What Disney (Pixar) Teaches My Kids – The Good Dinosaur

Mar 18th, 2016 Movies

Since I originally watched The Good Dinosaur before resuming this blog in earnest, I hadn’t considered writing a treatise on the moral implications it has on the behaviors of the young (please submit the exhibit to left as evidence to my lack of humor). We saw it while my wife was off gallivanting with her friends, so she didn’t see it until much later when it came to the local…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – Zootopia

Mar 9th, 2016 Movies

When the early reviews for Zootopia poured in, I was a bit worried. Sure, they all claimed it was one of the greatest Disney movies ever created. They claimed that Disney had done something new with anthropomorphic animals, a well most of them had assumed dried up around the time of Aesop. Considering that my film repertoire consists almost entirely of animated anthropomorphic animals and singing…

The Monster in the Maze

Mar 2nd, 2016 Books, Movies, and Games

It’s Finley’s 6th birthday today, which is absolutely crazy. I wanted to post something about his original birthday, but that time was a bit too stressful for my to laugh at right now, so I’m doing something a bit more lighthearted. A couple weeks ago, I came up with an idea for a children’s book. It’s not really fleshed out yet, but since it’s inspired…

That Dragon, Cancer – A Touching Memorial

Jan 25th, 2016 Games, Kid Stuff, Memoir

Ever since I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for That Dragon, Cancer, I’ve been excited to play it. Yet on the game’s big release on January 12th, I couldn’t bring myself to turn it on. Heck, I couldn’t even bring myself to install it. Like a politician sensing the breaking of an impending scandal, I delayed the inevitable. Yes, inevitable. I knew I had to…

New Project Chapter 1

Aug 27th, 2015 Books, Movies, and Games

Intro: I like to write some in my spare time. This is the latest project that I’m in the middle of right now. I think it’s actually coming together (though it still needs a title). Thought I’d share the first chapter.   I broke the TV remote. It didn’t deserve it. It’s not the remote’s fault that my life is descending into a putrid vat…

Hugo Awards Burned To Ground To Spite Sad Puppies

Aug 26th, 2015 Books, Movies, and Games

The Hugos have turned into another case of slipshod reporting. The Sad Puppies lost, to follow the popular line of reasoning from news agencies like NPR, The Guardian, and Wired, and Diversity won. Except even a cursory reading of the Sad Puppies position makes it pretty clear that diversity was never the problem. More on that in a bit. First, some history. Months ago, I stumbled across…

The Secret Truth Behind Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Aug 3rd, 2015 Movies

When I was a kid, I never saw the hidden meaning to the shows that would run on our basic cable subscription (Captain Planet is trying to indoctrinate us to donate to the Sierra Club and hate corporations? What? I thought it was just about a creepy looking X-Men reject). But now that I’m older and have kids of my own, I’ve realized that everyone one…

River Raid – Retro Games With Kids

Apr 20th, 2015 Games

After reading Ready Player One and watching the E.T. documentary on Netflix, I began thinking that maybe it was time to get back to my gaming roots. At the same time, my kids have been begging Amy and I to let them do a Let’s Play video. So why not combine the two together? The video below is the result.

I Played E.T. on Atari And Liked It!

Apr 12th, 2015 Games

My dad was an Atari fanboy. Even before I was old enough to know I was only supposed to like one system, he was already attempting to train me up by defending the Atari brand nearly as viciously as any Xbox or Playstation troll today. Later, when I was much older, he admitted that buying us a Nintendo was almost a betrayal, especially with a perfectly good…

Ready Player One. . .For A Really Dumb Dystopia

Apr 9th, 2015 Books, Movies, and Games

Ready Player One is a fun book. Really, I liked it. I even said so on Goodreads, giving it 4 out of 5 on my review. But as I mentioned there, I had one major problem: the dystopian world Ernest Cline proposes is absolutely idiotic. As I wrote in my review, it was like his economic research was done in a Reddit Occupy Wall Street…