Stone Soup Coaches

When my kids were little, one of their favorite stories was "Stone Soup". It goes like this: A poor and hungry traveler arrives in a town known for its stinginess. All of the people claim to have no food to share ....more

How Almost Punching My Friend Kim Leads to a Podcast

Last week, I went to lunch with a couple of friends. One of them, who will remain nameless except that her name is Kim, was being recruited by the other for a very good job. So, Kim says, I don't know if I could do that ....more

Podcast, Video Blog & Other Stuff I Know Nothing About

Now that my children are (mostly) grown, I don't tell them what to do. On occasion, I give them advice and they can take it or leave it. I tell them once, because I'm not talking for exercise for my mouth.If it is something I am absolutely convinced I'm right about though,...more

Javascript, canvas and animation not running in all browsers

I’m the world’s biggest hypocrite when it comes to documentation. In every staff meeting, I emphasize documenting whatever code you have written that week, but I always put off doing it myself. ...more

What would you do if you weren’t doing this?

Everyone should pause every now and then and ask themselves this question: What would you want to be doing if you weren’t doing this? Whatever “this” is, your answer will be revealing. If you excitedly exclaim, “I would start a restaurant, using my grandma’s recipes, but it would be more of a modern look – kind of a Tuscany theme ....more

I Have No Guarantee For How You Raise Your Children Right

Actually, that title is deceptive. No one really knows how to raise children to be good men and women. Most parents do the best the can ....more

What is a fair rate of pay?

The heroine in Labyrinth (fun movie, by the way) complains , “That’s not fair!” and the Goblin King responds, “You say that so often. I wonder what your standard of comparison is.” Sunday evening and I’m taking a break from working on our latest game to offer another installment in Mama AnnMaria’s Guide on Not Getting Your Sorry Ass Fired. I was talking to my son-in-law, Mr ....more

My bullshit per day ratio has been exceeded

This past week, I have heard more lies and supreme hypocrisy than any time in my life. My bullshit per day ratio has set a personal record.I don't even know where to begin. There are those people who try to rewrite history, "Oh, it really wasn't that bad ....more

No Surprise, Children Don’t Understand Math

In the past, I have questioned the extent to which we really suck at math in the U.S. While I’m still a bit skeptical that the average child in developing countries is doing dramatically better than children in the U.S., one thing is pretty clear from our results to date, and that is that the average child living in poverty** in the U.S. is doing pretty darn bad when it comes to math. About a week ago, I discussed the results from a test on fractions given as part of our Fish Lake game evaluation. The pretest score was around 22% correct ....more

The Other Side of Bullying

When the subject of bullying comes up, I often hear people urging,...more