• Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 2
  • Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 1
  • “It” Has the Right Stuff
  • Rampant Predictions for the NFL 2017 Season
  • Is Freedom What the Doctorow Ordered?

Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 2

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Each week, the Rampant Discourse staff will offer their quick takes and rampant reactions to the NFL 2017 season. Just Paul and Andrew reacting to Week 2 this time around. Read on for our thoughts on which teams are coming back down to Earth and which might be starting their ascent. Paul says Week 2 of the NFL is always interesting because we get to double our data points when…

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Rampant Reactions For NFL 2017 Season: Week 1

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Each week, the Rampant Discourse staff will offer their quick takes and rampant reactions to the NFL 2017 season. Week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season surprised us all, which isn’t surprising in the least. Not even a week into our predictions, we are doubling down on our poor choices and lucky wins. Paul says My prediction of the Pats going 18-1 took a big hit with their shocking loss…

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“It” Has the Right Stuff

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Spoiler Warning: This It 2017 movie review contains some spoilers I rarely make it to the movie theater nowadays.  Partially that’s financial, partially it’s schedule.  But it’s also lack of interest in most of the fare offered at the cinema.  But the end of summer 2017 offered the rare treat: two adaptations of Stephen King works.  The Dark Tower was less than stellar, that was pretty much expected of a 95…

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Rampant Predictions for the NFL 2017 Season

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Another season of football is upon us, and it’s always fun to put on our prognosticator hats and predict what we think might happen. Will Tom Brady succumb to the Madden Curse or will the Patriots win another Super Bowl after an amazing off-season? After such an amazing offensive output in 2016 led them so heartbreakingly close to a Super Bowl win, can the Falcons overcome losing their offensive coordinator and avoid…

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Is Freedom What the Doctorow Ordered?

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I have been aware of Cory Doctorow for a very long time.  In 2005 I  read his debut novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which was published in 2003.  And even before then, I was aware of Mr. Doctorow as an agent provocateur of the intellectually anti-copyright fighters, though that is an unfair characterization.  Doctorow was never anti-copyright; he was, however, against the concept of copyright as it…

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Have You Read the Google Memo?

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Have you read the anti-diversity manifesto written by a Google employee that resulted in his firing from the tech giant? I don’t mean have you heard about it on the news or read somebody else’s thoughts about it on social media. No, I’m asking if you’ve read the actual memo itself. If not, I implore you to check it out. It’s not hard to find. You don’t even have to…

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Stop Wasting Your Money On Fancy ‘Experiences’ (and Be Happier Doing It)

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Today this article came up in my Facebook feed. It echoed a sentiment I’ve seen in many different places. Stop buying stuff, start buying experiences. This is good in that it helps people reduce their waste but bad in that it simply replaces one outlet for excess spending with another. Spending is a big issue with Americans awash in debt and often headed towards bankruptcy. Spending gobs of money on yourself…

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Find the Signal in the Noise

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In our media saturated world, it can be nigh impossible to find the signal in the noise.  That is to say, we have access to so much content all the time that it’s tough to find the music, movies, books, and games that truly speak to us, that really matter to our lives, that greatly influence and stimulate our thinking.  Realistically, there is so much content that we’ll never be…

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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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