[Grime/Glitter] Good For Better

Life’s about change. We forget our sleeping dreams to pursue the dreams we can live. Change is hard. We don’t want to say goodbye to friends or tear down our good work. It’d be painful before to take down elaborate sets, now it’s not callousness, it’s looking forward to better setups. We’ll make new friends and can rekindle old, so while we can’t return to right now, we can steer change toward building better moments!



[The Story] Conflicts Versus Peace

Conflicts typically suck. They do make for interesting topics to talk about so long as we don’t pull anyone under while fighting off those demons. In this week’s brainstorming update to The Story, we’ll cover some of the formative conflicts the main characters John (sword) and Trishna (spear) encountered before the main events of the narrative and cover future plot points. As always, ideas are subject to change once the formal writing begins; no ETA.

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[Event Review] Lake City Toy Show (Spring 2017)

Vendors at Renton City Retro told me about Seattle’s hidden collecting secret for the last twenty-two* years: Lake City Toy Show. Unlike the more mainstream retro show that had videogames, action figures, and other fun activities, this was where you’d find anything more obscure. Cool for serious collectors. How about for everyone else? If you were in the area for the car show, or happened through town in the early afternoon, was there anything worthwhile?

Rating for collectors: ★★★★☆ [4/5], otherwise: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

[Applied Psychology] Our Identity Baskets

We typically base ourselves on one main variable. It’s easier to say, “I’m a X,” where X is a professional, recreational, or familial role you play because it’s cumbersome to say, “Z, O, M, B, I, E, P, A, PE, and R equals me!” We’ll forget about those variables when stress hits us. It’s like putting all your eggs in one “identity basket.” When that basket or one variable falters, everything crashes. Don’t let it!

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[Grime/Glitter] Bad Business Practices

As we’ve been seeing with businesses that have been closing or reducing, no business is invincible, and Nintendo is conducting bad business practices by not listening to its customers by discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. They’re not directly ripping anyone off. The scalpers aren’t Nintendo employees. Yet if their official response provides excuses, and as I suspect, this was all to drum up attention for their newest product, for shame. Let’s review their official response.

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[Rowing Machine] Two Six Zero

I’ve held my weight steady, from 260 to 258.8 pounds, since that weigh-in last month. That might be disappointing news if I were exercising as frequently as I was initially. I’ve just been relying on eating slightly better, because let’s face it, you don’t become overweight because you never find any tasty food. Since this weekly column is dedicated to better physical health, let’s brainstorm ways to incorporate regular exercising routines into the sedentary lifestyle.

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[Thrifting Adventures] Please Be Kind

We can still rent video tapes in 2017! In this episode of Thrifting Adventures, we’ll briefly cover the news that Rain City Video in Seattle will close on April 28th, consider cultural preservation versus technological evolution, and conclude with positivity. There are local options remaining that could inspire those abroad for watching obscure media, such as the Zatoichi television show, Spectreman on VHS, or anachronistically learning about Windows 95 featuring contemporary actors, without requiring piracy!

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