• Two Terms I Wish We Used Less
  • The Most Significant 2018 Super Bowl Ads
  • The Best NFL Playoff Games
  • Nutritional Yeast is Awesome!
  • Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game Review

Two Terms I Wish We Used Less

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Over the past few months, there have been a few terms being thrown around more and more often over social media that cause me to cringe a little bit every time I read them. I cringe because I worry that their overuse is contributing in some small way to the poisoning of our political discourse as well as making it hard to relate to and understand each other. Here are…

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The Most Significant 2018 Super Bowl Ads

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Last year I took some time to review the advertisements in the Super Bowl.  We saw that after a particularly divisive election many of the advertisements took on a particularly political tone.  Would the same happen this year in the wake of #metoo?  Or would advertisers tone down the social commentary and aim more for brand building and light humor?  Weirdly enough I mentioned 2004’s “wardrobe malfunction” in my introduction…

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The Best NFL Playoff Games

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The playoffs for any sporting league are a special time of year.  Fans of the teams that made it are able to keep their dreams alive, and even fans of the teams eliminated are prepared to enjoy the spectacle.  Playoffs famously attract attention even from casual fans and non-fans of the game, increasing viewership and excitement. Why is this?  If we were to assume an equal distribution of fans, and…

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Nutritional Yeast is Awesome!

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Back when I was in high school, my brother went vegan and a bunch of weird ingredients started showing up in our house. As a huge meat lover I turned my nose up at most of this stuff, even made fun of it, but nutritional yeast immediately caught my taste buds. Decades later, my brother is back to eating meat and I have become vegetarian, but we both still like…

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Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game Review

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I can be a total sucker when it comes to being attracted to a game almost purely based on its theme. And sometimes that’s burned me, most exemplified by the copy of Conquest of Nerath that has done nothing but gather dust in my living room. After hearing some of my fellow X-Wing players raving about Fantasy Flight Games’ (FFG) Legend of the Five Rings (L5R), and taking a look…

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The Last Jedi Is A Discombobulated Incoherent Mess

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Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and probably unpopular opinions follows! It is perhaps fitting that we will be seeing annual Star Wars movies every December for the foreseeable future.  If these trends keep up, it means I won’t lack for grievances to air when Festivus rolls around. The Last Jedi is a bad movie, despite it being somewhat enjoyable to watch.  Unlike Rogue One, the characters are somewhat developed…

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Rampant Recap of the 2017 NFL Season

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The NFL 2017 regular season is over, and so it’s time for the Rampant Discourse crew to take a look back on our pre-season predictions to see how we did with a 2017 NFL season recap. In order to compare how we did, we came up with a (mostly) arbitrary scoring system. Here’s how it works: 5 points are awarded for correctly picking the division winner 1 point is awarded…

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Reading Challenge Results for 2017

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Welcome to my recap of my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge.  That’s right, winter has arrived, so it’s time to curl up an enjoy a good book while staying nice and warm.  Hopefully this long read will provide new books to seek out for yourself, or even better inspire you to spend more time reading.  Maybe it will even convince Paul to change his priorities and read some books in 2018!…

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Do You Know What Your Priorities Are?

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“I enjoy reading, I just don’t have the time.” I’ve said the above many times over the years, particularly since having kids. People would ask if I’ve read Ready Player One or the Game of Thrones books and I would sheepishly have to admit that I haven’t (or crack a joke about waiting for the movie/TV series). In fact, I have a hard time remembering the last book that I read for pleasure….

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The Last Jedi Isn’t the Star Wars Movie You’re Looking For (And That’s a Good Thing)

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SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follows. Another December, another new Disney Star Wars movie.  While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had their detractors, The Last Jedi has attracted a vociferous reaction from irate fans.  The criticism feels short-sighted and reactionary.  This movie requires a tad more thought than previous Star Wars installments; it relies on its audience to fill in some key gaps.  It rejects most of the…

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