Is Disney Still On Top?

    According to Jennifer Holt’s book, Empire of Entertainment, Walt Disney dominated the box office since nearly 1984 when Jeffrey Katzenberg left Paramount to lead Disney. Holt calls this a renaissance period for Disney. Between 1991 and 1996, Disney was still top of the box office and Warner Bros. was the only other close […]

Not all Urban Legends are Just Stories

Have you ever wondered about the stories and myths we hear all around us? The ones told to us as children or the ones that are spoken only in whispers. “If you see your doppelganger it’s a bad omen” , did you ever wonder about where the phrase “skeletons in the closet”  comes from? Well Just a […]

Talk Shows that Talk Bros: the McElroys, the Greens, and the Appeal of the Advicecast

What is it about brothers giving dubious advice that the Internet loves so much? Enter John and Hank Green, and Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, prominent artists in their own right and all-around digital renaissance men. Of the latter label, Michele Hilmes writes in On a Screen Near You: The New Soundwork Industry that “a Media […]

That’s a sporkful: A podcast for the eater

The political, social and environmental conditions under which people reside often determine how people relate to and consume food. By studying food, we learn about people. This is essentially the narrative of Dan Pashman’s podcast  “The Sporkful.”  Every Tuesday, Dan releases an average 35 minute podcast episode featuring a wide range of guests from neuroscientists […]

Nerdn’ Out with Nerdist

If you’re like me and love watching late night talk shows like Conan or Jimmy Kimmel, a very cool podcast worth checking out is The Nerdist. I will admit, I am new to the world of podcasts, and this channel is pretty much my first experience with the platform; nonetheless, the Nerdist caters to the interests of […]

The Moth: Artful Storytelling

One of my favorite memories as a young kid growing up was listening to my parents read or tell me a story. You know a story is good when you’re transfixed. They help us understand the fact that we aren’t that different from one another; they help us relate and connect on a very personal […]

It’s Nerf or…Something Cooler!

So while perusing through Etsy, Patreon, and The Grommet,  one of the things that tickled my fancy were Nerf guns. It’s essentially a brand of foam dart guns that kids or bored adults get to shoot other kids or co-workers with. In my case, all my fellow Resident Advisers have purchased themselves a Nerf gun […]