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Since I was younger, I have had the ability (or perhaps the curse) to get completely lost inside a story. At the time, I didn’t realize that not everyone could do this. Not everyone can suspend reality long enough to be completely immersed inside a world that isn’t theirs.

So I didn’t understand why I felt so miserable after watching or reading something that I loved so dearly. Everyone else seemed like they could just enjoy it and then get back to their regular lives. So why couldn’t I?

It’s not something that a person would normally talk about. It sounds stupid to say that you’re depressed because the world you’ve just left isn’t real and the characters that you’ve spent so much time with don’t actually exist. You’re unhappy because reality isn’t like the movies or a TV show? Sounds a bit silly to you probably.

But it’s not silly at all. It’s something real that a lot of people face. And it’s very dangerous.

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I hate it when people ask “are you making a statement with that shirt?” No, idiot, it’s just a shirt and I like it.

Problem is…I do have reasons for wearing what I wear, they’re just super personal, and I’d feel like an idiot trying to explain them. I don’t know why I’m so self-conscious about sharing my thoughts and beliefs, but I want to change that starting…now.

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Video Games and Marriage

Nick Adducci —  March 7, 2013

Gaming
When you’re married, your video game days are over, right men? Time to throw away all your Budweiser labeled mirrors, crappy beanbag chairs, and might as well hang up all your 20 year old gaming systems.

Because unless you have kids or work in the video game industry, there is no time or good reason to spend hours and hours playing Halo, World of Warcraft and Street Fighter. Right?

Wrong.

Well, it is true that your priorities change when you’re married and free time does take on a “relative” meaning. But games are not out of the question. So if you decide to get married, you can in fact still keep your gaming passions.

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I figured I would start somewhere close to my heart with these blogs.  I’ve been watching animation most of my life, often more than live action. I was kind of embarrassed by it at first. My parents and friends didn’t feel the same way and saw animation as “kid’s stuff”.  But my fascination with it never waned.  My best guess is that it may be attributed to how I learn.

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So it’s my birthday tomorrow and it’s usually around this time of year that I get to thinking about all I haven’t accomplished in my life and all that I want to. So I decided to jump on the bandwagon this year and write out my bucket list.

The problem I have is that the standard bucket list fare of traveling, skydiving, and running a marathon all seem great but well, kind of ordinary. If you’re like me and you love the silly, whimsical, and random things in life then be sure to add these to your bucket list.

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So here we are, diving head first into 2013. As if we had a choice right?! By now we all expected to have Back To The Future style hover boards, flying cars, food in pill form, and monkies ruling the planet. We’re almost there with that last one but for the most part this “future” we’re living in is mildly disappointing.

So, I figure since we haven’t gotten the things we want how about we get rid of the things we don’t need. Ya know, for the betterment of mankind and all that.

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I desperately want to live in a world where impossible dreams can come true. And the more I live in this world, the more I believe that it is entirely possible. I have been reading Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and he talks about how writing down your dreams will turn them into goals. And people who write them down are more likely to accomplish their goals.

I’m a list maker by nature. I even have lists for my lists. People have made fun of me for it my entire life, but it’s the only way I ever remember anything or get anything done.

Since I was twelve years old I have been writing down my dreams, and after reading Michael Hyatt’s book, I realized how powerful that statement actually was because many of the dreams I thought were impossible have actually come true for me.

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In my younger days (I’m 32, so those days aren’t too far behind me) I thought that success meant having many irons in the fire. After several years of multi-tasking, I’ve learned how true the old adage is: “he who chases two rabbits catches neither.” So, this year I’m resolving to do less. MUCH less. In fact, if I can help it, I’m only going to focus on one project.

I, like many of you I’m sure, need lots and lots of encouragement, inspiration, and butt-kicking. And I, hopefully like many of you, draw all those things from a good documentary. Here are three of the most moving docs I came across in 2012, each challenging in their own way.

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I remember when Facebook started doing the whole “status update” idea. I thought it was one of the most ridiculous inventions in the world because now people felt the need to share with the world what they ate for breakfast, which store they just walked into, and all the little mundane parts of the day that a person gets online to forget. I didn’t see the genius behind creating something where people’s voices can be heard.

So when the invention of Twitter launched, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that the worst part of Facebook now existed in its entirely own website. I assumed that people must have been out of control, posting useless information all day long, and I never in my wildest dream imagined that I would ever join Twitter.

However, a desperate desire to be a filmmaker and create stories that inspire people will lead a person to a great deal many things they never thought they would have to do. I quickly realized that creating a Twitter account was necessary as a filmmaker to connect with our current (and future!) audience. I also saw the amount of valuable information being posted on Twitter, and it turned out to be far less mundane than Facebook. With a great deal of reluctance, I became a Tweeter. Sort of.

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Black Friday Survival Tips

Katie Baker —  November 15, 2012

It’s that wonderful time of year again. A time of giving thanks, being with family, and beating the crap out of anyone who stands in the way of you getting the must have toy of the year. Only in America do we spend an entire day giving thanks for all that we have and then fight to the death to save a few bucks on things we don’t need the very next day. It takes strength and dedication to brave the terror of the most blackest of days. Follow these 4 simple guidelines and you might make it out alive… Maybe.

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