Essays

List of Essays by Mr. Dave Pizza

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    Ninja Turtles Van Funko Pop T-Shirt and Ghostbusters $5 DVD Unboxing

    I read in the news that shipping bottlenecks are uncomfortably poignant this year. It's like every time we get some new way to make things faster, the system gets flooded by shoppers. I wondered even if I should order anything at all. In the process of doing some gift shopping, however, I noticed Target has a deal for free shipping over $35. I'm not totally fond of these humongous retailers on principle, but they can be a good source for fandom memorabilia. So, I picked up this Funko Pop Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cardboard turtle van packaged t-shirt. And because…

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    Quantum Leap – Last Call at Al’s: A Tribute to Dean Stockwell

    One of the best actors in Hollywood passed away in the past couple of days at age 85. Dean Stockwell, the actor/artist/environmentalist/cigar-enthusiast, is notably remembered for his role as Al Calavicci in the '80s/'90s TV time travel show Quantum Leap. I had always intended to talk about Quantum Leap here somewhere since it is one of the most influential productions I have ever spent time with, "within my own lifetime." With the news about Mr. Stockwell, I guess maybe this is a good time.

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    2020, Goodbye, and Thanks for my Gaming Hermitage

    2020 looking back gaming review typeface cover art

    What the delightful year 2020 was. I really canโ€™t say enough for the levels of complexity and hardworking teamwork my community and the world have taken upon themselves to uphold themselves to the safety of their fellow man and the restoration of peace and order to a situation uncouth. That streamed from my hands like a biting witful shark attack but I actually kind of mean it in a wobbly but sincere way. Itโ€™s been bad, I know, real bad, but not all bad, just a little more bad and covering a broader spectrum of things to care about. Iโ€™ve…

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    “Cyberpunk” as a Genre And Not Just 2077

    comparing cyberpunk 2077 to literary genre

    It's everywhere now. It's downloaded into your cortex. Drips off the neon katakana of your tube hotel vacancy sign. It's hidden in the channel tuned to static on your peripheral, cyphered, cybernetic headset. It provides the foundation as well as the motivation for things high above its paygrade, but it is still only a literary genre--beyond video games. "Cyberpunk." I'm talking simstim, black mesa stuff here, not Grand Theft Hovercar.