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2016 is over, and I spent a lot of time writing and re-writing this column to decide exactly how I wanted to honor it. The general consensus is that it sucked. Trevor Noah described it as “The year that started with Zika and then went bad.” The rest of the internet made its opinion clear via memes, images like the one above, the infamous /r/fuck2016 subreddit, and more. The other day I shared a link to this article on Twitter. I think it gives some good arguments for exactly why internet communities feel like 2016 was so surreal. And it kind…

It’s Christmas morning and I’m writing this column from the guest room at my parent’s house. I’ve decided to begin my New Year’s resolution a week early, and once again attempt to write a regular blog. I’ve always liked the idea of the newspaper column, and so I’ll be trying to model this weekly tradition after that. Which should be interesting, since I have actually read very few newspaper columns in my life. Christmas has always been a huge and wonderful tradition in my home. Having been raised Christian, American, and Middle-class, the month of December has always been filled…

  This is a bit of a silly thing, but it’s been on my mind.   On May 21st, 1980, a theater in Seattle aired Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at 12:01am, at least nine hours before any other theater would be showing the film. The first person in line to see it got there 24 hours before the showing and dressed as Luke Skywalker. The theater completely sold out.   This seems to be the first known example of a major Hollywood movie premiering at midnight. Before this, the only movies that ever aired at midnight were cult…