My grandmother, Isolina, lived an amazingly fulliling life, which was enriched by those close to her that loved her, and we by her. She overcame adversity and hardship. Tragically being separated from her siblings after losing both of her parents at a young age, she managed to persevere, finding ways to survive, and eventually married […]Read more "Eulogy for Isolina"
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely heralded as one of the most seminal pieces of science fiction ever seen on the big screen. I feel like I’m the last person on Earth to have watched this film. I feel like I missed the world’s greatest party. All of my friends talk about it. […]Read more "The Uncomfortable Silence of Space"
I’ve been reading comics off and on since the 80s. I’ve never personally found Spider-Man/Peter Parker interesting or compelling. Perhaps I’m overlooking a seminal piece that truly breaks ground and turns him into a more realistic and intriguing person, so please correct me if you think that’s the case. I have some ideas of what […]Read more "My Spider-Man Pitch"
This week I launched a podcast called the JEMcast, which marks my foray into producing a show of my own. While I’m not new to podcasting—I co-host The Impromptu and have been fortunate enough to be a guest on countless other shows, including Internet Outrage Machine on 5by5—there’s been a void in my heart that […]Read more "I May Not Succeed, But I Won’t Fail"
This week I finished Wolfenstein: The New Order and I absolutely loved it. The previous games in the series were just mindless shooters and the latest offering really steps away from that. I was pleasantly surprised at the strength of the story and characters, both of which I found compelling. When was the last time […]Read more "I Need A Break from First Person Shooters"
Like many of you, I watched Power Rangers as a kid. I recall vividly when the pilot for “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” aired that stifling summer of ’93. Way back in the day, there was absolutely nothing like it on TV, so my reaction to the first episode became forever forged in my memory. The […]Read more "Thoughts on Adi Shankar’s Power/Rangers"
Over the last couple of years, I’ve started to collect older consoles and games. At the moment I have a model 2 Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and an original Nintendo Entertainment System. For a while I ruminated on adding a Super Nintendo to the mix, that is until I began to playing games on these […]Read more "Console Gaming of A Bygone Era"
This is the plot summary for episode 14 of Jem, season 2. A young girl named Laura comes to live at Starlight Mansion after her parents are killed in a car crash. She’s extremely withdrawn, moody and consumed with low self-esteem despite her obvious musical talent. I and the Holograms try to draw her out […]Read more "“Alone Again”"
It’s no secret that PlayStation Network is an unreliable and insecure mess. Whilst companies like Microsoft have had their fair share of incidents with Xbox Live, PSN historically has had an extremely checkered past. Stolen data such as account passwords, credit cards, and periodic login blips seem to be business as usual. Denial of service […]Read more "Constant Connectivity"
I want to like role playing games, or more specifically, Japanese role playing games. Final Fantasy is the most popular property in that genre and I have friends who cherish many of the games in the series. Recently I’ve tried numerous games to try and wet my appetite, but none of them have really grabbed […]Read more "Why JRPGs Infuriate Me"