Author Archives | Karen Datangel

The State of Arcades: A Writer’s Memories and Perspectives from Gamers

Growing up with hardcore video game players in my family and a Super Nintendo and original PlayStation in our household (PS2 and 3—which are still active in my lair—arrived during my high school and college years), I mostly stuck to feeding my fighting, puzzle, and adventure game addictions within the confines of homes. Was I […]

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From Musicals to Michelle: Karen’s Favorite Moments from the 2013 Oscars

“The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now.” So said 2013 Oscars host Seth MacFarlane in his opening monologue (And what do you know? It brought out some positive emotion from Tommy Lee after all!). While the entertainer/writer/director/producer best known for his work in Family Guy and Ted received mixed reactions across the […]

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25 Ways to Feel Happier and Be Fearless in 2013

It’s January, and so starts a new year; so does a new year equal a new you? Don’t even question it anymore: 2013 should be your year. The start of a new 365-day cycle gives us a clean slate to start all over, make amends, achieve our goals, and fulfill our wishes. We make resolutions […]

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The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your Holiday List

We all know shopping for the perfect gifts for your family and friends can be stressful. That’s why we put together this little guide to help you decide on what to give this holiday season! Whether your brother is a hardcore football fan or a geek at heart or your best gal pal is a […]

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The Hearts of Giants: Reflections of a Championship Baseball Team

How do you explain coming back from series deficits twice? How do you explain winning your do-or-die game through a manufactured run and an error? How do you explain getting pummeled by a guy almost twice your size at second base, only to see the next five games through to become a championship MVP? How […]

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Seeing “Red” with Taylor Swift’s New Album

Everyone’s favorite guitar-strumming sweetheart who loves to sing about boys, fairy tales, and hanging out in the passenger seat at 2:30AM is back. Well, she could possibly also be your least favorite too, but at least there are two things Taylor Swift is undeniably excellent at: generating buzz and creating some damn catchy tunes. The award-winning music […]

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Establishing Your [Mostly Professional] Internet Prescence

Google pretty much has the answers to everything, even to yourself—at least when it comes to your present and future employers. Now imagine that the first result that comes up when they search your name is a Facebook photo of you from three Halloweens ago, in your Playboy bunny costume doing a keg stand. Let’s […]

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Pitcher Perfect: Three Months of Magic on the Mound

In baseball, the number of runs is what determines the winners and the losers—at least according to the scoreboard. All the hits and trips to home plate are the results of power and strategy by the men in the batter’s box and the ones rounding the bases. However, it’s the men on the mound on […]

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Caught in a Web of Curiosity: My Online Dating Experiment

Despite what your parents told you and despite any stigma that people will give you, meeting people from the Internet in real life won’t kill you (IF you’re smart about it—don’t go out and meet ‘killeroftehladiez666′ by the abandoned building at 11PM. If you’re under the age of 18, please do listen to your elders […]

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