BLT: A Return to Fantasy

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind I’ve always been a fantasy geek: dragons, knights, orcs and elves, dungeons and magic. The genre… Continue reading

Cover Letter

I don’t normally post things like a cover letter I wrote for a recent application, and the following isn’t exactly my opus magnum, but my dad said he thought it was “pretty ingenious,” which brought a rather stupid grin to my face, and that’s something I’d like to remember when I look back in the… Continue reading

Play, But Play Seriously

I woke up yesterday as the early morning light peaked through my window, revealing portentous grey clouds blanketing the sky. Like any Monday, I was less than enthusiastic leaving the comfortable warmth of my bed, but this trivial discomfort would not be the worst part of my day. Around mid-morning, as I systematically responded to… Continue reading

Pen and Paper

The worst part about not having a computer is that I can’t write. The illuminated words on my phone stared back at me, waiting for a reply. Have you ever heard of a pen and paper? came the expected response. It’s no doubt the first response that came to your mind as well, but who… Continue reading

It’s coming…

Listen carefully and you might be able to hear the subtle ringing of metallic weapons and customized armor, the first drop in a developing maelstrom. As I write this, orcs and night elves are undoubtedly donning war paint in eager anticipation of what is to come. In less than 4 days, thousands will descend into… Continue reading

Digital Roads

The world is a lot smaller than it used to be. Without even thinking about it, I can call my friend in Colorado, instant message another friend serving in Iraq, play games with my brother who lives three states away, and fly non-stop from Los Angeles to New York, all in the same day. Globalization… Continue reading

Experimentation with a Celebrity Culture

Three months ago I disabled my Facebook account as part of a personal experiment. My unremarkable rebellion against the modern phenomenon of social networking was largely driven by growing privacy concerns, Mark Zuckerberg’s tyrannical justifications for the site’s changes, and my desire to reduce the metaphorical noise of daily life. Although my abstinence from Facebook… Continue reading