Dungeons and Dragons, explained

This is me. And these are some of my co-workers. Tonight, we’re on an epic adventure, defending a village from an army of dog monsters and trying not to get ourselves killed. Welcome to the magical world of Dungeons & Dragons, the best game I’ve ever played. Chapter 1: What the f*ck is D&D? D&D […]

Why people are buying cartoon cats on the blockchain

When I show you what I’m holding, some of you might see a simple cartoon. Some of you might see a complex piece of engineering. You’d both be right. Meet Genesis, the first Cryptokitty. She’s not alone. All of a sudden, cryptokitties are everywhere. “Cryptokitties” “Cryptokitties” “The viral blockchain-based game that sparked a global craze […]

The diet that helps fight climate change

I have to admit that when it comes to food, I’m a total sucker. Whether it’s sugar or grease or carbs, pretty much bring it on! And I spend a lot of time in Montana, so for me, that medium rare, grass fed ribeye steak? Pretty much as good as it gets. I know. I […]

Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball

If you were to put sports and games on a continuum, where the outcomes reflect pure skill on the right side, and pure luck on the left side, where would the big team sports go? Somewhere in the middle right? But in what order? There’s actually a way to estimate that using statistics, and this […]

The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes

This is you. This is a professional bowler. He’s got great form. He’s been practicing for decades. But he also sees a hidden pattern on every lane every time he bowls. Understanding the hidden oil patterns on every lane is a key to understanding bowling. It separates the pros from the rest of us. And […]

Syria’s war: Who is fighting and why

Syria’s war is mess. After 6 years, the conflict is divided between four sides, each side with foreign backers. And those foreign backers don’t even agree with each other on who they are fighting for and who they are fighting against. And now, Syria’s use of chemical weapons has provoked President Donald Trump to directly […]

From spy to president: The rise of Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time he’s shaped the country into an authoritarian and militaristic society. He successfully invaded two of Russia’s neighbors and strengthened ties with Syria and Iran. He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order… and it appears to be working. [Vladimir Putin, 17 years […]