Shame On You, America

I haven’t written on this blog in a while. Nearly a year, actually. The last 11 months have been a whirlwind and, against all reason, I’m now living in West Texas and attending graduate school. I actually only have a couple weeks left in my first semester and really should be working on the three papers and two projects I have due soon. However, I’m sick and goddamn tired of seeing islamophobic, xenophobic, and hateful talk springing out of fear, and now you’re going to hear me rant about it.

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Thoughts on the New Star Wars Trailer OR The Audacity Of Hope

I was not emotionally prepared for this. A week ago, the new Star War trailer premiered and, unless you’ve been living under a rock on some backwater Outer Rim world (lookin’ at you, Dagobah), you’ve seen it. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve seen it a couple hundred times. And man, oh man did it just spark so many conflicting emotions. It’s taken me a while to get my thoughts together.

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Adrian Peterson Is Not Ray Rice

I started playing fantasy football this year. Previously I’d never been interested, and I never have had time with my own football seasons. However, a couple weeks ago, a friend started pestering me about joining his league. And a day before the draft, I finally capitulated. I went to the aforementioned friend’s house for the draft, and lucked out with the third pick. Now I’m more of a college football fan (Go Blue!), but if it’s Sunday and I’m not doing anything, I’ll tune in. I’ve watched more than a few NFL games in my day. I’ve also binge-watched FX’s The League more than once, so I like to think I know what I’m doing.

The entire point of this overly-wrought tale is that I drafted Adrian Peterson. With the third pick, not recognizing the names of any of the other top running backs, I went with him. This is in the interest of full disclosure: Yes, I drafted Adrian Peterson and he was supposed to be the workhorse of my fantasy team. But no, I have no emotional attachment to him and this in no way affects what I am about to write.

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The Fappening Shows An Enduring Lack Of Understanding About Consent

I haven’t looked.

This past Sunday, hundreds of nude photos of major female celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Kate Upton, were leaked onto the forum website of 4chan. The veracity of some of the photos are still up for debate, but many have been confirmed as authentic. J Law’s publicist confirmed hers and Mary Elizabeth Winstead tweeted that hers were taken by her husband and had been deleted. And with those two on the list, that’s almost half of the Freebie Five that I would have if I had a significant other.

However, despite the physical attraction I have to these celebrities, I didn’t google their pics. I’m not going to say that I wasn’t tempted, we all have our issues, but I was able to maintain my resolve. Which then affords me the moral high ground to write this post. But…wait a minute. Why am I patting myself on the back for not looking at nude pictures of people who didn’t consent for me to see them? How is that right?

It goddamn isn’t.

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Nothing Is True

There is no such thing as a fact.  Society has been lying to you. You live in the Matrix. You’re the only thing that actually exists in the universe. You’re a robot. Life is a dream. You can’t know anything outside yourself. Nothing is true. I’m being a tad melodramatic, but I’m going to take you down the rabbit hole that is my brain in order to show you exactly what I’m talking about. I will show how we as humans have, on a subconscious level, built up this comforting and false idea of an unequivocal reality.

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Snowmageddon Approaches! So Here’s 24 Binge-Watchable Shows On Netflix

We have what is apparently known as a polar vortex about to sweep through the Midwest, which means, in layman’s terms, it’s going to get cold as shit. Or the arctic. Because that’s where the wind is coming from. This is the view from my window right now.

So, because we’ll hopefully be locked inside for the next few days, I’ve compiled a list of binge-watchable shows, all of which can be streamed on Netflix.

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14 New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

So 2013 is finally behind us. Looking back on that waste of a year has got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2014. And how I will manage to rationalize screwing it up.

1. I will watch less Netflix.

Unless: Netflix doesn’t go out of business, thereby keeping thousands of shows and movies online, free to watch anywhere, anytime, for the low, low cost of $7.99 a month.

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