Author: A.J. Rocca

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Book Synopsis: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge. Continue reading

BMS Post-game—The Simulation Argument: The Matrix Without a Neo

Wow, there’s a lot I could say about this one. This is my first video for my channel and also the first time I had any real exposure to Adobe After Effects or Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro is pretty intuitive, but AE has a nasty learning curve, and my Matrix vid probably represents about a 200 hour investment on my part. After 200 hours of staring at images from The Matrix, I found I had some second thoughts regarding my video’s central thesis which I’ve finally gotten around to writing up and compiling here. Continue reading