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Standards of Review

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“Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. is crap” – Theodore Sturgeon (Sturgeon’s Revelation) This is commonly revised to “Ninety percent of everything is crap,” and simply called Sturgeon’s Law.  Sturgeon was an author and a critic of horror and science fiction and saw that the genres had their faults, but…

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Book Review: Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away

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“I have a cunning plan!” The sixth Transmetropolitan collection, like the previous volume, is a mixed bag. The main story, “Gouge Away,” is a strong investigative reporting tale and nicely ties together the Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City and Transmetropolitan, Vol. 4: The New Scum stories. Spider Jerusalem’s talents really get to shine and his articles make a huge impact after the media’s attempt to defang him with popularity. The…

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Super Cheap Cloth Diapers

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My favorite line in Raising Arizona is where H.I. walks into the Short Stop and says “I’ll be taking these Huggies and uh whatever cash you got“. It’s hilarious for a lot of reasons, but it also speaks to a real world truth: diapers are expensive! In my last post I went over how much easier reusable diapers are than disposables, but didn’t really cover the cost. Cost is hugely important though,…

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Ridiculously Easy Cloth Diapers

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I started thinking about diapers over a year ago when my wife was pregnant with our first child. The idea of sending a ton of disposable diapers to landfills had always disturbed me, but I was also afraid of the difficulty of cloth diapers. I was going to be the parent staying home so I’d be doing the majority of diaper changes. Did I really want to sign up for something as hard…

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The Most Significant 2017 Super Bowl Ads

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The Super Bowl is an annual spectacle of brute force, finesse, strategy and, of course, marketing.  For many Americans, the actual game of gridiron is second fiddle to the extravaganzas at the periphery.  Since at least 2004, when we had the infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” the Super Bowl halftime show has been as big a deal as the game itself.  For even longer, the Super Bowl has been precious advertising time….

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Is It Possible Tom Brady Isn’t a Great Quarterback?

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Consider this: Tom Brady isn’t a great quarterback. That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? How can anybody possibly believe that Tom Brady could possibly be anything less than one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time?  He’s been to the Pro Bowl 12 times, been a Super Bowl MVP four times and played in a record seven Super Bowls. Oh, and he just won his record 5th Super Bowl ring while throwing…

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Going Keto (What is the Ketogenic Diet?)

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The ketogenic diet is a diet that has many mixed reviews. Essentially it is an extremely low carb diet with high fat. Don’t get too excited; most desserts are also high carb. Benefits to the Ketogenic Diet Putting it simply, when you are in ketosis your body is burning fat instead of carbs. This helps you lose weight. Some people do this diet just for weight loss, but there are other benefits. Medical…

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Explainer: Why Leaving Your Thermostat The Same All Day Wastes Money

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Keeping Your Thermostat The Same All Day Wastes Money No one likes to waste money, right? Unfortunately, there are still some pernicious myths out there slowly draining our bank accounts. One of these myths is that leaving your thermostat at the same temperature all day somehow saves money. This is untrue for the vast majority of homes, yet the myth won’t die. Many sites on the internet will tell you that…

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Injustice 2 Trailer Impressions: The DC Universe Actually Gets Interesting

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I generally don’t consider myself a fan of the DC Universe at large. That changed a bit when the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us was released in 2013. While it is on the surface playing on the overused trope of “yet another alternate reality story” it does center on a rather interesting premise: what if Superman just totally lost his shit and decided to take over the world? It’s quite…

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Cruising the Carribean

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Travelling has always been an escape for me. However, my marriage and kids, despite both being wonderful, do put a damper on my ability to flit off into the sunset and see various parts of the world. I have been lucky to already travel to six continents (although one barely counts) and I would love to hit that seventh at some point… One of my favorite places to visit is the…

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