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Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk

Tommy McKenna, Blogger May 23, 2017

For one of my last blog posts before the end of the year, I want to talk about a genre of science fiction that has truly captured my interest but nonetheless remains relatively unknown to anyone who doesn’t...

Rare currency

Rare currency

Tommy McKenna, Blogger May 8, 2017

One of the things I like to do in my spare time is collect foreign or exotic currency. From absurdly large bills for defunct currencies to the more obscure American denominations, I’ve spent countless...

Corporate failures

Corporate failures

Tommy McKenna, Blogger May 1, 2017

Whenever a company tries to dip their feet into the water by appealing to the much-coveted millennial generation, the results can be incredibly cringe-inducing. Even worse is when companies make an ad...

Unappreciated Sci-Fi

Unappreciated Sci-Fi

Tommy McKenna, Blogger April 20, 2017

What is perhaps the greatest feature of the internet is its ability to allow artists and writers to publish their work with very little money or effort expended. This is both a blessing and a curse; for...

A history of online politics

A history of online politics

Tommy McKenna, Blogger April 6, 2017

This isn't really an obscure topic so much as it requires obscure knowledge, so here goes. It was inevitable that the political firestorm since the beginning of the 2016 election would spill over into...

Insect enthusiasts

Insect enthusiasts

Tommy McKenna, Blogger March 28, 2017

Most people don’t like insects, spiders, or really anything that is hairy and has too many legs for its own good. Many people would likely scream and try to squash any such creature that dared to cross...

Amatuer

Amatuer “detectives”

Tommy McKenna, Blogger March 7, 2017

Perhaps the internet’s most potent feature is its ability to gather and concentrate collective information and efforts. From the good (like charity donations and online activism) to the bad (like witch...

Stealth marketing

Stealth marketing

Tommy McKenna, Blogger February 28, 2017

There are only a few marketing strategies that I would say are not yet known to the general public. Generally, these strategies are known as “stealth marketing”; which basically means unconventional...

Common operations

Common operations

Tommy McKenna, Blogger February 24, 2017

Every so often, there’s an online plot that lurches into the mainstream. Usually, these are simple pranks (via vote manipulation, for example) on online contests. Sites like 4chan occasionally have posts...

Louis Poyet, Émile Reynaud's projection praxinoscope for Nature, a science journal, 1882

Bizzare animations

Tommy McKenna, Blogger February 20, 2017

It is my firm belief that some images should never have seen the light of day. This is not for a lack of appreciation for “art” (no matter how loosely that is defined), but more a commentary on work...

Photograph of the Atomic Cloud Rising Over Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 9, 1945

Preppers

Tommy McKenna, Blogger February 8, 2017

In my time exploring the many, many bizarre subcultures there are to see both online and in real life, few have been as economically lucrative as the “prepper” niche. From poorly designed websites...

Conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories

Tommy McKenna, Blogger February 1, 2017

Surface level conspiracy theories are like bad 50s sci fi. Sure, it can be entertaining to watch “professors” explain how aliens built the pyramids, and it is interesting watching people piece random...

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