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After writing this article, all my books are doing this. Weird eh? Image by Jess Bailey from Pixabay.

Love letter to print: Why I still simp for paper

Print media still rules, I don’t care what the haters say. I will always enjoy sitting down with a physical newspaper, magazine, or a book, even when I have to force myself to read because of pandemic anxiety. So I penned this love letter to print and called it a blog post. Maybe I should have made a zine.

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One way to avoid posting bad opinions online is to have someone else stop you by force.

How to not post bad opinions online

Picture the following scenario: You posted another opinion online and it turned out to be a stinker. Your post got lots of engagement, but it was mostly people dunking on you. Fox News hosts contact you to offer you time on air to defend your views. You announce you’re going to take another social media break until the hype dies down. Well, I’m here to show you how to break this cycle. I’m going to teach you how to not post bad opinions online.

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Me, reading by force. Photo by Ronan Lyver.

Reading by force: How I rekindled my love of books

Something wasn’t sitting right with me after I wrote that article about reading during the pandemic. The post ended on a bittersweet note in which I hoped I would get back to reading. But just hoping things will happen isn’t my style. I prefer action, so I decided to try reading by force.

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Eggs are a substance I really do not want on my phone or computer. So, I stick with recipes on paper. Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay.

Recipes on paper are more practical than videos

Call me old school, but I think the most practical medium for recipes is print. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching recipe videos and seeing the techniques professional chefs use to make delicious meals. But when I hop into the kitchen to make food myself, I’d rather work off a book, a note, or a card. I’m all about those recipes on paper.

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Why can't I hold all these books? Photo by Ronan Lyver.

Reading during a pandemic is not an easy task

After writing last week’s post on the video games I’ve played during the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought I would look at some other media that has keep me going over the past year. There’s just one problem: I haven’t turned to each medium equally. Since the pandemic started, I have hardly read any books at all. So instead, I’m going to look at what happened to my love of reading.

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This was basically me before I realized I could get through my massive backlog of video games with all my new free time. Image by Tumisu from Pixabay.

Video games got me through the pandemic’s first year

Good lord, it’s really been a year hasn’t it. A whole year has gone by since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Relatedly, this post is going up on the one-year anniversary of when I began working from home. It’s a bleak anniversary, but it’s not enough to make me go back on my promise to fight against doomscrolling. I’m covering this one the happy way, by highlighting the video games that have helped make the past year ever so slightly less horrible for me.

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This is basically how it feels to find new music using my method. Image by vanleuven0 from Pixabay.

I need to find a new way to find new music

I realized recently that I am a musical monster. My plan was to write about how there are several albums that I started out being indifferent toward, but over time grew to enjoy. Lately that has been the discography of Big Thief, an indie band from the States. But as I wrote, it became apparent that I am the problem. Specifically, the problem is how I find new music to listen to.

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Most of this stuff is from the early days, although the Mimikyu toy on the left is only a couple of years old, and the small Mew and Mewtwo figure is from a trading card set celebrating Pokémon's 20th anniversary.

Pokémon history: Being a kid during the craze

Good lord, Pokémon is turning 25 this Saturday. North American fans may feel like that sounds wrong, but that date corresponds with the Japanese release date of Pokémon Red and Green on Feb. 27, 1996. The multimedia franchise made it to the rest of the world in 1998 and kicked off a global craze that would last well past the end of the 90s. In honour of the anniversary, I thought I’d look back at what it was like to be a kid during the rise and fall of Pokémania. This is a sort of first-person account of Pokémon history.

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This man tried in vain to shield himself from that which has made him become the Joker. Or so I imagine. The original image, which I cropped, is by Mehrshad Rezaei from Pixabay.

It’s 2021. Why are people threatening to become the Joker?

The Joker is a destructive, attention-seeking, self-obsessed edgelord like the ones that have made using certain parts the internet an absolute hell. He’s bad for the sake of being bad. A comically evil villain who is also damaged. So why are so many people online now threatening to become the Joker?

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I've always wanted to create bizarre stock photos for this site, and now I've finally done it. Note the games I discuss are not pictured as I own both digitally. Oh well.

That video game you want has a best-before date

I’m terrible at playing video games in a timely fashion. Most of the games I play are a couple years old, and I usually choose them because they happened to be on sale. Saving money is the main benefit of this strategy, but it’s not without its downsides. The main one is that art can come with a best-before date, and often games don’t go on sale until they’ve reached that point.

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