WildStar Online: Out West, In Space

A review of WildStar Online by Matthew E. Semrau   Tighten your belt and pull up your boots. There’s a new kid in town and his name is WildStar. Wildstar Online. WildStar is a Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) developed by Carbine Studios. WildStar is Carbine’s first game, but don’t let that fool you. The

Every Man I Know

(Photo: flickr.com/vinothchandar)   BY MATTHEW E. SEMRAU There have been a lot of people in my life who have influenced me. Each deserve their own story. Together, they have been my friends, support system, encouragement, conscience, and role models. These are the men I know. Moose I call him Moose. His real name I don’t

2014 Midterm Election

AbstractThe United States 2014 Midterm Election has been historic on many accounts. There have been a lot of interesting stories coming out of it. So, I’ve compiled some of the most interesting here. I’ll update it regularly as new stories emerge, also, feel free to suggest them on Facebook or Twitter. Updated2014-11-06 6pm   Historic


  Oakland University is talking about genocide after a student group presented provocative images of death camps, executions, and abortions to campus, last week — April 7th and 8th, 2014. The Genocide Awareness Project The exhibit, called the Genocide Awareness Project, was hosted by Students for Life at Oakland University. The exhibit belongs to and

A Tutorial for the Photojournalist

A quick and easy guide The folks at the Journalists’ Toolkit have compiled a list of articles from Photo Composition Articles into an easy to understand guide to the basics of photojournalism. In seven links, they address several important aspects of photography that should be considered by every photojournalist (or photographer for that matter.) The

The Disaster that is Sochi

Storify by Matthew Edmund Semrau Tue, Feb 11 2014 13:41:28 The Disaster that is Sochi Sochi was a bad choice to hold the Winter Olympics, but it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Fourteen years

Smartphone: My Surrender

For a long time I prided myself on owning, what I affectionately referred to as, “a dumb phone.” For awhile, this was an honest position. I didn’t see any need to put the world in my pocket (or let the world follow me in my pocket.) But overtime, it became a fancy way of saying,

Independence Township has some big budget plans

Independence Township has some big budget plansby Matthew E. SemrauApril 17, 2013 INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Wednesday evening marked the second bi-weekly meeting of the Independence Township board of trustees. Among the items on the agenda were big spending plans, future sewer projects, more news about a potential hospital, and support for a local girl

Profile View: Dr. Jeffrey Youngquist

A Profile View: Dr. Jeffrey Youngquistby Matthew E. SemrauApril 2013 ROCHESTER, Mich. — As human beings, we tend to think of unintended consequences as bad things, but that is not always the case. Sometimes they are what drives us to where we belong. This is the case for Jeffrey Youngquist, Ph.D. an associate professor of