A Momentous November.

Now that both of these events have occurred and been shared by those involved on social media, I feel comfortable talking about two momentous occasions that happened this month:

This past weekend my cousin got married to the love of his life. It was a beautiful, interfaith ceremony and a raucous party afterward. My family knows how to party at weddings, and the bride's side of the family more than kept up with us. T...

I Hate and Love Mobile Gaming.

I love playing mobile games on my iPhone. There's a huge variety of simple to complex games at your fingertips, ready to download and play on a whim. From little masterpieces like Monument Valley to countless spaceship shoot-em-ups, it's like having an arcade in your pocket and that's one of the coolest things about living in "the future" to me.

I hate the mobile games on my iPhone. The free-to-play ones endlessly a...

I'm Concerned About the DUNE Remake.

I recently finished the fourth book in Frank Herbert's DUNE series, God Emperor of Dune. I really liked it, but it's as far as I'm willing to go into the massive and long-running series. I very much enjoyed my journey into the world of DUNE, so you think I would be excited about the upcoming film, but the truth is that the more I consider it, the more it makes me worried.

The source of my concern has nothing...

My Enemy the Algorithm.

If you've spent any amount of time on social media you know what "the Algorithm" is. Regardless of its actual definition, The Algorithm has become the go-to term we use for how social media sites determine what gets shown more frequently to strangers and those who follow us (or those we follow). It's a system that can be played and manipulated if you know how to play it, or are willing, and I hate everything about it.

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The Importance of Good Neighbors.

I did our last convention of 2019 this past weekend, Rhode Island Comic Con. I had fun and there were good people there, but in the two years I've done that show I've had two of the best table neighbors in recent memory. We usually have nice people beside us at conventions, but Rhode Island Comic Con has given me two of the most memorable weekend neighbors. Good table neighbors are essential when you exhibit at shows alone, as I did this past weekend.

Today is Halloween. My favorite holiday. It's my wife's favorite holiday. We had a Halloween-themed wedding. It's my son''s favorite day to get free candy. Halloween may as well be a religious holiday in our house.

I love Halloween because it's the most casual of the major holidays. There's no universal expectation to spend a lot of money on food or presents. There's no obligation to see family members, whether ...

I Saw The Lighthouse Again and I Loved It Even More.

Today's blog is just going to be me gushing about the movie The Lighthouse. I'm going to remain as spoiler-free as I can manage, because I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone who wants to see it and hasn't had the opportunity. But this film comes highly recommended from me, because I just finished seeing it for a second time and I loved it even more.

Imagery in movies affects me greatly. Working in...

My Favorite Golems.

Last week I blogged about my favorite monsters for the Halloween season. At the conclusion, I said that "creations" were my favorite monsters: golems, constructs, animations, automatons, and so on. With Halloween drawing ever closer(!) I thought I'd expand upon last week's entry and talk about which specific creations were my favorites.

Quick aside: the title of today's blog was originally "My Favorite Creations" but...

The Lighthouse, Garth, and me.

After we were done with Baltimore Comic Con, Garth and I went to the movies. I wasn't leaving until Monday morning and we needed something to do. I had expressed interest in The Lighthouse. We learned it was playing nearby, so we went and saw it. It was bizarre, mind-bending, and wonderful. I want to see it again because I didn't truly grasp it, and I'm eager for another opportunity to understand it.

My thoughts o...

My Favorite Monsters.

October is the time for spooky stuff, what with the promise of Halloween at the month's conclusion. Halloween is synonymous with monsters for me and many others, so for today's blog I'd like to talk about my favorite monsters. I won't be talking about specific monsters from movies or literature (i.e. Godzilla or Frankenstein's monster) but rather monster types that I enjoy.

Let's get vampires and werewolves out of th...