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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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Concerns From the March for Science

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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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Book Analysis: The Handmaid’s Tale

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In 1984, Margaret Atwood penned one of the greatest dystopian novels of all time.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a terrifying look at a patriarchal society run amok.  It tackles a range of important topics, including women’s rights, gender roles, religion, and tyranny.  These issues are even more present in our day and age; they are unlikely to ever be solved as no real solution likely exists.  But that’s how the…

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World of Warcraft: Legion – Midterm Report

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Some corrections (4/21/17): One of the perils of taking a while to write an article is that references to time quickly become inaccurate. Mass Effect: Andromeda released on 3/21/17, which is obviously more than a week from when this article went live. Also, since I didn’t fully read the patch notes, I didn’t realize the new raid instance, The Tomb of Sargeras, is actually unavailable, and will be unlocked sometime…

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P90x3 Challenge Finale: Disappointment and Hope

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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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Reusable Bags Crush Disposables

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Disposable plastic shopping bags are in the news again. This time it’s because the governor and state legislature of New York have overridden a local bag fee law passed by New York City. The politics of this thing are dispiriting (state legislators overriding local laws, moneyed interests pretending to be grassroots groups, etc.), but I’m going to put that aside for now and focus on a scientific claim. Many of the opponents…

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Ghost in the Shell Movie Review: An Enjoyable Disappointment

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I ended up watching Ghost in the Shell over the weekend. So why not write a Ghost in the Shell movie review? I guess if I had a TL:DR it would go something like this: I thought it was a good movie overall, despite critical pummeling and box office disappointment (as well as lingering controversy). Visually, it looks amazing. I was in awe how much detail went in getting the look…

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Board Game Review: Secret Hitler

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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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