The Millennial Effect

Hank Green just released a fantastic video called “Why the Word “Millennial” Makes me Cringe.” It’s a great look into how the term was assigned by baby boomers and subsequently co-opted by op-ed writers essentially complaining about “kids these days.” The term has quickly become an easy trigger word for disparaging an entire generation of…

Merry Brew-mas

This year, my wonderful wife gave the Christmas gift that literally kept giving. Harken back to your childhood days. It’s quite possible that you had an Advent calendar. You might have received a small toy in each window, or, if your parents were cool, you received a piece of delicious chocolate for each of the…

The Gamification of Beer

For me, the concepts of gamification and completism are inexorably linked. The first example I can recall for myself eerily similar to my dear friend haji20’s experience. I started collecting every Todd Hundley baseball card I could get my grubby mitts on as a kid. I sought them out tirelessly. I only started to lose…

Badge Hunter: Newbie

Social media has radically changed the way the world interacts with one other. As Gen Y guy, I feel like I’m already out of the loop with the eccentricities of multiple uses and “meanings” of retweets and favorites on Twitter. Compound this with the ever-expanding glut of social media offerings: Snapchat has morphed from taboo…