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Tom’s Triumphs – I Am Too Old To Do Things

Shortly after my 38th birthday, I loaded my little family up for a trip to the Black Hills with the in-laws. I had never been, but it’s my wife’s favorite place on earth. So we coordinated a trip with four couples and two babies to the southwest quarter of South Dakota. The trip was amazing, but I often ended up sounding like classic detective Roger Murtaugh.

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Tom’s Triumph: A Tom in the Wilderness

You might think the brain behind Outside is Overrated would be akin to Sheldon Cooper’s – believing that man has spent thousands of years perfecting inside, why would we ever go out? Alas, (or avast?) this Tom spent nearly two weeks in  Alaska and the pristine wilderness of Voyageurs National Park. So did our fearless adventurer log more hours in Final Fantasy or catching fish?

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Tom’s Triumphs – Everything Good Comes to an End

Maybe it’s because I am up against a self-imposed deadline to get my column out every month. Maybe it’s sleep deprivation from having a nearly one-year-old child. Maybe I’m just a bitter old man, but it feels like everything  that I love (in the entertainment realm) is coming to an end this year.

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Tom’s Triumphs – Overcoming a Crappy Month

For most of my life, I’ve had a fear/general distaste about using public restrooms to drop a deuce. I mean, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but if there is any foreseeable way for me to capture home field advantage, I am capable of holding my bowels for long periods of time. My dad and brother will probably never let go of the fact that I once drove 20 minutes to a casino for a bathroom break when we were ice fishing.

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Illustrator John Gallagher on Working in Movies, DC Shows, Comics and Gaming

John Gallagher is an entertainment illustrator who has worked in screen-based entertainment since 1995. His resume includes four seasons working on The Flash, as well as two on Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Falling Skies, Once Upon a Time and dozens of others. He also previously spent nine years working in video games at Bioware Corp prior to moving to film in 2008.

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SHOCKING Game of Thrones News

If you’re like me, you spent last night on YouTube listening to various covers of Jimmy Ruffin’s classic What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?  Take three minutes out of your busy schedule to enjoy the original work of genius: Continue reading “SHOCKING Game of Thrones News”

16,000 Games and Counting

Software Engineer Jonathan Chapman loves gaming, and he has a physical collection of over 16,000 games to prove it. In addition to the games, Chapman collects different versions of consoles, books, game guides and comics.

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Top 5 Stand-Up Comedians

I’ve been slacking lately with Top 5 Friday blogs… a thousand apologies, loyal readers!

Today I decided to mix it up and discuss my Top 5 stand-up comedians.  Comedy is an under-appreciated art, in my opinion.  A musical group can write a 3-minute song and get rich.  A stand-up comedian has to write 15, 30 or 60 minutes worth of jokes and perform in front of a drunken audience who won’t hesitate to start heckling if they aren’t impressed.  I’m not saying creating music is easy, but a 1988 Casio keyboard can come up with a good beat.  Yet there still isn’t a computer on on the planet that can tell a good joke.  With that in mind, it’s time to appreciate this under-appreciated art with…

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Defending the Star Wars Prequels

It’s time to give the Star Wars prequels their proper respect! Continue reading “Defending the Star Wars Prequels”

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