Gamers are the social ones now

Socially Isolated… Addicted young people… Few real-life social ties. This was the definition of a lonely gamer from an article which I read back in 2015. At the time, I was writing a blog post about the depiction of gamers in popular culture. The year is now 2020, a full … Read more

Reflections: Meme-ing through social distancing

I can’t journal. I just can’t. But I can meme. These are tough and uncertain times and we must take the COVID-19 situation very seriously. While, yes, it is important to take the current situation seriously, we still have to stop and find joy and happiness wherever we can find … Read more

PC Build: The Research

For years I have wanted to build my own gaming computer. I hate to make excuses but at the end of the day, things just never materialized. There are a lot of factors, but most of those involved being a student. My undergrad lasted from 2005-2010, my college degree from … Read more

Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

While the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close, the next adventure is right around the corner, Japan 2.019! I’m going to (un)feature the first collection of posts and replace it with this one. Below you will find a new collection of blog posts about my … Read more

T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

Twice in one year? Inconceivable!? But alas, I am heading back to Tokyo in May/June of this year. Unlike the last trip which saw Shyla and I travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukui, and Kanazawa, this time we are going to be a little bit more stationary. That means no … Read more

2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 …an adjective used to denote a superior or more advanced version of an original concept, product, service, etc. We live in an age where software updates and newer software versions are coming out all the times. We are constantly shifting, re-evaluating and redesigning. When software is updated or undergoes … Read more

The Convenience of Vending Machines

When I got to Japan one of the first things I noticed was that they had a $*%# ton of vending machines. They are literally everywhere, and they sell almost anything. My purchases from vending machines were mostly of the liquid variety and most machines sell both hot and cold … Read more

Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

So, yesterday I was finally able to share Shyla and I’s Japan Tour with my colleagues at Carleton University Library. Over an hour “Lunch and Learn” presentation we looked at over 200 photos on an absolutely massive 107 slide Google Slideshow (featured below). The session was well received with over … Read more