Self Care for Men: More Vital Than You’d Think

Self Care for Men: More Vital Than You’d Think

Read any self improvement or mental health book/blog long enough and you’re guaranteed to come across the words ‘self care.’ It typically delivered with nurturing words and sweet acknowledgements of the struggles of life. The ‘self-care’ tag on Tumblr unleashes a cavalcade of calming pastel colors and uplifting platitudes. There are about as many guides to self care floating around the World Wide Web as there are cat pictures. These blogs tend to be very popular with women, but the copious yet constitutive advice is often lost on the other…

Comfort in Relationships, Death of Self Improvement?

Comfort in Relationships, Death of Self Improvement?

Friends, please bow your heads in a moment of silence. We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of many cool, active, and driven friends and acquaintances. They were bright and shining presences in our lives taken from us too soon. Though they may have left the land of the living, the memories they left us with will live on. The cause of death? A comfortable, non-challenging relationship. Disclaimer: This article does not imply a relationship automatically makes someone into a less interesting person. Many people in relationships and…

5 Lessons from Star Trek’s Wisest Captain

5 Lessons from Star Trek’s Wisest Captain

Normally in a keyword chasing blog post about a long-lived franchise getting a new movie, someone would comment on the hype train surrounding the film or why it’s ‘never been better to be an [insert film here] fan!’ I just can’t say that about Star Trek. Ever since Star Trek Enterprise slumped in ratings and into cancellation, the last two decades have not been kind to the franchise. The fandom is alive and well, but it’s not the crackling worldwide phenomenon it used to be. Sure, the Abrams movies kept the franchise…

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO has lit the Internet on fire. In a news week with the FBI declining to recommend indictment for Hilary Clinton and horrific police shootings, a video game involving searching for fictional monsters on cell phones still manages to be a dominant topic. Nintendo’s stock jumped 10% after release. Thousands of statuses and tweets about the game flood the social networks. Incredible stories are already popping up, like a player that found a dead body while playing. Pokémon GO meetups worldwide are in the making. In a year or…

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Me being the characteristically Slowpoke gamer that I am, I sat out the initial Wii U release of the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors sorta-crossover Hyrule Warriors. I finally joined the battle in June when I needed entertainment for a plane ride to Alaska for my bestie’s wedding. DLC is planned through the end of the year though so I say it’s still relevant to discuss. The frenetic hack ‘n’ slash gameplay plus delectably gratuitous Zelda fanservice of Hyrule Warriors hooked me instantly, but early on, something else caught my eye: a crossbow-toting farm girl who…

Shoutout: New Game +, by Dr. Nerdlove

Shoutout: New Game +, by Dr. Nerdlove

If it wasn’t obvious from my recommended blogs widget, I’m a huge fan of Harris O’Malley, AKA Dr. Nerdlove (who is not a real doctor). Before I ever floated the idea of spouting anime-inspired philosophy and motivational platitudes at nerds though, I voraciously devoured his content. He challenged (and changed) my perspective on the dreaded Friend Zone, the platonic backdoor friendship gambit (better known as ‘Nice Guys’), toxic masculinity, and numerous other topics that make men look like clueless Slowpokes at best and borderline predators at worst. When I first…

Icons of Motivation: Spider-Man

Icons of Motivation: Spider-Man

Spider-Man needs no introduction. He stands with Batman and Superman as the three most well-known superheroes in the world, and hell, one of the most recognizable fictional characters in general. Alongside Batman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers, his merchandise never leaves the shelves of stores for very long. It simply metamorphoses from iteration to iteration of the franchise. It’s easy to understand why. Children enjoy the superhero action and a masked costume they can imagine themselves under, while older viewers/readers enjoy the personal struggles of a hero that’s “just like…