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No more. Please!

Published June 2, 2013

I cant have anything Im starting to become afraid that the things I like are going to be popular because I know the creators will think popularity warrants sequels prequels or spin offs. This is an epidemic that has begun to spread outside of Hollywood and threatens to wipe out any semblance of originality when it comes to new properties and franchises.



Concert Season: The Essentials

Published May 5, 2013

The time for planning has come and gone. Its go time. The summer concert season is already in full swing. If this column is your first warning of the upcoming season then chances are youve already missed a show that you would have liked.



3D? Meh. Rather not.

Published April 17, 2013

Is it safe to go to the movies yet For years now Ive been waiting for the whole 3D cinema craze to pass over.



Believe the Hype

Published April 10, 2013

Since the dawn of time there have been crazes and there have been dissenters to said crazes. Sometimes justified most of the time8230not so much.



An open letter to the Warner Brothers

Published April 7, 2013

Dear Warner BrothersThere are rumors going around that you guys are going to try a Justice League movie.



A guide to family problems

Published April 3, 2013

If youre even nearly as introverted as me Easter Sunday was challenging to say the least. While it may be hard to face total strangers sitting down at a dinner table surrounded by people who know some of your darkest secrets can be torture.



Spring Cleaning: Free yourself of collectable plastic shackles

Published March 31, 2013

Its that time again boys and girls The snow is finally melting which means its the start of the three-month window where the weather outside doesnt make your face hurt



It’s not worth it

Published March 27, 2013

Despite popular belief there are some things that arent worth fighting for. Yes a tale of perseverance and determination is always a crowd pleaser.



The first step is the hardest step to take

Published March 24, 2013

Weve all been there the beginning of a big project. Whether the project is school related a non-group project if youre lucky or personal task is the first step. Say what you want but I know Im not the only person that at one time or another has almost faltered in completing a task due to fear of the beginning.



The piracy problem

Published March 20, 2013

I remember the dawn of Internet piracy. I remember the thrill of using Napster to download Eminem singles on my parents 56K connection.



The Lack of Hunger Games

Published March 17, 2013

I hope Ice King will sweep me off my feet and take me to the farthest corner of Ooo where we will do nothing but kiss and eat a whole bunch until we get fat and die. The end. The Ice King Adventure TimeIts not uncommon to see the name of our country at the top of any sort of world obesity index.



‘Wait, where are you from again?’

Published March 17, 2013

Im from Flint Michigan. Its where I grew up and its the place that I identify as home. One thing Ive noticed since moving to this side of the state is peoples reactions when I tell them where Im from.



Sit back and enjoy the show

Published February 27, 2013

On Monday morning every major media outlet and social networking site were buzzing about the happenings at the 2013 Academy Award Ceremony.



Musical gamble

Published February 20, 2013

Concert season is approaching and many of us are going to be faced with some very hard decisions in the near future.



To know your neighbors is to know yourself

Published February 17, 2013

Neighbors the one group of people that know you better than most but probably dont really know you at all.



“Take a (nerdy) chance!”

Published February 13, 2013

Valentines Day like most holidays is a day that brings forth mixed emotions for everyone. Every year theres the group that doesnt feel the need to yield to the man and pony up for a gift for their partner.



Lost: Motivation

Published February 10, 2013

Motivation. That thing that drives us to shuffle out of bed every day for something were probably not to keen on.



Daddy needs some quiet time

Published February 6, 2013

Can we all just agree to disagree without saying a word I make it a point to avoid hot button issues when talking to people I dont know very well.



Defect, recall, repeat? Hey, companies: stop cutting corners

Published February 3, 2013

Im sure things were probably worse in the past but.whats up with all of this defectrecall nonsense The whole Boeing 787 battery fiasco is just a tear in a bucket when it comes to trends in recent years. I feel like I cant trust anything anymore.



Survival guide to sporting events for the non-sporting types

Published January 30, 2013

When it comes to sports outdoors and activity in general my life has been one awkward situation after another.