Ret’s Review: Black Panther

So after all that, now we’ve got the movie, which essentially acknowledges “Hey, I’ve got a life and a country to run outside of your weekly superhero slapfights.”

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So I’m an Asian dude reviewing a movie about fictional Africans originally created by a white guy. Nope, don’t see how this could possibly go wrong!

But yeah, Black Panther was pretty good. And let’s tell the internet and Social Justice to shut up and listen for a minute: Yeah, it was good because it was good.

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Fabletop Classes: Paladins, O Holy Knights

Also, Homing Missile of Righteous Retribution sounds like an amazing magic item or spell.

‘Twas the week nearing Christmas, and all ‘cross the blog

Was stillness and silence like a dead driftwood log

And the writer did ponder on what he should say

In order to welcome this year’s Christmas day

When inspiration struck like a singing weevil

The zealot that bellows “Smite Evil!”

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The Write Stuff: One Year Later

52 weeks. And I’m still at it. There’s no getting rid of me, it seems!

So it’s come to this. A year has passed and this blog still won’t die. For it is not the blog that will die this day, no! It is the enemy that will taste death and defeat! As you know!

Well, a year has passed (more or less) and this post marks week 52 of blogging. Wow. I can’t believe I made it this far. Where do I begin?

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Fabletop: Christians & Crypts

At the end of the day, it’s about personal tastes, personal beliefs, and the wisdom to discern where the lines are instead of fearfully drawing them to be even thicker.

Amidst blogging about characters, plot devices, and roleplaying, I believe it’s time I answered an important question.

WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN???

Wait. That’s not it. The REAL question is:

Where does my faith fit in with my hobbies?

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Topics: Talking About Talking About Stuff

The training wheels are off, the safety net is gone, we are no longer filling in the blanks of a Mad Lib post.

Oh geez. It’s been a busy week. Uh. What do I say this week? I didn’t have time to fixate on a topic. I gotta make something up, pull it out of my…

…THAT’S IT!

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Analysing: I Did It My Way

Why WOULD anyone go into such detail instead of just sitting back and enjoying the ride?

How it should have ended. The sins of cinema. Why X Is Better Than Y (And The Reason Is MINDBLOWING!). Why Z Is A Disappointment. The Implications Of Everything I Just Said. Why You Shouldn’t Enjoy This Popular Series.

Once, reviews and thoughts on entertainment were the domain of Siskel and Ebert, of columns that newspapers actually paid for, of having a certain mindset and skillset that meant someone’s opinion should be taken seriously. Once, the voice of the public was measured by applause, by surveys, by aggregate numbers.

Now, any yahoo with a computer, an internet connection, and an opinion can get on a soapbox and start belching out ideas online.

These are critical analysts. And in the age of the internet (the second home of the nerd), in the renaissance of popular sci-fi/fantasy media (the bread and butter of the nerd), in the nature of mankind (the software of the nerd), their numbers will only increase.

And I’m here to explain both what they do and why I don’t see myself as one of them.

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Feedback Shades Of Grey

Heck, if trees could talk, pruning might be as horrific as amputation.

No, YOU’RE derivative and formulaic!

Whether it’s art, relationships, or just plain drudgery, one thing is certain: feedback comes, whether it’s wanted or not. Somewhere, out there, someone is telling someone else how to do their job. It is a fact as inescapable as living, dying, and paying taxes.

Some do it because they sincerely want to help improve something. Others do it because they have no brain-mouth filter and just blurt out whatever’s on their mind. And of course, some just do it because they wish to exert dominance over something. But all the recipient can control is how they react to it.

As life goes on and people enter phases where they have to deal with more people, it’s only natural that they’ll have to learn about dealing with it and growing from it. But aside from the usual platitudes, there’s actually more to feedback than one would expect.

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