Who Are You, What’s So Wrong, and What Am I Owed?

I’ve been thinking a lot about privilege this week.

As a white, heterosexual man, the irony isn’t lost on me that I occasionally write and post content that aims to draw attention to the incredibly wide divide that exists between people like me and, well, everyone else, siding in most, if not all instances, with the unrepresented minority. But, and I could be wrong, I feel like it is a responsibility of mine to not only feel these things as a human person, but express them when I feel them, because as a white, heterosexual man, it is something for me and everyone like me to recognize that things shouldn’t be the way that they are. I shouldn’t have more privilege just because I’m white. Or straight. Or a man, or because I have or am anything else than anyone else from simply being born.

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Resolutions for the New Year: 2019

Being an adult has made me less of a planner.

If you know anything about me, then my saying that may surprise you. I procrastinated while in school, I’m late to almost everything, and, even creatively, I’ve always tended toward tossing seeds out and seeing what grows rather than building in a linear course.

I’ve never done a great job at planning.

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My Top 10 Video Games of 2018

2018 was the year for games.

As incredible as some of the games from the last couple of years have been, 2018 seemed to be the year the floodgates fell, bringing game after game, big budget and indie darling, into the world for us to enjoy. That doesn’t mean they all were great, but so many of them were, and so many of the games I played have stuck in my mind.

I didn’t have the chance to play everything, unfortunately. Working full-time for much of the year and starting a business with my wife toward the end made it difficult some days to do much more than play for a few minutes, but such is the way of being an adult and that’s okay; it just means there’re more good games waiting to be played.

Without further ado—

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We Opened a Shop!

Big news everyone!

If you remember, a couple of weeks ago I wrote up a post about how important it is to take a step back and reevaluate the reasons behind what it is we do and, more importantly, in what ways those things make us happy. It’s something I think too many people don’t consider, and understandably so, because we’re busy, we have other priorities, and too much else has to be considered before we think about the things we could live without. But being happy and enjoying what it is we do shouldn’t be something we toss to the side. When working, it should be something we strive to achieve—that we might do good work, accomplish great things, and love what we do while doing it—but being happy looks differently to different people. I’ve written about it before but work and our satisfaction from it exists on a wide spectrum of value, and how each of us values our work, our goals, and our desire for busyness can and will look differently from, possibly, anyone else.

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What Makes American Vandal So Great

I love a good documentary.

It comes from my interest in learning, I guess. But what makes a good documentary, and distinguishes it from a mediocre one, is not it’s ability to provide a better, more well-produced lecture than the other, but to illustrate, address, and wrestle with themes that go beyond the subject matter and appeal, universally, to the viewer—regardless of who they might be.

American Vandal does this incredibly well—and it isn’t even a documentary. 

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Sometimes, You Just Have to Take a Step Back and Breathe

A lot has happened since I last wrote here. By no means was it intentional, but when I published my last piece back in June, my interest in finishing the half-written posts I had waiting to the side sort of just dropped off all of a sudden. I wasn’t enjoying it.

Writing is something I’ve always done for different reasons at different times. When I was in college I wrote because I had to. After college, I wrote to make money, but the longer I’ve gone and considered myself a writer, I’ve found myself writing for the art of it all. The experience. This blog has served as a field on which to do that, where I can tackle any topic, air any issue, and make any list that I want—because I enjoy it.

But back around the time I quit writing here, I wasn’t enjoying this anymore, or much of anything else, to be honest.

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E3 2018: The Games I Would Most Like to See

Summertime.

When I was younger, summer meant a lot of things: swimming, capture the flag, fort-building, bike-riding, sweaty days, rollercoasters, and half-melted popsicles. It was carefree—camp days spent running through the woods instead of thumb-twiddling in florescent-lit classrooms, sleepovers at friends’ houses instead of nights filled with homework, but when you get older, the line between “summertime” and every other season begins to blur. Summer often doesn’t signal a break from the humdrum of the everyday. Work continues onward, the grind keeps on, but that nostalgic feeling lingers—the air that summertime, regardless of circumstance, forever remains this chunk of sunshine sitting outside the flow of time. (more…)