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Sarcasmancy

Since my junior year in college, I have been writing Sarcasmancy, a casual blog where I  review and analyze games, books, movies, television, comics and other forms of contemporary entertainment. Occasionally I get political or rant about current events. Lately, I’ve been publishing things on Medium, though recent articles will eventually make their way to the blog as well.

 

Social Media

If you want to find some of my more informal ramblings online, searching for Sarcasmancer is the surest bet.
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The Technique

From November 2011 to April 2012, I served as the Entertainment Editor of The Technique, Georgia Tech’s school newspaper. The Georgia Collegiate Press Association recently recognized The Technique with a number of awards including first place for General Excellence in the state of Georgia. Below, I have listed all the articles I have written for the paper as a contributing writer, a staff writer, an assistant editor and editor.

Monday Night Combat: A damn fine downloadable game. Worth every penny. 4/5

Civilization V: Hm. This one didn’t get uploaded but it was published. I was quite impressed by the game, though I have never played Civ before, so I may not be the best judge. 4/5

Halo: Reach: A fitting farewell to the double-ought era’s most solid console FPS series. 4/5

Minecraft: A groundbreaking (ha!) indie release and an absolute must-play. 5/5

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (Swedish Film): Ah Stieg Larson. Damn shame you didn’t go on to write more, because your last book, and this movie that was based on it, kind of sucked. 3/5 (though looking back, 2/5 is more accurate)

Chastain Parks Art Festival:  This review got kind of butchered and the title they chose for it sounds nasty. There was an interview that got cut and…. argh. I prefer not to talk about this one. (that said, the festival is nothing special) 3/5

Call of Duty: Black Ops: The campaign is unimaginative and oppressively scripted, but the multiplayer is better than MW2. 3/5

Holeman & Finch: A fantastic gastropub in the buckhead area of Atlanta. 5/5

The Cape: The show is about as lame as its title. 2/5 (Mistakenly published as 3/5)

Black Swan: A fantastic pas de deux of ballet and psychological horror. You can also read the extended review here! 5/5

No Strings Attached: Cleverer than you’d expect, but still painfully predictable. 3/5

Dead Space 2: The sequel makes substantial improvements to the series, but it still doesn’t feel equal to the sum of its pilfered parts. 3/5

Atlanta Comic-Con: This event is for serious comic collectors only. Less of a convention and more of a swap-meet. 2/5

Sleeping Beauty: Atlanta Ballet executes the classic romance with grace and technical prowess. 5/5

Cirque Mechancis: A “family friendly” take on Cirque du Soleil in the Wild West. Easy laughs, awful pantomime, and an injury erode the fun and merit of the performance. 2/5

Bulletstorm: This game is crass, bombastic and not quite deep enough to be a classic, but it’s genuinely fun and a welcome departure from COD, Halo, and Gears. 4/5

Adjustment Bureau: Ignore the Inception-esque advertising; this is a surprisingly sappy romance with sci-fi window-dressing and spiritual undertones. 3/5

A Dance with Dragons: A Dance with Dragons makes it clear that what George RR Martin’s epic saga really needs is a more stringent editor. 3/5

Dragon*Con 2011: If the world’s nerds could band together and design a holiday, it would look a lot like Dragon*Con. 5/5

Married Life in School (Editorial): Long-Distance Relationships.

Uncharted 3: A good game that is not paced quite as well as it’s predecessor 4/5

Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls series stuns with a world of oceanic breadth and depth. 5/5

Abattoir: A stylish restaurant in West Side Provisions District that caters to discerning carnivores. 5/5

The Princess and The Goblin: A light-hearted, kid-friendly ballet with lively choreography by Twyla Tharp. 4/5

Finding Community with the Technique (Editorial): My swan-song; basically one big inside joke for the benefit of The Technique staff.

Avengers Vs. X-men (Interview-Preview): I interview Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso about their big cross-over event for the Summer of 2012

Restaurant Eugene: One of the finest dining experiences I ever had, Restaurant Eugene represents contemporary american cuisine at the top of its game.

 

Newsgames

I was a part of the Newsgames research group at Georgia Tech, and I wrote a couple of blog entries for them:

Dilma’s Adventure!: Dilma Rousseff is Brazil’s first female president, and the first Brazilian presidential candidate to have a video game made about her. It kind of sucks.

The Online Migration of Political Cartoons: A follow-up to my earlier post about the decline of the political cartoons in papers.

Decline and Future of Political Cartoons: I examined the current state of the political cartooning industry. It’s rather bleak.




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