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Jackbox Party Packs: A Must Have in Party Gaming
posted on June 26, 2017


From the makers of the old classic, "You Don't Know Jack", comes three different party packs available on steam, now on sale by the way. Each pack has a variety of party games that you load on a main screen, then each person plays it through use of their personal phone or tablet (or whatever else has a modern browser), by going to jackbox.tv and punching in a name and the code shown on the main screen. With these games, hilarity absolutely ensues.

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The Muse is a Pagan God: We Should Not Follow It
posted on January 23, 2017

Alright, I admit that title is a bit click baity of me, but allow me to explain.

I should first start with what I don't mean by such a title. I by no means believe it to be sin to make use of our God given gifts and talents. Of course, we should. But we should do so in His honor and glory.

When it comes to creative pursuits, people commonly talk about following the Muse, which means that they are letting their creativity and imagination lead them wherever it takes them. The saying alludes to Greek Mythology. There were nine of these Muses, the Greek gods of inspiration for various fields of study.

So am I denouncing the usage of a saying with Pagan roots? No, what I'm saying goes much deeper, to take caution in where our passions amorally lead. This is the great trap of those of us blessed with creative gifts, claiming to be righteous, often with justifications like, "So long as I keep it below a PG 13 level, I'm good". Wherever the so called Muse leads, may we ever scrutinize it with a discerning eye.

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Things to Mull Over
posted on September 27, 2016

At the LDSPPA conference for LDS publishing professionals, Brandon Mull, the author of the popular Fablehaven series, shared the experiences of his journey to his now successful writing career. There was so much I could relate to as though he were speaking directly to me. Part of what made it all so powerful was how vulnerable and personal he became with us.

Like me, he's had an vibrant imagination throughout his life, going off into fantastical daydreams. It became his passion to want to share these things with others, starting him on the path to learn the writing craft, sufficiently to have the words on the page give justice to how he's imagining it in his head.

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Today's Future
posted on May 10, 2016

The Extra Credits youtube channel made some interesting statements, regarding how we see the future that made the gears in my head start turning. They made the point that how society views the future at various times is a reflection of societal views of that time, whether it be an optimistic future, cyberpunk-esk future or what have you.

However, they say that today we are lacking a vision of the future of our own, that in sci fi today, we are merely borrowing and rehashing pieces from past futuristic ideas. I don't fully agree with these views. Following the video below, where they make their case, I will explain why:


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Keep the FantasyCon Magic Alive!
posted on February 23, 2016

FantasyCon banner
Link below for the cause.

Back in 2014, I felt the magic when I first walked in between two commanding statues, standing as sentinals, and with dramatic, epic music setting the tone. They wanted to set this con apart from others through providing this sense of transport. It was just as large of a production as Salt Lake Comic Con and Salt Lake FanX, but a bit more magical.

They had a giant, animating dragon that blew steam from the nostrils, an animating rock giant, among other such creations made just for the con. There was just as much enthusiasm from fans with cosplay as with SLCC and FanX. They had a free archery range, a stage in the vendor area putting on various shows like magic shows, puppet shows, fire dancing, musical performances, etc.

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There Is No Try? Everything, Context Is!
posted on December 07, 2015

Yoda
In previous blog posts, I've given my fair share of criticisms of the little green dude, stating arguments against the wise guy's platitude, "Do. Or do not. There is no try." However, things have occurred to me recently to suggest it's time to "unlearn what [I] have learned."

If anyone is curious, here are the posts in question for the said criticisms: Scott Adams on Failure and Success and Regarding Success and Failure of New Year Resolutions.

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My Experience with "The Void - Beta"
posted on October 17, 2015

Last night, I had the opportunity try out the beta for The Void. Before reporting on my experience, here's a bit of background for those who don't know what The Void is. It will be a facility with virtual reality experiences mapped to physical environments with effects, launching in 2016, first in Utah, then across the country. Below is a video of the concept:


Here's their website: https://thevoid.com/

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Too Much Time on Yer Hands
posted on October 15, 2014

old man meme
You know what one of my pet peeves is? The phrase, "They got too much time on their hands." People commonly say this about the all manner of crazy things you find online on youtube and elsewhere.

The phrase implies that if you found time to come up with this clever or impressive sort of thing, entertaining to watch, then shame on you. You should have been too busy with the mundane of life to accomplish it. Ba humbug to fun!

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Everything is Awesome!
posted on July 23, 2014

If I posted this yesterday, I could've say, "Happy Taco Tuesday!" Oh well.

If you haven't seen the LEGO Movie, you'd probably be wondering, what is he talking about? I'll just leave that opening hanging without explanation. I watched it yesterday. I thought it would just be a silly flick, but I actually find it surprisingly thought provoking, sufficient enough to call for a blog post, so here I go.

The setting is technically dystopian, but unlike what's typical of dystopia, the tone is very much a humorous satire. So much so, that it didn't occur to me that it was dystopian, until I really thought about it later on, but the dystopian element is unmistakable.

I'm fascinated by the "Everything is Awesome" theme song, a parody that flawlessly nails everything I despise about the pop music I despise. The sort of trendy, shallow music with obvious lyrics to a catchy tune that sticks in your head, that people unquestionably "love" because everyone else "does", so your suppose love it.

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Batman is Dracula
posted on July 16, 2014

At the Life, the Universe, and Eveything Conference (LTUE) in Provo last February, one of the panels was about Batman as superhero gothic. The name for the panel was "Holy Gothic Archetypes, Batman". A grad student shared his thesis analyzing the Gothic elements of the Batman comics.

The part I found most interesting is how the history of Batman has gone in full circle. In the beginning, much before the Adam West days, the Batman comics were very dark and Gothic, both the bat and his villains.

Later in the 20th century, the comic book industry went through a phase where outside influence put on the pressure to make things more soft, innocent, and kid friendly. This is where you get the goofy and quirky Batman of the Adam West days and the sidekick, Robin.

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