[Concert Review] Year of the Cobra (2017)

You’ve gotta start somewhere. Year of the Cobra, along with other bands expanding the Seattle sound into heavier territory like Wounded Giant and Devils Hunt Me Down, could eventually boil over into wider acclaim. They’re tenacious enough to perform as much as they can. Fill the opening “local band” slot for some rock bands that don’t sound anything like you? Sure! Any opportunity to practice, refine and develop their sound, aiming to win new fans and solidify existing fans.

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[Grime/Glitter] Deflecting the Haters

The hardest thing you can do is be yourself. When you forgo your group’s identity, your duty becomes protecting you and yours rather than relying on others. You have to be ready to defend yourself against those who take potshots at your newly solidified identity. Let’s expand from a specific example: about three hundred people have illegitimately attempted to break into this website within the last ten days and you know what? They failed miserably!

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[Toy Review] WWE Zombies 1: The Rock (ZMB1-02)

If the concept behind zombies, and their permeation into popular culture, fascinate you, yet wrestling does not, would the WWE Zombies line of action figures be a good launching point into better appreciating the hobby? Maybe not in terms of suddenly becoming interested in wrestling. Just gaining more of an appreciation. I started with Dwayne Johnson because he’s about as good a candidate as any to test those waters having long broken free from being strictly shackled to wrestling as The Rock.

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[Concert Review] The Creepshow (2017)

For years, I considered only one performance eligible for a “perfect” five star rating, a concert that inspired me to value impossibly dedicated work ethic over all else. Seeing GUITAR WOLF might have inspired my work motto of “I won’t take a break until I sweat!” I’ve since attended more concerts and seen other performances that have reached that trifecta of catchy, fun, and inspiring music to open the floodgates, including The Creepshow.

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[Applied Psychology] No Tail Pullin’!

Most “nice” people seem so worried about offending others that they’re willing to get walked over to avoid any conflict before exploding in uncontrolled anger. I’ve been guilty of that. In recent years especially, I’ve been trying to improve, so I’ve been thinking about how to hold true to your beliefs while adapting to the world. Taking a lesson from my childhood dog Patrick, I think I’ve found the middle ground.

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[Toy Review] Subjective Review Structure

There’s this idea that once we grow up we should put away our childhood. Why? Who’s to say that those of us that once enjoyed MOTU, TMNTG.I. Joe, and X-Men toys cannot continue to enjoy them? How about going further to create, recreate, or critique action figures? Let’s explore this idea further in future posts, perhaps in reviews hinted at with this preview photo? Until then, here’s our subjective review structure.

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[The Story] Public Transit Content

I’ve retreated back to the comfort of infrequently producing ambitious content. While possibly better than producing inconsequential content frequently, I should work on a balance, so here’s an update to The Story. These two LEGO minifigs roughly represent the main characters: John holding a bus rail with his good hand, Trishna in her yellow wheelchair. Most of my recent brainstorming revolves around this transit theme.

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[Grime/Glitter] Editing the Past

On a recently bus ride home, I was thinking about the Pay It Forward post, and I realized that I left out a very important piece of information! I got the keys back… how? The phrase “thanks to a membership card” came up. I knew I needed to add that phrase to make it more complete. There’s just one problem. It was done, complete, and published. I edited anyways, which got me thinking: when should we edit old posts?

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[Concert Review] Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag (2017)

Even if you’ve seen a band before and enjoyed them, you should always go in with low expectations. Either they or the other bands on the bill could disappoint. There is also not enough conversation about how boring concerts can be: the downtime before the show, breakdown and setup between bands, and even during the show if the band doesn’t engage the audience. I’ve seen Anti-Flag now three times. How did they fair?

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[Grime/Glitter] Pay It Forward

Lost my keys taking this photo. I went about my day, unknowing that they had even disappeared into the ether, only to return to worry. Searched through everything. Everywhere. Imagined my route mentally. Retraced my steps physically. I resigned my efforts after that exhaustive search until the call arrived! If I hadn’t taken this photo, I wouldn’t have went through all of the worry. Was it worth it?

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