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The Perfect Soldier | Virtual Interactive Worlds

The Perfect Soldier is a performance piece that explores the connection between personality traits and the human soldier. Throughout history, the ideal of the perfect soldier was of an individual who was more machine than man, lacking core personality traits such as empathy, guilt, and doubt. As technological development advances,…

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I had an unusual thought last night, and I’m going to attribute it entirely to a book I’ve been reading by Alain de Botton called Status Anxiety. Suffice to say, the book is a relaxing explanation as to the causes of status anxiety (defined as being anxious because of the…

On Getting Older (and Balder)

When I was younger, I kept my hair pretty long. This served two functions: 1. It allowed me to hide from the world, because no teenage boy with acne actually thinks they’re good looking, and 2. It made my head look bigger. Which, for a comic book nerd, is kind…