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The whole website is a blog, but this is the actual blog part. It's both a personal journal and portfolio, so it's pretty eclectic and unfocused, and has everything from personal stories to campaign updates to hobbies. It's my excuse to do just about anything under the pretense of "blogging about it later."

Good Cheap Fun: Spider-Man 2, Video Game Vs. Movie

Image result for spider man 2I pride myself on finding the good values in entertainment. When I want to feel like a superhero on a budget, I turn to Spider-Man 2, movie or video game. I recently delved back into the larger series in both formats and felt compelled to share my highly scientific findings.

Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots v. Karate Fighters: The Best 1-on-1 Fighting Toys

Image result for rockem sockem robotsRock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots were first released in 1964, created by Marvin Glass and Associates (designers of Lite Brite, Operation, Simon, Mouse Trap and more) and produced by Louis Marx and Company, but have been made most recently by Mattel. It was probably the first time kids could interactively simulate beating up their buddies. Today there are countless toys with some foundation in Rock 'Em Sock 'Em ideals. None are as recognizable as the original, but there is one name that I believe comes close.

2017-18 An Impressive Big 12 Basketball Outlier

(Krug, Lawrence Journal-World, 2018)
When asked about the Big 12 conference championship last December, KU Head Coach Bill Self said, “13-5 will get it free and clear.” The Jayhawks did in fact win their 14th straight title with a 13-5 record, but more importantly, Self’s statement accurately described the unmatched combination of depth and talent in the Big 12. No two season are ever quite the same, but 2017-18 was a definite outlier among the 10-team Big 12's previous seasons.

Purge Box #1: Mass Effect, Deus Ex, Ninja Gaiden & Wii U Outliers

Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge for the Nintendo Wii U are the worst versions of each respective game. They're not bad; they're just better elsewhere. I don't love the games on any platform, but I especially dislike their random appearance on a Nintendo console, so I'm putting them in my Purge Box to be traded into Gamer's HQ at the next opportunity.

Oh, and Mighty No. 9 too, just because I don't like it.

Welcome to the Purge Box.