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First Impressions Review: The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

The most important thing to remember when thinking about TLOP and the insane lead up to its release is the one thing that’s remained constant throughout the rapper’s whole career: Kanye West is full of contradictions. It might be infuriating, but it’s true: The moment you think you can generalize something about Kanye, he’ll swerve. How…

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I Played 365 Board Games in 2015

In 2015, I played 365 board games, and kept fairly detailed logs of what I played, when I played, who I played with, who won (when relevant), and how much I liked the game. I usually get about this far in the explanation before people start bombarding me with questions, so I suppose I should…

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5 Thoughts Tangentially Related to Alan Rickman

Die Hard is a legitimately fantastic film. I don’t mean that in the ironic, macho way that Joey does in Friends. It’s one of my favorite movies, brilliantly crafted and thrilling. The script tells a story of Bruce Willis saving a building from terrorists. But Die Hard goes one step deeper in the way that…

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15 Thoughts on The Force Awakens

SPOILERS AHOY! If you haven’t seen Star Wars: Episode VII, I recommend that you do so before reading this. I do not shy away from spoilers in the following comments. 1. This is a good movie, and a great movie-going experience Breathe a sigh of relief, o fellow nerds! The franchise is redeemed! Our worries were…

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My Ten Favorite Songs of the Decade So Far

10. Jessi J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang” I would call this my “guilty pleasure” selection, but, as Colton and I have repeatedly noted, there should be no guilt in the pleasure of a finely-crafted pop number. The Max Martin-produced “Bang Bang” is probably my favorite pop radio staple this decade, with a sizzling beat,…

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The Top 25 Quotes from The Shawshank Redemption

  (Note: Shortly after I finished high school, I created a blog to publish and share lists. I called it Listosaurus Rex and updated it for about a year. When my web server caught a virus back in 2012, the site went down. I was recently going through my old files and found a backup…

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The Top 10 Ascension Cards

I play an obscene amount of the deckbuilding card game Ascension, all of it on the wonderful iPhone port. I’ve played dozens of games against humans online and hundreds of games against AI. It’s a fun game that’s often tense, frequently surprising, and almost always satisfying: Few gaming experiences are as rewarding as executing a late-game combo…

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Ranking The Seasons of How I Met Your Mother

9. Season 8 (My review) Ugh, this show got bad towards the end of its run. There was a lot wrong with it — unfunny stories, character development ranging from goofy to garish, narrative spinning wheels — but the most troubling thing about the show in its wretched penultimate season was how little it seemed to care…

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Ranking the Books in A Song of Ice and Fire

A Song of Ice and Fire is one of my favorite book series. I know this isn’t a particularly novel opinion; with the explosive popularity of HBO’s Game of Thrones, everyone and their aunts are giving George RR Martin’s epic saga a read and discovering how rich, complicated, and satisfying the series is. While my previous look…