The Worldbuilding of <em>Avatar: The Last Airbender</em>

Sam Topa, Man With Netflix Subscription | October 14, 2020

[Disclaimer: Very light spoilers for Avatar: the Last Airbender ahead.] Avatar: The Last Airbender is, in a word, unique. The show, which aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008, is like no other kid's program I've seen. It features stunning action scenes, multi-layered characters, and some surprisingly deep subject matter. Where the show shines most, though, is in creating a universe that is simple...

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Quaranfilms

Sam Topa, Local Streaming Services User | May 12, 2020

If there's one good thing that has come out of the restrictive stay-at-home orders enacted throughout the country, it's that most of us have a lot more free time. And, thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are plenty of things to spend it on. From billions of hours of YouTube videos to thousands of video games available to download, those of us privileged enough to have internet have access...

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John Palermo, Armchair Fantasy Head Coach | October 15, 2020

After COVID took our lives over this year, no one knew whether or not there would be football. When the NFL announced there would be a season, everyone was very surprised and excited that the fall might be somewhat normal. Although the precautions teams need to take to ensure the safety of the team and others are very excruciating, at least those of us watching from our couches aren't affected. Whether...

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UEFA Champions League: Back Already

Alex Steele, Con Los Futbolistas | October 15, 2020

European soccer leagues have been up and running for some time since the COVID break, but the overarching federation of European soccer, UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), which includes the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, is set to begin group stage action in both leagues. The draft lottery has been completed and the schedules have been determined. Thirty-two teams qualify...

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<em>Animal Crossing: New Horizons</em> in Quarantine Life

Sammy Goodwin, God of a Computer Generated Island | May 13, 2020

If there's one thing that all this uncertainty has taken from most people's lives, it's structure. Mass quarantine has thrust people inside their homes for what feels like forever. Without consistent social interaction and the comforting structure that normal life provides us, many were left feeling aimless, bored, and disillusioned. And in the midst of all of this, Nintendo released their new game:...

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Retro Metro Volume II #5 / #6: <em>Mario Kart Wii</em>

Ben Buyer, Unusually Retrospective Gamer | May 12, 2020

“Everyone points to famous and historic ancestors in their family tree. It’s their way of being thankful that they themselves weren’t there when history was being made.” –Arkol, Argivian Scholar, The Shattered Alliance “May you live in interesting times.” –English expression based on a nonexistent Chinese curse -🛡️- Hey, it’s me, Ben Buyer. Someone remembers me,...

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If You Can’t See Your Friends, Grow Your Own

Matt Magiera, In Brettanomyces Is Fides | May 13, 2020

(or, and over Mr. [and the] Morales' most strenuous objections, "The Path of Yeast Persistence") If necessity is the mother of invention, then boredom must at least be the babysitter. Think of what an uncomplicated house Wallace and Gromit would live in if their inventions were driven solely by necessity. Certainly nobody would have invented game shows without boredom, that most monotonous muse,...

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Quarancuisine: The Wonders of Wastelessness

The Morales, Mixer, Baker, Broiler, Fry | May 13, 2020

If you've so much as breathed near a copy of the New York Times in the last five years, congratulations—you're currently the proud ignorer of approximately 1.6 million emails from NYT Cooking, and that's assuming they've only made their insidious way into one of your email addresses. If, like me, you make it a point to keep a few around, you can't so much as think about food without Sam Sifton...

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A Catholic Learner’s Guide To Biblical Monstrosities #1: The Seraph

Gabriel Knapp, Monster Hunter: Bible | April 29, 2020

Greetings, fellow sinners of McQuaid Jesuit! I’m Gabe Knapp, resident biblical beastmaster and heresiarch, and I’ve come bearing horrible truths and unimaginable fears. This is the first (vocation willing) in my series of biblical "survival guides," starting with Seraphs.  As students of McQuaid Jesuit, we find ourselves close to religion on the daily, particularly Catholicism and other denominations...

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The Maiden Voyage

Thomas Crowley, Son of a Submariner | December 12, 2019

EXT. BOARDWALK TAVERN, MORNING Three goblins sit at an outdoor table at a tavern, drinking foamy mead out of wooden steins. In the distance, two figures are walking on the beach towards a large brown blob. The goblins shake their heads in disapproval. GOBLIN 1 There goes Rulton. Gonna get himself killed in that stupid thing. GOBLIN 2 What a mess. Held together by cheap enchantments and nymph sap. GOBLIN...

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The Federalist Papers But Epic

Sammy Goodwin, Muckraker | October 16, 2020

The following are the beginning of a series of intellectual essays I am writing which highlight a multitude of relevant and systemic issues ingrained in our society. Much like Alexander Hamilton, I have an agenda. Unlike Alexander Hamilton, I am not an elitist $*(#!. Enjoy! No. 1 In their hit song “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction commits a terrible sin under the guise of appreciation....

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<em>Die Lit,</em> by Playboi Carti

Nate Catlin, Gold Certified Album Reviewer | October 16, 2020

Like many other people, I prefer songs that I’ve queued rather than whatever the algorithm throws at me. However, sometimes I’ll hear a diamond in the rough. Sometimes one song will change my appreciation for music and how I perceive it. For me, that song was "Lean 4 Real," by Playboi Carti featuring Skepta. I remember the night I heard it pretty vividly. It was during the Freshman NYC trip. The...

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The Federalist Papers But Epic

Sammy Goodwin, Muckraker | October 16, 2020

The following are the beginning of a series of intellectual essays I am writing which highlight a multitude of relevant and systemic issues ingrained in our society. Much like Alexander Hamilton, I have an agenda. Unlike Alexander Hamilton, I am not an elitist $*(#!. Enjoy! No. 1 In their hit song “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction commits a terrible sin under the guise of appreciation....

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Shield Breakdown: Grocery Shopping Safety During Quarantine

Benjamin Fargnoli, Inspector-General, Grocery Safety Commission | May 12, 2020

As we get closer to a possible reopening of the Finger Lake region, it is extremely important for the citizens of Rochester to adhere to CDC and local regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19. Local businesses must match this effort in order to provide a seamless, and safe, return to relative normalcy. Leading this front should be our local grocery stores, whose goods are necessities for all community...

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Cullenary #5: Gameday & Study Snacks

Ian Cullen, Senior Gameday {Snack} Cullenspondent | February 28, 2020

Welcome back for a quick stop from your studying! Do you often find yourself hungry as could be? Is your pantry constantly air-dry? Are you simultaneously struggling to focus on your schoolwork? Or, alternately: do you like watching sports? Do you struggle with finding super good appetizers to munch on during halftime? Does your pantry haunt you during Thursday Night Football? If you answered...

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Algae as Biofuel

Justin Coumou, Algal Variable | December 11, 2019

As fossil fuels are depleted from the earth, humans are looking for renewable energy. Some of the most popular sources of renewable energy include solar panels and windmills. While these can effectively produce clean energy, they are not without flaws; solar panels require clear skies and do not produce electricity at night, while windmills require wind to produce electricity. While the idea of using...

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