A Lonely Confession of Incompatible Passions (Or, Blow on the Dice)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Jan 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM


Modernity is no place to situate my life’s true passions. I either need to be living in a super-future where food is materialized from a machine that requires no maintenance and medical aid is freely available, or I need to fool a society of 21st century people into permitting I live this incompatible passion.

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Tracer and Overwatch's Queer Triumph (Or, Wrong All Along)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Jan 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

tracer-victory-poses.gifHomosexuality continues to terrify and confuse video games' most vocal audience. Hold for a moment. Go look up Fear Effect and its sequel. They were trashy PlayStation games. Back then, you might've called them Resident Evil clones. They were B-tiered entertainment. Here's the connection, sixteen years later: these whole entire video games were created in the late 90's under the leering tease that two of games' women characters MIGHT be gay.

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2016 is Death (Or, Confidence Reclaim'd in 2017)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Jan 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM


Confidence was robbed from people in 2016. It was either taken or renamed, likely by a political issue, or an issue that was conscripted into politics.

So much doom. Doom is terrifying. Doom is over. 2016 is over.

Doubt the competition at every turn because that competition is over. Now is the time to kill 2016 dead and reclaim confidence from a planet of bad news.

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The Nintendo Switch Back (Or, Adult Recess at Low Volume)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Dec 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

nintendo-switch-logo-gif.gifThe Nintendo Switch is recess for adults.

Nintendo itself has always been recess. Now that all of its most devoted fans are adults, Nintendo is recess for adults. It's freedom to run and play with your buddies, to gab and chuckle, to speculate and imagine.

The Nintendo Switch is a portable console that hooks up to your big-ass adult-television set.

There's magic in there. Nintendo is taking video games out of the greasy basements they built and giving games to the sunshine.

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Time Enough to Properly Judge Westworld (Or, Hotbox the Hurt Locker)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Dec 6, 2016 12:00:00 PM

young-ford-westworld.gifThe internet is a fantastic tool invented for publishing our responses to the HBO series, Westworld, as quickly as possible.

That's a joke.

But the internet was indeed invented so geeks could rapidly exchange rocket science data across several timezones. Nowadays, it's still used for exchanging data. Uh, I'm not sure rocket science is its priority though.

Rapidity is still a priority though. We still look to the internet for outside minds to supplement our own quick thoughts. It's far less painful than arriving at our own determinations. Thinking hurts!

I posit this: give yourself time enough to judge Westworld, and shows like it. Here's why.

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TV and Movies That Did More Harm Than Good (Or, Praying at the Church of lulz)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Dec 5, 2016 12:00:00 PM

joker-burns-money-2.gifWe stand in an age where American language and culture have been canonized on the internet. The gospels, the battles, the bests and worsts of what we can produce are understood like the changing of the seasons, or gravity. This collective understanding is a five-hundred lightyear-deep mud puddle. In all its collected data, the internet and its self-proclaimed culture-keepers lust for organization, to catalog and clarify, and the same idiots running this library have developed Dewey decimal systems to keep all this trash in line.

In all the shared, memetic language lifted and placed to remind us, yup, we're assuredly adults, and we're all on topic, several pop culture gospels have been misread.

These are four things in TV and movies that have done more harm than good:

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The Best and Worst Holiday Impulse Buys (Or, The Glass Kiss)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Nov 29, 2016 12:00:20 PM

jewelry-for-christmas.gifEntire empires are raised and leveled thanks to desperate, impulsive, guilty holiday shoppers. These are small-sized, low-priced items that make wonderful wallpaper throughout the nine-mile TJ Maxx checkout maze.

These gifts are Band-aids for the regretful.

They're no good for you. They're no good for their potential recipient. You need to avoid their jewel-sugared bullshit.

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Missing Family at Thanksgiving (Or, Obligation's Jailhouse)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Nov 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

not-enough-wine.gifThe North American continent wasn't really designed to accommodate one hundred million people criss-crossing the four winds to be elsewhere on the same day.

And yet, Thanksgiving demands we pack up and traverse this rat's nest of clogged arteries.

Why do we do play to this inconvenient obligation?

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Phone Photography in Public (Or, Embarrassment's Precocious Grandkid)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Nov 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

pumpkin-spice-cheerios.jpgUbiquitous phone photography has shrunk the world. Don't confuse this shrinking with automatic vanity.

So, hey, it doesn't take perfect eyesight to recognize every jerk in the world is toting a camera more powerful than space-race era NASA. Further examination may reveal that the younger the user, the more engaged the individual appears to be with the camera device attached to their mobile phone.

Gross, right?

Wrong. The world is shrunk. Humankind is not hardwired to be this engaged this often, communicating through electronic alchemy with strangers. The photograph makes us all realer. It makes you realer. It makes me realer.

It makes the surrounding world realer. I don't regret my inability to apologize: phone photography is one of man's greatest inventions.

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Tapping Your Memory for Creativity (Or, Maple Syrup Shared Universe)

Written by: Alex Crumb

Nov 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

dr-strange.gifThe action wherein a maple tree is set up to produce syrup is called "tapping." Interconected tubes run together, usually downhill to get a hand from gravity, leading to a collecting tank. Hundreds of gallons of maple sap is required to boil down into maple syrup.

Are you struggling to approach a creative task? Imagine how many trees inside your mind are required to fuel true creativity.

Your brain constitutes an entire experiental shared universe of thought. To achieve a higher creative plane, you need to learn to tap your memory. 

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Topics: storytelling analysis, shared universe

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