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I Hate Monopoly

Monopoly is a terrible game. I know this opinion is becoming much more popular of late, but I think it bears repeating: Monopoly is a terrible game. Yet for some reason, I played an absurd amount of Monopoly when I was a kid, in after school clubs (glorified daycare), at friends' houses, with any family…

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On Voltron and the LGBTQ+ Community.

I recently finished watching season seven of the new Voltron series on Netflix. Overall, I liked it; it's a far cry from the heavily merchandised cartoon in the 1980's. The cast is interesting, the plot is engaging, and the writing is pretty tight. Overall, I think the show is an excellent example of what media…

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Bad Neighbors

There was a moment near the end of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", a surprisingly good documentary about Fred Rogers, that really struck me. Near the end of the movie, during Mr. Rogers' funeral, they show footage of protestors at the funeral holding signs claiming, "God Hates Fags!" and "Fred Rogers Will Burn In Hell!"…

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Sir Spamalot

I recently had to go through my spam folder to look for a misplaced forum registration confirmation and came across a pretty startling email. The general format of the email is the person says they know my password is [some password I used in the past] and they know my secret. The mysterious person then…

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Clearing Up Confusion

I'm warning you all that I'm writing this in anger. Normally, I try to avoid doing things in anger but: 1. The current political climate has pretty much made me constantly angry. 2. I need to vent. 3. This is my blog so I can do what I want. If you haven't heard yet, ScarJo…

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Defining Gender (A Peronsal Guide)

"Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." I disagree, I think a tomato based fruit salad could be delicious under the right circumstances. More importantly, I feel this quote (and the problems with it) are one of the main things that are confusing people about…