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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Smartwatches: Are they worth your time?

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So, I got a smart watch a few weeks ago after much debate with myself over what to buy, and whether or not I actually needed the thing to be “smart.”  I ended up with a Pebble, and so far, it’s pretty freaking awesome.  If you’re looking for a bulleted summary of this review (and don’t feel like reading about how I …

No, it’s not an iPad, but is that a bad thing? (Nexus 9 review)

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The Nexus 9 is taking a lot of heat in reviews around the web. The most common complaints are that the build quality isn’t great, and the battery life is less than ideal. I’ve been using a Nexus 9 as my primary tablet for the past week or so, and I’m going to attempt to give you the most objective …

Politics are ruining the world, so can we quit it already?

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WARNING: What follows is a bit of a political rant, but you should read it anyway. Don’t worry, I threw some humor in there. There are those who would claim that politics are a necessary evil, but I say that’s bullshit–no evil is necessary. Let me explain what I mean . . . Merriam Webster defines “politics” thusly: “activities that …

I felt trapped, but in a good way: Lock In book review

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So, I finished Lock In by John Scalzi the other day, and thought it time to write a review. The book’s all about people that were afflicted with some sort of neurological virus that prevents people from having voluntary control over their bodies. They’re aware, but unable to respond in any way. You can check out the review on the …

FCC generates a lot of hate over Net Neutrality

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The FCC seems to have ticked off a whole lot of people (don’t worry, the hate is well deserved).  See, Tom Wheeler, and his buddies created a proposal that would basically create a “fast lane” for services that are willing to pay extra fees to ISPs for the privilege. What the hell does that mean, you ask?  Great question!  Basically, …