5 Bits of Batman’s Timeless Wisdom

5 Bits of Batman’s Timeless Wisdom

After an examination of lessons to be learned from Superman, it’s only fair during this time of Batman v. Superman hype to spend some time with the Dark Knight of Gotham. Interpretations of Batman seem to varying much more wildly than Superman. After all, this is a character that has both the endearing camp of the Adam West series, pioneer of the grimdark era of comics The Dark Knight Returns, and the fourth wall breaking lunacy of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as equally recognizable and significant eras of the franchise….

Icons of Motivation: Superman

Icons of Motivation: Superman

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share… I’ll never stop fighting. Ever.”—Superman, What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way? These days, it seems to be the “cool” thing to hate on Superman. Whether it be his Lawful Good, Boy Scout morality, powers far exceeding other heroes, or a seeming impossibility to relate to him, he receives more than his fair share…

Icons of Motivation: Daredevil (No Season 2 spoilers)

Icons of Motivation: Daredevil (No Season 2 spoilers)

Author’s Note: Out of respect for those who have not had the chance to finish yet, this piece will not discuss any plot points or story from Daredevil Season 2. “I’m not seeking penance for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking for forgiveness… for what I’m about to do.” The Daredevil hype train can’t be stopped. Season 1 received rave reviews, was watched by millions in just its first week, and was renewed for a second season just eleven days after its premiere. Season 2 accelerated the train with the additions…

Up the Positivity, Cut the Criticism

Up the Positivity, Cut the Criticism

“I knew from the start that the game was going to go poorly and oh, it certainly did. It was obvious my roommate, Alex, didn’t know what he was doing with Katarina and should have stuck with Teemo, whom he usually played. After I convinced him to go mid instead of top, he immediately killed himself on the first tower before our minions even had a chance to spawn, then he spectacularly managed to get himself killed by their minions less than three minutes into the game. After his death…

Level Up Your Life with a Tabletop RPG

Level Up Your Life with a Tabletop RPG

Normally blogs praising tabletop role-playing games start out with dispelling the stereotype of Dungeons and Dragons (or whatever RPG of your choice) as a game not just for sun-deprived, overweight, acne-ridden neckbeards. Because of the recent geek culture boom however, that stereotype has largely faded and is now recognized as a pastime for people of all walks of life. Tabletop RPGs may be thought of as just a fun hobby, a chaotic-and-murderous-in-a-socially-acceptable-way fun hobby. However, there are benefits to these games you might not have realized. Yes, committing Orc genocide in…

Shoutout: Feasting on Fusion – Tried and True Worldly Recipes

Shoutout: Feasting on Fusion – Tried and True Worldly Recipes

We’ll take a brief break today from the usual nerdery to spotlight a friend and coworker’s blog. Feasting on Fusion spotlights delicious recipes from around the world and how to cook them with sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Founder Lubana Lanewala describes the blogs purpose as promoting artistic and multi-cultural foods, with a focus on mindful sourcing as well as the history behind its origins. She wishes to spread the joy of sourcing and cooking with one’s own ingredients, while celebrating the melting pot of global cuisine. Check out the blog…

Icons of Motivation: Mozu (Fire Emblem Fates)

Icons of Motivation: Mozu (Fire Emblem Fates)

The Fire Emblem Fates clickbait train has probably left the station by now, but I wasn’t going to make a post about it until I had actually played a fair chunk of it (3/4 through Birthright, Conquest and Revelation remain untouched). Most of the gaming press has focused on controversial localization (to put it mildly), odd implications of marriage possibilities, or Camilla’s…tomes. Much character analysis has been dedicated to Corrin and his/her royal siblings/adopted siblings, but today, we’re going to focus on a minor character who isn’t of noble blood,…

Guest Post: Fitness, Parenting, and 70 Pounds of Weight Loss

Guest Post: Fitness, Parenting, and 70 Pounds of Weight Loss

This is a guest post by my dear friend and favorite fitness guru Megan. I hope to have more guest posts in the future, and I hope you enjoy one person’s testimony on self improvement and can find inspiration in it for yourself! – Drill Soul Hello! My name is Megan, I’m a 26 year old homemaker, part time bartender, and now Jr. High Track Coach. I love baking, doodling, tattoos, and all things black or with a high protein/fiber content. I started my fitness journey a month after my…

The Vital Spirit of Kenna Emmons, Companion Piece

The Vital Spirit of Kenna Emmons, Companion Piece

Today I reposted an article telling the story of my cousin Kenna’s battle with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency.  During my senior year in Montana State University’s Film and Photography major, I wrote and directed a fantasy film based loosely on her story, “Fever Dream Hero Taiyomusha.” The film is a tribute to Japanese tokusatsu film and television, about a terminally ill girl who imagines herself as a superhero battling dark forces as she battles the complications of her disease in real life. I wanted to share it along with the article,…

The Vital Spirit of Kenna Emmons

The Vital Spirit of Kenna Emmons

This is an article I wrote for the MSU Exponent in March of 2011. I have added relevant links for informational purposes and made some edits for clarity and format. “Close your eyes, little girl. You’re a princess now, you own this world. Twirling in your twirly dress, you’re the loveliest, far above the rest.” —Flyleaf, “Set Apart This Dream.” On February 18th, 2011, the town of Broadus, Montana, suffered the loss of the strongest person I have ever had the honor of knowing. My cousin Kenna Emmons, who had…