Monthly Archives: February 2017

Book Review: Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick is the second autobiography that I have listened to in audio form as read by the author, and it is another one that I highly recommend. Anna Kendrick’s story is an example of someone who found the thing that they loved to do and kept pursuing it. It also shows that success does not necessarily change how we perceive ourselves, it just changes how much money we have. Anyone who has seen some of Anna Kendrick’s tweets will already have an idea of what this book is going to be like because it is full of her sarcastic personality.

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Meme Monday – On the Phone

It seems that you reach a point when you have to collect memes. If you’re using memes.

It starts on your desktop or otherwise on your computer. Just a meme or two, that you save. “I might need this again later,” you think.


Then you get more of them. Used for passing moments, but saved for later. Just in case.

But you’re not always on your computer. And you reach that moment: you want to use the meme. But you’re on your phone.

And the meme folder on your phone is born.


And once you have it, once you have such a folder… it needs memes. So you hunt some down. Ones you’ve used before. References you love. Things you might use later.


But from there, well, it’s time to make more memes yourself. Maybe you edit up something existing…


Or maybe you put more work into it than that. But from there, the meme folder grows and grows. And you go back to it when you feel the need to reply with a meme.


Or the need to compose a blog post on your phone.

So hit me: what memes are you collecting?

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Tabletop RPG Storytime – Comparative Opinions Episode 35

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts Holly and David are considering a tabletop roleplaying campaign, and take some time thinking back on game systems and campaigns they’ve played. Reminisce, consider systems, and join in the nostalgia! Let us know what your favorite RPG stories are, or what systems you recommend!

Comparative Opinions is a weekly half-hour-ish podcast hosted on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes every Sunday!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

What to do for a new Roleplaying Game?

The thought, the opportunity, to play in another tabletop roleplaying group is upon us. It’s been a while – our last group collectively ran into The Real World and haven’t been able to reconnect. But it’s always a fun thing, and something we would not be opposed to finding time for in our lives.

We were playing a combined in-person and online campaign, and using 4th Edition D&D rules, and online interfaces like Roll20.net. We have a lot of the base 4th Edition books because of this, and that does make the ruleset intriguing to fall back on… however, there are some other inherent problems in the system that I’ve talked about before.

We also happen to still have a bunch of materials for D&D 3.5, still an incredibly popular system. We don’t have anything for Pathfinder – the variant of those rules that is most popular still today. Which means we’d probably want to stay in the D&D realm of things.

And since then, 5th Edition has come out – and has been lauded for its cleaned up rules and re-emphasis on the roleplaying aspect. Combat is fun, but when you really get into it can also take hours. Also, the base rules for 5th Edition are available free online, so we could look into it more and see if we like it before having to invest any more…

Which leaves these three all as viable options. So I thought I would ask you, dear readers, which system you would suggest. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or at least, vote in our poll!

How Are They Going to Pull Off… Logan

Another in my ongoing series wondering on the question… how are they going to pull off this movie? This time it’s Logan, entering in as the 10th X-Men franchise movie, the third solo Wolverine movie, and as a theoretical adaptation from the comics – especially of the Old Man Logan story. That’s a lot of baggage to carry into a movie.

Meanwhile, the trailers have shown us a movie stripped down to simplicity, to emotions. And violence, something that follows Wolverine wherever he goes. It’s worth noting this is also going to be rated R so they’re doing a bit there which they haven’t before with him, but this definitely looks like a movie that serves more purpose than just an excuse to make an R-rated Wolverine movie.

To be honest, the movie just looks good and is also getting great feedback from folks who have seen it, from the people involved, or even just people seeing the trailers. This may be a movie that transcends its superhero-movie subgenre and becomes just a standalone classic. Unfortunately, that’s the hype and expectation level they’ve gotten me to, so it has a lot to live up to!

But to get to that point, well, how are they going to pull that off?

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