Nerdy advice on how to live a better life: argue, disagree, and think

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I know, this isn’t a Ghostbusters review.  I really need to write that thing.  For now, please believe Nerdist when they say that it won’t ruin your childhood (though I think I liked it more than they did). Anyway, I’ve been contemplative lately (which means this will likely be a long post).  Specifically, I’ve been pondering the fact that the information …

QNerdy advice on how to live a better life: argue, disagree, and think
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Cleveland, the RNC, and peace (a humble nerd’s perspective)

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I was all set to write a review of the new Ghostbusters movie (which I saw last night, and will still review), but there’s something a little more important weighing on my mind. Right now, Cleveland (my back yard) is hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC). Most of us locals are not exactly excited about this (no matter which side …

QCleveland, the RNC, and peace (a humble nerd’s perspective)

Privacy vs. Safety – OR – To decrypt or not to decrypt

Q Causes, Legal news, Politics, Tech News, Tech Opinion 2 Comments

Fair warning, this will most likely be a controversial post.  While I’m generally in favor of a citizen’s right to privacy, and I support companies that actually go to bat for our civil liberties, I’ve gotta side with law enforcement on this one–well, sorta.  Let me be absolutely clear, this isn’t a question of where my political loyalties lie, but …

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Movie review: Grumpy Katniss doesn’t like cats (Mockingjay Part II)

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Before I start this movie review, let me just add a disclaimer. I firmly believe that Mockingjay was the weakest of the written trilogy (the actual books). There was a lot of filler in there that made the story seriously drag, and I was prepared for the movies (needlessly split into two parts) to be more of the same. Turns …

QMovie review: Grumpy Katniss doesn’t like cats (Mockingjay Part II)

Fear and Uncertainty (a poem that seems appropriate)

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This is a poem that I’ve been writing off and on for a few weeks. I know it’s not the usual shtick for my blog, and it’s not likely to win any awards (I’m no great poet). However, given recent events, I’ve decided to post it anyway. Hopefully it’ll give you some food for thought. So, without further ado, I give you …

QFear and Uncertainty (a poem that seems appropriate)
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It’s good to be a nerd: Recurring series coming soon!

Q Geekery, Good to be a nerd, Society Leave a Comment

I am, if you hadn’t noticed, a self-proclaimed nerd. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate because others have also proclaimed my nerdiness to the world. Given the overwhelming evidence, and the corroboration of my peers, friends, and family, I think it’s reasonable to say that the moniker fits. Being a nerd can give one a unique perspective on a lot of …

QIt’s good to be a nerd: Recurring series coming soon!
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Reality, meet MMO (Armada book review)

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Well, I finally got around to reading Armada by Ernest Cline. Overall, it was pretty good; a fun read that told a story that I, as a gaming nerd, found extremely compelling. If you were a fan of Ready Player One (RP1), you’ll probably like Armada. All that being said, I don’t think Armada is quite as good. The story …

QReality, meet MMO (Armada book review)

Critics need to ease up on Adam Sandler and Pixels (movie review)

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First off, it’s been a while! Life has been hectic, but I’m making a renewed effort to keep my blog up to date. I’m sure someone out there missed me. Now that that’s out of the way, let me be clear up front: Pixels, Adam Sandler’s new movie about extraterrestrials that find and interpret the messages found in a space …

QCritics need to ease up on Adam Sandler and Pixels (movie review)

We’ll miss you, Terry Pratchett

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  As most of you have probably heard, Sir Terry Pratchett (an author whose works I dearly loved) passed away yesterday, March 12th, 2015.  He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, and managed to fight it, while continuing to write best sellers.  He called it his “embuggeration.” I greatly admired Sir Terry Pratchett (yes, he was knighted) not just …

QWe’ll miss you, Terry Pratchett

Weird Al joins autistic children for an awesome rendition of “Yoda”

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If you were looking for yet another reason to justify Weird Al Yankovic’s awesomeness, look no further. On Comedy Central’s A Night of too Many Stars, he got up on stage to sing Yoda with Jodi DiPiazza and the Actionplay Chorus. The kids, all diagnosed with autism, did a flat-out awesome job, and obviously had a blast up on stage. …

QWeird Al joins autistic children for an awesome rendition of “Yoda”