August 18, 2017 §
I don’t feel like saying much about current events in America right now, but I will say that I am disappointed in how many of us here are acting out of fear. America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. We need to act like it.
The Civil War was brutal, but we should appreciate it as a time of growth for our nation and for the world. Slavery had existed everywhere for thousands of years. Abolishing it wouldn’t be easy. (If we’re honest, slavery still exist, and many of us are benefiting from it.)
If you don’t want to read a book about the Civil War, watch The Blue and the Gray. Probably my favorite Stacy Keach tv series, too.
And if you think everyone around you is taking crazy pills, you might be right.
August 11, 2017 §
That Game of Thrones, right?
I only got into The Game of Thrones this year, and the reasons I waited are part of the pitfalls of being a writer: you know what’s going to happen next. My wife hates watching detective show with me because I always know who the killer is right at the beginning. We watched that show Castle nigh religiously, and 99.9% of the time I knew who the killer was within the first three scenes.
When Game of Thrones first because popular, I tried the first episode, and I tried reading the first novel; but I had to put them all down. « Read the rest of this entry »
August 4, 2017 §
As a rule, I try not to get too political in social media, and definitely not on this website. But after I spent a year working on an interactive fiction (IF) game that explores Latin American issues, a well-known IF writer dismiss it as racist without even having read it. So, I have decided, f*ck it. I’ll state a few political opinions here that relate to “geek culture” and its obsessions with Political Correctness. I can’t promise I’ll never do it again, but I’ll try.
So this is old news, but Dr. Who is now a woman. Great for her. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 25, 2017 §
I haven’t been keeping up with the site very much, and as such, it’s mostly functioned as a professional placeholder. That said, I’m thinking of making the time to update it more frequently (weekly, hopefully? At least, bi-weekly?) Frankly, I grew up with the belief that it was impolite to speak about oneself, an idea that does not lend itself to blogging and that the internet and social media has made hopelessly antiquated.
That said, I’m going to attempt to focus the blog portion of this site on things other than myself, but that concern my work as a writer. (If you have discovered this page by some miraculous accident, I am a writer and filmmaker. Most of my recent work as been in video games.) I’ll attempt to update On Fridays.
Till Friday, then. And I’ll leave you with a scene from my latest obsession: Paterson directed by Jim Jarmusch. This movie is transcendent. It is, as John Cassavetes hoped his own films would be, a movie that’s the “same size as life,” yet for all its lack of explosions and bikinis and time travel, Paterson shows how sublime daily life can be. Filmmakers don’t do that shit anymore.
June 21, 2013 §
Your weekly round-up from the interweb.
Joss Whedon explains how to be prolific.
“You know, it’s so easy to just get nothing done, but you’ve got to rock a little David Allen out to be able to get things done and break your list down into next actions. And this is true of producing and directing but even of writing. It’s like, Okay, today I am going to figure out this action sequence. Today, I am going to watch a shit ton of other action sequences, whatever it is, but that would be the other side of it after the specificity of knowing. Don’t just say, ‘Oh, I need to work on that.’ Say, ‘I need to work on this element of that.’ Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.”
Geez, gender is a persistent issue with comic book reporters. This writer seems guilty about not noticing women.
Get women into power at the Big Two, and progression will trickle through the industry, is the argument made by many. Start at the top and work your way down. But surely we can view things from the other way round, as well? If female creators are getting hired more frequently to work for hire projects at IDW or 2000AD or Boom (and they ARE), then the battle is already being won. It’s only a matter of time before the best will get noticed by the big two, and asked to pitch for them. If we, as the audience, help them get there.
And a Batman cartoon that actually looks unappealing.
June 14, 2013 §
I suck with posting on time these last couple weeks!
This old review of Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada, or Ardor: a Family Chronicle is worth revisiting, if only to remember when high-brow authors wrote science fiction novels – or just to remember that high-brow authors once existed.
Like those other great protean modernists, Joyce and Picasso, Nabokov uses parody to re-investigate the fundamental problems of this art. While Van in the early chapters is waiting to be born, so too is the great age of the novel. Van’s concluding “blurb” notes that “the story proceeds at a spanking pace,” but the pace is sometimes purposefully slow, befitting an infancy of sorts, as Van plots time’s texture and parodies the realist’s efforts to limn “reality.”
Memory deficit: another reason not to play soccer.
Players who headed balls the most showed more abnormalities than those who headed fewer. For one brain region, 850 headers represented a threshold: Players above that mark clearly had more abnormalities than players below it. For the other brain regions, thresholds were about 1,300 and 1,550 headers.
From TTAG, a basic summary of the gun control debate: irrational statements followed by logical statements that the other side ignores.
The flip side of those 15,000 deaths per year are the 2.5 million crimes prevented by legal gun use every single year. Crimes including rape, murder and felony assault. But for some reason, gun grabbers never seem to recognize that side of the equation.
And Jackie Chan on Bruce Lee (via Fitanium):
June 7, 2013 §
Your weekly round-up from around the interweb, the “It’s Hard To Be A Hero” edition.
At Sequart.org, Mark Ginocchio questions the great responsibility that comes with Spider-Man’s great power.
During his initial trial as Spider-Man, Octavius has the astral form of Parker steering his actions as a pseudo-Jiminy Crickett, often preventing him from “crossing the line” and doing something “regrettable.” But the spirit of Parker is unable to prevent Octavius from doing what he believes is truly the responsible course of action to deal with the serial killing villain Massacre, in Superior Spider-Man #5…
In the real world, people are surprised that the government is mining through their phone records and email without any warrants. (I took this for granted.)
The PRISM program allows the NSA, the world’s largest surveillance organisation, to obtain targeted communications without having to request them from the service providers and without having to obtain individual court orders…
The presentation claims PRISM was introduced to overcome what the NSA regarded as shortcomings of Fisa warrants in tracking suspected foreign terrorists. It noted that the US has a “home-field advantage” due to housing much of the internet’s architecture. But the presentation claimed “Fisa constraints restricted our home-field advantage” because Fisa required individual warrants and confirmations that both the sender and receiver of a communication were outside the US.
After the government has taken away our 4th Amendment Rights without asking, do we really want to give them our 2nd Amendment rights, too? (Superior Spider-Man does not.)
Freedom is a responsibility. What do you think will happen when you give all that responsibility to your government?
May 24, 2013 §
Your weekly round-up from around the interweb.
Indiewire has stills from Jim Jarmusch’s vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, in competition at Cannes!
The Atlantic laments the fall of charm, as if it was that commonplace in the good ol’ days.
Only the self-aware can have charm: It’s bound up with a sensibility that at best approaches wisdom, or at least worldliness, and at worst goes well beyond cynicism. It can’t exist in the undeveloped personality. It’s an attribute foreign to many men because most are, for better and for worse, childlike. These days, it’s far more common among men over 70—probably owing to the era in which they reached maturity rather than to the mere fact of their advanced years.
I just discovered Blake and Mortimer, a sci-fi comic book (and later cartoon) cousin to The Adventures of Tintin. Check out the opening credits of the TV show:
May 17, 2013 §
Okay, most of my posts this week were links to other stuff, but here are a few more…
On Monday, some 20-somethings got b*tt-hurt about Meg Jay’s talk on 20-somethings. Apparently, some 20-somethings think you’re still a “youth” in your 20s, and the motto “Life is short” no longer applies. (Blogger Thu-Huong Ha does have some sensible things to say, but they’re mostly Meg Jay quotes.)
If my father’s house had a mantra, it would be “Life is long.” I was infused with the belief that I could do anything I wanted, at any age. No one likes thinking about life as a series of limitations, and certainly no woman likes to think of herself as a ticking time bomb.
From NY Post: there’s a new way to jump the line at Disney World. I think it’s a great idea.
Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front… The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.
Stoya, on the political influence of art:
If it takes giant, gorgeous paintings with curlicues and gold leaf to get me interested in the global financial crisis, then those pretty images are an important step on the path to awareness. If a fashion-news article on Casey Legler’s career modeling menswear inspires people to examine their views on gender, then I see it as visually appealing and good. We’ve had very different experiences and I disagree with many of Aurora Snow’s opinions, but I’m glad she’s out there writing things that make people think and using her popularity as an adult star to put her articles in front of more eyeballs.
And if Pacific Rim isn’t enough for you, there’s also Atlantic Rim:
May 9, 2013 §
Your weekly round-up from around the interweb.
U.S. Department of Justice doesn’t think it needs a warrant to read your email. From CNET:
The Justice Department’s disinclination to seek warrants for private files stored on the servers of companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft continued even after a federal appeals court in 2010 ruled that warrantless access to e-mail violates the Fourth Amendment. A previously unreleased version of an FBI manual (PDF), last updated two-and-a-half years after the appellate ruling, says field agents “may subpoena” e-mail records from companies “without running afoul of” the Fourth Amendment.
Most American’s won’t care, as long as they have the secret to a long, healthy life.
A 105-year-old woman from Richland, Texas says that the key to long life is bacon…
“I love bacon, I eat it everyday,” [Pearl Cantrell] told a reporter for Abilene-based Big Country Homepage in April. “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”
There’s a different sort of immortality for Laura Thornhill Caswell,
a girl from the 70′s who was a fashion icon, a girl who skated like the wind and had the grace and style to make you stop and look, and look again. She spun 360 after 360 while the boys watched in awe, she rode before it was the “popular” thing to do, she practiced freestyle routines in the hot summer sun, she traveled with the boys from contest to contest up and down the coast of Southern California instead of going to prom, shopping at the mall or any other of those other “popular” girl activities. If you are a girl and skate now, she is one of the women who paved the way for you.
And though the 4th Amendment may be taking some hits, the 2nd Amendment has a new friend:
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