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Feature and Humor Writing

Reboot This: Primal Rage
A humorous guest feature arguing for reboots and shovelware.

[Read: Reboot This: Primal Rage]

Journalism

Back in Black: A look at Mario Kart Black
In my travels I came to learn about an interesting community of game modifiers called texture hackers, and review one of their more well known efforts, Mario Kart Black (a hack of the Nintendo produced Mario Kart Wii) by texture hacker Roobix.

[Read: Back in Black: A look at Mario Kart Black]

Crystal Castles caught stealing music
Electronic band Crystal Castles was ousted by several outlets and musicians as having used samples without artist permission. I encapsulate the information into a brief, sourced news topic.

[Read: Crystal Castles caught stealing music]

Creative Fiction

ZWeather
Fictional short story written for entertainment. ZWeather follows a young man on the run from deadly mutated creatures in a comically modern world.

[Read: ZWeather]

Dead Heat Novel (currently in rough draft)
Short fiction novel currently in rough draft form. Dead Heat is a noir zombie set piece taking place in late 1940’s Los Angeles during the initial zombie outbreak.

[Read: Dead Heat (Rough Draft)]

Press & Artist Relations

IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute compilation
I contributed to the Game Music 4 All project created by IWADON research organizer Jeriaska as press and artist relations. I also wrote a series of posts detailing the growth of the album. Also assisted Jeriaska in a talk at Penny Arcade Expo East 2010 garnering support and informing attendees about the dozens of video game composers and video game inspired musicians from around the world, arranging music originally composed by often overlooked Japanese video game composer Hiroyuki Iwatsuki.

[Read: IWADON related news and information]
[Listen (music begins automatically on click-through): IWADON: Hiroyuki Iwatsuki Tribute compilation album (track 1-34) and PAX East Panel IWADON: A Tribute to an Unsung Hero of Game Music (track 35)]

Here Comes a New Challenger II Turbo album compilation
I was the lead organizer, as well as public and artist relations on the Here Comes a New Challenger II Turbo music album. The album is a collection of underground artists from around the world collaborating and creating music inspired by video games. The free album has garnered thousands of downloads since release. The album also includes well known underground artists such as Shael Riley, and Superpowerless and nerdcore musicians like My Parent’s Favorite Music, Dual Core, and Random (Mega Ran).

[Read: Here Comes a New Challenger official release page]
[See: Here Comes a New Challenger official web page]

Reviews

Christopher Tin – Calling All Dawns album review
An in-depth review of the Grammy Award winning Christopher Tin album Calling All Dawns. A quote from the review can be seen on Christopher Tin’s Press Page.

[Read: Christopher Tin – Calling All Dawns album review]

Golden State Pops Orchestra performs VideoGame Soundtracks Loaded… Ready… Play! concert review
My review of a 2009 orchestral performance by the Golden State Pops Orchestra and the Southern California Master Chorale, including images and footage of the event.

[Read: Golden State Pops Orchestra performs VideoGame Soundtracks Loaded… Ready… Play! concert review]
[See (Youtube): Live footage from Golden State Pops Orchestra performs VideoGame Soundtracks Loaded… Ready… Play!]

Interviews

Interview with independent sound design team Audio Aggregate
My interview with Mike Albanese and Jace Bartet of independent sound design studio Audio Aggregate, composers of games such as Twisted Pixel’s The Gunstringer.

[Read: Interview with independent sound design team Audio Aggregate]

Health Research

The effect of FDA Regulation on the Health Risks of Dietary Supplements: A Review of the Literature
A literature review on the relationship between FDA regulation and the health risks of dietary supplements in the US.

[Read: The effect of FDA Regulation on the Health Risks of Dietary Supplements: A Review of the Literature]

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