May
31
2016
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‘Gimme Some Lovin.’

Yeah, I keep mishearing that line, too.

May
31
2016
1

I swear to God, I am going to organize myself better.

Time management, that’s the ticket.  Although I’m doing better: I actually got the end-of-month stuff done before 11 PM!  Now I’m just letting my brain reset so that I can proofread with a fresh eye and maybe catch more errors that way.

Heck, these days I’m actually proofreading. Clearly, I am now a tool of the Man.  Which should be at least more relaxing than being the actual Man itself. As Diane Duane might say, this way I don’t have to approve all the timesheets.

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May
31
2016
9

Sequel to… Mary Poppins?

Did we know about this?

Walt Disney Pictures has officially announced that Golden Globe Award winner Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, the upcoming Girl on the Train) and Emmy, Grammy, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) are set to star in Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the studio’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, which will be released on December 25, 2018.

…because I feel like I knew about this already, somehow. Although, truth be told… the era that this movie is from isn’t really my scene.  Early Sixties stuff often isn’t; I’m down with the Atomic Horror stuff in the 1950s and the Golden Age of Dystopian Movies in the 1970s, but that period in-between isn’t reliably in my wheelhouse.  When it comes to that decade it’s pretty much war movies for me and not much else.

So I dunno if I’m going to be all that outraged, honestly. I mean, it might not suck on its own merits.

May
31
2016
8

Fallout 4 mods live on Xbox One.

I’m going to be nice and not write that out as ‘live,’ despite the reports of connectivity issues. Of course there’s going to be connectivity issues. They’re giving people mods on consoles for the first time; it’s a special miracle that the whole thing didn’t implode into a singularity on the spot.

Mind you, I can’t directly report on this. First off, I don’t have an Xbox One. Even if I did, I wouldn’t be switching over to the console version of Fallout 4 any time soon: there are some serious limitations to mods on the consoles, and I don’t mean the nudity ban (2 gig limit on mods, for one thing). Still, it’s pretty awesome that Bethesda is expanding access like this. Brave new world, and all that…

May
31
2016
3

Anybody going to Awesome Con this weekend?

It’s in DC, and my wife suggested that I go to it at least one day so as to get out of the house and go do something fandom-related. Anybody go to Awesome Con regularly? Is it fun? Just as importantly, is it relaxed? I’m trying to avoid grinding my teeth these days.

May
31
2016
3

Sorry for any hiccups…

…but we’re doing some behind-the-scenes stuff here. And by ‘we’ I mean ‘Neil,’ because I just hit the clicky thing attached to the magic thinky box until the words come tumbling out. Anyway, hopefully the site will load a little faster now.

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May
31
2016
1

Anybody play “Rebel Galaxy?”

It looks good, but I’m worried that you never get off of the ship. Strictly ship combat only, in other words. Which is fine, but I like to get my FPS on every so often, you know what I mean?

May
31
2016
3

Tweet of the Day, I Remember Having Stuff Like This In College edition.

Although dear GOD but I didn’t know the first thing about properly hanging pictures back then. I’d buy a print and wouldn’t frame it; instead, I’d stick it to the wall with some of that Fun-Tac stuff that the school hated (in retrospect, fairly) and vainly hope that it wouldn’t fall off (and rip) before the end of the school year. And then I’d do it again in September, because apparently I learned nothing from the experiment.

Still: I’d put this on my wall. Properly framed and mounted, of course.

May
30
2016
3

‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’

Weird, how one’s perceptions of songs can change. When it came out, I thought it was dumb. Now I just think that it’s a song from when I was young.

May
30
2016
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I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend.

Obviously, we’re all back home here.  And by God I am going nowhere for a while.  Mind you, in about a week or so the kids are out of school so I may feel the need to amend that stance just a tad…

Moe Lane

PS: Everything back to normal tomorrow. Or as normal as things ever get around here. You know the drill.

May
30
2016
3

Did H.R. Giger accidentally create the chupacabra?

If so: I did not know this.

…[H.R.] Giger was also influential in a bizarre and little-known way: He unknowingly helped create the Hispanic vampire beast el chupacabra, one of the world’s best-known monsters which has been reported throughout Latin America attacking and sucking the blood out of animals — typically goats and chickens. Though many people mistakenly believe that the chupacabra has been reported for many decades, it was first sighted in Puerto Rico in 1995.

Apparently the description of the chupacabra by the woman who first reported it scans reasonably closely to the monster in the 1995 flick Species. …No, not Natasha Henstridge. What Natasha Henstridge turns into whenever the directors wanted to freak people out. Anyway: I suspect that there’s an adventure seed in that, at least for a modern horror game…

May
30
2016
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Tweet of the Day, That’s Some Very Fine Control On That Biomechanical Hand edition.

…Of course, I still get hung up on the idea that we have, well, biomechanical hands and limbs now.  I remember when we didn’t. Heck, I remember when we couldn’t do a credible-looking fake on TV. The future keeps coming right at us…

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