We, the Storytellers

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Image © Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, file photo (1987)

America lost a great man this week in Pete Seeger (1919-2014). If you’re not familiar with his work generally, you’re more than likely know as few of his songs. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “If I Had as Hammer,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” and dozens of others (not to mention his output with the fantastic trio Peter, Paul, and Mary). Seeger was one of this country’s preeminent folk singers. His songs were the voice of the people — the downtrodden, the laborers, the fighters. Through him projected the sounds of strife, liberty, happiness, and sorrow. Moreover, Seeger was a storyteller. His ability to weave story into song, even with just a few, simple words, was magical. And we all know just how captivating a good story can be.

This week also saw the Grammy Awards. (And bear with me if you think I’ve gone off on a tangent.) Continue reading We, the Storytellers

At the Buzzer (01/30/14)

Episode 117: WE’RE BACK, BITCHES — The guys make their triumphant return by running through a bunch of listener feedback and introducing a brand-new segment sure to change the world. Also, Chris questions his career path, Dave reveals his daughter’s name, and Shaun despises the Friends character that he embodies.

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Secondary Segment — The Buzz

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Music:

  • “Main Theme (Rhythm Thief)” by Tomoya Ohtani
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson

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Writing From The Heart: How Journals Are Therapeutic And A Keeper Of Memories

You’re a writer when you know just how powerful the written word can be and you find joy in expressing yourself, whether you write for yourself, wish to share your views with the world, or both. I started blogging specifically to share my ideas and opinion with others. I discovered I liked talking about the things I enjoyed and wanted to see if my words could reach others who were the same as me. My passion for writing, however, started long before blogging or writing stories during my spare time. I kept journals. Continue reading Writing From The Heart: How Journals Are Therapeutic And A Keeper Of Memories

Guys, an Xbox is not worth dying for

As a gamer, you spend literally hundreds, if not thousands, of hours playing games, beating bosses, and earning achievements. I know that if I go through a level and it doesn’t save properly, I’m a little miffed that I have to complete the mission or level all over again. I can only imagine the anger I’d feel if I lost all of my progress on games like Skyrim. But seriously: I love our consoles and Alienware as much as the next person, but I wouldn’t risk my life for them.

At least one Xbox gamer doesn’t feel the same way.

I feel you, dude. It would suck to lose something you’ve put so much time an effort into. But it would also suck to get third degree burns all over your body or die. Besides, this is why we have Cloud storage!

Would you risk your life to save your console? Head over to Wrong Button and take our poll!

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Spinning Off

After a major comic series has been established in the market, a common tactic to attract new readers is to introduce a sidekick to aid the hero in his/her quest for justice.  The addition of Robin to Detective Comics served a two-fold purpose: to offer younger readers a character to which they can relate and to provide an outlet to explore other facets of Batman’s personality.  Once Batman gained his young ward, the brooding lone wolf was no longer just a one-man force in the fight against crime.  He could be a mentor and father-figure to this newly orphaned boy, and Robin could be a source of hope and help for Batman in his darker moments.

A similar situation occurred in many of the hit video games during the 8- and 16-bit eras.  So many titles included a sidekick to encourage new players to buy their product and to expand on the experience of play.  Mario and Luigi had been brothers from the start, but in Super Mario 3, players could finally work together to clear stages and make their way to Bowser.  Dr. Light constructed a canine companion for his robotic son, and thus players could use Rush to reach new heights in Mega Man 3.  And in 1992, a certain two-tailed fox made his debut in the world of Sonic the Hedgehog, offering a second player to race beside the fastest thing alive.

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A Week in Gaming – Or Not…

My week in the gaming world has actually involved little to no gaming. This month has been pretty slow as far as new games go and I’m really just waiting on the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition to release on Tuesday. I’ve been replaying a few games, mainly Borderlands 2 (with my buddy) and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. I’ve beaten both games before but on the Xbox 360. This time I have them both on the PlayStation 3 so it’s a trophy fest, plus I just love these games.

When I played Borderlands 2 previously it was split-screen with my boyfriend. Playing online with a good friend of mine has been a new experience and a fun one, making my second playthrough very exciting. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is just a great game and I love playing it so it’s been a good way to pass the time.

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Other than all that I have actually been using most of my free time for other things that I find important. One of those things is writing. During the holidays I was really shifty with my posting schedule and never had much time to write anything. I had just gotten the PlayStation 4 and was working non-stop so I didn’t have much time for anything but PS4 and work. Now that my schedule has lightened up I’ve been able to get back to writing which is really great. Another thing I’ve had more time to do is read. I’m getting into comic books and having more time to read them has been really fun and beneficial.  I also have a few novels in my backlog which I now have time to read.

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I’ve also had more time to actually go to the gym. I’ve been meaning to go back for a while but with the holidays and the “I’d rather be on the PS4” mentality it was difficult. I’m pretty proud of myself really. I have been able to self motivate myself to go to the gym after work in the morning before work on a pretty regular basis the past couple of weeks. I feel great and since I’m back to eating healthy (it’s hard with all the Thanksgiving food and Christmas treats) everything is falling into place.

Well, that’s my week in gaming or rather not gaming. What have you been up to this past week?