Television Commercial for Communism?

I hate commercials. They are annoying, pointless and often made by overworked corporate ass-kissers who peddle the most meaningless crap imaginable. So when I heard of a commercial for communism, made by some Apple associate Vietnam based tech-heads, I just had to see it. The conclusion, you ask is it fun to watch yet awful….

Facebook and the Destruction of Free Association (Hot Take)

Like many people, today I woke up to Facebook fucking around with what didn’t need to be fixed; today, they instituted their new policy designed to re-orient the site back to peer-to-peer visibility. This means that instead of pages, you will, by default, see more from the friends you follow than the actual pages you…

Parasites and Us: The Sixth Extinction and Humanity’s Future

(The following is the transcript of a video project due for a university class; watch the video here. Now, back to your regularly scheduled program.)   Parasite diversity plays an incredible and underappreciated role in global ecology. Able to take many forms in both micro and macro embodiments, parasites can live either outside or within…

The Semiotics of MANLY Bags

Recently, I purchased a vanity product, something I didn’t need but thought, “hey, that is cool, I want it!” and so I got drunk and bought it. A poor decision through and through but, hey, what can you do? I bought a messenger bag; oh, but this is no ordinary messenger bag, it is a…

The Hidden Life of Used Books

Every once in a while I buy used books. Though I prefer to buy new in many cases, or digitally in others, sometimes I have no other option than to trust the book’s dubious condition as described by the sellers is readable. Russian roulette, anyone? But for all of my trepidation I rarely have been…

Ba-da-boom: Introducing Micro-Reviews!

I try not to be a cliche, as such, I will not apologize for my lack of new content which was not material blogged originally elsewhere, nor will I apologize for the sporadic nature of those posts. Why? Well, let’s be honest: you don’t care whether or not I update; I am a stranger to…

Vacation!… how fun

Well, Winter break is upon us all. You know what that means– that’s right, a stark decrease in this blog’s posts. Sad to say but the internet will be lacking in my sunny paradise; so you shall have to receive your musings elsewhere. I shall return in about a month, along with a new “posting…

What Do You Want? (You decide!!!!)

Do you like freedom? Of course you do! If you didn’t then what would you be?! An Iranian, North Korean? Nah, they have their own kind of freedom. Well, in any case… in the U.S. of A we have our own kind of freedom and that is the ability to decide what our favorite internet…

Star Wars: Concept and Future (Musing)

Like many people I am an avid fan of Star Wars. I am not a super fan, mind you; I do not have hordes of paraphernalia and a busy-body online persona constantly tweeting about all things George Lucas. No. I am just your typical fan who has grown up with what Mr. Lucas gave the…

Dueling with Ancient Egyptian Monsters, or, Yu-Gi-Oh! (Musing)

If you have kids in their “middle childhood” (8-10) or adolescents, then you may be familiar with what is called a “collectible trading card game.” Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and Duel Masters are all popular franchises but the one to take the childhood world by storm the previous decade was the latest Japanese phenomenon- Yu-Gi-Oh!…

Beyond the (Literary) Pale

Like most young people, I had an aversion to reading. It was a bore, a drag. In short I didn’t see the value in it. I could persevere through school assignments but only with the diligence of a military man. I certainly would not, even if I were paid, read outside of school not recreationally….

The Intergalactic Empire of Me

Some people remain enamored with a single genre all their lives. Not me. I enjoy swinging from place to place. Case in point: after I exhausted fantasy of its devices, and many, many princess, I hopped on a space shuttle to hurl myself into outer space; those vile aliens won’t kill themselves, after all. I…