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Education: part of life’s journey

Education: part of life’s journey

Nathan McMahon

May 9, 2013

As the Beatles would say, it’s been a long and winding road. I first started on my path to a college degree back in 1998 as an incoming freshmen. That means the vast majority of you reading this who are also graduating were at the ripe old age of seven, give or take a few months. It’s a sobering thought but at t...

Arcade and Dive Bars

Arcade and Dive Bars

Nathan McMahon

May 2, 2013

Arcades were immensely popular in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. They helped establish the burgeoning love for the home console market and introduced video games to a wider audience. Their popularity was as bright as the flash from an explosion and unfortunately they burned out just as quick. When ...

Video game press needs fixing

Video game press needs fixing

Nathan McMahon

May 1, 2013

  Video games and journalism. Two words seemingly diametrically opposed. They are at odds with each other and on the verge of being entirely incompatible. Oftentimes the word journalism isn’t even considered to be a serious phrase when talking about video games. Enthusiast press is more ...

Boston Marathon proves the human spirit unbreakable

Boston Marathon proves the human spirit unbreakable

Nathan McMahon

April 16, 2013

Monday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. How do we address this? How do we cope? Remnants of 9-11 are etched into our conscious. We struggle to find reason or sanity. It’s a virtually impossible task to understand the actions of some people in this world. Instead we are left with images...

Internet freedom threatened by ‘Six Strikes’ policy

Internet freedom threatened by ‘Six Strikes’ policy

Nathan McMahon

March 19, 2013

A program titled The Copyright Alert System, or CAS, has been active since the beginning of early March. Five of the major Internet service providers and two of the major content providers collectively known as the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) have signed on to this voluntary “Six Strikes”...

New show ‘The Following’ may be worth following

New show ‘The Following’ may be worth following

Nathan McMahon

January 23, 2013

An obsession with Edgar Allen Poe, empty eye sockets, lots of scars, puddles of blood, and a pile of dead puppies. This is Fox's new mid-season crime thriller show "The Following." It's an entertaining show with an interesting premise and what's been shown so far leaves me wanting a whole lot more. ...

Petraeus coverage reveals media fallacies

Petraeus coverage reveals media fallacies

Nathan McMahon

November 18, 2012

  While the sexual revelations of former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus have been exploding in the media, it is equally important to observe and analyze the cozy relationship the media had with Petraeus and politicians in general. Our exposure to these highly elevated leaders in our c...

Books into movies and back again: a reader’s tale

Nathan McMahon

November 14, 2012

      Hollywood is never one to shy away from any perceived money-making trend that can be turned into the latest, greatest and sometimes lamest blockbuster movie franchise. Heck, even intellectual properties like board games are being mined for that small nugget of profit. I’m looking at you, “B...

Long Beach Comic Con: Day 1

Long Beach Comic Con: Day 1

Nathan McMahon

November 7, 2012

This past Saturday and Sunday the Long Beach Convention Center hosted the 4th annual Long Beach Comic Convention. The one room show was filled to the brim on Saturday with a wide variety of both attendees and dealers. The main attraction was the diehard fans of anything and everything geek who tak...

Why we need to eliminate the electoral college for future elections

Nathan McMahon

November 7, 2012

  The presidential election is finally over, as Barack Obama took more than 300 electoral votes. While many voters casted their ballots with excitement Nov. 6, the sad truth is that for a vast swath of the electorate, their votes simply did not count – at least not in the way that they should hav...

Get clubbed over the head with a lot of comedy

Get clubbed over the head with a lot of comedy

Nathan McMahon

October 31, 2012

Within Los Angeles, there is a thriving comedy club scene. Many classic performers and funny people have made their comedic bones performing on the LA circuit and many clubs have laid the foundation for their careers. There’s alway a show to see and the variety of venues makes any show-catching sce...

Disney buys a galaxy, far, far away

Disney buys a galaxy, far, far away

Nathan McMahon

October 31, 2012

Disney is making some heavy moves in the entertainment industry. They solidified their stake in Pixar with a $7.4 billion purchase in 2006. In 2009, they spent $4 billion on Marvel Comics and brought the worlds greatest super heroes into the “House of Mouse.” At the time, it was a move that shocked...

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