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Why I hate The Red Cross

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I haven’t hit publish this week, despite the best of intentions. I had a few good ideas that I wrote up which turned out to actually be crap, upon execution, and now it’s Friday. Friday is my self-imposed deadline. I’d like to write and publish something every day but once a week is the bare minimum I’m willing to accept from myself. Lazy, hack self…

Over the past few years I’ve let a lot of my hate go. It felt rude to trap it, against its will. This is generally a good thing but it causes problems when… Read the rest

5 Signs That Autistics Are Vampires

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Many ancient myths are based in fact. Manatees were mistaken for mermaids, the city of Troy turned out to be more truth than legend and zombies were actually just drugged Haitians. Like the aforementioned bath-salted Hispaniolas, vampires do exist; they’ve just been exaggerated in popular literature and movies. Vampires are, in fact, high functioning autistics.

As Joss Whedon said, “Every vampire fiction reinvents vampires to its own needs. You take what you want.” And this is how we disassociated vampires from their Aspergers origin, by adding slight exaggerations for the purpose of story-telling.

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It Doesn’t Matter That The NFL Is Nonprofit

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Twice yesterday I was faced with articles decrying the NFL for being a nonprofit. Once was on Facebook and once on reddit. I try not to get too involved in either of those places. People take things personal when you call out their political stances on Facebook and, in general, I try not to get too involved in the schoolyard squabbles of reddit. Having heated online debates with anonymous kids just isn’t how I wish to live my life.

I often fail in my cosplay of Switzerland though, because deep down I’m a know-it-all. And, faulty facts and logic… Read the rest

Marijuana and The 2014 Super Bowl

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We are only one week away from Super Bowl 48. Denver versus Seattle. It should be a good game and there are plenty of interesting story lines; Old versus New, Mobile QB versus Pocket Passer, Unstoppable Force versus Immovable Object and all that. I’m sure that’s all very compelling copy but I’m not Bill Simmons. I don’t know enough about The Jersey Shore or The WWF to write about sports. I do know a thing or two about marijuana though, so that’s what we’ll focus on today. Bluntly put, if you… Read the rest