PokémonGo: An Overview of The Phenomenon
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As a twenty-something in the year of 2016, I've been catching Pokémon for almost my entire life. Never before has it felt as interactive as it does with Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game by The Pokémon Company and Niantic....

It's official. I've been Pinegrove'd.
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It happened. After months of continued recommendations from friends that probably know what's best for me anyway, I've fallen deeply in love with Pinegrove. With roots in Montclair, New Jersey, Pinegrove took shape after many years of collaboration between vocalist...

Reclaiming A Twitter Handle: My Seven Year Wait
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“Hi” This was the very first tweet I sent on April 21, 2009 at 9:46 PM from an account I made through SMS on my Nokia 2600c. It was a simple tweet, aimed at nobody in particular. I had...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer breakdown
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The time has finally come to get a glimpse of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of at least 3 planned anthology movies that so far sit on the fringe of the episodic storyline we’re so far...

Why The Force Awakens Lightsaber Handoff Is Significant
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After seeing The Force Awakens in theaters for a third time, I found myself thinking more and more about that last scene—the one where Rey and Chewie ride out to recover Luke from his self-imposed exile, trusty droid in...

My Reading Solution
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So long, Kindle! Well... sort of. In my last post on the subject, I think I made it pretty clear that I'd had just about enough with how Kindle handles third-party ebooks. From converting .ePubs to .mobi files, sending those...

My Reading Dilemma
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In 2016, I’m making a greater effort to get back into reading regularly. There was a time that I was consistently bookmarked somewhere in the pages of an adventure novel, but that time has long since past. With the...

'The Force Awakens': My Initial Examination
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This review contains spoilers. Reading beyond this paragraph means you’ve either seen the movie and care to read insights into the plot of The Force Awakens, or you simply want to ruin a possibly phenomenal movie-going experience for yourself....

My Favorite Things 2015: Music
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Here we are yet again. The year has come to an end and music has been released, now on Fridays, for me to rank as my favorite. As I said in July, I’ve been making Album of The Year...

Facebook Hiatus
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If you have an account on Facebook, you may have come around to the idea that maybe it’s not as great as you once thought it was. UI changes and algorithms aside, the use of Facebook has diminished greatly...

The one thing that I need
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As I continue packing to move in with my girlfriend, I'm taking it upon myself to remember what's most important—what to leave behind and what to bring with me as I start the next chapter of my life with...

The Snapback Slim Deluxe, A Minimalist Leather Wallet
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The Snapback Slim Wallet is my favorite wallet. I carry my wallet in my front pocket and hate clutter there. I have a Swiss army-like key-holder for all of the doors in my life and I needed a wallet to...

My Favorite Things 2015: Music (The First Half)
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Another year, another list of albums I liked. I’ve only been doing this for like five years, but it only took that long to realize that I’m not making these for approval or blog hits, but so that...

We Need To Talk About Kevin
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There once was a scorpion that needed passage from one side of the river to the other. A passing turtle was asked to be his ride. The turtle, wary of the scorpion’s sting declined to help for fear that...

Bands Need Mentors
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A month ago, Alternative Press asked me to be a columnist for their website. This is my first piece for that column. [1] (local backup) I think it’s so incredibly important for our youth to have positive role models....

Breaking Down The Second Force Awakens Teaser
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The Star Wars Celebration kicked off the first of its three days today in Anaheim, CA. There, Star Wars fans from the world around are congregating to share their love for the franchise. A key point in the first day’...

Buying the Apple Watch
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The time is 2:55AM EST. My Pebble smartwatch buzzes furiously on my wrist to remind me that it’s time to get up and order the Apple Watch, another smartwatch. Here I am, 3:00AM, sitting at the kitchen...

Why I'm writing about Star Wars
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When I launched this blog in November, it was purely a matter of timing and circumstance that encouraged me to begin writing and sharing things about Star Wars more often. For the last 5 years, music has been my primary...

Tumblr changes, the good and the bad
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I started my first Tumblr account in 2008. I used it infrequently and eventually moved fully to my Wordpress blogs in late 2009. I used self-hosted Wordpress blogs for 5 years before returning to Tumblr to begin this blog. It...

Former AltPress Editor Scott Heisel Now Substream Editor In Chief
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Since I left my position at Substream Magazine in October, a lot has changed. Both the publication’s Marketing Director (Nici Arsenault) and Managing Editor (Drew Wille) have also effectively left the company. In my 6 months there, those two,...

Follow The Blog on Audiomack
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The issue of streaming copyrighted materials on blogs and webzines has been growing ever wearisome in the past 5 years. What with DMCA notices taking down fan-made YouTube video streams, SoundCloud uploads, and whatnot, limits have been set to stream...

How to work around Tumblr's blurry image embeds in text posts
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When building this website from hand, I worked through a bunch of CSS methods I’d not used before. I was able to create blocks and set widths, padding, and margins with general ease. In the end, my test posts...

GuideGuide: Painless Photoshop Guides in Seconds
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GuideGuide an extension for Adobe Photoshop that makes it easy to place guides and create grids in your document or selection.When I did a clean install of OS X Yosemite and Adobe CS6, one of customizations I first noticed...

My Favorite Things 2014: Music
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2014 has come to an end. I’m sitting at my kitchen table considering the idea that, for the first time since I began making them, I don’t have a publication with which to publish my end-of-the-year lists as...

The Star Wars: Episode VII Lightsaber Dilemma Pt. III
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photo credit: Erel MaatitaIn part one, I introduced the new saber and the theoretical problems that existed with the new crosspiece style hilt. In part two, I dove into alternatives that would make this fantasy weapon “realistic” in the Star...

The Star Wars: Episode VII Lightsaber Dilemma Pt. II
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photo: skyraceLet’s recap. A teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens drops on the blackest of fridays, fans attack YouTube and Apple servers to watch it, a new lightsaber makes its debut. Opinions are formed. Then...

The Star Wars: Episode VII Lightsaber Dilemma
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photo: apfelgriebsToday we received what we’ve been begging for months, a teaser for J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars film, Episode VII - The Force Awakens. The trailer shows a little bit of everything. We get a helmetless stormtrooper...

RIP Justin Proper
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My friend Justin was sick when I met him. He was sick as long as I knew him. It was his sickness that brought him to Ohio way too often, where I would visit him at the Cleveland Clinic not...

My Favorite Things 2013: Music
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‘Tis the season to make the most difficult choices I have to make all year. Seriously, my life is easy enough to make that statement true. I hate making these lists, more-so this year than any year previous. Yet I’...

My Favorite Things 2012: Everything
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This list was originally published on Under The Gun Review when I was the Managing News Editor there. Albums: 1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange 2. Fun. - Some Nights 3. John Mayer - Born and Raised 4. Vacationer -...

My Favorite Things 2011: Music
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This list was originally published on Under The Gun Review when I was the Managing News Editor there. Best Album 1. Parachute - The Way it Was 2. Bayside - Killing Time 3. The Cinema - My Blood is full...

Review: Such Gold/Into It. Over It. - Split EP
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This review was originally published on Under The Gun Review. Bands: Into It. Over It./ Such Gold Album: Split EP Genre: Indie/Emo / Pop Punk/Hardcore Label: No Sleep Records/ Mightier Than Sword Records Continuing with my pop punk hunt,...

My Favorite Things 2010: Music
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This post was originally published on the first incarnation of the CurbsideAudio blog, renamed Malevolent Media by its new owner when I joined Under The Gun Review. Top Ten Albums Compiling a list of my “Top Ten” this year was...