• Dirty Secrets of Blogging
    I’m gonna give you some dirty secrets of blogging. I’m writing this right after my post about offline mobile games, which I think was a pretty weird ramble that didn’t have too much to say. But it was pretty long regardless! Well, one of the dirty secrets of blogging is that a whole lot of my posts are, genuinely, just some rambling. No thesis, no bigger stuff, it’s just me finding a topic, doing some research, and presenting that research to you. Usually I don’t take a firm side, or the firm side I started with slips away. Is that
  • Memorial Day Box Office Addendum
    So, from my last post decrying the box office of summer 2024, there’s a good as heck update. June is shaping up to be a huge improvement over May, thanks to exactly what I was talking about. Actual quality releases, just plain good movies audiences want to see, all bunched together and lifting each other up. This weekend saw the gargantuan release of Inside Out 2, the first $150+ million opening since Barbie last year. It was so big that it helped a lot of the movies underneath as well. Bad Boys 4, Planet of the Apes, Garfield, and even
  • Offline Mobile Game Rereleases
    I’ve been thinking lately about offline mobile game rereleases. There’s so many live service games, giant content mines that churn out stuff for years on end to keep people playing and to entice more microtransactions, more ad revenue. But then, inevitably, the time comes when the game stops making money, when microtransactions dry up and server costs are too high. So then the game gets shut down and you’re left with nothing. But, in this age of massive developer layoffs (nearly 30,000 people since 2022), it seems really silly to just let all these games rot in silence, to let
  • Kusube Aya Pokemon Card Art Spotlight
    Today I’m going to introduce you to Kusube Aya Pokemon card art. She has made Pokemon card art for over 20 years, and recently passed over 120 cards! That’s a ton! Of course, Kusube Aya is also famous for a few Pokemon children’s books, themed like this: And here we get one of Kusube’s main artistic themes… Cute darkness. Especially with Gengar, Kusube Aya Pokemon Card Art is enormously fun. So, for this article, I’ll focus entirely on Kusube’s art for the dark, ghostly, spooky characters. She’s done plenty of art for cute or cool characters, but this is the
  • The Biggest Movie Flops of the 2010s–And Why
    The biggest movie flops of the 2010s… A dubious honor if there ever was one. These movies belong to an exclusive club of financial losers so big they put everyone else to shame. Some video game can bomb studios out of business. Some TV shows will get canned so hard they put huge crews out of work. Comics and books and Youtube channels can all lose companies a ton of cash. But none of it measures up to the sheer amount of money a big old disaster movie can annihilate off a studio’s profits. Every year, there are literally dozens
  • Link Scoop 011: Epic Proportions
    I will give you a blog post of epic proportions this week. The amount of epic proportions here are, frankly, sublime and gargantuan. But enough with the pointless filler. Time to get into the meat. You’re here for links, and so am I. Only I’m dishing the links and you’re eating. Put down that spoon and get out a shovel. You’re gonna need a bigger utensil to hold all this. Gilgamesh is Based? The first link of the week is just Gilgamesh. Like, the poem. Have you read it? One of the oldest works of fiction on the planet, and
  • Absolute Boredom
    I found myself in the pit of absolute boredom yesterday, and not by choice. My phone’s broken, and the replacement isn’t here. So I have no internet, no messaging, no music, no games. While I’m in transit or away from a computer, then, I only have my paper Hobonichi Techo and my wonderful Rakuten Kobo e-reader by my side. Only, yesterday had a huge rainstorm coming down. When I was about to head home from work, I decided to leave my paper notebook behind and just take the Kobo. It has a clunky note-taking app anyway if something really important
  • Memorial Day Box Office 2024: The Worst In History
    Memorial Day box office 2024… A weekend that will live in infamy. Due to lingering COVID after-effects, the streaming wars peetering out, and the 2023 strikes, Hollywood is in a really bad place right now. We’re coming to the end of what might be the worst May box office ever, topping off with the worst Memorial Day holiday weekend, probably ever. Click here for the Memorial Day box office 2024 chart. It’s not just that Furiosa and Garfield both massively underperformed–just $25 million each instead of the $50m or $70m they would have made in the pre-pandemic era. It’s that
  • Link Scoop 010: Only Video Games Edition
    For this week’s Link Scoop, it’s Only Video Games Edition. I’d like to curate you a fantastic selection of some of the best writing on video games I’ve found in recent months. Also some odd curios. I’ll start off with a bang in this Only Video Games Edition of Link Scoop: Bowser’s (Dead (?)) Wife The lore, the mystery, the intrigue… I actually was completely unaware of the Flurrie fan theory until now. Weird for someone whose entire livelihood was once staked on trawling the Mario Wiki to find material for jokes. If I knew, I absolutely would have included
  • Why Is My Phone Screen Breaking?!
    My phone screen is breaking and I have no idea why. (The image pictured is someone else’s, but a very accurate depiction of my phone screen breaking right now.) I have the worst luck with smart phones. You already know this, probably. My dear sweet child, my Samsung Galaxy Flip Z, has crapped out on me and I feel very doubtful this is something I can get repaired. It’s been just under three years since I got the thing, about 33 months. From my 2021 article on the subject, that means it’s right at tied for the longest I’ve ever
  • Maybe the Nintendo Switch Will Become the Next Game Boy
    Here’s my case for why the Switch will become the next Game Boy. Everyone’s been hyping up the Switch Pro, Switch 2, next Nintendo console, honestly since like 2019. And it’s been imminently coming honestly since like 2020. I’m a little tired of it, even if I made my own Switch 2 ideas post months back. … The Game Boy lasted a VERY LONG TIME. Despite being underpowered on release in 1989, it went strong until 1998 (!!!) before the Game Boy Color supplanted it. And backwards-compatible games still got made. The last native Game Boy game came out in
  • Kizuki Sumiyoshi – Pokemon Card Art Spotlight
    Another blog, another spotlight, this time on Kizuki Sumiyoshi. She’s yet another long-time artist, but one with an absurdly interesting artistic path. She’s an absurdly good artist even outside Pokemon. But her mainstay artist status means we can follow her career with tons and tons of cards. So let’s give Kizuki Sumiyoshi a warm Pokewelcome for the latest card art spotlight. Her first set was Team Rocket (the fourth set if your memory is dry). And she came out swinging, with a bunch of Pokemon cards with really different styles. I like how different these cards are. To an untrained
  • Pressure
    I don’t work as well under pressure as I thought. Or maybe I do, but only when it’s imminent, when I have to complete something and there’s no room for error. Or maybe I used to, and I’m slowly getting worse. It’s crazy how much I used pressure to dictate my entire life in high school, university, even beyond. A serial procrastinator, I started most major assignments at school the night before they were due. Sometimes I’d be so stressed out I’d go to sleep early, wake up at 2am or 3am, and do it all the morning of. My
  • Link Scoop 009: The Ninth
    Welcome to another entry in the world-famous Link Scoop series, the ninth one of those in fact. I’ve published quite a few blog posts in the last week or so. One of them got super popular out of nowhere. These other two are better, though: Anyway, here’s some links I scooped up for you. Remember When They Made that Movie 9 in 2009? The ninth movie to come out on 9/9/9 was a movie called 9. I saw it with my whole family, and honestly it may have been the final movie I ever did that with. Oops. Remember When
  • Nishida Atsuko Pokemon Card Art Spotlight
    Another Pokemon Card Art article, this time on Nishida Atsuko. Another artwork titan there since the beginning–she literally designed Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Vaporeon, and several other wonderful characters. She worked at Game Freak until recently and has been credited as a designer on every single generation. Absolutely incredible stuff. She’s also famous for lots of non-Pokemon work, including the video game Hometown Story, and the mascots for, uh, whatever the heck Organ Rooms is. It’s all just as cute as you might expect. But this isn’t about an artist’s whole career! Only the Pokemon! And we have tons of
  • Massive Viewership Spike
    I seem to have had a massive viewership spike in the past couple days…. OK, just from the past two days, my recent JET Program blog post has already become the post on the site. Well, the post since the server switch reset the stats, but I think it’d still be about behind stuff like the Web Fiction Directory and that Curtains post. In two days! Looks like someone linked it on Reddit and it got a bunch of buzz. An actual conversation came from it, too! I don’t appreciate the people who hurl weirdly harsh insults
  • Micro
    I have dealt with Micro USB for over a decade now. And I’m almost at my wit’s end with this thing’s zombie-like afterlife. Just like that famous SMBC comic, older USB ports are infamous for their hard-to-insert nature, the fiddly design, and, in the cell phone era, all those stupid adapters. Micro USB was the smallest you could get and still work pretty decently. It’s all I ever knew for many many years. It sucked, but I never knew anything better. And then the innovations came. First came Apple’s lightning cables and all the endless frustrations with those. Then came
  • Life Rambles – Time Management – Expert Challenge Mode
    I’m writing this short post about time management from the gym shower room. Hopefully not holding up anyone waiting oops Did you even know you could post from WordPress on your personal server using the WordPress app? Kinda epic! Anyway, I’m making progress on my Reiwa 6 resolutions, one month in, but it’s been mildly exhausting to do it all. Starting at new workplaces I’ll almost certainly leave by the end of the school year. Falling into entirely new routines… Adjusting has been really hard. My commute went from 15 minutes to 75, for one. No more waking up at
  • How to Fix the JET Programme – Problems & Solutions
    I’ve been working for a while on a proposal for how to fix the JET Programme. And here it is! First, I’ll talk about the biggest problems the organization faces, and then various ideas to reform and reorient it so that we can finally start progressing things. If you don’t know, the JET Programme is a project by the Japanese government. It’s run since the 1980s and is still going very strong today. Foreign university graduates from (mostly) English-speaking countries apply through their consulates to assistant teach English in Japan! Those accepted are placed in various schools across the country,
  • I’ve Read Unsouled Three Times Now
    Today I finished my third time reading the book Unsouled. And that’s really weird. I don’t reread books often. I can probably count on two hands the number of books I’ve read twice. Three times? Only The Great Gatsby, which I’ve read about five times, and now Unsouled by Will Wight. First book in the Cradle series. I gotta tell you. I LOVE this book. Unsouled is, in my opinion, the closest thing to a perfect pilot episode you’ll ever get in a fantasy book. The conceit of a fundamentally powerless character who still wins, still defeats his foes? I
  • Backstroke of the West
    I had no idea that Star War the Third Gathers: Backstroke of the West had an official dub. But it does! And you can watch it on Youtube! That’s right, the almighty Disney corporation hasn’t even taken it down off Youtube after all these years. I have seen clips of the original bad subtitled version for many years across the internet, but I had no idea there was a Backstroke of the West dub, one that apparently came out almost a decade ago. It’s as unhinged and nonsensical as you’d expect. If you know a little Chinese, you can also
  • Happy May Day
    Go turn over a delivery truck or something. I knew someone once who got arrested on May Day in a group who got drunk and tried driving somewhere (oops don’t drink and drive). I also found out just now that there is an Animorphs reading list, as if it’s an anime with filler arcs and stuff like that. The extreme prevalence of huge franchises with community-led reading lists is a good sign of the power of crowdsourced information. I love that we can develop a deeper appreciation for these megaseries but be guided through the timewasting trashy parts. Although I
  • Public Domain Acceleration Plan – My Un-Modest Proposal
    I’m going to introduce you to my public domain acceleration plan, which may be excessive and not even cost-effective, but I still want to put it out there. What is the problem with public domain now? The public domain is extremely important. Vital to art and history and culture. And the United States has a public domain that’s extremely archaic and falling well behind. Currently, art up to the 1970s is stuck, waiting up to 95 years before it enters the public domain. And anything since then won’t enter until seventy years after the creator’s death, or ninety years for
  • Baba Yukiko – Pokemon Card Artist Spotlight
    I want to tell you all about Baba Yukiko and her Pokemon card artwork. I don’t think this is an artist who gets even remotely enough praise for a distinct and very cool art style honed through decades of work. She got her start early on in the Pokemon world, illustrating at least one of the picture books, and starting on the card game in the Neo series. Let’s get a look at some of these awesome cards and learn why Baba Yukiko is a great Pokemon artist. You can see here, a distinctive, sort of sketchy, abstract style right
  • Link Scoop 008: Long Time Coming
    It’s been a long time coming since the last Link Scoop. I know you’re there with your shovels ready, staring at the dirst with uncomfortably eager eyes. I can tell you now… Your patience has paid off. Along with this long time coming event, here’s some complementary links! The Twisted Tale of the Real Mickey Mouse A tale of truth and theft. Spotty Bulbear Minecraft Skin The only Minecraft mod made just for me. What if we got married in Animal Crossing… And on the island of Lesbos These two are living the dream… The world of themed novelty popcorn
  • Out of Context Videos
    There’s a primordial, deep desire behind all those Out of Context videos on Youtube lately. You know the ones. Compilations of quick scenes, or cut-up single moments that make you laugh or your eyes bulge in confusion. Dudes make entire Youtube careers out of these out of context videos. No matter whether or not you’ve seen the source material being context-stripped, these things still work. Because humans just have a real fondness for this sort of thing. For someone who’s never seen a piece of media, and watches the out of context videos for it, the main purpose is confusion.
  • My Reiwa 6 Resolutions
    I told you I wouldn’t do New Year’s Resolutions this year, so here’s my Reiwa 6 Resolutions instead. As I mentioned before, I’ve soured on January 1st as a goal-setting time. It’s a busy holiday period. It’s smack-dab in the middle of the doldrums of winter. How can we realistically set goals for ourselves in such a weird and inopportune time? For me, starting new habits when I’m facing seasonal affective issues because it gets dark at 3 PM is kinda unthinkable. And yet, for years and years and years, I tried that out. Especially since I started using Hobonichi
  • Paralyzed by Stress
    Sorry for being quiet online lately; I’m paralyzed by stress too much to do anything. That’s right; I didn’t stop posting blogs because I got lazy. No, I had a real nice streak going in February. It made me feel nice to start new blog series like Word Essays, or a new fun project like the 250 World War II Movie Challenge. Then it all came to a crashing halt because I’ve been so paralyzed by stress I can’t focus long enough to continue any of it. I’ll write about this last month again another time. Once it’s all passed.
  • Villain Redemption in Dragon Ball
    Today I’m going to talk about villain redemption in Dragon Ball. It’s a really simple formula, something the comic did over and over again. But it just worked. Yamcha was a dirty misogynistic thief, but after a beating from Goku and friends he eventually became a hero. Tenshinhan was a rude haughty antagonist in the World Martial Arts Tournament who soon became a steadfast ally. Piccolo was a literal demon made of evil incarnate and also an inspiring adoptive father to poor lonely Gohan. Vegeta massacred planets and still somehow morphed into a grumpy father. Villains like Buu and Beerus
  • Kinebuchi Keiji – Pokemon Card Art Spotlight
    When you think old Pokemon cards, your first image is probably Arita Mitsuhiro, but your second is probably Kinebuchi Keiji. He’s the subject of today’s Pokemon Card Art Spotlight! This guy made some of the most foundational, important aspects of the entire Pokemon Trading Card Game. He designed the energy cards. Did most of the early 3D cards. Gave the franchise that pre-rendered CG vibe that gives people of a certain age mega-nostalgia every time they see it. Get ready for some nostalgia here. Because we’re about to examine some Kinebuchi Keiji cards! Ugh, just instant nostalgia every time I
  • Craven
    Can you believe Craven was the guy’s real name? I’m of course talking about Wes Craven, the horror icon, the director and writer who launched entire franchises, who revolutionized the slasher genre not once, not twice, but three whole times. But I haven’t actually watched any of his films beyond one curio. Kinda weird and crazy, but somehow I’ve never gotten into Scream, Elm Street, Music of the Heart, any of that horrific stuff. Only the first Swamp thing movie way back in the day. I guess you could say, then, I’m not really craving Craven. But I’m sure he’s
  • Link Scoop 007: Hobonichi Techo Edition
    Hey y’all, it’s time for the Hobonichi Techo Edition of Link Scoop, and the first one since the servers got all changed over. Why Hobonichi Techo, the famous planner/diary book created by Shigesato Itoi? Because I got my new one this week! My New Hobonichi Techo for 2024 I’d been using the A5-size Cousin book since 2020 (for Americans, A5 size is like 2/3rds a letter size paper). But I wasn’t using the extra space as much this year, and I decided to increase portability and return to the A6 original size (A6 is half of A5). My favorite, money-wasting
  • My 25 Favorite Pokemon Illustration Cards
    Here in this post, I’m going to introduce you to my 25 favorite Pokemon illustration cards. I’ve already told you about my love for old Pokemon card art, to my disbelief about the sheer variety of alternate art recently, and my adoration for the recent trend of illustration rares. This time, though, I want to dig even deeper. I’m going to show off my very favorite Pokemon illustration cards and express just what moves me so much about each one. (They aren’t actually my Top 25; this isn’t actually a ranking thing. It’s just good clickbait to title the article
  • Pokemon Card Illustration Rares
    While I’m skeptical on some of the ridiculous gaudy ultra hyper rares in the Pokemon card game, I’m in love with Pokemon card illustration rares. This stuff is the best ever! Y’all know I love Pokemon card art, but this is another level. With a vastly expanded canvas and looser style guidelines, Pokemon’s artists are able to express some extremely interesting stuff. There’s no risk of crowding out space in the tiny panel. No risk of confusing players by showing too many background Pokemon–it’s all alternate art, so the stakes are lower, and creativity is higher. I’ve complained in recent
  • Cloud
    It’s interesting how much of our lives are stuck on the cloud. Some hard drive on a server rack in a data center in upstate New York or Atlanta, Georgia holds the keys to all our lives. Family photos, ebooks, pirated games, a few sensitive tax documents we shouldn’t be storing this way. Some of us don’t even keep files on our personal devices anymore. The hassle of transferring everything is a bigger problem than the privacy risk. It’s like that for me too, generally. The cloud is really useful. When I was twelve, my parents’ computer got reformatted. They
  • Bears
    I like bears. Who doesn’t like bears? They’re great big majestic monsters. And for most of human history, they have been feared, despised, taboo to even speak about. Allegedly, some languages outright replaced the original word for bear with a euphemism for them. But then society progressed. Bears aren’t that dangerous anymore. Well, they’re dangerous, sure. Polar bears, at least, will still hunt humans. But we’re prepared for that stuff. They’re not like tigers that often actively seek out to harm people. Bears stay away at almost all costs and attack us to defend their kids. We’ve reduced their territory
  • Pokemon Card Alternate Art
    So, as a tangent from my normal Pokemon Card Art Spotlights, where I feature various awesome artists and their best Pokemon cards, today I’d like to show off some Pokemon card alternate art. What is Pokemon card alternate art, you ask? Uh, simple. It’s when they make two versions of a card, and one of them looks completely different than the main one. They’re usually way more rare but also way more visually interesting. And, honestly, I gotta say, that’s really cool. It’s not always good. Sometimes it makes the basic versions feel like an artistic afterthought, even when they’re
  • Introducing Word Essays
    I’m going to be introducing Word Essays, a new type of blog on this site. Sporadically with no schedule, I’m going to post short essays based on a random single word. I’ll use this random word generator and pick a word that comes up to ponder on. I’m introducing Word Essays partly because my friend wants me to write more generic blog topics to use as filler text for her RPG. But also partly because I want to flex my ability to write good stuff in a short space. My blogs often turn into extended rambles, and no I rarely
  • Modern Oz Adaptations! Let’s Make Them!
    It is absolutely inconceivable to me that nobody has made modern Oz adaptations yet. Not in any meaningful way, at least. We got the 80s Return to Oz, a few cool comic books in the 00s, that awful Disney movie, and of course Wicked. But there’s never been a real attempt at a wholesale franchise. A whole new world using this rich, weird, pre-Tolkien fantasy series. Maybe it’s because there’s not enough cultural relevance these days? I’ve only read, I don’t know, three or four books, and not since middle school at least. Gen Z kids probably haven’t even seen
  • What’s Your Favorite RPG City?
    I gotta ask, what’s your favorite RPG city? It’s a time-honored tradition of RPGs to build out big cities, hubs for you to find quests, get worldbuilding exposition, and heal and equip your characters before going out for battle. “City” can be a big metropolis, or just a small village, as long as it’s fun to explore. (btw, I took the header picture from here) Almost no matter the type of RPG, there’s going to be some cities worth remembering. If you ask me what’s your favorite RPG city, my brain heads towards a few different answers. Mostly based on
  • Aging Characters In Real Time – My Author Dream
    There’s nothing more I love in a big story than aging characters in real time. Or, at least, close to real time. Everyone knows long franchises often get caught in a rut with characters aging. People love the characters as-is, so they’ll stay as-is for as long as possible. Comics have their famous floating timelines, where a teenager in 1960 will still be a teenager in 2020, and a World War II veteran in 1960 will be an Afghanistan veteran in 2020. Characters may age, but it’ll be so slow that a comic strip middle schooler in the 80s will
  • Zima is Still Here?!
    For some reason, in Japan, Zima is still here?! I made a post a while back about the last Zima. It was all poigniant and melancholy and following in the long line of posts I’ve made about websites and magazines and people all fading away. …But then I moved to Kyoto and found Zimas all over every supermarket and convenience store. Zimas ain’t gone at all. I don’t really understand why Zima is still here. They made such a big deal about it finally going away at the beginning of 2022. And by early 2023, I realized the truth that
  • Revolutionary Whiners
    I keep running into revolutionary whiners online, and honestly I think they’re one of the biggest problems in modern internet discussions. No matter whether it’s politics, advocacy, fandom, media news… The revolutionary whiners clog up discussion with naysaying and defeatist attitudes. It doesn’t matter if they’re right, left, centrist, or some label you have to google because it’s too vague-yet-specific–revolutionary whiners will be there. I’ll define a revolutionary whiner for you if you don’t know what I mean: Imagine you’re in a city council meeting, discussing a new transit funding proposal with a big group of citizens and city planners.
  • Imakuni Tomoaki Pokemon Card Art Spotlight
    When I started writing this article for my Pokemon Card Art Spotlight series, it hadn’t hit me who Imakuni Tomoaki really was. My usual source for Pokemon card art, Pkmncards, doesn’t list Japan-only cards for some reason. So it was only when I searched the artist when I realized–holy crap this is THE Imakuni? One of the most hallowed, revered parts of Pokemon lore, Imakuni? is the personality of, well, Imakuni Tomoaki who is a crazy weird black suit wearing maniac. He’s got a lot of joke cards in the card game, weird songs (the Japanese Pokemon rap!), and live
  • There’s So Many Tourists in Japan Now
    Oh my stars and garters, there’s so many tourists in Japan right now!! It’s absolute lunacy every time I go anywhere! Part of it is that I moved to Kyoto. There’s brand-new tourists every day with their glassy-eyed mild jetlag looks wandering around stations and famous spots. But it’s not just here. Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Nara… It’s all the same. Even when I went on a two-day trip to Okayama in September, I still found plenty of tourists who seemed mildly confused to be here. Even now in cold winter, the streets are still crowded with people from all over
  • Link Scoop 006: New Year, Oops It’s February
    Oops it’s February and I’m wishing a new year to all the lovely Link Scoop followers out there. I’ve found a lot of weird or cool stuff on the internet for you, though, so you’re gonna be very excited for these next few scoops. Well, here we go with the Oops, It’s February edition of Link Scoop. Forget Palworld, Yakuza Is the New Pokemon I’ve always wanted to play the Yakuza (Like A Dragon) games, but I never had a Playstation in my youth and now I never have the time for these 50 hour stories. But the more I
  • New Discord Logo
    There’s a new Discord logo to greet all the amazing users of the local community. I call it Quinlan²: Beyond Battle. Please celebrate my skills in as you gaze upon this new Discord logo.
  • – URL Changing! (And Life Rambles)
    Change your bookmarks for this site to please! Sometime in the next month, the current Quinlan Circle sites will all go down. They’re not disappearing, necessarily; all sites are backed up and on a new server. But, there is a high likelihood that many of them will disappear. I’ve been prepping a lot of new blog posts recently, but I haven’t posted any of them because of this server change thing. So, just in case, the new URL for this site will be from now on. Just replace the part on any page URL and you’ll get
  • Link Scoop 005: Merry 3445mas
    Merry 3445mas, and a happy New 3445! As we close up the year and prepare to celebrate a very merry 3445mas, we have some early pre-3445 presents to open up. By presents I mean links. Ho ho ho. Hehehe. Hoo hoo hoo. A Christmas Short Story, one of the best places for fantasy/sci-fi short stories on the internet, has published a new story titled “The Sound of Reindeer,” and you’ve got to read it. The description: Ada’s holiday trip to meet her girlfriend’s family becomes a bit more fraught than usual when she discovers the family’s unusual Christmas Eve
  • Link Scoop 004: Larger Than Life
    I’m too tired this time to add an SEO keyword in this article. Sorry! I’m lazy! So you won’t see a suspiciously repetitive phrase over and over. Or will you… Anyway, I’ve got links, and you’ve got eyeballs ready to view them. Open wide. Clickbait That Got Me: The Largest Athletes It’s been a LONG time since Outbrain got a click from me, but I had to give it props for the best clickbait title and thumbnail in a while. Something just triggered in my brain, like, hell yeah, I wanna see a ton of Large Athletes. These guys are
  • Internet Historian Didn’t Apologize for Plagiarism
    The frank truth is that the Internet Historian didn’t apologize when he plagiarized an entire article and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad revenue as a reward. But his cult-like fandom has entered true tribalism mode to defend him nonetheless. To move on and forgive and forget and compartmentalize that this very successful, very rich creator is a thief and liar. The new Hbomberguy video on Youtube plagiarism doesn’t focus a ton on the Internet Historian; it’s just one section of many in the sprawling four-hour documentary. But it’s incredibly damning because it’s the one so far
  • Civ Is Too Long
    It’s taboo to say these feared words, but I’ll admit that Civ is too long. Sometimes way too long. And unless you drastically alter your playstyle or use certain mods, it’s very difficult to get it shorter. A few weeks ago, I was really getting into the Tides of History podcast’s overview of the ancient world, and somehow that got me playing Civ VI one weekend night. If you know me, you know I love the Civilization series. Between the six games (I’ve only played 3-6, Revolution, and Beyond Earth), I’ve probably played a good 500 hours of this franchise.
  • Link Scoop 003: True Love
    I’ve found true love, and its name is… Link Scoop. Welcome to another addition of this blog series where I share with you the things I’ve been seeing on this here wide world of web. Considering I spend a majority of my waking hours interfacing with the internet on various backlit screens, I guess you can call that true love. Or true addiction. Anyway, you’re probably the same way, which is why you’re here. You need to consume more and more internet content, which is what Link Scoop is here to provide. Open wide. The Epic Heathcliff Slug Arc Heathcliff
  • Steering Creative Obsessions Using TV
    I’m always on-and-off with projects, so I want to learn about steering creative obsessions in my life. It’s a huge struggle for me to stay focused on any project. I get obsessed with a project for a couple weeks, then it fades as other stuff takes over. Sometimes it can be as short as just a couple days, even. However, I have a brand-new hypothesis about TV shows that might change things. As you might have seen from my last post, the anime Do It Yourself!! was pretty good, but annoyed me in one specific way. That specific way is
  • The American Character from Do It Yourself!! Annoys Me
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  • Switch 2 Ideas
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