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First Time for Everything: Three Ingredient Pancakes

Pancakes. They are a breakfast staple across the world. France got fancy and made thin ones called crepes. China went nuts and put potatoes and onions in them. Japan wasn’t about to be outdone so they took that idea and slapped sauce on top of it and called it okonomiyaki. Pancakes are everywhere. I’ve had them and you’ve had them and, if you live in a town that does 24 hour diners, you eaten them at an ungodly hour when you were drunk. Personally, I’ve always come down on the waffle side of the pancake/waffle divide, but don’t worry, I’m not some kind of militant anti-pancake waffle activist. We can all live together under maple syrup. I’ve never made either pancakes or waffles before. Baking is my Achilles’ Heel in the kitchen, so pretty much anything involving flour is out. Plus, pancakes cost about three bucks at a breakfast place, […]


First Time for Everything: Oculus Rift

First Time for Everything is a blog format I am working on that involves trying something for the first time and then writing about it. It’s an endeavor in both trying to write more often and trying something new every week, thus breaking the cycle of constantly going home and watching Netflix. The Brisbane Powerhouse is currently featuring a small festival called IRL Digital Festival, which mostly features videogames and digital art. I’m generally a big fan of both of those things and I happened to be at the Powerhouse anyway, so we hit a magic intersection here between interest and convenience. There are a lot of exhibits on display, all with varying levels of functionality and wankiness, but the exhibit that interested me most is the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift is the new current frontrunner in the world of Virtual Reality. The Rift, developed by Oculus VR, is […]


Time Zones

Australia is about 15 hours ahead of America, depending on specific time zones and daylight savings statuses on any given day. It makes sense given that the two countries are on opposite sides of the planet and that pesky International Date Line is right in the middle. When I speak to someone back home, it is always pretty early/late for one of us and on a different day. It’s pretty weird talking to your friends and they’re all drunk at a party on a Friday and you just woke up on the following Saturday. I have a hard time wrapping brain around the fact that we are existing at the same time, but at such different times. So I have taken to talking to people like I am in the future. Yeah, it’s pretty funny. The first time. If you talk to friends who are drunk at night, but for […]


Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is an amazing paradox of a holiday. We all do it when nobody wants it. The sentiment behind it feels powerful: show someone that you love how much you love them. That’s great. That’s beautiful. It’s easy to take the person closest to you for granted and it’s a good idea to have occasional reminders to make an effort to demonstrate some real affection. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day has become more of a burden to everyone, instead of a whimsical, romantic holiday. Single adults have a glaring reminder of being single during a holiday that specifically excludes them. Children are forced to prepare personalized valentines for everyone in class, regardless of their level of friendship. Couples obliged to run around buying the same roses and chocolates every year and book in advance to crowded restaurants with special holiday-priced menus, surrounded by countless other couples going through the same motions […]


Superpowers

I am a grown ass man and I still daydream about having super powers. Pretty much every day. I know plenty of people my age who are doctors, lawyers, and businesspeople with busy professional lives and families, while I still zone out about flying in between writing new jokes about kangaroos or whatever. I’ve been doing this since I was 12 years old. The difference being that now I have 20 years of experience daydreaming about superpowers, so now I’m super good at it. There are genuine debates raging on inside my skull about which set of superpowers I would pick out for myself. Which is ridiculous, because no one gets to pick their origin story. That’s for fate to decide. The radioactive spider has to bite you. You can’t bite the radioactive spider. Why should I even have to pick one set of superpowers? It’s just going on inside […]