Other Reviews and Commentary

A Brotherhood Fan Watches FMA 2003, Episode 1: To Challenge the Sun

If I had remembered what watching this show is like, I would have returned to it a lot sooner. The first episode of Fullmetal Alchemist had me feeling like I was a middleschooler again, fresh meat in the anime fandom and looking for more mature, complex shows than Saturday morning TV could provide. Now I remember why […]

And the Daily “LOLWUT” Award Goes To…

Last week, my family was busy rummaging through every nook and cranny in preparation for the first garage sale we’ve had in a while. At one point, I found myself in charge of sticker detail and consequently came across this little gem. …Let’s make sure we’re on the same page here. The American Library Association, once […]

Character Focus: Sumia (Fire Emblem: Awakening)

Among Fire Emblem:  Awakening fans in the west, there has been some dissent concerning the character Sumia. While some remain relatively neutral toward her personality and role, other members of the fanbase criticize her for being a boring, sexist character and forcing herself upon the player as the canon love interest for Chrom, one of the game’s […]

Artist’s Journal #2: Here’s a Shape, There’s a Shape

The notebook on your desk. The laptop you use for assignments and solitaire. Your own hand. What do these three things – and everything else in the world – have in common? They all can be broken down into basic shapes. Once you take this into account, you will get a better grasp on how to […]

Blogger’s Blab Spot: St. Vacuum McPinkcandy Day

What is it about Valentine’s Day that is so polarizing? On one hand, there is the camp that absolutely adores the holiday and extols the values of romantic love and delicious candy on this designated day. On the other hand, there is the vocal bunch that calls February 14th a corporate cashcow that exploits the […]

Writer’s Journal #2: Those Hipster Textbooks

This winter interim, I am taking a political economics course.  I know it sounds like a drag, but it actually isn’t that bad if you keep up with the reading and the occasional written assignments. One of the books we have to read, however, is equally hilarious and obnoxious.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Caffeine

Ah, caffeine.  What would I do without you? Pfft, that’s easy:  probably get some sleep for once. I know, I know, other than somewhat addicting consumers to popular beverages, caffeine’s primary purpose is to keep people awake.  That I understand and sometimes try to use to my advantage. It is the horrible timing of that […]