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Taking The Marriage Plunge

About a month and a half ago Elly wrote about marriage’s decreasing relevance… she has great points and I suggest you read it if you haven’t already. But this post is different, this post is about my experience having decided to take the plunge into marriage and having to plan …

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Olympics: EPO & The Science Of Doping

So before the Olympics come to what I’m sure will be  a breathtakingly eyebrow-raising conclusion (if Great Britain’s quirky opening ceremony was anything to go by) we should reflect on some, of the issues  (or rather, one big issue) that these games raise outside the world of sport. I admit as …

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Simon Pegg on Twitter: Geek Girls

At this point, it’s been a couple weeks (or something?) since Simon Pegg got into an argument with a feminist on Twitter. The feminist, Courtney Stoker, posted most of the conversation. I’m sure everyone has basically forgotten about it, as is the nature of the internet.

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Smart Character – Personality = Sex Object?

Now, Nintendo don’t have the best track record for female characters in any case, especially since Samus Aran’s character was turned into the complete opposite of the strong hero she once was by the dark hands of Team Ninja, but recently, at least within the Pokémon franchise, they’ve been making …

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Suspension of Disbelief: The Amazing Spider-Man

Some may say that this movie is coming a little too soon considering Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is still basically fresh in its grave. I however, would not, and as much as I would like to say that such an opinion was not affected by the god-awful Spider-Man 3… it …

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Quick Hit: Feminist Frequency

For those of you who do not compulsively follow internet news (ahem, not that I do–I work 8 hours a day), you may not be aware of the Feminist Frequency videos and the violent reaction they have caused in the gaming and comic book communities. Anita Sarkeesian has made several …

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Fanfiction: Yes or No?

I have been procrastinating for about 4 days now. People have many different ways of procrastinating; almost anything can be a tool to distract yourself from doing any actual work. Some plop in front of the television, others immerse themselves in video games, or lose themselves on the wonderful world …

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The Science of Laughter

I love comedy, and I love science. And I love it when those two things are put together. Here’s a selection of shows where they do just that: