Red Letters

Howl­ing all the way down to Hell

Editor-in-Chief David Blue ponders divisions in class and culturbetween the roles of industry and consumer

as they manifest in business, academic, and communal transactions
across geography and time
from the two extremes of the macro and the pico frames.
I didn’t real­ly under­stand any of it.
Jack­son Griebal
Tedious and hard to read.
Hawthorn Bradley
David’s lon­gread on the cen­turies long per­se­cu­tion and dis­en­fran­chise­ment of the cock­roach com­mu­ni­ty in the Unit­ed States was incred­i­bly mov­ing and illu­mi­nat­ing.
Moe Malik
Every­thing I’ve read by David Blue has been noth­ing short of eye­open­ing.

This ver­ti­cal is the new tes­ta­ment in my blood, which I shed dig­i­tal­ly for you.

The Good Guy, Han Solo

In Ron Howard's care, Han Solo's spinoff impishly submerges the Star Wars fan in the staple origin of the reluctant hero's rudimentary and tiresome lifelong inner conflict among a steady unsubtle spattering of jokes at the

Google Church

Parallels between Google and the 16th century Vatican abound, and last week's news about the company revealed that they're quickly losing their minds, and are well on track to assuming their place as our new ruler.

Mom and Dad

Brian Taylor's 83 minutes of gross suburban parental terror and hilarity performs every function you could possibly ask of such a film, combining excellent attention to detail with a refreshingly inventive use of sound.

The Last iPhone

If you've been using iOS since the beginning, the iPhone 8 represents the end of your era, but how well does it wrap things up?

Three Billboards Outside Silva North Carolina

Martin McDonagh's black comedy recklessly portrays working class Missourians in a tasteless fashion that wouldn't be unforgivably insensible without a few uncouth decisions.


Facebook's "new" commitment for 2018 is not a concession and its CEO has never sought anything more noble than the continued liquidation of your attention.

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Stumbling upon the history and mysteries of bloodstained Rock Springs in its dining, lodging, and "nightlife" before escaping, unsettled on a slashed tire.

Flying in Minecraft

A quick tutorial of flight in Minecraft that'll have you in the air in no time! Before you take off, let's consider some alternative experiences.

Through an iPhone 4’s Lens

The launch of the iPhone 4 instigated a change in our perception of digital photography. We looked back to find our favorite of its snaps for us.

The Email Chic

How to make useful sense of The Second Email Age and its often-vile hives by choosing the right newsletters according to an old rogue outside the industry.

Mark Fuck

The monumental amount of unsubstantiated gossip and conjecture enabled every day by Facebook is lethal to the human intellect. Can fire be fought with fire?

In Bloom

Before we head West, we're setting our sights locally on the conflicts and triumphs of our native Columbia, Missouri.

Looking for Punk in All the Wrong Places

We found that a special brand of uncommercialized enjoyment was all MAGFest required to harden itself against our counter-culture, proving many assumptions wrong.

Santa Claus is Dead

We think we found an easy treatment for the fake news problem.

Pfaall for President

Our fake news Editor-in-Chief addresses the commotion surrounding aggregated misinformation and the meaning of the "media company" label.

Stop Settling for Mono Playback

David Blue may or may not be a qualified "audiophile," but he'd like to point out that Apple's recent iPhone sound controversy was a bit off the mark, even.

Kilgore Trout on CreateSpace

The relationship between Kurt Vonnegut, Ayn Rand and self-publishing leads to questions of the future which we should be asking ourselves, regularly.

The Ego Divide

The recently-discontinued Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet darkly mirrors sentiments first begun with the Pontiac Aztek, narrating Generation X's decline.

IF We Never Forget

Every day, digital engineering grows closer and closer to virtually-unlimited memory capacity. How will this affect the perspective from which we reflect?


An image of a musician in the aftermath of a rigorous academic musical curriculum.

Johnny Tsunami 6: Separate, But Equal

In revisiting Disney movies from our childhoods, we stumbled upon a good number of surprisingly insightful sentiments about race and class.

Soul Water

On the consistent company of alcohol throughout the rural Midwestern experience.

Stairs, Wiggling

I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens in-theatre and felt something, but is that really enough defense for the continued existence of the franchise?

A Wankel Reunion

David Blue was able to drive a long-awaited Wankel-powered first generation Mazda Rx-7 resembling a shed-bound example with childhood significance.