Ninja Girl ❥ Nazi Boy, or, why The Man in the High Castle Season 1 sucks

The showmakers couldn’t create believable, interesting, or empowered characters unless they were Nazis.

Remember the Disposition Matrix

Does anyone these days remember Barack Obama’s kill list? The one the humorless bureaucrats in charge decided to call the “Disposition Matrix?”

Consumer politics and the Amazon

The Amazon is burning and now it’s the latest media spectacle. For a specific type of person – if not a majority, then a vast chunk of people raising their voices lately – what to do about it comes down to an individual choice: what do I buy?

"If the image of an upper-middle-class city attorney clad in a blazer and sipping wine while vandalizing an upscale grocery store with an anti-Trump message strikes you as perhaps the most bourgeois sight imaginable, that's because it is." Joe DeFelice, Chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party

Wine-sipping lawyer sprays anti-Trump graffiti

Obama’s administration can carry on with what is in reality a brutal right-wing agenda, but elect someone who wants to continue Obama’s work, and change his party affiliation, and you have the classic shiraz-graffiti combo that no fascist tide can break.

Views of La Rioja, Navarra, and Granada

Life in Spain has been good to us. As you can see, it’s certainly not hard on the eyes! In this post we feature images from Haro, El Margen, and Logroño.

Immigrating to the U.S.

This is literally how you immigrate to the U.S.

Standing Rock and the “protests turn violent” mantra

Few news headlines are as frustrating as the Orwellian refrain, “Protests turn violent.” Violence does not simply happen, as if it were some type of exotic inclement weather. A protest is not a vampire or a zombie; it does not “turn.”

"Only outside the EU would there be any chance of a UK that tried to promote a just and peaceful world."

After Brexit: a brief summary of the left case for Leave

In the wake of the recent UK “Brexit” referendum to leave the EU, many outlets are reporting the result as a right-wing success. However, the left case for Leave is strong and well-documented.

PC gaming is still way better (and not that hard)

In the never-ending struggle between the merits of PC and console gaming, who wins? PC gaming has long held fast to its reputation for being more difficult and expensive, but does this assumption bear re-examining?

What’s really “chilling” about the Hogan-Gawker affair

A recent Guardian article refers to the outcome, in which Hogan won $140M in damages against Gawker, as a “chilling taste of things to come.” Everybody and their brother has been talking about this icecream-like verdict, but isn’t it a little absurd to pretend that the media will be honest and forthright if left to their own devices?

Awesome Chickpea “Chicken” Salad

Enter the chickpea–a food I’m slowly developing an obsession with. It’s super yummy, versatile, and has lots of protein in it. This delicious recipe contains chickpeas and chopped veggies with a mayo- and mustard-based sauce with lemon added.

"It looks like a Klingon Bird of Prey." Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work

U.S. Navy releases robot ship into the wild

The U.S. Navy has developed an unmanned, fully autonomous robotic ship, apparently with inspiration from the Klingons. It’s slated for active duty in 2018.

Let’s Play MechWarrior Online – Jenner (light mech) gameplay

In this video I offer a brief introduction to MechWarrior Online and play a round of Assault on the Frozen City map with one of the most popular Inner Sphere light mechs, the Jenner JR7-F.

Let’s Play Ghost in the Shell: First Assault (Team Deathmatch)

Over Ghost in the Shell: First Assault’s free weekend, I play a few rounds of Team Deathmatch. There are four maps in the video, which I think are PSS9, Urban City, Downtown Dejima, and Dubbing Site.

Bethesda Creation Kit raises concerns about the future of modding

Finally, the moment that Fallout 4 modders and players have been waiting for: as promised, Bethesda has released the Creation Kit. But is the repository and console mod release the beginning of the end for free modding?

Socialist darling Venezuela has problems

Socialists all over the world have looked fondly on the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela for years, overlooking the state’s authoritarianism and capitalist cronyism often for the sake of toeing the party line. But at what point should chavemadurismo’s supporters take cues from leftist dissidents and abandon their support of the farcical state in Venezuela?

Savage Lands IRL

Someone has figured out how to do Savage Lands IRL, and they put it on YouTube. Savage Lands is a nordic-style survive ’em up available on Steam for 14.99€.

"I’m sick of all superheroes, along with their friends and foes, and I wish they were all dead and buried together in one mass grave." Eileen Jones

Superhero Slaughterhouse: No One Is Spared

Eileen Jones of Jacobin writes, “I’m sick of all superheroes, along with their friends and foes, and I wish they were all dead and buried together in one mass grave. If I thought there could be an absolutely final sequel called Superhero Slaughterhouse: No One Is Spared, I’d be there opening day in the front row to see it.”

You’ve still got the looks, Fallout 3

Fallout 3 still has the looks. While writing my thesis on Fallout 3, I installed 74 mods or so and went to town on screenshots. Honestly, I wasn’t putting them in there for the page count. These are a few of the more lively ones, most of which didn’t make the cut.

Views of nature from La Rioja Alta

A gallery of natural views from La Rioja Alta. Hikes along the rivers Tirón and Ebro, the overlooks of Laguardia, and the odd plateau offer incredible views into one of the world’s most beautiful regions.

not the daughter, but the mother of order