Monday’s Discover Playlist (#2)

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Another Monday has rolled upon us (or over us, in some cases), so it’s time for another installment of the Discover Playlist: a.k.a “what Spotify thinks Justin should be listening to so his co-workers don’t have to listen to PUP again all day.” Aside from the one wild week where my entire playlist was Tejano music (who knows what wires …

Friday Playlist (10/14/16)

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So it’s been a touch over five years since I last did a Friday Playlist kind of thing. That’s about three years too long since I’ve tortured people with my musical opinion! I could wax poetic about how what I’ve been listening to has changed so drastically over the past half-decade, but you and I both know that is just …

I just happen to have a chance cube here…

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Somewhere around mid-August, 2014, I, along with a handful of old friends and a couple soon-to-be old friends, embarked on a new and fantastical journey. A journey that was so epic that I just had to use up all acceptable commas in my opening sentence. A journey into the Fifth Edition of the perennial classic Dungeons and Dragons. Yes, there …

Losing Heroes and Embracing Purple

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It’s April 21, 2016 and Prince Rogers Nelson has passed away.  I gotta say that Prince’s death has hit me as much as David Bowie, Joe Strummer and Joey Ramone. I’m sitting here in my home office watching Prince totally nail his Super Bowl XLI halftime performance in what most artists would consider an utterly unperformable situation. It’s pouring down …

Reflections on The Force Awakens [spoiler free]

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I just want to start this by reiterating the title: this blog post is spoiler free. For those readers who don’t know me, or don’t know me that well, I’d like to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Justin and I have a serious Star Wars problem. I’ve had an emotional investment in this franchise since 1977 like a lot of other …

Congratulations! You are now the Mayor of the Ministry of Truth

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Back in 1948, little Georgie Orwell wrote a book that imagined a world where people where the government rules supreme over all aspects of the life of the citizenry. “Dystopian” and “Oligarchic” are a couple of words that are often bandied about when Nineteen Eighty-Four and many a shitty high-school book report has discussed the growth of a strong Federal …

Our [insert name] is an awesome [insert name]

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Last week when I was heading out from the house, I drove past a rather thought-provoking sign in front of a church (I know “thought-provoking” along with “clever but wholesome” pretty much encompasses all of what most church signs try and pull off, but go with me here) that said “New Year, Same God.” That really got me thinking. Sure, …