Podcast: The Board Gaming Explosion

Our recent PAX podcast got me thinking about how relatively wonky, hobbyist board games have penetrated the mainstream. So this podcast focuses on the second big explosion in board gaming (the first occurring in the late 90s).  This isn’t a discussion about specific games, but how board games (and even tabletop RPGs) have penetrated the public consciousness. Let’s roll some dice! I launch the discussion by listing some tidbits, such as Riot Games (of League of Legends fame) launching its first board […]

Bontrager Isocore Carbon Fiber Handlebars

As I get older, my body aches more. After a recent physical, my doctor asked me how often I took ibuprofen. When I replied, “daily”, she asked me why. Because, I told her, I never have a day where I don’t ache somewhere. The most recent aches and pains come in the form of a persistently sore left rotator cuff. The rotator cuff, as the name implies, is the main socket which allows your arm to rotate, do windmills, and […]

The Wheels That Keep Me Rolling

When you buy a bicycle, it typically comes with wheels. Unless you’re buying a super-expensive racing bike, or a custom build where you spec out all the gear, the wheels you get with the bike are OEM wheels. They’re typically pretty average wheels, even for relatively pricey bikes. Even if you’re something of a duffer like me, wheels can make a big difference in ride quality. If I were to draw an analogy to PC tech, buying a good set […]