Sometimes a little inconvenience is worth it. Especially if it comes because you are following your own morals or codes to try to make the world a slightly better place. Usually this comes along in some sort of philosophy or high minded argument.

And in my case, this time, it doesn’t. I’ll never use self checkout because to me self checkout doesn’t represent convenience, necessary advancement in technology/society, or a positive step forward.

Self checkout isn’t any of those things. To me, it’s a demand for my cooperation to receive less service, have a more frustrating experience, get rid of…


The year that almost all of us refer to as a dumpster fire — with good reason. Very few people are going to have 2020 on their list of top years in recent memory, and that can do a weird thing to those of us who agree it feels like the whole world is on fire…but personally we did very, very well during a year where it’s easy to feel guilty for doing so.

Some of my friends have really struggled, and some have done really well. …


Depression from success was something I’d heard about plenty. I’ve ready self-help/self-improvement, was (and still am) a fan of The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss when it first came out, and remember him mentioning this multiple times as a legitimate problem when people “made it.”

To be honest at the time that sounded completely insane to me.

How could you succeed and then be depressed? How could accomplishing great goals not fulfill you and give you the extra boost of strength, energy, and encouragement you were looking for?

Photo by Paola Chaaya on Unsplash — This photo screams “adrift” to me, which is what it felt like.

How would removing the stress of building such a project…


While feelings about video games can be mixed depending on who you talk to, and plenty of people have allowed too much mindless gaming to get them off track of other goals in life, for many of us gaming has been a great way to socialize, keep some semblance of sanity during an insane time, and the right games are actually incredibly relaxing. Even therapeutic.

I think this is part of the reason that Stardew Valley has been such a huge hit. Even beyond the nostalgia from those of us who fell in love with Harvest Moon games back in…


Photo by Zetong Li on Unsplash

Truth be told, I had already accepted the idea of not getting into graduate school and was already looking at other options when I received an acceptance letter from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, near the end of my gap year between college and graduate school.

While the rejections from other MFA programs, many in the top 20, had been very polite and several had some hand written notes or bit of encouragement, that didn’t change the fact they had all been rejections (though props to the University of Oregon — which had the best rejection letter in history; you…


This is a revision of an article I wrote a few years ago — and honestly as hard as it would be for me to believe back then it’s probably even more relevant now than ever.

I know my journey with depression isn’t over, no matter how much I want it to be, but it stems from the fact that at the very tail end of May 2014 I came out of a devastating depression that had stolen the last 6 years of my life, and the more I think about it, there were signs it was trying to but…

Shane Dayton

Writer, gamer, passionate traveler, I'm at my happiest when I can spend my time where my interests meet. Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!

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