Brownies from Scratch!

The recipe is inspired by The Frugal Chef’s Homemade Brownies recipe, with some modifications. For starters, I typically only make these brownies for special occasions, so I like to make a double batch (ingredients have been adjusted below to reflect this).  Additionally, instead of using white flour, I like to use whole wheat pastry flour,…

Review: Sacred Hearts Club by Foster the People

So I found “Pumped Up Kicks” mildly amusing for some reason. I listened to it on repeat for a while because it sounded neat.  That’s the extent of my Foster the People exposure.  (I think I tried one of their older albums once, but didn’t like it so much.  Can’t remember.) On a whim, I…

Being a prudish voice actor

As you know, I’m a voice actor.  My parents like to tell me a story from when I was very small: After being shown an illustration of a Shakespearean actor in a children’s book of careers, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I immediately struck the actor’s dramatic pose.  Acting…

Guardians of the Galaxy II Review

It took a while but I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.  The reason I hesitated to see the first one was because of how many crass jokes made the cut, and this second film’s parental advisory on IMDB made me hesitate even more.  But somehow, I managed to sit through this sequel,…

Give acceptance a chance

An attitude I’ve seen in multiple circles and movements (political, social, and religions) is: “Sure, believe whatever [totally harmless belief] you want to believe, but ultimately, I’m doing it the right way, and I’ll do whatever I can to show you my way so you’ll see things correctly in the end.”  This really bothers me….

Reverse Gender Discrimination (Why I’m Not a Girl Who Codes)

For a good few years now, like many young women and men out there trying to make their mark on the world, I’ve been a victim of gender bias and gender discrimination.  I say this because bias and discrimination can go either way, for or against an individual’s interests. Have you ever been pressured to…

What do you think of this comic?

I think it’s hilarious. But when a peer of mine shared it on a website and it was reshared by several other users (myself included), there was a lot of backlash.  Who knew such a simple comment could open such a huge can of worms? One detractor raises the concern that the comic gives off…

Hermione Granger’s Wand

I made this prop for a cosplaying friend earlier this Spring, because we have plans to hit the convention scene as students from respective special schools where kids hone their supernatural powers to fight evil.   Muggle Materials While the original, according to the Harry Potter wiki, is a 10¾” number made of vine wood…