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Quick Take: Justin Fuente’s First Year at Virginia Tech

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With the conclusion of the 2016-2017 college football season after an amazing BCS National Championship Game (congratulations to the Clemson Tigers), I thought it would be a good time to collect my thoughts on Justin Fuente’s first season as head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies. When I heard that Frank Beamer was retiring a little over a year ago, I definitely had conflicting emotions. As a member of Virginia…

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App Review: Pact

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To help out a podcast at my work that was doing a series on apps to help people be happier, healthier, wealthier and more productive, I volunteered to try out Pact for a month. And in honor of the New Year, I decided to write a review for Rampant Discourse. So here are my impressions after 4 weeks (and running) using Pact, the app that claims to let you “Earn…

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Reading Challenge Results for 2016

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Welcome to my recap of my 2016 Goodreads reading challenge.  In case you couldn’t tell from my book reviews here on Rampant Discourse, I love books of all stripes.  I spend an inordinate amount of my free time reading, especially for an engineer (my day job).  So let’s get to it! I joined Goodreads in 2012 to track my reading and hopefully interact with other bibliophiles.  While the interaction has…

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Things I Like: Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Edition

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As part of New Year’s Resolution Week at Rampant Discourse, I thought I would mention a few things I like that help lead to a healthier life and meet your healthy New Year’s resolutions. Hydro Flask I love ice cold water. Ever since I was a kid, I would fill my glass up to the very top with ice, leaving barely any room for water because I wanted to make sure that the water…

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Eight Money Saving New Year’s Resolutions That Also Save The Planet

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It’s 2017 and that means it’s time for some money saving New Year’s resolutions. All of these are free or cheap to do so they’ll save cash quick. Having some more dough won’t hurt your bank account, and the energy they’ll save will help the planet too. Doing everything below could save you thousands of dollars a year, but even if you only do the Good option for a few you’ll still save…

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Take off the Fanboy Goggles: Rogue One is a Mediocre Movie

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This article will discuss aspects of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that are dependent on seeing the movie.  For maximum discourse potential, we recommend seeing the movie before reading this article. Since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been released my social media feeds that are even tangentially related to Star Wars have exploded in absolute praise over Rogue One being some sort of magnum opus for the…

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Rogue One is the Star Wars Movie You’re Looking For

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This article will discuss aspects of Star Wars: Rogue One that are dependent on seeing the movie.  For maximum discourse potential, we recommend seeing the movie before reading this article. Excitement and apprehension built for months preceding the release of the first official Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue One.  What could we expect from a new story taking place in between the established episodes, especially one between the first two…

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Father and son biking past the Tempe Center for the Arts

Car Free Tempe Baby

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Getting started When I first learned that we were moving to Tempe, Arizona I figured we’d take our car along with us. We’d be moving there at the start of August, when temperatures could easily break 120 F. I’d done a fair amount of non-car travel in my past, but we’d have our 8 month old baby with us in this harsh desert, so of course we’d have to have a car,…

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RIP Xbox Fitness (Challenge)

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Well, the Xbox Fitness Challenge is over. Not entirely. In a bizarre decision from Microsoft, despite the official “sunset” date being on June 30, 2017, the Xbox Fitness team has discontinued two of its oldest, most varied and most substantive workout routines over 6 months early: Mossa and 10 Minute Solution. Together, they represent a total of 33 different routines containing workouts ranging from low-impact dance moves to weight-lifting; from…

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Every Hearthstone Expansion Arbitrarily Ranked

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Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, Hearthstone’s eighth expansion, has just been released. We’re nearing the 3-year mark since the game went live and now seems like a good time to take a look at all the expansions released so far and give them a bit of an evaluation. Everything here is completely arbitrary and based on personal opinion. Feel free to file any complaints and/or errors in the comments if you feel…

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