At PAX 2009, I took second place in a contest. For placing second, I received:

1) A medal.
2) a $75 gift card, with which I bought the Photoshop Hero Hoodie you see in the picture above.
3) a 1GB USB Business Card sized Thumb Drive.

I’ve used that thumb drive a lot over the last few years.  It contained a lot of images that I have prepared for this blog, and all of the entries that I have been typing up over the years.  It also included future entries, many of which had not yet been posted.

Unfortunately, that thumb drive bit the dust this week.

I don’t tend to write my blog entries linearly.  Instead, I work on a bunch of them simultaneously, and then figure out when the best time would be to role them out.  This has its pros and cons.  On the one hand, I always have a list of entries available to publish on short notice.  On the other hand, a lot of my writing ends up getting tossed because I can’t find a place to make it relevant.

This creates another problem for me, though: for a blog called “Why Games Matter,” I probably should have more topical material included.  I really ought to spend more time focusing on gaming events in the news.  In fact, I’m going to make that a belated resolution for 2014.


And the resolutions entry is now updated.

The good thing is that, while the thumb drive has died, the friendships that spawned from that convention have lasted through the years.  The people that I have met along the way have really changed my life, and I can’t imagine where I would be without them.  Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the years.