No-Spend November 2021: The First Half

We’re well past the midpoint of No-Spend November — a personal finance challenge I started earlier this month. On paper, the rules are simple: Limit or restrict your discretionary spending for thirty days. But in practice, things aren’t so easy. Spending urges are ever-present, and temptations reside in every corner of the internet. So how…

SWTOR’s Filler Problem

Earlier last month, I had a strange, implacable itch for Star Wars stories. To get my fix, I turned to Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR), an MMORPG revered for its story content. While I had played SWTOR back in 2011, I recognized that I hadn’t given the game a fair shot. So, I created…

The Dawn of No-Spend November 2021

It’s Hallow’s Eve. But beyond desiccated crypt denizens and flying broom-straddling females, a truly terrifying prospect lies ahead. A whole month without spending a dime on discretionary purchases. This terrifying tradition is known by some as No-Spend November.

Am I Thankful to Be Alive?

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, so I thought I’d take some time to reflect on thankfulness. The topic feels especially pertinent this year: Six months ago, I nearly succeeded at taking my own life. But thanks to the combined efforts of rescue, emergency, and health professionals, I’ve more or less resumed life where I last…

17 Years Later, Naughty Dog Has Yet to Top Jak and Daxter

Uncharted took gamers on a series of thrilling, worldly expeditions. The Last of Us married brutal survivalist combat with emotionally charged storytelling. Both franchises are the latest proof of game developer Naughty Dog’s evolving talent. But despite their innovations, neither franchise is anywhere near as fun or as visually interesting as the studio’s preceding trilogy, Jak…

No-Spend Challenge 2021: The First 7 Days

Earlier this month, I replaced a pair of broken headphones, paid for a $238 dentist visit, and backed a Kickstarter. Afterwards, I was feeling pretty tapped-out financially. It’s not that I didn’t have the money for these things: I’ve earned more this month with two broken legs than I did earlier in the year with…