How Groupthink Ruined My Healthy Lifestyle

Four legs good, two legs bad!  Wait, I mean four legs good, two legs better! Er…right? I can never keep that straight.  And, actually, neither could the characters in Animal Farm. But that’s what “groupthink” does, right? It confuses your mind into thinking you agree with something even if you really don’t. For the better part of the last five years, I lived a pretty healthy lifestyle.  I ate well, exercised regularly, and kept off about 30 pounds of excess weight that I shed after…

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My First Attempt At Laddering on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

I made my first attempt at laddering in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm just over a week ago.  It was, in my opinion, a valiant effort made by a young woman who still has a lot to learn about strategy, knew she was going to lose, but was assured by her boyfriend and friends that it was a necessary step; one that would generate clarity and provide for replays to watch and analyze at a later date.  So, of course, I was terrified of what…

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A Noob’s Guide to the Rise of eSports

This fall I had my first taste of eSports.  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I started watching StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm streamers on Twitch with my boyfriend.  My new addiction for watching certain streamers, such as RotterdaM, Nathanias, and desRow aside, immersing myself in the online StarCraft gaming culture also led me to realize that eSports is an ongoing, still growing phenomenon that is impacting more and more lives each day. Not only is there real money in streaming for some…

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Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm: How One Video Game is Changing My Mind About Gaming Culture

Fact: I have never had an interest in video games.   My mother banned them from the house when we were children, and growing up few of my friends played them, so I was never socialized with them.  In some ways I think this was the result of the forced gender identity associated with video games; when I was a kid girls just didn’t play video games and, since most of my friends were also girls, we never played them.  I also think that my…

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Recipe: Paleo Almond Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s winter, and for many of us that means colder weather and a regular desire to turn on the oven to warm the house.  For me, this means constantly wanting to bake cookies!  Especially in December and January, baking cookies takes me on a nostalgic trip through childhood, in addition to warming my home! Since my boyfriend and I started following the Paleo diet last year, making cookies and other baked goods has proven to be a challenge because of the usual need for butter,…

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John Dies at the End

Book Review: John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End is a novel written by Jason Pargin under the pen name David Wong, who is also the book’s main character and narrator. Published in 2009, this book had also been adapted as a movie available on a Netflix streaming device near you! I actually saw the movie before reading the book. I didn’t actually know it was a book until I saw it sitting on my sister’s coffee table. But there it was, John Dies at the End, the book…

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30 for 30

Top 10 ‘ESPN 30 for 30’ Sports Stories

Over the past three or four months I devoured the ESPN 30 for 30 specials available on Netflix. I found myself engrossed in stories about sports I don’t even like, such as tennis, or activities I don’t even consider to be sports, like NASCAR. In total there are more than 50 documentaries listed under the heading “ESPN 30 for 30 Presents,” but the original 30 are special and unique because we not only get the sports story, but also the reason why each story’s director…

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Beer Can Chicken

Recipe: Beer Can Chicken

I made my very first beer can chicken, or as my brother’s girlfriend affectionately refers to it “beer butt chicken,” for my family’s Labor Day camping trip.  Really this cooking attempt marked a number of firsts for me: first time buying a whole chicken, first time inserting anything into a chicken, first time cooking a chicken on a smoker with a beer can stuffed inside of it, and I was very pleased with the results.  The chicken was so juicy and tender from the beer…

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Recipe: Cheese and Crab Stuffed Banana Peppers

A lot of the recipes that I use are based on something that already exists. I like to think of it as putting my own spin on something I already know will taste good so that it becomes mine. I learned how to make stuffed banana peppers from my father. His were always delicious and he taught me the importance of the secret ingredient, anchovy paste, and why you should always wear gloves when cutting open the peppers. For this reason I give my dad a lot of…

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Speed Racer

Movie Review: Speed Racer is Cool Beans

I have a penchant for underrated movies. If someone tells me a film has a cult following I’m in. If the critics hated a movie I only want to watch it more. If it’s a little bit wacky and off the beaten path I’m scouring the internet to find a copy. That’s probably why Speed Racer is one of my favorite movies. The first time I saw it I fell in love with the dazzling graphics, goofy characters, and offbeat sense of humor. In my…

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