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Asia Kate Dillon and a Theory on Gender-Neutrality

A show aired on the channel Showtime now includes a non-binary character. Taylor Mason, a character on the show Billions, is a gender-neutral character whose pronouns are they, theirs, and them. The actor that plays Taylor, Asia Kate Dillon, also identifies as non-binary. They are the first gender-neutral actor playing a gender-neutral character on television, and not only that, but their performance has put them up for an Emmy nomination submission. Showtime approached Asia and told them that they were going to submit them for an Emmy nomination. The channel asked Asia how they would like to be submitted, as an actor or an actress. Dillon was conflicted about how they would like to be entered, and so wrote a letter to the Emmys in order to sort out exactly what the two categories meant. The Emmys responded saying that any eligible performer may be entered in either category for…

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War Games: How Are Video Games Affecting Us?

In the 21st century, FPS (first person shooter) games ranging from gritty entertainment like Call of Duty to colorful, fantasy battles like Overwatch. These shooter games, no matter how harmless they seem, all have one thing in common: war. Keep reading to find out how this affects our youth and the logic behind it. Marcus and Alex: Look at the Nintendo go-kart franchise Mario Kart. The happy, racing game has no violence, right? Wrong. Under the cute outer surface, this morbid game has you throwing reptile shells and fireballs at your opponents just to win. And the blue shell? A homing explosive that will devastate you and your cart (and friendships. Look it up). Also promoting seatbelt less driving. And regular Mario, even worse. Squishing and stomping cute, mostly harmless, creatures to death. Or take the fun, loving RTS MMO Clash Royale. Seems harmless, but… no. See some Skeletons? Smite…


You Decide: PC or Console Gaming?

Hello everyone, this is my second addition to my debate series. Today, Riley, Calvin, and Marcus will join me in a new topic: should traditional gaming be played on a console, or should we switch to computer gaming? Riley and I will argue for PC against Calvin and Marcus, who side with console gaming. First Topic: Price Luke: At first glance, console seems cheaper, but that’s not exactly true. An Xbox One can cost around to $350, and while PCs are best at around $1,000, you can run eSports games like Overwatch, CS:GO and League of Legends on a $400 computer. Riley: I completely agree with Luke. When one part of a console stops working or breaks, you have to buy a completely new console. On the other hand, when a PC part breaks or stops working, you can replace it and some parts can cost less than $30. Let…



Live Action “Lion King” Dream Cast

HI, FRIENDS! So, a live action Lion King movie has been announced! Now, the real question is: Who will be in the cast? So many great voice actors and regular actors in hollywood right now, so who to choose? Well, this is our dream cast of Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. Simba – Donald Glover Donald Glover is a youthful and amazing performer. He is a comedian, actor, and musician who would make the role entirely his own. His voice is beautiful as he’s shown in his songs and he has just the right acting style for this role. Young Simba – Caleb McLaughlin Caleb McLaughlin (most known as Lucas from “Stranger Things”) would be perfect for young Simba. He is an amazing singer and fantastic actor, especially in stressful or tense scenes. He has already played this role on Broadway and would undoubtedly ace it. Nala – Lupita Nyong’o…


Top 5 Most Unique Directors

What does it mean to be a unique director? Unique directors put their own personal stamp on any project they touch, and all unique directors have very distinct styles in every aspect of their films. These are my top 5 favorite unique and one of a kind directors. Yorgos Lanthimos — The Lobster, Dogtooth, Alps Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek film writer/director who has made such films as “Dogtooth”, “Alps”, and most recently “The Lobster”. His films use strange plots and intriguing cinematography to draw audiences in and show them something that they’ve definitely never seen before. This man defies the notion that there are no original ideas anymore, thinking of movies like “The Lobster” which takes place in a world where people stay in a hotel and have 45 days to find love with someone else in the establishment. If they can not find a partner, they are turned…


7 Tips on How to Begin to Make a Video Game

So you want to make a video game? Well of course you do if you clicked this article! Well, here are a couple quick tips to get you started. 1. Have a Bit of Background Knowledge Though some programs don’t need it, it is always best to learn how to code. For video games, probably the best coding language to learn is C Sharp, but you can be fine with JavaScript. Codecademy is a great place to start. Also, play your favorite video games! Most people get inspired by playing other people’s games. You’re way more likely to have an idea for a video game if you play one. 2. Think of the Mechanics of the Game Before you think about story, characters, level design, power-ups, and more, try to think about the main mechanic you want to convey and base the other things around that. The Portal series is…


Balancing Fat Acceptance and the Health Craze

In the media, we are seeing more and more of people with varying shapes and sizes. The fat acceptance movement¹ is an ongoing movement trying to decrease the anti-fat bias held by much of society, as well as by many media companies. While it is a very criticized campaign, it is also widely praised; it is supposed to decrease stress around body image, and, because stress is a prominent factor in obesity, has proven effective. Even with this happening, we are also seeing a lot of “healthier” food and dieting options aimed towards losing weight. The contradicting developments both seem very positive in all senses, but in actuality neither are improving things. Instead, they have created two completely opposite poles while simultaneously focusing on exactly the wrong topics. Fat acceptance and “health” promotions are both about weight, when in actuality they should simply be about health. Health is a complicated topic….


Trump Approval Survey Results

Before the 2016 election, I sent out a survey asking the Friends’ Central community for their opinions on certain political and social issues. Now that we’ve elected a new president who has been in office for roughly five months, I felt that I needed to create a new survey specifically about our president. This survey had a turnout of 25 responses. That’s not a large number, but it’s a good enough sample of our community. The questions asked during the survey are as follows: Overall, do you approve of President Trump? How much do you approve of Trump? How much do you approve of VP Mike Pence? How much do you approve of Trump’s cabinet? Do you agree with Trump’s border wall proposal? Do you think that Trump is doing enough to address terrorism? Do you think that Trump is doing enough to address prejudice and hate crimes? Do you…


Review: Titan XP Graphics Card

The Titan X Pascal, considered the best graphics card you can buy… just got better. On April 6, 2017, Nvidia announced a new addition to their enthusiasts grade GPU family, the Titan XP. The Titan XP is incredibly fast and runs cool while doing so but that comes at a very, very, high cost. The Titan XP runs faster and a little cooler than its older counterpart, the Titan X Pascal, but besides the faster performance and slightly better cooling there isn’t that much different between the two. Today we will be looking at the specs, benchmarks, price and performance of the new Titan XP. The Titan XP is the best GPU on the market, and its spec are, as Elijah would say, BLAZINGLY FAST. Titan XP runs on the same GP102 die as the Titan X Pascal, but sports a fully unlocked version of the processor. The GP102 is…


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