Category: Entertainment

Essays on books, movies, television, music, video games and other forms of entertainment

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Big Sports and the Cable TV Bubble

In economics, a “bubble” occurs when when something gets wildly overvalued. Its value increases to ridiculous amounts, until people realize what’s going on. Then the bubble bursts. This has happened many times throughout history,...

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The Problem with Prequels

We live in an age of fictional universes. It’s no longer cool to write a self-contained story. Instead we like to geek out at extended franchises, like the Star Wars or Marvel universes. Even...

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The Formulaic Comforts of HGTV

I grew up on a steady diet of This Old House, but since that’s only on every so often, I settle instead on HGTV. I watch it on the treadmill at the gym, and...

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Getting in Shape with Pokémon Go

“That’s so last summer,” said one of my friends when I mentioned Pokémon Go. “I can’t believe you’re still playing that.” That seems to be a lot of people’s reaction, in fact. When the...

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The Matrix Rebooted

Back at the turn of the century, The Matrix was the coolest thing in sci-fi. I was a fan of the movie, like so many others. But 16 years later, the movie and its...

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More Interesting YouTube Channels

I watched a lot of YouTube during my unemployment, and I discovered a lot of cool YouTube channels. I love YouTube channels that are educational but entertaining, channels that fill the role abandoned by...

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The Plants of Jurassic Park

I love Jurassic Park (especially the first one), and I’ve watched it more times than I care to remember. But up until recently, I didn’t notice a major plot hole in the series. Plants....

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Can I Be a Nerdfighter?

It started with SciShow. While watching chemistry videos on YouTube, I stumbled across Hank Green’s series of short, concise science videos. From there, YouTube’s Related Links led me to Crash Course World History with...