River Raid – Retro Games With Kids

Apr 20th, 2015 Games

After reading Ready Player One and watching the E.T. documentary on Netflix, I began thinking that maybe it was time to get back to my gaming roots. At the same time, my kids have been begging Amy and I to let them do a Let’s Play video. So why not combine the two together? The video below is the result.

I Played E.T. on Atari And Liked It!

Apr 12th, 2015 Games

My dad was an Atari fanboy. Even before I was old enough to know I was only supposed to like one system, he was already attempting to train me up by defending the Atari brand nearly as viciously as any Xbox or Playstation troll today. Later, when I was much older, he admitted that buying us a Nintendo was almost a betrayal, especially with a perfectly good…

Ready Player One. . .For A Really Dumb Dystopia

Apr 9th, 2015 Books, Movies, and Games

Ready Player One is a fun book. Really, I liked it. I even said so on Goodreads, giving it 4 out of 5 on my review. But as I mentioned there, I had one major problem: the dystopian world Ernest Cline proposes is absolutely idiotic. As I wrote in my review, it was like his economic research was done in a Reddit Occupy Wall Street…

Tennessee, Net Neutrality, and the Right to Be Wrong

Mar 25th, 2015 Politics

This morning I read through an Engadget article praising the FCC for boldly striking down a Tennessee law that bans municipally run internet services. Engadget, a tech site I love in part because of its typically apolitical viewpoints (unlike another tech site I finally gave up reading), has forgotten themselves with Net Neutrality. They’ve gotten so caught up in the common tech world belief that…

Creating a Platform Pt 2 – Moving Past the Spaghetti Method

Mar 16th, 2015 Creating a Platform

Last week I delved deeply into my miserable failings at marketing my writing, and how I’ve mostly been okay with that. If I write something that people read it, great! If not, well, I wouldn’t say it’s great, but I really didn’t care that much. Like the title says, I threw it at the wall to see what stuck. If it fell on the floor,…

Creating a Platform – I Don’t Know What The Heck I’m Doing

Mar 11th, 2015 Creating a Platform

My original blog (creativelyaccounting.com) started as a place for me to hone some of my creative writing, nothing more. Something like, “yeah, it’d be great if people actually read this” went through my head from time to time, but my goal was just to have a place for me to hit snooze on my left-brained accounting thinking for a bit. Then it turned into a…

The Cheap, Attention Grabbing End to Legend of Korra

Mar 9th, 2015 Movies

Kella (my 3 year old daughter) and I finished The Legend of Korra this weekend. Both Kella and Finley resisted watching the cartoon every time I wanted to turn it on, demanding Stampy or some other nonsense, but would sit enraptured for hours, requesting episode after episode once the show began. Finley missed out on the last few episodes, preferring to sleep in (oh the…

When Alarms Don’t Sound – Introduction

Feb 27th, 2015 Memoir

A few weeks back I posted an excerpt on the book I’m working on about Oliver’s birth. After trudging through this thing for about two years now, I finally finished my first draft. In celebration, I’m posting the intro here. It’s still a work in progress, so I’d love feedback. Close your eyes. Wait, don’t do that. You have to read what’s next. Unless someone’s…

The Folly of LDS Church Financial Transparency

Feb 25th, 2015 Church

The first person that I baptized on my mission was one of the coolest people I’ve ever met, who we’ll call Tomas here so I don’t have to use his real name or keep on calling him “that one guy.” Tomas told me stories of his youth spent in the White City of Mexico (Puerta Vallarta), dancing on the beach and listening to the up-and-coming…