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Important Scientific Notice!

WARNING!   Numerous scientists are concered that ordinary drinking water may have a chemical known as dihydrogen monoxide. This chemical is unable to be filtered through in any way, and was universal throughout all the tested water. Dihydrogen monoxide is known to cause choking, blocked throats, queseness, dehydration and under certain conditions - burning. In large quantities it is also known to cause death.   Do not say you have not been warned.

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Do Spoilers Spoil?

Essays, Not Rants! 235: Do Spoilers Spoil?   Darth Vader has Luke Skywalker on the ropes, cornered, defenseless, and missing a hand. But rather than killing the Rebel, Vader offers for Luke to join him. Luke refuses. Undeterred, Vader throws doubt on those Luke trusts and utters one of the most famous lines in cinema:   “No, I am your father.”   It’s shattering, throwing everything Luke knows into disarray. But Luke doesn’t join Vader, choosing instead to cast himself into the abyss below.   Als

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Sorry Nate, There’s No Princess In This Castle

Essays, Not Rants! 159: Sorry Nate, There’s No Princess In This Castle   Let’s talk about damsels, because the idea of the damsel in distress goes way back and ‘cuz damseling female characters (especially in video games) kinda has to stop.   So what is a damsel in distress? Anita Sarkeesian succinctly describes it as This has been a staple of video games since very early on. In Super Mario Bros, Mario quests to save Princess Peach. This wasn’t necessarily bad, but it becomes a problem when the

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Just So We're Clear, Rey Is The Best

Essays, Not Rants! 197: Just So We’re Clear, Rey Is The Best   Rey, of The Force Awakens, is one of those characters I really like. Not just one those who I think’s really cool (Captain Marvel, Han Solo, Aragorn), but the ones who, for me, go beyond that (Iron Man, Nathan Drake): Rey’s one of those characters who I don’t just really like, but the sort I wanna be.   So what is it about Rey’s that captured my imagination (and everyone else’s)? What makes her so special?   Obviously, spoilers for F

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Oh Wait, Turakii's A Girl!?

Ah revaltion indeed.   Flicking through some Blogs today I noticed something: Turakii was referred to with the pronoun 'she'.   BZP really needs gender indicators, XD.   TMD

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Showing, Not Telling

Essays, Not Rants! 361: Showing, Not Telling   There’s this saying in writing that you should show, not tell; that is instead of telling the audience about how John is smart, write a scene where we get to see that John is smart. That way the audience can see how smart John is and think to themselves "Wow, John is smart." Idea is because the audience drew their own conclusion (rather than being told such) it’ll resonate more.   A similar rule of thumb applies to video games, except instead of jus

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Movies/Stories About Being Biracial/Mixed

So I'm mixed. Dad's Singaporean Chinese, Mom's Norwegian America, I put Sino-Nordic on forms.   Growing up, there weren't many stories about what that's like (getting teased/bullied for being white/foreign in Singapore, then being teased/bullied for being Asian/foreign in the US) and the weird navigation of identity that comes with it that I'm only now really starting to explore.   Now, I'm curious, what stories are out there that deal with this? I'm interested in compiling a list (a cursory goo

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Power... Unlimited Power...

Currently Rocking Out To: Somewhere in the Sky, Kutless Current Mood "Ooo... Spiffy *deep foreboding chuckle* So, um, yeah. I've been promoted... And stuff. Now I can do... Hmm. *ahem* Now I can help the new people. Yeah And get Omi his coffee. TMD

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Stepping Away

Essays, Not Rants! 286: Stepping Away   Ed Skrein – the dude who played Ajax in Deadpool — made headlines recently. Not for taking a role but rather for stepping down from one. See, he was tapped to be in the reboot adaption of Heckboy. But the character he was slated to play, Major Ben Daimio, is Japanese-American in the comics, and Ed Skrein is decidedly, er, white. Upon finding out that his casting would be whitewashing, Skrein stepped down from the role in order to not be part of that machin

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Hey, What's This Called?

Help me out here, what's this article of 'clothing' called? And more importantly, where can I get one, ?   Edit: Well, I figured I could grab one at Hot Topic, but do they have a specific name, lol? I wanna see if I can grab one online.   TMD

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With Regards To Capes

Essays Not Rants! 066: With Regards to Capes   In Man Of Steel Superman has lost his usual red underwear. Well, more he never has it in the first place in this adaption. It's no wonder why, no one, not even Batman, wears their underwear outside anymore.   That said, Superman still has his cape, something that's seemingly as much an artifact as the underwear thing. Yes, Thor and Loki both have capes, but they're demigods. Batman's cape is explained away as serving not only the effect he creates b

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This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, JEB!

Essays, Not Rants! 189: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, JEB!   I don’t really talk about politics on this blog…ever. Well, aside from, y’know, the historical or entries on diversity or women in fiction. But every now and then something shows up that’s nonpartisan enough but still related enough to what I usually write about for a good discussion.   An interview with Jeb Bush (Or JEB) has been making the rounds lately, wherein he’s asked who his favorite superhero is. This alone is worth n

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Kid Stuff

Essays, Not Rants! 214: Kid Stuff   You ever go back and check out a story you liked as a kid? Sometimes this means realizing how insufferable some cartoons were, but other times you end up rereading Prisoner of Azkaban and realize that holy ###### that’s a special book.   Which brings up an important thing about children’s stories. Namely, what is a story for kids? Is Star Wars a children’s story? It was one of my favorite stories as a kid and that seems like a decent barometer for what counts

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