Issue 4

Facebook Friends Unite!

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…

Wazed and Confused

A few weeks ago, I decided to download a Google-owned navigation app called Waze. I’d heard a lot about it from friends, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. Coincidentally, I went on a trip to Delaware last week and I was able to put it to…

Digital Commemoration and an Online Afterlife

When Leonard Nimoy died on February 27th, response to his passing was swift as the news sent shockwaves through many online communities. A thousand players of the game Star Trek Online congregated at the planet Vulcan, homeworld of Nimoy’s character Spock, as a means to pay respect to the actor….

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…

The Walking Dead in a Digital America

The Walking Dead returned Sunday, February 8, 2015 for the second half of its fifth season. 15.6 million people tuned in. I was one of them. The show has a knack for subverting our expectations of a television show and what it should give us as viewers. A premiere, for…

The Significance of the Notorious RBG | Emily Miller

Four women have held the post of Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Four. Total. Ever. And they are all still alive today: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. This is our very recent history. All but Justice O’Connor, who retired in 2006,…

Dancing with Sharks

Super Bowl 2015, you rarified beast. Which part ruffled your feathers more? When Nationwide brought the house down with their apocalyptic child accident commercial? When the Seahawks and Patriots decided to settle things with their fists? Or that dancing shark, man? You know the one. The one on the left….

White Noise

As I hunkered down and prepared for the snowstorm that passed through Richmond last night, I decided to head over to a few of my favorite websites to save some articles for offline use in case I was to lose power. Fortunately my apartment complex managed to stay on the…