Dias de los Muertos: Update

Hello my fellow bloggers and readers. It is your friendly neighborhood Shadeslayer giving you an overview of the current state of my miniseries, Dias de Los Muertos. For those who don’t know, the name is based on the day of the dead that is celebrated in Mexico. The premise of the series is a selection of stories with cultural differences that are horror themed. Currently the plan is to do seven stories, one for each day of the week in the Gregorian calendar. Currently this is what I have so far and the status report on each. Lunes: Incomplete (pt … Continue reading Dias de los Muertos: Update

Ace Attorney: My favorite characters

The Ace Attorney series immediately won me over with its brilliant music and engrossing storyline. But without the crazy and memorable characters the series wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable. Each character is incredibly odd and fleshed out and some even have their own theme music. Here are my top ten overall characters in the Ace Attorney series. I will be including every entry including the side series starring Miles Edgeworth. My only rules are: The character has to make an impact on me, as the player, and I must be able to at least explain briefly why Limit the number … Continue reading Ace Attorney: My favorite characters

Phoenix Wright: Justice for All Review

Before I continue I would like to issue some corrections to my original timeline of dates for the Ace Attorney series. The Game Boy advance titles came out in the early 2000s and the DS remakes came out in the mid to late 2000s. The visual novel games were also released on multiple platforms including, iOS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and in the future the Nintendo Switch. The second entry in the Ace Attorney series was released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS and this is the version I played. The series is once again a port of the Game … Continue reading Phoenix Wright: Justice for All Review

Confrontation and Division in politics

Often there are two conflicting instincts we see portrayed by the media and the monied interests who stand in the way of good policy. One is the sacrosanct belief in open debate and being cordial when discussing important ideas. The other is the very real need for actual conflict and confrontation to actually move policy forward. The myth of full unity in a country is, very seductive but it is still a myth. The idea that everyone in a country can believe the same things are be united under a culture, religious, educational, and moral background is very silly. This … Continue reading Confrontation and Division in politics

Review: Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

Gyakuten Saiban, or Turnabout Lawyer, was first released in 2001 for the Nintendo DS handheld system in North America as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The game was a port of an earlier, Japan only series of light novel games in which you played a rookie defense attorney through various cases. This series has rapidly become one of my favorites of all time. The quirky characters and great music sell it for me. But primarily, the series plays like an interactive novel, and because of this concentrates more highly on the story than the gameplay. This isn’t a recipe that works … Continue reading Review: Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

Movie Review: Spring (2014)

  Spring Spring is a 2014 horror/ romance movie about a young man who takes a brief sojourn to Italy after the death of his mother and the collapse of his life. During the trip he meets an enchanting young woman and starts a whirlwind romance, but she is more than meets the eye. This movie really stuck with me and I am still smiling when I think about it. The main characters Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Louise(Nadia Hilker) are both likable at some level and their dialogue is quirky and endearing. The movie has many parallels with other … Continue reading Movie Review: Spring (2014)

Culture Wars???

Before I begin I would like to give a shout out to Benjamin Dixon and Anoa Changa who are both excellent voices in these tumultuous times. Both have inspired me and you should totally subscribe to their Youtube channels and podcasts.  Culture wars will have a different impact on you depending on your ideology. If you are right leaning it is a desperate fight to bring back American culture and religious life to what you imagine the 1950’s were like. For those who are more left it is a defense for all the hard fought civil rights earned for marginilized … Continue reading Culture Wars???

Extinction and other hyperbolic things

So there is a very real threat of human extinction in the next 100 years. It might even happen faster and nobody seems able to do anything about it. The governments of the world are too concerned with their own lives and power to give a shit about the future. The more I see how dysfunctional the powerful are, the more I value the bluntness and curiosity of children. I know it seems like a non-sequitur but stay with me on this. Have you ever had a child ask you a bunch of questions and then ask why at the … Continue reading Extinction and other hyperbolic things

Communicating is tough!!

One of the things I have been thinking about a lot lately is how hard it is to communicate complex ideas in a simple way. The most difficult thing about politics and about communicating with other people about morals, is that sometimes, we are unable to get across what we’d like to. Policy and the world it is made in, are rarely simplistic and are often more complicated than most people realize or understand. The easiest way people find to get around this is to judge the character of people before trusting them to do policy. This is why politics … Continue reading Communicating is tough!!

Historic.ly Essay thoughts

It has been a while since I wrote more for my essay for the upcoming project with historic.ly. The team has been churning out content and I am so very happy they are so good at what they do. While I certainly wish I had been more active I am committed to putting in the best possible essay for the final product. However, our patrons and our team deserve an update. First of all, I would like to talk a bit about my own personal thoughts and interpretations of what I have learned. The actual essay will stick as tightly … Continue reading Historic.ly Essay thoughts

Fairness must return

The Fairness Doctrine used to be the law in this country. The Fairness Doctrine was a regulation of newscasters that they must, when talking about issues of the public interest, give both political sides equal time. In other words, objectivity was built in as a regulation. Now it is true that corporate media has built in biases and filters that would still be an issue, even with the Fairness Doctrine, but the fact of the matter is that in most cases, both sides of an issue are not discussed for the same length of time. Furthermore, conservative outlets often do … Continue reading Fairness must return