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Steve Dillon, R.I.P.

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One of the great comic book artists of our time, Steve Dillon, passed away on Saturday October 22, 2016.  Many of Dillon’s fellow comic book creators have reacted to his death.  While I don’t measure up to the stature of people like Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker, and Gail Simone, I can attempt to relate how Steve Dillon’s work affected me personally.  His work drew me back to comic books and…

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The Toyota Mirai is a Joke

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I got an e-mail from my dad the other day. It was terse and somewhat cryptic. Subject: I like the Toyota Mirai Body: I wonder how safe it is. As someone who’s read a lot about the massive dangers of climate change I’m a big proponent of clean cars. I didn’t know much about the Mirai, so I decided to do some research. I quickly found out that the Mirai would…

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Book Review: Washed by Blood: Lessons from My Time with Korn and My Journey to Christ

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Brian “Head” Welch made headlines in 2005 when he walked away from the successful band Korn. He made even more headlines because of the reason for leaving the band: he found religion, became a Christian, and let Jesus Christ into his life. Quite the turnaround for a hard-living drug addicted rock star. His brief autobiography attempts to explain his life’s journey to religion and offer it as proof that anyone…

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Book Review: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

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After all, the most interesting of us have been broken and mended and broken again. Jenny Lawson struggles with depression and mental illness. That is front and center in her author bio on the back flap of Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. It’s also the topic of most of the essays in this collection. You don’t have to share her issues to enjoy her writings, but it…

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A Journalistic Crisis

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I drive around listening to NPR, like the good little brainwashed semi-millennial/semi-Gen-X college grad that I am.  On a recent trip, I was listening to the Diane Rehm show.  For those unfamiliar, Diane Rehm is the godmother of talk radio, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area.  She’s been the host of her show—a roundtable panel discussion on the radio, which she moderates with an iron fist—for decades, and it is…

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The Case for Gary Johnson

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Every election, it seems like there is no shortage of people proclaiming that it’s the most important of our lifetime (and there’s no shortage of articles touching on this topic). I dislike hyperbole, but it’s hard to look at this year’s election and the major parties’ nominees and not think that this election is in the running for the most important in recent memory. Between the crass, bombastic, bullying ignorance of Donald…

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Old Bands Never Die…

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Twenty years is a long time.  Two decades in the music industry is an eternity.  Back in 1996 most people had no idea what an MP3 was; now there are likely young people who have never seen a CD, never mind a cassette.  But several major bands from that time period are set to release albums in October and November of 2016. Metallica’s album Load was released on June 4,…

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Hi, My Name is Paul

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I consider myself a libertarian. I say this not because it defines me or is the most important part of me, but because it’s likely to be the aspect of me that comes across most strongly in what I write here. As the government gets involved in more and more aspects of our lives, it’s hard to find topics that aren’t touched by politics. I say my libertarianism doesn’t define…

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Hi, My Name is Travis

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Hi! My name is (what?) My name is (who?) My name is Travis Hudson I like to think I have a unique writing style, but then so do most people.  I tend to include far more quotes and references than is totally necessary.  I’m largely influenced by writers such as Chuck Klosterman.  This combination means I enjoy examining pop culture while attempting to amuse the audience.  I often incorporate humor but have…

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Hi, My Name is Andrew

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I’m the gamer. I say that like it defines me, but that’s fitting since we do it with games too.   Is this game a AAA game or an indie game?  Is it a shooter or a strategy game?  We use these definitions to help put games, and people, into boxes that we can understand without getting to know what they’re really about.  Sometimes this works as short-hand jargon.  It’s…

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