Author Archives: Isaac H

If What If: History That Never Happened

By Isaac H. For some, history can be pretty boring. Long, drawn out stories about things that already happened can seem extremely uninteresting to some folks. I’m not one of them. I’ve always been a huge fan of history and all it’s sub-genres. World history, American history, regional history, paleontology, archeology, genealogy, it’s all captivating. […]

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Genealogy and the 2020 Census

By Isaac H. Yes, yes, you’ve probably heard the 2020 United States Census is upon us. “Sure, but why is this such a big deal? It’s just a headcount for the country!” – you might be saying.  The truth is, it’s a really big deal! The United States Census is one of the most important […]

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Roll The Dice: What’s Your Moral Alignment?

By Isaac H. You’ve got your rations and pack set. Your potions and weapons are secured. Your spell and incantations prepared. Adventure beckons. Now to decide what type of wayward adventurer you want to be. The character moral alignment system is a set of classifications for a character’s actions, ideals and ethical views. If you’ve […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: David Sedaris

            By Isaac H. As we move towards Valentine’s Day and the stresses and toilings of the holiday season began to cool off, there’s no better time to have a good laugh and enjoy and interesting story. One of this generation’s most talented comedians and authors, David Sedaris has shown […]

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Mephistophelian Reads and Watches

By Isaac H. Have you ever read a story or watched a movie and, for some reason, the villain seemed more charming and endearing than the hero? Alternatively, have you ever really enjoyed a story only to notice the protagonist was something of a villain themselves? If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll […]

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Romanticizing Ancient Literature

By Isaac H. It’s interesting to notice that in 7000 years of human literary history, our methods for telling stories have changed very little. After a recent random history kick, I felt the need to revisit a few of the old tomes I scoffed at being assigned to read in various English and History classes […]

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Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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The Greatest Form of Flattery

By Isaac H. There’s a saying that “imitation is the greatest form of flattery”. This may not always be true, but it can be in many instances. Particularly in the case of film and television. There are many examples of imitations, re-creations, parodies, spoofs and homages that hold a place a higher place of honor […]

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Mind Hacks and Occipital Jacks: Cyberpunk Books and Media

By Isaac H. Before you think it, this blog post is not about the Borg from Star Trek. Sorry fellow Trekkies and Trekkers. It’s also not about the Cybermen, fellow Whovians. In all fairness it could’ve been about either. It might ‘kinda’ be about either. You know what, it probably will be at some point […]

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The Endless Summers

By Isaac H. I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume that a majority of people would choose Summer as their favorite season. Warm days perfect for hiking, hitting the waters or firing up the grill. Warm nights great for camping or gazing at the stars. Who couldn’t love that? Well, a […]

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