This post is all about sharing a really good video albeit probably ancient in internet time! Why not just share using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Bumblr, Cramn, or Wrevt? Well, because this is my website, baby! I make the rules. I’ve had this dang thing kicking around for nigh on sixteen years. I’m not going to stop now. The only rule of the hell network we all use, is you can never stop posting, no matter how bad the posts become!

This is not a bad post though. This is a very good to great post, not because I’m writing literal paragraphs to share a dang YouTube video, but because the video itself. It transcends mere presentations, or gimmicks. Brian David Gilbert has made some of my favorite videos in the past few years, but this one ups the ante.

It’s ostensibly about a new and improved Pokerap, but contains multitudes. A meta-narrative? A dance number? A challenge overcame and lessons learned? Yes, it has it all. If you like musical theater (which I usually don’t, so whatever don’t take my word for it, I’m just some dumb dumb with a blog named after an obscure Doug reference), English studies, or theatrical performance you should check this out.

I laughed, I cried, I learned a new word.

Presenting Presentations Effectively @ Dimescon 2018

I’ve debated releasing this publicly, but I finally conceded that I can’t hide this valuable information away. That would just be selfish. These are techniques that are used in the field and have been battle-tested through hundreds of presentations. In this modern world effectively communicating our ideas is more important than ever.

Now, I had just learned these facts before my presentation at Dimescon 2018 (aka Jeff’s Birthday Presentation Party for Cool and Cooler People). This is the reason I did not implement many of them in my own presentation. I have been practicing them since then, and I promise you they have made a world of difference.

Please, drink from the cup of knowledge.

(God, I’m such a dork.)


Some friends and I went to see Alton Brown live for Tim’s (Tim of Tim and Matt Play fame) birthday. During the show Alton had these comically large wheels for selecting three constituent parts of a cocktail. These were the base, the base spirit, the secondary spirit, and a finisher. Think of a Manhattan (my personal favorite) – Rye whiskey (base), sweet vermouth (secondary spirit), Angostura bitters (finisher). This is supposedly the definition for a successful cocktail. Tim constructed the wheel, and we decided to put that to the test. The results were, let’s say, varied. One of the best parts were just naming them. Anyway, in short, 8/10 would suffer through again.