The Manufactured Holiday (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Single)

Today is February 14, a day that has no historical, astrological, or mythical significance and very little religious significance. This year it happened to be pleasantly and surprisingly warm for mid-February, but that’s about all I can think of to say about it.

Oh, I almost forgot! Sometime in the 19th century or thereabouts some companies convinced everyone to spend exorbitant amounts of money on chocolate and jewelry on this day every year, taking advantage of the not-particularly-significant-or-profitable lover’s holiday named after Saint Valentine.

It became a big source of income for the chocolate and greeting card and jewelry industries, and they managed to make it so prevalent as to be a societal standard. Not only that, but our culture has embraced it so thoroughly that it actively tries to make people who aren’t romantically involved feel guilty, indirectly, about not supporting these industries.

I’m a single man and I just had the best Valentine’s day of my life.  Continue reading ‘The Manufactured Holiday (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Single)’ »

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Because Reasons, I ended up writing this weird little crossover fic for Assassin’s Creed and… well, you’ll see. Full context after the story.AssassinLogo

Daylight. New York City. The middle of a crowded street.

Not the optimal situation to pull off a hit, strictly speaking, but this is the way we work. Hiding in the shadows of skyscrapers and in the midst of a mass of people… it has more impact that way, I suppose. A warning to the rest of the world that this is what happens to evil men. I’m not really sure of that, though. I was never too in tune with the philosophical side of the Order.

That’s not what I joined up for.  Continue reading ‘And Now for Something Completely Different…’ »

Blood for the Blood God: A Review of Carrie (2013)

I finally ended up seeing the 2013 remake of the classic Stephen King book and movie Carrie (through a campus screening), and I had a few thoughts about it.carrie-poster-2013

Let me preface this by saying that I have not yet read the book or seen the original movie, so this is entirely based on my opinion of the 2013 version of the story.

First of all, I honestly liked the film. It wasn’t very well-reviewed, but I found that it did a good job of drawing me into the world of the film. I won’t deny the possibility, even probability, that the first film was more effective (and I intend to read the book and watch the original movie to find out), but standing completely on its own I felt that the 2013 version was one of the better (though certainly not the best) straight horror films to come out of mainstream Hollywood recently.  Continue reading ‘Blood for the Blood God: A Review of Carrie (2013)’ »

Return of the Blog and The Night of Smart Decisions

So, I recently spent quite a while rendered completely useless by a sinus infection, which is why I have failed to update the blog in a little over a week (sorry about that, but sinus infections leave both my body and my brain pretty damn useless). I mostly managed to take good care of myself during this time, but there was one night, which I call the Night of SmartTHURS_003B_G_ENG-GB_70x100.indd Decisions, where the idea of doing anything intelligently had been thrown forcefully out the window of my brain to be crushed underfoot.

This was a particularly busy night for me, I had a meeting with some of my classmates about a documentary project for one of our classes and then I was meeting with a friend of mine to see Thor: The Dark World. It just so happened that the meeting ran late enough that there was no time for dinner between it and meeting my friend at the bus stop, but I was too distracted by my excitement for the movie that I didn’t notice.

That was mistake number one. Continue reading ‘Return of the Blog and The Night of Smart Decisions’ »