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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.