Commendable or Confusing?: A Look at the American Museum of Natural History

It's difficult to modernise entrenched ideas, concepts, and old institutions. It's confusing, expensive, and there are political/social consequences which have to be carefully weighed. In the sciences, maybe it could be something about classification whether the Brontosaurus of yesteryear is actually an Apatosaurus or whether we can just finally go back to calling it a… Continue reading Commendable or Confusing?: A Look at the American Museum of Natural History

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Silicon Brick Road of Guilt (Pt3: Conscience)

Guilt. It's not easy. In many cases, it can be the smallest detail, something almost unintentional that you latch onto and form some kind of "bond" with, or that leaves you feeling awful for days. This is my favourite bit, if I'm honest. There are many, many ways to make you feel "conscience" in a game.… Continue reading Silicon Brick Road of Guilt (Pt3: Conscience)

Old is as Old Does: Natural Museum of Ireland

There are many approaches to showing people the zoological wonders of the world. Documentaries, funny clips on YouTube, maybe magazines like National Geographic, but one of the best ways, in my opinion, to give people a true idea of what lives in this world is to see something in person. A pretty obvious idea, as… Continue reading Old is as Old Does: Natural Museum of Ireland

Silicon Brick Road of Guilt (Pt. 2: Consequence)

So we've covered some basics of videogame guilt, so let's get a little deeper. Oh, and minor/major spoiler alerts for most of these games, by the way. If you see the name of a game you haven't played and want to, I'd stay away from that game's section. This will be nowhere near comprehensive; that can… Continue reading Silicon Brick Road of Guilt (Pt. 2: Consequence)

Silicon Brick Road of Guilt (Pt. 1: Why did I do this..?)

Guilt. Guilt is one of those weird, almost untouchable emotions we all spend countless amounts of alcohol, therapy, denial, or self-justification to live with. It walks hand-in-hand with regret down the road of life, taking hellacious dumps for us to step on when we least want or expect to. So why, then, would we ever willingly… Continue reading Silicon Brick Road of Guilt (Pt. 1: Why did I do this..?)

Curating New Ideas: Natural History in Budapest

Whenever I go to a new city, the first thing I typically look for is its natural history museum. It's not a make-or-break for visiting somewhere, but it sure comes close. I recently forced myself into a holiday, going to Budapest for a couple days. They happen to have a natural history museum. Double-plus good.… Continue reading Curating New Ideas: Natural History in Budapest

Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Part 2

So as previously discussed, Christmas is not exactly a standardized holiday. Between different nations and/or cultures, the day may be different, the events may proceed differently, the movies are different, et cetera et cetera. There is one rather large part I've left out. Food. As opposed to the expected US Thanksgiving, Christmas has no set… Continue reading Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Part 2

Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Pt. 1

Christmas appears to be the one holiday that everyone has at least some kind of response to. For some it's a wistful memory, some bitter hatred, or even an (often over-)emphasized ambivalence, be they theist or atheist, consumers or retail slaves, or be they human or ancient lizardfolk alike. It's wildly inclusive if one looks… Continue reading Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Pt. 1

Rattle and Ramble: The Skeleton Question

Skeletons. If one were to believe the rumours, they are both spooky and scary. They're also a fairly steadfast companion for the average person; a beneficial tenant in Hotel You. Wave your hand in front of your face. Your skeleton just said hi. But skeletons, what's the deal with 'em? Skeletons just don't seem to… Continue reading Rattle and Ramble: The Skeleton Question

A Short Digestif for Meals Long Past

Sometimes it can be easy to take the things around us for granted. Enough time spent around a certain stimulus or situation and it will often cease to have the same impact compared to the first time, or returning to it after an extended period of time. Perhaps moving somewhere new, and there's a particularly… Continue reading A Short Digestif for Meals Long Past