• Your Overused Air Conditioner Burns Money
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming Review
  • When the State Decides You’re Better Off Dead
  • Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • The Dangers of Political Tribalism
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Your Overused Air Conditioner Burns Money

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It’s summertime and that means most of the United States is turning on our air conditioners. As of 2009 over 87% of all homes in the U.S. had some form of air conditioning, and that number is probably well over 90% now. Cooling accounts for 6% of an average home’s annual energy use. This might sound small, but when you consider that you’re only running your AC for about 25%…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

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SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming follows. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot of the wall-crawler in the past 15 years (Sam Raimi’s three Spider-Man films, Marc Webb’s two The Amazing Spider-Man films), and while the reaction to his presence in Captain America: Civil War was generally positive, do we really need a sixth solo Spider-Man movie? If they’re anything like Homecoming, then the answer is yes. With Great Power… By now,…

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When the State Decides You’re Better Off Dead

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I firmly believe that the death penalty should be abolished. Certainly, there are some criminals where death would undoubtedly be considered morally just (Dylann Roof immediately comes to mind). However, what most gives me pause is the idea of the State being the main arbiter in which cases merit death and which do not. Given the finality of such decisions when they are made and enforced (you can release the…

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Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The true purpose of tidying is, I believe, to live in the most natural state possible. A wonderfully written and foundational work on the art of organization. Marie Kondō‘s book on how to tidy up your house is certainly inspirational. Her implementation of her concepts may not be for everyone (and is the cause of most of the negative reviews) but her ideas and thoughts are rock solid and provide…

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The Dangers of Political Tribalism

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I hate Kobe Bryant. No, this isn’t another attempt to tear down one of the all-time greats in his sport. In fact, it’s not really fair or accurate to say that I hate Kobe because I don’t know him as a person at all. No, when I say I hate Kobe Bryant, it’s a fake kind of hate that I call “sports-hate.” For a decade, Bryant and his Los Angeles…

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Make the DC Universe Compelling Again: Injustice 2 Review

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Injustice 2 has been out a couple weeks now, and I’ve finally gotten enough quality time with it to actually write a review. I was a big fan of the first game’s single player story mode and online play, and was feeling some good vibes about this game prior to its release. As far as the story mode goes, Netherrealm Studios (NRS) continues to deliver on making great narrative content…

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

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SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for the Wonder Woman movie follows. I went into Wonder Woman hopeful, but with low expectations. I had been disappointed with the two previous DC Extended Universe movies I had seen (Man of Steel and Batman v Superman) and even though the early Rotten Tomatoes reviews had been favorable, I was trying to avoid getting my hopes up. What I found is that while Wonder Woman is flawed in similar…

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Not Everybody Shares the Same Experiences

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During the most recent Presidential election and its aftermath, there has been a lot of talk about bubbles and how we’re increasingly living in echo chambers. Most of the discussion has understandably revolved around the political bubbles that we live in. Knowing what political bubbles we all live in is definitely important, but there are plenty of other less serious bubbles that we can be in as well. Here is a lighthearted…

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What Mass Effect: Andromeda Got Wrong

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SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for all the Mass Effect games (particularly Andromeda) follow. For the past month or so, my free time has been dominated by Mass Effect: Andromeda. I’m a huge fan of the original trilogy, and consider them to collectively be well within my top 10 video games of all time. While the ending of Mass Effect 3 left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (Indoctrination Theory…

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Springtime for LED Bulbs and America

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Springtime is upon us. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and our thoughts naturally turn towards light bulbs. Okay, maybe not naturally, but this is the best time of year to think about your lighting. By this point in time we probably all know that LED bulbs are the best, but many of us are still dragging our feet on installing them. Maybe you’re just waiting for your…

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