It doesn’t matter what you do (and that’s a good thing)

I have several ideas for blog posts I haven’t written. One is for this blog on simple statistics that answer useful questions. Three others are for my 7 Generation Games blog, on various features and functions in Javascript ....more

Yes, if you voted for Trump, I DO think less of you

I posted this on Facebook in response to a blog post someone shared where the guy said yes, he was appalled by Trump mocking people with disabilities, insulting prisoners of war, insulting parents of a soldier killed in the line of duty, insulting a civil rights hero, assaulting women - but that people who voted against Trump didn't understand how hard it was to make it in this economy. Since it was kind of long, I thought I may as well re-post it here. I resent greatly the implication that the people who are appalled by Trump either area) on the public dole or...more

This is not an abandoned blog!

Well, it’s been a minute. In fact, it’s been over two weeks. I started this blog NINE YEARS AGO ....more

People are weird

I know this is a post from Captain Obvious, shown here wearing her obvious hat ... ... but people are weird.I get some of the seriously weirdest comments. For example, take this one that I have heard more than once, "You think just because you won a world judo championships, that means you know about judo." Why, yes, in fact, I do ....more

I have this to say about my daughter, Ronda

Like every mother and daughter on the face of the earth, Ronda and I don't always see eye to eye. However, there is one situation where I am pretty certain.All of those who have criticized Ronda for taking a loss so to heart, for not just 'shrugging it off' don't understand that what made Ronda so successful is that she cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don't believe the average person can wrap his/her head around.Caring deeply about something and working your hardest to achieve it doesn't mean you make the right decisions 100% of the time. Wouldn't it be a nicer world if it did?Those of you who want to criticize Ronda, I just want to point out a few things ....more

December 30 Tweetup & other life events

It's a crazy busy time of year. Ten days ago, we released our first game on Steam. That same week gamers extraordinaire Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler streamed Fish Lake on Twitch in a competition to see who could win $500 donated to their charity ....more

What comes after you fixed all the bugs?

I’ve hardly blogged, answered emails or talked to anyone these past few months. We just received funding for two games and I have been working night and day, crisscrossing the country recording voices, demonstrating prototypes, contracting for art and animation, reviewing designs and fixing bugs....more

Jessamyn and Shayna Twitch for Charity

What's a twitch and why are Jessamyn and Shayna doing it? For the uninitiated among you, is where you can watch your favorite gamers play your favorite games. A friend commented to me that was pretty lame but this is someone who watches fishing shows and golf so, yeah, just quiet down over there....more

Standardized testing: Solving your reliability problem

Where we left off, the reliability was unacceptably low for our measure to assess students knowledge of multiplication, division and other third and fourth grade math standards. We were sad. One person, whose picture I have replaced with the mother from our game, Spirit Lake, so she can remain anonymous, said to me: But there is nothing we can do about it, right?I mean, how can you stop kids from guessing? ...more

Mostly harmless

I often think we admire the wrong traits in people. On the long (three hour!) drive from Fort Totten to Minot in the snow, my mind had a lot of time to wander, when I wasn't concentrated on staying on the highway I could barely see under the ground flurries....more