Agent Palmer

Of all things Geek. I am…

It’s in the cards: How Magic the Gathering made me appreciate Twitch

It would seem illogical at best to expect that a physical game like Magic: The Gathering would be my entrance into the digital world and the many communities and chats of Twitch, but that is exactly how it happened. And in my case, I’m still close enough to the beginning to understand how it happened.

My podcast, The Palmer Files, is a prime example of my interest in beginnings at the moment, so I figured I would track how this all went down.

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Upload on Amazon Prime is Good but its binge formula detracts it from being Great

Amazon Prime Upload

Upload is a good show on Amazon Prime that could be great if it didn’t follow the binging streaming formula. (The following may contain spoilers.)

The writing and biting social commentary on future capitalism, technology, and relationships that still manages to hit close to home. But, and this is, for me, what keeps this show from being a great show, is the “whodunnit” nature of the plot throughline.

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Now You’re Addicted to Podcasts, And That’s Okay!

Now You’re Addicted to Podcasts, And That’s Okay!

It always starts with one podcast. Or it usually does. You find that one podcast either through a friend or coworker or perhaps just happenstance. You listen to that one podcast and then you subscribe and you consume all of it. Perhaps you even go through the back catalog.

That one podcast speaks to you. You get to know the host or hosts, their style of joking, their tastes, and depending on the podcast their lives. You know them, or at least you know their persona.

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Spoiler Free Review

But what If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

A Book Review of But What If We’re Wrong? By Chuck Klosterman

Let’s start with the cover, the inside cover, because using those words to describe the book seems better than making something up with different words that mean the same thing.

“But What If We’re Wrong? is a book of original, reported, interconnected pieces, which speculates on the likelihood that many universally accepted, deeply ingrained cultural and scientific beliefs will someday seem absurd.”

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The Death of Hollywood Royalty, Iconic Characters, and the Need for Original Content

The Death of Hollywood Royalty

A Special Report by Agent Ellipsis

If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that death catches up to us all in the end. Unfortunately, this includes our favorite iconic characters as well.

Hollywood has hit a crossroads that seems to be left out of modern cinema conversation: what do we do when an actor or actress that has established an iconic character wants to retire, or worse, passes away?

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