Grand Canyon 2014I’m Steven Jarvis. I live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with my wife and son. We’re right on the edge of the Ozarks and close to all kinds of great places for fun in the outdoors. I spend a lot of time in the outdoors or thinking about being in the outdoors. I’m also very interested in how people interact with and need experiences in Nature in order to prosper.

The Boy and I camp and hike a lot. I used to flyfish and canoe a lot, but that tapered off when The Boy was born. Now that he’s old enough to go with me (and likes to fish), I’ve been fishing more and more again. It’s been great to get back to it. The Boy is also learning to flyfish and to tie flies. I keep trying to get him to tie the little trout flies that are tough for my aging eyes to tie these days (I prefer the big streamers and bass flies), but he’s not biting.

The Boy and I are very active in Scouting. He was a Cub Scout for five years and recently crossed over to a great Boy Scout Troop. He is currently a Star Scout. I stepped down as Cubmaster for his old Pack and now am Assistant Scoutmaster for his troop.

I’m a musician, primarily a guitarist, but I also play bass, drums, (in a limited fashion) keyboards/piano, and clawhammer banjo. I’ve spent much of the last 5 years in a sort of musically dormant phase after a pretty productive decade. I’m re-learning how to play electric guitar again. Not sure how it’s working out quality-wise, but I’m enjoying it immensely. I also spent a lot of time making electronic music with computers for a while. It’s fun, but I prefer the visceral fun of playing a guitar (or other instrument).

I’m also a big geek. I’m a web designer and developer by day. I enjoy writing software and am getting into hardware hacking, too, having recently put my house’s sprinkler system on the Internets using a Raspberry Pi. Yin and Yang. I read a lot of comics and science fiction.

I’m also a pen and paper RPG enthusiast. I started playing Dungeons & Dragons while at band camp in 1981 and have played off and on ever since, especially since about 2003. I recently started running two 5th edition D&D campaigns: one with a friend, his sons (11 and 14) and The Boy (11), and another group of adults, some of whom haven’t played in decade. Both have been fun. My other favorite RPGs are Beyond the Wall, The Burning Wheel, Top Secret, and Traveller. I also like playing Euro-style boardgames like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, and others.

This blog covers all of the above, plus some tangentially related topics, too.

Thanks for reading!

Should you feel the need, you can contact me at sjarvis@sjarvis.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @sjarvis. I’m on Facebook, but that’s mostly just for friends. I’m technically on LinkedIn, too, but rarely look at it, as I’ve never quite figured out what the point of LinkedIn is.

Updated 2015.10.13