble technological ideology that doesn't receive the credit it deserves.

Nov 15, 2017

In My Defense: Collections Curb Christmas Chaos

I don't hoard everything. I hoard very few things; video games and trading cards, to be precise. I try to mask the problem by calling myself a "collector." Not everyone buys this ploy and I find myself defending my bad habits. I wish people would focus their efforts on my other bad habits, like Dr. Pepper or complete intolerance for formal exercise, but I digress...

This is for all you people who don't want to buy your loved ones 'the same thing you get them every year'.

Nov 14, 2017

ThanksGaming Day: Literally Everything You Need To Know

Here's literally everything you need to know about the ThanksGaming Day fundraiser dinner, raffle and game marathon, all neatly gift-wrapped in a single blog post.

What's in it for you?
Reserve your seat by clicking here to make a $25 donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (via Extra Life), and you'll get:

  • A T-Shirt; 
  • Dinner and beverages (adult and otherwise);
  • A ticket in an excellent prize raffle; and
  • An evening of fun and games.
The next 10 people to donate $25 to sign up will also receive a voucher for a free small pizza from Pizza Hut, and I'll tack on an additional $5 donation match of my own!


The details?
It's on Saturday, Dec. 9th, at 5:00 pm at 1307 Kasold Dr, Lawrence, KS 66049. Dinner will start at 5:30 and the raffle will last until 9:00. Heather and I will be completing our 24-hour Extra Life gaming marathon (and coinciding Harry Potter movie marathon) through 9:00 am the following morning , and you're welcome to stay the whole time. Please park in the church lot two blocks north.

You haven't officially reserved your seat until you've donated, and there are only about 10 left, so donate and reserve today!


The goods.
The grand raffle prize is a twin-bed size Sonic the Hedgehog quilt hand-made by Heather! Other prizes include video drones, a PS1 gift set, a $25 gift card to Gamer's HQ, a set of booze-giftables, a grill accessories gift set and, at 9:00 pm, we'll raffle off the majority of the remaining food and beer! Additional raffle tickets will cost $5 each, and contest winners will receive additional tickets. The dinner menu includes plenty of pizza, breadsticks and wings from pizza hut, and the beer menu features a smattering of everything (but don't expect anything fancy).

It's worth peeking at the awful green-screen pictures we took of the raffle prizes if you have a minute to spare.

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The rest.
You're encouraged to bring your own video, board and card games of any type. Email any questions to schaller.shawn@gmail.com or catch me on Facebook.

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Thank You!
I'd like to extend a big thank-you to Gamer's HQ, Pizza Hut of Lawrence, Thrivent Financial, Westlake Ace Hardware, Cristy Taylor-Holloway, anyone else who has helped and contributed, and most importantly, to my beautiful wife Heather.





Oct 24, 2017

Turn Chores into Bad Video Games

When I was young, I complained about doing chores. My mother always told me to make the chores enjoyable by turning them into games. I struggled with it then, but recently I made a discovery that helped me master the practice today!

Sep 24, 2017

ThanksGaming Day Dinner & Games Info

Would you like to hear some unnecessary details about the food and gaming portions of our ThanksGaming Day Party?


ThanksGaming Day Raffle Prizes

Here is a list of prizes we're confirming for our ThanksGaming Day raffle so far:
  • A Sonic the Hedgehog quilt, hand-made by my beautiful wife! It will be roughly the size of a twin-size bed, and feature the Blue Blur of 90's 'tude himself!
    • This quilt will be part of a separate, public raffle, to help increase our dollars-raised potential. Attendees will receive one ticket as part of their donation, and anyone can buy additional tickets for $5 each!
    • All other prizes will be for the private, attendees-only raffle.
  • A $25 gift certificate to Gamer's HQ;
  • A PlayStation 1 arcade stick bundle, including:
    • PlayStation 1 system, cables and controller; 
    • One InterAct PS Arcade Stick (CIB);
    • Four games: Medal of Honor, Crash Team Racing, Tekken 3, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.
  • A Stanley-brand BBQ grill accessories gift set;
  • Westlake Ace Hardware gift baskets (gift buckets, actually); and
  • At the end of the night, we'll have special drawings for the remaining adult beverages. For these drawings, you must be present to win.

Sep 7, 2017

I'm Riding & Streaming to Raise Money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals


It's time to hatch and unleash my latest plan, which is to thank all of my donors with my own sweat, blood and tears... except without the blood and only some of the tears.

For every $10 we've raised (and continue to raise) in 2017, I'm going to ride my exercise bike one mile. To date, I've raised $845, which amounts to 85 miles I need to ride prior to Jan. 1, 2018.

Miles Ridden

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However, that doesn't account for the money we raise throughout the rest of the year, including a fundraising game party my wife and I will throw in December. Also, I plan to stream every mile I ride (while playing video games, of course) on Twitch.

Aug 29, 2017

ThanksGaming Day Dinner, Raffle & Game Party

My wife and I have decided to host a ThanksGaming Day party to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals via Extra Life! The goal is to involve 25-30 people and raise around $700.

Aug 28, 2017

Testing Out Twitch

I've livestreamed on Twitch before; my channel is neglected, but it exists. I have confidence issues doing things that I can blatantly see so many people doing far better than for which I can hope.

However, I think it's important to my campaign and personal goals that I learn how to and at least attempt to stream effectively. It's simply too large a part of gaming culture to ignore.

Aug 25, 2017

Splatoon Squid Quilt

She loves her Splatoon, so it only made sense that she make herself a quilt! What I like about this one is she was actually able to use a lot of scrap and leftover pieces of fabric!

Aug 17, 2017

Last Slow-Pitch Softball Mixer Post, I Promise (Just Pictures)

I just wanted to share a select few of my favorite pictures from our Slow-Pitch Softball Mixer. If you're Facebook friends with my wife, click here to see the rest!

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That's actually it. My Samsung Galaxy Avant just isn't capable of great photos...

Aug 8, 2017

Slow-Pitch Softball Mixer Raised $475 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, more than 30 participants showed up to Lyons Park in Lawrence, Kan., for the Slow-Pitch Softball Mixer for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

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I'll try to find a better picture somewhere...

Aug 1, 2017

The Disappointment I Call My Podcast

As I’ve endeavored on this philanthropic… endeavor… I’ve been able to sustain positive intentions. On the other hand, I’m well aware of the value of good intentions alone; I’ve always liked that “road to hell is paved with good intentions” saying.


Jul 30, 2017

PCE Works & the Value of Support

Thank you PCE Works for supporting me in my website and campaign for Extra Life and the Children's Miracle Network! Whether it's a nod on social media or a gift in the mail, every bit of support means a lot to and motivates me to keep going, so I very much appreciate yours!

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Winning the Nonprofit Game: How A Real Human Can Make A Difference

I finally completed my master's program, Journalism: Digital Content Strategy, via the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism! I couldn't be happier to finally reclaim some of my disposable time and income.

More importantly, I've "completed" my master's project, a paper titled "Winning the Nonprofit Game: How A Real Human Can Make A Difference." The paper details how any individual can realistically make the greatest possible positive impact for a charitable cause.

Jul 13, 2017

Pixelated Batman Quilt Sold for Charity!


The Pixelated Batman quilt has been sold! The proceeds will go through Extra Life to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Look for the thermometer on the main page to update soon!  


Jul 12, 2017

Co-Ed Slow-Pitch Softball Mixer for Children's Miracle Network

My wife and I have decided to host a co-ed slow-pitch softball mixer for the Children's Miracle Network! As big fans of Extra Life, we decided to take the idea of charitable gaming to the other end of the spectrum.

Jul 11, 2017

Extra Life Pre-Game Day Warm-Up Marathon

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From 8:00 am on Saturday, June 24, to 8:00 am on Sunday, June 25, Gamer's HQ christened its brand new gaming lounge with a 24-hour Extra Life gaming marathon. Gamer's HQ hosts a marathon every year that coincides with the official Extra Life Game Day - the official day of the national Extra Life gaming marathon - to raise money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 



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!


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
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.