The Best of Drill Soul (So Far)

The Best of Drill Soul (So Far)

Last Updated: 3/6/2017 This post was originally written to commemorate my 50th post on the blog. I’ve decided to repurpose it into a list that will be periodically added to. So with that in mind, here is a list of some of the posts I feel are my best work and the places I would direct a new reader to learn about the blog and get a taste for what it’s all about. Maybe there are some of these you’ve missed, or maybe you’d like to read them again. So, here…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

The grand literary saga of the Boy Who Lived finally continues in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child…as a stage play. It is a mixed bag, for sure. Some parts of the story deliver great character development, but it also suffers from an annoying protagonist and plot threads that feel like they don’t belong in the Harry Potter setting. Is it worth reading? Is it a good continuation? Well, there’s a lot to consider. J.K. Rowling wisely anticipated there would be hell to pay if the new story was inaccessible to people…

Is Tolerance a Paradox?

Is Tolerance a Paradox?

Last week week, I published a post that, among other things, advocated for a broad spectrum of tolerance based on the Wiccan Rede: Let people do their own thing, without criticism or condemnation, so long as what they’re doing doesn’t bring harm or distress to others. As you might guess if you have read other posts here or followed the blog’s Facebook page, I lean liberal. I try to minimize bringing politics into this operation, but I’m not afraid to make a statement either. Writing that post, plus following the comments…

Cosplay Adventures with Venom

Cosplay Adventures with Venom

Time for another cosplay post! This time, our subject is everyone’s favorite salivating symbiotic scoundrel: Venom, debuted at Animazement 2016. It was a very different process from my previous endeavor with Cubone, but the unique challenges were fun nonetheless. It involved a lot of hot glue and the stench of liquid latex, but I’m quite pleased with the result. Inspiration I’ve always been a fan of Venom, ever since first seeing him in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and always choosing him at my local pizza joint’s Marvel vs. Capcom cabinet….

An Ode to Vegetable Oil

An Ode to Vegetable Oil

My fellow cosplayers, let me tell you a story of happiness, heartbreak, dread, redemption, and household cooking products: The day vegetable oil saved my favorite cosplay. I arrived home last night to see my Civil War Spider-Man had arrived, two days early in fact!. I tried it on, it fit perfectly, I selfie’d it up, thrilled to wear it at Animazement. When I’d had my fun, I put it on a hanger and took it up stairs to safely store in my closet. I open the door, and I see…

Spambot Comment Spotlight

Spambot Comment Spotlight

Before your blog starts getting comments by actual human users, you’ll start receiving weird comments with poor grammar (or possibly not even written in English) that either make zero sense or make sense and are actually random advertisements. Yep, we’re talking about roving spambots. These things seem to find your blog before you even attempt promoting the thing and even more roll in once some exposure is attained. These bots either drop off comments written by someone who’s first language isn’t English or are randomly generated from lists of common…

Cosplay Adventures with Cubone

Cosplay Adventures with Cubone

Those who follow my Facebook page know I’ve spent the last few months working on a cosplay of the Pokémon Cubone, right around the time this blog was started actually. Most of my recent costumes had either been purchased or commissioned, so I decided I should create one from scratch, entirely assembled by my own two hands. I can’t remember exactly when the idea struck me to create a human version of Cubone (also known as a “gijinka“), but the idea consumed my imagination quickly. I have seen several Cubone…

List Your Problems Away: Practical Application

List Your Problems Away: Practical Application

As the old adage goes, practice what you preach. Or, more aptly, practice what you earnestly suggest to others. Earlier this week I published a post promoting stress relief by listing out one’s problems and analyzing them one by one. Check it out if you haven’t read it yet. As fate would have it, some life situations arose to put me into a stressful mood of my own. It was the perfect time to personally test the words I had written. The day seemed innocuous enough, just another day at the…

Issues with Batman v Superman

Issues with Batman v Superman

The reception to Batman v Superman is, to put it lightly, controversial. Some accuse it of being a derelict smashup on par with the Great Train Wreck of 1918, while others rushed to the defense of the film with the retort that most critics are cynical assholes. I mentioned in my retrospectives of motivational lessons from Batman and Superman that I would exclude the film (plus Man of Steel) from discussion to avoid spoilers and because of my issues with how Superman is portrayed in the DC Extended Universe. With…