Things I Hate

Portmanteau

20 February 2013

Today is the day that, presumably, Sony announces the PlayStation 4, and it’s expected to be a big, shiny, expensive convergence device that ‘connects your living room to the cloud’ or whatever and, hey, also plays games, though now the games will probably require you to jump around like an idiot in order to play […]

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Unfollowing

19 February 2013

So. Back, back in the long ago, there were Blockbuster Video stores. And in those stores, you could buy a monthly pass to watch unlimited movies.  There was a Blockbuster less than a mile from my house. I think you see where this is going. During the months I had access to unlimited Blockbuster rentals, […]

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The Death of Hard Manliness and Other Lies

4 June 2012

High school runner Meghan Vogel finished fifteenth in Saturday’s Division III girls’ 3200, just behind competitor Arden McMath. McMath had fallen just meters away from the finish line; she appeared to be injured. Vogel, who initially passed the downed runner, stopped to help McMath cross the finish line. Vogel is being widely praised for her […]

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Fortunate

15 May 2012

At the apex of Nicholas Sparks’ unique brand of Nicholas Sparks-ness, The Notebook, a man proves his love for a woman by building a house for her. The house is a metaphor for the lives shared within it, an external marker of an internal sensation. It also Says Things about the role of masculinity in […]

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Comics Bros 4 Lyfe

30 April 2012

Not too long ago, my girlfriend bought a new mattress. The stockboy at the mattress store brought the mattress out to the curb and that’s when he noticed that I was wearing a Fantastic Four t-shirt. And then, instead of doing his job, this happened: “Fantastic Four!” he said. I looked perplexed, so he pointed […]

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This Why We Pirate Things

2 April 2012

This is what happens when you try to watch the first episode of Ultimate Spider-Man legally on the Internet. Incidentally, I found this page basically by accident after seeing a Marvel employee tweet it. Searching for ‘watch ultimate spider-man* episode 1′ or similar will give you a bunch of illegal options and not this one. […]

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Massive

21 March 2012

Warning: spoilers for Mass Effect 3 abound. “There are many different endings. We wouldn’t do it any other way. How could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets? ” -Michael Gamble, Producer, Mass Effect 3 “…it’s not like a classic game ending […]

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A Brief Note on Value and Perception

6 March 2012

Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball is available legally today but people have, of course, been listening to it for weeks. I’ve refrained. Support the artists, blah blah blah. So, of course, I went to go and buy the album today. This is, of course, not the ‘special edition’ of the album which features two […]

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SOPA

18 January 2012

“Obviously there’s no censorship in the bill and no one can indicate any censorship whatsoever. It’s not censorship to want to stop illegal activity. That’s all we do. We’re trying to impede illegal activity by foreign websites.” -Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to the Wall Street Journal   As I read legislators’ responses to the hue […]

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Vigilantism, Part Two

17 January 2012

Natasha rightly provides some equal time for Mr. Arthur Brisbane in the comments to last week’s reductive outburst on the New York Times’ ‘Truth Vigilante’ flap. We had pretty candid debate about the ‘Truth Vigilantism’ issue during Grey’s Anatomy commercial breaks last week and, as a journalist instead of just a guy who is a […]

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