What I Liked (and didn’t) About Avengers Infinity War

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Last night, the family and I finally found a timeslot to watch the much anticipated latest addition to the Marvel franchise, Avengers Infinity War. I was really looking forward to seeing this film at first, but the more I thought about it, the more hesitant I became. How much were the events of Infinity War going to change the universe that I’ve enjoyed for the past ten years? Since I’m still wrestling with that idea after seeing the film, I decided to knock out a quick few bullet points detailing my initial likes and dislikes.

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The Itch to Create

We all want to make something. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re all building towards something. Perhaps we’re striving for a financially secure life, or to author the great American novel. Maybe we’re trying to build a YouTube channel with a certain number of subscribers, or to simply level-cap a character in our favorite video game. The need to build and create seems to be ingrained in the human condition. We can ponder for days about why this is. Personally, I like JRR Tolkien’s sub-creator theory.

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8 Ways to Make The Elder Scrolls Online Even Better

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that there’s one MMO that I’ve been playing on and off (mostly off) over the last four years since the game was in beta: the Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). In the past, since my play was so erratic, it was difficult for me to get to a point where I felt sufficiently versed to craft a worthwhile blog post. Well, I’ve been playing (and enjoying) ESO for about three months now. Including the 6 month stint I played a little over a year ago, I now feel like I can speak somewhat intelligently about the game. It’s been a very long time since I documented my initial impressions on Contains Moderate Peril.

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Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneA few weeks ago, I made a decision. I was going to read more. As a boy, I enjoyed reading. But somewhere along the line, the tone of books targeted at me turned. Around the age of 13, I noticed that instead of fantastic adventures and mythical stories, all of the books on our library’s “recommended” section turned to tales of sober pre-teens dealing with everything from neglectful parents to the death of peers. Perhaps I came from a naive, privileged background, but these stories did nothing but bore me at best, and dim my future hopes for humanity at worst. I became disenchanted, stopped reading, and save for picking up a few books here and there along the way, have never been able to pick it back up.

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