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MM, FOOD: In Which I Remember Eating Things

I went ahead and tried my hand at Yelp-style restaurant capsule reviews for every city I’ve spent significant time in. The absolute greatest spot in that city leads off and is bolded; the next five greatest are underlined, and further … Continue reading

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This Was A Triumph

Portal doesn’t have as much plot as some other games, but is all the better for it since the focus on puzzles means that their setup and pacing is perfect. Its ambiguous, cynically funny tone and sleight-of-hand twist means the … Continue reading

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“We Are You, Freeman.”

Half-Life 2 flows. Its narrative takes place over three consecutive days. The pace of exploration, puzzles, combat and atmosphere is flawless and the four are inextricably woven together. There is unobtrusive, but unmistakable world-building beyond the heroic “escape, progress and … Continue reading

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“I hope I […] get old”: The Five Year Gap

By my count, at least 30 90s/2000s indie bands and rappers have reunited recently after a recording hiatus of five years or longer, a noticeable lull in a once-breakneck industry. It’s a strange period in the image and commerce of … Continue reading

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Reflecting On the Screen

You know me – I tend to overcomplicate things, and to write long sentences about them (I hope I’ve gotten better about that). My passion for the arts has become self-reflexive enough to the point where I admire others’ writing … Continue reading

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What Is Who?: Other Great Episodes

“Hello, sweetie.”  If you liked Dalek, other notable villain episodes: Rise Of the Cybermen The Age Of Steel             This two-parter reestablishes the Doctor’s second most iconic foe, also mechanical and bent on totalitarianism. Rose is initially dating a sheepish … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent

“I can’t always do this. Why can’t I just lose?” Who is the Doctor from Gallifrey?             Heaven Sent has more answers to that than almost any Doctor Who story, revealed bit by bit as the Time Lord bares his … Continue reading

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