Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

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July 19, 2017

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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The Dangers of Political Tribalism

June 28, 2017

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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Wonder Woman Movie Review

June 8, 2017

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

May 25, 2017

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

May 17, 2017

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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Concerns From the March for Science

May 4, 2017

This past week saw thousands of people across the country converge on Washington D.C. and other cities to participate in a March for Science. The protest was billed as non-partisan, but the timing and circumstances around the march taking place on Earth Day hardly seems like a coincidence, and the march was rumored to have been inspired by a “throwaway line on reddit” by somebody who said: Q: The March for Science…

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P90x3 Challenge Finale: Disappointment and Hope

April 18, 2017

The 90 days are up. So what is the verdict of my P90x3 Challenge Finale? As the title suggests: disappointment, but also hope. First, a quick update on what has happened since the last check-in. After being discouraged by my progress up to that point, I had vowed to do better by cutting back on the fast food breakfasts and working out harder. I had mixed success. I was able…

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Board Game Review: Secret Hitler

March 29, 2017

Have you ever played a game of Cards Against Humanity and thought, “This game is great, but it needs to involve more lying to my friends and references to Hitler”? Do you not know what Cards Against Humanity is, but do know you like social deduction games? Do you not know what a social deduction game is, but do enjoy the bluffing of poker and have a good poker face? If you…

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A Knee Jerk Reaction to Trump’s First Two Months

March 23, 2017

There’s definitely a danger in drawing too many conclusions from the first two months of a new presidential administration. The sample size is incredibly small, with virtually no time to work with Congress on crafting any kind of meaningful legislation. Most cabinet members have only been on the job for a few weeks, so it’s largely unfair to judge their performance yet. Still, between Supreme Court nominations, executive orders and cabinet…

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P90x3 Challenge First Check-In: Slow Progress

March 2, 2017

I ended the P90x3 challenge kickoff with “See you in a month for the first check-in”. I know it’s been longer than a month, but my editor convinced me that a check-in for the sake of a check-in just wasn’t a good idea, so I compromised and decided to check-in at the halfway point. So now that I am half done with my P90x3 journey, how are things going? The short answer?…

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