The path not taken.

I am a very, very fortunate man.  I have a beautiful wife who loves me.  I have a son who is the cutest toddler on Earth.  Together, we three are a happy family in our little New England house and life could not be more picturesque and storybook. So, of course, my brain has started to wonder what I could have done differently. This is not coming from a place of unhappiness or regret.  I spend every day looking after a toddler, and now that he's at an age where he can entertain himself ...

Ohayocon shenanigans.

Garth and I kicked off our 2017 convention tour at OHAYOCON this past weekend.  We've been beginning our annual circuit of conventions there for the past few years, and every year we have a great time.  This year was no different.  Instead of explaining what our weekend was like, here's a link to our monthly vlog entry that showcases our time at Ohayocon. THE STAR POWER TEAM AT OHAYOCON 2017! We do one of these vlogs every mont...

Multiplayer memories.

I'm very excited for the upcoming release of Mass Effect: Andromeda.  I love the Mass Effect series.  I love the story, the characters, and the setting.  I love that the March 21 launch date of Andromeda is a clever numerical pun.  While I'm looking forward to falling in love all over again with the story, characters, and setting of Mass Effect, I find myself surprisingly looking forward to the game's multiplayer aspect.  Some of my favorite gaming memories come from playing Mass Effect 3's...

Starting the year off right.

2016 is behind us (thank goodness) and 2017 is upon us (let's see how this goes).  Garth and I are beginning our year, as we have for the past few years, with a trip to OHAYOCON.  This show has become not only a tradition for us, but a real pleasure to attend.  We had a blast the first year we attended as a team, and the following years have been progressively better and more fun.  With friendly attendees, an attentive staff, and a city I'm slowly falling i...

This year is not murderous.

A lot of celebrities have died this year.  It's the reason so many people have been calling 2016 a bad year.  A lot of inspirational people who created inspirational things died of various reasons, but the one thing they did not die of was "2016."  This year is not some sentient being that is out to murder idols and kill people in an out-of-control death spree.  It's a year, and lots of people die every year.  That a lot of celebrities happened to count among that number doesn't make this y...

That weird week.

It's the final week of 2016 and I, like so many others, will be happy to see this steady-stream-of-bad-news year come to an end.  This is that weird week in between Christmas and New Year's, where some people have an extended break from school or work but others don't; where you don't know how much work you actually need to get done because the "holidays" aren't technically over yet; where you're not sure if you should be getting back into a working groove or settling back for a few low-key day...

Survival(ish)

As a child, one of my favorite movies was Disney's Swiss Family Robinson. Based loosely on the novel Der Schweizerische Robinson, the movie follows a family who are shipwrecked on a tropical jungle island on their way to New Guinea. On this uninhabited island they build themselves a fantastical new life out of the surrounding jungle and the wreckage of the ship. There are also pirates. I loved the adventure and the cleverness of the characters. They just build a new life com...

One discouraging photo.

I've been working out on a regular basis since the summer of 2015.  I cleaned up my diet, so I'm not shoving sugary snacks into my face all day long (I was a junk food vegan for years, but that's another story).  I feel better and I'm in the best shape of my life.  The ultimate goal of all this has been to become a big, strong dad for my little boy as my father was for me when I was growing up; to look like the shirtless heroes of my youth, like He-Man and Hulk Hogan; to get that "ideal male ...

Politics, politics.

I try to use the blog section to keep things light around here (no pun intended).  2016 was an especially ugly, rotten, nasty, and terrible election year for us here in the U.S. and the constant news stream of politics made me numb.  My social media feeds were crammed with political "news," think-pieces, rants, and outrage.  While 2016 was a relatively good year for me personally, and for STAR POWER, it's been a perpetual flood of bad news and ugly, immature politics.  I didn't want to add t...

Dragonborn and born again.

It's been a few weeks since I picked up the Skyrim Special Edition for my XBox One.  I've mentioned before that Skyrim is probably my favorite video game of all time, though it's neck-and-neck with the Mass Effect trilogy and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and playing through again has reminded me why it's at the top of my list.  I thought I had gotten everything I wanted from Skyrim when I finally put it down a few years ago.  I was wrong.  I'm still finding enjoyment in creating my own adventure...