Category Archives: games


Play the game sweeping the internet — Whack-a-Troll! Tired of the increasing ubiquity of ads everywhere you look? We’ve come to expect that from newspapers, billboards, and radio and TV — but now, we get these attention hogs clogging our … Continue reading

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Work-in-Progress: Creativity

Part of a larger puzzle I am trying to build, assemble, and turn into a self-directed alternative learning game — FlexQuest — to improve soft skills in student interns. I’ve written about this venture before, as I proposed to present … Continue reading

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Making the Sausage for a Soft Skills Challenge (Part 2)

Acknowledgment & plug: All of the work shared on this blog yesterday and today are derived from the work of Dan Roam and most specifically, his new book, The Pop-Pitch: The Two-Hour Creative Sprint to the Most Persuasive Presentation of … Continue reading

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Sneak a Peek at Making Some Soft Skills Sausage (Part 1)

Like literal and proverbial sausage-making and law-making, crafting a new approach to helping people learn consists of a lot of messy first steps. Generally, these are invisible to any intended audience, but I’m about to share some messy thoughts, pictures, … Continue reading

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Playing Whack-a-Mole with Facebook Ads

You know the feeling. You’re go to look at Facebook, and as you scroll through your feed,  you’re bombarded with ads. Scroll down 3 time &  and you encounter 2 posts from friends, an ad, one post from a group … Continue reading

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Back Porch in the Rear View, 2017

The end of the year is awash in people’s lists: 10 Best Movies, Top 10 International News Stories, 12 Stories You Missed, and the like. So why not a list of stories told on the Buller Back Porch this past … Continue reading

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Game Your Way to a Good Day

Hearkening back to Jane McGonigal‘s SuperBetter, I decided to doodle out a map of her formula for a “Good Day” for a personal reminder. 3 Power-ups + 1 Bad Guy battled + 1 Quest completed = 1 Good Day My doodle-map … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood: Conclusion (part 11)

Conclusion of “Pappa’s Childhood,” a section of my grandfather’s memoirs, edited by my mother, Dell Buller,  from some of her father, G.M.C. Massey’s manuscript notes. After about a year, we bought an old improved place near Pleasant Grove. We let the unimproved … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 6)

Continuing “Pappa’s Childhood”, mom’s edit of her father’s memoirs of his youth in rural east Texas circa the late 19th century. Most of our teachers had spelling matches on Friday or speaking. Usually, we had spelling one Friday and speaking … Continue reading

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Scoring SuperBetter to Win Your Life

Completing our series on getting superbetter — for now! In the last set of blog posts here, I’ve examined the 7 Gameful Rules of SuperBetter. Applying those rules to any struggle in life can help you develop the resiliency needed to rise up … Continue reading

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