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Sam Neumann is a New York Times bestselling author and Bob Ross enthusiast. This is his place. Make yourself comfortable.

Free Shit

Friends, I’m just ducking in here quick to mention I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway for 2 signed copies of The Call of the Mountain. These are actual, real, paper, books. What a concept! It runs for 10 days or so and is free to enter. You can do so here: Goodreads Book Giveaway The Call of the Mountain by Sam Neumann Giveaway ends…

Why Do I Do This?

I’m sitting here writing this five hours after the Vikings astonishing, embarrassing, and all-too-Vikings playoff loss to the Seahawks, and try as I might, I really cannot get the visual of a 27-yard field goal going wide left out of my head. Just make the kick, Blair. You’ve been crushing the ball all day in temperatures that are wholly unreasonable for…

Self Love Vs. Self Awareness

“Self love is a good thing. But self awareness is more important.” One thing I love about stand-up comedy is it packages social truths within jokes, making us willing to digest concepts at which we might otherwise turn up our noses. Nobody does this better than Louis CK. I feel like I’m constantly quoting this guy here and on twitter, but…

The Otter Lodge Year in Review – 2015

Retirement of the Year David Letterman To be clear, this award is meant to recognize a marvelous and distinguished career, not to celebrate the fact that someone’s going away. If it was, it would go to Floyd Mayweather. But Dave! Dave, Dave, Dave. I haven’t watched Letterman in years, but I will still miss him. In my opinion, one admittedly…

Pay What You Want (Or Nothing)

As I methodically put together the second annual Otter Lodge Year in Review, I want to take a moment to direct the American public to this cool site The Call of the Mountain is on now. If you’re unfamiliar with NoiseTrade, it’s a place where folks can download books, audiobooks, and music for free, and then theoretically be guilted into…