COVID-19: One Week Post-Vaccination

A week ago, medical personnel herded me onto a systematized medical floor and into a small stall. There, I sat in a neat row amongst other fellow residents of my city. And one by one, we were each inoculated like cattle. It was my second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. So, in a few weeks,…

Fallout 76 is Unexpectedly Delightful

I distinctly remember the vortex of emotions I experienced when Bethesda revealed Fallout 76 back in 2018. The gameplay trailer, which showcased an idyllic golden Appalachian landscape littered with all manner of creatures and mutated biomes, left an unmistakably good impression. But as a multiplayer title, how would the game play? Fallout 4 had been…

Happy Father’s Day 2021, Dad

There’s a difference between a good Dad and a cool Dad, and the two are often mutually exclusive. But I’m lucky to have one that’s both. Even from a young age, I knew I had a good Dad. He was supportive, nurturing, attentive: Everything a loving Dad should be. But beyond bringing me into this…

Suicide is a Human Right

After I attempted to take my life, I spent five long weeks in the hospital, eagerly awaiting my return home. Eventually, I was discharged by the hospital’s mental health facility. But I wasn’t quite free. Instead, I was released on “Extended Leave” under British Columbia’s Mental Health Act. This act gives the government the authority…

Musing About Mass Effect

Since my legs are broken and I’ll be spending my foreseeable future indoors, getting swept up in a good RPG sounded appealing. I dabbled with the top-down apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 2 but ultimately found that the game’s isometric perspective limited my enjoyment. Staring down at my characters like ants through a magnifying glass as they…

I Almost Died, Because I Wanted To

The morning of March 29th, 2021, was unlike all others. Rather than waking with the intention to live my life, I planned to end it. I had grown weary of existence. I hated the pursuit and management of capitalist resources. I hated the abundance of ceaseless errands and chores. I hated the obligation to comprehend…