Digital Beard Stroking


Digital Beard Stroking: If it starts to look too much like a ripoff, it’s a Homage now.

As some big series are premiering sequels around now (either releasing them or teasing them), I feel like I ought to jabber about those for a little bit. When it comes to sequels, we have a very demanding attitude about them as fans.  They can’t be too similar to the […]


Digital Beard Stroking:Trope-dition!

As we hurtle from post-election ennui/consternation/rage/gloating/inebriation into the inebriation/gloating/rage/consternation/ennui of the holiday season and the host of traditions that come with it.  This seems like a good time to talk about Traditions.  Of course, we have the traditional meals with all the gathering and family and arguments, etc., but we have […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Divisiveness

As we’ve just finished up a political season, it seems like a good time to look at another topic that’s at least tangentially related to that “delightful” time.  In particular, the underlying divisiveness of the conversation and how our perspective and bias led to a complete lack of understanding between […]


Digital Beard Stroking: A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

In honor of the cresting political season, I figured I’d write an article focusing on Villains.  (Spoiler alert for the following things:Breaking Bad, Trigun, Jessica Jones, Final Fantasy VI.  If you’ve not experienced all these yet, we should probably hang out so you can catch up on some awesome TV/Video […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Identify Yourself!

Identity is one of those complicated and infinitely nuanced concepts that we take for granted in our society.  For the most part, we drift through our lives without a thought to how we are appearing to people.  We are also constantly automatically identifying and categorizing people, equally unintentionally.  Our entire culture […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Driving, Striving, Conniving?

One of the important aspects of writing these sorts of articles is to keep reading new materials and resist the temptation to rest on one’s laurels and (probably poorly remembered) old readings.  To that end (and my own personal obsession with motivation), I picked up “Drive, the surprising truth about […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Money and Power and Money and Power and Money…

Money and Power and Money and Power and Money… In case it’s not abundantly clear, I like to write about efficacy a lot (that and motivation.  We’re allowed to have obsessions, aren’t we?).  I’ve considered several aspects of effecting some sort of change in the world around us (be it […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Fun pt 2, Can’t Spell Overanalyzing without-   Recently updated !

Fun pt 2, Can’t Spell Overanalyzing without- In my earlier article on fun, I admitted that I couldn’t figure out why some subset of games were fun.  As I’ve had some time to reflect on it and consider the myriad of other games I’ve been addicted to in the intervening […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Pokemon Go Ahead And Charge My Card

Pokemon Go Ahead And Charge My Card Amid all the talk of Pokemon Go lately, it seems obvious that I should find some sort of topic so I can latch onto the coattails of the phenomenon.  While I already discussed the notion of teams and tribes last time (which definitely is […]


Digital Beard Stroking: Tribalism and Team Games

Tribalism and Team Games Tribalism is an underlying concept that’s arguably intrinsic to the human condition.  It’s evident in every culture, every society, every continent.  The concept of delineating an “us” versus a “them” exists in every group of people across the globe.  At first glance, this may seem to […]