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A Series of Unfortunate Events

I first read A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket in high school.

I had an amazing AP English teacher, Ms. Snow. The older I get, the more I realize how incredible all my teachers were at my small high school.

Ms. Snow had come across the book series while listening to NPR. Although we were reading difficult works for AP English, she said I should take a detour and read a couple of these. She appreciate the wordplay and the writing style. Continue reading

What Video Games Should Be

I think that video games are an incredible vehicle for storytelling. They are often overlooked by outsiders as juvenile, violent, or wastes of time. Well, yes… they definitely are a lot of times. However, you can’t discount the value of an entire artistic form or method of storytelling just because some stories are done poorly.

I’d like to share a couple examples of extraordinary storytelling that I’ve seen in video gaming and how I think they are the future.

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Borges’ Labyrinths

My love for Jorge Luis Borges knows no end. I’ve been slowly digesting his works one by one over the last year and I’m continually fascinated by each short story.

I wrote previously about Borges’ obsession with mirrors and the infinite. This time, after recently reading The Aleph, I’d like to call attention specifically to his love of labyrinths.

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The Trial

I like to think of myself as a someone who can appreciate good literature.

Kafka is proof, that even though I like to think of myself as an intellectual, I’m not.

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Chaim Potok’s The Chosen

The Chosen and it’s sequel The Promise by Chaim Potok have taken a rare place on my bookshelf.

I have a place for beautifully written and engaging fiction on my bookshelf. I also have a place on my bookshelf for religious books and sacred things. The Chosen and The Promise fall somewhere in between.

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Recommitting To The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Broken Resolutions

I was asked to give a talk in Church this week on “Recommitting to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” The topic was chosen to kick off the new year and help people keep their resolutions. I figured I’d start by looking at my journals for old new year’s resolutions.

I’ve kept a journal since I was about 11. Like most journals, it’s painful to read. It has recaps of every school and church dance I attended, every awkward teenager conversation, and of course, what journal is complete without an analysis of why my life is just like The Legend of Zelda? And believe me, it is exactly like Legend of Zelda.

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Bewlay Brother

David Bowie Personas

I came back from my run around 6 o’clock. Racheal was getting out of bed for her run. We were both exhausted and couldn’t shake off the burdensome blanket of early morning lethargy.

Rach said on her way out, “By the way, David Bowie died.”

I really couldn’t say much but, “Wow.”

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Borges’ Mirrors

“Mirrors and copulation are abominable, since they both multiply the numbers of men…”

-Jorge Luis Borges, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

I thought that would be a nice introduction to Jorge Luis Borges. My sister Karina told me years ago that I should read Borges’ Collected Fictions. The book holds about 7 of his different books of short stories. For those of you that follow me on Goodreads, you better bet I’m counting them all as separate books for my 30 books by the end of they year challenge.

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Spotify vs. Apple Music

Gloves off. Let’s do this.

I’m a HUGE Apple fan. I sigh with joy every time I hear a Mac startup. But this year, I decided against switching to Apple Music and stayed with Spotify.

The cost was pretty similar, but I had been paying for Spotify premium for over a year. I tried Apple Music for their 90-day trial and didn’t use Spotify during that time to make sure I was being fair.

Here’s my analysis of what happened.

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The Sabbath

This has been by far the most important book I’ve read this year.

I was assigned to teach a lesson at church about the Sabbath, or the religious practice of making one day a week sacred. I was given this great talk “The Sabbath Is A Delight” by LDS Apostle Russell M. Nelson.

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