Cognitive Dissonance (or: a brief digression about God, the Scientific Method, a family history with alcoholism, and a belated requiem for The Cars’ Benjamin Orr)

According to Psychology Today, the term cognitive dissonance is defined thusly: Cognitive dissonance is a term for the state of discomfort felt when two or more modes of thought contradict each other. The clashing cognitions may include ideas, beliefs, or the knowledge that one has behaved in a certain way. I’ve been aware of the […]

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VERSUS: Episode 11: Rock Album Deathmatch: World Super Series Bowl Cup: We Have a Winner!!

Previously, on VERSUS . . . The second-place albums in our previous episodes battled it out for a shot in the playoffs as wildcard entries. Two albums managed to fight their way back into the contest: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (David Bowie) and Screaming for Vengeance (Judas […]

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Looking Forward (February 2022 Update): New Year, Same Pathology

This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2022. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the October 2021 update, the following books were completed: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in) Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove […]

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VERSUS: Episode 10: Rock Album Deathmatch: There’s Something to be Said for the Silver Medalists: The Wildcard Round

Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division VIII—featuring works from Paul Simon, Billy Joel, KISS, Bob Seger, Prince, Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine, and Foo Fighters—faced off on center stage, with the pleasantly melodic soft rock of Billy Joel pulling off a surprising upset victory. In this episode, we’re going […]

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VERSUS: Episode 9: Division VIII: Rock Album Deathmatch: Light Rock, Live Rock, Rage Rock and Prince

Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division VII—featuring works from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, The Doors, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and The Grateful Dead—faced off in the gladiator pit, with Pink Floyd getting the emperor’s thumbs-up. In this episode, another eight albums enter […]

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VERSUS: Episode 8: Division VII: Rock Album Deathmatch: A Pinch of Glam, A Dash of Psychedelia, and a Genesis Frontman Grudge Match

Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division VI—featuring works from Marcy Playground, Weezer, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden—faced off in the Octagon, with Pearl Jam’s Ten taking home the trophy. In this episode, another eight albums enter the fray. This time, the competitors […]

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