Friday, September 17, 2021

Vlog Ep. 271: The Magic Behind Magic


For this Friday night episode of #BaduyPride, we dove into the deep end of talking about magic and magicians, and other related forms of entertainment. Tobie and I share quite the love for this particular art form (if you can call it that) and it was nice to look back to shared experiences like the classic David Copperfield televised magic tricks. 

Tobie and I also had magic performances in common. At least Tobie got paid for his stints as a magician as I only performed for free for classmates and family. Super big thanks to that Usborne Book of Magic! That was my friend growing up. Tobie remains more into the continuing progression of magic thanks to shows like Fool Us, because Penn and Teller are awesome.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 270: M. Night Shyamalan Movies


For this episode of #BaduyPride, Tobie and I took a journey through the colorful filmography of M. Night Shyamalan. From his breakthrough cinematic experience that was The Sixth Sense through all the twists and turns of his creative efforts, he remains a memorable filmmaker and storyteller. And his earlier movies remain to be very interesting efforts to tell unique stories in his own way.

I was kind of surprised by the fact that I've seen pretty much all of his movies at this point. And I think I was more surprised that Tobie hadn't seen a few that I had assumed he had already covered - which is only surprising given he has been more of a fan of his work than I ever have. But on the whole, it was nice to talk through his different projects and still celebrate the great things about his different films, even the much-reviled ones.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Vlog Ep. 269: Meat Matters


Tonight's food-related #BaduyPride topic for this Tasty Tuesday was all about meat! Totally not a vegetarian or vegan episode for sure. But we just wanted to spend some time to talk about the role that meat plays in a lot of people's diets along with the challenges that come with meat consumption.

It's funny how this ended up being not just a discussion about meat but also the future of food. We're all very aware of the sustainability issues that plague almost all meat consumption whether we're talking about land-based animals or fish from the sea. And maybe our idea of some sort of sustainable alternative protein source at an affordable price may save us all in the long term. It might even taste like chicken. 

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 268: Exploring Mystery House


Tonight's featured board game for this #BaduyPride Monday is the innovative deductive mystery game Mystery House: Adventures in a Box. This is a 1-5 player game that was created by Antonio Tinio and published by Cranio Creations. The central mechanic of this game is the box framework that allows the creation of a 3D maze based on the scenario you're playing. Thus players have something physical to literally explore in order to solve the puzzles and riddles of the game.

We only have the base game to discuss and with its two scenarios, it's a good representation of the potential game. But this first foray is a little shaky with a few kinks in the system, mainly around the app experience and how it doesn't fully enable richer storytelling and other silliness. But it's a good effort and maybe we'll get around to getting the other expansions in time.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 267: The Power of Nostalgia


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about the power of nostalgia! We know it to be a feeling often associated with things like old photo albums or school reunions. But have people ever really sat down to just think about it and examine why we feel the way we do? That's exactly what we ended up doing during today's discussion.

Nostalgia is some pretty powerful stuff and we found an article that stated our brains are literally wired to reward us when we feel nostalgia. And it's a shared experience, so talking about old stories with friends and family has a sort of snowball effect where the good vibes just build and build. It's neither good nor bad in itself. But it can be helpful in many cases but also tricky in other instances. 

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